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Comprehensive Science 1 (6th Grade)

Comprehensive Science 1 Topics at a Glance

1st Nine- Weeks

  • Weather and the Practice of Science
  • Natural Disasters and their Effects on Floridians
  • Thermal Energy Transfer 
  • Weather and Climate 
  • Atmosphere and Spheres of the Earth

2nd Nine-Weeks

  • Landforms and Changes to the Geosphere
  • Transformation between Potential and Kinetic Energy
  • Motion of Objects 
  • Types of Forces 

3rd Nine Weeks

  • Law of Universal Gravitation
  • Forces and Motion 
  • Structure and Function of Living Things 
  • Cell Structure and Organelles 
  • Classification of Living Things 

4th Nine Weeks

  • Human Body Systems
  • Pathogens Comparison
  • Substance Abuse, Health, and Decision Making
  • Human Growth and Development

 

Course Syllabus

Course Description

Laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem-solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures are an integral part of this course. Laboratory investigations in the middle school classroom should help all students develop a growing understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, as well as the skills to calibrate and troubleshoot equipment used to make observations. Learners should understand measurement error; and have the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the resulting data.

 

Standards and Expectations

Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at ALL times.

  • Students should be respectful to the teacher, peers and themselves.
  • Students should use appropriate language that is formal in nature and professional in tone.
  • Students should manage behavior and accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions.
  • Disruptive and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

Students are expected to work hard at ALL times.

  • Students are to complete assignments on time.
  • Students are to take pride in their work and put forth 100% effort

Students are expected to pay close attention to instructions.

  • Students should stay focused during readings/discussions.
  • Students should not talk while the teacher or others are reading or talking.

Students are expected to succeed.

  • Students have complete control over their academic success.
  • Students that need additional help should be proactive in asking the teacher for help.
  • Students that work hard, attend class regularly, complete assignments on time and participate in classroom activities and discussion WILL succeed.

 

Grading System

Grades will be determined with the following weights:

Assignment Categories

Weight

Classwork

30%

Quizzes

20%

Projects

10%

Test

30%

Participation

10%

Individual assignments will be graded on the following scale:

Percentage Scored

Letter Grade

90%-100%

A

80%-89%

B

70%-79%

C

60%-69%

D

0%-59%

F

Home Learning

  • Home Learning will be assigned on an as-needed basis, at least once a week. It is the students' responsibility to take home any materials needed to complete their home learning assignments and return them on a daily basis. 
  • Assignments are due the following class period; unless we are working on a project and in that instance, the due date will be provided. It is the students’ responsibility to turn in all homework assignments into their proper location in the classroom each day. 
  • Under no circumstances is the parent or older sibling to complete the student’s assignments or project. We want you to assist and monitor your child's assignments and projects to make sure they're putting maximum effort; not to complete the assignments for them. 

Test/Quizzes

Tests will be administered on a unit basis. They will consist of multiple choice. Students are responsible for ALL material covered in class. Remember, we may cover material in class that is not explicitly stated in the notes.  If you are absent from class, you are responsible for making up the material missed.  Quizzes will be given on a regular basis and sometimes without warning. The quizzes will be brief, usually containing multiple choice or short answer questions.

 

Projects/ Reports

Students will develop and demonstrate their skills through participation in a science project and/or research-based report/paper for each month. Projects will be completed on an individual basis throughout the year.

 

Science Notebook

Students will be required to have a Comoposition notebook where only science work should be found. There will be a section for each of the following: Bell Ringers, Notes, Vocabulary, and Practice. Notebook checks will be performed once every grading period and will be worth a test grade.  Notebook checks can be done unexpectedly so students need to be sure to have all their work/notes in place and organized by date.  Again, if a student is absent, it is he/she’s responsibility to find out what was missed and be sure their notebook is updated.

 

Materials and Supplies

  • Composition notebook for Science class only.
  • Pencils, pens, and colored pencils

Absences & Late Work

It is the student’s responsibility to find out what assignment(s) they miss when absent and to make up the work. Work that is turned in late will be penalized a letter grade per class period.  If it is an excused absence, work must still be turned in within 48 hours of excused absence. After which a letter grade will be deducted per class period.

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