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Teaching Climate Solutions:
High School Resources Organized by Key NGSS Standards

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The NGSS Performance Expectations are statements that explain what all students should know and be able to do after instruction. These comprehensive statements should not limit teaching and learning. Performance Expectations are best addressed in instruction when resources are bundled together to address big ideas in science. The CLEAN collection includes resources that do not fully address any one Performance Expectation. Bundling CLEAN resources will support instruction towards Performance Expectations. Most resources are tagged for DCIs, SEPs, and CCCs. Those tagged for Performance Expectations, fully address the PEs.

Evaluate solutions for using energy and mineral resources.
HS-ESS3-2
Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
Evaluate a technological solution that reduces human impacts on natural systems.
HS-ESS3-4
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Design a solution to a complex problem by breaking it down into smaller problems that can be solved through engineering
HS-ETS1-2
Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
Evaluate a solution based on priorities and trade-offs
HS-ETS1-3
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Humanity faces global challenges, such as the need for supplies of clean water and food, or for energy sources that minimize pollution. These can be addressed through engineering.
HS-ETS1.A2
Humanity faces major global challenges today, such as the need for supplies of clean water and food or for energy sources that minimize pollution, which can be addressed through engineering. These global challenges also may have manifestations in local communities
When evaluating solutions, one should consider cost, safety, reliability, aesthetics, and social, cultural and environmental impacts.
HS-ETS1.B1
When evaluating solutions, it is important to take into account a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, and to consider social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Resource availability has guided the development of human society.
HS-ESS3.A1
Resource availability has guided the development of human society.
ll forms of energy production have costs, risks, and benefits. New technologies and regulations can change these factors.
HS-ESS3.A2
All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.

Science and Engineering Practices

Analyze data using tools, technologies, or models, in order to make scientific claims or determine solutions.
HS-P4.1
Analyze data using tools, technologies, and/or models (e.g., computational, mathematical) in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims or determine an optimal design solution.
Analyze data to identify features of a proposed process or system in order to optimize it.
HS-P4.6
Analyze data to identify design features or characteristics of the components of a proposed process or system to optimize it relative to criteria for success.
Design, evaluate, or refine a solution to a complex real-world problem, based on scientific knowledge, student-generated sources of evidence, and other criteria.
HS-P6.5
Design, evaluate, and/or refine a solution to a complex real-world problem, based on scientific knowledge, student-generated sources of evidence, prioritized criteria, and tradeoff considerations.
Communicate scientific or technical ideas in multiple formats.
HS-P8.5
Communicate scientific and/or technical information or ideas (e.g. about phenomena and/or the process of development and the design and performance of a proposed process or system) in multiple formats (i.e., orally, graphically, textually, mathematically).

Cross Cutting Concepts

Patterns of performance of designed systems can be analyzed and interpreted to improve the system.
HS-C1.3
Patterns of performance of designed systems can be analyzed and interpreted to reengineer and improve the system.
Cause and effect relationships can be predicted by examining what is known about smaller scale mechanisms.
HS-C2.2
Cause and effect relationships can be suggested and predicted for complex natural and human designed systems by examining what is known about smaller scale mechanisms within the system.
Changes of energy and matter into, out of, and within systems can be described.
HS-C5.2
Changes of energy and matter in a system can be described in terms of energy and matter flows into, out of, and within that system.
Energy cannot be created or destroyed—it only moves between places, objects, or systems.
HS-C5.3
Energy cannot be created or destroyed—only moves between one place and another place, between objects and/or fields, or between systems.

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