Goals of the CourseYou will learn the knowledge, skills and experience that will enable you to act in an informed and intelligent way when making decisions about the current issues involving the Earth, science, and technology. Textbook (Provided): Tarbuck & Lutgens, Earth Science, 12eHonors Earth/Space Science Labs and Activities booklet will be handed out in class.
Materials: A 3-ring binder with notebook paper, graph paper, calculator, pencils with erasers and pens, ruler, protractor, drawing compass, composition notebook for all homework
Grading: You are expected to maintain a passing grade in Honors Earth/Space Science. Students who do not maintain a C or better, will be advised to switch to regular Earth/Space Science. Your grade will be made up of the following:
Professionalism 10% A = 90-100% Science Skills 40% B = 80-89% Content Knowledge 40% C = 70-79% Final Exam 10% D = 60-69.9% F < 59.9% Late work is accepted upon teacher discretion. Late assignments will be docked 10% per day.
Professionalism consists of a variety of learned behaviors that demonstrate respect, integrity, accountability and civility. While high school freshmen are not expected to be adults, we want to encourage you to cultivate these values in your behavior. Respect our time, space and materials. Students should never interfere with classroom instruction or learning.Students are to be respectful of class time by by being physically and mentally present and on time with all materials. There is a time to talk and a time to listen: courtesy and respect should dictate which you are doing at any particular time. Unsafe behavior will not be tolerated so please think about what you are doing before you do it. Safety rules must be followed at all times. Drinks should be in a sealable container. Cell phones should never interrupt class. School property is for you to use but never to abuse and damage to any equipment will result in a fine. Consequences for disregarding any of these rules may include phone calls home, assigned access or lunch, detention, suspension or expulsion as outlined in the student handbook. Integrity is synonymous with honorable. This includes truthfulness, trustworthiness, and ethical behavior. People who have integrity do not cheat or lie. They do not take the work of others and try to pass it off as their own. Any student who presents the work of others as their own will receive a zero for that assignment. Parents will be contacted, a note will be posted in Infinite Campus, and the student will be referred to administration. Verbal and non-verbal communication during assessments will be considered cheating. Accountability includes being present, on time, prepared and organized. You will be completing between 1.5 - 2 hours of regularly assigned homework for this class weekly. Depending on how you use your time in class, completion of labs and projects may demand even more time. You will need to complete assignments in a timely manner to be adequately prepared for assessments. Students need to attend class daily to participate in activities and lab experiments. Appropriate use of Access and Study Hall time will significantly lessen the amount of homework a student must complete outside of class. Parents need to excuse all absences by calling the attendance line at EHS. If a student misses class, they need to check that course calendar to learn what they have missed. Students have two days to make up work from when they are absent. However, if they miss a test or due date, they are expected to have the work completed they day they return. Civility is the demonstration of good manners by being courteous, polite, and gracious. There is a time to talk and a time to listen. Slurs, put-downs, and disrespectful speech and actions will not be tolerated.
Science skills will be assessed throughout the course as students complete in-class activities and homework assignments. These skills include the following: 1. Asking questions and defining problems 2. Developing and using models 3. Planning and carrying out investigations 4. Analyzing and interpreting data 5. Using mathematics and computational thinking 6. Constructing explanations and designing solutions 7. Engaging in argument from evidence 8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Content Knowledge will be assessed throughout a unit of study with homework and in-class assignments and quizzes to identify misconceptions and areas of strength and weakness. End of unit exams and final projects will be used to assess the depth of students' understanding of the material covered in the unit. Homework will consist of regular readings from the textbook, watching and taking notes on videos, completing in class assignments, and studying for exams and quizzes. The amount of homework will depend on how well students use class time. Typical homework assignments will be no more than 20-30 minutes per night (80-120 minutes per week). Homework assignments will be checked weekly on block days. There may also be pop quizzes to assess student learning of homework assignments. In-class Assignments and Labs: You will have the opportunity to participate and complete in many different types of in-class assignments including computer simulations, making models, problem sets, working with maps, and conducting experiments. While many assignments will be completed with your team, you will be assessed as an individual. At the end of a lab set, you will organize and collect your work into lab packets. Tests and Quizzes: At the end of each unit, your knowledge, understanding and skills gained from the unit will be assessed. The semester final is cumulative and will be given on the last day of classes and will account for ~15% of your semester grade. While all tests will be reviewed in class after you complete them, they will not always be handed back. Parents and students are welcome to schedule a time to review tests with me privately. Projects: Students will be assigned research projects each semester. Some projects will have a design/construction component. All projects will require students to work collaboratively with others and present to the class as a whole.
For your reference, a hard copy of this is provided in the Labs and Activity booklet handed out in class. Please complete the form below on or before midnight on Friday, August 25. To complete this form, the student must be logged into their ***@jeffcoschools.us email account.
Completion of the form below indicates that you have read and understood and will abide by the expectations of this class.