CP Environmental Science Handbook
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1. Note book with a folder.
2. Pen and pencil everyday
3. Colored pencils
4. Sign onto EDMODO class account
Welcome to Environmental Science! THIS HANDBOOK MUST BE KEPT IN YOUR NOTEBOOK UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. Included in this guide you
will find information on topics such as, the course of study, grade calculations, projects, and techniques to help you become a better student in the science program at West Deptford.
This laboratory based science course is designed to challenge students to develop an understanding of the biological, physical, and earth systems that shape our environment. Scientific concepts, principles and modern science practices allow students to analyze environmental issues, both natural and human induced, and engage in evidence-based decision making in real world contexts. The appropriate NJ State Standards will be addressed so as to raise the level of
students discourse and develop essential scientific reasoning skills. Topics include:
b) Earth Resources and Energy Resources (Renewable and Non-Renewable)
c) Atmospheric Issues & Global Climate Change
d) Water Issues
e) Biodiversity and Conservation
For all assignments please use the following format listed below.
Subject Your Name
Pd # Assignment Name Date
B. Code of Conduct:
a. Safety First
b. Bring a notebook and pencil/pen everyday
c. Students must be in their seats when the bell rings
d. No Cell Phones in Class- cell phones will be confiscated and sent to the disciplinarian.
e. Students will be on time. Being late will result in a detention.
f. Be respectful of others
g. Save all assignments once they are graded and returned.
h. Learn to problem solve and think for yourself.
b. Detention/Call Home
c. Send to Disciplinarian
1. Read the directions for the experiment several times. Follow the directions exactly. If in doubt at
any time, consult the instructor.
2. Perform the activities with the equipment only when authorized by the teacher.
3. Wash your hands after each experiment. Wear goggles when needed.
3. Procedure / Method
4. Discussion of Observations/ Data
Passes and Lateness
1. Passes Will NOT be given to students to make phone calls or to retrieve forgotten supplies.
2. Lateness to class:
3. Passes are accepted from the administration, the nurse, and guidance office.
4. Excessive lateness will result in an administrative detention.
Late assignments are accepted within seven days of the due date, but with a 30% grade deduction. After seven days late, the assignment will not be accepted. You are allowed 2 days for everyday you are absent to turn in assignments. However most major assignments are given 3-5 days in advance and therefore is expected to be handed in on time.
Labs are made-up on the first available lab make-up day.
Your grade each quarter is bases on a point system. Students can earn approximately 1000 points per quarter, about 30 assignments each. This number will vary with the amount of material covered in each class. Grades will be given for various assignments.
2. Class work/Homework
3. POGILS- (Process Orientated Guided Inquiry Learning)
4. Research Projects
5. DI (Differentiated Instruction) activities
6. Note book Checks
8. Daily warm-ups
To calculate your grade, use the
The Total Number of Points You Earned X 100 = Grade
Total Number of Points Available
III. Themes in Environmental Science
Scientific Method: Scientists investigating problems use this method to answer their questions in an orderly and systematic fashion.
A. State the problem
a. Gather the Information
d. Record and Analyze Data
- Interdisciplinary Connections: Integrated into the environmental system are the tools to discover new worlds in
science. Math is utilized to graph and calculate (graphing calculators will be used; English is used to convey one’s thoughts to the public (written or
verbal); Art is used to add diagrams, illustrations and models; Geography, Technology, History, etc. all provide insights in understanding science
concepts. Therefore it is inappropriate to consider environmental single subject. An interdisciplinary approach is mandated.
- Local/Global Connections: In addition, we will study environmental ideas from the perspective of the World, North America, and New Jersey. Natural resource discovery is a global expedition that requires many nations to interact. Local economies can flourish or founder due to these interactions.
- Science and Business Themes: Attention will be given to specific environmental themes. For example: convection of fluids and gases and the
physical/chemical properties of nature. Plus skills needed by the business
force will have an additional focus and supported by local industry and business speakers.
- Various Techniques are used within the classroom to facilitate learning. Note-taking, slides, group learning, brainstorming, computers, and Bloom’s
Taxonomy are part of the curriculum.
Finally, I hope that your school year is filled with many learning experiences. You never know what you might learn from someone else!
Good Luck and Best
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