Course Overview Earth Environmental

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. 


We 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

Emphasis 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.