Physical Setting Earth Science is a New York State Regents course that requires extensive study time in the classroom and at home/online.   New, updated material has been added to the course in each of the following 11 topical areas.  Learning will take place both individually and in a cooperative classroom/online environment, with an emphasis placed on performance and problem solving techniques.  Multiple learning styles are present in this class, so instruction will take place using a variety of methods. 

    The following topics will be covered throughout the year: (not necessarily in this order)

    1. PROLOGUE: (measurement, use of Reference Tables, density, percent deviation, observation, etc.)
    2. PLANET EARTH (its size, shape, structure, mapping the surface)
    3. MINERALS ROCKS and RESOURCES (identification and analysis)
    4. THE DYNAMIC CRUST (earthquakes, volcanoes, continental drift, plate tectonics)
    5. WEATHERING, EROSION, DEPOSITION, and LANDSCAPES (glacial processes, soils, streams)
    6. INTERPRETING EARTH’S HISTORY (dating techniques, fossils, past events)
    7. PROPERTIES OF THE ATMOSPHERE (study of weather, atmosphere, wind, clouds)
    8. WEATHER SYSTEMS (synoptic weather maps, weather prediction, and natural hazards)
    9. WATER CYCLE AND CLIMATES (water cycle, insolation, and climate)
    10. EARTH IN SPACE (motions of celestial objects, constellations, angle of insolation, seasons)
    11. BEYOND PLANET EARTH (moon phases, eclipses, orbits, gravity, solar system, universe)
    12. STEWARDSHIP OF OUR PLANET (human influences, pollution, resource management)



    Tarbuck, Edward J., and Frederick K. Lutgens. Prentice Hall Earth Science. Needham, MA: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006.

    Reviewing Earth Science/Physical Setting by Thomas McGuire 


    You will be graded on your effort and performance in a variety of different topics, procedures, and participation.  You will experience various types of classwork, laboratory, homework, tests, quizzes, and projects. Your grade will be calculated on a point system. Each assignment will be worth a certain amount of points. All points scored by you will be added together and divided by the total number of points for each quarter. 


    Homework is considered on time when they are handed in at the beginning of class. Any time after that, it is considered late.  If I cannot read it, I will not accept it! You will have ONE day to make up a late assignment. The highest grade a student can receive for homework ONE day late is a 75%.  


    Classwork will be worked on and completed in class. At the end of the period classwork will be collected for grading. This means that whatever you have completed during the class period must be handed in.

    Laboratory work will also be worked on and completed in class. Some labs may take more than one day to complete, and it is your responsibility to retain the lab paperwork and data for the following day(s). Upon completion of the lab, all work must be submitted at the end of the period on the final day.


    All missed tests and quizzes due to absence should be completed within one week of the date that they were administered. This can be done during a free period in the Test Table room. If you do not have a lunch or free period, please see me to schedule a time after school.

    For projects, you will be given multiple class days to complete the work. Projects will have a specific due date, whether at the beginning or end of a period. And like homework, projects can be handed in ONE day late for a 25 pt. deduction.  


    During any 5-week period, all late work will be accepted for a maximum 50% of the original points. This means that before the progress reports are due, the previous 5-weeks of work can be handed in, and again at the end of the quarter, the previous 5-weeks of work can be handed in. 


    If you are absent, please see me before or after class for the assignment(s) that you missed. It is your responsibility to complete and hand in the work the following day. If you have been absent for an extended period of time, you may need to stay after school or see me for a free period to make up work.


    • Pen and Pencil in working order
    • A three-ring notebook with loose leaf or a spiral notebook and folder
    • Earth Science Reference Tables (ESRT)


    • You are expected to arrive to class on time. If you are late, you need a legitimate pass (The consequences for tardiness will follow the district policy)
    • You are to remain in your seats unless otherwise instructed. 
    • Come to class ready to work. Upon arrival look at the Display Screen or Board for your "Do-Now" assignment. You are expected to begin right away.
    • Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Inappropriate behavior includes anything that interrupts the teaching and learning process. Some examples are: Continuous talking; using a cell phone, iPod, or other electronic device during class; abusive language (slurs, stereotypes, or any other derogatory language) or indecent gestures; throwing objects in class; vaping; etc.
    • Consequences include: warning, seat moved, removal from class, detention, referral, phone call home, etc. Depending on the severity of the infraction, a removal from class may be issued without a verbal warning.


    • Cell phones/electronic devices will be used in this course for educational purposes, BUT during lecture, instruction, or viewing media, cell phones and devices are strictly prohibited. If a student is seen using their device, a referral will be written and given to the appropriate administrator. 


    • I will not expect anything from you that I am not willing to give in return.  These expectations include respect, hard work, discipline, a good sense of humor, and honesty. Rude or disrespectful attitudes will not be tolerated in my classroom.