Teacher: Dr. N.V. Hare School Phone Number: (803)
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Planning Period: 2nd
Prerequisites: None Length of Course: Full Year
Grade Level: 9th – 12th
The five core areas of the Earth Science standards include: Astronomy Earth’s Geosphere Earth’s Paleobiosphere Earth’s Atmosphere – Weather and Climate Earth’s Hydrosphere
This course is on the following three dimensions. Below are the standards that students will be engaged with and assessed on in this course.
- Core Ideas
The universe and its stars Earth and the solar system The history of planet Earth Earth materials and systems Plate tectonics Weather and climate The role of water in Earth’s surface processes Biogeology Natural resources Natural hazards Human impacts on Earth systems Global climate change
- Scientific Practices
Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering) Developing and using models Planning and carrying out investigations Analyzing and interpreting data Using mathematics and computational thinking Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering) Engaging in argument from evidence Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
- Cross-Cutting Concepts
Patterns Cause and effect Scale, proportion, and quantity Systems and system models Energy and matter: flows, cycles, and conservation Structure and function Stability and change
Student Notebook: Students are required to keep a 3-ring binder with sections for Notes, Bell Work, H/W, and Lab/Projects) This is used as both organizational tool and also a means of monitoring student participation and engagement. Students will need loose-leaf paper, blue/black pens, pencils, and basic calculator (example TI-30IIx).
The Earth science course is designed to interpret and understand the world around you. In order to do so,
students will investigate and study the interactions between the four major Earth’s spheres, including the geosphere,
atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere in order to explain Earth’s formation, processes, history, landscapes, how and
why Earth changes over time. The course will also explore how current actions of man interact and affect Earth’s spheres
leading to local and global changes. Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, the scientific method, mapping
Earth’s surface, minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic time, meteorology, and astronomy. Students
will participate in laboratory exercises, small group activities, web-based investigations, class discussions, projects, and
research. Each student should gain appreciation, respect, and understanding of the scientific processes.
COURSE OBJECTIVESStudents completing this course will:
Articulate a fundamental knowledge about the surface and interior of the Earth
Demonstrate an understanding of the Scientific Method as it relates to geosciences and the processes that relate to the form and function of the Earth
Employ the language and nomenclature of earth sciences in discussions
Demonstrate familiarity with the concept of plate tectonics
Discuss and analyze the environmental issues that face our region and the world at large
Objectives and Standards:
Standard H.E.1: The student will use the science and engineering practices, including the processes and skills of scientific
inquiry, to develop understandings of science content.
Standard H.E.2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the structure, properties, and history of the observable universe. Astronomy
Standard H.E.3: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the internal and external dynamics of Earth’s geosphere.
Standard H.E.4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the dynamic relationship between Earth’s conditions over geologic time and the diversity of organisms. Earth's Paleobiosphere
Standard H.E.5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere.
Standard H.E.6: The student will demonstrate an understanding of Earth’s freshwater and ocean systems. Earth's Hydrosphere
Grades will be assessed based on the following criteria: Semester Exams, Unit tests following the completion of each unit,
quizzes, lab reports, projects, classwork, and homework. While participation grades are not given, all students are
expected to provide effort in completing their work and being an active member of the learning environment. It is vital that
all students complete all classwork/homework to succeed in my class.
Tardiness: When arriving late to class, DO NOT interrupt the instructor. Simply provide date, time, your name, and the reason of your tardiness in the classroom tardy log and leave your tardy slip in the pocket of that binder. Once completed, quietly find your seat and begin working on whatever we are doing as a class at that time. Per school policy, the consequences for tardies will be as described below: 1 st 3 rd tardy – warning, 4 th 5 th tardy – detention, 6 th+ tardy – ISS/OSS
Cell Phone Policy: Per district policy cell phones are permitted to be carried by each student; however, they must remain turned off during and put away during class time. Unpermitted use of a cell phone or misuse of a cell phone during permitted time will result in disciplinary action issued by administration. See the student code of conduct for additional details.
Grades: the student will receive interim reports (every 4.5 weeks) and report cards (every 9 weeks) prior to the end of a semester; furthermore, grades can be checked via PowerSchool on the district/school website (click parents → PowerSchool/ParentPortal): https://aiken.powerschool.com/public/
1st Semester: 50% (Q1 40%, Q2 = 40%, Semester 1 Exam = 20%)
2nd Semester: 50% (Q3 40%, Q4 = 40%, Semester 2 Exam = 20%)
The 40% earned each quarter are made up of the following grade distributions:
● Summative Assessments (60%) Chapter/Unit Exams, Major Projects, etc.
● Formative Assessments (40%) Homework, Classwork/Participation, Quizzes, Labs, Projects etc
Classwork/Homework: Homework is an essential part of the learning process since it reinforces ideas presented in class. Often, written work will be required. If so, it will be checked to see that it is done and a grade assigned based on the effort and completeness or it will be turned in and graded for accuracy.
Students are responsible for making up any work missed during their absences from school.
It is the student’s responsibility to gather or arrange for assignments to be gathered during absences.
Late Work there will be an automatic 20% deduction for late work; the only exception of penalty is for documented lawful absences (medical excuse from doctor/dentist, bereavement, court appearance, homebound).
Make up work -students must turn in previously assigned work upon return to school. For new
assignments, students will be given the amount of days missed to complete the assignment(s).
If assignments are not complete in the allotted time a late work penalty will be assessed.
- Formative Weight Assignments -Late/make up work must be completed by the interim period (teacher has the option to accept work later)
- Summative Weight Assignments -Late/make up work will be accepted up until the end of the grading period. Major assignments must be turned in on the due date. After the due date, the late work penalty will be assessed.
