Earth and Human Activity

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

Performance Expectations

1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary

A Peformance Expectation (PE) is what a student should be able to do to show mastery of a concept. Some PEs include a Clarification Statement and/or an Assessment Boundary. These can be found by clicking the PE for "More Info." By hovering over a PE, its corresponding pieces from the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts will be highlighted.

Science and Engineering Practices

Developing and Using Models

Modeling in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to include using and developing models (i.e., diagram, drawing, physical replica, diorama, dramatization, or storyboard) that represent concrete events or design solutions.

By clicking on a specific Science and Engineering Practice, Disciplinary Core Idea, or Crosscutting Concept, you can find out more information on it. By hovering over one you can find its corresponding elements in the PEs.

Planning Curriculum

Common Core State Standards Connections

ELA/Literacy

• SL.K.5 - Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail. (K-ESS3-1)

Mathematics

• K.CC - Counting and Cardinality (K-ESS3-1)
• MP.2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (K-ESS3-1)
• MP.4 - Model with mathematics. (K-ESS3-1)

Resources & Lesson Plans

• More resources added each week!
A team of teacher curators is working to find, review, and vet online resources that support the standards. Check back often, as NSTA continues to add more targeted resources.
• Students are introduced to a fictional problem (the need for a new hamster habitat in a pet store) and are invited to solve the problem through an engineering design (a hamster habitat). They work through a series of lessons to learn about the n ...

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• Students create a model tide pool in a plastic dishpan to discover how tides affect rocky shore animals. As they slowly add water to their model, students observe that various animals in the tide pool are both underwater and exposed to air for var...

• Describing Soil

• Activity where students make their own bean plant necklace.

Planning Curriculum gives connections to other areas of study for easier curriculum creation.