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EARTH / ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

EARTH / ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

SPRING 2009

MR. CALVERT†††††††††††† www.hrhsraginbulls.com (Class web site)†††

ROOM : 410

CCHS 704-454-7300, ext. 1410††††††††† Available Contact Time:12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

HOME 704-784-5367

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MATERIALS LIST:

3-Ring binder††††††††††††††††††††† Pencils††††††††††††††††††††† a good attitude†††††††

Loose leaf paper††††††††††††††† Pen (blue or black ink)††††† Box of Tissues (Kleenex, etc..)

 

Course Expectations/Requirements for Earth Science

 

††††††††††† Welcome!Earth Science is a practical and extremely exciting science.We are positive that everyone will discover something interesting as this class progresses throughout the semester.As with any Science course, you will find that you need to be prepared daily for class.Listed below are just a few of the course expectations and requirements that you will be expected to adhere to during class each day.

 

††††††††††† You are required to keep and maintain a 3-ring binder (your Portfolio), in which all of your work throughout the semester will be kept.This includes all notes taken in class, all handouts, all quizzes, all homework, and any labs that may be required.Notes are to be kept on 3-ring, loose-leaf paper.Keeping a well-organized binder will make Earth Science much easier for you, especially when it comes to studying and taking tests and quizzes.Your portfolios will be checked during each subject test period and will be graded on Content and Organization.This will be counted as part of your classroom grade.

 

††††††††††† Homework will be assigned daily throughout the semester.Homework is to be done at home, not during the class period.Use your time wisely!Homework assignments will be checked and are graded as part of your Portfolio grade.Assignments will be checked daily to assure that they are being completed.There is a deduction of points for late work.The best way to excel in Earth Science is to keep up with your studying and homework.

 

††††††††††† There will be a few labs and demonstrations during the semester that are to be taken seriously.Labs are performed for your benefit to help you better understand the concepts of Earth Science.During each lab, follow all safety regulations as well as instructions.If regulations and instructions are not followed you will be given a zero for the lab.Also, during the lab there may be separate stations with many loose materials.Be sure to pay close attention to instructions at the beginning of class to insure your own safety!

 

Your grades in Earth Science will be determined by several factors, including tests, quizzes, labs, homework, and portfolio organization/completion.You will determine your grade by earning points on everything you do for class.This simply means that everything you do is worth a certain amount of points.To find your grade, your points are added up and then divided by the total number of points that are available.It is strongly recommended that you keep track of your grades so that you will be aware of where you stand grade wise.Also, on this system, homework is very important.It is imperative that you do all assigned work.Points and grades are not given, you will receive the grade that you earn.Your final exam (25%) will be combined with your two quarter grades (75%) for your final semester grade.

 

Remember that Earth Science is an exciting new way to learn more about your world.Your grades are simply used to help us locate areas where you may need extra help.We are sure that with ample studying, attentiveness in class, and completion of homework, each and every one of you will achieve success.

 

Also remember, as directed by school rules, to have respect and consideration for others at all times.Only one person should be talking at a time and you should raise your hand if you have something to say.Review the class rules sheet you have received.Avoiding problems from the beginning will help all of us, to learn, grow, and enjoy Earth Science.I look forward to a wonderful semester with each of you!!

 

 

PACING GUIDE:The following guide will show the course content and approximate dates each unit will be covered.These are subject to change.

 

Organization/ Study techniques

Unit 1- Intro to Earth Science†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 week††††

Studying the Earth†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2 weeks††

Earth in space, Models of the Earth†††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Combined Unit 6, Oceans &†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2/24/09 Progress Reports

Unit 7, Atmospheric Forces††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4 weeks

(Oceanography, atmosphere, weather, climate)†††††††††††

 

Combined Unit 2, The Dynamic Earth &†††††††††††††††††††††† 3/27/09 End of 1st 9 weeks

Unit 5, History of the Earth†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4 weeks

Plate tectonics, Crust Deformation,††††

Earthquakes, Volcanoes

 

Unit 3, Composition of the Earth†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4 weeks

Earth chemistry, Minerals, Rocks,†††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5/5/09 Progress Reports

Resources & Energy

 

Unit 4, Reshaping the Crust†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 week

Erosion

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Unit 8, Space†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2 week

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6/10/09 End of 2nd 9 weeks

Exam Review††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

(Review for the final exam will be done each week as a quiz on the day before each chapter test.Students are encouraged to make a section in their Portfolio for information from these weekly reviews). Itís never too early to start studying for your final exam since it counts as 25% of your final grade. Planning on using time over Christmas break to study for this important exam would be wise..

 

Exam Days†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6/5/09 - 6/10/09

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Donít forget to keep this in your Portfolio (3_ring binder)

 

 

Student Signature:__________________________________________________†††††††††

 

 

Parent Signature:___________________________________________________†††††††††††††††

Date: ________________

 

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