Pre AP Geo Daily Assignments

Course Syllabus

Lab Scoring Guide

Required Materials

Standards Based Grading and Point Distribution

Google Classroom code  p1v9ojh


Unit 1  Metric Conversions, Scientific Method, Graphical Analysis, Density

Student Learning Outcomes      Students will be able to:

 Sequence for Unit 1

Part I  Metric Loop Chart & Density

     1. Density Lab

     2. Density practice problems in class

     3. Density homework

Part II The Scientific Method

     1. Demo on how to write an observation

     2. Eratosthenes & Scientific Method Power Point

     3. Inquiry Lab Report (Need a composition lab notebook)

Part III Dimensional Analysis & Scientific Notation

      1. Practic worksheet on Dimensional Analysis & Scientific Notation

      2. Unit 1 Packet of Knowledge Review Sheet

Unit 1 Exam




Useful video links first semester

Metric conversions "loop chart"


Density Practice Problems

 Dimensional Analysis


Unit 2  Astronomy:  The Earth Sun Moon System & the Solar System


Pre-AP Geoscience   Astronomy Unit Outline  2017

Part 1 Practical Astronomy  / Astronomical Observations

            1. Earth’s place in the universe.

                        a. Distances in space (light year, parsec, astronomical unit)

            2. Sunspots and the rotational speed of our nearest star  (solar observation lab)

            3. Size & scale of the solar system  (Solar system on a football field activity)

            4. Constellations   (3-d constellation model project)

            5. Celestial objects visible through a telescope (7:30 PM Star Night 9/27)

                        a. Nebulas, Open & Globular star clusters, Galaxies

            6. Astrophotography and visual astronomy

Part 2  Properties of Stars

            1. How stars shine through nuclear fusion

                        a. overview of the periodic table  (why fusion instead of fission)

            2. The composition of stars  (Spectra-scope lab)

            3. Space weather & features of our sun  (guest speaker)

            4. Life Cycle of stars & H-R Diagrams

                        a. White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, Black Holes

Part 3 Earth / Sun Moon System

            1. The four seasons

            2. Eclipses, lunar phases & tides

            3. Kepler’s laws & Newton’s law of Universal Gravity

Part 4 Cosmology & The Electromagnetic Spectrum

            1. Different forms of Electromagnetic radiation.  (EM Spectrum lab)

            2. The Doppler Effect and redshift

            3. Hubble’s discoveries / Wilson & Penzias discover the CMBR

            4. Origin and final fate of the universe

Final Astronomy Project







Photons & The Photoelectric Effect

The Bohr Atom & Intro to Quantum Mechanics

 Quantum Numbers in the Atom

 Electron Configuration





 Unit 5  Earth's History  Relative & Absolute Dating

Student Learning Outcomes      Students will be able to:




What are Isotopes?

Radioactive Decay

Carbon 14 dating




 Semester Exam



Second Semester Outline

Earth Systems:  Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes & Volcanoes (District Assessment Exam)  Weather systems and climate, Paleoclimate activity

 Environmental Sustainability & Chemistry: Phosphate research / lab, Chemistry & the environment, calcium carbonate egg shell lab


Unit 6 Plate Tectonics

Student Learning Outcomes      Students will be able to:




Video Links

Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics & large scale system interactions

Plate Boundaries

Plate Boundaries


 Earthquakes & Volcanoes

Earthquake P & S waves

Types of Volcanoes


Unit 7 Weather & Climate

Paleoclimate Project

Student Learning Outcomes      Students will be able to:





Unit 8  Environmental Sustainability with a focus on Chemistry

Case Study:  Phosphate Analysis & Research Project

Case Study:  Effects of DDT and Calcium Carbonate in eggshells

Student Learning Outcomes      Students will be able to:






Size of the Atom (Sven gives two thumbs up)

Dalton's Atomic Theory

Naming Compounds

Part 1

Part 2

The periodic Table

Balancing Chemical Equations

 The Mole

Mole Mass Conversions

Percent Composition


Acid Base Reactions



 Unit 9  Environmental Field Lab

Student Learning Outcomes      Students will be able to: