• Dunnellon High School

    Earth Space Science Syllabus


    Class: Earth Space Science                                                                     Period: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Teacher: Dr. McMurrer-Shank                                                               Room: 303

    School Phone: (352) 465-6745   ext. 58266                                          

    Email: marlene.mcmurrer-shank@marion.k12.fl.us



    The primary goal of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of Earth Space Science. This course is designed to prepare students for the Science Earth Space Science Local End of Course Exam (LEOCE) and will cover all of the Next Generation Science Standards that relate to Earth Space Science.


    Course Overview

    During this school year, we will be focusing on the nature of science, and studies of the Earth and those of Space. Overlapping all of this will be the study and practice of the scientific process and the review for the Local End of Course Exam.


    A part of your grade will be from lab work and lab reports. If you are dismissed from a lab because of negative or dangerous behavior, you will be given an alternative assignment to make up the grade.


    First Nine Weeks:

    • Nature of Science (Chapters: 1.1-1.3)
      • What is the relationship between scientific practice, scientific explanation, and scientific knowledge?
    • Introduction to Earth Science (Chapters: 1.1-1.3)
      • How do the various Earth systems interact?
    • Geological Processes / Earth’s Surface (Chapters: 7.1-7.2, 8.1-8.3, 9.1, 9.3, 10.1)
      • How do movements due to weathering, erosion, gravity, wind and glaciers shape and change Earth’s surface.

    Second Nine Weeks:

    • Geological Processes / Earth’s Interior (Chapters: 17.1-17.4, 18.1, 19.1-19.4, 20.2)
      • How has the transfer of heat energy inside Earth contributed to the formation of geologic features and processes on Earth’s surface?
    • Geologic Time (Chapters 21.4, 22.4 and Page 634)
      • How have scientists come up with the possible explanations for the origins of life on Earth?
    • Meteorology (Chapters 11.1-11.3, 12.1-12.4, 13.1-13.3, 26.3 and page 333)
      • How do the components of the atmosphere and heat work together to create weather and sustain life on Earth?

    Third Nine Weeks

    • Meteorology (Chapters: 11.1-11.3, 12.1-12.4, 13.1-13.3, 26.3, p. 333)
      • How do the components of the atmosphere and heat work together to create weather and sustain life on Earth?
    • Climatology (Chapters: 14.1, 14.3-14.4, 26.3)
      • How do natural factors and human activities influence the Earth’s climate? 
      • Oceanography (Chapters: 15.1-15.3)
        • How does studying oceans help scientists learn about the characteristics of the ocean and how it influences conditions on Earth?
    • Astronomy (Chapters 27.1, 27.3, 28.1, and 28.4)
    • How do we know the characteristics of objects in the solar system and how they influence each other?


    Fourth Nine Weeks

    • Astronomy (Chapters: 27.1, 27.3, 28.1, 28.4)
      • How do we know the characteristics of object in the solar system and how they influence each other?
    • Cosmology (Chapters: 29.1-29.3, 30.1-30.3)
      • What do we know about the stars, galaxies, and beyond in the universe?
    • Review for LEOCE Exam


    Books and Resources

    • Textbook- Glencoe Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe
    • Workbook- Glencoe Science: Science Notebook, Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe




    Written homework will be determined on class-by-class basis. However, students should bring their bookwork / notes home every night to study.

    Any work that is turned in late will not be given full credit also work that has no name on it will not be given credit. Late work will be accepted with a daily penalty. Students who were absent due to an excused absence will be able to make the assignment up upon request (check out the class website).


    Assignments and Skyward

    Assignments will be entered into the Skyward System as soon as I can get them graded. Skyward is available to the parents by using the parent portal on the Marion County School Board website under the Dunnellon High School Website. Please come to the school and sign up for the portal. Each teacher at Dunnellon High School has their own class website that is open to the public. Assignments, course documents and a calendar can be found on the website.



    50% Tests and Projects

    40% Daily Assessments

    10% Homework


    Grading Scale

    100% - 90%


    89% - 80%


    79% - 70%


    69% - 60%


    59% - 0%




    Attendance and discipline will be handled according to the Marion County School Policies and Procedures and the Dunnellon High School Discipline plan. All work that the student has missed due to an excused absence will be given on request, (check the classroom website). If a student arrives late to class the student will be marked tardy. All students that arrive after the tardy bell will need to sign into the class in the folder. Students who are not in their assigned seat will also be marked tardy. Students have plenty of time to conduct personal business between classes on their own time. If the teacher is not in her room the students need to line up by the door and wait quietly.


    Students need to understand that their behavior in the classroom affects the learning environment and any disruption to the learning process will be handled through the Dean’s office. Talking in the classroom must be at a minimum, we have a lot of material to cover and cannot spare the time for excessive talking. My classroom is a science classroom and not a gym, there is no need for students to wander around the classroom and my trash cans are not basketball hoops. Any violations from the previous statements will result in a verbal warning and then a phone call or letter home, and if the student continues to be a disruption the student will be referred to discipline.


