Science 8 Syllabus - Burr 2014-2015
Teacher: Mrs. Burr, Room 402 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 760-200-3700 x 36502
Text and resources:Holt California Physical Science, Discovery, brain pops, current events
Physical science is the study of nonliving matter and its properties. The topics covered in this course include basic physics, basic chemistry and basic astronomy. Students will cover these topics through a variety of activities including: labs, research, group work, lectures and Cornell notes, and notebooking.
Students are responsible for keeping an Interactive Notebook up to date and maintain all assignments. Assignments include: Table of Contents, Cornell notes, Lab Write-ups, Daily IN-Question/Task, Projects and Glossary. Notes and Labs are weekly and projects are once a semester. Tests are given at the end of the unit or after a specific lesson series.
Grading is a total points system. Assignments are given a specific point value and grades are determined every three weeks by points accumulated per points possible. Labs are worth anywhere from 25 to 40 points, notes are 10 points per set, projects are 50 points and tests and presentations are anywhere from 10 to 50 points.
There are also points award for the MYP objectives. These points are not averaged in with the total points earned; they are a measure of a student’s knowledge of the IB objectives and award in addition to the assignment’s score. So students will earn 2 scores for some assignments: points possible and MYP points.
Late work policy:
1. If you are sick, you have the same number of days you were out to make up any missed assignments; this includes labs, notes, class work, and videos.
2. If you turn in an assignment and want to improve the assignment, you have one more day or as agreed upon by you and the teacher.
3. If you miss an assignment and were not absent, you must arrange to make up the assignment after school within the week.
4. There is no extra credit. Students who take the time to complete their work and make it quality, and then turn it in on time, usually have passing grades. Keep up with your class work and homework!
5. Please come see if you need help or have questions!!
1. Be Respectful 2. Be Ready 3. Be Responsible 4. Be Safe
Other classroom policies:
Mrs. Burr’s class adheres to school wide policies regarding dress code, wearing your lanyard at all times, no gum, eating or drinking in class, no electronics unless otherwise requested and being on time. Failure to comply with these policies will result in appropriate consequences. As Blackhawks, we are Ready, Respectful and Reach Out!
The IB Learner Profiles for Science
JGMS Science Course Syllabus
MYP Levels I, II, III
MYP Science at John Glenn Middle School follows the California State Standards instructing the students in the fundamentals of the Earth Sciences, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences along with the three fundamental concepts of the MYP which include:
1. Holistic Learning: emphasizing the links between the disciplines, providing a global view of situations and issues.
•· Working closely with all the science teacher along with the other subjects
•· Provide students with cross curricular activities
•· Provide opportunities for students to appreciate the contribution that science makes to society and to the quality of life
•· Help students to reflect upon the way that science and scientific knowledge have developed and evolved over the years
2. Intercultural Awareness: concern with developing students' attitudes, knowledge and skills as they learn about their own and others' social and national cultures.
•· Providing opportunities for students to explore scientific issues locally and globally
•· Help students develop their understanding of how science and society are interrelated and how social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical factors are interdependent
3. Communication: a fundamental piece to learning, supporting inquiry and understanding. Learning the language of science is seen as learning a new language.
•· Develop skills to understand and communicate scientific ideas effectively.
•· Allow opportunities for students to read, write and talk about science
•· Students use a range of modes of communication: oral, visual and written
•· Students use a range of information and communication technologies
The IB Learner Profile: The profile can be found on the JGMS website and also on the websites of our teachers. The Learner Profiles are 10 character traits that are incorporated into lessons and projects that students must complete for all subjects. There are 3 Learner Profiles which are paramount in science;
Texts and Resources:
HoltTextbooks and peripherals
Scientific Magazines and internet searches
Methodology: Students will utilize interactive notebooks, Cornell notes, cooperative groups, individual projects, tests, exams, quizzes, and laboratory investigations.
Methods of Assessment: Students earn scores according to established rubrics for each of the above methods.
Grading: Grades are based on points awarded per assignment and activity. Points are then translated into the A through F grading system. IB assignments are scored according to the OBJECTIVES stated above. Each Objective has a specific rubric which assists the students and the teachers in completing and scoring each assignment.