Earth Science

Term: Yearlong 2018–19, September 4–May 24
Target Grade Levels: Grades 8–9; 10th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Instructor: Mrs. Jackson
Schedule: T/Th/F 12:30 p.m. EST, 60–75 min.
Price: $695.00

Have you ever wondered why every planet in our solar system, other than Earth, is named for a Roman god?

earth (n.) Old English eorþe “ground, soil, dirt, dry land.”

The Earth is named for what it is, because man was curious enough to investigate and discover its essence. The wonder of our planet has captivated man since Creation, and now your student can explore it with us!

Scholé Academy’s Earth Science course is designed for motivated early high school students. Students will explore, examine, and study God’s intelligent design of our home. In order to do so, students will investigate and study the interactions between Earth’s four major  spheres—geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere—in order to explain Earth’s formation, processes, history, and landscapes, as well as how and why Earth changes over time. The course will also explore how ecology and the environment are shaped by the current actions of man and his impact on the Earth’s spheres. Students will explore and debate the environmental and political issues regarding Earth’s local and global changes. Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, the scientific method, mapping the Earth’s surface, minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic time, and meteorology.

Students will become actively involved in classroom and at-home laboratory learning experiences. They will also be involved in exploratory, experimental, and open-ended learning experiences with an in-depth study of material. Scholé Academy’s Earth Science students should expect to use and develop the following skills: 1) problem-seeking and problem-solving; 2) independent, inquiry-based learning; 3) participation in scholarly and creative processes; 4) reading and understanding scientific material; 5) use of imagination; 6) critical analysis and application; 7) learning to express and defend ideas; and 8) becoming initiators of learning. Students in the Earth Science course will participate in at-home laboratory exercises, online small group activities, web-based investigations, and class discussions. Students will also prepare both in-class and independent projects involving some research, reading, and writing to effectively communicate their ideas.

*Required Materials:



*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Claudia Jackson has a BS in biology education from the University of Central Oklahoma and is an experienced upper school science instructor. Claudia is also a very active member of her church, where she has taught religious education for over a decade, led a number of book studies for mothers, and participated in many bible studies herself. She enjoys helping her husband and their eleven children find beauty and joy in whatever endeavors may come their way.

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebCam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
WebCam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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