Mr. Ghist's Science Page
Platte Canyon High
Students know and understand the processes and interactions of Earth's systems and the structure and dynamics of Earth and other objects in space.
know and understand the composition of Earth, its history, and the natural
processes that shape it.
know and understand the general characteristics of the atmosphere and
fundamental processes of weather.
know major sources of water, its uses, importance, and cyclic patterns of
movement through the environment
know the structure of the solar system, composition and interactions of
objects in the universe, and how space is explored.
is the physical earth made of and how do we describe them?
processes and interactions change the earth over time?
is water found on the earth, what are itís characteristics, and how does
causes different kinds of weather and the seasons and how does it change
is the earthís place in the solar system, galaxy, and universe?
the composition and structure of the Earth's interior
the theory of plate tectonics to explain the relationships among
earthquakes, volcanoes, mid ocean ridges, and deep sea trenches
evidence to investigate how the Earth has changed or remained constant
over short and long periods of time
the feasibility of predicting and controlling natural events
the costs, benefits, and consequences of natural resource exploration,
development and consumption
that energy enters the Earth system primarily as solar radiation and
eventually escapes as heat
that climate (in the long run) and weather (in the short run) involve the
transfer of energy in and out of the atmosphere
factors that influence water quality
the water cycle in terms of how water circulates through the biosphere,
lithosphere, and atmosphere
the structure and evolution of the atmosphere and its significance to life
the structure of-the solar system and forces within as well as beyond the
system (e.g. gravity and centrifugal force)
electromagnetic radiation produced by the sun and other stars
know that stars differ in their life cycles, and visual, radio, and x-ray telescopes collect data that reveal these differences