Our Course 2 elementary lesson plans are for students in the upper elementary grades. The textbooks are Earth Science, Rock Cycle, Volcanoes and Earthquakes. The four textbooks each have twelve lessons and are designed for upper elementary students. This course is designed to be completed in one semester by students who finish three lessons per week. Each lesson in the textbooks contains 2-3 pages of written material, quiz and elementary science activity.
The video lessons are included with our course package contains video lessons taught by Myrna Martin. The author introduces each lesson plus giving additional background information and other earth science facts that are not included in the written lessons.
Elementary Science Activities
The kids science activities are fun to do and have been "tested by kids." Myrna has made every effort to use common materials for the kids science activities that are easily obtained by most people.
Earth Science 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.
The rock cycle contains three major groups of rocks. Igneous rocks formed when molten rock (magma) cools. Intrusive, plutonic, lava, and tephra are examples of different types of igneous rocks. Sedimentary rocks cover 75% of the Earth’s surface. The major types of sedimentary rocks are shale, sandstone, limestone and coal. All metamorphic rocks contain recrystallized minerals. Slate is a low-grade metamorphic rock. Gneiss is a high-grade that forms under extreme heat and pressure.
Volcanoes are mountains of fire. Beneath volcanoes molten rock (magma) collects in magma chambers. The hot magma is buoyant and moves up through the throat of the volcano where it erupts onto the Earth’s surface. Volcanoes come in many shapes and sizes. Some are cone shaped, other form a shield shape, some are domes and others are small steep-sided mountains. Our elementary lesson plans include the four major types or volcanoes and four major types of eruptions in this textbook.
Earth Science facts about earthquakes. Pressure inside rocks along a fault line build up
pressure in the rocks until them break triggering an earthquake. Every earthquake
produces P waves and S waves. Ninety percent of all earthquakes are generated
at tectonic plate boundaries. Large earthquakes occur on average about every
four to five years. Love waves and Rayleigh waves are earthquake waves that
travel only along the surface of the Earth after large earthquakes. Our elementary lesson plans on earthquakes also includes information tsunamis that are produced by great earthquakes.
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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
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.
Cambridge Who's Who named Myrna Martin their Science Textbook Publishing Professional of the Year. She is the author of all of our textbooks. Read more about our family business.