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Physical Science

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on September 9, 2021 at 3:39:23 pm
 

Hello students!  

Here are the links to the Google Classroom Pages that will be used this year.   

 

Google Class codes:

Period 8: mcez47v

 

 

Physical Science Syllabus / Outline

Materials needed for class:

1)      3-ring binder – a 1-inch to 3-inch ring binder will be fine. You may use a larger binder and use it for multiple classes. This will be needed when we return to school.

2)      Writing Utensil – Pen or Pencil

3)      Charged Laptop – Students will have access to an on-line textbook through the laptop.

 

Units Covered in Physical Science:

Kinematics (Describing Motion)                                                         Energy

Dynamics (Forces)                                                                            Matter & Interactions

Forces & Interactions / Momentum                                                     Chemical Bonds

Electromagnetism                                                                                   Chemical Reactions

                                                                                                          Waves & Their Uses

 

Assignments and Grading:

Averages for the class will be scored on a Total Points basis. This means that each scored activity will be assigned a certain point value (based on the assignment’s rigor and length) and the overall average is calculated by dividing the points the student has earned by the total points available. Although class averages are calculated with Total Points, each assignment on Power School will identified into 1 of the 4 categories listed below:

a)       Classwork and Homework Average – typically 10 or 20 pts each. These assignments serve as review and practice of concepts and skills covered in class. Classwork and homework is almost always scored on completion. In some cases, these will not be formally collected.

b)      Lab Average – usually 20 to 40 pts each. This course will have a number of hands-on and electronic labs. These activities will reinforce the classwork and homework activities, and allow students to build on the knowledge and skills through applying what they have learned. Lab activities often involve a combination of “group work” and “individual work”. We will make every effort to clarify what part(s) of the activities are shared and which part(s) must be completed by each student. It is the student’s responsibility to ask if he/she is not clear about this.

c)       Quiz Grade – usually 30 to 50 pts each. There will typically be 2-3 quizzes per unit, approximately 5 per marking period. These are usually not traditional quizzes, but activities that review important material covered in class. The quizzes are always announced and usually are very similar to the lab activities.

 

d)      Performance-Based Assessment (Test Grade) – 60 to 80 pts each. Each unit will conclude with a Unit PBA. The PBA’s usually require you to incorporate a number of the skills and concepts you have learned throughout the unit into a new (but familiar) challenge or task.

 

Google Classroom:

The Google Classroom will have a large presence in this class. A lot of the practice activities completed in class will have answer keys posted to the Google Classroom, after they have been checked and reviewed in class.

Many of the lab activities will involve the Google Classroom, at least partially. The due dates for assignments turned into the Google Classroom are not flexible due dates.Reminder: When students submit work to the Google Classroom, the work is “timed stamped” and there is no ambiguity as to when it was submitted.  We will also be using Go Guardian to track students’ computer use during class time.

Due to being virtual and hybrid to start the school year, we will use additional on-line resources that might need you to sign-up or register for. We will pass along those instructions as needed.

 

Partial Credit for Late Assignments:

Students will have extensions for work due dates due to absence from class. There may be other legitimate reasons for students to get an extension and submit work after the official due date. It is the student’s responsibility to make these arrangements to have a due date extended for some reason.

Academic Dishonesty:

In its simplest form, Academic Dishonesty means that what you put your name on is not entirely your own. Of course, we are all aware of methods to correctly and responsibly cite materials on-line and from other resources.  When a student is guilty of Academic Dishonesty in this class, this is what will happen:

a)       The student(s) involved will get a zero for the assignment(s).

b)      I call /email parents to make them aware of the situation.

c)       I notify the Attendance Office and Assistant Principle for Curriculum and Instruction.

d)      I report incidences of Academic Dishonesty to the National Honor Society Selection Committee, should the student(s) be academically eligible for admission to NHS.

 

 

 

 

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