Earth Science

 

Ages 11-14

Debbie Walker

 

Fall Quarter 2020 –

This year long Quest in Science course will take students on an in-depth exploration of Earth and its systems. Geology will be the core of our class. To better understand our Earth, we will also examine its interaction with all its processes: the hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. We will take a hands-on approach to studying rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, mountain building, volcanoes, earthquakes,
weathering and erosion, energy resources, as well as California geology. Students will work together in small lab groups to perform experiments, test hypotheses, and gather and record data.


Winter Quarter 2021 -

This quarter will focus on the forces at play within and around the earth. We will study earthquakes and how they travel. We will investigate
powerful forces that shape the ocean shores and floors. We examine both the rock and water cycles. Students will work together in small lab groups to perform experiments, test hypotheses, and gather and record data.


Spring Quarter 2021 -

This quarter focuses on Earth’s atmosphere, universe and geographical history. Students will learn how and why air moves and creates
weather. They will create a model of our solar system to obtain a better understanding of the scale of the universe. Students will learn how to measure the relative distances to the stars and discuss the concept of time. They will examine Earth’s layers and features to determine relative age. To conclude our course, students will make a presentation on their favorite Earth Science topic from the year of which they have conducted further research.