• Environmental Science Syllabus 2018-2019

    Mr. Rodriguez

    West Port High School

    Room 4-109


    Objective: This course is designed to teach the fundamental concepts of science through labs, assessments, and activities. Students will learn about the interactions of humans, other living organisms, and their environments over the course of one school year.


    Science Skills Mastery:

    • Use scientific methods in laboratory and/or field investigations including: making observations, classification, communication, metric measurements, predictions, inferences, and collecting/analyzing data.
    • Use reference materials to explore background and historical information about scientific concepts.
    • Use standard safety practices in lab and/or field investigations.
    • Identify the significance of accurate and precise measurements and use of reliable tools, safety measures, and career training in environmental monitoring.


    Content Mastery:

    • Investigate the flow of energy and cycling of matter within an ecosystem, and relate these phenomena to human society.
    • Demonstrate an understanding that the Earth is one interconnected system.
    • Describe stability and change in ecosystems.
    • Understand and describe availability, allocation, and conservation of natural resources.
    • Recognize that humans are part of the global ecosystem, and evaluate the effects of human activities and technologies on ecosystems.


    Guidelines for Success:

    • Bring all materials to class everyday.
    • Turn things in on time.
    • Keep your notebook up to date.
    • Utilize Power Hour to makeup or retake tests.
    • Use a planner and/or the website to keep track of this course.


    Grading Policy:

    • 90-100   A                                                                                                   
    • 80-89     B                                                                                                  
    • 70-79     C                                                                                                    
    • 60-69     D                                                                                                        
    • 59>        F



    • Daily Work and Quizzes 60%
    • Tests and Projects 40%                                                               


    *Semester exams count as 20% of your final grade in 2nd and 4th 9 weeks.


    Absences: Missed work must be made up within one week of the date you return to class. It is your responsibility to come in during Power Hour or check the website to find out what that work was. Students in CDA are required to complete work in a timely fashion.  


    Class Rules:

    1. Listen and follow directions.
    2. Raise your hand before speaking or leaving your seat.
    3. Respect your classmates and your teacher.
    4. Keep hands feet and objects to yourself.


    *Consequences for misbehavior, or breaking rules, will result in warnings, loss of privileges, parent calls/conferences, and finally referrals to the dean.


    Class Supply List:

    • composition notebook
    • two reams of loose-leaf paper
    • a basic two-pocket folder
    • a box of colored pencils
    • a box of nasal tissues
    • pens, pencils, and erasers
    • anything else your student might use to be successful!

    Please let me know if you have any questions. You may also set up parent/teacher meetings by contacting the school’s guidance office or contacting me directly. My email address is eric.rodriguez@marion.k12.fl.us. Let’s have a great year!