Virginia Earth Science A/B

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Virginia Earth Science A/B

This course is a study in the structure of Earth and the planet’s role in the solar system and the universe. Students will use observations, historical data, and physical evidence to describe the natural processes that occur around them and in distant space. The course covers topics such as the Sun-Earth-Moon system, plate tectonics, interactions between Earth’s subsystems, and weather and climate. Using scientific inquiry, the course prepares students to think critically and responsibly, helping them devise solutions for preserving Earth and its systems.

Each lesson includes one or more inquiry-based activities that can be performed online within the context of the lesson. In addition, the course includes a significant number of hands-on lab activities. Approximately 40% of student time in this course is devoted to true lab experiences, as defined by the National Research Council (2006, p. 3).

Lab materials note: All hands-on labs employ relatively-common household materials. Please refer to the Student Syllabus or Teacher’s Guide for details on lab materials.

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