Content Standard: Students in Wisconsin will demonstrate an understanding of the structure and systems of earth and other bodies in the universe and of their interactions.
Note: For more details of the content of earth and space sciences, see National Science Education Standards* (1996, p. 115 - 201).
By studying earth, its composition, history, and the processes that shape it, students gain a better understanding of the planet on which they live. In addition, all bodies in space, including earth, are influenced by forces acting throughout the solar system and the universe. Studying the universe enhances students' understanding of earth's origins, its place in the universe, and its future. Understanding these geologic, meteorological, astronomical, and oceanographic processes allows students to make responsible choices and to evaluate the consequences of their choices.