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EARTH SCIENCE _________________________ 6th grade student signature 2011- 2012 _________________________ Teacher: Anna Myrick parent signature Room 280 Email- firstname.lastname@example.org Texts: Earth Materials and Processes The Changing Surface of Earth The Air Around You Astronomy Goal- The goal of this class is to help you develop an understanding of the earth by investigating the world around you through observation, experimentation, and inquiry. Through a variety of science activities we will explore topics such as geology, the changing earth, hydrology, the atmosphere, meteorology, plate tectonics, the earth’s past history, and astronomy. Behavioral Expectations- Be prepared for class each day. Bring your book, tablet, writing utensil, to class every day. Homework will be assigned daily and will be expected at the beginning of the next class. Be on time to class. Sit down in your assigned seat as soon as you enter the room and be ready to complete the daily warm-up question. Be polite. Raise your hand before speaking and do not interrupt others. Be careful. Do not touch lab equipment until instructed to do so. Be inquisitive, but check with me before conducting any of your own experiments. Be thorough. As a general rule, write all answers in complete sentences. Be honorable. Even though lab work is often completed in a group, complete analysis questions and conclusions on your own. Grading scale- Test 30% Quiz 20% Homework 20% Lab/Classwork 15% Project 15% Materials—Please bring the following to class every day: tablet, 6th grade folder, paper, pens and pencils. If students do not come to science class prepared more than 5 times throughout the semester, they will be issued a backwork detention. Late homework policy- Homework is due the day after it is assigned unless otherwise noted. Ten points will be deducted for work turned in one day past the due date. Work turned in two or more days late will receive a zero. It is the student’s responsibility to approach the teacher with late work. Make-up work- It is the student’s responsibility to gather materials (notes, handouts, etc.) that he/she missed due to being absent. All work is expected to be made up in a timely fashion. Students are allowed the same number of days as they were absent to complete the missing work due to excused absences. Wiki page—All homework assignments will be posted on the 6th grade Wiki page. The web address is: http://wesleyan-6th-grade.wikispaces.com Returning assignments—We will do our very best to make sure assignments taken for a grade will be returned within one week. Longer writing assignments and projects may take longer to be graded and returned. Tutoring expectations-Students should always approach a teacher for help before contacting an outside tutor. If a student chooses to use a tutor, please encourage the tutor to contact and collaborate with the teacher. Students should complete work independently as tutors and parents should never complete assignments for a student. Writing policy- Developing appropriate writing skills will be emphasized in science class. Students will work on improving their science writing throughout the year. Sixth graders are expected to write in complete sentences and use correct spelling and grammar. One half point (up to five points) will be deducted for each spelling error on assignments or assessments. This rule is also applied to the honor pledge on all assessments. Syllabus Earth Science 2011- 2012 Fall Semester Unit Topics dates Assessment* Science Basics What is Earth Science? Aug. 16- Sept. 2 quiz (supplementary materials) scientific method test metric system properties of matter combinations of atoms Book: Earth Materials and Processes Minerals properties of minerals Sept. 8- Oct. 4 quiz mineral identification test uses of minerals Project Gemstones Sept. 26-Sept. 30 project grade Rocks the rock cycle Oct. 5 - Oct. 14 quiz classification of rocks Plate Tectonics continental drift Oct. 18- Nov. 3 quiz seafloor spreading test current theory of plate tectonics Earthquakes forces that cause earthquakes Nov. 4-Nov. 14 quiz at plate boundaries Volcanoes volcanoes and Earth’s moving plates Book: The Changing Surface of Earth Clues to Earth’s Past fossils Nov. 15-Dec.2 quiz relative age of rocks test absolute age of rocks Project “Mysteries of the Past” paper project grade Hydrology distribution of water Dec. 3-Dec. 15 quiz (supplementary materials) effects of water test Spring Semester Unit Topics dates Assessment* Book: The Air Around You Atmosphere and Climate properties of the atmosphere Jan. 3-Jan. 11 quiz Coriolis Effect Weather definition of weather Jan. 12- Feb. 21 quiz weather patterns project grade forecasting weather test Book: Astronomy Exploring Space radiation from space Feb. 22 -Mar. 13 quiz the race to the moon test artificial satellites and space probes the space shuttle The Sun-Earth-Moon System tilt and seasons of Earth Mar. 14- Apr. 4 quiz Earth’s moon phases and eclipses The Solar System the inner planets Apr. 5-Apr. 27 quiz the outer planets test Project planet project Apr. 16-Apr. 24 project grade Stars and Galaxies the sun Apr. 30- May 4 quiz evolution of stars test galaxies and the expanding universe Project Mission to Mars May 7-May 29 project grade * Test dates will coincide with the last date of each chapter’s time unit if possible. All dates are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. All test date changes will be announced in advance.
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