Our Level 1 Earth Science for kids upper elementary grades includes facts about Earth Science in each of the 12 lessons. These are some of the lesson titles included in the book: Inside the Earth, Earth's Tectonic Plates, Sedimentary Rocks, Minerals, Volcanoes and Earthquakes. Each lesson contains 2-3 pages of written material, a quiz and a kids science activity.
The textbooks are designed for students in the 3rd through 6th grades. Each textbook can be completed in one month by students who finish three lessons per week. A semester of Earth Science credit can be earned by students completing one of the Level 1 courses. Students wishing to earn a year of Earth Science credit should complete both Level 1 courses.
Myrna Martin introduces each lesson in the textbook on a video that can be purchased with our complete kits, packages and courses. Myrna covers not only the main points in the lesson she also includes extra information on the topic that is not contained in the written material.
Elementary science activities
These Earth Science for kids activities are fun and easy to do. They also increase a student's understanding of the information taught in each lesson. Examples of the activities include: Earth Cookie, Spreading Ridges, Creating Caves, Building Crystals, and Testing for Calcite. Each of these activities are designed to be created by students with materials commonly found around the home or in their neighborhood.
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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
The study of Earth Science for kids covers a broad range of topics including plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, the oceans, the atmosphere and space. It was not until the 1970s that scientists discovered a whole new ecosystem around black smokers on the floor of the oceans. Before that scientists did not believe many animals could live at these depths in the oceans. Meteorologists study the weather patterns to predict when a hurricane make come ashore and where. They also want to warm people about blizzards and other hazardous weather they might encounter. Earth Science for kids is important subject that all students should study so they can appreciate the wonders of our planet and outer space.
Facts about earthquakes
Three different scientists studying earthquake waves discovered important boundaries inside our Earth. The Moho boundary that separates the mantle from the crust was discovered by a Croatian science. The liquid outer core was discovered by Beno Gutenberg. He discovered S waves that only travel through solids stopped at the outer boundary of the core. Inge Lehmann, a Danish scientists studying great earthquakes in Japan discovered the inner solid core using P waves. The Pacific Ocean is has a ring of subduction zones that produce great earthquakes and generate tsunamis.
Earth Science facts
The longest mountain range on our planet lies at the bottom of the oceans. The mountain ranges that make up the mid-ocean ridge formed as tectonic plates separate allowing magma from the upper mantle to ooze out on the ocean floor. The lava flows out covering all the ocean floors with pillow basalt.
Every 11 years the Sun’s poles reverse. The last time this occurred was on December 31, 2013. The poles completely reversed so that the former North Pole is now the South Pole. You can learn more about this reversal by clicking on this link.
What is igneous rocks?
Igneous rocks form when magma (molten rock) cools and solidifies. The great chain of the Hawaiian Islands are made completely of igneous rock. The Hawaiian Islands have grown over a persistent hot spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii are increasing in size because of the hot spot. Loihi is a small seamount off the coast of the Big Island and is the newest member of the Hawaiian Islands. Magma forms in the upper mantle where the hot spot is located feeding these volcanoes.
Earth Science materials
Why Educators Choose Our Earth Science Curriculum
Homeschool Science Materials
Our Earth Science curriculum has been recommended by a number of authors including:
All of our science materials have been used by homeschooling families throughout the United States since 1998.
Recommended by AFMS Junior Chair
Ring of Fire Science materials were recommended by Jim Brace-Thompson of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. He found our materials contain a wealth of information for the junior members of the society. He wrote that our books are beautifully designed and illustrated with easy-to-follow instructions for kids.
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