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  • Course Code
    SC.MSC00021/MSC00022
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Earth and Space Science is the study of the processes that operate on Earth and the Earth's place in the solar system and the galaxy.  Students will explore weather and climate patterns and interactions that drive changes over multiple time scales.  Students will investigate the processes that drive Earth’s conditions in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere and the change of the planet over time by studying fossils and plate tectonics.  Students will then look at the big picture by studying Earth’s place in the Universe and its grand scale in both space and time.  Human impact will be embedded throughout the course to explore society’s interaction with the planet.
     
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

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7CHES01 Weather and Climate
Students will construct and use models to develop an understanding of the factors that control weather and climate.  A systems approach is also important here, examining the feedbacks between systems as energy from the sun is transferred between systems and circulates through the oceans and atmosphere. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in asking questions, developing and using models, and planning and carrying out investigations and to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.

7CHES02Earth Systems
Students will understand how Earth’s geosystems operate by modeling the flow of energy and cycling of matter within and among different systems. Students can investigate the controlling properties of important materials and construct explanations based on the analysis of real geoscience data. Of special importance in both topics are the ways that geoscience processes provide resources needed by society but also cause natural hazards that present risks to society; both involve technological challenges for the identification and development of resources and for the mitigation of hazards. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in developing and using models and constructing explanations and to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.

7CHES03History of the Earth
Students will analyze and interpret geoscience data in order to understand the processes and events in Earth’s history.  They will explore scale proportion, and quantity as well as stability and change, as those crosscutting concepts relate to the different ways geological processes operate over the long expanse of geologic time.  Students will construct explanations to demonstrate their understanding that geologic events and conditions have affected the evolution of life, but different life forms have also played important roles in altering Earth’s systems.

7CHES04Space Systems
Students will formulate answers to the questions: “What is Earth’s Place in the Universe?” and “What makes up the solar system and how can the motions of Earth explain seasons and eclipses?”  Students will examine Earth’s place in relation to the solar system, Milky Way galaxy, and universe. There is a strong emphasis on a systems approach, using models of the solar system to explain astronomical and other observations of the cyclical patterns of eclipses and seasons. There is a strong connection to engineering through the instruments and technologies that have allowed us to explore the objects in our solar system and obtain data that support theories that explain the formation and evolution of the universe.  The crosscutting concepts of patterns; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; and interdependence of science, engineering, and technology are called out as organizing concepts for these disciplinary core ideas.  Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in developing and using models and analyzing and interpreting data and to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.