Earth Science Course Outline

 

Big Ideas

Essential Questions

 

Unit Questions

Introduction

 

Surface Processes

 

Earth History & Plate Tectonics

Meteorology

Climate

 

Astronomy

 

The Earth is a System of Systems.

 

How can recognizing and understanding feedback and patterns help you figure out what’s going on in the Earth System?

How can maps and models be used to understand interactions on earth?

How does the interaction of air, water and earth shape the surface?

What connections are there between the changing surface of the earth and the evolution of life?

How does a cloud form?

 

What interactions create our climate? How are they changing?

 

What patterns can be found in the sky?

The Flow of Energy Drives the Cycling of Matter.

 

Why does the Earth look the way it does?

How can we predict if something will float or sink?

 

Why does the Delaware look the way it looks?

Are the continents really moving?

 

What would the world be like without convection?

 

What the world be like without convection?

 

Why do we have seasons?

 


Life, Including Human Life, Influences and is Influenced by the Environment.

 

How do I fit in with all of Earth’s parts?

How do I fit in with all of Earth’s parts?

 

How do humans change the Earth’s surface?

 

How does the movement of the Earth’s crust affect me?

How does the weather affect me?

 

What effect do I have on the climate?

 

What does the life cycle of a star have to do with me?

 

Physical and chemical principles are unchanging and drive both gradual and rapid changes in the Earth system.

How has the Earth changed over time?  (What has the evolution of life got to do with that?)  How does the past help us predict the future?

How does the past help us predict the future?

Why does Earth’s surface look the way it does?

 

How do we know how old the Earth is?

 

Why do we have the weather we have?

 

What can we learn from past climates?

 

Why do we think the Universe is old?

 

To Understand (Deep) Time and the Scale of Space, Models and Maps are Necessary.

What makes a good model?

What makes a good model of Earth?

 

How can erosional/ depositional systems be modeled?

How can an earthquake be modeled?

 

How do we make weather forecasts?

What factors have to go into a good climate model?

 

How big is space?

 

Nature of science

 

How do we know what we know?

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