Earth Science - Kolbe Academy

Earth Science

This course is being revamped.  Current course is based on the Holt textbook, which we no longer sell.  New course will be based on the Pearson textbook, which is used in the Homeschool and Online courses.

This Earth Science course covers topics in geology, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.

Topics include geology: minerals, resources, fossils, earthquakes, and volcanoes; hydrology: water flow, erosion, deposition; oceanography: ocean structure, life, and movement; meteorology: atmosphere, storms, forecasting, and climate; and astronomy: stars, galaxies, the Universe, formation of the solar system, and the planets.

The topics in the field of Earth Science sometimes present students and parents with controversial issues, including the origin of life on earth, formation of the universe (cosmology), and other issues.  Online Academy instructors will discuss these issues with their students and instruct the students in Church teaching. 

Students taking this course are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams and quizzes.  

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • Earth Science, Holt textbook  (Not available in the Kolbe Bookstore)

The items below are provided as digital files in the PowerSchool Parent Portal account.  Physical copies are not available for purchase in the Bookstore.

  • Earth Science Holt Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Earth Science Holt Answer Key, Kolbe Academy Publishing

Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 3: Exam 1 Week 4: Exam 5
Week 9: Exam 2 Week 9: Exam 6
Week 14: Exam 3 Week 13: Exam 7
Week 18: Exam 4 Week 18: Exam 8


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

6 – 8 (7th or 8th)


Mrs. Hoxie

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Self-Paced Companion Course

Math 8: Pre-Algebra

Online Companion Course

Math 8: Pre-Algebra

Course Plan Sample

Earth Science

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.