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L2 Earth Science Curriculum

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Earth Science Curriculum

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Our Level 2 Earth Science Curriculum consists of six textbooks. The Earth science lesson plans in each of the Level 2 textbooks are designed for students in middle school and high school. Each textbook contains sixteen written lessons, quizzes and science activities. 

The textbooks are fully illustrated with colorful pictures that are designed to appeal to students in these grades. The quizzes are based on information in the lessons. Each quiz is designed to reinforced the main points of the lesson. The kids science activities included in each lesson are fun and increase student's understanding of each lesson's topic.

The textbooks are designed to take six weeks to complete. Three textbooks should be completed for a semester of Earth Science credit. All six textbooks should be completed for a year of Earth Science credit.

L2 Rock Cycle

The rock cycle consists of three major families of rocks. Each type of rocks is defined by the process that forms the rocks. All igneous rocks form when cooling magma (molten rock) solidifies into solid rock. Sedimentary rock forms when sediments lithify (turn to stone) through compaction and cementation. Our earth science curriculum on the rock cycle includes lesson plans on igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks. These three groups of rocks are found worldwide.

Fun kids science activities are included with every lesson in the textbook in our earth science curriculum. Some of the activities included in our textbook are How Magnetic is My Cereal, Popcorn Cinder Cone and Creating a Playa.

L2 Volcanoes

Volcanoes are mountains of fire that are some of the most fascinating land features on our planet. Our textbook includes sixteen lessons on the major types of volcanoes, types of eruptions, rocks produced by different types of volcanoes, calderas, the 1980 Mount Saint Helens eruption and much more. Each of the lessons include an activity/experiment that is related to the lesson and increases a student’s understanding of the topic. Some of the activities including building their own volcano, making a flip book on an eruption, and creating a frothy eruption.

L2 Earthquakes

Earthquakes are vibrations inside the Earth that follow the release of energy that has built up inside the rocks. Today there are three scales used by seismologists: magnitude scale, intensity scale and the moment magnitude scale. Ninety percent of the earthquakes on Earth occur at plate boundaries. Students learn about plate tectonics, the four different types of seismic waves that are produced by large earthquakes and much more in our textbook. Each of the lessons are designed to teach students about a different topic on earthquakes so that where they finish the textbook they will understand about why the Earth is known as a restless planet.

L2 Earth Science

Earth science combines the study of geology, oceanography, meteorology, biology, chemistry and physics. Our Level 2 Earth Science textbook has lessons on a wide variety of topics that are included in Earth Science. Lesson titles include The Earth, Plate Tectonics, Sedimentary Rocks, Minerals, Volcanoes Worldwide, Seismic Waves, The Atmosphere and Marine Habitats.

Kids Science Activities are included with every lesson. Activities included in our book are Tsunami Waves, Fault Blocks, Pyroclastic Eruptions, Crystal Mobile and Modeling Gneiss.

L2 Space

People have been looking up into the heavens since early times. In this fascinating Level 2 Space textbook students will be learning about our Solar System and the various celestial bodies that are held together by the gravity of the Sun. They also will learn about space travel, space probes, the life cycle of stars and galaxies. Students will have fun creating their own solar oven, making a galactic mobile and designing a space station in this fun and fascinating book on space.

L2 The Oceans

The oceans cover 71 % of the Earth and contain 97.5 % of the water on our planet. Our earth science curriculum for our Oceans textbook includes lesson plans on the physical structure of the oceans from the continental shelves to the deep ocean trenches. Students learn about the various animals that live in different parts of the ocean including tide pools, coral reefs and the open ocean.

Lessons also include recently discovered colonies of animals living on the floor of the oceans where plates are separating. The colonies of plants and animals live around black smokers that do not use sunlight for energy. Examples of activities in The Oceans textbook include moving plates, egg carton reefs, making a game about a tide pool and charting currents.

Teacher’s Edition Textbooks

The teacher’s textbook is an exact copy of the student textbook. It includes the answers to the quizzes on each quiz page. A Teacher’s Notes page is located before each lesson with the following information

1. Lesson Content
2. Lesson Objectives
3. Activity information and materials needed
4. Vocabulary and definitions
5. Correlation with the National Science Standards

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Level 2 Textbooks

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