Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home Daily Lesson Plans



Lesson Plans: Science, Grade 8

The lesson plan schedules the resources in the Earth Science Textbook and Digital Resources in a way that is helpful for homeschoolers. Includes enrichment links, a suggested schedule for vocabulary practice, detailed instructions for writing a research paper on a volcano or earthquake, and resources on the debate over global warming.


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This single-subject lesson plan is designed to accompany the 2nd edition of Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home by Kevin Nelstead. 

The lesson plan coordinates all the resources in the textbook and the accompanying Digital Resources in a homeschool-friendly schedule. In addition to scheduling the textbook, this plan includes: 

  • enrichment links
  • detailed instructions for writing a research paper on a volcano or earthquake
  • resources on the debate over global warming

Earth Science Daily Lesson Plans features a one-page-per-week, detailed format with: 

  • check-boxes 
  • clear weekly goals 
  • 5-days-a-week schedule
  • room for notes
  • “Year at a Glance” chart 

5 days a week, 36 weeks.

Earth in Space: Intro to Earth Science, Earth in space, Earth’s orbit & the seasons, phases of the moon, solar & lunar eclipses, calendars
Visualizing Earth: Locations on Earth, map projections and the shape of Earth, remote sensing, mapping Earth
Thinking about Earth: Cycle of scientific enterprise, experimental science & historical science, challenges in studying Earth, Christianity & the Earth sciences, stewardship of Earth
Matter & Minerals: Atoms, elements, crystals, minerals
Rocks & the Rock Cycle: The rock cycle; igneous, sedimentary, & metamorphic rocks; energy resources
Plate Tectonics & Mountains: Continental drift, ocean floor, seafloor spreading, plate tectonics, mountains
Volcanoes and Earthquakes: Volcanoes & plate tectonics, igneous intrusions, earthquakes, interior of the Earth
Fall Term Exam & Research Paper: Exam, volcano/earthquake research paper
Weathering, Erosion, & Soils: Mechanical & chemical weathering, erosion, soils
Surface Water & Groundwater: The hydrologic cycle, stream landforms, groundwater landforms, caverns
Landforms: Mass movement, desert landforms, glaciers
Unraveling Earth History: Geologic time, relative age, fossils, absolute dating, sedimentary environments, overview of Earth history
Oceanography: The oceans, seawater, currents & waves, tides, marine life, shorelines
The Atmosphere: Atmosphere: composition & structure, properties, energy & water, circulation
Weather: Clouds & precipitation, air masses & fronts, weather forecasts, severe weather
Climate, Air Pollution, Global Warming: Climate, classification of climates, climate change, air pollution, global warming
Spring Term Exam & Wrap Up

Product Code: SSLP-ES
Format: Softcover
Binding: Loose-leaf, 3-hole drilled
Page Count: 54 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
Returnable? No, view return policy.
Consumable? Yes, purchase one per student.
Answer key: None required.

Q: What is the difference between the grade-level lesson plans and the single-subject lesson plans?

A: Both are complete daily lesson plans, but the grade-level lesson plans include all the core subjects in that grade level. Single-subject lesson plans are designed for families who want a daily plan for only one subject. Each single-subject lesson plan features one-page-per-week detailed daily lesson plans with check-boxes, clear weekly goals, a “Year at a Glance” chart, and room for notes.

“Ready for Earth Science!” —Luzaideth, FL

I was able to look at the CHC lesson plans for Earth Science, and they appear much more user-friendly than the lesson plans that I saw on the pdf files that come with the Earth Science Digital Resources. So I wanted to thank whoever it was at CHC who took the time to rework the plans and save me all that time.

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