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Earth Science Syllabus (45 Pages)...$25.00

We use Geology, Oceanography, Weather, and Solar System from Milliken Press as the primary texts in this course. Through the completion of these texts the student will acquire the habit of careful research along with some additional investigation on the various topics which are covered this year. The student must then present the information which he has gathered in essays which will help to develop his writing skills. We also provide directions for numerous science projects which pertain to the course of studies such as rock collections, weather boards, etc. The Earth Science Syllabus has a day-by-day breakdown of this course along with essay topics, science projects, and a variety of teaching resources including Ninth Grade Subject Rubrics, Learning Objectives, science resource lists, and grading charts. This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

Current Edition: © 2011.

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Book List

  • Essential 6
    • Astronomy for All Ages
      Harrington & Pascuzzi
      Globe Pequot Press — 224 Pages
      ISBN: 0762708093
    • Geology: Rocks and Minerals
      Ortleb & Cadice
      Milliken Publishing Company — 32 Pages
      ISBN: 1558630910
    • Oceanography
      Ortleb & Cadice
      Milliken Publishing Company — 32 Pages
      ISBN: 1558630589
    • Oceans for Every Kid
      VanCleave, Janice
      John Wiley and Sons, Inc. — 256 Pages
      ISBN: 0471124532
    • The Solar System
      Ortleb & Cadice
      Milliken Publishing Company — 32 Pages
      ISBN: 1558630929
    • Weather
      Ortleb & Cadice
      Milliken Publishing Company — 32 Pages
      ISBN: 1558630899
  • Supplemental - Optional 3
  • Mentioned in the syllabus, but not assigned 7


Week 1

Day Assignment

We will now begin the first area of study in our Earth Science course: the study of geology. Start by completing Worksheet 1a & 1b in the Milliken Press Geology book. Use the Geology Golden Guide, if you have it, pp. 2, 5, 8, 9, 21, 78, 82, 92, 128-131,145-147, to do so. If you don't have it, look the information up in some other resource book. If you can not find the information after 25-30 minutes, your parent can use the key at the front of the workbook and provide you with the information. I will continue to refer to the Golden Guide, but if you are using some other resource material just use it instead. In the future you won't be given the various pages in the Golden Guide to look up. Part of the aim of this course is to learn to use a research text for your own purpose. (Notes: 1. There are three basic types of rock in the crust of the earth, each of which is composed of minerals. You need to name all three types of rock as well as minerals. 2. Question 8 of 1a must be answered by inference. Which layer is largest?)


Write an essay on the Earth’s Interior and Hot Springs & Geysers using Worksheets 1a & 1b along with any other information that you researched yesterday that would be helpful. Make sure that you incorporate all of the information on the worksheets in your essay. You will need to order the information and then re-write it in essay form, supplementing the facts from the worksheet with examples and other interesting notes from the additional research that you have done. Warriner's Grammar & Composition has a chapter on writing research papers based on several sources. You may find the steps laid out in this chapter helpful; though of course your essay is shorter so you would want to follow a simpler version of the steps. Include a list of all the sources that you used in this essay. This essay should have at least 3 paragraphs and should be about 400 words long. (Good science essays in this course can range in length from 200-600 words.) Write this essay in your notebook and illustrate it. When finished look at Transparency #1. Can you answer the question?

3 Answer the questions on Worksheets 2a and 2b. Use the Golden Guide to do so (pp. 22-31). Additionally, name the six important physical properties of minerals and comment on each. When finished look at Transparency #2. Answer the questions.

Write an essay on Minerals & Their Identification and Ores incorporating and expanding on the information in Worksheets 2a & 2b along with any other information that you researched yesterday that would be helpful. Include a list of all the sources that you used in this essay. (Please note the directions for writing an essay in Week 1, Day 2. These directions apply to all science essays). Illustrate it. Do this section well; the information is not difficult, and we will be referring to it again later.