Earth Science & Earth Systems (Tues 11am EST) With Open Tent Academy


    Start:Tuesday, September 10 2024 @ 11:00AM EDT

    End:Tuesday, March 11 2025 @ 12:30PM EDT


    Event Categories-

    Fall 2024 – Winter 2025 Classes, NCAA Approved Courses, Science / Engineering

    Class Description-

    An introduction to the study of the Earth using a systems approach. The focus will be on the subsystems (geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere) and the dynamic interactions between them. The approach will be to develop an understanding of the balance that exists in the global environment as a result of the interactions between the systems. The course begins with a study of the Earth; relative to the rest of the solar system, continues to a study of the various Earth systems and processes (plate tectonics, earthquakes, weather, oceans, etc.), weather systems, and ends with a unit over the solar system.

    Earth Science vs Earth Systems:

    Each state has different recommendations for science. In many states, Earth Science is covered in middle school. Earth Systems is commonly a high school science course. In this course, Mrs. Collins will create a combination course featuring Earth Science and Earth System standards.

    This class will meet for live instruction once a week. During class time, students will talk about different related topics and participation in group discussions. After the live meeting, students

    will work in Canvas on 5-7 weekly assignments. Along the way, students will add assignments,

    notes, and diagrams to their science spiral notebook. 


    HS-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe

    Students who demonstrate understanding can:

    HS-ESS1-1. Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation.

    HS-ESS1-2. Construct an explanation of the past Earth theories based on astronomical evidence

    of light spectra, motion of distant galaxies, and composition of matter in the universe.

    HS-ESS1-3. Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce


    HS-ESS1-4. Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system.

    HS-ESS1-5. Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.

    HS-ESS1-6. Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history.

    HS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems

    Students who demonstrate understanding can:

    HS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on how the appearance of land features (such as mountains, valleys, and plateaus) and sea-floor features (such as trenches, ridges, and seamounts) are a result of both constructive forces (such as volcanism, tectonic uplift, and orogeny) and destructive mechanisms (such as weathering, mass wasting, and coastal erosion).]

    HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedback that causes changes to other Earth systems.

    HS-ESS2-3. Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection.

    HS-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.

    HS-ESS2-6. Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.

    HS-ESS2-7. Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous changes of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.

    HS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

    Students who demonstrate understanding can:

    HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.

    HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing  energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.

    HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.

    HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.

    HS-ESS3-5. Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.

    HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.

    NOTE: This class must reach the minimum of five students by August 20th to run. If we do not reach this minimum, parents will be notified via email.

    Visit Open Tent Academy's link above to register. The charter school handles registeration for this course so please visit the link to register directly.

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