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Earth Science

What is Earth Science?

Earth Science is the study of the Earth and its neighbors in space. It is an exciting science with many interesting and practical applications. Some Earth scientists use their knowledge of the Earth to locate and develop energy and mineral resources. Others study the impact of human activity on Earth's environment, and design methods to protect the planet. Some use their knowledge about Earth processes such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes to plan communities that will not expose people to these dangerous events.

Course Goals:

  1. To develop students’ understanding and appreciation of the nature of science, Earth Science, specifically.
  2. To practice and apply scientific concepts through a variety of projects, hands – on activities and lab experiments.
  3. To prepare students for a higher level of science education and greater develop their ability to think scientifically.

The Year at a Glance

Unit 1 – Interpreting the Universe

Unit 2 – Interpreting the Earth

Unit 3 – Interpreting the Past, Predicting the Future:  A Changing Earth

Unit 4 – Interactions of Earth’s Systems:  Sustainability of Natural Resources

Unit 5 - Interactions of Earth’s Systems:  Energy and Climate

Unit 6 – Interactions of Earth’s 


Class Expectations

All students will keep a lab notebook.  This notebook will contain lecture notes, homework assignments, tests, quizzes, data and laboratory write ups.

After an absence you have two days to do make up work.  For extended absences, extra time will be allowed.  If you are absent when an assignment is due, the assignment will be due upon your return to class.  It is YOUR responsibility to contact me regarding missing work.  Please check my website first to catch up on the topics covered prior to meeting with me.

Tardy policy is clearly displayed in the classroom.  If you are late, please wait to be let in.  When you enter, please do so quietly as to not disturb academic instruction.  If you would like your “absent” changed to “tardy”, you must wait until after class to ask for the change.  Once the day has passed, I no longer have the ability to change your attendance.

Being responsible for your own actions is the single most important guideline for your classroom behavior.  I will expect “above the line” behavior in my class and for you to be a positive influence on our classroom culture.

Lab work requires a safe environment.  Discipline issues or “below the line” behavior will be taken seriously and will be dealt with accordingly.

Students will come to class each day on time with the required materials.

Required Materials

  • Composition grid notebook
  • Writing utensil – pen or pencil

Helpful Materials

  • Ruler
  • Calculator

Grading Scale

A = 100-90%    
B = 89-80%     
C = 79-70%     
D = 69-60%
F = 59% and below


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