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Streamside Classroom – Next Generation Science Standards

Lessons are designed to expose students to the following Next Generation Science Standards and are meant to complement classroom curricula on similar topics.

Stream Mapping – Lesson 1

MS-ESS3-1 – Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of                                 Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current                                                  geoscience processes.

MS-ESS3-3 – Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human                                 impact on the environment.

MS-ESS3-4 – Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and                                     per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.

MS-LS2-4 – Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or                                                     biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

Chemical Components of Stream Health – Lesson 2

MS-ESS3-3 – Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human                                 impact on the environment.

MS-ESS3-4 – Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and                                     per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.

MS-LS2-1 – Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on                            organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-4 – Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or                                                      biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

Macroinvertebrates & Stream Health – Lesson 3

MS-ESS3-3 – Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human                                 impact on the environment.

MS-ESS3-4 – Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and                                     per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.

MS-LS2-1 – Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on                           organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-4 – Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or                                               biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

Riparian Zones – Lesson 4

MS-ESS2-4 – Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy                                      from the sun and the force of gravity.

MS-ESS3-4 – Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and                                      per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.

MS-LS2-1 – Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on                           organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-4 – Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or                                                      biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.