Syllabus

EARTH SCIENCE 2011-2012

 

D. Thomas     dcthomas0111@gmail.com

A. Fry             afry@lomanyc.net

 

This Earth Science class will focus on scientific thinking, experimentation and literacy. In accordance with the Common Core Curriculum for Science, we will read, discuss and write expository text (non-fiction). In additions we will learn and practice the steps of the scientific method, do research and conduct lab experiments.

Students will complete a minimum of 20 labs and earn a separate Pass/Fail grade for lab work. Beyond completing required labs, students will write formal lab reports for specific labs as final project for each marking period. Formal lab reports account for 30% of your total grade. Labs will be revised until they are complete and professional.

 

GRADING

Participation........................................20%

Blogging / Homework.........................20%

Essays..................................................20%

Quizzes................................................10%

Lab Reports.........................................30%

 

Grade-books are accessible on Engrade.com  It is your responsibility to log into engrade and check your grade on a regular basis.

 

Below, please find the preliminary schedule of what we will cover this year.

 

Planning for 2011-2012

CALENDAR

UNIT

KEY IDEAS/ ORGANIZATIONS, ETC

FINAL PRODUCT

Sept 8--Oct 21
(6 weeks)

INTRO and Basic Skills
Science Skills

team building, measurement,
density
latitude, longitude
prefixes and roots
learn shared inquiry

Formal Lab Report

Oct 21--Dec 2
(or end of marking period)

Weather
Climate Charge Human Impact
Water Crisis

Shared Inquiry
Writing
Work with community organizations

Formal Lab Report
Letters to Editor/Persuasive writing
Student’s create Information Video on topic

Jan 2-- Feb 10

Sustainability
Water Crisis

Shared Inquiry
Writing
Work with community organizations

Formal Lab Report
Persuasive writing
Community Outreach

Feb 10-- March 23

Astronomy

Universe

Solar System

Earth and Moon Systems

Mars Mission and Space Travel

Blog Responses

Reading

Essay Writing

Lab work

Formal Lab Report

Build Model of Earth, Moon, and Saturn

 

Space Mission with NASA Education Center

March 26--May 4th

Geology

Composition of crust

Minerals and Rocks

Resources

Earthquakes

Tectonic Plates

Volcanoes

Weathering and Erosion

Earth’s History

Blog Responses

Reading

Essay Writing

lab Work

Formal Lab Reports

 

Natural History Museum

 

Mineral and Rock Identification

 

Field Trip to Central Park

 

May 7-- June 15th

Ecological Systems

Ecosystems

Invasive Species

Plant cell

Photosynthesis

Growing on roof/ class

Formal Lab Reports

 

 

 

Gardening

 




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