Credits: 0.5
Term: On Demand, Spring 2018

Earth Space Science Segment 1

Course Description:

Be captivated by the wonders and beauty of the third planet from our Sun, Earth. Be amazed by what awaits your discovery within our solar system and beyond. It is your turn to explore the universe. Earth/Space Science is a laboratory course focusing on the study of space, geologic structures and forces, the waters on our planet, and the atmospheric forces that shape our world. Through experimentation and investigation, students will explore the earth cycles including the geosphere, hydrosphere, crysosphere, atmosphere, and the carbon cycle. Students will learn about scientific inquiry, geologic time, space exploration, the solar system, and the universe. Students will use web 2.0 tools, interactive experiences, higher-order thinking, collaborative projects, and real-world application through labs and a variety of assessments. Upon completion of the course, students will have a clear understanding of the dynamic forces at work in the world around them, becoming better caretakers of our planet, Earth.

Topics & Concepts:

Beginning with Science

    o Science processes
    o Observations and inferences
    o Historical frame of reference- scientists and explorers
    o Theory vs. law, science vs. pseudoscience
    o Cryosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, Atmosphere, Geosphere


·Geologic Time

    o Gregorian calendar
    o Relative and absolute time (Honors)
    o Origin and evolution of life
    o Geologic time scale, geologic periods and history
    o Fossils, fossil formation
    o Reading series of events in sedimentary rocks based on principles of geology


    o Composition of ocean water
    o Ocean currents
    o Sea floor features
    o Using latitude and longitude to navigate and locate points on the globe/map reading
    o Climate and current connection

·Our Solar System

    o Organization of the Milky Way and types of galaxies in general
    o Characteristics of stars – focus on ours – the sun
    o The planets in our solar system
    o Moon/Earth Relationships
    o Moon phases
    o Effects of moon on tides
    o Kepler’s Law, Newton’s Law
    o Sun/Earth Relationships
    o Rotation and revolution characteristics
    o Causes of seasons

·The Geosphere

    o Layers of the Earth
    o Carbon cycle
    o Plate techtonics
    o Continental drift
    o Surface features
    o Geologic events (Honors)


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