Basic Earth Science

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Level 1 Basic Earth Science

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Each basic Earth Science textbook was written for students in the upper elementary grades. The textbooks combine information from geology, oceanography, meteorology, biology, chemistry and physics in the various lessons. The Rock Cycle textbook includes information on igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. They learn the characteristics of each of these rocks that make each family unique.

Earth Science lesson plans

The Earth Science lesson plans are the same in all of our textbooks. Twelve topics are included in each book with two to three pages of written information about the topic. These are some topics included in our Level 1 Volcanoes book: Four Types of Volcanoes, Pyroclastic Flows, Plate Tectonics, Ring of Fire and Hawaiian Volcanoes.

The Earth Science lesson plans in these books includes a short review quiz an elementary science activities also. The elementary science activities are designed to increase a student’s understanding of Earth Science topics using easy to obtain materials. This is a sample of the elementary science activities in the Level 1 Minerals book: Looking for Luster, Checking for Hardness, Checking the Streak, and Special Properties.

Basic Earth Science Textbooks

Our Earth Science textbooks are designed for upper elementary students in 3rd through 6th grade. Our textbooks include 12 lessons on a particular topic, short quiz and an activity that increases students understanding of the topic lesson. The lessons are designed to take approximately one hour to complete. Students completing three lessons per week can cover each book in a month. Topics taught in our basic Earth Science book include Inside the Earth, Oceans and Layers of the Atmosphere.

Kids Science Activities

Each kids science activity is designed to further enhance the understanding of the student about the lesson topic. These are some of the sample activities that are included in our Level 1 Earthquakes book: Building Crystals, Lava Eruptions, Creating Caves and Testing for Calcite.

L1 Igneous Rocks — Learn what is igneous rocks and how to identify the four major types of igneous rocks. Learn how they are based on their quartz content. They can also be classified by their color and volcanoes that produce each type of igneous rocks.

L1 Sedimentary Rocks — Sedimentary rocks cover 75% of the surface of the Earth. You will learn how to identify these three major groups of sedimentary rocks based on their characteristics: clastic, organic and chemical.

L1 Metamorphic Rocks —Learn about how plate tectonics create new metamorphic rocks from older igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Metamorphic rocks are rocks of change due to crustal plate movement.

L1 Rock Cycle — This Earth Science textbook includes 12 lessons on igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Each lesson and earth science activity is designed to increase a student’s understanding of the rocks found on our planet.

L1 Basic Earth Science Course 2 — Level 1 Course 2 will take a semester to complete by students finishing three lessons per week. The Earth Science books in this course are the Rock Cycle, Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Earth Science. Three sets of rocks are included in the basic and complete kits.

L1 Rock and Mineral ID Field Guide —The field guide is divided into four major sections that help students identify rocks found worldwide. The easy-to-use field guide contains basic information on common rocks, charts and pictures that are kid friendly.

L1 Rock Identification Course 1 — Level 1 Course 1 is designed for students in the upper elementary grades. The course includes Igneous Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks and the Rock Identification Field Guide. Three sets of rocks are included in the basic and complete kits.


More Level 1 Earth Science Links

L1 Igneous Rocks

L1 Sedimentary Rocks

L1 Metamorphic Rocks

L1 Rock & Mineral Field Guide

Level 1 Course 1

Level 1 Textbooks

L1 Earth Science

L1 Rock Cycle

L1 Volcanoes

L1 Earthquakes

Level 1 Course 2

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