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MS-ESS2-1 What Stressed Out These Rocks?
Students will use their knowledge of the rock cycle and of the forces in Earth’s interior and surface to both model the conditions that formed four rocks from the Ireteba Pluton near Searchlight, Nevada, and to predict what changes might occur to transform the rocks in the future.
This task was developed by Steve Gaskill in collaboration with Angela Rodriguez from the University of Nevada, Reno. To learn more about Angela Rodriguez, please see her biographical poster.Link to Student Guide 

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MS-ESS3-4 What is Happening to Our Water?

Students will use their understanding of consumption of natural resources and how water moves through Earth's systems to analyze two explanations describing what the water in Lake Mead has been decreasing, and write an argument supporting or refuting the explanations by recognizing patterns using evidence(graphs, charts, and images.)

This task was developed by Janette Perkins in collaboration with Christopher Shulz from the National Weather Service. To learn more about Christopher Shulz, please see his biographical poster.

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MS-ESS2-6 Nevada Winds

Students will understand the interaction between the air masses in the atmosphere and Nevada's unique regional geography by gathering data and developing a model to show the cause and effect relationship of patterns that creates windier springs in Nevada than other parts of the country.

This task was developed by Rocky Polito in collaboration with Chris Smallcomb from the National Weather Service.  Link to Student Guide

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MS-LS2-3 Carson River Mercury

Students will be able to develop a model that demonstrates how mercury is being conserved as it is passed along through the nonliving to the living parts (consumers) of the ecosystem. In the food web, atoms are being recycled between terrestrial environments into aquatic environments, and back.

This task was developed by Michelle Habdas and inspired by the work of Joanna Blaszczek with the University of Nevada, Reno.  Link to Student Guide

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MS-PS4-2 Unusual Image

Students will use their understanding of electromagnetic radiation to illustrate (model) and explain how different materials (windows, walls, floors and air) transmit or reflect light waves.

This task was developed by Peggy Merrell in collaboration with Alexia Chen from LGA Architecture.  Link to Student Guide

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MS-ESS2-2 How'd These Boulders Get Here?

Students will use their understanding of how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales, especially how the movement of water has shaped Earth's surface, by constructing explanations about the cause and effect of glacial dams, failures around Lake Tahoe, and the deposition of huge boulders around the Reno area, using multiple sources or evidence consistent with scientific ideas, principles, and theories.

This task was developed by Virginia Chandler in collaboration with Joel Scheingross at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Link to Student Guide

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MS-ESS3-2 Where Does the Fault Lie?

Students will construct an argument supported by evidence and scientific reasoning about the frequency of earthquakes in Nevada and compare earthquake preparedness in California versus Nevada using patterns in fault line maps and fault scarp data.

 This task was developed by Elisha Burleson in collaboration with Conni DeMasi at the University of Nevada, Reno and Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.  Link to Student Guide

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