    Students are placed in assigned seats and I expect the students to sit there during class time. If your child has a vision or hearing problem that they need seating near the board please note that on the back page of the syllabus.


    Warning System

    1. Verbal Warning     2. Parent Contact (phone call/ parent note)     3. Referral



    • Pencils with Erasers (I prefer wooden pencils) (I do not carry any lead for mechanical pencils)
    • A 1 subject spiral notebook (It would be best to get a spiral that has pockets to hold completed workbook pages)
    • Sticky Notes
    • Notebook Paper
    • Blue or Black Ink Pen
    • Highlighters
    • Calculator
    • Colored Pencils / Crayons
    • Scissors
    • Glue Sticks


    The following items are not mandatory for the class but would be extremely appreciated. These items will be used in the classroom on an everyday basis.

      • Tissues, paper towels, glue sticks, tape (all kinds), pack of index cards, copy paper, pencils, and notebook paper.

    Materials must be brought every day to class and will be checked on a daily basis. It is the student’s responsibility to bring paper and writing instruments to class every day because they are going to be needed every day.


    CLASS Procedues

    The following rules will help us keep everything running smoothly in the classroom so that we can be successful in class.

      1. Follow all safety procedures. Any violation will result in the student having to complete an alternative assignment and could lead to a referral to Discipline. Failure to follow safety protocol in the classroom will result in students not participating in future labs or activities.
    • Bathrooms visits are for EMERGENCIES ONLY!!!! If you have a medical need to be out more often, please have your parent send me a note so that we can work out a solution. It is very important for the student to remain in class to fully understand the concepts that are going to be presented. Students will sign out of the classroom when going to the lavatory and sign in when they arrive back to the classroom. PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENT TO USE THE RESTROOM BETWEEN CLASSES, THEY HAVE TIME.


    1. Keep the classroom clean. If you make a mess, clean it up before you leave. The class will not be dismissed until all materials are in their proper place and off the floor.
    2. If you are absent, please see me as soon as you return to the classroom. Any assignments that you miss goes in the grade book as a “0” until you make it up. I will give the student the date it is due on each assignment following school policy.
    3. Parents can email me using the email given above, if there are any questions. I do check my email after school hours.
    4. Please be RESPECTFUL to your teacher / school official and to your fellow classmates. We do some group work and we must work together as a team to be successful!! Yelling in the classroom is unacceptable and will result in a written assignment that will require a parent/ guardian signature. Students need to do what is asked of them the first time instructed.
    5. In this class, there are several ‘banned’ words. I do not permit student to use profanity or any slang in place of profanity. I expect them to be polite to each other and to think before they speak.
    6. No food, drinks or gum in the classroom. Bottled water is permitted. Food attracts animals that we do not want in the classroom and sugar makes the floor sticky. Students will not be permitted to go to the vending machines during class.
    7. Stay seated unless given teacher permission. Follow all hand signals for getting up out of your seat. 2 = bathroom, raise pencil if you need to sharpen it.
    8. NO CELL PHONES!!!! After being warned about having cell phone out and visible, student will be sent to discipline and a referral will be written.
    9. Lab equipment in the classroom area is off limits to all students; this is for their safety


    Daily Routine

    1. Come into class quietly.
    2. Read the agenda for the day on the board in the front of the room.
    3. Complete Bell Work Quietly.
    4. Turn in any assignments that need to be turned in into the appropriate bin for your class.
    5. Wait patiently and quietly for further instructions.
    6. During class time, class room procedures are followed.
    7. Leaving the classroom, students need to make sure that they have all of their belongings and wait quietly for the bell. Student must stay in their assigned seat. There is no waiting by the door for dismissal. The bell does not dismiss the students; the teacher will dismiss the students when the class room is in order.




    Students are required to have a textbook secure at home throughout the year. They will check one out the third week of school and bring home. This book will be returned the week of final exams. Students will have homework and project assignments from the textbook throughout the year.



    Please have the student return this page only of the syllabus signed by the parent/ guardian and the student for a grade. This document will be kept in a notebook at school.


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    Students Name (Printed)                                                                                               Class Period



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    Parents Name (Printed)                                                                                                        Phone Number



    My child can participate in watching a video that is rated PG or higher.      Yes __________     No __________



    Photos of my child may be taken for education reasons only.                   Yes _________     No __________




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    Parent / Guardian Signature                                                                                                           Date




    Parent Email address




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    Student Signature                                                                                                                          Date



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    Teacher Signature                                                                                                            Date Received


    Do the parents of the students speak any language other than English?    

    Yes__________ (If yes please specify) ____________________________

    No __________

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