Syllabus

General Information

  • It is my privilege to teach you science this school year!
  • The classroom web site contains many resources including the pacing guide, reading materials and other pertinent classroom information.
  • The Google Classroom contains lesson plans and assignments.
  • Parents and students may contact Mr. Keller regarding course questions and concerns using the following email address: ken.keller@riversideschools.net

Classroom Goals

  • Follow all classroom rules.
  • Fully participate in classroom activities.
  • Work well with others.
  • Complete all assignments.
  • Earn a final quarter grade of an 'A' or 'B.'
  • Pass the science portion of Ohio Computer Based Assessment. Honors students will attain an 'Accelerated' or 'Advanced' score on the Ohio Computer Based Assessment.

Course Description

  1. Students in eighth grade will use scientific inquiry to discover patterns, trends, structures and relationships that may be described by simple principles. These principles are related to the properties or interactions within and between systems. In addition, students will study the physical features of Earth and how they formed. This includes the interior of Earth, the rock record, plate tectonics and landforms. Students will also study forces and motion within, on and around the Earth and within the universe. Finally, students will study the continuation of the species.
  2. Refer to the Pacing Guide available on the classroom web site for specific learning indicators and sequencing.
  3. Science 8 Honors has extended learning targets and a greater emphasis on the following elements:
    • read and analyze concepts discussed in scientific journals (i.e., reading above grade level content).
    • apply a variety of mathematical skills to solve scientific problems (e.g., apply basic algebraic skills).
    • write detailed explanations of natural phenomena (e.g., paragraph/essay writing).
    • evaluate and synthesize scientific rationales (e.g., consider the nature of science)
    • work collaboratively with peers as productive members of a local scientific community.
    • independently direct learning, self-reflect, and modify learning strategies.

Supplies

    • Pencil and Pen (blue or black ink)
    • Earbuds/Headphones
    • Dry Erase Markers
    • Folder
    • Lined Paper
    • Calculator (4 function)
    • Coloring Pencils/Coloring Markers
    • Scissors
    • Metric Ruler

Science Assessments

1. Summative assessments are used to calculate a student's grade.

    • Quizzes/Tests (80%): items in this category may include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in the blank, short answer and extended response.
    • Performance Assessments (20%): items in this category may include class participation, posters, models, lab investigations and oral presentations.

2. Formative assessments are used to provide a student with feedback on learning. Items in this category commonly include pretests and practice quizzes. Points on formative assessments are not used to calculate a student's grade.

Rules and Regulations

  • Follow the instructor's directions the first time.
  • Be in your seat before the bell rings.
  • Bring necessary supplies to class (e.g., charged Chromebook)
  • Don't talk when the teacher is talking or when a student is asking or answering a question.
  • Keep all discussions on target with the lesson.
  • Absolutely no bullying/intimidation, gossiping, name calling, put-downs, inappropriate language or yelling.
  • Keep hands, feet and other objects away from other people.
  • Don't use cell phones to call or text message in class. If you carry a phone keep it out of sight and turn it off during class.
  • Don't use electronic devices unless approved ahead of time by the instructor for instructional purposes.
  • The student should NOT bring or consume food or beverages in the classroom.
  • The student is responsible for the completion of all class work / homework assignments.

Note: All rules that are delineated in the student handbook may be enforced by the instructor.

Make-up Work

  • It is the student's responsibility to obtain, complete and submit assignments missed during an absence.
  • Students should refer to the Google Classroom for all assignments.

Passes

  • Students are expected to be prepared for class with their necessary materials. As a general rule students are not permitted to use the hall pass for retrieval of class materials from their lockers.
  • Students are expected to use bathroom facilities during study-hall, during lunch and between classes.
  • Students may use the hall pass once a week for emergency bathroom purposes. A student will serve a lunch detention for each additional pass given to make up for the class time missed.

Note: Any student abusing the hall pass privilege will lose it for the remainder of the year.

Disciplinary Action

  • A student choosing to disregard a classroom rule will receive a warning from the instructor. A student that continues to disregard classroom rules will be assigned an after-school detention or referred to a building administrator.
  • A student disrupting class may be removed from class and placed in CLC (Controlled Learning Center) with a working lunch the following day.