Ch 17: Earth & Space Science: Early Childhood Education

About This Chapter

This chapter was assembled to help you review the different topics related to Earth and space science that young students should learn about. It includes lessons on basic geology, weather, the parts of the Earth and Earth history.

Earth & Space Science: Early Childhood Education - Chapter Summary

Our professional instructors put together this series of short lessons and assessments on Earth and space science so that you will have a better understanding of what children need to know about them. In this chapter, you will review:

  • The four main components of Earth
  • How these components sustain life
  • Facts about weather and climate
  • The components of our solar system
  • The relationship between the sun, moon, Earth, tides and gravity
  • Why we have four seasons in some areas
  • Fours spheres of Earth and events that shape the Earth's surface
  • How fossils have been used as evidence for the change of species and mass extinctions

Following each lesson is a quiz that will test your understanding of the material. You can revisit the lessons as often as needed, and you may ask our instructors for assistance if necessary. At the end of the chapter, you will have another opportunity to test your knowledge by completing the practice chapter exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 17: Earth & Space Science: Early Childhood Education
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Earth's Materials: Minerals, Rocks, Soil & Water

1. Earth's Materials: Minerals, Rocks, Soil & Water

Although the earth is a very complex system, there are only four main components of Earth that are the building blocks of life. These components are referred to as Earth's materials and include minerals, rocks, soil and water.

Other Earth Materials: Metals and Precious Rocks

2. Other Earth Materials: Metals and Precious Rocks

Our planet contains a variety of natural resources that we rely on to survive. Some of these resources, including metals and precious rocks, are less common than others and serve unique functions.

How Earth Materials Sustain Animal and Plant Life

3. How Earth Materials Sustain Animal and Plant Life

The earth can be a very complex system with many different interacting parts. But, at its base, it is made up of four main materials that make life on Earth possible for both plants and animals.

Weather: Definition & Types

4. Weather: Definition & Types

Talk about weather is everywhere: on the news, in the papers, and in almost every conversation. What causes it all, though? In this lesson, we will define weather, take a look at the different types, and learn what causes weather changes to take place.

Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

5. Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

This video lesson will guide you in understanding the difference between climate and weather. Discover how they are different but related and how they are the ways you can describe atmospheric conditions on Earth.

The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

6. The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

This lesson discusses the processes water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle. You'll get an in-depth look at condensation, precipitation, and evaporation.

Solar System Overview

7. Solar System Overview

This lesson will go over the major aspects of our solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids.

How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides

8. How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides

This lesson will define tides, the tidal force, neap tide, and spring tide. It will also talk about how the sun, moon, and Earth interact to produce tidal bulges.

How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

9. How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

This lesson will describe how the moon, Earth, and sun combine to form the phases of the moon. We'll also discuss the important concept of synchronous rotation.

Geography of the Four Seasons

10. Geography of the Four Seasons

This lesson will explain how the earth's axis and rotation affect seasons. In doing this, it will also highlight the concept of the summer and winter solstices, as well as how seasons vary around the globe.

The Four Spheres of Earth: Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Atmosphere

11. The Four Spheres of Earth: Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Atmosphere

Earth is made up of four distinct yet connect spheres. In this video lesson, you will learn about where each sphere is found on Earth, as well as some features commonly found in each.

The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

12. The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface

There are many geologic processes that shape the surface of the Earth. Not only do they build and destroy a variety of landscapes, but they also give us clues to the interior of the Earth and the forces that exist there.

Fossil Evidence for Biological Diversity, Speciation, & Mass Extinction

13. Fossil Evidence for Biological Diversity, Speciation, & Mass Extinction

One of the best sources of evidence we have for evolution is the fossil record. Fossils provide a wealth of information on how species change over time and for exciting events like mass extinctions and new species formation.

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