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Mr. Tropeck

Earth and Space Science 7

Instructed by: Mr. T. Tropeck, Burgettstown Area M.S.

Periods  1, 2,3,4 and 7

Planning Period 6: Blue Devil Block Period 9



Course Syllabus



This course instructs students with the fundamentals of geosciences and astronomy. This course covers basic principles of geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy. Scientific concepts addressed in this course are, but not limited, to the following; Planetary and atmospheric composition/structure/ geological evolution, map identification/interpretation/application, rock and mineral identification/application, plate tectonics, geologic time and dating, motions of the Earth/Moon/solar system/ galaxies, origin and life cycles of stars.


The study of Earth and Space science at the seventh grade level is a multi-faceted investigation into the Earth within the Universe while students explore new methods towards academic learning. Students will not just investigate science, they will be exploring many new learning techniques to support their transformation into diverse learners.  Students will work to build an arsenal of learning skills to break down scientific terminology and deconstruct informational text. Earth science and academic learning skills must constantly progress to build life-long learners and to become a positive citizen of our planet.  


 Students will be asked to participate in activities that will bring the scientific community into their hands as well as into their minds.  Scientific reading, scientific content dissection, scientific observation, scaling, simulations and application scenarios of content information will be employed during the course. Earth and Space Science is broken down into four main focal points of study. In the upcoming semesters, students will study*:                                                                                

1st 9 weeks                                      **** Subject to change

Chapter 1-The Nature of Science

Chapter 2 - Matter

Chapter 3- Minerals

Chapter 4- Rocks


2nd 9 weeks 

Chapter 6- Views Of Earth

Chapter 11- Earthquakes

Chapter 13- Clues to Earth’s Past 

Chapter 14 – Geologic Time (The Layered Earth S.T.E.M.- Software)

Chapter 10- Plate Tectonics (The Layered Earth S.T.E.M.- Software)


3rd 9 weeks  

Chapter 15- Atmosphere

Chapter 16- Weather

Chapter 17- Climate

Chapter 18 - Ocean Motion

Chapter 19- Oceanography


4th 9 Weeks  

Chapter 22 –Exploring Space

Chapter 23-The Sun-Earth-Moon System 

Chapter 24- The Solar System ( Starry Night Astronomy S.T.E.M. software) 

Chapter 25- Star and Galaxies ( Starry Night Astronomy S.T.E.M. software) 


Additional Chapters: 

Chapter 5- Earth’s Energy and Mineral Resources

Chapter 7- Weathering and Soil

Chapter 8- Erosional Forces

Chapter 9- Water Erosion and Deposition

Chapter 12- Volcanoes

Chapter 20- Our Impact on Land

Chapter 21- Our Impact on Water and Air

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: Students will be expected to be active participants in all classroom activities and discussions. A sense of teamwork and mutual respect within the classroom is necessary to create a positive working atmosphere thus, educational prosperity can be achieved. This course demands that students be prepared for class by coming into the classroom with open thoughts of creativity, imagination and curiosity about the continuously changing world around them. Students are expected to apply google classroom to its fullest extent and meet the deadline time/ dates for assignments to be submitted. In order to achieve the goals of this course, students must be present and maintain respect for all aspects within the classroom; focus, ability to follow directions, teamwork and most importantly safety rules and procedures. 

GRADING:  Academic evaluation in Earth and Space Science is achieved on a system based on weighted assessments and assignments. The course academic evaluation is based on the following weighting system: Formal Assessments ( Chapter Exam/ Formal Lab Document):70.0 %  Informal Assessments (classwork/ out of classwork): 25.0%  and Exploratory Assessments (Do Now/ Knowledge Check/ Ticket Out) Assignments 5.0%.** An important fact that should be stressed to all students is that informal assignments are a very important aspect of classroom learning and have a significant impact on the overall grade. Seventh grade homework policy states students are granted one day for a late assignment with a 50% point reduction if submitted within one day of the due date and time. A late assignment is determined when the assignment has not been turned in by the due date and time as posted in google classroom. Chapter vocabulary terms and text dissection assignments will be checked are great preparation for exams/labs and the overall educational success for this class.    **Subject to change



  • RESPECT: Respect for the instructor, other students, their opinions and school property will be expected of all students. “Treat others as you wish to be treated”


  • Students are expected to be in their seats with all learning materials present at the time the bell rings. If a student must return to his/her locker for materials, a tardy will be compiled on his or her classroom record. 


  • Students are to use the restroom, gather materials, locate chromebook chargers or sharpen pencils before the bell and classroom activities begin.


  • No personal electronic devices or outside of class focal points will be present during classroom activities.

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