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Earth Science 11

Earth Sciences 11 Course Overview

Big Ideas

Earth materials are changed as they cycle through the geosphere and are used as resources, with economic and environmental implications.

Plate tectonic theory explains the consequences of tectonic plate interactions.

The transfer of energy through the atmosphere creates weather, and this transfer is affected by climate change.

The distribution of water has a major influence on weather and climate.

Astronomy seeks to explain the origin and interactions of Earth and its solar system.



This course is an introduction to the diverse aspects of earth and space science. Areas of study include geology, ecology, oceanography, and atmospheric science. As field and laboratory work are essential components, this course emphasizes investigations that make use of resources available on the internet. The Module Investigations have similar to the Start Up assignment format.

Students must download an assignment file as a Microsoft Word Document. Open the file using Microsoft Word and type answers, or if a question asks, insert a picture into yellow boxes. When complete save it as a .doc or .docx file and upload it to the appropriate assignment submission folder .

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisites: Science 10
  • Graduation Status:One of the Grade 11/12 Science options required for graduation
  • This course will be an interesting way to obtain Grade 11 science-course credit toward graduation. If you are considering an earth science as an academic field, career, or a vocation, this course will also give you the basis for an informed decision.

Course Materials

  • All you need to complete this course is online and can be found in CONTENT. In each module, you will be given required readings.

Brief Outline



Module 1

Minerals and Rocks

Module 2

Weathering and Erosion

Module 3

Plate Tectonics and Volcanoes

Module 4


Module 5

The Ocean

Module 6

The Atmosphere

Module 7

Geologic Time

Module 8

The Solar System and the Universe

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course

StartUp Assignment


Module Investigations


Module Quizzes


Midterm exam


Final exam


Students have up to a year to complete the course.

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