• Student Name_________________   Date_______   Block____

    Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,
    Below is a detailed description of our Earth Science expectations for the following school year.  Our first homework assignment is for Parent/Guardian and Student to carefully read over this entire webpage.  Print (just) the first page of this website.  Student and parent/guardian then need to complete this printed acknowledgment page. The student then needs to returned this signed acknowledgment page to class by the due date to earn credit for the homework assignment.

    Check list of items covered on this web page:

     Gotta-Have-It Learning Supplies

      Course Outline

      Grading Policy

      Lab Policy

      Attendance Policy



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    Gotta-Have-It Learning Supplies

    Students will be presented numerous learning opportunities. If they are not fully prepared they will not fully learn. The supplies required for this class are very important tools needed to help students get the most out of their learning opportunities.

    These supplies WILL make this course easier for all students. It will be necessary for each student to purchase the following list of supplies in order to be successful this school year. Please have all supplies on this list by the beginning of the second week of school (the first Monday).

    ***Click on the images below for specific details.

    ***Clean Edge Lined Paper
    Any assignments handed in must be in very good condition. Paper torn from a spiral notebook will not be accepted.

    ***1 or 1-1/2 or 2 Inch Three Ring CLASS Binder
    I strongly recommend the "D-ring" or Oval-ring type binders. They hold up MUCH better of the school year.

    ***PENCILS, Colored Pencils, Basic Calculator, (Highlighter/Pencil Bag optional)

    Students are expected to have a PENCIL for EVERY class. 

    Credit: 1 regents credit
    Text: No textbook is used for in this course. We will instead us an "interactive notebook" we call our Dunbar Notes. We will also provide many "notes" handouts and students will build a "Binder" to be used when studying for exams.

    Our curriculum is constructed around the Physical Setting/Earth Science Core Curriculum published by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Instruction will focus on student understanding and demonstration of important relationships, processes, mechanisms, and applications of concepts. Students, in attaining scientific literacy, will be able to demonstrate these explanations, in their own words, exhibiting creative problem solving, reasoning, and informed decision making. Assessments will test students' ability to explain, analyze, and interpret Earth science processes and phenomena, and generate science inquiry.

    Mr Hart's Philosophy

    Earth Science is designed to offer opportunities for students to learn about the world in which they live. These learning opportunities will be presented through classroom activities, laboratory experiences, listen to learn, writing to learn, read to learn, demonstrations, homework, and class discussions.

    Students will be expected to develop a responsibility for their personal growth/learning and take advantage of the opportunities before them both in and out of the classroom.

    Students will have many opportunities to learn the skills and a foundation of knowledge needed to master the Earth Science curriculum. Students will need to engage these moments to take control of their personal growth.

    Course Outline: Topics covered (~84 blocks + 3 for review)

    Earth's Dimensions - Unit 1 (13 blocks...2 exams)
        •    Earth's Shape
        •    Latitude and Longitude
        •    Field Maps

    Astronomy - Unit 8 (15 blocks...2 exams)

        •    Terrestrial Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude)
        •    Earth's Motions (Rotation/Revolution)
        •    Seasons (Insolation)
        •    Solar System
        •    Deep Space

    Meteorology and Weather - Unit 6 (15 blocks...3 exams)

        •    Weather Variables (Temperature, Moisture, Pressure, Wind)
        •    The Atmosphere (Measurements & Structure)
        •    Weather Systems (Air Masses, Fronts, and Cyclones)
        •    Weather Forecasting
        •    Weather Hazards

    Climate - Unit 7 (8 blocks...1 exam)

        •    Insolation
        •    The Water Cycle
        •    Ground Water
        •    Climate Factors
        •    Human Effect (Global Warming, Heat Island, etc.)

    Minerals & Rocks - Unit 2 (7 blocks...1 exam)

        •    Atoms to Minerals
        •    Identification of unknown mineral samples
        •    Identification of unknown rock samples

        »    Igneous Rocks
        »    Sedimentary Rocks
        »    Metamorphic Rocks

    •  The Rock Cycle
          •    Resources and Our Environment

      Plate Tectonics - Unit 3 (9 blocks...1 exam)

          •    Evidence for Plate Tectonics
          •    Plate Boundaries
          •    Volcanism
          •    Earthquakes

      Weathering, Erosion, Deposition, & Landscapes - Unit 4 (9 blocks...1 exam)

          •    Physical Weathering
          •    Chemical Weathering
          •    Weathering Agents
          •    Formation and Types of Soils
          •    Agents of Erosion
          •    Deposition of Sediments
          •    Shaping of Landscapes
          •    Mountains, Plateaus, Plains, Shorelines, Glacial Features

      Earth History - Unit 5 (8 blocks...1 exam)

          •    Geologic Time Scale
          •    Principles of Geology
          •    Sequence of Events
          •    Relative Dating vs. Absolute Dating
          •    The Rock Record
          •    Correlation of Rock Strata
          •    Index Fossils

      Regents Review - 3 blocks
      Regents Exam (Physical Setting: Earth Science)

    Mr. Hart's Grading Policy

    Tests 50% 2-3 per marking period
    Quizzes 15% 5-8 per marking period (On Line Castle Learning)
    Lab Write-up 15% 4-7 per marking period
    Homework 10% Assigned regularly (mostly vocabulary)
    Binder 10% Course Notebook check every Unit Exam

    Final Grade
    Marking Period 1 + MP 2 + MP 3 + MP 4 + Regents Exam = ? ÷ 5 = Final Grade
    Please Note: If a student is absent on the due date for any assignment, test, quiz, or lab...the new due date is the first day back to school...not the next time they are in class. If the student does not have Earth Science their first day back they MUST make arrangements with the teacher that day or receive a zero grade.

    Mr. Hart's Classroom Lab Policy

    Each item below is explained in great detail in the Labs area of this web site...see Navigation Menu (or click here).

    • Lab Vocabulary must be completed BEFORE lab day
      ...Afters School Catchup (A.S.C.) may be assigned to any student with incomplete, missing, or messy vocabulary.
    • Labs must be neat & complete.
    • Students must pass all labs
      ...Afters School Catchup (A.S.C.) may be assigned to any student owing 2 or more lab corrections.
    • Passing and Corrected Labs will be kept on file.

    As mandated by the New York State Board of Regents Diploma Requirements - Section 100.5(b)(7)(iv)(d):

    "In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated)laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports."




    Mr. Hart's Classroom Attendance Policy

    The WSCSD requires all work missed to be made-up in "reasonable" time.

    • If you are absent...check the Class Agenda page BEFORE you come to the next class.  See what you've missed and attempt to get the materials BEFORE you come to the next class.
    • If a student is absent on a "due date" for any assignment, test, quiz, or lab...the new due date is the first day back to school...not the next time they are in class.
    • If the student does not have Earth Science their first day back they MUST make arrangements with the teacher on their first day back to school or receive a zero grade.

    PLEASE NOTE: When a student misses a class, they miss much more than any notes or assignments that may have been given. One absence is equal to 1.3 hours of missed guided learning opportunities. A student can NEVER make up all of the learning that "happens" in the classroom.  Furthermore, some Labs missed cannot be made up because the equipment must be dismantled in order to construct the next lab. It is strongly urged that Lab days not be missed if it can at all be helped.