Environmental Science

From: $98.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  9th–12th (8th graders with instructor approval.)

Class:  Tue 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 26, 2024–May 9, 2025

Prepaid:  $699

Instructor: Lisa Duckworth

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Course Description

Environmental Science Syllabus coming soon

Environmental Science is a year-long inquiry and hands-on-laboratory-based science course designed to show thematic connections between a variety of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, geology, botany, ecology, math, toxicology, climatology, astronomy, meteorology, and physics. It gives students a coherent and realistic picture of the applications of a variety of scientific concepts as they manifest in our environment. The aim of this course is to increase students’ knowledge of the environmental challenges of today while continuing to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills and encourage problem-solving.

Course Structure

This course will cover 5 thematic units covering the 4 spheres of the planet: The Lithosphere, The Atmosphere, The Biosphere, and The Hydrosphere. Each sphere of the earth will be explored and investigated, including humans’ impact on each, using a variety of instructional methods, including a flipped classroom where students will use the textbook, digital notebooks, videos, video lectures, and web links to learn about the topics. Live classes will be for demos, labs and mini-labs, and discussion sessions. Outside of class, work will consist of case studies, video questions (using Edpuzzle), notes from video lectures, online labs, and readings from the textbook. Students should expect to do 5-7 hours on assignments per week. Most assignments will be due weekly, with some having longer due dates. Mastery Checks (i.e., quizzes) will be weekly, and tests will be given at the end of each unit. Students will complete most assessments on Canvas. Students are expected to participate in and complete all aspects of required work to the best of their ability. Student achievement will be evaluated in a holistic manner, considering all aspects of performance.

Who should enroll?

This class is for students in grades 9th-12th and 8th graders with prior permission from the instructor.

Technology Requirements

  • High-speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch video lectures and other videos as assigned
  • Computer Access
  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint or Google Docs, Sheets and Slides Access
  • Printer
  • Scanner/Ability to scan with phone or tablet

Supply List

  • Scientific Calculator (does NOT need to be a graphing calculator)
  • A 100-sheet graph paper notebook
  • Pen/pencils
  • Colored Pencils/Markers
  • Tape – double-sided as well as clear tape
  • Scissors
  • Index Cards
  • Post-it Notes

Evaluation and Feedback

All grades will be available in Canvas for students and parents. Assignments will be graded within one week of submission. Students will be evaluated through performance on quizzes & tests, mini-laboratory investigations, formal lab reports, homework, and independent projects. A progress report will be given mid-semester and at the end of a semester. Parent conferences are available upon request. Mastery Checks (Quizzes) 20% & Assessments (Unit Tests and Semester Exams) 20% , Labs& Mini-Labs 25%, Assignments 15%, Professionalism 10% and Projects 10%.


Parents and students may contact me through Canvas. I will respond within 48 hours to all communications. Please do not hesitate to contact me or ask questions.

Required Texts


  • Environmental Science, 2013 Edition, Holt McDougal, ISBN 9780547904016

Note: An interactive version of this book is available through iBooks and may be purchased instead of the physical book if that is preferred.

  • A lab equipment list will be sent after enrollment.


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Instructor Bio

Lisa Duckworth

Hi! I am Lisa Duckworth, and I am super excited to teach science with Aim Academy! I have been an educator for 30 years. I have a Bachelor of Science in Science Education from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!) and have taught science to all ages of students. I started teaching public high school science in NC – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and AP Biology and then took time off to be a homeschooling mom to 4 fabulous kids. Over the last 20 years, I have been teaching in our homeschool coop, and my teaching repertoire has expanded to math, history, English, art, and science classes for all ages, you name a topic, and I have probably taught a course in it over the years. For the last seven years, I have been teaching science summer camp classes to kids ages 7-16 and teaching science classes at our local community college and I am an AP Reader for Environmental Science in June each year. But, as you can probably tell, I love science! Contact: lduckworth[at]aimacademy.online


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