M/J Earth/Space Science
M/J Earth and Space Science is a course that covers an overview of the structure of the Earth, our solar system, galaxy and universe. This course covers topics addressed in grade levels 6-8. A basic overview of scientific inquiry and how scientific investigations are conducted begins each grade level. This course will give an overview of basic cycles on Earth and how the Earth has changed over time, the layers of the Earth, how forces inside impact the surface, and how the Earth fits into our solar system and beyond.
The curriculum will develop the ability of the student to participate in scientific inquiry and investigate issues relevant to Earth and space science. Students will explore how the Earth has changed over time and what causes those changes.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:
- Identify how scientific investigations are conducted in different fields of science.
- Explain the steps of the scientific method and how it is used to conduct investigations.
- Identify the difference between science and pseudoscience.
- Explain the different cycles that occur on the Earth's surface.
- Demonstrate how weather and forces in the atmosphere affect the Earth's surface.
- Describe the different layers of the Earth and how they interact.
- Identify how plate tectonics impact events on the Earth's surface.
- Describe the universe and its composition.
- Compare and contrast the different planets and celestial bodies in our solar system.
- Describe how models are used in science and their limitations.