Seventh Earth Science
Seventh graders at Indian Mountain take Earth Science. The program investigates the following: geology, including studies of rocks, minerals, and plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes; meteorology; astronomy, including the origins of the universe and the life of stars; and mapping. A major focus of the course is to give the students a sense of scale, time, and perspective regarding the earth, its history and its place in the universe.
Lab work is done as often as possible, and much time is devoted to discussion of how and why things work the way they do. Considerable emphasis is placed on the processes that occur in the lithosphere, atmosphere and deep space. Other skills that are stressed include highlighting, writing (and rewriting), reading for content, note-taking and organization. In preparation for the eighth grade program, seventh graders design and implement sociological and psychological data collection projects. Digital presentation, data analysis, and public speaking are all key skills that result from the research phase. As in every science course at IMS, creativity, curiosity, and independent thought are fostered throughout Earth Science.
Earth Science aims to give students a sense of understanding about the physical place in which they find themselves currently and in the future, here on Earth as well as within the universe.