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Earth Systems (High School Level Flex Semester 1): 17 Weeks With Labs

Join this high school level Earth Systems course to cover the basics of Earth Science, Geology, and Astronomy. The course will provide engaging lessons, labs, and projects as we explore the world of Earth Science as a group.
Mrs. Collins, Certified Teacher
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$10 per week
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Class Experience

The instructor is state certified so Next Generation Science and state standards will be taught. 

Full Year Earth Systems Standards:
SES1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the composition and
formation of Earth systems, including the Earth’s place in the solar system.
a. Construct an explanation of the origins of the solar system from scientific evidence including
the composition, distribution and motion of solar system objects.
(Clarification statement: The nebular hypothesis should be included in this element.)
b. Ask questions to evaluate evidence for the development and composition of Earth’s early
systems, including the geosphere (crust, mantle and core), hydrosphere and atmosphere.
(Clarification statement: The differentiation by density of Earth into crust, mantle and core
should be included in this element.)
c. Develop a model of the physical composition of Earth’s layers using multiple types of
evidence (e.g., Earth’s magnetic field, composition of meteorites and seismic waves).
(Clarification statement: Earth’s layers should include crust, mantle, inner core and outer
SES2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to understand how plate tectonics
creates certain geologic features, landforms, Earth materials, and geologic hazards.
a. Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes the mechanisms causing plate
tectonic motion.
(Clarification statement: The role of radioactive decay as the source of energy that drives the
process of convection should be studied as part of this element).
b. Develop and use models for the different types of plate tectonic settings (convergent,
divergent and transform boundaries).
(Clarification statement: Subduction zones, continental collisions, rift zones, and ocean
basins should be included.)
c. Construct an explanation that communicates the relationship of geologic features, landforms,
Earth materials and geologic hazards to each plate tectonic setting.
d. Ask questions to compare and contrast the relationship between transformation processes of
all rock types (sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic) and specific plate tectonic settings.
(Clarification statement: The plate tectonic settings to be considered here are continental
collision, subduction zone, mid-ocean ridge, transformation fault, hot spot, and passive
e. Construct an argument using multiple forms of evidence that supports the theory of plate
tectonics (e.g., fossils, paleomagnetism, seafloor age, etc.).
SES3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explore the actions of water,
wind, ice, and gravity as they relate to landscape change.
a. Plan and carry out an investigation that demonstrates how surface water and groundwater act
as the major agents of physical and chemical weathering.
b. Develop a model of the processes and geologic hazards that result from both sudden and
gradual mass wasting.
c. Construct an explanation that relates the past and present actions of ice, wind, and water to
landform distribution and landscape change.
d. Construct an argument based on evidence that relates the characteristics of the sedimentary
materials to the energy by which they were transported and deposited.
SES4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to understand how rock
relationships and fossils are used to reconstruct the Earth’s past.
a. Use mathematics and computational thinking to calculate the absolute age of rocks using a
variety of methods (e.g., radiometric dating, rates of erosion, rates of deposition, and varve
b. Construct an argument applying principles of relative age (superposition, original
horizontality, cross-cutting relations, and original lateral continuity) to interpret a geologic
cross-section and describe how unconformities form.
c. Analyze and interpret data from rock and fossil succession in a rock sequence to interpret
major events in Earth’s history such as mass extinction, major climatic change, and tectonic
d. Construct an explanation applying the principle of uniformitarianism to show the relationship
between sedimentary rocks and their fossils to the environments in which they were formed.
e. Construct an argument using spatial representations of Earth data that interprets major
transitions in Earth’s history from the fossil and rock record of geologically defined areas.
(Clarification statement: Students should use maps and cross-sections with a focus on
SES5. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the interaction of
solar energy and Earth’s systems to produce weather and climate.
a. Develop and use models to explain how latitudinal variations in solar heating create
differences in air pressure, global wind patterns, and ocean currents that redistribute heat
b. Analyze and interpret data (e.g., maps, meteograms, and weather apps) that demonstrate how
the interaction and movement of air masses creates weather.
c. Construct an argument that predicts weather patterns based on interactions among ocean
currents, air masses, and topography.
d. Analyze and interpret data to show how temperature and precipitation produce the pattern of
climate regions (zones) on Earth.
e. Construct an explanation that describes the conditions that generate extreme weather events
(e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms) and the hazards associated with these events.
f. Construct an argument relating changes in global climate to variation to Earth/sun
relationships and atmospheric composition.
SES6. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how life on Earth responds to
and shapes Earth’s systems.
a. Construct an argument from evidence that describes how life has responded to major events
in Earth’s history (e.g., major climatic change, tectonic events) through extinction, migration,
and/or adaptation.
b. Construct an explanation that describes how biological processes have caused major changes
in Earth’s systems through geologic time (e.g., nutrient cycling, atmospheric composition,
and soil formation).
c. Ask questions to investigate and communicate how humans depend on Earth’s land and water
resources, which are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geological and
environmental processes.
d. Analyze and interpret data that relates changes in global climate to natural and anthropogenic
modification of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.
Mrs. Collins has 23 years of experience teaching science. Her focus area is Earth Science and Earth Systems at the national level but has experience teaching grades 2-12 science. 
Project, research and weekly assignments will be given. 
 7 files available upon enrollment
spiral notebook pencil, pens tape coloring pencils scissors posterboard ziploc bags (2 gallon size and 10 sandwich size) clay or play dough (4 colors) paper clips plastic spoon or knife permanent markers (blue and black) vinegar and baking soda bottled water salt flour marbles chalk (6 colors) ruler cardboard box Styrofoam balls for solar system project paint/paint brushes watercolor paint set yarn or string highlighter pen oven pan glass jars ruler calculator protractor or circular object to trace construction paper paper towels paper plates sugar cubes duct tape
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The teacher will provide quiz/test on Quizlet and Quizizz. Both programs provide grades immediately. Students are asked to record grades on the last page of their spiral for the parents to see. Many Outschool parents oversee the testing at home, so the code will be provided on the class wall so the parent can decide if the student will take the test independently or in the presence of the parent. After the test is taken, the program will grade immediately and provide a print out on the website, if needed. The parent can have the student retake the test as many times as needed or print off a test copy to practice more at home. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The Outschool teacher provides a small piece of your homeschool journey. The instructor will provide the instruction in an organized fashion covering all the state standards. The parent will need to check in on the student's progress each week by checking the class wall and the student spiral a minimum of once a week. The instructor will be available to help the student via the Outschool inbox. Please help your child setup their inbox so they can send and receive messages from the instructor. 

The first week of class will include practice assignments, parents are asked to help with these to confirm the student knows how to begin, where to find the assignments, and their computer has the ability to upload an image/video/and pdf format for assignments. 

The instructor will check in periodically to see if you are happy with the class. Please be open to checking for Outschool messages, and providing feedback. 

Upon registration you will see on post 1 many important documents-welcome letter, class expectations, and standards.
Teacher created curriculum using Glencoe and Holt Earth Science and Earth Systems textbooks. In addition, NASA teacher curriculum resources will be used. 


Mrs. Collins, Certified Teacher
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