This class is a gentle introduction to environmental science, teaching students not only about earth science, but also about the human impact on our earth. I specifically plan projects so students get an opportunity to reach out to members of their community who can teach the student and make connections that will hopefully continue even after the class ends as the student continues to find ways to participate in their community.
Students will work through a chapter each week, with questions to guide their study in each section and a quiz and lab to gauge comprehension. Three to five chapters will comprise a unit and will culminate in either a unit exam or a project. There are 21 chapters in 6 units with a final at the end of the course. We will meet live weekly for 1 hour to discuss that week’s topics and any questions the students have. Students will interact with their classmates with weekly discussions and collaboration on various assignments. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week working on class material.
Who should enroll?
This class is for 8th to 12th graders. There is very little math, but students shouldn’t be intimidated by completing labs.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I believe homework and projects are the best tool for students to practice the skills they are learning and grade homework/provide feedback so they learn as they continue working toward mastery. Assignments are generally graded within 5 days of submission. Grades are based on a combination of homework, quizzes, labs, and exams/projects. Students are also given a participation grade to account for timeliness of completing assignments, class participation, and effort. Communication will take place as needed through email and announcements and responses to student messages are generally within a few hours.
Once registered, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. Throughout the course parents will only be contacted if issues arise and at midterm and close of the course as I try to encourage students to take ownership of the class and contact me directly if they have any concerns. My website is kristenlauria.com.