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Correlation to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

We recommend that teachers select one or two TEKS to emphasize in the learning activities and not attempt to teach all the TEKS listed in the table below. The high school science TEKS are available on the Texas Education Agency web site here.

* This activity does not correlate with Aquatic Science, Environmental Science, IPC, or 8th grade TEKS.

Alignment with Literary Principles

Earth Science Literacy Principles

Big Idea 1. Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet.

1.5: Earth scientists use their understanding of the past to forecast Earth’s future.

Big Idea 2. Earth is 4.6 billion years old.

2.1: Earth’s rocks and other materials provide a record of its history.

Big Idea 3. Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air and life.

3.4: Earth’s systems interact over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales.

3.6: Earth’s systems are dynamic; they continually react to changing influences.

Big Idea 6: Life evolves on a dynamic Earth and continuously modifies Earth.

6.1: Fossils are the preserved evidence of ancient life.

Climate Literacy Principles

5: Our understanding of the climate system is improved through observations, theoretical studies and modeling

B: Environmental observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system. From the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the Sun, instruments on weather stations, buoys, satellites, and other platforms collect climate data. To learn about past climates, scientists use natural records, such as tree rings, ice cores, and sedimentary layers. Historical observations, such as native knowledge and personal journals, also document past climate change.