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Welcome to 8th Grade Science


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September 7, 2010

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Welcome to 8th Grade Science

  1. 1. A B C D E F 1 2 3 4 5
  2. 2. Ms. Gill’s 8tn Grade Science Class
  3. 3. I love Rocks!!!
  4. 4. … And my Dogs Charlie and Linus
  5. 5. I consider myself a Geology Detective… Do you see what I see in these pictures that I took through out my travels?
  6. 6. Evidence of several separate snowfalls, the dark lines are dust accumulation in between storms.
  7. 7. If superman didn’t fold these rock layers… who did? Mother Nature via plate tectonics!! !
  8. 8. Evidence of an Ancient Sea
  9. 9. Microscopic Fossils ooids
  10. 10. Did you know… Smiles are Contagious! A view of a diorite rock sample under high magnification
  11. 12. <ul><li>Please enter quietly </li></ul><ul><li>Put all homework, finished labs and make-up work in the Inbox </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out a pink slip for any missing work. </li></ul><ul><li>Be seated in your assigned seat before the bell rings. </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Take out supplies: your binder, and two sharpened pencils. </li></ul><ul><li>Please begin the Do Now written on the board. </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Treat each person with dignity and respect </li></ul><ul><li>Follow directions the first time they are given </li></ul><ul><li>Stay seated; ask permission to move around the classroom </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>-Do not talk out of turn or interrupt others </li></ul><ul><li>-Raise your hand and wait patiently to be called on </li></ul><ul><li>-If you need a pass, first fill out your pass book and then raise your hand. </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>-Please continue to work through the bell until I dismiss you. </li></ul><ul><li>-Do not pack up your belongings until after the bell rings. </li></ul><ul><li>-Take all of your belongings with you. </li></ul>
  16. 17. 5 Simple Rules of Conduct <ul><li>Respect yourself, other students, school property, and the Teacher (substitutes too) at all times. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not interfere with another student’s right to learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Come to class prepared each day. Bring all materials with you each day (including an open mind and a positive attitude). </li></ul><ul><li>Class begins the moment the bell rings. All students should be seated in their assigned seats, and working on the “Do Now”, ready to begin work when the bell rings. An official pass must accompany all late arrivals. </li></ul><ul><li>Always follow all safety rules in the laboratory and classroom (i.e. absolutely no eating or drinking in the classroom at any time). </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>A two inch 3-ring binder with five dividers for Earth Science only . </li></ul><ul><li>Pens and #2 pencils . </li></ul><ul><li>3x5 index cards (recommended). </li></ul><ul><li>Colored pencils. </li></ul><ul><li>A Non-Programmable basic function Calculator. </li></ul><ul><li>12 inch metric ruler. </li></ul><ul><li>Protractor </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighter </li></ul>
  18. 20. Homework/Assignments <ul><li>All written portions of assignments must be done in dark blue or black ink . Some assignments may be enhanced with color diagrams. Typed assignments are OK. </li></ul><ul><li>Paper must be loose-leaf or perforated notebook paper. No torn out spiral notebook paper, rolled or otherwise mutilated assignments will be accepted. </li></ul><ul><li>Each student is responsible for ALL work assigned. Any missed assignments, resulting from excused absences, must be made up within five (5) days. </li></ul><ul><li>Laboratories must be made up and turned in within two weeks of an excused absence. </li></ul>
  19. 21. You can find all assignments here  & on my Eboard too!
  20. 22. Laboratory Reports <ul><li>All laboratory report due dates will be posted. </li></ul><ul><li>All written portions of laboratories maybe done in Pen or pencil . Some laboratory reports may be enhanced with color diagrams. </li></ul><ul><li>Each laboratory assignment is worth 25 pts. One point (4%) will be deducted for every unexcused day late. After 9 days the maximum possible score is 16 points. </li></ul>
  21. 23. Unless told otherwise, all finished labs and hw go into the box on my cart
  22. 24. Also on my cart you will find the Make-Up work bin, therefore when absent, you can get any handouts that you missed. Most handouts will also be available on my Eboard.
  23. 25. Extra Help <ul><li>I will be available for extra help every Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons from 2:45 to 3:45 PM. I will also be available Thursday mornings from 7:15-7:45 AM. </li></ul><ul><li>Please use this time for questions or help before you feel like you are in trouble. If you cannot meet during the regular extra help times we will work out another time, just speak to me. Remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question! </li></ul>
  24. 26. Grading Policies <ul><li>All work counts towards your grade. All quizzes and tests will require a parent/guardian signature to acknowledge grades. </li></ul><ul><li>Tests (50%): about 2 per quarter, approximately 100 points each </li></ul><ul><li>Quizzes (20%): about 3 per quarter, approximately 25 points each </li></ul><ul><li>Labs (25%): about 5 per quarter worth 25-50 points per lab depending on scope of lab. Late labs will be penalized 10% per day. When working with lab partners, each student must participate equally in their groups’ tasks. </li></ul><ul><li>Homework (5%): 10 points per fully completed and on time assignment. Late assignments will only be accepted if due to an excused absence. </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Credit: Students will be given the opportunity to earn extra credit if ALL of their homework and lab work has been fully completed and on-time for that quarter. Extra credit assignments will be posted on the eboard and announced in class. </li></ul>
  25. 27. Weekly Quizzes – A ten to fifteen minute short answer/multiple choice quiz designed to help assess student’s comprehension of recent class work before proceeding to a new subject. Topic Examinations – A full-period test comprised of multiple choice, essay and short answer questions. Homework Assignments – Nightly reading and short answer assignments designed to either review the prior day’s lesson or begin exploring a new subject. Laboratory Reports – Will be assessed on completeness and accuracy. Progress reports will be available on Infinite Campus Portal which will always be kept open.
  26. 28. <ul><li>The grading policy outlined above applies to the student’s quarterly grades. The final grade will be an average of the four quarterly grades and the Earth Science Regents. The ILS Examination counts as 20% of the student’s final grade. </li></ul>
  27. 29. General Laboratory Safety Rules <ul><li>Read all instructions before proceeding and follow all instructions given by the teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Report any accidents or unsafe behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Wear appropriate protective clothing or gear for that day’s particular activity (i.e. goggles, gloves, long sleeves). </li></ul><ul><li>Tie back long hair or loose fitting clothing. </li></ul><ul><li>No eating, drinking or gum chewing in the classroom/laboratory. </li></ul><ul><li>Do only the experiments assigned by or approved by the teacher. </li></ul>
  28. 30. <ul><li>Never substitute materials or procedures called for in written or verbal instructions. </li></ul><ul><li>No fooling around or horseplay in the laboratory/classroom at any time. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn the locations of fire extinguishers, fire blankets, safety shower, eyewash, and know how to use them. </li></ul><ul><li>Treat all chemicals as poisonous and as a personal health hazard unless otherwise instructed. </li></ul><ul><li>No sitting or standing on laboratory tables at any time. </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times. </li></ul>
  29. 32. I do this with some help from the Draw-O-Fun
  30. 33. Now lets discuss your goals… <ul><li>To achieve something in life… you must plan to achieve it so we will begin by setting goals </li></ul><ul><li>We will revisit this exercise several times through out the year to reflect and revise our goals. </li></ul>