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Eighth Grade Science

2012-2013 Syllabus

Welcome! Eighth grade earth science is a class that will help students better understand the world around them. By studying topics such as geology, hydrology, and astronomy, students will be able to build a stronger understanding of how our earth and solar system function, and how these systems change over time. Get ready to roll up your sleeves, work hard, ask lots of questions, have some fun, and learn a lot of important stuff about the world surrounding us!!

Contact Information:
Name: John Truesdell Education: B.A. Education (Social Studies & Earth/Space Science), University of Michigan. Email: jtruesdell@sjschools.org Phone: 269-926-3344 (Please call between 7:00 - 7:45 am or 3:00 4:00pm) Room: #229 (Upton Middle School) & #217 (St. Joseph High School)

We will be using four books throughout this course, including: Inside Earth Earths Changing Surface Earths Waters Astronomy

Students are also responsible bringing certain items to class EVERYDAY. These include: Your textbook Pen or pencil Student Planner Folder (Specifically for 8th Grade Science) Notebook (Specifically for 8th Grade Science)

Students may also be required to occasionally bring other learning tools and materials to class, including: Flash Drive Colored Pencils Calculator Index Cards

Classroom Policies:
1. RESPECT: Above all else, everyone in my classroom will respect themselves, each other, and the learning environment. This class will explore sensitive issues that require students to demonstrate mature behavior. I understand that respect is a two way street. This expectation applies not only to students but to the teacher as well. Be Prepared: Entering the classroom ready to learn means bringing the proper supplies each day. On a daily basis, students should bring a binder, paper, and a writing utensil. Students will receive 24 hour notification if any additional supplies such as a textbook are required. Hand in all homework at the beginning of class to the appropriate HW box when required. Be Responsible: I recognize that most of you will move on to the high school in one short year. As a result, I will treat you in a way that prepares you for the next level. I expect you to demonstrate a high level of self accountability by keeping organized and staying on top of your work. I expect you to use your planners to keep track of all homework, assessments, and projects. Ask Questions: Expectations and instructions will always be laid out as clearly as possible. However, even the greatest thinkers will sometimes become confused (most likely because of their teachers!). Never be afraid to approach me to ask questions or clarify an explanation. Bathroom Passes & Food: If you need to use the restroom or get a drink, please just ask. You will be required to sign out on the sheet by my desk. I understand that sometimes this happens, so as long as no one takes advantage of my trust we will have no issues! Please feel free to bring water to class. NO other food, drink, candy, or gum will be permitted. Have a Good Attitude & Have Some Fun: This class is heavily driven by student discussion and participation. That means Im relying on you guys to help make this classroom a place where we can learn in an enjoyable manner.






Students grades will be determined by two categories of work: Homework & Classwork (40%) and Quizzes, Tests, & Projects (60). Final grades will be determined using the District Grading Scale. Homework & Classwork: Students will receive homework once or twice a week. Homework will be in the form of follow up questions to labs, drawing assignments, vocabulary lists, study guides, or any classwork that is not finished at school. Classwork will include labs and group work, which will be an important part of this class. Homework and classwork will combine to make up 40% of your marking period grade. Quizzes, Tests, & Projects: Students will have a short Do You Know It? quiz almost every Friday during the school year. In addition, students should be prepared for notebook quizzes every few weeks. These assessments ensure that students are taking proper notes during class. Furthermore, we will also have a test at the end of every chapter. A great way to study for these tests is to use the end of the chapter study guides in the book, the types study guide that will be provided in class, and previous quizzes. Finally, there will be at least one project per marking period. Some of these projects will be individually based, and some will include group work.

Late Work:
Work should be turned in on time. Unexcused late work will be accepted within 24 hours of the original due date for credit.

Plagiarism is defined in the Webster dictionary as, The practice of taking someone elses work or ideas and passing them off as ones own. Simple Rule: DO NOT copy, steal, or use information from another source without the proper citation. Plagiarism will be dealt with as outlined in the student handbook.

District Grading Scale:

100 93% = A 92 90% = A89 87% = B+ 86 83% = B 82 80% = B79 77% = C+ 76 73% = C 72 70% = C69 67% = D+ 66 63% = D 62 60% = D59 00% = F

Note: Extra credit will be earned, not given. Opportunities for extra credit will be available at certain points throughout the semester, and will typically require students to become engaged with the community. Students will be notified of these opportunities as they arise.