Soil Task

Middle School Biology & Ecology

Three-Dimensional Claim

In this task, students will construct explanations and models for predictions about cause-and-effect patternsincluding those of stability and change that impact ecosystems and humans’ resources.

Performance Expectations - Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

MS-LS2-2. Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, & Dynamics

MS-ESS3-4. Earth & Human Activity

Next Generation Science Standards

This task is intended to elicit student learning of the following NGSS elements for each of the three dimensions:

Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS4.D: Biodiversity & Humans

ESS3.A: Natural Resources

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth’s Systems

Science and Engineering Practices

Constructing Explanations

Developing & Using Models

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Analyzing & Interpreting Data

Crosscutting Concepts


Stability & Change

Cause and Effect 

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