Classroom Syllabus

This year in Science, we will explore the Earth and its components.  We will investigate:

v Geology- the study of the Earth’s makeup of rocks and minerals

v Astronomy- the study of objects and processes originating outside Earth’s atmosphere

v Meteorology-the study of weather patterns and natural Disasters

v Paleontology- the study of fossils

v Hydrology- the study of the Earth’s water supply whether fresh, salt, or contaminated

v Changing Earth- the study of Plate Tectonics Volcanoes, and Earth Quakes

v Resources and the Environment- the study of resources and human impact upon them

The length of class is approximately ninety minutes.  You will need your own writing materials.  A notebook is required to be used on a daily basis for a grade.  Grades for the course are given every 4-1/2 weeks, alternating between progress reports and report cards given at 9 weeks.  Grades will be calculated as follows:

9-weeks grades:  Classwork/Homework/Notebook 25%     Quiz/Lab 35%    Test/Project 40%   Final Grade:  1st 9-weeks 40% + 2nd 9-weeks 40% + Final exam 20%                                         NOTE: There are no exemptions to Exams

Class Rules (Be Attitudes)

1)  Be and stay in your seat properly dressed with school id on when the bell begins to ring.

2)  Be prepared to work with necessary materials (paper, pencil, notebook, etc.)

3)  Be engaged in the class task at all times.

4)  Be courteous when speaking to others.


GAT School and CCSD Rules.

1)  No food or drink in class.

2)  No electronic device use in class, including cell phones.

3)  No hats, coats, or sunglasses in class.

4)  Follow all rules as written in your student code of conduct.


Consequences for Breaking Class Rules

1st Offense:  Verbal Warning

2nd Offense:  Writing correction paragraphs about offense

3rd Offense:  Detention before/ after school/ lunch / call home

4th Offense:  Office referral/ parent conference

Consequences for Breaking GAT or CCSD Rules

1st Offense:  Warning        2nd Offense:  Call home        3rd Offense and beyond:  Office referral


You may contact me by calling GAT Guidance first block until 9:50 am which is my planning period, to schedule a meeting or phone call.  You may also reach me after my last class at (843) 745-7126.  You may also Email me at school:

My tutoring is on Fridays after school until 4:15 pm.  



Case Study 1

Dinosaurs and Earth’s History

Case Study 2

Geology and History of South Carolina

Case Study 3


Unit 1(10 days)

3a.5, 4a.4, 4a.5, 4a.6




Dating (Relative and Absolute)


Unit 2 (8 days)

3b.1, 4a.1, 4a.2, 4a.3, 4a.7

Earth’s History

Chemistry Basics

Carbon Cycle

Fossil Fuel Formation


Unit 3 (9 days)

3a.1, 3a.2, 3a.3, 3a.4, 3b.3, 4a.3, 4a.7, 5a.7

Earth’s Composition

Plate Tectonics and Evidence

Ring of Fire


Sea Floor Data

Earthquakes + Epicenter Triangulation

Geologic Climate Changes

Extinction Events

Unit 4(11 days)

3a.5, 3a.6, 3a.7, 3a.8, 3b.3, 4a.3, 4a.4, 4a.5, 5a.7, 6a.2, 6a.3, 6a.6, 6a.8

Climate over Geologic Time

Regions of South Carolina

South Carolina Soil

Mountain Building and Erosion

Rivers, Watersheds, Water Cycle

Coastal Plains, Karst Topography

Coastal Zone, Barrier Islands


Unit 5(9 days)

5a.1, 5a.2, 5a.3, 5a.4, 5a.5, 5a.6, 6a.1, 6a.7

Atmosphere Composition

Atmospheric Circulation

Greenhouse Gasses

Ocean Circulation

Weather Maps / Isobars

Severe Weather / Hurricanes


Unit 6(15 days)

3b.1, 3b.2, 3b.3, 3b.4, 3b.5, 4a.7, 5a.8, 6a.4, 6a.5, 6a.8, 6a.9

Human Impact

Shore Erosion

Mining and Agriculture

Developing Infrastructure

Use of Fossil Fuels / Natural Resources

Humans and Climate Change

Unit 7(12 days)

2a.1, 2a.2, 2a.3, 2a.4, 2a.5, 2b.1, 2b.2, 2b.3, 2b.4

Formation of the Universe

Life Cycle of Stars

Formation of Galaxies

Our Solar System

The Moon






Cumulative Exam on Units 1 – 3

(2x Major Assignment Grade)

Cumulative Exam on Units 4 – 6

(2x Major Assignment Grade)

Final Exam on Units 1 – 8

20% of Overall Grade