Earth Science Class - Schoolhouse Teachers

Earth Science

Length: 25 weekly lessons
Includes: Weekly video lessons with printable worksheets, study guides, and quizzes
Age/Grade: Middle-high school

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How to Use This Course

Earth science is a full-year course designed for students in grades 7-9. Each session consists of three different types of activities: video lessons to watch, notes for the student to fill out as he/she watches the video lesson, and a study guide to complete to help the student study for the quiz. We suggest that students download the worksheets and follow along with the video lessons, since the worksheets are based directly on the video lessons. After students have completed all the lessons for a particular topic, there will be a study guide to complete that functions as homework or a practice test. The student should then proceed to the quiz; all quizzes are multiple choice, and answer keys are provided for the parents.

This course is laid out in 25 sessions. Students may follow this schedule weekly and have no more than 45 minutes of video lessons and a quiz per week, or they can ignore the suggested schedule and finish this course at his/her own pace.

Students who complete all lessons and assignments may earn the equivalent of at least .5 academic credit. If the student goes deeper and reads additional earth science resources and spends approximately 180 hours total on the class and extra material combined, the course may be worth one full academic credit. Another option for earning an additional .5 credit is the Geology course by Patrick Nurre on SchoolhouseTeachers.com. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

Course Introduction

What is earth science? Earth science is “the study of the structure and the processes of the world around us,” from the center of the earth to the most distant star. The four main areas of earth science are geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. This course will explore a number of areas of earth science, including volcanology; seismology; paleontology; sedimentology; the biology, geology, physics, and chemistry of the oceans; the science of climate and weather; the atmosphere; the history of astronomy; telescopes and mapping the night sky; the sun; the planets; rockets and artificial satellites; origins of the universe; and plate tectonics. You can take a look at the course outline for more details on what we’ll be covering in this course.

We hope you have fun and learn something!

Please feel free to ask questions. We are very interested in helping you understand and appreciate science. We are especially interested in your questions regarding the What’s the Meaning of This?sections. If you have questions regarding age of the earth issues or how to interpret data from a young or old earth position, please let us know. It may help us improve a future edition of this course.

Course Outline

Weekly video lessons with printable worksheets, study guides, and quizzes (answer keys are included for the parents).  Download – Earth Science Course Outline

Lesson 1:

  • What is Earth Science? Part 1
  • What is Earth Science? Part 2
  • Scientific Models
  • Scientific Measurements

Lesson 2:

  • Maps, Part 1
  • Maps, Part 2
  • Reading Topographical Maps
  • What is the Meaning of This?

Lesson 3:

  • What is a Mineral?
  • Identifying Minerals
  • Mineral Formations and Uses

Lesson 4:

  • What are Rocks?
  • Igneous Rocks
  • Sedimentary Rocks

Lesson 5:

  • Metamorphic Rocks
  • What’s the Meaning of This?
  • Earth Structure

Lesson 6:

  • Earthquake Basics
  • Measuring Earthquakes
  • Earthquake Safety

Lesson 7:

  • Volcanic Eruptions
  • Volcanic Effects
  • Volcanic Eruptions, Part 2
  • What’s the Meaning of This?

Lesson 8:

  • Natural Resources
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Alternative Energy

Lesson 9:

  • Weathering Action
  • Weathering Rates
  • Soil Basics

Lesson 10:

  • Soil Conservation
  • What’s the Meaning of This?
  • The Water Cycle and Streams
  • Deposits

Lesson 11:

  • Groundwater
  • Water Conservation
  • Erosion and Shorelines

Lesson 12:

  • Erosion and Wind
  • Erosion and Glaciers
  • Erosion and Gravity

Lesson 13:

  • What’s the Meaning of This?
  • Ocean Features
  • Ocean Floor

Lesson 14:

  • Ocean Life
  • Ocean Resources
  • Ocean Pollution
  • What’s the Meaning of This?

Lesson 15:

  • Ocean Currents
  • Ocean Currents and Climates
  • Ocean Waves
  • Tides

Lesson 16:

  • Describing the Atmosphere
  • How the Sun Heats the Atmosphere
  • Global and Local Winds
  • Air Pollution

Lesson 17:

  • Ingredients of Weather
  • Air Masses and Fronts
  • Severe Weather
  • Forecasting
  • Hurricane Andrew

Lesson 18:

  • Climate, Part 1
  • Climate, Part 2
  • Climate, Part 3

Lesson 19:

  • History of Astronomy
  • Telescopes
  • Mapping the Night Sky
  • Astronomy

Lesson 20:

  • Stars
  • Galaxies
  • Structure of the Universe

Lesson 21:

  • The Sun
  • Planetary Motion
  • Inner Planets
  • Outer Planets
  • Earth and Moon

Lesson 22:

  • Rocket Science
  • Artificial Satellites
  • Space Probes
  • Manned Spacecraft

Lesson 23:

  • Origin of the Universe
  • Origin of Galaxies
  • Origin of the Earth and Moon

Lesson 24:

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Plate Tectonics: Conventional Model
  • Plate Tectonics: Creationists Model

Lesson 25:

  • Rock Clocks
  • Fossils
  • Precambrian
  • Mesozoic and Cenozoic

Students who complete all lessons and assignments may earn the equivalent of at least .5 academic credit. If the student goes deeper and reads additional earth science resources and spends approximately 180 hours total on the class and extra material combined, the course may be worth one full academic credit. Another option for earning an additional .5 credit is the Geology course by Patrick Nurre on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

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