• Earth Science 

    Ms. Jordan Martin

    Room #: E209

    Voice Mail # (623) 376-3159


    1st Hour Prep

    Course Description:

    The Earth is a very complex structure. This class is designed to give you a better understanding of the Earth and its surroundings. In our quest to understand the Earth we will be studying four major sciences: Astronomy, Geology, Weather and Climate, and Climate Change. This class is aligned with Arizona College and Career Ready Standards and/or national standards and supports school-wide efforts to increase student achievement.

    Textbook: Discovery Education techbook

    Course Objectives:

    By the time the student completes this course of study, the student will know or be able to:

    1. Construct an explanation based on evidence to illustrate the role of nuclear fusion in the life cycle of a star.
    2. Construct an explanation about the relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media, and their applications to modern technology.
    3. Construct an explanation of how gravitational forces impact the evolution of planetary motion, structure, surfaces, atmospheres, moons and rings.
    4. Construct an explanation for a field’s strength and influence on an object (electric, gravitational, magnetic).
    5. Collect, analyze and interpret data regarding the change in motion of an object or system in one dimension, to construct an explanation using Newton’s Laws.
    6. Use mathematics and computational thinking to explain how Newton’s laws are used in engineering and technologies to create products to serve human ends.
    7. Construct an explanation of the origin, expansion, and scale of the universe based on astronomical evidence.
    8. Develop and use models to explain the relationship of the structure of atoms to patterns and properties observed in the Periodic Table and describe how these models are revised with new evidence.
    9. Develop and use models of the Earth that explains the role of energy and matter in Earth’s constantly changing internal and external systems (geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere).
    10. Construct an explanation about the relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media, and their applications to modern technology.
    11. Evaluate explanations and theories about the role of energy and matter in geologic changes over time.
    12. Analyze and interpret data to determine how energy from the Sun affects weather patterns and climate.
    13. Engage in argument from evidence about the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, changes in climate, and human activity and how they influence each other.
    14. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how the use of chemistry related technologies have had positive and negative ethical, social, economic, and/or political implications.
    15. Engage in argument from evidence regarding the ethical, social, economic, and/or political benefits and liabilities of energy usage and transfer.

    Classroom Rules and Consequences:

    In addition to strictly following all MRHS handbook rules, I expect the following to occur in my classroom:

    1. Be There – It is important that you are in class regularly and on time.  Not only should you physically be in class but also mentally.  Students should take advantage of time with the instructor to pay attention and ask questions as needed.
    2. Choose your attitude – You have no control over the things that other people do.  You only have control over your reactions.  Make a conscious effort to have a positive attitude.  It is not always easy but if you are aware that only you can control your mood every day can be a great day. 
    3. No food or drinks in the classroom – We might be using substances that may contaminate what you put in your mouth. This is for your own health and safety. 
    4. Listen and participate - A lot of the learning for this class takes place when I am talking with you or you are collaborating in your groups! So, please be sure to truly and actively listen and when appropriate, participate.
    5. Don’t procrastinate - Study what was done in class for 20 minutes (minimum) PER DAY and start any homework as soon as you can after school before you are tired, etc. If you do these things, learning will come more easily for this challenging class you have chosen to undertake!
    6. Get Additional Help (tutoring) ASAP: In addition to the Academic Prep times built into our schedule each week, additional assistance/tutoring is provided on a weekly basis both by MRHS and individually by me. My weekly availability will be posted in the classroom at the start of each week. I will demonstrate to the students how to find availability each week. I also encourage your son/daughter to write down my availability each week in their Mountain Ridge planner (provided by the school) so that you too are aware of my weekly availability.


    Grades will be composed of 2 areas: tests/quizzes and homework/classwork/labs. The percentages will be broken down as follows: tests/quizzes are 70% and classwork is 30%. The grade percentages will round to the nearest whole number. For example,  a 79.5% will round to an 80% and a 79.4% will round to a 79%.  


    Report Cards:

    In an effort to conserve resources and harness the capacity of our electronic grade reporting program (PowerSchool) district schools will no longer print hard copies of report cards unless requested by individual parents. To request a hard copy of your student’s report card, please contact the front office at 623-376-3000.  To receive your PowerSchool login, please stop into the office with a valid photo ID. 


