Not so long ago, we had the first view of our planet from space. We were startled to see how beautiful and fragile our home appeared, very different from the other planets in our solar system. Our home – blue with water, white with clouds, green with life – is a planet unique in our solar system and probably rare in the universe. Regents Earth science provides an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to help students understand and appreciate our complex planet. Students learn Earth science because we live on Earth and nearly everything we do every day is connected in some way to Earth; to its land, oceans, atmosphere, and life. Our lives and civilization depend upon how we understand and manage our planet. Just as Earth systems directly affect each of us, we – as individuals, communities, and nations – affect Earth.
While in Earth science, students will develop and enhance general scientific skills such as mathematical analysis, inquiry and critical thinking, engineering design, systems thinking, modeling, recognizing patterns, and understanding equilibrium and scale. They will apply these skills to learning Earth science-specific concepts such as theories of the universe and Earth’s origin; evolution of life on Earth; the interaction of phenomena we observe and experience on Earth to the air, water, and land; and the importance of observing and classifying rocks and minerals in order to better understand Earth’s historical development and its dynamics. In general, students will study the interactions of Earth’s systems – the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – as well as Earth’s place in the universe.
I LOVE Earth Science! I do love rocks, but that's not why I love Earth Science. It's important for all human beings to understand the planet we live on in order to better work with it, to keep it sustainable for life to continue to thrive here, and to remain safe when Earth's systems do their thing. Not only do Earth Scientists need to know this stuff, but every person - because we all live on this planet! Not only will my students be able to better understand Earth and its processes, but we will also practice skills needed in everyday life: critical thinking, perseverance, and technology skills are among only a few of the many skills we will practice as we work through the complex and wondrous world of Earth Science.
"...knowledge is power, and scary things in this world are less scary once one knows how they work.
One might even be in awe of the planet, and humbled by it, when one knows how it works."
Tales from an Uncertain World