Tests/Quizzes: Tests will be announced at least three days in advance and will typically cover one chapter of information. If a student is absent only on the day of the test or if no new material was covered during their absence, they must take the test or quiz the day they return. In addition to tests, there will be quizzes (worth up to 3x a homework grade) and various forms of classwork. If work is missed, the student should make arrangements with me as soon as possible to get the work made up as stated by the school’s policy on makeup work.
● Redo/Retake Policy: Students who fail a summative assessment will be allowed to redo/retake the assessment after tutoring takes place during Power Hour for UP TO a sixty percent (60%). All summative assessment retakes must take place before the quarter ends
Expectations for Written Assignments
All written work should:
Be in complete sentences using formal language.
Follow conventions of grammar, usage, and mechanics.
Accurately cite sources using APA format for projects (instructions will be given).
Students will be able to collaborate together during many class activities and labs, but each student is ALWAYS
responsible for completing their own work. Plagiarism and Cheating will NOT be tolerated.
- Plagiarism is defined as using the work of another individual or entity as your own work without
proper citation techniques.
- Cheating is defined as glancing at another student’s quiz or test or plagiarizing.
Classroom Rules and Expectations
1. Respect Yourself and Others.
2. Be on Time (Inside the room and working on the bell ringer).
3. Come Prepared for Class (Homework completed and all materials with you).
4. Food and Beverages are to be consumed outside of the classroom.
5. Go to the restroom before class.
6. Be willing to contribute and make an effort in the class.
I will tell you in advance, my biggest pet peeve is attitude and rudeness. Just remember the old golden rule,
treat others how you would like to be treated. I am here to help you succeed in my course.
Consequences for Violation of Rules
1. Verbal Warning/ Conference with Student Outside of the Classroom
2. Call/email to your Parent or Guardian
3. Lunch Detention (parent called and 24-hour notice will be given)
4. Referral to Guidance or Administration
Severe (Against code of conduct) and Repeating Refractions may involve immediate referral to
1. Follow all of the laboratory safety rules as outlined in the School District of Aiken County Student Safety
2. DO NOT play around or waste time off-task during lab activities.
3. Clean up your lab area before leaving the lab. This includes returning lab materials and chairs etc. to the proper
place. Failure to clean will result in loss of points or possible late dismissal.
4. If absent from a lab, set-up a make-up appointment within one week of the missed lab.
Consequences for Violation of Lab Safety
1st offense – Verbal Warnings
2nd Offense – Afterschool Detention Assigned
3rd Offense – Removal from Lab and given zero of lab
Additional Materials, weekly lesson plans, and copies of the syllabus may be found on the class’s Schoology Page. Login Procedure is as follows:
Please go to http://acpsd.schoology.com
First Time Users:
*Make sure you change your password after your initial login!
*Instruction is based on student learning and is subject to change for remediation and/or enrichment.
Additional materials may be provided to supplement the assigned text in the course.
First Quarter Study Guide
DecemberThese are the regular Chapter 6 materials in PDF format. Please feel free to print pages as needed.
Use this Grade Calculation App to get the grade you want this year.
General Research Information
Help offered during Power Hour
Students will be able to model how unstable nuclei decay based on half-lives through taking notes,
performing practice questions, and doing a Marie Curie Activity.
Geologic Time Webquest
Use the blue highlighted websites to answer the questions that follow.
Include the questions in your answers.
- In order from oldest to present, what are the three eras of geologic time?
- Which era do we live in?
- When you were born, which era was it? (answers may vary)
- During which era did the first fish develop?
- During which era did the first humans develop?
- Which era is known as the "Age of the Dinosaur?"
- Which era is known as the "Age of Mammals?"
- Name the 11 (or 12) periods on the Geologic Time Scale, in order from oldest to present.
- When did the Paleozoic Era take place?
- Where was Africa located during the Paleozoic Era?
- Earth's greatest mass extinction (that we know about) took place at the end of the Paleozoic Era. What percent of Earth's species died off?
- Did cavemen live during the Mesozoic Era? Explain why or why not.
- What did the South Pole look like during the Mesozoic Era? The North Pole?
- How did the Mesozoic end? List three hypotheses which may explain what happened at the end of the Mesozoic Era.
- The three periods in the Mesozoic Era are the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic. Choose one to answer questions 16,17,18.
- When did this period take place?
- Name five living things from this period. (your list can include plants, animals, or a combination of both)
- Where have fossils from this period been found? (localities)
- Identify the time period covered by the Cenozoic.
- Describe has happened during the Cenozoic in terms of
- Continents, Climate, Animals, Humanity
- About how much of Earth's history took place during the Precambrian Eon?
- From Where and when do we find the earliest evidence of life on Earth?
- How did life forms change before the end of the Precambrian Eon?
- How did the atmosphere change before the end of the Precambrian?
Comprehend geologic time;•Differentiate between different divisions of geologic time; and•Understand the environment during the Late Triassic Period where Petrified ForestNational Park is located today.
- Preferential Seating
- Daily agenda and assignments on board
- Oral and written notes & directions with visual cues
- Structured schedule for assignment completion
- Assignments posted online
- Students allowed a partner or group for some assignments.
- Extended time on tests and classwork if needed
- Planner signed daily if needed
- Flexible format for response
- Retakes of tests/quizzes to show mastery of a skill
- Handouts & notes provided in large print
- Distraction stimuli minimized & reminders to stay on task
- Accelerated Curriculum