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Earth and Space – One Semester


Earth & Space Science

 Junior High Class

One Semester

Meets: Monday 11:30-12:30 a.m. CST

Instructor: Rebecca Lundgren

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Earth and Space is a Science course for students in middle school or junior high students which is also appropriate for 9th grade or non-traditional learners. This course will excite and inspire your student!  “How big is the earth?” is the first question asked in this course.  Students will explore the questions of discovery that led to how mankind explored and learned about the earth during this semester.

Earth and Space will begin by utilizing Exploring Planet Earth, which provides a fascinating history of explorers (Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, etc.) and places, from early civilization to future exploration. Each student will get to learn about what each explorer overcame and how they used failures and challenges to become world-changing individuals.  Each student will also maintain a long-term timeline. Topics covered in addition to exploration are tides, the compass, rivers, glaciers, the atmosphere, balloons, and flight.

Earth and Space will also explore the world of Astronomy. Students will learn about constellations from season to season, what to look for on the moon, and how space correlates with planet earth.  Your student will need the required texts and access to the sky! Watch your child’s world expand as they learn about creation and more about life-changing explorers!

Required materials:

  • Exploring Planet Earth: The Journey of Discovery by John Hudson Tiner
  • Exploring the World of Astronomy: From Center of the Sun to Edge of the Universe by John Hudson Tiner
  • Students will need a 3-ring binder and loose-leaf paper or a notebook.
  • An assignment notebook or planner of some kind.
  • Kids will also need to have an understanding of how to use google classroom. (can be achieved in student training)
  • Each student will need to have a working camera and speaker/ microphone for use in the classroom.
  • Students will need to have access to a working printer

Grading will be done with a combination of assignments, formal assessments (in class and independently), student presentations, discussions, and participation.

This class is ideal for students in grades 6-9.  Ninth-grade students will have extra projects and presentations to submit for a grade in order to earn their high school credit for the class. The class will be taught and graded by our True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this course (as a ninth-grader) is equal to one credit hour for the full-year version of the course which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. Students may also join the class for one semester when offered in the spring and fall and credits awarded accordingly.

If you need help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.

This class would also work very well with students needing special accommodations.

This is one of our most popular Jr. High Classes and always fills up fast!


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