Earth Science A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

This course will study the phenomena affecting the formation, history and current conditions of Earth, including its oceans and atmosphere. Topics include astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Students will discover how earth science affects their lives by exploring topics related to Montana.



Comprehensive Syllabus:

Required Materials

  • One sheet of plain white paper
  • Several sheets of old newspaper, or wax paper if available
  • One water-based marker (Note: do not use permanent marker)
  • One spray bottle containing water (place on “mist” setting)
  • Digital camera, if available
  • Water
  • A clean penny
  • Food coloring
  • Vegetable oil
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Dropper or Pipette
  • Ice cube
  • Black pepper
  • A bowl
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or cloth
  • A heating source (sunlight, lamp, etc…) or a cooling source (refrigerator)
  • Balloon
  • Measuring tape or string and a ruler  
  • Chocolate chip cookie
  • Toothpicks (flat and round)
  • Paperclips
  • Graph paper
  • Stopwatch, timer, or clock with second hand
  • One styrofoam ball or white table-tennis ball
  • One dowel rod, pencil, or another long holder for the sphere
  • Tape, if needed
  • Darkened room, preferably without windows
  • One lamp or source of light
  • Pan
  • Raw egg
  • Cracking device such as a teaspoon
  • Paper towels or newspaper

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available

Lead Teacher:

Bill Stockton, Arlee High School,


Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 365
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815