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Earth Science Course Syllabus


Mr. Franklin

Welcome to the High School and to Eighth Grade Science!

The purpose of this newsletter is to inform you of the basic requirements and expectations of this course.

In this course we will investigate the scientific concepts, rules and principles which are associated with planet Earth as well as other celestial bodies. Major units of study include; Astronomy, Earth’s Landforms, Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Earth’s Geologic History, Natural Resources, and Meteorology.

Learner Outcomes:

  • To use the scientific process of problem solving.
  • To understand the relationship between members of our solar system.
  • To understand the Universe in relationship to the earth.
  • To understand the forces which produce the ever-changing surface features.
  • To understand the dynamics of weathering and erosion.
  • To understand the usage of weather instruments and the basic principles of weather.
  • To understand the importance of oceans and water to our planet.
  • To use the physical properties and chemical composition to classify rocks and
  • minerals.

Methods of Evaluation & Assessment:

A variety of methods will be used throughout the semester to assess how well you have met the learner outcomes as well as the content standard requirements. These methods include; lab. activities, group activities, and quizzes and tests.

All assignments will be graded based on the following percentages:

94 - 100% A
90 - 93% A-
87 - 89% B+
84 - 86% B
80 - 86% B-
77 - 79% C+
74 - 76% C
70 - 73% C-
67 - 69% D+
64 - 66% D
60 - 63% D-
<60% F

Those students who display exceptional interest in science and wish to be further challenged with additional materials related to scientific concepts being examined may, upon teacher and parent approval, participate in Internet WebQuest activities.

Expected Classroom Behaviors & Expectations:

In order for everyone to fully participate in the planned activities and achieve the outcomes, certain classroom behaviors must be followed. These behaviors include:

  • Behave as ladies and gentlemen at all times
  • Show respect to other people as well as their personal property.
  • Report to class prepared and ready to learn.
  • Listen and follow directions.

Failure to follow the classroom expectations will result in consequences. Because different violations of the expectations may warrant different types of consequences, specific consequences are not tied directly to the violations. Rather, a violation of the expectations will provide Mr. Franklin with a choice of appropriate consequences which include;

  • Verbal warning and explanation why the behavior is unacceptable.
  • Isolation/New seat in the classroom.
  • One-on-one meeting after class to discuss future consequences for continued inappropriate behaviors.
  • Detention and parent notification.
  • Temporary removal from the classroom; parent conference.
  • Referral to principal and parent conference before being allowed back into the classroom.