3570 Timpview Dr. Provo, Utah 84604 Phone: (801)221-9720 Fax: (801)224-4210

Earth Science

Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement

Credit: 1.0 Science (one full year)
Grade Level: 9

This class provides an introduction to science and how chemistry, physics, and biology intersect. Basic knowledge of atoms, ecosystems, and physical science (density, temperature, volume, etc.) is assumed. Students will study the origin of the universe, including the Big Bang, stars, planets, and the Earth. Students will learn how the earth formed, what it is composed of, and how the earth continues to change. This course explores the atmosphere, weather, and the oceans.

Learning Expectations

  • Geosphere (Earths layers, Earths surface, erosion, earthquakes and volcanoes, plate tectonics)
  • Hydrosphere (Oceans, groundwater, precipitation)
  • Atmosphere (Air, weather, climate)
  • Astronomy (Big Bang, planets, the solar system, stars)
  • Biosphere (living things on the Earth)

Assessment of Progress

Grades will be based upon points earned divided by points possible. Grades are based primarily on quiz and test scores and an independent project due each term. There is no extra credit.

Formative assessments include short quizzes, activities, assignments, lecture, and labs. Formative assessments are generally not included in a students grade, but are used to practice and prepare for testing. Students must complete formative assessment assignments before taking summative assessment tests.

Summative assessment tests are generally multiple choice. They can be retaken.

Dates for summative assessments will be given in class and on Canvas.

Students with special needs may be given alternative assessments to demonstrate mastery of class content.

See Student Handbook for grading structure and policies.

Independent Term Projects

Each term you will be required to complete one project. Examples of a project are:

  • Watch a documentary
  • Visit a museum
  • Go stargazing
  • Do additional research on a class topic

You will present information about your project by writing a short paper, creating a poster, creating an online presentation, giving an oral report, making a video, etc. What you do and how you present your project are up to you. Please feel free to be creative and have fun. For example, you could:

  • Make a comic book about the Big Bang
  • Make a video giving a demonstration about convection currents
  • Write a short story about the ocean
  • Paint a picture of a nebula or galaxy
  • Research the science mistakes made in the movie Antman

These projects are worth as much as a test, so a fair amount of work should go into them. They need to provide new and detailed information, be well presented, demonstrate that you’ve learned or experienced something outside of class, and give you an opportunity to explore topics on your own. Find something interesting or fun. It is to your advantage to be as descriptive and careful as possible.

Course Materials

A classroom set of textbooks may be used for some class work. No textbooks will be assigned to students or taken home. Resources are online and will be available through Canvas. Students may access Canvas and other course materials at home.

Classroom Procedures

Please see the Student Handbook for attendance policies. Roll is taken at the beginning of class. Students not present are marked absent. If a student arrives late and wishes to change his or her absence to a tardy, he or she must speak with me after class.

Students who leave the classroom without permission may be marked truant.

Students who leave to use the restroom but are gone for more than five minutes may be marked truant.

Students must take the hallpass if leaving class.

Students are expected to be respectful of each other (no bullying or harassment) the classroom (no stealing or vandalizing), and themselves (no plagiarizing or cheating.)

Tests and quizzes are due by the end of each term.

Homework/Classwork Policy

All assignments, tests, and quizzes locked at the end of each term.

Quizzes and tests may only be done on the scheduled quiz/test day and in the classroom. Retakes can be done before/after school. They cannot be taken on the same day as the quiz or test.

Retakes may be done only after you have passed all practice quizzes and completed all other assignments for the unit.

Coursework not completed in class is expected to be completed at home, in my classroom before/after class, or with the library computers.

Some labs must be completed outdoors and at home. Students will be given a minimum of two weeks to complete these labs.

Testing Policy

While testing:

  • No phones or smartwatches may be visible – not on the table, not in your lap.
  • No notebooks may be on the desk.
  • No talking with other students.
  • No other windows or tabs may be open on the computer.

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to complete their own work, and to be honest in the learning environment.  Any of the following activities will result in zero credit for the test, assignment, or project.

  • CHEATING Cheating includes, but is not limited to, passing examination answers to or looking at other students’ tests, searching for information online during the test, sharing questions or answers, or preparing or copying other’s work. Checking your phone or other smart device at any time during a test is construed as cheating. Having any other tab or program available on the computer during the test is construed as cheating. Keeping the screen hidden or dimmed so that it is not viewable by me is construed as cheating.
  • PLAGIARISM is the act of appropriating another person’s work (written, computerized, artistic, etc.) or portions thereof and passing them off as the product of one’s own work in any academic exercise or activity. Never copy/paste.
  • FABRICATION is the use of invented or falsified information, research or other findings.

Please review the Timpview Computer Use policy.


I expect you to follow the Code of Conduct:

    • Treat fellow students with respect and consideration.
    • Treat school staff members with respect.
    • Attend school regularly.
    • Be honest.
    • Keep illegal substances away from the school.
    • Be ON TIME to class.
  • Take care of equipment & school property (do not write on desks, do treat the computers with care, etc.)
  • Do not throw things, do not eat food, do not climb on desks.
  • Leave class only when dismissed or by permission of the teacher

Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments

All major tests and projects are due at the end of each term. There is no other due date or late work.

There is one independent project per term. Students are encouraged to turn projects in before the last two weeks of the term so that they can use feedback to improve their project, if necessary.

Progress Reports and Report Cards

Grades from tests and quizzes are entered and posted within three days of being turned in.

Grades are based on points earned divided by points possible.

Grades are meant to provide a growing measure of understanding. Students are encouraged to review material and retake quizzes and tests. Grades are only finalized at the end of a term.

Connecting Home to School

Online materials, instructions, and other resources are available on Canvas. Email questions to me at jonathanm@provo.edu. Visit me during lunch or after school to review, ask questions, retake tests.

Personal Statement and other items (optional)

Students who work in this course (come to class, take notes, complete all assignments, ask questions, retake tests) get A’s.

Tests can always be reviewed and taken again. Resources, links, videos, and other help will be available on Canvas. I am available before/after school to help you study. Students are encouraged to be creative, investigate, and ask questions. I try to be very flexible and will work with you if you fall behind or if you need more time. Please just talk to me and I will work with you.