The students will study the structure and composition of the earth including the earth’s atmosphere, oceans, surface waters, landmasses and interior. Students investigate the dynamics of the earth’s changing surface and the role that energy plays in earth systems. Students learn how the earth’s ecological systems support life through environmental relationships and natural cycles. Students develop an understanding of ecological resources and wildlife conservation. Students relate the flow of matter and energy within an ecosystem. Through “hands-on” investigation, students learn to conduct scientific investigations, think scientifically, and use scientific tools and technologies. Students learn to communicate scientific information and processes, and understand how developments in science and technology affect society and the environment.