Earth Science (ESCI) is... the MOST fundamental and monumental course a human being on this earth can take because we survive and grow by understanding and harnessing the natural services and natural capital of the planet earth. ESCI is a college preparatory course but more importantly this course will challenge you to sharpen your awareness of how the natural world functions and empowers you to function positively in the real world as a living human.
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Unit I | Earth's History
The Earth is a system that changes its appearance and composition with time. The system is complex and the spheres of Earth are interconnected. All in all, students will gain an understanding of the geologic time scale of the Earth and an appreciation for the development of its systems. The Earth is part of a much larger system and we will align the past and formation to the future and predictable changes.
Unit II | Earth's Composition
The composition of the Earth is a direct result of how it was formed and how its dynamics cycle and convert that material. We will focus on the lithosphere (earth's crust: minerals and rocks). Our daily lives depend on the extraction of these materials from the Earth and application to our lifestyle.
Unit III | Earth's Internal Forces
The Earth has extreme energy within the core. This energy is the cause of many effects that change the way our planetary crust looks. Mountains, Oceans, Volcanoes, Earthquakes...oh man! These internal forces drive continents apart and bring them together. These forces make the earth ALIVE.
Unit IV | Earth's External Forces
The Earth absorbs energy from the sun (light) and transforms that light energy to heat and that heat drives the water cycle. Water has enormous power to sculpt the crust of the Earth. Rivers and Glaciers change rocks and soils. Wind and time combine to create shapes and structures and soils. Weathering and erosion are the external forces that directly compete and balance the internal forces.
Unit V | Cultivating our Earth
The earth is the matrix that provides growth for plants (fruits and veggies). Those plants are eaten by animals (meats and dairy). Feeding a growing human population is demanding. The earth's ability to sustain the demand requires deeper understanding of agricultural processes.
Unit VI | Energy Resources
Everything in this universe interacts with energy. Energy is transferred to or from the entities involved in the interaction. Earth provides ample energy that it has stored from the sun or produced from within. Human lifestyle requires LOTS OF ENERGY! Nothing is free so we need to understand how to best utilize resources of energy and how to best consume energy in our daily actions.
Unit VII | Atmosphere: Climate
Climate is directly linked to the energy received from the sun. The more energy absorbed from the sun the warmer the temperatures we experience on earth. Natural cycles influence changes in sunlight all the time. More recently and globally human action has changed the way our planet absorbs sunlight and releases radiant heat. Plants and animals adapt to changes in climate or they go extinct.
Unit VIII | Atmosphere: Weather
Weather fascinates most people because it generates emotional responses within the observer. Omniscient clouds are scary. Lightning is beautiful and lethal. Rain is essential and torrential. Hurricanes paralyze even the biggest cities and droughts can turn Midwest states into ghost towns. Predicting the weather is not easy.
Unit IX | Human Impacts on Earth
Historically, humans were very connected to the earth because their survival depended on their ability to understand and adapt to changes in their environment. Recently, we have invented systems and technologies that comfort us to buffer the changes in the earth. We are growing further from our native planet. This lack of connection, this ignorance only amplifies this gap. Citizens of the world need to acknowledge their dependence on this planet. We need to work with our Earth Systems to protect our planet and our species.
Guiding Curriculum & Skills
I believe in my ability and I embrace my role as a professional educator. I hold myself to the highest standard of providing learning experiences that empower my students for their next steps outside of my class. I utilize a variety of national standards for instruction, technology and skillsets:
Next Generation Science Standards
ACT Readiness Standards
International Society for Technology in Education
Partnership for 21st Skills