Earth Science Syllabus
Mr. Rob Maxwell
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the world they live on, as well as an understanding of the Earth’s place in space. Earth Science surrounds students everyday, and it is my goal to help make students aware of their surroundings. The four areas of focus are astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and geology. This course will not only stress each of these branches, but also the relationships between each of the areas.
FIRST SIX WEEKS
Ø Unit 1 Studying the Earth SOLs ES 1, ES 2, ES 3
Intro to Earth Science ES1, ES 2 4days Chap 1
Earth as a System ES1, ES 2 2days Chap 2
Models of the Earth ES1, ES 3 3days Chap 3
Ø Unit 2 Composition of the Earth SOLs ES5, ES 6, ES 7, ES 8
Earth Chemistry ES5 2days Chap 4
Minerals ES5 4days Chap 5
Rocks ES6 5days Chap 6
Resources and Energy ES7 2days Chap 7
Geology of VA ES8 1day
Ø Unit 3 History of the Earth SOL ES10
Rock Record ES10 3days Chap 8
Geologic Time ES10 3days Chap 9
SECOND SIX WEEKS
Ø Unit 4 The Dynamic Earth SOL ES6, ES 8, ES 11
Plate Tectonics ES8, ES 11 4days Chap 10
Deformation of the Crust ES6, ES 8, ES 11 2 days Chap11
Earthquakes ES8, ES 11 2days Chap 12
Volcanoes ES8, ES 11 3 days Chap 13
Ø Unit 5 Reshaping the Crust SOL ES 8, ES 9, ES 11
Weathering/Erosionand Soil ES8, ES 9 3days Chap 14
RiverSystems ES9, ES 11 3days Chap 15
Groundwater ES9 2days Chap 16
Glaciers ES11 1day Chap 17
Erosion by Wind and Waves ES6, ES 9 2days Chap 18
Ø Unit 6 Oceans SOL ES4, ES 11
The Ocean Basins ES11 2days Chap 19
Movements of Ocean Water ES4, ES 11 3days Chap 20, 21
Ø Unit 7 Atmospheric Forces SOL ES11, ES 12, ES 13
The Atmosphere ES12 2days Chap 22
Water in the Atmosphere ES11, ES 13 2 days Chap 23
Weather and Climate ES13 3days Chap 24, 25
THIRD SIX WEEKS
Ø Unit 8 Space SOL ES 4, ES 14
Studying Space ES4 3days Chap 26
Solar System ES4 4days Chap 27, 28
The Sun ES14 2days Chap 29
Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe ES14 4days Chap 30
Ø Earth Science as a Whole 3days
Ø SOL Review End of course SOL will be given during the last 2 weeks of the
semester. The test will be given on-line.
HOW THIS CLASS WORKS…
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1. An open mind 2. 3 ring binder 3. 12 pack of colored pencils 4. Pen or pencil 5. Textbook
HOW YOU WILL BE GRADED:
You will be graded on a TOTAL POINT SYSTEM. Every assignment will count a certain number of points. Your grade will be the number of points correct out of the total number of points possible.
Student grades will be based on the completion of the following assignments:
Class work/Homework (points will vary form 10 to 50 points)
Labs/Activities /Presentations ( 30 – 100 points)
Quizzes (50 – 100points)
Tests (100 –200 points)
Notebooks* (25 points percollection)
* Notebooks will be collected at the completion/Testing of each topic.
Class participation ( 5 -10 points perday)
Participation points will vary depending upon the activities of the day.
Participation points are awarded for being in class on time and engaged
You will have a quiz every Wednesday and a quiz or a test every Friday. Notebooks will be collected on the day of a test and should have all materials (bellwork,notes, classwork, homework, labs, quizzes and study guides) organized in the manner in which we completed them.
Late assignments will be accepted, however, students will be docked points for everyday the assignment is turned in late. Late work due to absences willbe graded according to Augusta County Public School policies.
Again, students will be graded on a total point system. In one six week period, students will be assigned somewhere between 1,000 and 1,500 points. The grade will be how many points are awarded out of the total possible points.
All students will sign the Buffalo GapHigh School Code of Academic Integrity. Cheating is copying or allowing another student to copy answers on ANY assignment(classwork, homework, labs, quizzes or tests) that is not deemed as partner or group work. If a student is caught cheating or assists another student in cheating on any assignment, the student(s) will receive a zero on that assignment and will be reported to the honor code committee.
Grades will be assigned according to Augusta County Public Schools grading scale:
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