About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our Middle School Earth Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn how volcanoes, weathering and deposition change the Earth's surface through the years. There is no faster or easier way to learn about earth science. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the purpose of the Earth's spheres.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an earth science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and an earth's structure unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Earth's Structure Unit Objectives:
- Learn about the Earth's interior.
- Study the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere.
- Discover facts about the Earth's mantle, core and crust.
1. What is Earth Science?
Earth science is a field that includes geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. Scientists do research in these fields to discover past and future events. Learn about the dynamic field of earth science and how it affects our lives in this lesson.
2. How The Earth is Shaped: Earthquakes, Faults & Tsunamis
If you thought that the best way to describe the Earth's surface was round, think again! As this lesson shows, the world is much more like a soccer ball than you might imagine.
3. The Changing Earth: Volcanoes, Weathering & Deposition
While we may not see it every day, the world is always changing. In this lesson, with the help of an ill-informed tour guide, we will see how volcanoes, weathering, and deposition work to continually change the surface of our planet.
4. 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.
5. Interactions of Earth's Spheres: Purpose and Examples
The four spheres of Earth drive all of its processes and support life on our unique planet. In this video lesson, you will see examples of how Earth's spheres interact with each other to form an overall complex and connected system.
6. Earth's Internal Layers: Crust, Mantle & Core
Earth is made up of several different layers, each with unique properties. In this video lesson, you will identify each layer of Earth and how it relates to Earth as a whole.
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Other chapters within the Middle School Earth Science: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Understanding Plate Tectonics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Understanding Earthquakes: Homeschool Curriculum
- Understanding Volcanoes: Homeschool Curriculum
- Rock Deformation & Mountain Building: Homeschool Curriculum
- Shaping the Earth's Surface: Homeschool Curriculum
- Thermal Energy: Homeschool Curriculum
- Energy in the Earth System: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ecology & Ecosystems: Homeschool Curriculum
- Earth's Energy Sources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Earth's Material Resources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Earth Science Research: Homeschool Curriculum