Earth Science Course Syllabus

Course Instructor: Mrs. Bonnie Madigan


The purpose of the Earth Science Curriculum is to increase student awareness of the organization of God’s creation through the study of the foundations of scientific understanding. This understanding is reinforced through Biblical understanding and application.  Areas that will be covered in this course include the scientific method, limitations of science, measuring and states of matter,   energy and heat, foundations of chemistry including molecules and applied chemistry, evolution verses science,  motion and force, waves and sound, light and color electrostatics, magnetism, electricity and electronic. This extensive course will prepare students for further study of more advanced science in their high school and college career. 


This course consists of 16 chapters in which the students will be exposed to the above concepts in various ways. We will discuss the concepts in detail during class. Experiments and demonstrations will be conducted or viewed on video. Drill of concepts using paper and pencil as well as board work will reinforce learned concepts. We will also take one or more field trips to a science based organization which will connect that which is learned in theory to be applied to “real world” application. The students will also be led step-by-step through various thinking and problem solving strategies required to solve many kinds of problems.


Each student will be evaluated on the basis of performance in each of the following areas (Percentages are approximate and may vary):





Homework and Class Participation


Lab Assignments & Lab Notebook










Class Rules


For Calvary Christian High School Students, the following rules should not need to outlined, however doing so will serve as a reminder.


The student will come with a teachable spirit

The student will come with items needed for class.

The student will sit in his/her assigned seat.

The student is allowed to have bottled water as long as it does not become a distraction. 

No talking when the teacher is giving instruction.

No writing or passing notes.

No negative statements about other students or faculty/staff members are allowed in any form.

No defacing textbooks or school property.

No sleeping or pretending to sleep in class.

No writing on yourself.

No food is allowed in the classroom. This includes gum!


The following items are contraband. They are not allowed in the classroom at any time.

                                    Books not required for the course of study

Boom boxes

                                    Cell phones

                                    Electronic games



                                    Personal student notes

                                    Playing cards


A Final Personal Note- You will be spending about 165 hours of your life in this class.  It is my hope that you will get the most out of the class by engaging me as we work to increase our knowledge, understanding, and Biblical connection in the area of Earth Science!  Let's make this a great class by having an effort that honors the Lord!


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Earth Science   2013-2014