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Earth Science Exemplary Units

Unit 1 - Origins of Energy and Matter
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
NGSS Alignment: PS1.C, PS3.D, PS4.B, ESS1.A, ESS1.B
Unit 2 - Internal Causes of Earth’s Surface Features
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
NGSS Alignment: PS1.C, ESS2.A, ESS2.B

Unit 3 - Stability and Change Through Earth’s History
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 2.1, 2.5
NGSS Alignment: ESS1.C, ESS2.E

Unit 4 - External Causes of Earth’s Surface Features
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 2.4, 2.6, 3.1
NGSS Alignment: ESS2.B, ESS2.C, ESS3.B

Unit 5 - Cycling in Earth’s Systems
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 3.5, 4.4
NGSS Alignment: LS2.B, ESS2.D, ESS3.C, ESS3.D

Unit 6 - Global and Local Climate Patterns Throughout Time
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7
NGSS Alignment: ESS1.B, ESS2.A, ESS2.C, ESS2.D, ESS3.D

Unit 7 - Stability and Change of Earth’s Resources 
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
NGSS Alignment: ESS3.A, ESS3.B

Click here to access the proficiency scales for these units. Keep in mind that this resource is constantly being updated.


Additional Lessons Submitted by Teachers

Click here to access our additional lessons. As teachers use the Exemplary Units, they have been making tweaks and sharing them with us. We love that! Teachers have also been sharing with us their great ideas for lessons. This is a repository where we will be putting those tweaks and shared lessons. Each of the lessons is tied to NGSS, SEEd, and our district Exemplary Units. Please explore, use, and tweak these lessons!

SEEd Standard/Exemplary Unit Learning Goal Crosswalk

Click here to access the crosswalk document that will allow you to see which Exemplary Unit Learning Goals are associated with specific SEEd Standards.

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