HS-LS4-5: Environmental Change - Speciation and Extinction

Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species. (Cause and Effect)

Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on determining cause and effect relationships for how changes to the environment such as deforestation, fishing, application of fertilizers, drought, flood, and the rate of change of the environment affect distribution or disappearance of traits in species.

Assessment Boundary: none


Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS4.C: Adaptation

Crosscutting Concepts
Cause and Effect



Assessments

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Phenomena

 

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Vocabulary

Species
Environmental change (e.g. deforestation, fishing, application of fertilizers, drought, flood, rate)
Species expansion
Species emergence
Extinction
Cause and Effect


Learning Plans


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