This unit builds upon the middle school Earth and Space Science strand (beginning in grade 6). Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks are introduced, rocks and minerals are tested and classified, plate tectonics, seismic waves and the structure of Earth are studied, and the geologic record is found (including the evidence of climatic variances through Earth’s history). In the middle school Life Science strand, fossils and depositional environments are included as they relate to the documented history of life in the geologic record. In the physical science syllabus, support for waves, thermal energy, currents, pressure and gravity are presented.
Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary Rocks