Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Geography is described as the study of the “why of the where.” Geography for Life will explore how to use geography as a tool to better understand the world in which we live. Students will learn to evaluate and question the why and where of spatial perceptions that are read, seen, and heard. The course will include map skills with physical and human geography essentials, beginning with North America, South America, Europe, and their connections to other world regions.
Trimester 1: Aug. 15 2017 – Sept. 22, 2017 – Nov. 10, 2017
Trimester 2: Nov. 13, 2017 – Jan. 12, 2017 – Feb. 23, 2018
Trimester 1: Feb. 26, 2018 – Apr. 13, 2017 – May 25, 2018
|A||93% – 100%||A-||90% – 92%|
|B+||87% – 89%||B||83% – 86%||B-||80% – 82%|
|C+||77% – 79%||C||73 % – 76%||C-||70% – 72%|
|D+||67% – 69%||D||63% – 66%||D-||60% – 62%|
|F||0% – 59%|
Assessment of Progress
The grade for this class will come from daily activities done in class, completing graphic organizers, worksheets, map assignments and other activities found in the student’s Geography Workbook.
- Geography Workbook. Geography may have a few assignments on the computer but the majority will be paper assignments.
- Working Pencil or Pen
- Colored Pencils
- Be Respectful (Respect everyone in the classroom and the facilities in the room. No food, candy, gum, drinks, electronic devices, cell phones, notes to friends, are allowed in the classroom. Also hoodies can be worn but should not have the hoods up on the head. Any of these items that are visible will be confiscated. No additional warnings will be given. Water in a closed container is allowed)
- Be Prepared (Come on time, be in your seat when the bell starts to ring, prepared with paper, pencil and ready to start).
- Be a Self Advocate. Ask for help when needed, be self directed when possible, try your best at all times.
- Be a Team Player
- Dream Big!
- Follow school/district policies.
If students are not in their seat prepared to work with required items when the bell rings then they are tardy for class. It is the student’s responsibility to sign the Tardy Log, to ensure that their attendance gets updated appropriately. Students will be marked with a 3 if they are over 5 minutes late for class without an approved written excuse. Students who bring food or drinks into my class will be asked to throw it away or put it in their locker; they will be marked tardy if they leave to put it away.
Students will be allowed 3 emergency hall passes during class time. They will be given extra credit for those that they do not use. Any activity that has the student going into the hall will require that the student carry the yellow hall pass sign. Only one student at a time may leave. Students will need to wait for the hall pass to return before another may leave. Excessive time out of the room (more than 5 minutes) will count as using more than one hall pass. Students who were late to class will not be allowed additional time out of class on the same day.
Media Usage Plan:
We will throughout the year be using multiple movie clips to help demonstrate Leadership and Life Background Knowledge, and connect these to life and geography experiences. I will show the movie “The Impossible.” Some of the movie clips will come from TV or Movies and may have a rating of G, PG or PG13. If this is an issue please let me know.
Non-Participation and Cheating:
Non-Participation (N) can be given to students, who are unprepared, not working, causing disruptions, or otherwise not participating with the class. No participation points will be awarded for that day. Students may also be sent to the office if they are not willing to work or participate.
If a student is found to be cheating (giving or receiving) by deliberately using unauthorized materials, information, technology, study-aids or giving/receiving improper assistance, the district procedure (4485 P1) will be followed.
There will be class work every day. Students who finish in class do not have homework. So it is up the student if there is homework. Missing work can be found at the website: http://geography.is-great.org/ or canvas.instructure.com . It is the student’s responsibility to make-up any notes, take any quiz/test, or get help on any assignments for the days they miss. Students, who regularly attend class, responsibly do their work in class, or after class as needed; who feel they need more time to finish assignments, may talk to me about ways to complete missing work. Note that attendance is very important as it may become difficult to pass the class if a student misses or refuses to work for 5 or more days in any given term. There will also be many classroom group activities which cannot be made up if a student misses them. For doctor excused, court excused, or preapproved absences, replacement assignments may be given upon prior request or on the first day the student returns after a medical absence.
Late and Make-up Work: (all work must be completed within the term assigned)
I want the work done, so I will accept late work. Assignments will be graded and a score entered into Power School on Mondays. The students will need to make sure their work has been submitted (turned into the correct location). Assignments will be accepted after that time but may receive a 5% deduction for each day late. (I may make exceptions according to my own discretion.) Re-do’s on assignments and assessments will also be accepted but only for work that was honestly attempted and ALL parts of the assignment or assessment must be re-done to be accepted. Tests and Quizzes can only be made up in my room and arrangements can be made to do this before school, after school, or during provided remediation times. Attendance points missed for doctor’s or pre-approved absents from my class will need to be made up in my classroom within a week of returning.
I will be available for help sessions everyday before school and after school, except on Fridays when we have Teacher Meetings. If more time is needed, contact me and I will make accommodations accordingly.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Progress Reports and Report Cards
See Power School for grades. Grades will be updated on Mondays.
Connecting Home to School
The website I use for turning in work is: https://canvas.instructure.com , additional help for projects can be found at http://geography.is-great.org/