MYP Year 3:
Teacher: Mrs. Burr, Room 402 Email:email@example.com
Phone: 760-200-3700 x 36402
Text: Holt California Physical Science (may be checked out from Library)
Course Description: Physical science is the study of nonliving matter and its properties. The topics covered in this course include basic physics, chemistry and astronomy. Students will cover these topics through a variety of activities including: labs, research, group collaboration, lectures and interactive notebooking. We will also be studying MYP design. This will incorporate research, engineering, design and evaluation of student design.
Coursework Evidence: 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, Vocabulary, Notes and Labs. Tests are given at the end of the unit or after a specific lesson series. We will also be creating a design folder to keep track and record our progress in the MYP design portion of our class.
Grading Policy: 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.
MYP Information: 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. Late assignments lose points each day they are late. Turn assignments in on time to ensure full credit.
3. An assignment is late when not turned in on the day it is due during class.
Classroom Expectations: 1. Be Respectful
2. Be Ready: have all materials needed for class
3. Be Responsible: Watch out for yourself and others. Let the teacher know if something is wrong.
4. Be Safe: Follow lab safety always.
Classroom Consequences: 1. Warning
2. Move/Change seat
3. Contact Parent
4. Administrative Referral/Parent Meeting
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.