Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Welcome to Earth Science! Be prepared as we take a journey, not only through the earth, but also through the universe. We will explore many different aspects of earth and space and learn about what’s all around us. We will discover how these processes work and how they are all connected in a delicate cycle that is in balance. However, this isn’t a philosophy course where we just talk about science. “Science” is part of the title so we will be doing “science!” You will experience science based on making observations, gathering data, designing and doing experiments, making inferences and conclusions, creating graphs, and communicating your results. Hopefully by the end of this class you will gain an appreciation for how “The world is just Awesome!”
Topics we will Study (order of units may vary throughout the year as I see fit):
- Science Skills
- Solar System
- Earth’s Structure
- Plate Tectonics
- Earth’s Dynamic Surface
- Energy in the Atmosphere
- Weather and Climate
Grade Scale: (I reserve the right to only accept at least C- quality work if necessary)
|A||93% – 100%||C+||77% – 79%|
|A-||90% – 92%||C||73% – 76%|
|B+||87% – 89%||C-||70% – 72%|
|B||83% – 86%||D :(
||60% – 69%|
|B-||80% – 82%||F :(||0% – 59%|
|Assessments||Tests, Quizzes, and Pop Quizzes||40%|
|Labs and Projects||Science Labs and Projects||25%|
|Assignments||Class work, Homework, Binder Checks, etc.||20%|
|Participation||Bell Work, Notes, Behavior, Preparation and Citizenship||15%|
Assessment of Progress
There will be a major test at the end of each unit (see unit list above) with multiple quizzes dispersed throughout each unit. Various other assessments could be given throughout the year to check for student understanding such as discussion, questioning, assignments, and other activities to help students learn the material and to help me gauge their learning.
Required Items: (please note that students must come prepared to class or they could be penalized in their participation grade)
- 3 ring binder dedicated to Earth Science with lined paper in it. Binder should have pockets in it to store papers. You will need your binder every day!
- Working Pencil or Pen
- Be Respectful! Respect everyone in the classroom, the facilities, and the materials in the room (especially the computers when we use them).
- No food, candy, or drinks allowed in the classroom (unless I as the teacher bring it in). Water is allowed in a closed, plastic container.
- No cell phones, ear buds/headphones, or electronic devices allowed during class instruction. I will follow the school policy for electronics and reserve the right to hold on to your device if you can’t keep it away. Put it away at the start of class.
- No hoods on during class. You don’t need it. They’re mostly used to hide ear buds anyway J
- If you make a mess clean it up! That includes throwing your trash in the garbage.
- Be Prepared! Come in on time, be in your seat when the bell starts to ring, and be ready with paper, pen/pencil, and science binder.
- Be a Self-Advocate. Ask for help, be self-directed when possible, & always try your best!
- Come to class and just do the work! (This is the easiest way to pass!)
- Be a team player (work in and with a group) and don’t stress!
- Don’t ever say, “I can’t!” YOU CAN! :)
If you are not in your seat prepared to work with required items when the bell rings you are tardy for class. You will be marked absent if you are over 10 minutes late for class without an approved excuse. Excessive tardies will result in lunch detentions.
Students will be allowed to use the restroom or go to the office at the discretion of the teacher. You must first ask to be excused and then use the big yellow sign hanging up at the back of the class. This will act as the hall pass in order to leave. Only one student out at a time allowed. For drinks, use the cups by the sink.
Media Usage Plan:
We will be using multiple video clips to help demonstrate science principles and some of these clips may come from TV or movies that may have a rating of G, PG, or PG-13. Other clips will come from Internet sources. If this is an issue please contact me.
Citizenship/Participation grade will be based on behavior, preparation, and participation. You could be penalized in your participation grade for violations such as: Late to class, non-preparation (don’t have required items)/participation, don’t keep food or drink put away, use electronics, do not clean up after yourself, and have bad behavior or attitude. Bell work assignments will act as a citizenship grade since those are points awarded for being in class. You cannot make up bell works so please be in class so you don’t miss these easy points!
Assignments may include class work, homework, projects, binder checks (notes), and labs. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the work by the due date. There will usually be no penalty for assignments turned in late, but all assignments will be due by the day of the test for that unit and at the end of each Hex-term and will not be accepted after that time (unless previously arranged otherwise). It is also the student’s responsibility to make-up any notes or get help on any assignments for the days they miss. Assignments may also be obtained from the google drive folder accessed through the IHS webstie.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Major assignments and projects that I do in class change from year to year as well as the due dates depending on the progress of each class. Check PowerSchool to see an updated list of grades and due dates.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Students grades and attendance can easily be accessed in PowerSchool:
My grades will be based on the grading categories listed previously, completion of those assignments, correctness, and quality of work shown.
Connecting Home to School
I will be available for help sessions everyday before school (7:50-8:25am) and most days after school (3-3:30pm). If more time is needed, contact me and I will make accommodations accordingly.
My classroom is room #201. I may be reached at 801-374-4920 ext. 3732. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assignments may also be obtained from the google drive folder accessed through the IHS webstie:
(Scroll down until you see the big blue button on the right hand bar that reads “Assignment Download.” Click, and then find my name and click, then select Earth Science, then finally select which unit we are currently in to easily access the assignments I will post there.)