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MS Earth Science


Virginia Cooter

6th - 8th graders

Lab supply fee is $20.

Topics include energy resources, minerals, rocks and rock cycle, plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes, climate, astronomy, and if time permits topographic maps. Class time will begin with background information where students will take notes and/or complete graphic organizers about the topic followed by experiments and group activities to reinforce concepts. Participation in our science fair is required if you have not done so in previous years which will necessitate work outside of class. Homework will be approximately 30 minutes per week. Please direct questions to Virginia at


Students will need a three-ring notebook with pockets, pencils, and paper.

Also, those completing a science fair project will need materials to complete the project and a display board.

Lab supply fee is $20 and should be given directly to the instructor

Textbook that might useful as a reference is Earth Science published by Holt ISBN 0-03-073543-2 copyright 2006. Required if taking the class for high school credit. Cost is about $5.

“Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Jules Vernon. ISBN 13:978-0-553-21397-3 copyright 2006

Virginia Cooter has a BS in General Science (East Tennessee State University) and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction (Texas A & M). Recently retiring after 38 years of full time teaching in 6th grade thru college classes, Ms. Cooter has teaching experience in Physical Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science, General Science, Pre-algebra, Algebra, and Science Methods. She has coordinated and/or directed science fairs in Tennessee, Texas, and Nebraska. Although she has been awarded several honors, including Earth Science Teacher of the Year for the Southeastern United States, her greatest pleasure is developing an awe in students as they observe God’s world.

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