About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Introduction to Geology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The branches of geology||Physical geology, historical geology, environmental geology, planetary geology, economic geology|
|Tuesday||The scientific method||Hypotheses, experiments, observations and analyses, feedback loops|
|Wednesday||The scientific community||Creativity and intuition in science, peer review, scientific collaboration and competition|
|Thursday||The systems approach to geology||Interactions between the Earth's components, benefits of the systems approach|
|Friday||Earth's four spheres||Characteristics of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere|
1. The Main Branches of Geology
Although many people think the field of geology focuses solely on rocks, there is much more behind this scientific field. Geology has many different branches that each focus on interesting and unique features of our planet and beyond.
2. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples
The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.
3. Understanding the Systems Approach to Geology
Most geological events are influenced by many different factors. Instead of just looking at one factor, the systems approach to geology emphasizes a more holistic approach to understanding the world around us.
4. Earth's 4 Major Geological Subsystems
When we think of the Earth, we mainly think of the physical land we stand on. The Earth system is much more complex and is comprised of four major geological subsystems that interact to carry out many natural processes.
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