Grant High School Environmental Science Syllabus Mrs. Lori Lev Room 185 (847) 973-3748 [email protected] CONTACT INFORMATION: I am generally available before or after school in room 185. If you have more than a quick question, it is advised that you make an appointment with me to ensure availability. Please come with your materials, attempted work, and specific questions. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is an overview of the structure and function of biological, hydrological and atmospheric systems. Topics of study include soil and water analysis, biodiversity, pollution, renewable and nonrenewable resources as well as the dynamic between the ocean and atmosphere. Human impact on these systems will be analyzed. REQUIRED MATERIALS The following materials are required for this course: (1) 2-3” 3-Ring Binder for Unit Notes There is no text for Course, so students are required to keep the all unit handouts as a text Student Planner LEARNER OUTCOMES Students will be able to identify and explain the structure and function of biological, hydrological, and atmospheric systems, including energy flow and the structure and dynamics of populations and communities. Students will be able to describe the processes that affect natural environments, examine the impact of human activities on ecosystems, and discuss current environmental issues. Students will conduct and gather data regarding soil and water analysis, biodiversity, pollution, renewable and nonrenewable resources as well as the dynamics between the ocean and atmosphere. Students will complete labs which will introduce basic quantitative techniques for collecting and analyzing data from environmental systems. GRADE CATEGORIES 50% Assessments (Tests, Quizzes, Project, Reports) 30% Laboratory (Laboratory Activities) 20% Classwork (In-Class Work, Homework) 80% Semester Points + 20% Final Exam = Semester Final Grade (100%) GRADING SCALE 100% – 90% 89%-80% 79%-70% 69%-60% 59%-0 A B C D F REQUEST FOR ABSENT WORK If you are absent from class, you must contact your teacher via the e-mail address at the top of the syllabus to obtain the materials and assignments during your absence. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY All students deserve a healthy learning environment and evaluations that are based on their honest independent efforts. A clear sense of academic honesty and responsibility is fundamental to good scholarship and learning. You are encouraged to form study groups and to problem solve together. The normal expectation is that the work on quizzes and exams is your own and that homework and lab reports, while discussed with other students, is of your own creation. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Please refer to your student handbook. STUDENT BEHAVIOR In addition to all Grant High School rules outlined in the Student Handbook, students are expected to: G – Get to class on time and prepared. R – Respect yourself and others. A – Actively participate. N – Never give less than your best. T – Take responsibility. OTHER Further specific course information is available on the Addendum for this class.