Earth Science I

Earth Science I focuses on the complex nature of Earth systems, including Earth's composition, structure, processes, and history; its atmosphere, fresh water, and oceans; and its environment in space as a set of complex, interacting, and overlapping systems. The nature of science is emphasized as students learn about the development of scientific thought about Earth and space. The course stresses the interpretation of maps, charts, tables, and profiles; the use of technology to collect, analyze, and report data; and the utilization of science skills in systematic investigation. Problem solving and decision making are integral parts of the course, especially as related to the costs and benefits of utilizing Earth's resources. Mathematics and computational thinking are important as students advance in their scientific thinking.

Earth Science I Standards of Learning and Assessment

Earth Science I content and skills are included on the Standards of Learning assessment students take at the end of the course.

During the 2021-22 school year, Earth Science I students will learn content in each key topic and practice the science investigative and engineering design skills outlined in the 2018 standards. They will be assessed the 2018 standards at the end of the course. In subsequent years, Earth Science I students will learn and be assessed on the 2018 standards.

The 2018 Earth Science I Standards of Learning are located below.

Advanced Earth Science Courses

Astronomy, Geology, and Oceanography are second-level Earth science courses that require Earth Science I as a prerequisite. The curriculum for each of these courses is located below.

2018 Earth Science I Standards of Learning


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