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High School Earth Space Science

Pre Requisites



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. 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 atmospheric conditions. Through experimentation and investigation, students explore the earth systems including the geosphere, hydrosphere, crysosphere, atmosphere, and the carbon cycle. This course offers interactive experiences, higher-order thinking, collaborative projects, and real-world application along with a variety of assessments. Upon completion of the course, students have a clear understanding of the dynamic forces at work in the world around them, becoming better caretakers of our planet, Earth.

Segment One

 Module 01 - Beginning with Science

·       Earth spheres and systems

·       Science processes, observations, and inferences

·       Steps of the scientific method

·       Science vs. pseudoscience

·       Theory vs. law

·       Units of measurements

·       Precision and accuracy

·       Dimensional analysis

·       Weight vs. mass

·       Volume and density

·       Physical properties of matter

·       Atomic theory and structure

·       Fundamental forces

·       States of matter

·       Heat and energy

Module 02 - Climate and Meteorology

·       Water cycle

·       Water conservation

·       Wind energy

·       Composition and structure of Earth’s atmosphere

·       Weather vs. climate

·       Measuring, detecting, and predicting weather

·       Factors of severe weather

·       Human impact on global climate

·       Earth-Sun-Moon relationships

Module 03 - Fresh Water

·       Distribution of surface water

·       Hydroelectric power

·       Groundwater processes and geological features

·       Sources and types of water pollution

·       Water management and conservation

·       Fresh water sources (CA only)

·      Relationship between CA economy and natural resources (CA only)

Module 04 - Our Universe

·       Life cycle of stars

·       Properties of waves

·       Star energy and radiation

·       Gravitational forces

·       Big bang and supporting evidence

·       Electromagnetic radiation and technology

·       Nuclear fusion within stars

·      Origin of the moon (TX only)

Module 05 - Rocks and Minerals

·       Properties of minerals

·       Identifying rocks and minerals

·       Rock cycle

·       Rocks and minerals as resources

·       Formation of soils

·       Geological features formed by rock cycle

·       Interactions and changes between Earth systems

Segment Two

Module 06 - Geologic Time

·       Major events of Earth’s history

·       Fossil and rock dating

·       Conditions of early Earth

·       Development of life

·       Coevolution of Earth systems

 Module 07 - Oceans

·       Ocean structure and composition

·       Ocean currents and circulation

·       Interaction of ocean and climate

·       Energy transfer through waves

·       Ocean tides

·       Ocean impact on other systems

Module 08 - Our Solar System

·       Formation of the solar system

·       Gravity and planetary motion

·       Structure of the solar system

·       Properties of planets

·       Creation of moon

·       Seasons

·       Tides

·       Eclipses

·       Moon phases

Module 09 - The Geosphere

·       Structure of the Earth

·       Earth’s characteristics and composition

·       Carbon cycle

·       Continental drift

·       Plate tectonics

·       Land formations

·       Types of faults

·       Weathering and erosion

·       Earthquakes

·       Volcanic activity

·      Geological hazards of California (CA only)


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