•  AHS Earth Science Course Syllabus

    Course information

                Offered 1st and 3rd periods

    Course prerequisites and/or grade level or other restrictions

                Science course that is required for freshmen

    Teacher contact information

                Bonnie White                                                   Prep 4th period 

    Phone: 726-3216 ext. 2319                               E-mail: bwhite@arleeschools.org


    Course description/student learning objectives - Next Generation Science Standards

    Unit 1 The Universe and Earth’s Place in it – ESS1

                            The Universe and its Stars (Chapter 30)

    Our Solar System (Chapters 27, 28)

    Earth’s Rotation (Chapters 21, 25, 26)

    History of Earth (Chapters 8, 9)


    Unit 2 Earth’s Structure and Systems – ESS2A

    Geologic Structure of the Earth (Chapter 2)

    Energy Budget and Matter Cycle Interactions (Chapter 2)

    Minerals, Rocks, and the Rock Cycle (Chapters 5, 6)


    Unit 3 Earth’s Dynamic Crust – ESS2B

                Plate Tectonics (Chapter 10)

                Crustal Deformation (Chapter 11)

                Earthquake Seismology (Chapter 12)

                Volcanology (Chapter 13)


    Unit 4 Hydrologic and Atmospheric Forces on Earth – ESS2C-E

    River systems (Chapter 15)

    Groundwater (Chapter 16)

    Glaciers (Chapter 17)

    Weather and Climate (Chapters 24 & 25)



    Unit 5 Environmental Studies - ESS3

                Natural Resources (Chapter 7)

                Natural Hazards

    Human Impacts on Natural Systems

    Global Climate Change



    Required textbooks and materials

    Mead, A., et al.(2008).  Holt Earth Science. Orlando: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.            

    All students should have pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, a 3 ring binder, text book, calculator, and chrome book.  


    Grading policy

    The grading scale is posted in the student handbook. A student will pass with a grade of at least a D-. 

    A+  100              B+  87-89             C+  77-79             D+ 67-69             F 59 & below
    A     94-96          B    84-86             C    74-76             D   64-66
    A-   90-93          B-   80-83             C-  70-73             D-  60-63 
    The grades will be calculated by the following percentages:  Tests 40%, Projects 30%, Homework 20%, and Daily Participation 10%.   



    Late Work Policy

    The policy regarding late work is as follows: all late work will be recorded as half credit.  Late work during the week will be accepted no later than the following Monday.  After that the work will be counted as a zero. 

    According to the Arlee High School student handbook, if work is assigned on a day when a student is absent (excused), the student will have that day plus a day to make up the work without penalty. If the assignment is given before the student is absent, the work is due on its normal due date as long as the student is present that day. Students do not receive extra days to turn in work they knew about prior to an absence.


    Student Expectations Professionalism and Conduct

    Students are expected to behave responsibly, respectfully, safely and to take their learning seriously. Personal digital devices are NOT allowed in the classroom. 

    Students will have 4 hall passes each semester to be used at their discretion.  If they have unused hall passes at the end of the semester they may turn those in for 5 extra credit points each.