Holt McDougal Earth Science is a student textbook with an interactive online edition. The layout of the text is in full color and is 1036 pages in length. The scope and sequence of Earth Science is as follows:
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
The textbook also includes Why It Matters, Labs, Maps in Action and Standardized Test Prep for each chapter. The online interactive subscription, which comes with the purchase, includes the student/teacher texts, eActivities, student and teacher resources, worksheets, quizzes, tests, lab activities and videos. The online subscription comes in the form of an access code which is sent to you via email. The online subscription is active for one year from the purchase date, but a renewal can be purchased. Please note there are times when the online subscription from Holt Mc Dougal is down for maintenance, which can effect a student’s school day.
When all is said and done, it comes down to this: Holt McDougal Earth Science is a public school text book. The text is teacher driven, not student directed. The premise of the text is the Common Core agenda authored with a progressive bias.
In the end, our high school student decided to give this text a pass in favor of Power Basics Earth and Space Science, Wiley’s Self-Teaching Geology and Astronomy Guides along with the Janice Van Cleave’s Earth Science for Every Kid, A+ Projects in Earth Science, Rocks and Minerals, Earthquakes, Solar System, Volcanoes, and Weather.