7th-9th: Discovering Design with Earth Science

Teacher Info:

Teacher Name: Rachel H. McManamay
Teacher Email: rachelhmcmanamay@gmail.com

Monthly Cost, Fees and Deposit

Tuition: $240 per year
Payable in monthly installments of $30
Deposit: $30 (due at registration)
Supply/Materials Fee: $45 (due at registration)
Digital Payment Address: Venmo @Rachel-McManamay

Class Details

Class Time: 1st hour
Grades: 7th-9th
Midterm Enrollment: Yes
Prerequisite: None
Estimated Homework Hours: 2
Required Materials or Books: 
Berean Builders - Discovering Design with Earth Science
Berean Builders - Discovering Design with Earth Science Test and Answer Key
Closed toed shoes for labs
Safety goggles
3 ring binder - 3 tabs (homework/review questions), (loose leaf paper for lab info), (grid paper for lab data)

Class Description

In this course we will cover the “general properties of the earth’s geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. Students learn about all the sections of the geosphere (such as core, mantle, crust, etc.) and then they study each in more detail. When studying the earth’s crust, they learn about minerals, rocks, and the rock cycle. Plate tectonics is then covered, which leads to a discussion of seismic waves, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Students then learn about fossils and how both uniformitarians and catastrophists interpret those fossils as well as the sedimentary rocks in which they are found.”

For hydrosphere, “Students first learn the properties of water such as polarity, the ability to hydrogen bond, and heat capacity. That leads to a discussion of the hydrologic cycle and residence time. Students then learn about the waves, currents, and tides in the ocean. They then move on to the ice reservoirs on the earth and then the freshwater reservoirs. Water in the air is the last part of the hydrosphere that is covered. The atmosphere is then discussed, including the composition of air, the sections of the atmosphere, temperature gradients, and pollutants. This leads to a discussion of weather. The course ends with two chapters on space, one that covers the solar system and one that covers the universe as a whole.

There are many labs that we we will do throughout the course. We will look at specific minerals, rocks, and fossils and do “mineral tests, rock analyses, fossil studies, density investigations, and magnetic property explorations. Students also get hands-on experience with waves, gases, wind, water purification, cloud formation, the Coriolis effect, precipitation, and acid/base interactions.”

* quotes from https://bereanbuilders.com/ecomm/product/discovering-design-with-earth-science-set/

Rachel McManamay