This is a comprehensive unit that begins with phenomena that has shaped the Earth's lithosphere since it was formed as well as how to use the knowledge we have found from history to predict for earthly life in the future. It begins with the theory of Pangea, the super continent and how tectonic plate drift occurred to form the seven major continents. The effects of tectonic plate movement such as volcanoes and earthquakes are then explored. Natural earth processes such as erosion, glacial erosion, wind, and moving water are presented. After the forces that contributed to the history of the earth are understood, examination of sedimentary rock layers and the fossils contained in them are explored for evidence of historical events The process by which fossils form is also studied and duplicated. There is one hands-on activity of exploring sedimentary rock layers and how they shift or change and three fossil labs simulating mold, cast and trace fossils. See complete preview for specifics. The 4- ETS1 Engineering Design standards are infused throughout the unit.