GOHS Earth and Space Science

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  •   GOHS Earth and Space Science 2020/2021                           cburdick-rutz@tvusd.us

    Welcome to Earth Science Class.  This class is a science option and will meet your high school graduation requirements for physical science.  We are a lab based course at Great Oak High School and you will do a lab or activity each week.  Universities, like the UC’s and Cal State, accept this as a LAB based (D) course. 

    We have a wonderful New Generation Science Standards (NGSS) based science curriculum.  Topics for the fall are stars, galaxies and the universe, then coming back down to earth for plate tectonics and earthquakes with urban geoscience. Spring semester will be shaping mountains, valleys and coasts, fossil fuels and carbon, atmosphere, climate change, water use and farming.   

    Please check in to Canvas where we will have all things digital.  When I make important announcements you will also get an e-mail to your school account.   Your grade will be posted through Infinite Campus, the grade in Canvas may only be a part of your total.  I accept all your work, even when late, but do not get behind on assignments- that causes stress, bad learning and low grades.  I am learning the abilities of Canvas so we will practice using it together.  I am just a phone call or zoom away. 

    Class Expectations and Remote Learning

    1. Ask questions, learn, think and participate.  
    2. Do your own work, think every day and write it down in your notes.  Keep all your work.   
    3. Be kind and gracious.  Know and follow all school rules, district rules, state and federal laws.  Ignorance is not an excuse for poor behavior.   


    Standard Based Grades- Categories and Percents

    Standard Topic- Earth Science

    Percent Weight

    Test and Quizzes


    Labs, Projects and Scientific Method Activities


    Textbook Notes, Vocabulary, synchronous participation


    Final Exam



    1 Oil and Gas- Oil and gas are resources that allow us to harness energy from ancient life, but also cause us to unleash ancient carbon into the atmosphere.

    2 Climate Data reveal that carbon in our atmosphere has a big impact on global temperatures and climate. Humans, in turn, have a big impact on carbon in our atmosphere.

    3 Mountains, Valleys, and Coasts Water shapes and sculpts our landscapes.  The process is sometimes thought of as slow and steady, but often occurs as catastrophic events when driving forces exceed resisting forces.

    4 Water and Farming California depends on its precious water resources to sustain its people and its farms.

    5 Causes and effects of Earthquakes Earthquakes and motion at the surface give clues to what goes on deep inside the Earth.

    6 Urban Geo-science The majority of California residents live in urban areas that are shaped by the natural environment. Our urban expansion in these areas requires that we also think about how human activity in turn affects the natural environment.

    7 Star Stuff-Everything on Earth is made of ‘star-stuff.’ Earth depends on its closest star, the Sun, for almost all its energy. The light from all stars provides clues about what they are and how they shine.

    8 Motion in the Universe-The structure of objects in our Universe and the motions of all bodies within it are driven by the competition between the explosive force of the Big Bang and the attractive force of gravity.