Earth and Environmental Science

Class description

Classes meet 15 times, every two weeks from the beginning of Fall to the end of Spring, with breaks in Winter and Spring. This is a laboratory course designed to fulfill the graduation requirements for high school in North Carolina. The class includes some teaching time and laboratory work. We will study our unique planet and its ecosystems and natural resources. The course will include a balanced look at some of the environmental challenges being faced in today's world in general and in North Carolina particularly. We will consider the need to be responsible caretakers of creation whist also caring for human needs and avoiding the worship of the creation above the Creator. Have a look at this article from CMI to get a feel for where we are headed with the course. Students complete their studies by reading and taking tests at home. Internet access will be required to complete some of the home assignments. The home school is responsible for taking and grading the chapter tests. We are available to help students with specific questions before and after lessons, and via email.

Syllabus and Course Structure

This course includes 6 different aspects of study:

  • Textbook reading

    • The textbook is divided into 16 chapters. The student is expected to read a chapter between each lab class. The first chapter should be read before the first lab class.

  • The student's understanding of the text will assessed by chapter tests.

    • The text contains a "Self Test" with answers at the end of each chapter, as well as a list of vocabulary words. We recommend studying for the test by doing the “self test” with an open book as a study guide. At the same time the student should define the vocabulary words using the text.

    • Then, after the lab class, take the test "properly" with the answers covered, or on a copy of the test page, for the chapter test. The parent should also choose ten of the vocabulary words for the student to define as part of the test.

    • Njoy Science will provide an end of year test paper. The questions will be based on the end of chapter tests and in text questions from the text book

    • The home school is responsible to administer, grade and keep a record of the tests. For help with grading see here.

  • Lab classes. We have 15 lab classes through the year. In lesson 5 we will cover two chapters of the textbook in order to accommodate the 16 book chapters in 15 classes.

    • Each lab class will consist of some teaching time, relevant to the chapter that has been read prior to class, and some lab time. We provide the materials and equipment for the experiments.

    • Students will be guided through the experiments, working in groups of 2 or 3 to do the actual work. They will be shown how to write up their lab reports. A lab report is expected for each experiment that is done. The lab reports may be neatened up at home and are then turned in for grading at the following lesson.

    • Some experiments may need to be completed at home due to needing a longer time to obtain results, and several activities will be assigned that cannot be done in class.

    • Njoy Science will grade lab reports, but the home school must keep an ongoing record of these lab grades. Njoy science does not keep a record of the grades.

  • Article summaries

    • The student is expected to read two articles from internet publications/websites for each chapter, and to fill out an article summary for each. The intent is to make students aware of current issues in environmental science and also to give them an opportunity to develop discernment when reading about issues that are sometimes controversial.

    • We suggest that the articles should be searched for using the specialized search engine at http://www.aurumscience.com/environmental_search.html and using the creation based websites : http://creation.com ; https://answersingenesis.org . Using all these sites should allow for presentation of various perspectives on issues.

  • Supplementary reading. We have chosen the book Tending to Eden by Scott Sabin as a supplementary reader. This an interesting book and gives a positive, Christian, perspective on some important aspects of caring for creation .

It is estimated that the student will spend approximately an hour a day, five days a week, for about 30 weeks, on the work required to complete the course, this includes reading, lab class, finishing up lab reports, assignments, study time and testing.

For a detailed breakdown on the required reading and assignments please see the Daily assignment and reading schedule.

For an overview of lab classes, experiments and breaks please see the Lab and Module schedule

Supplies

All students should bring the following to class, in addition to their textbook:

* A notebook with perforated pages.
* Pen and pencil
* Ruler