Level: Form III (7th–9th grades)
Subject(s): Science/Nature Study
This Earth Science course is designed to draw middle-school students into close engagement with the subject matter and provide a solid education while fostering a sense of wonder and responsibility for God’s amazing world. This course explores processes and concepts from the atmosphere of the Earth to the core, including topics such as rocks and minerals, weather, landforms and plate tectonics, and the current scientific understanding of Earth history. Many other timely and important topics are covered, including conservation of natural resources, climate change, pollution, and environmental justice. Students will participate in lab- and (optional) field-based learning experiences to fully appreciate the complex and fascinating world God has made.
Author Kevin Nelstead regularly draws the reader to appreciate the intricacy and excellence of God’s works, tying in scripture without becoming heavy-handed.
Earth Science is taught by geologist Mrs. Mary Jubb and will be offered in the 2023–24 school year.
Families purchase the following required supplies:
- Novare Earth Science textbook
- 3-ring binder (or a dedicated tabbed section in a multi-subject binder) + lined paper
- Pencils and erasers in a pencil pouch
- A composition book or spiral notebook for use as a lab journal
- Graph paper (preferably 5 squares per inch, preferably a bound notebook)
- Ruler, 12-inch
- Recommended: Lab goggles (such as these)—Goggles must fit up against the skin all the way around the eyes, and vented goggles are recommended. Goggles will be used again in subsequent BHSC science classes.
- Students will need access to a computer and Google Classroom at home and will be required to watch assigned videos on occasion.