Earth and Space Scope and Sequence

The Earth and Space Task Card set includes 34 student task cards and an Introduction to the Course.  The cards may be used by students in grades K – 6 and are intended to be used at a pace of about one per week.  Younger students who are currently developing their reading and math skills will not be overwhelmed by these cards. Upper elementary and advanced early elementary students will find these tasks the perfect springboard for further scientific investigation.  Topics included on the cards follow. 

1 – Earth (structure, place in Solar System), layers of the Earth (crust, mantle, core), pangea

2 – Earthquakes, volcanoes, magma, crater, lava, volcanic rock, hot spring, geyser, tsunami

3 – Rocks, minerals, gemstones, crystals

4 – Fossils, caves, paleontologist, stalactites, stalagmites

5 – Ocean, currents

6 – Coral Reefs, icebergs, coral

7 – Rivers, streams, underground water, spring, tributaries, lakes, sea

8 – Atmosphere, weather

9 – Sun, light, rainbows, refracted light, prism

10 – Wind, gust, breeze, gale, hurricane, tornado

11 – Water cycle

12 – Clouds, fog, types of clouds

13 – Rain, snow, sleet, hail, ice, flood drought

14 – Storms, thunder, lightening, Benjamin Franklin, hurricane, tornado, weather forecasting

15 – Day/Night, Light/Dark, position of sun in the sky at sunrise, mid-day, sunset

16 – Seasons, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, four seasons

17 – Moon, phases of the moon

18 – Space, astronauts, space flight, space station

19 – Stars, Milky Way, galaxy, North Star

20 – Solar System, Milky Way, galaxy, orbit

21 – 27 The Planets in our Solar System

28 – 33 Constellations in the Night Sky

34 – Review