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Earth Science

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 Science and Technology
  • Kolbe Academy Earth Science Answer Key Digital copy provided with self-paced course. Optional physical copy available for purchase under the Earth Science “Optional Material” section in the Kolbe Bookstore.

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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


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