NGSS Assessments for Earth’s Place in the Universe Middle School Science. This set of assessments covers all the standards for the DCI Earth’s Place in the Universe Middle School NGSS. These assessments are in multiple-choice and short answer format with answer keys. These assessments can be used for practice or to prepare for the end-of-year testing.
The performance expectations in ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe, help students formulate an answer to questions such as: “What is Earth’s place in the Universe, What makes up our solar system and how can the motion of Earth explain seasons and eclipses, and How do people figure out that the Earth and life on Earth have changed through time?” The ESS1 Disciplinary Core Idea from the NRC Framework is broken down into three sub-ideas: the universe and its stars, Earth and the solar system, and the history of planet Earth. Students examine the Earth’s place in relation to the solar system, Milky Way galaxy, and the universe.
Disciplinary core ideas of ESS1. The universe and its Stars, ESS1.B Earth and the Solar System, and ESS1.C The History of Planet Earth
NGSS MS-ESS1-1 Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.
NGSS MS ESS1-2 Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine the scale properties of objects in the solar system.
MS-ESS1-4. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.