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Prerequisites: Open to all students
Level: 11th or 12th grade
Credits: 1– vocational
Additional: This course is one year in length.
Upon successful completion with a D or higher, 1 graduation credit will be awarded.
This course will count towards required science credit for graduation.

Course Description

Environmental Science examines the complexity of relationships found throughout the natural environment. The impact of plant and animal production practices on the environment and the adoption of practices leading to improved air, land, and water quality are investigated. Furthermore, students will examine past and current human interaction with the environment. Topic clusters in this course include an introduction to environmental science & natural resources, ecology, southern Illinois ecology, populations, soil & water conservation, mineral & energy resources, agricultural & environmental policy, and fish & wildlife management.

  Course Objectives/Goals

  • Students will examine interrelationships found in the environment.
  • Students will be able to explain agricultural influences on the environment at the state, national, and global scale.
  • Students will explore potential careers in natural resources and environmental science.
  • Students will be able to understand and apply practices in managing air, soil, and water conservation.
  • Students will be able to describe prairie, timber, & wetland ecosystems.
  • Students will design, construct, and manage habitat areas for southern Illinois wildlife.
  • Students will be able to discuss agricultural and environmental policies and their role in environmental health.
  • Students will develop and maintain a Supervised Agricultural Experience (Science Experiment) that pertains to natural resources & environmental interest.
  •   Student Expectations

    It is important that students in this class keep an open mind and respect the differences in student ability, backgrounds and beliefs. All students are expected to come to class on time, be prepared, and participate on a daily basis. Students will be expected to follow all rules listed and described in the Steeleville High School Student Handbook. It is expected that students wear appropriate attire (safety glasses, closed-toe shoes, protective clothing, etc.) during shop/outside work.

    Teaching Methods

    Environmental Science is a course taught through a wide variety of teaching methods, but with a dominant focus through hands-on learning. Students will learn through class lecture, small group discussion, class debate, laboratory exercises, video, readings, independent study, games, guest speakers, and both individual and group projects.  

    Assessments

    Students will be assessed through regular completion of homework, projects, class participation, and labs. Quizzes will assess students throughout each unit and a test will be given upon completion of each unit.

    Grading Policy

    The grading procedure for this class will be out of 100% and will be based upon a standard point system (points earned/total points). A rough estimate of point dispersal can be seen below.

    Quizzes 20% Participation 10%

    Homework 20% Labs & Projects 25%

    Tests 25%

    The school’s standard grading scale will be used in the class

    A 90% - 100% B 80- 90% C 70%-80%

    D 60%-70% F <60%

      Missed/Late Work

    Late homework assignments will automatically be dropped 25%, unless prior arrangements have been made or the missed assignment was due to an excused absence. Missed quizzes or tests due to an unexcused absence will result in a zero. Make-up dates will be allowed for all quizzes and tests missed due to an excused absence.

    Academic Honesty

    Academic integrity is a vital component for individual success within Steeleville’s Agriculture Department. Plagiarism and cheating by any student will result in a zero for the grade of the assignment and will follow punishment described in the student handbook.

    Text

    A variety of text material will be given in this course. The primary text material will be the textbook Environmental Science 2004, written by Karen Arms. In addition, MyCaert Agriculture Education State Curriculum readings will be provided. Text material will also include, but is not limited to, various textbook chapters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, Internet articles, news articles, and short narrative briefs.

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