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Earth Science & Astronomy

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Earth Science & Astronomy is a late elementary/early middle school science course. This course is taught as a traditional science course, incorporating laboratory activities, virtual activities, short-term projects, long-term studies, and field investigations. No previous formal science classes are required to be successful in this class. My class emphasizes discussion and active learning over a straight lecture format.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • The Scientific Methods and Models

  • Rocks & Minerals

  • Energy Resources

  • The Fossil Record

  • Volcanoes

  • Weathering & Soil Formation

  • Water, Erosion, & Deposition

  • Oceanography

  • The Atmosphere and Weather

  • Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

  • Formation of the Solar System

  • The Planets of our Solar System

  • Space Exploration

My hope is that you will see how these themes are interrelated and leave with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the world around you. 

Required Materials

  • Holt Science & Technology Earth Science, ISBN: 978-0030462276, available through the Amazon Marketplace, or your preferred book seller.

  • A basic calculator - does not need to be a graphing calculator

  • Computer access for Google Classroom (requires an email address)

  • binder or notebook for notes

  • 1 subject spiral notebook for lab notebook

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