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Grade level: appropriate for 1st-4th grade
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Earth & Environment 1 Add-on?
Written by REAL Science Odyssey author Blair Lee, Earth & Environment 1 Add-on is intended to be used as an add-on course to Earth & Space 1. This add-on includes many of the labs and lessons found in Earth & Environment 1 that incorporate three new thematic elements not found in Earth & Space 1.
What are the new elements?
- Scientific modeling: There has been a movement to teach the practice and vocabulary of scientific modeling in all science classes, particularly Earth and environmental science. Scientific modeling at its most basic is done when a complex system is simplified so that specific elements within that system can be studied. This leads to a more solid understanding of the specific elements and a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the system as a whole.
- During the past decade there has been a concerted movement by science educators to include environmental science as a thematic element when teaching Earth science. Earth & Environment 1 has woven environmental science topics throughout the updated course. An important topic now covered in this course is global warming and how that is causing climate change.
- Focused definitions of core science terms and phrases that have significant differences of meaning from regular and scientific use.
RSO Earth & Environment 1 ADD-ON Scope and Sequence
- What is Earth science?
- Earth has four “spheres”
- Age of Earth
- Geologic timeline
Atmosphere & Hydrosphere
- Air pollution
- Water pollution
- Cloud types
- Tectonic plate movement
- Forces that shape the earth: earthquakes and volcanoes
Weather & Climate
- Climate versus weather
- Climate change
- Shrinking my carbon footprint
- Forces that erode rock: water, ice, and living things
- Human causes of erosion
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