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Environmental Science

The World is Your Environment

Teacher(s):  

Mr. L. Adams
 
 
 

 

 
 
 Phone Number: 678-676-6302

 

Room Number/s:  Room A-116

Email: Lester_C_Adams@dekalbschoolsga.org

 

Semester: Fall/Spring, 2019-20

Tutorial Days: M - Th

Textbook (s):

1     Holt Environmental Science

2     G. H. S. G. T. Test book science

 

Tutorial Hours:3:15 pm - 4:05 pm

Environmental Science Course Syllabus

26.0611000

Stone Mountain High School

 

Course Description:

The Environmental Science curriculum is designed to extend student investigations that began in grades K-8. This curriculum is extensively performance, lab and field based. It integrates the study of many components of our environment, including the human impact on our planet. Instruction should focus on student data collection and analysis. Some concepts are global; in those cases, interpretation of global data sets from scientific sources is strongly recommended. It would be appropriate to utilize resources on the Internet for global data sets and interactive models. Chemistry, physics, mathematical, and technological concepts should be integrated throughout the course. Whenever possible, careers related to environmental science should be emphasized.

 

Georgia Standards of Excellence:  Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SEV1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the flow of energy and cycling of matter within an ecosystem.

SEV2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to construct explanations of stability and change in Earth’s ecosystems.

SEV3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to evaluate types, availability, allocation, and sustainability of energy resources.

SEV4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to analyze human impact on natural resources.

SEV5. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of human population growth on global ecosystems.


Course Outline

Unit 1: Abiotic Effects

Cross Cutting Concepts: Energy & Matter; Scale,Proportion & Quantity

Standard

Concept

Chapter/Section

SEV1c

The cycling of materials

5.2

SEV1d

What is a biome?

6.1

SEV1d

Forest biomes

6.2

SEV1d

Grassland, desert, and tundra biomes

6.3

SEV2a

Climate and climate change

p.68 - 69, 13.1

SEV2b

Global warming

13.3

SEV1e

Freshwater ecosystems

7.1

SEV1e

Marine ecosystems

7.2

 


 

 

Unit 2: Ecosystems

Cross Cutting Concepts: Stability & Change, Systems & System Model

 

Standard

Concept

Chapter/Section

SEV1a

Biological organization

5.1

SEV1b

Energy transfers throughout an ecosystem

5.2

SEV2c

Biochemical cycles

10

SEV2d

Physical factors and organismal adaptations

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 3: Energy Resources

Cross Cutting Concept: Energy & Matter, Structure & Function

 

Standard

Concept

Chapter/Section

SEV3a

Origin and consumption of energy resources

17-18

SEV3b

Risks and benefits of nonenergy sources

17-18

SEV3c

Sustainability of energy resources

17-18

SEV3d

Designing a sustainable energy plan

17-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 4: Population & Human Interactions

Cross Cutting Concept: Cause & Effect

 

Standard

Concept

Chapter/Section

SEV4a

Effects of human activities on natural resources

14.1, 11.2, 12.1

SEV4b

Solutions to reduce human impact on the environment

12.2

SEV4c

Human population growth effects on food demand and food supply

15.1

SEV5a

Human impact population growth, education, and GNP

9.2

SEV5b

Global patterns of population growth; Demographic transitions

9.1

SEV5c

Ecological effects of human innovations

 

SEV5d

Design a sustainability plan

21.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Content and time sequence is approximate and may change at any point and time.


BOARD-APPROVED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Title

Environmental Science

ISBN

13 978-0-03-094763

Replacement Cost

Market Value

Online book and/or resources

 

Online student access code (school specific)

 

GRADING SYSTEM: The DeKalb County School District believes that the most important assessment of student learning shall be conducted by the teachers as they observe and evaluate students in the context of ongoing classroom instruction. A variety of approaches, methodologies, and resources shall be used to deliver educational services and to maximize each student’s opportunity to succeed. Teachers shall evaluate student progress, report grades that represent the student’s academic achievement, and communicate official academic progress to students and parents in a timely manner through the electronic grading portal. See Board Policy IHA.

 

GRADING CATEGORIES

*GRADE PROTOCOL

Pre-Assessment - 0%

Assessment During Learning – 25%

Guided, Independent, or Group Practice – 45%

Summative Assessment or Assessment of Learning– 30%

A:         90 – 100                             

B:         80 – 89                                            

C:         71 – 79

D:         70

F:         Below 70


DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS

STUDENT PROGRESS

Semester progress reports shall be issued four and a half, nine and thirteen and a half weeks into each semester.  The progress of students shall be evaluated frequently and plans shall be generated to remediate deficiencies as they are discovered. Plans shall include appropriate interventions designed to meet the needs of the students. See Board Policy IH.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students will not engage in an act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, providing false information, falsifying school records, forging signatures, or using an unauthorized computer user ID or password. See the Code of Student Conduct - Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook.