    Power School Online Access:

    Grades and attendance may be accessed 24 hours a day online with your PowerSchool access code.  Access codes are available in the Counseling Office or Front Desk Monday – Friday 7:00 AM– 3:30 PM. You may check student progress regularly on the PowerSchool site using the same login for one or more students.  For Mountain Ridge parents/guardians without home computer access, a computer with guest log-in capability is available in the Counseling Conference Room.


    Academic Assistance/Office Hours:

    In addition to the Academic Prep times built into our schedule each week, additional assistance/tutoring is provided on a weekly basis both by MRHS and individually by instructors. These office hours will be posted in my classroom, website, and/or Canvas at the start of each week. I will demonstrate to the students how to find my availability each week. 

    Make up Policy:

    Mountain Ridge students will have one week from the end of the unit of study to complete all associated assignments.


    If multiple days were missed, please schedule an appointment with me to formulate a plan for the completion of make-up work. Make-up work for extended absences (over 3 days) may be requested through the Counseling Office and picked up there.  

    On-line Assignment Expectations:

    In addition to school and applicable rules above, for on-line or distance learning here are additional expectations:

    • All assignments can be turned in for full credit up to 1 week after the announced or published due date of the unit of study.  After that, all missing assignments will receive a 0. However, the point of assignments/homework/labs and projects is to expose students to content and help them obtain mastery of that content through timely practice so that they are successful on high stakes summative assessments. Not completing assignments as assigned and submitting them late hurts the student’s abilities to achieve mastery as they may go into assessments without feedback and practice.  Having late work also causes students to have to play "catch up" which causes additional stress on the student.
    • Missed assessments due to absences will have arrangements made with the student directly. Requests for a “make-up” assessment must be done the day the student returns to class and must be completed as explained by the teacher. Make-up assessments are also timed and no resources are allowed while testing is in progress.
    • Missed assignments will be given the same time/grace period for make-up as in-person classes.

    Plagiarism and Cheating:

    Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s work and reporting it as your own, or the giving of your work to another student to use as their own. Both instances are considered cheating and will not be tolerated. Any work that is plagiarized or copied will not be accepted and the student using the copied work will receive a zero for the assignment with an opportunity to redo the assignment to show mastery within the retake window. Both students may face additional consequences at the school level in accordance with the MRHS Student Handbook.  There are also strict “no talking” and “no technology access” during all assessments (tests, quizzes).

    Daily Device Use (iPads)

    Students should come to school with their iPads charged and ready to use in each class every day.  Within each classroom, there are three possible technology environments. Teachers will identify for students the technology use environment expected during their class period. 

    Devices may not be used to record or take photos of other people without their consent.  Consequences for classroom disruptions and misuse of devices will follow a progressive discipline model, beginning with a phone call home and progressing to office referrals for repeated or more serious offenses. Students who have devices out during a Red environment or during testing, may lose credit on their test or quiz.  See the Student Rights and Responsibilities consequence chart in the handbook for more specific descriptions of infractions and consequences.

    Recommended Supplies for this Course:

    I recommend purchasing and using a Rocketbook for notes as they can easily be added to your Google Drive as well as be re-used. Some sort of paper in an organized binder for which notes can be written and kept for frequent reference is needed. A way to organize and keep handouts, pen and pencil and a basic function calculator are essential materials to have access to. If you have any issues obtaining these materials, contact me immediately. 

    MRHS Laboratory Breakage Policy:

    The Mountain Ridge Science Department has a policy regarding the damage or breakage of laboratory equipment. In the event a student breaks any laboratory materials, that student will be responsible for paying the replacement cost of each item. A complete list of all laboratory materials and their costs are posted in each classroom.  The students are taught proper procedures and laboratory etiquette to ensure the safety of our students during lab activities. This policy helps hold the students accountable for their actions and reinforces careful laboratory procedures. 

    Math/Science Calculator Policy:

    Students will be allowed to use their own personal calculator on tests and assignments if required.