Objective of the Course: The Earth / Environmental
science curriculum focuses on the function of Earth’s natural and physical
systems. A state exam will evaluate our
students on the State Essential Standards for Science. This is a statewide test which is given at
the end of the semester.
will divide the essential standards into
the following primary curricular objectives:
the Earth and beyond – focusing on our Sun-Earth-Moon relationships, learning how the different movements
and positions of Earth affect our daily, seasonal, and annual cycles.
the Earth’s hydrosphere –
water availability, including local bodies of water, the formation of streams
and lakes, and the ocean as part of our water and climate cycles
the Earth’s geosphere –
solid matter: minerals and rocks, the weathering and erosion of these
materials, soil formation, and the cause and effects of Earth’s Plate Tectonics
the Earth’s atmosphere / climate
– the gasses which surround earth and their interactions which cause our daily
weather and climate, as well as the study of current global climate changes
the Earth’s biosphere – ecology: abiotic & biotic factors,
ecosystems, and human impact
is placed on scientific investigation and the methods involved, matter, energy,
environmental awareness, earth’s resources, and the cycles that circulate
energy and materials through these systems.