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Welcome to Earth Science!

Earth Science Course Description:

            Earth Science is a laboratory based class that will explore topics that include but are not limited to safety, scientific processes, mapping, geology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography and astronomy In this course, students develop an understanding of the Earth as a system. Students learn the interrelation of the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the geosphere and the biosphere as they study the principles of Earth science.  The classroom lectures will be reinforced with many hands-on labs and a trip to the planetariumThis course requires that students engage in laboratory activities.. The goal of the course is to strengthen the student’s understanding of earth science concepts, analyze and interpret models, and apply scientific processes through laboratory activities.


Sequence of Topics:

            1st nine weeks                                                             2nd nine weeks

            Intro. to Earth Science, Safety                              Geologic Time & Earth’s History

            Minerals & Rocks                                                  Climate

            Earth Processes, Weathering & Erosion              The Ocean

            Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics                         The Atmosphere

            Volcanoes & Mountain Building                             Weather


The sequence and timing of the topics may change as the school year progresses depending on the needs of the students.


Materials Required for Class:

  • Textbook
  • 3-Ring Binder or Folder with loose-leaf paper
  • Pencils and Blue or Black Pens (only)
  • Scientific Calculator (graphing type is not required)
  • Student Handbook

Grading Procedures:

            It is school policy that eligibility be determined each Friday. Grades may be checked online.. The grading scale will follow that which is listed in the student handbook. Coursework will be weighted according to the following criteria:

  • Daily Work                 30% of total grade
  • Activities                    30% of total grade
  • Assessments             40% of total grade(includes quizzes, tests, and performance assessments)

You will succeed in science if you try! If you are willing to put forth effort and ask questions when needed, you will be able to gain the skills needed to succeed and think critically.

Make-up/Late Work:

            It is the responsibility of the student to obtain any assignments that were missed due to an excused absence. Students who are absent must get the assignment as soon as they return to school and have the assignment completed and ready to hand in the next day.  Students who miss multiple days due to illness will have 2 days to complete any missed work. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule any missed quizzes or tests during homeroom or after school.

            If a student will miss class due to a school activity, the student must turn in any assignment that is due prior to missing class. Also, quizzes and tests must be taken prior to the absence unless other arrangements have been made. Any missed work will be due at the beginning of the next class session. The student handbook will be followed in regards to unexcused work.



  • Arrive on time by being in your assigned seat before the bell rings. More than 2 tardies within a quarter will result in a detention.
  • Come to class with a positive attitude ready to participate in class activities.
  • Be prepared for class by having materials with you. Students will receive 3 passes each quarter.
  • Turn in all assigned work when due. Any missed activities are to be made up after school or by arrangement with the teacher.
  • All work turned in must be legible and in the prescribed format for maximum credit (don’t forget your name).
  • Be polite and respectful of all students, faculty, and visitors.
  • Do not interfere with anyone’s right to learn.
  • Materials and equipment set up around the room are to be left alone until instructed otherwise.
  • Follow all safety rules and procedures. All students will be required to take and pass a safety test (a passing score is 100%). The safety test must be passed prior to the student participating in an activity. Any student that needs to retake the safety test will be able to do so during Seminar or after school. Students will be able to take the test as many times as needed in order to pass it. However, the score on the first test is the score that will be entered for a grade.
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices will not be allowed in class. Student handbook policy will be followed.
  • Observe and follow all guidelines within the student handbook.