• Course Description

    This is a yearlong course designed to familiarize students with important material in earth, life, and physical science topics which are an extension of what was taught in sixth and seventh grade science classes. The ultimate goal is to prepare students for high school science and career and college readiness.

    The curriculum is aligned to the NGSS, or Next Generation Scince Standards. Activities outlined in this curriculum infuse the Standards for Science Practices. In alignment to the content and practice standards, students will extend their knowledge of science through explanation of natural phenomenon, investigative and CER (claim, evidence, reasoning) activities, and in engaging in small group discovery stations.

    Students use science to understand, interact, and explain the natural world and their environment. Some of the topics that will be discovered are the earth's layers, the rock cycle, erosion, cell structure and theory, genetics, and wave behavior. Please visit the rest of my website to get a full description of topics as they pertain to the course's scope and sequence.

    Course Competencies/Learning Objectives

    Students who successfully complete 8th grade intgrated science will be competent in the following areas:

    • Students will be able to develop and use a model to describe phenomena.
    • Students will be able to use an oral and written argument supported by evidence to support or refute an explanation or a model for a phenomenon.
    • Students will be able to gather, read, and synthesize information from multiple appropriate sources and assess the credibility, accuracy, and possible bias of each publication and methods used, and to describe how they are supported or not supported by evidence.
    • Students will be able to conduct an investigation to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence that meet the goals of an investigation.
    • Students will be able to use mathematical representations to describe and/or support scientific conclusions and design solutions.

    Course Texts/Online Resources

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Science Fusion: three separate workbooks on The Dynamic Earth, Cells & Heredity, and Sound & Light.

    Attendance Policy

    Regular and prompt class attenance is an essential part of the educational experience. The Barnegat Township School District expects students to be responsible and exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences. Students accept full responsibility for ensuring that they complete any/all work missed due to absences.

    Course Topic Outline

    Please find a list of the units for this course:

    Content Area: Science

    Course Title: Integrated Science

    Grade Level: 8

    Unit 1: The Dynamic Earth

    3 months

    Unit 2: Cells & Heredity

    4 months

    Unit 3: Sound & Light

    3 months

     

    Student Grades

     The grading system for this course is based on the category weights listed in each department's policy. For this course, those weights are listed below. Each marking period, students will have a minimum of four (4) Major Assessments and eight (8) Minor Assessments (explained below). Homework is graded as part of Course Participation, which is assessed twice (2X) per marking period using the district rubric.

    Major Assessments

    -

    50% of marking period grade

    Minor Assessments

    -

    30% of marking period grade

    Course Participation

    -

    15% of marking period grade

    Benchmark 

    -

    05% of marking period grade

    A        90-100

    B        80-89

    C        70-79

    D        65-69

    F         64 and Below

    Explanation of Assesssments

    • Examples of Major Assessments include items that are summative in nature, such as: tests, projects, research papers, prose-constructed response timed writings, formal presentations, reports, Socratic seminars, or any other type of assessment used to capture evidence of learning at the culmination of a unit of study.
    • Examples of Minor Assessments include items that are formative in nature, such as: quizzes, reading comprehension checks, response journals, exit tickets, small-scale research activities, reading logs, in class worksheets, or any other type of assessment that is diagnostic in nature and used to guide instruction and provide ongoing feedback to students.
    • Note: grades for individual assignments are entered into Genesis for the marking period in which the assignment is collected, and not a subsequent marking period.
    • Extra Credit will only be available for assignments that have been approved ahead of time by the teacher and department supervisor.
    • In this course, it is expected that students will submit only their best work, and teachers reserve the right not to accept work that is substantially below what a student is capable of producing.
    • Please speak to your teacher about the opportunity for earned Second Chances on certain Major Assessments.

