Earth Science

Elisabeth Rainey
Wednesday 11AM (ET)



Earth Science Course Overview:

What’s inside the earth? What’s the weather today? What’s the big deal about the oceans? What’s going on with the sun and the moon? God created it all.

There are four basic areas of Earth science: geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Geology is the primary Earth science. It deals with the composition of Earth’s interior and its surface. Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere and how processes in the atmosphere determine Earth’s weather and climate. Oceanography is the study of Earth’s oceans, which covers about 70% of our planet. Astronomy is the study of the universe and our solar system.

In this full year (30 week) science course, we will explore all 4 aspects of Earth Science. We will understand how Earth’s processes have a significant impact on our lives. Why on Earth should we care about our Earth? Get ready to enjoy virtual labs, web quests, and hands-on experiments.

Grade Levels

  • 8-12


  • None

Course Video


  • An eBook will be provided.

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Earth Syllabus Outline

  • Inside Earth
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Land Forms
  • Weathering, Erosion
  • Erosion, Deposition
  • Soil
  • Rocks, Rock Cycle
  • Igneous rocks
  • Sedimentary & Metamorphic rocks
  • Minerals
  • Ground water
  • Midterm Review
  • Weather, Climate
  • Clouds, Wind, Fronts
  • Thunderstorms, Lightening
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Glaciers, Tsunamis
  • Atmosphere
  • Sun, Moon
  • Seasons
  • Eclipse & Tide
  • Oceans
  • Hemispheres, solstice, equinox
  • Earth’s Poles
  • Solar system
  • Planets
  • Final Topics

Elisabeth Rainey

Elisabeth Rainey grew up in South Carolina and always knew she wanted to be a teacher. In 1996, she graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Elementary Education. During her last year of college, she met her husband of 26 years. Since then, Elisabeth has been teaching and tutoring students for over 25 years. She has taught at various middle schools, homeschool co-ops, and taught math & science classes online. Applying her Christian faith, Mrs. Rainey strives to ensure that every student understands the topics covered in class.

Staying busy is her idea of fun. Her favorite activities include working in her garden, riding roller coasters with her family and finding new, and fun ways to present material to her students. Garner, NC has been her home since 2000 along with her husband and two active boys - ages 16 and 18.

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