2024-2025 School Year

Earth Science w/lab Honors GVL

Course Description

Earth Science is a rigorous laboratory course focusing on the study of space, and the geologic and atmospheric forces that shape our world. Through experimentation and investigation, students will explore the earth cycles including the geosphere, hydrosphere, and the atmosphere. Students will learn about scientific inquiry, rocks and minerals, geologic time, weather, the ocean, the solar system and the universe. Students will use interactive experiences, higher order thinking, collaborative projects, and real world application through labs and a variety of assessments.

To be successful in this class:

Students must complete the weekly reading assignments, lab write-ups, and homework questions. All tests and other assigned work must be turned in on time in order to receive credit and students should actively and respectfully participate in classroom discussions. Students will need to be able to type a scientific research paper.

Grades: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Fees: $465 plus $20 lab fee

Course Credit: 1 lab science (honors)

Required Materials


Other Materials:

  • 3 ring 1“ binder (or dedicated portion of larger binder) with notebook paper
  • 1 composition notebook with sewn-in pages (no dividers)
  • Calculator
  • Access to a computer for research. (at home)

Honors Addendum Summary

  • Additional reading (research earth science topic, read research articles assigned by instructor, and read a book from a list provided and write a reflection essay)
  • Additional writing (research paper, formal lab report both first and second semester)
  • Additional assignment/project from list provided by the instructor. (possible options are field trip with reflection paper, read about a scientist and write report, read about topic and write report, technology presentation, or explore earth science career and write reflection essay)

Meet Sarah Alix

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Movement Science (with focus in human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, athletic training, and motor control) from Gordon College

Teaching experience:  Homeschooled five children starting in 2004

UHC courses taught:

  • Earth Science
  • Health & Nutrition
  • General Science
  • Life Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Middle school and high school
  • Elementary substitute

Began teaching at UHC in 2011