International School of Broward
Ms. Taoussi Hasna
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Chapter 7: Weathering and soil formation
Explain the process of mechanical weathering and chemical weathering.
Explain the process of erosion.
Explain how mechanical weathering and chemical weathering shape and reshape Earth’s surface.
Describe how ice, water, wind, gravity, plants, and animals cause mechanical weathering.
Describe how plants and animals can shape Earth’s landscape.
Describe how water, acids, plants, and air cause chemical weathering of rocks.
Chapter 8: The restless Earth
Identify the layers of the Earth
Describe a tectonic plate.
Explain how seismic waves helped scientists learn about the Earth’s interior.
Describe Wegener’s hypothesis of continental drift.
Explain how sea-floor spreading provides a way for continents to move.
Describe how new oceanic lithosphere forms at mid-ocean ridges.
Explain how magnetic reversals provide evidence for sea-floor spreading.
Describe the three types of tectonic plate boundaries.
Describe the three forces thought to move tectonic plates.
Describe two types of stress that deform rocks.
Compare the three major types of faults.
Describe three major types of folds.
Explain what causes earthquakes
Identify three different types of faults that occur at plate boundaries.
Chapter 9: Volcanoes
Distinguish between nonexplosive and explosive volcanic eruptions.
Identify the features of a volcano.
Explain how the composition of magma affects the type of volcanic eruption that will occur.
Explain how volcanic eruptions can affect climate.
Compare the three types of volcanoes.
Compare craters, calderas, and lava plateaus.
Describe the formation and movement of magma
International School of Broward
Ms. Taoussi Hasna
Explain the relationship between volcanoes and plate tectonics.
Summarize four methods scientists use to predict volcanic eruptions.
Chapter 10: Astronomy and Chapter 11: Earth, Sun, and Moon
Describe the composition of stars.
Explain how stars differ in temperature, brightness, distance, size, and age
Describe the three types of galaxies.
Describe a star cluster
Compare the planets and moons of the inner solar system with the planets and moons of the outer solar system.
Explain the cause of daylight and night.
Describe what causes equinoxes and solstices.
Describe how latitude affects the amount of seasonal change that an area experiences.
Explain how the Earth’s movement and the moon’s orbit cause the phases of the moon.
Explain the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse.
Explain tides and their relationship with the Earth, sun, and moon.
Explain the difference between rotation and revolution.
Describe three laws of planetary motion
Explain the cause of daylight and night.
Explain how the tilt and movement of the Earth cause changes in seasons and the length of a day.
Explain how the Earth’s movement and the moon’s orbit cause the phases of the moon.
Chapter 12: It’s Alive!! Or Is It?
Describe the six characteristics of living things, and describe how these characteristics are useful in
Describe how organisms maintain stable internal conditions.
Explain how asexual reproduction differs from sexual reproduction
Explain why organisms need water, air, living space, and food.
Describe the chemical building blocks of cells
Chapter 13: Introduction to cells
Identify the structural basis of all organisms.
Distinguish between prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
Describe examples of single-celled and multicellular eukaryotes.
Explain how an organism’s life functions are related to what happens inside the organism’s cells.
Explain the differences between animal cells and plant cells.
Compare the cell of a single-celled organism with the cells of multicellular organisms.
Describe how cells with similar functions have similar structures.

International School of Broward Ms. Taoussi Hasna STUDY GUIDE