Mrs. McClelland and Mrs. Isenberg
Rules & Expectations
- Follow directions the first time they are given and thereafter
- Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak
- Stay in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself
- Treat others the way you would like to be treated
Strive for Success: Model appropriate behavior
Always put forth your best effort
Turn in assignments complete and on time
Come to class on time and prepared
Observe Safety: Keep your area clean
Use materials appropriately
Act with Integrity: Be honest
Take responsibility for your actions
Respect All: Show tolerance
Listen and respond to others appropriately
“Today we… Strive for success, Observe safety, Act with integrity, Respect all. Today we… SOAR!”
Students will read and analyze informational texts about types of scientists, the scientific method, geology, animal classifications, and ecology in order to investigate why using a standardized approach in scientific investigations is important, what causes an object to move, what causes the variation at the Earth’s surface, and what allows some populations of organisms to change and survive while others cannot. Students will improve their comprehension and communication and use the writing process to communicate ideas effectively and efficiently.
This course will foster students’ ability to read critically, write effectively, and communicate efficiently, providing the foundation for career opportunities. Students will understand that the scientific method provides an objective, standardized approach to conducting experiments, that an object’s motion is the result of all forces acting on it, that solid, liquid, and gaseous earth materials all circulate in large scale systems at a variety of time scales, giving rise to landscapes, the rock cycle, ocean current, weather, and climate, and that science tools/equipment are used to interpret and understand meteorological phenomena and the formation, structure, and properties of the atmosphere.
All assignments will follow Pennsylvania State Common Core Standards. Assignments will include skills practice, reading comprehension, text rendering, and labs as well as informational and opinion writing. Content-specific vocabulary will be emphasized.
Scope and Sequence:
- Animal Classifications
- Simple Machines
- Scientific Method
- Science Fair
- The scientific method provides an objective, standardized approach to conducting experiments.
- An object’s motion is the result of all forces acting on it.
- Solid, liquid, and gaseous earth materials all circulate in large scale systems at a variety of time scales, giving rise to landscapes, the rock cycle, ocean current, weather, and climate.
- Populations of organisms evolve by natural selection.
- Weather can be interpreted and understood by using science tools/equipment.
- Science tools/equipment are used to interpret and understand meteorological phenomena and the formation, structure, and properties of the atmosphere.
- Why is using a standardized approach in scientific investigations important?
- What causes and object to move?
- What causes the great variation at Earth’s surface?
- How do meteorologists interpret and understand meteorological phenomena?
- What causes the formation, structure, and properties of the atmosphere?
Pre-Assessments: Pre-assessments will be given at the beginning of each unit to gain an understanding of individual preparedness for new learning, specific learning differences amongst students, and where to begin curriculum goals. Teachers will differentiate instruction, guide whole-group instruction, plan learning activities that address varying level of readiness, determine which students have/have not achieved mastery of specific objectives, identify problems that might cause students difficulty with mastery of an objective, form flexible groups, and determine master level of individuals or small groups based on pre-assessments.
Formative Assessments: Formative assessments will be incorporated daily into classroom instructional practices, which will include quizzes, daily work, demonstrations, work samples, sketches, drawings, diagrams, logs, records, journals, drafts, graphic organizer, exit slips, preview, review, direct questions, systematic observation, and discussions. Formative assessments provide information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are occurring in order to get direct, constant feedback. Feedback will be given based on product, process, and progress. Providing feedback allows students to be a part of the learning environment and to develop self-assessment strategies that will help with their own metacognition.
Summative Assessment: Summative assessments are used to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against the pre-assessment. Summative assessments can include end of unit tests, papers, projects, or presentations.
A+ 97-100% B+ 87-89% C+ 77-79% D+ 67-69% F 0-59%
A 96-96% B 83-86% C 73-76% D 63-66%
A- 90-92% B- 80-82% C- 70-72% D- 60-62%
Grading Policy (continued):
- Responsibility grades will be a separate category worth 10% of an assignment
- Students will lose responsibility points for not following directions, turning in assignments late, or if they are given more than two copies of something. Please refer to rules and expectations.
- Participation – assignment is graded based on if the student completed it or not
- Vocabulary – word knowledge – mainly vocabulary quizzes
- TDA – anything with Text Dependent Analysis
- Writing – informational/narrative/argumentative
- Projects – unit projects
Make-up Work Guidelines:
Students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work and tests after being absent. It is the responsibility of the student, upon returning to school, to contact the teacher for make-up work and to complete that work. Students will have one school day for each day they were absent to make up assignments. It is the responsibility of the teacher to provide make-up work for absences. A student will be given a reasonable amount of time for make-up work. Teachers will use their discretion to further extend that time when necessary. If the student has been absent for more than one day, he or she will be given one additional day to prepare before he or she takes a test. They may be given more time if their absences were extended. If a student fails to complete a test/assignment that has been re-scheduled by a teacher due to absences, the grade automatically becomes a zero. If a student arrives late to school, he or she is responsible for contacting his or her teachers that day to take any scheduled tests or to submit due work that day. Failure of the student to contact the teacher or to make up the work within the time allotted will result in a zero for a grade. Students are to make up all work missed during a suspension or absence from school. Grades will not be lowered for disciplinary reasons. A “class participation” grade may be lowered if the student’s lack of attendance prevents him or her from making a meaningful contribution to class. Both students and parents will be informed of this circumstance, as well as the principal.
It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with class work and ask the teacher about his or her progress. It is the teacher’s responsibility to notify the student first, prior to notification of the parents or guardians, when the student’s class average falls below a C. Progress reports will be sent home to students below a C midway through the marking period. They must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned within 5 days, or by the date assigned. Teachers are granted flexibility with the procedures they use for grading the students in the classroom. In order to truly measure each individual student’s understanding and mastery of the material, it may be necessary to alter grading procedures and assessment options. Authentic and informal assessments will be used, along with formal assessment procedures, to ensure that all students are given equitable opportunities to demonstrate understanding and mastery of class material, taking full advantage of all learning modalities. Curving of grades may occasionally be necessary to equalize the playing field, not in lieu of creatively assessing student understanding.
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