• Merrillville High School

    Course Scope & Sequence

    2012-2013 Academic Year

    Department

    Science

    EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE

    Instructor

    Robert Heckler

    Email Address

    rheckler@mvsc.k12.in.us

    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

    Expectations and Procedures

    -Everyday, each student is expected to...
       - Arrive to class each day and to be on time.
       - Bring two items to class EVERYDAY...  An interactive notebook, and something to write with.
       - Have respect!  No student should be talking, moving around the room, or anything that is rude and disrespectful while the teacher is speaking.  Students need to have respect for each other with both their actions and comments.  Students need to speak using respectful language.  Students need to respect all school policies such as turning off all electronic devices and adhere to the no food in the classroom policy. 
       -All students should listen to instructions the first time they are given.
     
    Daily Routines
     
    Each week, students will be expected to participate in a variety of activities such as...
       -Adding entries and maintaining their interactive notebook.
       -Working AND PARTICIPATING in group labs and group activities.
       -Completing quizzes and in-class assignments.
       -Solving problems using graphs, charts, diagrams, maps, written expression, and math concepts.
       -Using the scientific method to make hypotheses, develope experiments, and to solve problems by creating their own unique solutions.
     
    Goals and assessments
     
    Each trimester, the following assessments will be used to determine a letter grade of achievement. 
     
       -All quizzes, lab activities, lab reports, special projects, and all other in-class assignments will be averaged together.  Each item will be worth 100points.  This will make up 40% of the final letter grade.
     
       -There will be four tests for each trimester.  This will be worth 40% of the final letter grade.
     
       -There will be four "notebook checks" each trimester.  These will be conducted a day or two before or after a chapter test which is about every three weeks.  This will make up the remanding 20% of the final letter grade.  Each notebook check will be worth 100points and will be checked using a rubric looking for....
                -Five to six notebook entries that were given during class time.  
                -Four "homework entries."  Posted in the classroom, there will be a list of pages and questions for each student to answer.  These assignments need to be included in their notebook.  The due date for the notebook will be posted about two weeks in advance so students will have the option to do the homework as soon as possible, little by little, or wait till the last minute and do it the night before.  This portion of the notebook is meant to help students understand deadlines, manage their time, and to hone in organization skills.  Also, it is the students responsibility to obtain missing notes, and homework in the event of an absence.  Because the due date will be posted well in advance, there should be no excuses or surprises to when the notebook is to be checked.  
                -On some occasions, additional vocabulary may be a part of the notebook assessment too.
     
    After each test and notebook check, each student's current grade will be posted in the classroom, according to their ID number, to allow for each student to view his/her progress.

    Course Description

    EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE I (L)                                                         

    Earth and Space Science I is a course focusing on the study of the earth’s layers, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and the structure and scale of the Universe.  Students analyze and describe Earth’s interconnected systems and examine how Earth’s materials, landforms, and continents are modified across geological time.  Through laboratory and field investigations, students understand the history and development of the Earth and space sciences, explore the uses of Earth and space science in various careers, and investigate Earth and space science problems concerning personal needs and community issues related to science.

    • Recommended Grade Level:  10 – 12
    • Credits: 2 trimester course for 2 credits
    • Prerequisite: Biology I
    • Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
    • A Career Academic Sequence or Flex Credit course
    Week
    Standards
    Used in
    Course
    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings,
    Labs,
    Interactive Notes,
    Assignments, etc.
    AssessmentsOther
    1.5Using Scientific Method, Using Graphic Organizers,

     "Class Procedure" notes
    "Using Scientific Method" notes
    "Graphic Organizers" notes

    Scientific method quiz

     Graphing quiz

     Density/ Measurement Quiz
     
    2

    Density and Measurement

    Properties of Matter

    "Density and measurement" notes

    Density Murder Mystery Activity

    "Properties of Matter" Notes

    Density/ Measurement Quiz

    NOTEBOOK CHECK!!

    (Pg 8 Section review)
    (Pg 16 Section review)
    (Pg 22 Using key terms)
    (Pg 22 Short Answers)
    PLUS..  Five sets of class notes 
     
    1st Chapter Test...  Over SCIENCE REVIEW material
     
     
    3

    1.22

    1.23

    Begin  Mineral study
     
     
    "Mineral Test"
     Notes

    Mineral ID lab

    Quiz over drawing atoms

     
    Mineral Identification assignment
     
    Mineral ID quiz
     
    4

    1.25

    1.28

    1.29
    1.27
    Chemical Formulas, rock forming, fossils, and geologic time

    "Drawing Atomic Structures" notes

    "Rock Formation" Notes and lab

    "Earth's Interoir" notes and Earthquake Activity

     

     



    Rock ID flowchart lab

    Rock Sequencing quiz

    5Fossils, and geologic time

    "Fossil and Geologic Time" Notes / activity

    Quiz over drawing atoms and Mineral Formulas quiz


    Fossils and Geo problem quiz

     

    6

    1.25

    1.27

    1.28
    1.24
    1.26
    Geological processes continued

    Review Game for test

    Planetarium Visit

    CHAPTER TEST

    2nd NOTEBOOK CHECK!!
    (Pg 92 1-8)
    (Pg 116 1-10)
    (pg 138 1-9)
    (Pg 206 1-9)
     
     
     
    7

    1.17

    1.26

    1.25

    Geological processes continued...  plate tectonics, mountian building, and sea floor spreading

    Begin U.S Landforms and Topographic Maps

     "US Landforms" Notes

      "Using Topographic Maps" Notes
    Topo map activity one lab...  Create a topo map of a volcano model
    "Gradient formula and Directions" Notes

     Volcano map lab activity

      Topo map quiz

    8

    1.24

    1.26

    Plate Tectonics and Mountain landforms

    Longitude and Latitude

     "Plate Tectonic" Notes

    Topo lab activity number two.  Create a map of a hidden landscape

    "Longitude and Latitude" Notes

    Intro to plate tectonic video quiz

    Topo lab activity number 2 quiz. 

    9

    1.17

    1.24

    1.25
    1.26
    Continue landform and topography

    The "Amazing Map Race" lab activity

    The classroom map activity

    NOTEBOOK CHECK

    Pg 60 (1-8)

    Pg 66 (1-10)
    Pg 72 (1-11)
    Pg 274 (1-9)
     
    CHAPTER TEST Over topo maps, landforms, and plate tectonics
    10

    1.20

    1.21

    1.25
     
    Begin Fresh Water Study

     "Earth's Fresh Water and Weathering and Erosion" notes

    "Create a hydraulic machine"  lab activity

    "Groundwater and Karst landform" notes
    Hydro Graph quiz
    11

    1.25

    1.20

    1.17
    Begin surface water features

    "Surface Water" notes with "Survivor Game"  Activity
      "Glaciation" Notes

    Computer activity using satellite images and fresh water resources

     Quiz over surface water and groundwater notes

      Computer activity using satellite images and fresh water resources

    12

    1.18

    1.20

    1.17
    1.25
    1.21
    Continue with fresh water and begin "flooding in urbanized areas" project

      Determine the "Mystery Hydrologist" lab activity

      "Urbanization and Run-off" notes

      "Egg Drop"  review game for final

    Chapter Test over Freshwater

      NOTEBOOK CHECK
    Pg 378 (1-10)
    Pg 410 (1-9)
    Pg 438 (1-11)
    Pg 458 (1-11)
     
      Tri-mester FINAL