Ch 26: NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II: Earth Science

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Refresh your understanding of Earth's composition, systems and processes as you study the lessons in our Earth Science chapter. As you review for the NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II exam, make these lessons part of your strategy.

NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II: Earth Science - Chapter Summary

Take another look at Earth's cycles, component materials, and other related data as you apply this material to the kinds of questions you may find on the NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II test. The following topics are covered in these video lessons:

  • Earth's climate, weather, and factors affecting both
  • Water and atmospheric cycles and the impact of global warming
  • Overview of the systems approach to geology
  • Types of earth materials and their role in sustaining life
  • Earth's landforms and geological subsystems
  • Natural resources and renewable vs. non-renewable resources
  • Impact of natural events on habitats

This comprehensive, yet delightfully refreshing course of study combines expert instruction, additional resources in the form of subject-matter specialists, and information-packed video lessons into a powerful tool specifically designed to help you with test preparation. Fully transcribed versions of the videos mirror each lesson, and key terminology is highlighted for immediate identification and easy reference.

14 Lessons in Chapter 26: NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II: Earth Science
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Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

1. 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

2. 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.

Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

3. Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

Weather is the current state of the atmosphere and is determined by factors like temperature, pressure and humidity. These factors that cause periodic changes in the Earth's air masses are explored in this lesson.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

4. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.

Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

5. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.

Understanding the Systems Approach to Geology

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

How Earth Materials Sustain Animal and Plant Life

8. 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.

Other Earth Materials: Metals and Precious Rocks

9. 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.

Landform: Definition & Types

10. Landform: Definition & Types

Read about landforms and their major features. Learn the differences between formations like mountains and hills, valleys and canyons. (Hint: It has to do with their form.)

Earth's 4 Major Geological Subsystems

11. 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.

What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

12. What Are Natural Resources? - Definition & Types

Natural resources are materials provided by the Earth that humans can use to make more complex (human-made) products. In this lesson, you will learn some examples of natural resources and how to classify them.

How Natural Events Change Habitats

13. How Natural Events Change Habitats

Natural events, like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and floods, can be very powerful and destructive. In this lesson, we will see firsthand how they can change human and wildlife habitats in both damaging and helpful ways.

Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

14. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

We use a variety of Earth's resources, but not all of them will be around forever. This lesson explains the difference between resources that can be regenerated for our use and those that are gone after they are used once.

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