Why Take This Course?
Our Earth has an incredible capacity for growth and destruction. Tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes…weather is not just a subject for small talk! In this Middle School STEM course, we learn the why’s behind weather and the forces of the Earth. We build weather models, simulate weather occurrences, and learn what we can do to be prepared for natural disasters.
Expedition: Worst-Case Scenario:
In this expedition we study five earth science time periods. This expedition also leads us out into our communities as we learn from online experts and through visiting our local city offices. Our Summit Project includes learning about each of our own community preparedness plans and critiquing them for effectiveness. As we study the physical and earth sciences we identify natural and man-made disasters for which our communities should be prepared, and in our Summit Project we spread awareness about or help refine our community emergency preparedness plans.
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|How can a study of our planet and its natural cycles help me understand of the types of natural disasters that can happen in my area and how to prevent and respond in emergency situations?||How can an understanding of our planet and its natural cycles help me and my family become more self-sufficient and better prepared?||How does technology and engineering help people to be prepared for natural disasters?||How can an understanding of our planet and its natural cycles help me to assist my community in case of a disaster?|
|How will the study of science, engineering technology and math prepare me to be a leader?||What are some of the characteristics of effective family disaster plans scenarios?||What role does quick and effective communication play in a natural disaster?||How can I help my community be prepared for disasters?|
|What causes weather cycles and extreme weather?||What different qualities and characteristics help a person in a time of crisis?||How can natural disasters affect communities?||What are important rules to follow in the event of a community disaster?|
|How do weather experts predict the weather?||Why did people in ancient times keep records of the stars, sun and moon positions in the sky?||How can technology prevent as well as minimize the effects of a natural disaster?||What did I learn from The Number Devil?|
|What has caused the number of weather-related disasters to increase in the last few years?||How does the study of Astronomy help predict weather cycles?||What role does engineering play in preparing for natural disasters involving water and earthquakes?||What did I learn from the activities, projects and assignments from this past semester?|
|How do scientists track objects in space?|
Texts and Materials Students Must PurchaseFind required versions and ISBNs on the Middle School Booklist
|Ann E. Burg||Serafina's Promise|
|John D. Cox||Weather For Dummies|
- Recommended Grade: 6th, 7th
- Prerequisites: None
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: *Classic: 5 Hours / Honors: 7 Hours
- Format: Live
- Credits: 0.5
*Help from parents will be necessary to complete some of these projects. All classes will include supplemental projects and optional readings.