     

    Participation Rubric

     

     

    Academic Social Skills

    Readiness to Learn / Study Skills

    Homework

    Classwork 

    21st Century College and Career Readiness

     

    MeetingExpectations

    20 points 

    Student consistently demonstrates high levels of age-appropriate academic social skills by showing initiative and independence in all of the components below: 

    ·       Self-advocacy

    ·       Persistence ”grit”

    ·       Identifying one’s own needs and communicates needs to others

     

    Student’s classroom behavior is focused, on-task, and serves as a role model for others; the student does not require support from teacher, parents or others.

    20 points 

    Student

    ·       consistently arrives prepared for class and ready to learn;   

    ·       demonstrates high levels of organization, motivation, and ownership of his/her learning.  

     

    Student consistently produces notes and other materials that demonstrate: effort to learn &  

    • identification of the curriculum’s main ideas and important supporting details.  

    20 points 

    Student consistently completes the assigned homework and rarely misses a task, if at all.  

     

    Student consistently expends his/her best efforts to complete assigned tasks. 

     

    Homework consistently reflects high levels of care and  pride in work.  

     

    Homework is consistently done in a manner that advances learning.   

    20 points 

    Student 

    ·      consistently completes assigned classwork tasks;

    ·       voluntarily and actively participates in classroom activities on a consistent basis;

    ·       consistently remains focused and on task; 

    ·       contributes to class discussions in a meaningful way, by actively listening, asking questions, or sustaining discussion; 

    ·       consistently demonstrates leadership in collaborative activities. 

    20 points 

    Student consistently demonstrates competency in the following NJSLS Career Ready Practices.  

     

    CRP1. 

    CRP2. 

    CRP4. 

    CRP5. 

    CRP6. 

    CRP7. 

    CRP8. 

    CRP9. 

    CRP11. 

    CRP12.

     

    *A full description of these items is listed at the bottom of the rubric.  

    Approaching Expectations

    15 Points 

    Student usually demonstrates age-appropriate academic social skills such as persistence or self-advocacy, but may require teacher prompting or direction.  

     

    Student’s classroom behavior is generally focused and on-task, but sometimes requires redirection or support from teacher, parents, or others.

    15 Points

    Student usually arrives prepared for class and/or demonstrates developing levels of organization, motivation, ownership of learning. 

     

    Student frequently produces notes and materials that demonstrate effort to learn and identification of mean ideas, but may also require prompting and direction.  

    15 Points

    Student frequently completes the assigned homework but occasionally misses tasks, or tasks are completed with inconsistent effort .  

     

    Homework usually reflects high levels of care and  pride in work, but not always.  

     

    Homework is generally done in a manner that advances learning.  

    15 Points

    Student 

    ·       usually completes assigned classwork tasks and generally produces his/her best work;

    ·       frequently  participates in classroom activities but sometimes requires direction and prompting; 

    ·       during class discussions, usually contributes by actively listening, responding, and/or asking questions.  

    15 Points

    Student frequently demonstrates competency in the following NJSLS Career Ready Practices, but may need direction and support.  

     

    CRP1. 

    CRP2. 

    CRP4. 

    CRP5. 

    CRP6. 

    CRP7. 

    CRP8. 

    CRP9. 

    CRP11. 

    CRP12.

     

    Approaching Expectations

    15 Points 

    Student usually demonstrates age-appropriate academic social skills such as persistence or self-advocacy, but may require teacher prompting or direction.  

     

    Student’s classroom behavior is generally focused and on-task, but sometimes requires redirection or support from teacher, parents, or others.

    15 Points

    Student usually arrives prepared for class and/or demonstrates developing levels of organization, motivation, ownership of learning. 

     

    Student frequently produces notes and materials that demonstrate effort to learn and identification of mean ideas, but may also require prompting and direction.  

    15 Points

    Student frequently completes the assigned homework but occasionally misses tasks, or tasks are completed with inconsistent effort .  

     

    Homework usually reflects high levels of care and  pride in work, but not always.  

     

    Homework is generally done in a manner that advances learning.  