ARTICLES/HOMEWORK

Environmental science articles are due every Friday or whatever the last day of the week is. No Exceptions!!(25% per unexcused day, subject to change at teacher’s discretion).Homework assignments should be meaningful and should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience.  Homework is at all times an extension of the teaching/learning experience.  It should be considered the possession of the student and should be collected, evaluated and returned to the students. See Board Policy IHB.

MAKE-UP WORK

DUE TO ABSENCES

When a student is absent because of a legal reason as defined by Georgia law or when the absence is apparently beyond the control of the student, the student shall be given an opportunity to earn grade(s) for those days absent. Make-up work must be completed within the designated time allotted. See Board Policy IHEA.

 

 

SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

Each student is required to keep an organized notebook.  Each student is required to turn in a laboratory report for each activity.  Homework assignments will be given daily.  These assignments will provide practice and follow-up to class discussions.  You are expected to try all problems and questions in your assignment.  Particular homework assignments will be taken-up and graded.  A test will be given at the end of each unit.  Tests will be announced.  The final exam is comprehensive.  The final exam is based on tests given throughout the semester.

Classroom Rules & Behavior:

1.     PROMPT – Students must be seated and working on the sponge when the bell rings.

2.     PREPARED – students must bring textbook, workbooks, notebook, paper and pen to class every day.

3.     POLITE – Students must follow all the rules given in the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook at all times.

4.     ALERT – Students must listen carefully to all directions given and follow those directions the first time they are given. Students must actively participate in class discussions and activities. NO SLEEPING IN CLASS.

5.     HONEST – Students must complete their own work, cheating will not be tolerated. Students will receive a zero for the assignment if they give or receive help.

6.     NEAT – Students are not to bring food, gum or drinks into the classroom at any time. Students should dispose of any trash, i.e. paper, in the trashcan, not the floor or sinks.

7.     ATTENDANCE - Students must submit a written note, from a parent or guardian; to their grade level administrative office to receive an excused admit to class after being absent. Students who do not have an excused absent slip will receive zeros on that day’s assignments. Please see the student handbook for a detailed explanation of the tardy policy. Too many absences or tardiness will affect your grade in this class. Please remember that on block scheduling, missing one day is like missing two and one half days on a regular schedule.

Consequences:

1.     Verbal Warning

2.     Student Intervention

3.     Detention (Work Detail) & Phone Call

4.     Referral & Conference

*Penalties and actions taken may vary depending on the severity of the offense.

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

2inch 3ring Notebook, Bound Composition Notebook, Textbook, Pen or Pencil, and Color Pencils

Tutorial

Thursday will be the day for tutorial and to make up tests or quizzes. Students must be in the room with all their necessary materials by 3:20. The doors will be closed promptly at 3:20. Tutorial is designed so that a student can come in to ask questions about topics they do not understand.

Articles/Homework

Students are responsible for turning in an environmentally-based articles from a credible newspaper (paper or internet), magazine, or science journal. It must be accompanied with a type-written15-sentence response, in order to receive higher than a 90% the article must be presented to the teacher verbally. This assignment is due every Friday; late assignments will be docked 25% per day. Homework assignments are given to review, reinforce, prepare for, or enhance what is taught in the classroom. Students must read from the current chapter and study the current topics and vocabulary a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Always expect a pop quiz!

Laboratory Investigations

Laboratory investigations are an important part of the student’s grade.  While in the lab/classroom each student will be required to practice safety procedures to prevent any injuries from occurring. Unsafe behavior in the lab will result in the student being removed from the classroom and a zero will be given for that assignment.

Make-up Policy

Excessive absences will adversely affect the success of the student in this class. The student is responsible for turning in work and completing assignments during the time allotted. When absent, the student is still responsible for all work covered in class. Students should come immediately after school to receive any make-up work. Students must have an excused admit from their grade level administrator’s office to receive their make-up assignments. Zeros are given for unexcused absences, skipping class, or no admit at all. Students will be given at least one week’s notice on test dates. Therefore, if you are absent one or two days prior to the test date, you will still be expected to take the test.

Late Assignments:

Students will not be allowed to turn in assignments late. Please come to class prepared to turn in what is asked for. You will not be allowed to use a pass to go to your locker to retrieve anything.

 

 

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