File - RHS Earth Systems

Earth Systems 2014/2015
Mrs. Yaun – [email protected]
Mrs. Mary Ellen Phillips- [email protected]
Mr. Gillenwater- [email protected]
Mrs. Nielsen- [email protected]
Class web page –
Office Hours: We are available most mornings before school (8:00am-8:20) and by appointment as necessary.
Contact Info: The BEST way to reach us is by email (see above)
Text: Prentice Hall: Earth Science, Pearson Education, Inc. 2008-Cost $89.97
Materials Required:
Pencil and/or pen
Lined Paper
3-ringed binder (1” or larger)
Colored Pencils/Markers
Scientific Calculator
Course Description:
Earth systems is a year long course that is designed to continue investigations that began in K-8 Earth Science and
Life Science. Students will discover the connections among the Earth's systems throughout Earth's history. These systems the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere - interact through time to produce the Earth's landscapes, ecology,
and resources. This course develops explanations of phenomena fundamental to the sciences of geology and physical
geography including the early history of the Earth, plate tectonics, landform evolution, the Earth's geologic record, weather
and climate. This course also provides review for the Georgia High School Graduation Test. There is no EOCT for this
Course Outline: This course is divided into the following units. The Georgia Performance Standards for each unit are listed above
the class units. A test or project may be used to asses a class unit, while a Performance Assessment will be used to assess a County
unit. Quizzes are given as needed.
Standards and Elements Covered this Semester
Unit 0 Characteristics of Science
The Characteristics of Science Standards are introduced here and stressed throughout the semester. Parents and students may view
the detailed Georgia Performance Content and Characteristics of Science Standards online at:
Unit 1 Cycles, Weather and Climate
SES1: Students will investigate the composition and formation of Earth systems, including the Earth's relationship to the
solar system.
e. Identify the transformations and major reservoirs that make up the rock cycle, hydrologic cycle, carbon cycle, and other
important geochemical cycles.
SES5: Students will investigate the interaction of insolation and Earth systems to produce weather and climate.
a. Explain how latitudinal variations in solar heating create atmospheric and ocean currents that redistribute heat globally.
b. Explain the relationship between air masses and the surfaces over which they form.
c. Relate weather patterns to interactions among ocean currents, air masses, and topography.
d. Describe how temperature and precipitation produce the pattern of climate regions (classes) on Earth.
e. Describe the hazards associated with extreme weather events and climate change (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, El Niño/La Niña,
global warming).
f. Relate changes in global climate to variation in Earth/Sun relationships and to natural and anthropogenic modification of
atmospheric composition.
Unit 2 Plate Tectonics
SES1: Students will investigate the composition and formation of Earth systems, including the Earth's relationship to the solar
a. Describe the early evolution of the Earth and solar system, including the formation of Earth's solid layers (core, mantle, and
crust), the distribution of major elements, the origin of internal heat sources, and the mechanism by which heat transfer drives plate
b. Explain how the composition of the Earth's crust, mantle and core is determined and compare it to that of other solar system
d. Describe how the Earth acquired its initial oceans and atmosphere.
SES2. Students will understand how plate tectonics creates certain geologic features, materials, and hazards.
a. Distinguish among types of plate tectonic settings produced by plates diverging, converging, and sliding past each other.
b. Relate modern and ancient geologic features to each kind of plate tectonic setting.
c. Relate certain geologic hazards to specific plate tectonic settings.
d. Associate specific plate tectonic settings with the production of particular groups of igneous and metamorphic rocks and mineral
e. Explain how plate tectonics creates and destroys sedimentary basins through time.
Grading Procedure: **I don’t GIVE grades, you must EARN them**
Grades are available on Parent Connect, as well as by request before or after school.
Students must ALWAYS follow RHS’s HONOR CODE. Violating the Honor Code will result in a ZERO for the
assignment, and referral to the office.
 Extra Credit assignments will be offered periodically. Extra credit is not make-up credit. Students will not be offered
individual extra credit opportunities.
Grading Scale: 90-100%
= A
= B
= C
= F
Grade Determination (Approximate):
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is considered a violation of the RHS Honor Code and will not be tolerated. Students must cite all
informational resources and pictures used in all presentations/projects. Any information resources must be put into the students own
words. Plagiarism in any form will result in a ZERO for the assignment, and a referral to the office in accordance with the RHS Honor
Recovery: “Opportunities designed to allow students to recover from a low or failing cumulative grade will be allowed when all
work required to date has been completed and the student has demonstrated a legitimate effort to meet all course requirements
including attendance. Students should contact the teacher concerning recovery opportunities. Teachers are expected to establish a
reasonable time period for recovery work to be completed during the semester. All recovery work must be directly related to course
objectives and must be completed ten school days prior to the end of the semester.”
A “low or failing cumulative average” is defined as 74% or below. In order for the student to request recovery, all missing
assignments to date must first be completed. Teachers may determine when and how students with extenuating circumstances may
improve their grades.
***Syllabus is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion without prior notification***
Earth Science 2014/2015
Parent and Student Syllabus Signature Sheet
Please complete and return by Friday August 15th!
By signing below, I am indicating that I have read and understand the Earth Science syllabus, and will be accountable for
the information and guidelines therein.
Student Name (please print): ___________________________________ Period: _________
Student Signature: _________________________________________
Date: __________
I have looked over the expectations for my student and I agree to work in partnership with the instructor to ensure my
child’s academic success. I will contact you should I have any questions or concerns throughout the semester. I
understand that my child is responsible for adhering to these rules and procedures.
Parent/Guardian Name (please print): _____________________________________________
Parent Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: ____________
Parent E-mail (please print): ____________________________________________________
Daytime Number: ________________________ Evening Number: _____________________
Preferred Method of Contact: ___________________________________________________
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