Earth Science: Geology, the Enviornment, and the Universe © 2008

Grade Levels: 6-12

Glencoe Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe © 2008 provides comprehensive coverage of concepts exceeding state and local standards, and is designed to be universally accessible to a broad range of learners.

Earth Science: Geology, the Enviornment, and the Universe © 2008

To aid comprehension, the conceptual presentation is organized around Themes, Big Ideas, and Main Ideas in earth science. Themes are overarching concepts used throughout the book that help students make connections between various topics and concepts; Big Ideas found in the Unit Opener summarize each chapter and help students focus on topics that relate to the Themes; Big Ideas are broken down into Main Ideas at section level to draw students' attention to more specific details. Students will be able to see and understand how earth science relates to the world they live in!


  • Strong support for reading comprehension makes earth science accessible to all students.
  • Development of strong inquiry skills allows students to really think like scientists!
  • An abundance of differentiated resources addresses diverse classroom needs.
  • Integrated technology saves time and increases teacher productivity.


Glencoe Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe, © 2008

Unit 1: The Nature of Science

  • The Nature of Science
  • Mapping Our World

Unit 2: Composition of Earth

  • Matter and Change
  • Minerals
  • Igneous Rocks
  • Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks

Unit 3: Surface Processes on Earth

  • Weathering, Erosion, and Soil
  • Mass Movements, Wind, and Glaciers
  • Surface Water
  • Groundwater

Unit 4: The Atmosphere and the Oceans

  • Atmosphere
  • Meteorology
  • The Nature of Storms
  • Climate
  • Earth's Oceans
  • The Marine Environment

Unit 5: The Dynamic Earth

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Volcanism
  • Earthquakes
  • Mountain Building

Unit 6: Geologic Time

  • Fossils and the Rock Record
  • The Precambrian Earth
  • The Mesozoic, Cenozoic, and Paleozoic Eras

Unit 7: Resources and the Environment

  • Earth Resources
  • Energy Resources
  • Human Impact on Resources

Unit 8: Beyond Earth

  • The Sun-Moon-Earth System
  • Our Solar System
  • Stars
  • Galaxies and the Universe