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Aquatic Science B Syllabus



Aquatic Science B Syllabus


 Course Description/Overview

Course Description: Aquatic Science is an upper level, yearlong science course.  Students study a variety of topics that include: components of an aquatic ecosystem; relationships among aquatic habitats and ecosystems; roles of cycles within an aquatic environment; adaptations of organisms; changes within aquatic environments; geological phenomena and fluid dynamics effects; and the origin and use of water in a watershed.

 Course Goals: Students will gain an overall understanding of aquatic ecosystems including saltwater and freshwater ecosystems and flora and fauna found in them. They will also learn about the geological formations that form the Earth’s oceans & rivers, and the effect these bodies of water have on weather. Students will also acquire the necessary skills, responsibilities, and knowledge to be good stewards of freshwater and marine environments.  A reading of the course sequence will give a more detailed view of our course goals.

Core Purpose:

The core purpose of the NEISD science program is to develop the abilities, knowledge, and understanding of scientific concepts and processes and habits of mind that are required for personal decision-making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.


Core Values:

All NEISD students engage in:

  • Investigation and inquiry.
  • Careful observation and thoughtful analysis.
  • Balance between openness to new ideas and skepticism.
  • Collaboration and communication.
  • Awareness of the need for evidence.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of the natural world.
  • Understanding of the benefits and limitations of science.



To ensure that all students have some appreciation and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science to engage in public conversation on scientific issues; are careful consumers of scientific information related to their everyday lives; and have the skills to enter careers of their choice.


The NEISD Science Program:

  • Is intended for all students
  • Engages students actively
  • Is not viewed only as an academic activity but as a way of understanding the world in which we live
  • Fosters curiosity and guides students in channeling their curiosity in productive ways
  • Reflects the collaborative nature of scientific work
  • Concentrates on the collection and use of evidence
  • Promotes an understanding of what science is, what science is not, what science can and cannot do, and how science contributes to culture

Course Components

Labs: Labs will occur throughout units. 

Quizzes: Will occur throughout units.

Class work: You will keep your class notes in your notebook/folder. All class work completed on folder refill paper must be in your binder/spiral.


Course Duration and Hours

This course requires the same level of commitment from you as a traditional classroom course would.

Throughout the course, you are expected to spend 2 hours per day working on the course requirements as listed above. The course should take 41 school days to complete.



Assignments: 15 at 50 points each: 750 points

Edgenuity: Before paperà 250 points, After paperà 500 points: 750 points

Gizmos: 7 at 50 points each: 350 points

                                    Quizzes: 10 at 100 points each: 1000- UNDER CONSTRUCTION                   

Policy for Academic Integrity

  1. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY- Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to grade penalties on assignments or tests and disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an examination or outside of class with students who have not yet tested or turned in work.  The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or another supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observations, or information from students.  Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and may result in a zero on the assignment without the option for make-up and may include  parent/teacher conference.


Course Materials

Required Materials

All assignments and Unit Materials are found on




ACE Aquatic Science B



Instructions for Gizmos

Go to

At the top right, click on Enroll in Class.

Use the class code: FFXGZV5XBZ

Follow the instructions to enroll.