• 2019-2020 Earth and Space Science

    Porter High School

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    Teacher: Mr. Philip Beach Email: pbeach@newcaneyisd.org

    Room Number: L102 Phone: (281) 577-5900 ext. 5747

    Conference period: 5th Per. (2:35 – 4:05); 10th Per. (2:35 – 4:05)


    Earth and Space Science Course Description:

    Earth and Space Science is a capstone course designed to build on students’ prior scientific and academic knowledge and skills to develop understanding of Earth’s system in space and time.  Earth and Space Science is a dynamic course that covers topics such as Our Place in the Universe and Space, the Solar System, Travelling Through Space, Weather identification and prediction, Changes and Structure of the Solid Earth, Earth’s Water, Rock and Mineral Identification, and Changes to Earth’s Environment Over Time.  The course focuses on a hands-on applications approach, while receiving a practical knowledge of the workings of Earth throughout time and space.


    Grading Criteria:

    Grading Scale-Letter Grade/Numerical Grade Progress

    A 90-100

    B 80-89

    C 75-79

    D 70-74

    F Below 70

    I Incomplete

    In accordance with district policy, Daily grades will account for no more than 40% of the overall grade, and Major grades (tests, presentations, term papers, projects) will account for 60%. Daily grades can include class work, quizzes and homework. Major grades can include tests, presentations, group assessments, term papers and projects. Final Exams shall be given in high school at the end of each semester. The final exam will count 10% of the student’s final semester grade. See campus administration for requirements for exemption.


    Late Work:

    High School- Late work for a class will be accepted at the next class period after the due date for a maximum grade of 70. Late work will not be accepted after the end of the grading period.


     Fall Semester

    Bundle 1 – Formation of the Earth – (Aug. 3 weeks)

    Bundle 2 – The Solar System - (Sept. - Mid. October)

    Bundle 3 – Beyond the Solar System - (Mid. Oct. - End of 1st Sem.)

    Spring Semester

    Bundle 4 – Earth’s Weather and Climate – (Jan.)

    Bundle 5 – Composition and Dynamics of Earth - (Feb. - Early April)

    Bundle 6 – The Fluid Earth - (Apr. - End of 2nd Sem.)