Earth Science

During the course of the 2005-06 school year, I was asked to seek a licensure in Earth-Space Science. While I have been teaching Astronomy for 12 years, 7 of which include the college level, I admit that my teaching license is in the area of Life Sciences. I may know my stuff and enjoy sharing it with my students, but the No Child Left Behind Legistlation has encouraged the Minnesota Department of Education and Hopkins School District to insure the parents of the students that our teachers are fully knowledgeable and credible sources to pass on learning. Since a high school teaching license in Astronomy does not exist, I have been working on a portfolio that will demonstrate to the MDE that I can teach Earth-Space Science. In order to do so, I have begun developing an entire course called Earth Science that is being embedded into the pages of this Astronomy Course. You are expected to follow the Syllabus and course navigation recommended by me. If such a time comes when Hopkins offers a full Earth-Space Science Course, then the pages of content will be ready to help that teacher who may be myself or someone else in the district. Since many of the pages of the Earth Science Course are under construction, you will encounter pages that demonstrate my struggle to get this ready. Please be patient with me. Those of you who may wish to explore more about the Earth outside of the recommended course sequence for Astronomy are welcome to browse and send comments to me.

Below is the present organization of the Earth Science Unit. Some of the links will take you directly into the same places as the Astronomy course because it is all connected. This beginning page helps you keep your sense of place within the larger structure of the Earth-Space Science course:

Introduction - Facts

Our Place In Space

Origin of the Earth - Time Scale , Fossils, Dating the Rock

Structure - Topography, Landforms

Basic Geology,

Plate Tectonics - Volcanoes, Mountains, Earthquakes

Earth Recycles Itself - Rock Cycle, Minerology, Soils

Atmosphere - Water Cycle, Carbon Cycle, Global Warming

Weather - Convection & Advection, Climates

Seasons - Precession, Other Rhythms

Biosphere - Biomes, Ecology, Soils, Distribution Patterns (Resources, Organisms)

Humanity's Place and Influence: Pollution Transfer

Lab Activities:

Building a Topographic Model

Climate Analysis Using Planktonic Formaninifera

Tracking Global Climate Change: Microfossil Record of the Planetary Heat Pump

Determining the Age of Rocks and Fossils

Sequencing Time Activity

Inprereting the Ancient Environment from Fossil Foraminifera

Intrepreting the Paleoenvironment from Fossil Foraminifera

Seafloor Spreading Activity

Comparing Volcanoes in the Solar System

After you have completed your study of Earth as a planet, move forward to a study of The Moon. If, at any time, you get lost during this study, you can return to this Introductory Page. Let's begin with Earth Facts, or take a break to mentally prepare for the fascinating material you will study as you learn about the Earth by going back to the Syllabus or the Home Page.


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