4-ESS1-1: Evidence from Rock Layers
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers for changes in a landscape over time to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
Clarification Statement: Examples of evidence from patterns could include rock layers with marine shell fossils above rock layers with plant fossils and no shells, indicating a change from land to water over time; and, a canyon with different rock layers in the walls and a river in the bottom, indicating that over time a river cut through the rock.
Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include specific knowledge of the mechanism of rock formation or memorization of specific rock formations and layers. Assessment is limited to relative time.
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Rock formations (e.g. mountains, canyons, etc.)
- Ordering (deeper is older)
- Fossils (e.g. marine, land plants)
Earth events (e.g. earthquake, fault, river)
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