Course Overview

Welcome to Earth Science

Many people have asked me what they're going to need in Earth Science. Here is a list of items. Aslo included is my syllabus. Welcome to Earth Science

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Materials list for Ms. Davison

Earth Science

  • Earth Science

    Ms. Billie Davison

    Class Information

    Room 312


    • Book bag w? laptop pocket or 11.6 inch laptop sleeve 
    • Note Books (Spiral)
    • Loose leaf paper (for lab reports)
    • Folder (for hand outs and keeping lab reports)
    • Pens (black or blue – NO OTHER COLORED INKS ACCEPTED)
    • Pencils
    • Colored Pencils
    • Pencil sharpener (none supplied in class)
    • Compass
    • Protractor
    • High lighters
    • Graph Paper
    • Scissors
    • Index cards
    • Clorox wipes for the class room
    • Tissues for the class room

     Grading System

    Tests 40%

    Labs 30%

    Quiz 15%

    Home work 15% (vocabulary cards)

    There is no extra credit

    Ten point scale

    PROGRESS REPORTS and REPORT CARDSalternate and are sent home every three weeks at North Buncombe. Please be aware of the scheduled dates and look for these to arrive.

    NOTEBOOKS !!!!!

    A notebook organized as required must be brought to class each day. These will be factored into students’ averages & checked regularly.


    All students are expected to come to class each day with pencil, paper, their notebook, book, and homework completed. Notebooks should be neat and well organized and checked frequently.

    Index Cards

    Students will need several index cards to be checked every Friday for their vocabulary through out the semester, please make sure they have cards from the very first day & quiz them on them.









    School Phone: 645 - 4221


    Website: access North Buncombe site then teacher websites link. The website will contain useful links, study lists, and activities. Students should check it regularly.

    Parents should provide accurate phone and email contact information.

    MAKE UP WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Students must make up any missing work within THREE days of an absence. Missing work will be counted as zeros with no exceptions.

    Bathroom Breaks

    • Each student is allowed 3 bathroom breaks. After three breaks, students will make up the time gone after school.

    Disciplinary Issues:

      1. Redirect Student behavior
      2. Relocate student
      3. Face – to – conference
      4. Detention before school (15min)
      5. Parent contact
      6. Referral

    Unit of Study


    · The Nature of Science – Scientific Method

    · Sphere of Earth Science

    · Energy – types and transfers


    · EEn.1.1.1 Explain the Earth’s motion through space, including precession, nutation, the barycenter, and its path about the galaxy.

    · EEn.1.1.2 Explain how the Earth’s rotation and revolution about the Sun affect its shape and is related to seasons and tides.

    · EEn.1.1.3 Explain how the sun produces energy which is transferred to the Earth by radiation.

    · EEn.1.1.4 Explain how incoming solar energy makes life possible on Earth.


    · EEn.2.5.1 Summarize the structure and composition of our atmosphere.

    · EEn2.5.2 Explain the formation of typical air masses and the weather systems that result from air mass interactions.

    · EEn2.5.3 Explain how cyclonic storms form based on the interactions of air masses.

    · EEn2.5.4 Predict the weather using available weather maps and data (including surface, upper atmospheric winds, and satellite imagery).

    · EEn2.5.5 Explain how human activities affect air quality.


    · EEn.2.6.1 Differentiate between weather and climate

    · EEn.2.6.2 Explain changes in global climate due to natural processes

    · EEn.2.6.3 Analyze the impacts that human activities have on global climate change (such as burning hydrocarbons, greenhouse effect, and deforestation).

    · EEn.2.7.4 Attribute changes to Earth’s systems to global climate change (temperature change, changes in pH of ocean, sea level changes, etc…)


    · EEn2.3.1 Explain how water is an energy agent (currents and heat transfer).

    · EEn.2.3.2 Explain how ground water and surface water interact.

    · EEn2.4.1 Evaluate human influences on freshwater availability.

    · EEn2.4.2 Evaluate human influences of water quality in North Carolina’s river basins, wetlands and tidal environments.


    · EEn2.1.1 Explain how the rock cycle, plate tectonics, volcanoes, & earthquakes impact the lithosphere (major events in geologic history of NC).

    · EEn2.1.2 Predict the locations of volcanoes, earthquakes, & faults based on information contained in a variety of maps.

    · EEn2.1.3 Explain how natural actions such as weathering, erosion (wind, water & gravity), & soil formation affect Earth’s surface.

    · EEn2.1.4 Explain the probability of & preparation for geohazards such as landslides, avalanches, earthquakes & volcanoes in a particular area based on available data.

    · EEn2.2.1 Explain the consequences of human activities on the lithosphere (such as mining, deforestation, agriculture, overgrazing, urbanization, &land use) past &present.

    · EEn2.2.2 Compare the various methods humans use to acquire traditional energy sources (such as peat, coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear fission, & wood.

    Biosphere (litho, hydro, atomosphere)

    · EEn2.7.1 Explain how abiotic & biotic factors interact to create the various biomes in North Carolina.

    · EEn2.7.2 Explain why biodiversity is important to the biosphere.

    · EEn2.7.3 Explain how human activities impact the biosphere.


    · EEn2.8.1 & 2.2.2 Evaluate alternative energy technologies for use in NC

    · EEn2.8.2 Critique conventional & sustainable agriculture & aquaculture practices in terms of their environmental impacts.

    · EEn2.8.3 Explain the effects of uncontrolled population growth on the Earth’s resources.

    · EEn2.8.4 Evaluate the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle” in terms of impact on natural resources.