Module 2: The Physical World
Why do we study Earth and its physical systems?
In this module, you will learn about Earth’s resources, and the processes that cause the seasons, shape landmasses and climates, and support life. You will learn how humans use and interact with these resources and processes.
Lesson 1: Earth and the Sun’s Energy
Big Idea: Earth’s movement and the sun’s energy intereact to create day and night, temperature changes, and the seasons.
Lesson 2: Water on Earth
Big Idea: Water is a dominant feature on Earth’s surface and is essential for life.
Lesson 3: The Land
Big Idea: Processes below and on Earth’s surface shape the planet’s physical features.
Lesson 4: Weather and Climate
Big Idea: The sun, location, wind, water, and mountains affect weather and climate.
Lesson 5: World Climates
Big Idea: Earth’s five major climates zones are identified by temperature, precipitation, and plant life.
Lesson 6: Environments and Biomes
Big Idea: Plants, animals, and the environment, including soil, interact with and affect one another.
Lesson 7: Natural Resources
Big Idea: Earth’s natural resources have many valuable uses, and their availability affects people in many ways.