Intro to Planet Earth

Starts on the Date/Time - Aug 31 2016 - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Weekly schedule of classes

CLASS DESCRIPTION:physical geography

We live on a 127,56-kilometer-wide ball of rock hurtling through space at 108,000 kilometers an hour while spinning at 460 meters per second, which is composed of 32% iron, 30% oxygen, 15% silicon, 14% magnesium, and 7% other stuff. That ball of rock is surrounded by an atmosphere that contains 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen, and has a hydrosphere with 1.4 billion cubic kilometers of water cycling between the solid, liquid, and gaseous stages. Plates grind together, lava resists pressure, air spins into storms. This world is a force of nature. Let’s take a tour of our planet! 

The goals of this class are simple: learn things and have fun. Students will go on a guided tour of the planet, with discussions and at-home science projects using fans, straws, water, and Oreo cookies. Topics will include air pressure, volcanoes, extreme weather, river formation, erosion, and why the sky is blue. There will be quizzes, homework assignments, readings, and videos, too, to help your child get the most out of this class.

Madeline GoodwinInstructor: Madeline Goodwin

5-10 students, 7-11 years old 

Time: Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 pm Pacific.

Weekly. Aug 31 – Dec 13, 2015. Fall Break Oct 19 – 23, 2015.

Class schedules also include a one-week semester break, scheduled at the discretion of the instructor.


SYLLABUS:hydrologic cycle

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Atmosphere

Week 3: Water

Week 4: Geosphere

Week 5: Wind & Temperature

Week 6: Oceans

Week 7: Weather

Week 8: Volcanoes & Rocks

Week 9: Rivers & Glaciers

Week 10: Erosion

Week 11: Energy

Week 12: BREAK

Week 13: Catch­up/student Q&A

Week 14: Biotic factors

Week 15: Climate change

Week 16: Student presentations

 Think you might be interested? See what happened in the Fall 2015 section of this class!

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