9th - 12th Grades


This year long course will tackle earth and space science with a twofold approach- During class time, students will participate in hands-on labs, activities, and long term class projects. Students will use a textbook, schoology study guides, and digital media to independently learn the material outside of class.

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Studying the Earth: Introduction to Earth Science, Earth as a System, Models of the Earth
  • Composition of the Earth: Earth Chemistry, Minerals of the Earth’s Crust, Rocks, Resources and Energy
  • History of the Earth: The Rock Record, A View of Earth’s Past
  • The Dynamic Earth: Plate Tectonics, Deformation of the Crust, Earthquakes, Volcanoes
  • Reshaping the Crust: Weathering and Erosion, River Systems, Groundwater, Glaciers, Erosion by Wind and Waves
  • Atmospheric Forces: The Atmosphere, Water in the Atmosphere, Weather, Climate
  • Oceans: The Ocean Basins, Ocean Water, Movements of the Ocean
  • Space: Studying Space, Planets of the Solar System, Minor Bodies of the Solar System, The Sun, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe




Katie Burns


Phone: (530) 575-1789
Email: katie@fullsteamclasses.com

Course Details

Day: Tue / Thur
Period: 2

Frequency: Twice per Week
Class Duration: Semester

Course Cost:   $270
Materials Cost:   $0
Materials Required


Holt McDougal Earth Science Student Edition (from Holt, from Amazon) (free online version given by instructor)

Earth Science Laboratory Manual Student Edition


Holt McDougal Earth Science  Student Edition-9780554005393


Other Materials:

Earth Science Laboratory Manual Student Edition

Payment Information

Private Funds Accepted? Yes

Cash: Yes
Check: Yes
Paypal: Yes

Charter Funds Accepted? Yes

Forest: Yes
Horizons: Yes
Inspire Charter School: Yes
South Sutter: Yes
Visions: Yes

Instructor Biography

Katie has been teaching homeschoolers (including her own 3 children) for over 18 years. Her passion for learning is palpable in the classroom as she guides her students on a journey through science, computer skills, and more. A graduate of UC Davis, with a background in genetics and biological anthropology her wisdom, knowledge, and experience is a winning combination that brings students back to Katie’s classroom year after year.

In Katie's class you will also find a partner for homeschooling parents. She thoroughly updates and informs parents with regular email correspondence, even addressing which CA State Standards she covered that week. Her extensive understanding of current charter school and college requirements also makes her an invaluable asset to those looking for full high school credits and resources.