Objective of the Course

The Earth / Environmental science curriculum focuses on the function of Earth’s natural and physical systems.

Target / Standards Based:

We will divide the essential standards into the following primary curricular objectives:

  • the Earth and beyond – focusing on our Sun-Earth-Moon relationships, learning how the different movements and positions of Earth affect our daily, seasonal, and annual cycles. 
  •  the Earth’s atmosphere / climate – the gasses which surround earth and their interactions which cause our daily weather and climate, as well as the study of current global climate changes
  • the Earth’s hydrosphere – water availability, including local bodies of water, the formation of streams and lakes, and the ocean as part of our water and climate cycles 
  • the Earth’s geosphere – solid matter: minerals and rocks, the weathering and erosion of these materials, soil formation, and the cause and effects of Earth’s Plate Tectonics
  •  the Earth’s biosphere – ecology: abiotic & biotic factors, ecosystems, and human impact
Emphasis is placed on scientific investigation and the methods involved, matter, energy, environmental awareness, earth’s resources, and the cycles that circulate energy and materials through these systems.  

Standards-Based Learning is a system of academic instruction, assessment, grading and reporting that is based on students demonstrating mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn.  If mastery does not happen initially, students will be given additional opportunities to show mastery.

Letter grade 100 pt scale

A 100 – 90 (Superior Effort)

B 89 – 80 (Good understanding of material)

C 79 – 70 (Basic skills mastered)

D 69 – 60 (Lacks knowledge of skills and/or concepts)

F 59 – 0 (Insufficient mastery of material)

Semester Grades: 1st 9-weeks: 37.5%, 2nd 9-weeks: 37.5%, Final Exam: 25%


Notebooks and digital folders will serve as a required artifact towards student achievement.