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.
This class is offered on a rotating basis rather than every year. It will be offered in the 2022–23 school year.
Families purchase the following required supplies:
- Novare Earth Science textbook
- One 3-ring binder + lined paper
- Pencils and erasers in a pencil pouch
- Graph paper (preferably 5 squares per inch, preferably a bound notebook)
- Lab goggles (such as these)—Goggles must fit up against the skin all the way around the eyes, and vented goggles are recommended. Siblings enrolled in science classes at different times may share a set of goggles.