HS-ESS2-4: Energy Variation and Climate Change

Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of earth’s systems result in changes in climate. (Cause and Effect)

Clarification Statement: Examples of the causes of climate change differ by timescale, over 1-10 years: large volcanic eruption, ocean circulation; 10-100s of years: changes in human activity, ocean circulation, solar output; 10-100s of thousands of years: changes to Earth's orbit and the orientation of its axis; and 10-100s of millions of years: long-term changes in atmospheric composition.

Assessment Boundary: Assessment of the results of changes in climate is limited to changes in surface temperatures, precipitation patterns, glacial ice volumes, sea levels, and biosphere distribution.




Assessments

The following assessments were created by science teachers hoping to better understand the NGSS. In most cases teachers went from standard to assessment in around an hour.  These are drafts and should be used accordingly. Feel free to improve these assessments or contribute to the collection. Learn more about assessment design here.


Phenomena

 

Anchor Charts


Video


Vocabulary

Earth’s systems
Climate change
Energy
 - Input
 - Output
 - Storage
Factors (e.g. Earth’s orbit, solar output, ocean circulation, volcanic activity, human activity, vegetation, etc.)
Cause and Effect


Learning Plans


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