Earth Science CR (Semester 2)

Course Description:

Earth Science is the branch of science devoted to studying the planet Earth and all the objects in the universe. This course begins with an introduction to the processes, methods, and tools of scientific inquiry. An understanding of the geology of Earth is built through units that discuss topics such as rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, and Earth’s natural resources. The structure and function of the atmosphere as well as situations that cause changes in the atmosphere build student’s understanding of Earth’s atmosphere. The study of oceanography is introduced with such topics as seafloor features and ocean currents. Weather, climate, and climate change are topics that begin to develop an understanding of meteorology. Throughout the course students develop an understanding of how Earth’s systems and cycles work together to make life on Earth possible. The students also take a tour of the universe as they discuss its formation, the characteristics of the objects in our solar system, and the universe beyond our solar system. Throughout the course, they see examples of how individuals have built our knowledge of Earth and the universe through invention, innovation, and discovery.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Earth Science CR (Semester 2)
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Earth Science
Course Provider : Genesee ISD
Content Provided By : Fuel Education LLC
Online Instructor Provided By : Fuel Education LLC
Standards Addressed : Common Core State Standards
Academic Terms : Open Entry / Open Exit
Subject Area : Life and Physical Sciences
Course Identifier : Earth Science
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 2 of 2

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Phone : 810-591-4401

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• Explain the processes, methods, and tools of scientific inquiry. • Distinguish among beliefs, scientific laws, and scientific theories and between the questions science can answer and those it can’t. • Summarize the impact of science on daily life, society, the environment, and human history. • Describe the formation, structure, composition, distinguishing properties, and classification of minerals and rocks. • Summarize how the location of rocks and minerals around the world affect both economies and politics. • Explain the laws, principles, and methods used to date fossils and other Earth materials, and to put geological events in chronological order. • Analyze the relationship between natural selection and biological diversity over the course of Earth’s history. • Describe the structure of Earth and its uniqueness in the solar system. • Relate how various geological processes are still shaping Earth as a result of plate tectonics. • Describe the structure, composition, features, functions, and global patterns of the atmosphere and the ocean systems of Earth. • Identify the impact of the atmosphere-ocean system on world climate, as well as how this system is affected by pollution and the greenhouse effect. • Compare and contrast physical, chemical, and biological weathering. • Summarize how each type of weathering affects both natural landscapes and man-made structures. • Identify and describe each step in the hydrologic cycle. • Discuss how rivers form, flow, form landscape features, and interact with human settlements. • Identify and describe glacier types and the various landscapes associated with them. • Analyze the role of erosion in the formation of Karst topography, coastlines, deserts, and eolian systems and identify where and how humans can limit this erosion. • Identify the steps in Earth’s carbon cycle and the effect of excess carbon on the land, water, and atmosphere. • Describe the processes, procedures, and environmental impacts associated with the use of nuclear energy, fossil fuels, and renewable energy resources. • Summarize the formation, structure, and composition of the universe and the objects found in it as well as how that knowledge has grown over the course of history. • Describe how man and unmanned missions to the objects in our solar system have added to our understanding of both our solar system and the universe at large.

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Review Conducted By: Fuel Education LLC
Date of Review: 07/11/2014

Module VI: Weathering and Soils
• Lesson 1 – Weathering
• Lesson 2 – Weathering Rates
• Lesson 3 – Weathering and the Landscape
• Lesson 4 – Soil Formation
• Lesson 5 – Soil Properties
• Lesson 6 – Soil Orders
• Lesson 7 – Soil and Society
• Lesson 8 – Mass Movement
• Lesson 9 – Investigating Soils Lab

Module VII: Rivers and Groundwater
• Lesson 1 – The Water Cycle
• Lesson 2 – Watersheds
• Lesson 3 – Rivers
• Lesson 4 – Stream Erosion
• Lesson 5 – Stream Deposition
• Lesson 6 – Floods
• Lesson 7 – Groundwater
• Lesson 8 – Groundwater Flow
• Lesson 9 – Groundwater Uses and Conservation

Module VIII: Landscape Features
• Lesson 1 – Types of Glaciers

• Lesson 2 – Glaciers and the Landscape
• Lesson 3 – Karst Topography
• Lesson 4 – Caves
• Lesson 5 – Coastal Erosion
• Lesson 6 – Shoreline Features
• Lesson 7 – Eolian Systems
• Lesson 8 – Desertification

Module IX: Earth's Natural Resources
• Lesson 1 – Earth’s Carbon Cycle
• Lesson 2 – Fossil Fuels

• Lesson 3 – Electricity Generation and the Environment
• Lesson 4 – Fission and Fusion

• Lesson 5 – Nuclear Reactors
• Lesson 6 – Nuclear Energy and the Environment
• Lesson 7 – Energy Types
• Lesson 8 – Alternative Energy Sources
• Lesson 9 – Impact of Renewable Energy
• Lesson 10 – Mineral Resources

Module X: The Solar System
• Lesson 1 – History of Beliefs About the Universe
• Lesson 2 – Structure and Composition of the Universe
• Lesson 3 – Life Cycle of Stars
• Lesson 4 – Our Solar System
• Lesson 5 – The Sun
• Lesson 6 – The Moon
• Lesson 7 – Inner Planets
• Lesson 8 – Outer Planets
• Lesson 9 – Space Exploration
Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024 100 $200 $0
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024 100 $275 $0
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024 100 $300 $0
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Enrollments earning 60% or more of the total course points are considered course completions and will be charged the final 20% payment. Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
K-5: Extensions are not available. 6-12: 4-week extensions are available for $50 per enrollment (maximum 2 extensions per 18-week enrollment). 6-12: 2-week extensions are available for $25 per enrollment (maximum 2 extensions per 9-week enrollment). Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Students can contact their online instructor as needed. Online instructors have posted office hours, and provide contact information.
School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
19-20 0 0 0.0%
13-14 3 2 66.67% Enrollment data include all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the Spring and Summer 2013-14 school year.