Course Syllabus

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My name is Mrs. Murali. I will be your AP Environmental Science  teacher. I am so glad you are here! I am looking forward to an awesome year with all of you. Part of what will make this year great is your participation in class. To be successful in this class you must: 

1. Check Announcements daily for important communication.

2. Check Modules for Course materials and Assignments

3. Complete all Assignments by due date to keep up with the grade.

4. Ask for help when needed in Microsoft  Teams during office hours.

Course Description:

Welcome to AP Environmental Science! This class will look at many topics in Environmental Science. We will cover major environmental topics such as acid rain, biodiversity, and global warming, as well as, energy, the atmosphere, water, soil, human populations and waste management. We will have laboratory component in this course, labs are done during class period. You will be learning about the environment through first-hand observation.

This is an Advanced Placement science course which allows you the opportunity to earn 3 hours of college credit by earning 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam in May. ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE AP EXAM IN THIS CLASS. We will work together throughout the year so that you will have the skills and knowledge required to pass the AP exam and earn credit.

GRADES:

· Tests, Quizzes and Projects- (60%)

· Labs - (30%)

· Daily Assignments- (10%)

MATERIALS:

· Laptop or tablet with camera

· Binder or Spiral Notebook for notes

· Pen/Pencil

· Red pen for grading

MAKE UP WORK:

· If you are absent, it is your responsibility to communicate with me and make up any missing assignments in the time frame according to the PISD handbook.

· Only 2 retakes or test correction is allowed per grading period. No retake or test correction on FRQ.

EXPECTATION:

· MASK ON & SOCIAL DISTANCE at all time.

· All school and district rules apply in the classroom. Tardy will be taken so be on time!

· APES is a fast pace advanced level course, you are expected to study and read on your own.

· Half credit will be given if you turn in assignment one day after the deadline. After that, you will not get any credit for that assignment. Pay attention to the deadlines!

· Class files, assignments, announcements and calendar will be posted on Canvas & AP CLASSROOM.  

· Online Etiquette:

o We will on meet on TEAMS. Attendance is required. Turn on your camera throughout the entire class period. Turn off your mic unless you are speaking. You will be marked absent if I cannot see you!

o Dress appropriately while you are attending the class, even though you are at home.

o Communicate with me via Email if you have any issues.

Course Overview

Students cultivate their understanding of the interrelationships of the natural world through inquiry-based lab investigations and field work as they explore concepts like the four Big Ideas; energy transfer, interactions between earth systems, interactions between different species and the environment, and sustainability. 

This course framework provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. The framework specifies what students must know, be able to do, and understand, with a focus on big ideas that encompass core principles and theories of the discipline. The framework also encourages instruction that prepares students for advanced environmental science coursework. A complete course description and exam detail can be found on the College Board website for AP students

ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE THE AP EXAM ON FRIDAY MAY 14, 2021

Textbook: Exploring Environmental Science for AP 1st edition by Miller and Spoolman

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FALL SEMESTER-

Unit 1: Introduction to Ecosystem

Unit 2: Biodiversity

Unit 3: Population

Unit 4: Earth Systems and Resources

Unit 5: Land and Water Use

SPRING SEMESTER-

Unit 6: Energy

Unit 7: Air Pollution

Unit 8: Aquatic and Terrestrial Pollution

Unit 9: Global Change

 

Suggested School Supplies

1. one red pen and highlighters for grading

2. color pencils (one 12 color pack)

3. one calculator ( College Board approved calculator. A basic 4 function calculator is acceptable)

 

Contact

Best way to reach me is through email muralia@pearlandisd.org. 

You can also contact me through Teams during office hours.

Here is the link to Office 365