Syllabus

Integrated Global Science 2015-2016

Instructor: Ms. Crocker

Office: E103

425.431.6439

crockerv@edmonds.wednet.edu

Course Summary Philosophy

Integrated Global Science is a course designed to train students to solve complex problems, think critically, question, and communicate. The open-ended nature of the investigations is such that creativity and ingenuity are encouraged and student achievement is not limited to a set of pre-determined expectations. Students learn to think, question, and analyze through gaining experience in the process of scientific investigation. The overall goal is the course is to help students prepare for the state science standards test and more advanced science courses.

Integrated Global Science utilizes an integrated science curriculum built around three major questions that help us to understand the natural world:

What is changing?

What are the mechanisms for change?

What is the rate of change?


The overarching goals for Global Science are for students to understand the following and will guide and serve as the foundation for this course:

1. Evolution is the result of cumulative changes over time that occurs in all realms of the natural world.

2. Various processes underlie these changes in the physical universe.

3. There are differing time scales and rates of change.

4. Science is a process of advancing our understanding of the natural world, not a set of final answers or beliefs.

In addition to these goals the following principals of science will be integrated into the curriculum:
1. Concepts and Principals of Science-Through the use and construction of models the student will understand the basic systems that shape the physical world and how they interact.
2. Scientific Inquiry- By planning and implementing scientific investigations, the student will learn to think logically, analytically, and creatively.
3. Scientific Understanding-Students will communicate scientific understanding through observation, oration and the writing and organization of ideas. Technology will be used as a vehicle for student expression of scientific literacy.
4. Science Connections- In connecting science and math, science and technology, and science and society, the student will understand the relationship between science and other disciplines.

A series of laboratory investigations, designed and carried out by the students, form the basis of Global Science. The topics of these investigations have been selected as to incorporate key recurring ideas or themes that encompass the four major units in this course:

Science Skills

The Changing Universe

Forces & Energy

History of the Earth

Textbooks Supplies: Textbooks will be available for checkout on a student by student basis.

You are responsible for bringing the following supplies to class on a daily basis:

o Pen or pencil

o 3-ring, 1" binder with 5 tabbed dividers

o 8.5" x 11" college ruled notebook paper

o Calculator

Tutorial and Achievement Time

Tutorial is held from 7:10-7:20 each morning. Furthermore, students with less than a C grade in class will be held for Achievement Time, 15 minutes of additional help and academic interventions at the end of each class period. See the student handbook for more details. For your academic success it is highly recommended that you utilize tutorial and/or achievement time to receive extra help, pick up work from previous absences, complete assignments, make up tests or labs, and/or get weekly grade checks.

Quizzes, Tests, and Retake Policy

Students will be quizzed once per week to assess the student's comprehension of the facts, concepts, and/or skills for that week. Other major assessments of student learning may include lab activities, unit tests, and/or lab practicum. Students are not allowed to use notes or other aids on quizzes and tests unless specified by the teacher. Students may retake each quiz ONE time and must be completed within one week of the original quiz. The maximum score on retakes is a 70%. There are NO retakes on unit tests or lab practicums.

Attendance and Tardy Policy (Please see revised tardy policies downloadable on website.)
If you must be absent, it is your responsibility to come to tutorial to find out what work was missed and turn it in the next class period after your absence. Missed work will not be given to you until you come to tutorial or achievement time. Please talk with your teacher before or after school if you still have questions. An unexcused absence will result in no credit for the missed assignment. If you know that you will be absent please fill out the Pre-Arranged Absence form available from the main office. In an emergency, email or call your teacher at the address and phone number above.

Safety
Safety is of utmost importance in a science classroom. You are expected to adhere to laboratory safety procedures consistent with Meadowdale High School and Washington State Regulations. Because of potential dangers in a science classroom, violation of safety rules may result in loss of credit for the lab, and/or suspension from class activities, or complete expulsion from the class.

Classroom Expectations
Come on time and be prepared to learn
Show respect for yourself, others, and the classroom environment

Remove your hat, hood, or other head coverings
Challenge yourself and be a positive participant
Put away all food, drink, and electronics*
*Electronics used during class for non-academic purposes (including but not limited to cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and games) may be confiscated by the main office. The teacher is not responsible for any loss, theft, or damage of any devices brought to class.

Grading

Letter grades are assigned by reviewing the overall quality of an individual's progress and performance toward meeting the standards. Quarter grades serve as formal progress reports; semester grades are based on cumulative achievement throughout the entire semester. Students are provided with many different opportunities to demonstrate what they have learned. Some assessments are individual; others are done in groups. Student work generally falls into one of three areas:

25% - Practice (class and lab participation, in-class work, homework)
35% - Performance (lab analysis and reporting, projects, presentations, research)

40% - Retention (quizzes and tests)

See Ms. Crocker for how to calculate your cumulative grade for the course.

The grading scale is as follows:

A 100 - 94%

B- 82 - 80%

D+ 68 - 67%

A- 93 - 90%

C+ 79 - 77%

D 66 - 60%

B+ 89 - 87%

C 76 - 73%

F Below 60%

B 86 - 83%

C- 72 - 70%

**Grades will be updated regularly online via the Skyward online grading system (www.edmondsschools.org and click on Parents Community tab). It is recommended that both students and parents check progress often. **

Late Work
I expect that all assignments will be completed on time, by the beginning of the class period unless otherwise specified. Daily work that is turned in late, such as homework, will receive half credit. Larger projects will be marked down one letter grade for each class period that it is missing. Once a unit is completed, late work from that unit cannot be made up. If you require special arrangements regarding late work, please see me prior to the initial due date. Do not wait until the class period it is due to ask for an extension.

 

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