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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

 Curriculum

Science - Earth Science

 

Earth Science

 

The learner will be able to differentiate among the four major branches of Earth Science.

 

The learner will be able to contrast the four systems of Earth.

 

The learner will be able to discuss how Earth Science affects your daily life.

 

The learner will be able to identify basic SI units.

 

The learner will be able to measure mass, length, volume, time and temperature in SI units.

 

The learner will be able to calculate the density of an object.

 

The learner will be able to analyze topographic maps.

 

  

 

 

 

 

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Composition of Earth

 

The learner will be able to describe the particles within atoms and the structure of atoms.

 

The learner will be able to describe the chemical bonds that unite atoms, to form compounds.

 

The learner will be able to describe the sates of matter on earth.

 

The learner will be able to relate the role of thermal energy to changes of state in matter.

 

The learner will be able to describe the five characteristics that identify a mineral.

The learner will be able to classify minerals according to their physical and chemical properties.

 

The learner will be able to discuss how minerals are used.

 

The learner will be able to describe the formation of igneous rocks and be able to identify common igneous rocks.

 

The learner will be able to describe the formation of sedimentary rocks and be able to identify common sedimentary rocks.

 

The learner will be able to describe the formation of metamorphic rocks and be able to identify common metamorphic rocks.

 

The learner will be able to describe the rocks cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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Surface Processes on Earth

 

The learner will be able to distinguish between mechanical and chemical weathering and name examples of each.

 

The learner will be able to explain how soil forms and identify soil characteristics.

 

The learner will be able to discuss types and causes of mass movement.

 

The learner will be able to explain how a glacier forms, moves and shapes our Earth.

 

The learner will be able to discuss the effects of glaciation in Illinois and the landforms created.

 

The learner will be able to list the parts of the hydrologic cycle.

 

The learner will be able to discuss the geological importance of running water in shaping the earth.

 

The learner will be able to discuss the impact of man living on the floodplain and methods to prevent flooding.

 

The learner will be able to describe how groundwater is stored and moves underground.

 

The learner will be able to explain what an aquifer is.

 

The learner will be able to explain how groundwater dissolves and deposits and minerals.

 

The learner will be able to describe how caves and karst topography form.

 

The learner will be able to explain how groundwater is withdrawn from aquifer systems by wells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dynamic Earth

 

The learner will be able to discuss the theory of continental drift and list evidence to support the theory.

 

The learner will be able to define plate tectonics and describe the relative motions of the major plates.

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast the three types of plate boundaries and the features associated with each.

 

The learner will be able to summarize how convection in the mantle is related to the movement of tectonic plates.

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast the different types of magma.

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast shield, cinder-come, and composite volcanoes.

 

The learner will be able to explain the relationship between volcanism and plate boundaries.

 

The learner will be able to discuss volcanism in the United States.

 

The learner will be able to distinguish among the three types of faults.

 

The learner will be able to contrast the three types of seismic waves.

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast earthquake magnitude and intensity and the scales used to measure each.

 

The learner will be able to discuss earthquake hazards methods to lessen damage due to earthquakes.

 

The learner will be able to discuss earthquake distribution and hazards in the U.S.

 

 

 

  

 

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Atmospheric Science

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast Earth’s past and present atmosphere.

 

The learner will be able to name and describe the composition of the four layers of the atmosphere.

 

The learner will be able to summarize the main types of clouds.

 

The learner will be able to describe how and where air masses form.

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast global wind systems.

 

The learner will be able to identify the various types of fronts.

 

The learner will be able to describe the technology used to collect weather data.

 

The learner will be able to analyze a basic weather map.

 

The learner will be able to identify the processes that form thunderstorms.

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast the different types of thunderstorms.

 

The learner will be able to describe the life cycle of a thunderstorm.

 

The learner will be able to recognize the danger of lightning, hail, high winds and floods.

 

The learner will be able to describe how tornadoes form.

 

The learner will be able to describe the formation and life cycle of a hurricane.

 

The learner will be able to recognize the dangers of hurricanes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beyond Earth

 

The learner will be able to identify the relative positions and motions of Earth, the Sun, and the Moon.

 

The learner will be able to describe the properties of the terrestrial planets.

 

The learner will be able to compare Earth with the other terrestrial planets.

 

The learner will be able to explain the theory of the formation of the universe.

 

The learner will be able to describe the properties of the sun.

 

The learner will be able to compare the different types of spectra.

 

The learner will be able to describe the properties and classification of stars.

 

The learner will be able to describe the life cycle of a star.

 

The learner will be able to discuss the formation and characteristics of the Milky Way Galaxy.

 

The learner will be able to explain how galaxies are classified.

 

The learner will be able to explain the different theories of the formation of the universe.

 

The learner will be able to describe the possible outcomes of universal expansion.

 

  

 

 

 

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