Earth Science Curriculum

Earth Science invites students on a journey of observation, exploration, and participation in the study of Earth’s processes. Award-winning technology, STEM activities, and teacher support help lead your class along a path of discovery.

  • Accessible writing style paired with engaging artwork
  • Built-in Reading Support
  • Hands-on Labs and real-world engineering design problems
  • Spanish resources for bilingual classrooms
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High School Earth Science Curriculum with Digital Resources

Create an engaging class experience where students develop their scientific thinking through the study of earth sciences.

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Combine Scientific and Language Literacies

Earth Science includes key concepts to guide reading, additional vocabulary help, and Checkpoint Questions for self-assessment. Our formula addresses skills before, during, and after every lesson.

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Deeper Investigation


Exploration Labs offer full-scale, hands-on experiences for investigation and interpretation of earth science principles while developing and analyzing conclusions.

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Do More Science


Every chapter starts with a Try It! Inquiry Activity that helps students explore and discover concepts before the reading deepens their understanding of the experience.

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Increased STEM Focus


Teachers are provided with point-of-use STEM activities and teaching strategies, along with additional resources through our online learning management system.

Teaching Solutions for your Earth Science Class

  • STEM Activities
  • Virtual Earth Science
  • Visual Explorations
  • Spanish Resources

STEM Activities

  • Quick Labs
    In-class Quick Labs allow students to apply earth science concepts and skills with easy setup and minimal materials.
  • End-of-Chapter Labs
    End-of-Chapter Labs encourage students to develop inquiry skills with opportunities that range from teacher-glued to open-ended. A Go-Further feature encourages advanced students to explore topics in more detail.
  • Laboratory Manual
    The Laboratory Manual gives students even more opportunities for active exploration suited to every learning style.
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Virtual Earth Science

  • Virtual Labs
    The Virtual Labs are the most robust interactive labs available. They bring concepts to life in a computer-simulated environment. Students gain greater access to the workings of earth science without the need for safety equipment.
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Visual Explorations

  • Map It! Activities
    Map It! Activities deepen students’ understanding of earth science concepts and build their visual learning skills.
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Spanish Resources

  • Guided Reading and Workbook
    The Spanish Guided Reading and Study Workbook and the Spanish Chapter Tests on Savvas Realize® support the needs of diverse student populations.
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More About Earth Science

  • Fred Lutgens and Ed Tarbuck Author Bios

    Fred Lutgens and Ed Tarbuck have been good friends and colleagues since 1970. Between them, they have more than 57 years of experience teaching geology to undergraduates, and both have been recognized with awards as excellent and inspiring professors. They share a special interest in introducing geology to beginning students and a belief in the value of field experiences for students of all levels.

    Tarbuck enjoys downhill skiing in Colorado, fly fishing near his childhood home in Northern Minnesota, and spending time in the Cascades. Lutgens is an avid runner, and when he can make the time, truly enjoys hiking the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Although Lutgens and Tarbuck think alike on many issues, they don’t agree on everything. Lutgens is devoted to jazz and classical music, whereas Tarbuck prefers pop artists or a good country station.

  • Dennis Tasa Illustrator Bio
    Lutgens and Tarbuck published their first college text, Earth Science, in 1976. That book, winner of the McGuffy Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, is now going into its 15th edition. In 1983, as the 1st edition of Earth was being prepared, gifted geology illustrator Dennis Tasa joined the author team. Since then the three have collaborated on more than 20 projects. Not only do Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Tasa work well together creatively, they also enjoy spending time in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Tasa’s New Mexico studio.
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