• Syllabus for Earth/Environmental Science Fall 2019

                                   (dates are subject to change--PLEASE BE FLEXIBLE!)

    Unit 1: Getting to know you/Principles of Science             Aug. 26th - Sept. 4                                                        

    Procedures and expectations, Scientific method, graphing, metric conversions, scientific notation, introduction to maps

    Unit one test Sept. 6


    Unit 2: Astronomy                                                                  Sept. 5 - 18

    Earth’s motion through space, motion on Earth’s axis around sun, Sun’s energy, how solar energy makes life possible, precession, nutation, barycenter, rotation, revolution, tilt, seasons, tides, solstices, equinoxes , neap and spring tides, radiation, fusion and fission, EMS, Seasonal impacts, photosynthesis, Earth’s surface heating (water and land), harmful effects of radiation.

    Unit test Sept 19


    Unit 3: Lithosphere                                                                 Sept. 19- Oct. 9                                                              

    Rock cycle, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, locations of volcanoes, earthquakes, faults, weathering, erosion, mass movements, soil, geohazards, using data to predict locations.

    Unit test Oct. 9


    Unit 4: Hydrosphere                                                               Oct. 10 - 28                                                    

    Water cycle, groundwater and surface water, Oceanography (currents, energy transfer, density), shorelines, barrier islands, sinkholes, flooding, pollution, NC Rivers and wetlands

    Unit test Oct. 28


    Unit 5: Atmosphere                                                                 Oct. 29 - Nov. 14                                                       

    Structure and composition of atmosphere/layers, global wind patterns, air masses, frontal boundaries, cloud formation, storm systems, weather maps/predicting weather, importance of water vapor, weather/climate, climate categories, natural climate fluctuations, greenhouse effect

    Unit test Nov. 14


    Unit 6: Biosphere                                                                     Nov.15 - Dec. 3

    Abiotic and biotic factors and their impacts on Biodiversity, Biosphere, Biodiversity (make -up, loss of, impact of), classification of biomes, landforms/soils of each

    Unit test Dec. 3                      


    Unit 7: Human Impact                                                              Dec. 4 - 20

    Human population changes, carrying capacity, limiting factors, recycling, deforestation, mining, agriculture, land use, Energy sources (fossil, wood, fission, alternative), human freshwater use and management, conservation, water quality, water treatment, pollution, acid rain, CFCs, climate change, global climate change impacts, alternative energy, sustainability

    Unit test Dec. 20

    Review and take state tests                                                     Jan. 4 - 17