Mrs. Swisher's Earth Science


I am excited to be teaching Earth Science this year. Earth Science is my favorite science, because so many different sciences are involved. We are beginning our study with astronomy, but will study geology, meteorology, hydrology, and oceanography before our study is complete.



We are begining our year by studying the relationship between the sun, Earth, and moon to better understand the amazing phenomenon getting ready to occur, August 21, 2017. The opportunity to witness a solar eclipse that crosses the entire United States happens infrequently. In fact, the next occurrence will be in ninety-nine years. Since we are in a location that is extrememly close to viewing totality, I hope many students will have the opportunity to see this incredible phenomenon personally.

Remember: Never view the sun without proper protective eyewear.

Late August-Early September

In the Astronomy 1 study guide #1-#20 we are studying matter. We are learning the characteristics of solids, liquids, gases, plasma, and other lesser known states like dark matter, anti-matter, and Bose-Einstein condensates. We are concentrating on the characteristics of molecule arrangements for solids, liquids, and gasses based on levels of molecular energy. Additionally, we are identifying three methods of thermal transfer: conduction, convection. and radiation.

In the Astronomy 1 study guide #21-#25 we look at Earth's place in the universe.

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