Earth/Space Science 6 to 12

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Annotated Bibliography

The annotated bibliography that follows includes basic references that you may find useful in preparing for the exam. Each resource is linked to the competencies and skills found in Section 3 of this guide.

This bibliography is representative of the most important and most comprehensive texts as reflected in the competencies and skills. The Florida Department of Education does not endorse these references as the only appropriate sources for review; many comparable texts currently used in teacher preparation programs also cover the competencies and skills that are tested on the exam.

  1. Ahrens, C. D. (2009). Meteorology today (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

    Encourages active observation of weather to apply information in the text to the real world. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of weather phenomena. Includes pedagogical features that encourage observing, calculating, and synthesizing information. Useful for review of competencies 9 and 10.

  2. American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2001). Atlas of science literacy Vol. 1 (2001), Vol. 2 (2007). Washington, DC: AAAS Press.

    Conceptual maps depict connections among the learning goals established in Benchmarks for Science Literacy and Science for All Americans. Fifty linked maps show how students from kindergarten through 12th grade can expand their understanding and skills toward specific science literacy goals. Maps also show connections across different areas of mathematics, technology, and science, including gravity, evolution and natural selection, the structure of matter, and the flow of matter and energy in ecosystems. Volume two provides an additional 44 maps and includes a focus on historical perspective and the nature of science. Useful for review of competency 1.

  3. American Meteorological Society (2006 to 2007). [Online].

    Provides links to atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrological sciences. Includes National Weather Service glossary of atmospheric terms. Useful for review of competencies 4, 5, 7 to 10, and 12.

  4. Arny, T. T. (2008). Explorations: An introduction to astronomy (5th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

    Emphasizes accuracy and current information. Uses analogies and everyday examples to present information about astronomy in a way students can understand. Useful for review of competencies 11 and 12.

  5. Chaisson, E., & McMillan, S. (2008). Astronomy: A beginner's guide to the universe (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

    Basic astronomy and space science text. Focuses on the process of scientific method and discovery. Also includes some information on geology and Earth science. Useful for review of competencies 11 and 12.

  6. Chang, R. (2009). Chemistry (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

    Balances theory and application by incorporating examples and helping students visualize three-dimensional atomic and molecular structures. Useful for review of competencies 1 and 2.

  7. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. (2008). Florida Geological Survey. [Online].

    Contains Florida-specific information on rocks and minerals, fossils, hydrogeology, mineral resources, and sinkholes. Useful for review of competencies 4, 6, and 7.

  8. Lutgens, F. K., Tarbuck, E. J., & Tasa, D. (2008). Foundations of Earth science (5th ed.). Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon.

    Emphasizes broad, up-to-date coverage of basic topics and principles in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Useful for review of competencies 1 to 4 and 6 to 12.

  9. Miller, G. T., & Brewer, R. (2008). Living in the environment. (15th ed.). Brooks/Cole.

    Provides theory and practical applications of Earth's major resources and how they are used. Useful for review of competency 7.

  10. National Geographic Society. (2008). Earth science: Geology, the environment, and the universe. New York: Glencoe McGraw-Hill.

    Provides comprehensive coverage of concepts exceeding state and local standards. Conceptual presentation is organized around themes, big ideas, and main ideas in Earth science. Useful for review of competencies 1 to 12.

  11. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (2008). Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. [Online].

    Offers information about Florida marine habitats, resources for education, and research. Useful for review of competencies 4, 7, and 8.

  12. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (2008). NOAA education. [Online].

    Contains information on weather, climate change, and the Earth, oceans and coasts, satellites and space, as well as other links. Useful for review of competencies 5, 7 to 10, and 12.

  13. Owen, C., Pirie, D., & Draper, G. (2006). Earth lab: Exploring the Earth sciences (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

    Includes new chapters on glaciation, mass wasting, and natural processes in deserts. Other chapters include activities on rock identification that help students explore Earth's history, and information on plate tectonics and earthquakes. Useful for review of competencies 2 to 10.

  14. Schnee, J. (n.d.). The economic impacts of the U.S. space program. [Online].

    Report from the Business Administration Department of Rutgers University on the economic effects of the United States space exploration program. Useful for review of competency 12.

  15. Tarbuck, E. J., Lutgens, F. K., & Tasa, D. (2008). Earth science (12th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

    Introductory college-level text. Includes coverage of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Useful for review of competencies 2 to 4 and 6 to 12.

  16. Townsend, C. R., Begon, M., & Harper, J. L. (2008). Essentials of ecology (3rd ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

    Outlines essential principles of ecology from theoretical fundamentals to practical applications. Includes a chapter on evolutionary ecology. Useful for review of competency 7.

  17. Trujillo, A. P., & Thurman, H. V. (2008). Essentials of oceanography (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

    Presents in-depth discussions of oceanographic concepts. Systems approach highlights the interdisciplinary relationship between oceanographic phenomena and other Earth systems. Scientific information from geology, chemistry, physics, and biology is incorporated to illustrate how each of these disciplines relates to the ocean. Useful for review of competency 8.

  18. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2008). Climate change. [Online].

    Contains comprehensive information on the issue of climate change. Useful for review of competency 10.

  19. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2008). National Estuary Program. [Online].

    Contains information on the National Estuary Program for attaining or maintaining water quality in estuaries. Focuses on the watershed, uses science to inform decision making, and emphasizes collaborative problem solving. Useful for review of competencies 4 and 7

  20. U.S. Geological Survey. (2008). [Online].

    Contains fact sheets, data links, and educational resources on mapping geology, climate, natural resources, and natural hazards. Includes an online book This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics. Useful for review of competencies 210.

  21. U.S. Geological Survey. (2008). This Dynamic Earth: The story of plate tectonics. [Online].

    Contains an illustrated overview of plate tectonics. Useful for review of competency 3.

  22. U.S. Geological Survey. (2008). Florida Integrated Science Center. [Online].

    The Florida Integrated Science Center has a special mission to provide U.S. Geological Survey science to Florida, the southeastern states, the U.S. Caribbean, and elsewhere. Provides information on stream stage, stream flow, water quality, and groundwater levels for sites throughout Florida. Useful for review of competencies 4, 7, and 8.

  23. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. (2008). Electronic Data Information Source. [Online].

    Provides a comprehensive, single-source repository of all current University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences publications. Each publication is numbered and peer-reviewed. Useful for review of competency 7.

  24. Victor, E., Kellough, R. D., & Tai, R. H. (2008). Science K8: An integrated approach (11th ed.). Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon.

    Based on integrated learning by inquiry. Content outlines the big ideas of life, Earth, and physical science. Content correlates with National Science Education Standards. Discusses the relationships between curriculum standards, assessment, and high-stakes achievement testing. Includes a listing of science-oriented Web sites. Useful for review of competencies 112.

  25. Wright, R. T. (2008). Environmental science: Toward a sustainable future (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

    Presents a full spectrum of views and information on environmental science to allow students to evaluate issues and make informed decisions. Useful for review of competency 7.

  26. Zhang, K., Douglas, B. C., & Leatherman, S. P. (2004). Global warming and coastal erosion. Climatic Change, 64(1-2), 4158.

    Uses shoreline field data to show an association between beach erosion and rising sea levels in the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasizes the exacerbation of rising sea levels associated with global warming. Useful for review of competencies 8 and 9.

 


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