    15 Points

    Student 

    ·       usually completes assigned classwork tasks and generally produces his/her best work;

    ·       frequently  participates in classroom activities but sometimes requires direction and prompting; 

    ·       during class discussions, usually contributes by actively listening, responding, and/or asking questions.  

    15 Points

    Student frequently demonstrates competency in the following NJSLS Career Ready Practices, but may need direction and support.  

     

    CRP1. 

    CRP2. 

    CRP4. 

    CRP5. 

    CRP6. 

    CRP7. 

    CRP8. 

    CRP9. 

    CRP11. 

    CRP12.

    Not

    Meeting

    Expectations

     

    10 Points

    Student occasionally demonstrates age-appropriate academic social skills such as persistence or self-advocacy, and/or  often requires teacher prompting or direction.  

     

    Student’s classroom behavior is generally unfocused and off-task, and frequently requires redirection or support from the teacher, parents, or others.

    10 Points

    Student rarely arrives prepared for class and/or demonstrates limited levels of organization, motivation, ownership of learning. 

     

    Student seldomly produces notes and materials that demonstrate effort to learn and identification of mean ideas, and often requires prompting and direction.  

    10 Points

    Student rarely completes the assigned homework and frequently misses tasks, or tasks are completed with limited effort .  

     

    Homework rarely reflects high levels of care and  pride in work.  

     

    Homework is generally not done in a manner that advances learning. 

    10 Points

    Student 

    ·       seldomly completes assigned classwork tasks and generally does not produce his/her best work;

    ·       usually does not participate in classroom activities and often requires teacher direction and prompting; 

    ·       during class discussions, usually does not contribute by actively listening, responding, and/or asking questions.

    10 Points

    Student rarely demonstrates competency in the following NJSLS Career Ready Practices, and needs direction and support.  

     

    CRP1. 

    CRP2. 

    CRP4. 

    CRP5. 

    CRP6. 

    CRP7. 

    CRP8. 

    CRP9. 

    CRP11. 

    CRP12.

     

    *New Jersey Student Learning Standards for 21st Century Life & Careers / Career Ready Practices 

    CRP1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.

    CRP2. Apply appropriate academic and technical skills. 

    CRP4. Communicate clearly and effectively and with reason.

    CRP5. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions. 

    CRP6. Demonstrate creativity and innovation. 

    CRP7. Employ valid and reliable research strategies. 

    CRP8. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 

    CRP9. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.

    CRP11. Use technology to enhance productivity.

    CRP12. Work productively in teams while using cultural global competence.

     

    Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

    The Barnegat Township School District places a strong emphasis on students’ integrity, and the district will not tolerate instances of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source.  Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort.  Both are considered serious offenses and are subject to consequences described in the Student Handbook and Board Policy #5701. 

     

    Classroom Expectations 

    1. All school rules and policies apply to this class.
    2. The teacher and students will work together for a respectful, safe classroom.
    3. Students will come to class on time, prepared, and ready to learn.
    4. Students will complete all assignments, including homework, by all deadlines. Make-up work is only accepted after an excused absence.  It is your responsibility to see me for your work before or after school.
    5. Students will actively participation in class discussions and other activities in order to enhance their learning experiences.
    6. Cell phones, iPods, or any other personal electronic devices are prohibited in class at any time.

     

    Extra Help and Support

    (Include a blurb about the options for students who require additional help.  A sample has been written here for you to use/modify.)  Occasionally, students will require additional help to master the content and skills in this course.  If you need additional help, there are a variety of options for you, including:

    • Before/after school help sessions with your teacher
    • Peer tutoring from NHS / NJHS students
    • Free online tutoring with Brainfuse (available from the Barnegat Library website)

    As your teacher, I am committed to your success.   If you need help, please ask! 

    PLEASE DETACH AND SUBMIT TO MRS. HOWANICH BY FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019

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    I have read and understand the syllabus for 8th Grade Integrated Science. 

     

     

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