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Earth History, Second Edition

Grades 6 - 8

The revised FOSS Earth History course draws from the original course's rich, active-learning investigations to develop an understanding of Earth processes, then delves in far greater depth into the rock cycle, human interactions with natural resources, and technology that supports the geosciences. The course consists of nine investigations that engage students in reading evidence from rocks, landforms, and fossils to tell the geological story of a place.

Instructionally, the course has been enhanced by the addition of embedded notebooking techniques, recommended homework assignments, and greater support for in-class readings and multimedia activities.

FOSS Components

Teacher Toolkit

  • Investigations Guide
  • Teacher Resources
  • FOSS Science Resources Book

Equipment Kit

Materials for five classes of students

FOSS Science Resources

Book of original readings, developed to accompany this course, along with images and data to analyze

FOSSweb and Technology Access

Interactive site for students and teachers

Ongoing Professional Development

From Delta Education and Lawrence Hall of Science

Program Features

  • Active Investigations, including outdoor experiences and online simulations
  • Recording in science notebooks to answer focus question
  • Reading in FOSS Science Resources
  • Assessment to monitor progress and motivate student reflection on learning
  • Technology to engage students at school and at home
  • Technology to support teachers

Course Investigations

  • Investigation 1: Earth Is Rock
  • Investigation 2: Weathering and Erosion
  • Investigation 3: Deposition
  • Investigation 4: Fossils and Past Environments
  • Investigation 5: Igneous Rocks
  • Investigation 6: Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Investigation 7: Mountains and Metamorphic Rocks
  • Investigation 8: Geoscenarios
  • Investigation 9: What Is Earth's Story?