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The student knows the effects resulting from cyclical movements of the Sun, Earth, and Moon. The student is expected to:
Model and illustrate how the tilted Earth rotates on its axis, causing day and night, and revolves around the Sun, causing changes in seasons;
Demonstrate and predict the sequence of events in the lunar cycle; and
Relate the positions of the Moon and Sun to their effect on ocean tides.
The student knows characteristics of the universe. The student is expected to:
Describe components of the universe, including stars, nebulae, and galaxies, and use models such as the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram for classification;
Recognize that the Sun is a medium-sized star located in a spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy and that the Sun is many thousands of times closer to Earth than any other star;
Identify how different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum such as visible light and radio waves are used to gain information about components in the universe; and
Research how scientific data are used as evidence to develop scientific theories to describe the origin of the universe.
The student knows that natural events can impact Earth systems. The student is expected to:
Describe the historical development of evidence that supports plate tectonic theory;
Relate plate tectonics to the formation of crustal features; and
Interpret topographic maps and satellite views to identify land and erosional features and predict how these features may be reshaped by weathering.
The student knows that climatic interactions exist among Earth, ocean, and weather systems. The student is expected to:
Recognize that the Sun provides the energy that drives convection within the atmosphere and oceans, producing winds;
Identify how global patterns of atmospheric movement influence local weather using weather maps that show high and low pressures and fronts; and
Identify the role of the oceans in the formation of weather systems such as hurricanes.

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