Course Syllabus

Environmental Science is a semester-long course that will examine the interrelatedness between humans and our environment. The course will meet during block 6 throughout the first semester. Students will be expected to come to class on time with the following supplies:

  • Writing utensils (pen or pencil, highlighter)
  • Agenda book (homework and essential question will be copied each day)
  • 1.5" binder with notebook paper and dividers

Assignments will be considered either formative (35% of grade) or summative (45% of grade). The course will conclude with a final that is worth 20% of your grade. Examples of formative assignments may include: class discussions, analysis questions, labs, current event articles. Example of summative assignments may include: exams, projects, unit labs. Grades will be entered in Skyward and will be based on the Washington Township grading scale. 

Students will be held accountable to Eastwood behavioral expectations and policies, including FINO and the Student Code of Conduct. Please note that this is a HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE (see below for high school course description). As such, the rigor and expectations for work completion and critical thinking will be higher. In addition, students will be using Canvas and will need to have access to internet. Weekly agendas and assignments will be available through Canvas; students who are absent will still be responsible for their missing work.

This is the pilot semester for this course. We will be discovering and planning this course together as we go. If you have any questions/concerns/suggestions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Grinnell at: sgrinnell@msdwt.k12.in.us.

 

Course description:

Environmental Studies provides students opportunities to utilize several disciplines in examining ecosystems from a variety of human viewpoints. This course fosters an awareness of aesthetics in urban and rural areas and the ecological, economic, social and political interdependence of environmental factors. It introduces students to the knowledge, attitudes, commitments, and skills needed to make decisions and to choose personal actions that will contribute to intelligent resource management. This course also provides students with the skills needed to investigate the ecological effects regarding the uses of: (1) energy, (2) water, (3) air, (4) soils, (5) minerals, (6) wildlife, and (7) other natural resources. Field trips and community investigations provide examples of practical applications of resource management. Topics include: (1) identifying and monitoring the disposal of hazardous wastes, (2) acid rain, (3) land-use practices ranging from wilderness areas to areas under multiple-use management, (4) water and solid waste treatment, (5) transportation systems, (6) human populations demands on the land, and (7) the impact of these factors on the quality of life and the culture of the area. 

 

Course Summary:

Date Details