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Earth Science

Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–9; 10th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
Price: $695.00

Course Sections
Section 1: M/W/F 11:00 a.m. ET with Lauren O’Bryan

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To help ensure that students enroll in the correct course levels, Scholé Academy requires many students to complete placement evaluations. Placement evaluations are only provided to students after the corresponding course registration has been completed. A placement assessment will be required in the following situations:
  • if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
  • if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
  • if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
  • if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Parents are encouraged to connect with the Assistant to the Principal and/or with the course instructor to make the best enrollment decision for their student.
 
Registration is not finalized until the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
 
There is a $75 deposit built into the cost of each course.
  • If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
  • If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
After May 1, withdrawals are granted a full course refund, less the $75 deposit. Students may withdraw from a course through the second week of classes. After the second week of classes, no refund is given.

“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)

Creation sings the praise of God! Creation has a divinely appointed order to it, and this order ultimately points to Him and His glory. As such, we seek to appreciate and understand creation through the exploration of the sciences, and this appreciation leads us to treasure the natural world and teaches us truths about the God who made it.

The course will include time for lecture, during which the Socratic method will be employed to engage the students and to encourage them to think more deeply about the material rather than just absorb facts. Instructor-guided lab exercises will also be conducted during scheduled class time. While there is a wide range of material that will be covered about various Earth systems and natural processes, the course aims to excite a wonder that will motivate students in their study of the earth.

Students who read relevant sections of the text prior to class and take organized notes inside and outside of class during their independent study will benefit the most from class discussion, and flashcards complete with pictures and diagrams for key vocabulary and concepts are recommended.

Please note that the topic of the age of the earth will be touched on in this course. We will discuss and explore the data and processes that describe theories about Earth’s origin and age. The reason for this exercise is simply to equip students to understand and be conversant in these theories to prepare them to engage with others who may or may not share their views. Please read more about our ​Faith and Culture here.

 

Syllabus: View course syllabus here.

 

At Scholé Academy, we have carefully considered how we should engage our contemporary culture as those who believe that Christ is the Truth (John 14:6), and that all truth has its source in him. We think it is important to provide our upper school students (in grades 7-12) with tools and opportunities for critically examining various cultural trends, issues and mores through the lens of orthodox, Christian beliefs. Being confident in the truth revealed to us in creation, the Scriptures, and the tradition of the church, we are not afraid to follow the truth and its implications nor to address error and falsehood. … Read more about our Faith & Culture.

*Required Materials:

  • Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home, 6th Ed., by Kevin Nelstead, Novare Science and Math
  • Lab Kit for use with Novare Earth Science
  • Notebook paper and a binder devoted to the subject
  • Ruler
  • Graph Paper
  • A more complete list of lab supplies can be found ​here​, which includes some of the materials found in the lab kit listed above. Instructor will provide more guidance as the course proceeds, as some labs may be added or omitted.

 

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Lauren O’Bryan was born and raised in central Oklahoma, relishing all that creation has to offer through camping, fossil hunting, weather watching and attending Oklahoma City Astronomy Club events. She received a B.S. in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in 2014. Motivated by a desire to put her knowledge to use for service, she provided forecasts and voyage plans for mariners as part of a large global company. However, she missed the classroom and the joy that comes from getting to know new corpores of knowledge. After marrying an “armchair classicist”, she cultivated a burgeoning interest in classical education, which only continued to grow after she was blessed with a son in 2019. This interest led her to become involved in the Servi Institute, and ultimately led her to the Scholé Academy. lobryan.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

 

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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