Earth Science

Course Focus

Apply the following for each content standard.

ESC.1 Identify SDA Christian principles and values in correlation with science.
ESC.1.1 Recognize God's power as Designer, Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer in the universe.
ESC.1.2 Acknowledge God as the Author of all scientific principles and laws regardless of man's interpretation.
ESC.1.3 Develop stewardship and service attitudes toward health, life, and earth's environment.
ESC.1.4 Apply Biblical principles of Christian morality, integrity, and ethical behavior to all aspects of life.
ESC.1.5 Equip students with Christian perspectives on scientific issues.

Course Abilities

Apply the following to each content standard.

ESC.2 Develop abilities in science. HS-ETS1
ESC.2.1 Develop critical and creative thinking skills (analysis, evaluation, divergent questioning, modeling).
ESC.2.2 Understand and utilize the scientific method of problem solving.
ESC.2.3 Utilize the principles and methodologies of cooperative learning.
ESC.3 Be able to apply science knowledge and skills to a variety of purposes. HS-ETS1
ESC.3.1 Recognize scientific principles and laws as tools to solve problems in everyday life.
ESC.3.2 Apply the scientific method in analysis of controversial topics, e.g., cloning, global warming, stem cell research.
ESC.3.3 Read, write, and interpret scientific documents (lab write-ups, journals, scientific publications).
ESC.3.4 Conduct research in the content area.
ESC.3.5 Engage in various uses of technology.

Course Content

Terminology, Geology, Geologic History, Weather, Water, Astronomy (Understand, explore, analyze, apply.)

ESC.4 Be able to understand the basic laws, principles, and theories of Earth Science.
ESC.4.1 Recognize God as the Designer and Creator of our earth within the universe while recognizing divergent theories. HS-ESS1-2, 1-6, 2-7
ESC.4.2 Demonstrate understanding of the structure, composition, and processes of earth (geologic time table, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals). HS-ESS1-5, 1-6, 2-1, 2-3
ESC.4.3 Become acquainted with the geologic history of the earth (fossil record, absolute vs. relative time). HS-ESS1-5, 1-6
ESC.4.4 Familiarize students with the factors that affect earth's climate patterns. HS-ESS1-1, 2-2, 2-4
ESC.4.5 Present the basic concepts of earth's biogeochemical cycles. HS-ESS2-5, 2-6
ESC.4.6 Describe how stars through fusion produce new elements and energy, and how that energy is transmitted to planetary objects. HS-ESS1-1, 1-3
ESC.5 Be able to safely explore Earth Science concepts.
ESC.5.1 Observe the structure and composition of rocks and minerals. HS-ESS1-6, 2-1
ESC.5.2 Explore the fossil record of earth's history from a creationist's paradigm.
ESC.5.3 Investigate principles of climate and global weather patterns. HS-SSE1-1, 2-4
ESC.5.4 Examine factors that affect earth's biogeochemical cycles. HS-ESS2-6
ESC.6 Be able to analyze Earth Science concepts.
ESC.6.1 Classify different types of rocks and minerals.
ESC.6.2 Correlate the fossil record to earth's history from a creationist's paradigm.
ESC.6.3 Analyze and predict the relationship between climate and global weather patterns. HS-ESS1-1, 2-4, 3-5
ESC.6.4 Compare and contrast the relationship between earth's biogeochemical cycles and the factors affecting them. HS-ESS2-6, 3-6
ESC.6.5 Predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system using various models. HS-ESS1-4
ESC.7 Be able to apply fundamentals of Earth Science to life and the earth's environment.
ESC.7.1 Strengthen belief in God as Designer and Creator by applying the fundamentals of Earth Science. HS-ESS1-6, 2-7
ESC.7.2 Utilize the concepts of Earth Science to improve lifestyle choices. HS-ESS2-2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-6
ESC.7.3 Apply the study of Earth Science to issues regarding the environment. HS-ESS2-2, 2-4, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-6