School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Science, Grade 7




State Curriculum Toolkit

Tools aligned to State Curriculum indicators and/or objectives.

  • Introduction for Standard or Indicator
  • Public Release Items
    Actual MSA items and annotated student responses as appropriate

Standard 6.0 Environmental Science

Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective.


A. Natural Resources and Human Needs


  1. Based on data identify and describe the positive and negative impacts of an increasing human population on the use of natural resources
  2. Recognize and describe the decreasing dependence on local resources due to the impact of available transportation.


B. Environmental Issues


  • 1. Recognize and describe that environmental changes can have local, regional, and global consequences.
  1. Identify and describe a local, regional, or global environmental issue.
  2. Identify and describe that different individual people or groups of people are affected by an issue in different ways.

Note: Highlighting identifies assessment limits. All highlighted Indicators will be tested on the Grades 5 and 8 MSA. The highlighted Objectives under each highlighted Indicator identify the limit to which MSA items can be written. Although all content standards are tested on MSA, not all Indicators and Objectives are tested. Objectives that are not highlighted will not be tested on MSA, however are an integral part of Instruction.

January 2008