Earth Science

Earth Science is a basic science course intended to further explore the designs and patterns of our planet. This course covers such areas as the origin, history, and structure of the earth. It also covers forces that cause change on the earth and features of the earth including the crust, water, atmosphere, weather, and climate. Earth science wraps up with astronomy and a study of all the planets, the solar system, and galaxies. The course strives to teach that each feature of the earth interacts with the others in many critical ways, and the study of these relationships is important to humanity. Students at this level should show development in their understanding of scientific inquiry. Some of the units containexperiments and projects that seek to develop meaning and to actively engage the student. The continued exposure to science concepts and scientific inquiry will serve to improve the students' skill and understanding.

  • Origin of the Earth: Students will explore the theories of the origin of the universe and the Earth.
  • History of the Earth: Students will explore methods for determining the age of the Earth and its geologic history.
  • Dynamic Structure of Earth: Students will explore the changes and cycles constantly affecting the Earth.
  • Forces and Features of Earth: Students will learn about the forces at work on the Earth, such as earthquakes and volcanoes and how to use maps.
  • Features of Earth’s Crust: Students will learn about rocks, minerals and other resources.
  • Shaping Earth’s Crust:Students will explore the forces that shape the Earth’s crust, such as weathering and erosion, and other constructive and destructive forces.
  • Earth’s Water: Students will explore the water cycle and the different bodies of water on the Earth.
  • Earth’s Atmosphere: Students will explore the make-up of the Earth’s atmosphere and the impact of humans on the atmosphere.
  • Earth’s Weather and Climate: Students will explore weather and climate and how to measure and predict weather.
  • Astronomy: Students will explore the solar system and other celestial bodies in the universe.

State: National
Grade Level: 8, 9
Category: Science
Course Length: Year