In the science curriculum for which I will be responsible, the Earth science topics focus around Earth's composition and the forces which cause Earth to change over time. There are no space science topics for which I am responsible. However, the nature and formation of the Solar System could be addressed to help show students how Earth relates to other planets, and to illustrate the uniqueness of Earth in our Solar System in terms of composition, presence of water, and an atmosphere containing oxygen.
I find that, sometimes, it feels as if the school year is not long enough to teach the students the entire curriculum in the first place, so I don't foresee creating extension lessons involving the Solar System. The seventh grade curriculum encompasses that realm. However, it is important for students to make connections among the information that they learn, and therefore, teachers should be aware of and make references to topics the students have studied and will study. This may help students to appreciate the continuity and interconnectedness of what they are studying as they go through school.
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Received on Wed Jul 19 14:06:36 2006