Earth and Space Science (SES 4U)

SES 4U1: Space and Earth Science

                             Course "Big Ideas" and Enduring Understandings

Unit 1: Introduction to Space and Earth Science (4 days)

Text Reference: Chapters 1 & 2

Big Ideas & Enduring Understandings:

1. Demonstrate a general understanding of the vast disciplines within the Earth Sciences and their relevance to understanding how the various Earth processes interact.

2. Describe the importance of mapping Earth's physical features.

Unit 2: Astronomy and Planetary Science (30 days)

Astronomy Summative Projects - Fall 2016

Astronomy Summative Projects - Spring 2017

Astronomy Summative Projects - Fall 2017

Text Reference: Chapters 28, 29, 30 & 31

Big Ideas & Enduring Understandings:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of the Earth and of the internal (geological) and external (cosmic)                    processes operating on it, and draw comparisons with other objects in the solar system?

2.  Describe  Earth’s place in the solar system and the effects of cosmic and geological processes on it and on other objects in the solar system.

 3. Describe and explain how observations of the Earth and other objects in the solar system, made both from Earth and from space, are used to study and better understand the natural and the human-made environments of the Earth.


Text Reference: Chapters 21, 22, 23, 24, 4, 5, & 6

Big Ideas & Enduring Understandings:

1. Analyse, with reference to geological records, the relationship between climate, geology, and life on Earth, and evaluate contributions to our understanding of changes in Earth systems over  geological time.

2.Investigate geological evidence of major changes (i.e. mass extinctions)that have occurred during Earth’s history, and of the various processes that have contributed to these changes;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of how changes to Earth’s surface have been recorded and preserved throughout geological time and how they contribute to our knowledge of Earth’s history.

Text Reference: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, & 20

Big Ideas & Enduring Understandings:

1. Analyse technological developments that have increased our knowledge of geological processes  

and structures, and how this knowledge assists in monitoring and managing these processes  

and structures;

2. Investigate, through the use of models and analysis of information gathered from various sources, 

the nature of internal and surficial Earth processes, and the ways in which these processes can  

be quantified.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes at work within Earth and on its surface, and the 

role of these processes in shaping Earth’s surface.

Quizzes (15 in total but drop your lowest 5) - 20 %

Quizlet Link

Final Culminating Project (ISU) - 15% (10 days)

Final Research Project - Topics and Theses - Fall 2015

SES 4U1 -  Video Library

by Robert W. Christopherson  

Journey to the Cosmic Frontier
Astronomy Online Textbook, Online Quizzes and Simulations
by John D. Fix

Great Review Tool (Textbook and quizzes)

SES 4U - Last Day of Class

SES 4U - Course Calendar
(please check often) 

SES 4U - Field Trips

(January 2018)

Final Exam Format


Other SES 4U1 Course Websites
Mr. Smith
Taouil Science
DK Blanchard
Penn State - Intro to Astronomy
Standley Lake HS - Earth Science

What are University Professors expecting from 1st year students? 


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resources related to this course.

FALL 2018 - ISU Links