Water, sunlight, wind, rocks, erosion all shape the ever-changing landscape in which we live. Throughout the year, we will study the physical environment that supports life on Earth and the forces that affect them over time. Children will explore the interactions between the living and non-living components of the world around us. Students will also practice important skills including: listening actively, asking questions, making and recording observations, and communicating findings.

 Vermont's The Universe, Earth, and the Environment Standards 7.15, 7.13

 New Hampshire's Earth Space Science Standards ESS 1, ESS 2

Description of the Units in this Concept

Student certificates

Materials to Gather Ahead

Earth - Children's bibliography

Earth - Adults' bibliography

Earth - Nature Journal half-page cover   full page 8 1/2x11 cover (doc)   full page cover (pdf)


Descriptions of Topics

Sunlight and Shadow

 students capture sunpower

The Sun makes it possible for life to exist on Earth. Sunlight and shadow, wind and weather, day and night, all these are aspects of a study of sun power. We'll look at how we experience day and night and the different seasons and consider how living things are affected by these changes.