Welcome to Earth Science! In this class, students will get to learn about all the different processes that affect our earth, including fields of science such as astronomy, meteorology, topography, seismology, mineralogy, and much more. Students in this class can get more information, including class resources and assignments, from the Google classroom page. The class code is: nc5afly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Below is a syllabus for this semester. Depending on many different variables, this timeline may change. However, I will do my best to keep pace with this plan.
- Unit 1: Fundamentals (September 6th to September 23rd). In this unit, we will cover basic scientific fundamentals students will need in order to learn the information in the following units.
- Unit 2: Astronomy (September 26th to October 14th). In this unit, we will learn about the universe, the galaxy, stars, and our solar system.
- Unit 3: Earth’s Motion (October 17th to November 9th). In this unit, we will study how the Earth moves through space and how this motion affects life on earth including the seasons, the tides, ellipse and the Coriolis effect.
- Unit 4: Meteorology (November 14th to December 9th). In this unit, you will learn how weather variables such as pressure, temperature, and moisture create weather.
- Unit: 5: Climate (December 12th to February 7th). In this unit, we will cover the driving factors that cause different climates seen around the world and how they are changed over time.
- Unit 6: Weathering & Landscapes (February 8th to March 10th). This unit focuses on the physical and chemical weathering agents that cause erosion and shape landscapes such as meandering streams, and glacial movement.
- Unit 7: Earth’s Interior (March 13th to April 4th). In this unit, we will learn how and why the Earth’s crust moves, and the effects of these, including volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
- Unit 8: Rocks and Minerals (April 5th to May 2nd). You will learn how rocks and minerals form and how to identify them based on their properties and characteristics.
- Unit 9: Geologic History (May 3rd to May 31st). In this unit we will review the history of the Earth by looking at evidence in fossils and in rock layers.
- Review: (June 1st to June 13th). During this unit, we will review all the material the students learned this year and prepare to take the Regents’ Exam.
- The Regents’ Exam will be on June 16th.