Course Info

6th Grade Earth Science

Course Info

Welcome to Earth Science with Mrs. Wilson! This information is to help you be successful in Earth Science. I hope as we we all get settled in, you will view this as our class. I want you to be responsible for your learning, and I will promise to provide an environment that is fun and engage but also a challenge. Please read the information below carefully and make sure you understand it. If you have any questions, please let me know. When you have finished reading, you will click on the link to fill out the form indicating you have read the information.

Contact Info:

Tutoring:

During morning tutoring, you will also have the opportunity for re-teaching and re-testing of material. Please make sure you have your agenda signed by me the day before a tutoring session so I can be prepared to meet with you. Science tutoring is Thursday mornings at 8:15. You can also arrange other mornings to meet with me. However, there are no tutoring sessions on Friday mornings.

Supplies:

All supplies are required. Please be sure to bring them with you to class every day (except for the composition notebook and science fair display board. Please bring those on days indicated in class).

  • Colored Pencils (not markers)
  • #2 Pencils
  • Blue or Black Pens (Please do not write in other colors.)
  • Mead 5-star 1-Subject Notebook (or similar): It is important that you get the large notebook with 8.5 x 11 or 9 x 11 pages with a plastic like cover and interior pocket. We will be using our notebooks all year. It needs to be durable and large enough to tape full size copy paper into your notebook without trimming.
  • Three refill tape rolls to fill our tape dispensers (We will be using a lot of tape this year!)
  • Composition notebook (for science fair project)
  • Science fair project display board – tri-fold (for science fair project – we will not be using the boards until November, but it may be cheaper to buy this now)
  • Flash Drive (you only need one for all of your classes)

Optional Supplies:

If you are able to provide any of  the following supplies for the classroom, it would be much appreciated!

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Regular sized post it notes (3″ x 3″) and/or mini post it notes (1″ x 2″)
  • Colored copy paper and white copy paper
  • Box of tissues
  • Gently used books (fiction and science nonfiction) for our class library

Course Goals:

  • Content Goal: Learn our Earth Science Standards and show growth in your science knowledge over the school year.
  • Habits of Mind Goal: Become a creative thinker and scientific problem solver by learning how to ask and find out the answers to good questions. Learn to look at the world in new ways.
  • Collaborative Goal: Become better at working together with others to achieve a common goal. Also, become an important individual in our classroom community.
  • Metacognitive Goal: Learn more about yourself and how you learn in order to help you become a better learner. Metacognition has to do with thinking about thinking.

Homework:

Homework will be posted on the board in class as well as on the class web site. Most homework involves working on projects, so you rarely have homework assignment today that is due tomorrow.

Additionally, I expect you to spend about 15 minutes every night reviewing your notes and science materials. This will help you prepare for upcoming tests and assessments. You should not wait until the night before a test to study! Also, if you do not complete a classwork assignment during class, you will need to complete it at home.

Projects:

We will be completing a variety of projects this year. I will give you more information about the specific projects as we reach them. Although you will have time to work on your projects  in class, you may also need to spend time working onthem at home. You will have both large and small projects. I think projects are a great way for you to show me what you have learned.

One big project we will be completing this year is a science fair project. We will be doing this during the first semester. I will help you through every step of the way, and we will be walking through the steps together. Science fair projects will be judged, and qualifying projects will have the opportunity to be part of the Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair in February.

Web Based Portfolios:

We will be using web portfolios to places to store our digital projects, reflections, and other assignments. We will set up our web portfolios in class.

Labs:

This is a science class, and we will be completing a variety of labs and activities. It is important that you follow our lab safety rules. You will also need to have a lab safety contract signed and on file with me. We will also be learning about lab report formats during some of our labs.

Absences:

If you are absent from class, please check the class web site for information on what you missed. You can print out handouts or find them in our notebook file when you return. If you ask me what you missed, I will direct you to the class web site. You have two days for each day absent to make up any missing work.

Grades:

Grading Scale:

  • 90-100: A
  • 80-89: B
  • 74-79: C
  • 70-73: D
  • 0-69: U

Grading Weights:

  • Homework: 5%
  • Classwork: 10%
  • Quizzes/Labs: 25%
  • Summative Assessments: 45% (Tests, major projects, and performance assessments)
  • Interim: 5%
  • Final Exam: 10%

Standards Based Grading:

We will be using Standards Based Grading (SBG) this year. “Standards-based grading goes beyond just giving students grades, but shows them what they are good at and what needs improvement.” (Palamore, M., http://slidesha.re/dRW7VN). Students will still be given the same common assessments as their peers. However, the Parent Portal gradebook will look slightly different.

Instead of having just the title of the assignment, you will see each individual standard as part of the assignment listed. This will allow you to see how you are mastering each standard. If you want to improve your score, then you would schedule a retake with your teacher for the standard(s) only.

Below is an sample of what the gradebook may look like:

 

Jim received an 80% overall. However, on standard 22a, he received a failing mark. He requests a reassessment over standard 22a. If on the reassessment Jim makes an 80 on the standard, then his grade for that will change from 40 to an 80. His overall grade would then be 88%.

 

Classroom Community:

I think it is important that you look at this as our class. As an important member of our class community, what can you do to make learning easier for both yourself and those around you?

Be Kinder than is Necessary!

It really can be that easy! (Who knows where the quote is from?) Also, please remember that we are following the school wide discipline plan. I have outlined that information below:

Classroom Expectation

  1. Be on time to class with all of your materials, and be prepared to work.
  2. Follow directions the first time given.
  3. Wait to be recognized before speaking.
  4. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
  5. Follow all county and school rules and policies.

Consequences

  1. Warning
  2. Isolation (10 minutes)
  3. Detention and Parent Contact
  4. Referral
  5. Severe Clause (any person who jeopardizes the safety of others will be removed from the classroom).

Rewards:

Stay tuned for exciting information about our class and school rewards.

ClassDojo:

I will be tracking consequences and positives using ClassDojo. Both students and parents can create their own account to track points. You will need to create your own account and use the access code I will send home in order to track your class points. It’s a great tool to help you know how you are doing in class.

Class Jobs:

We will have a few class job positions available this year. These jobs are completely optional. However, if you would like to have a class job, you can apply for one of the open positions. You will serve in your position for one quarter with the option to reapply for additional quarters. More information about class jobs and the application will be available the first week of school.

Questions:

If you have any questions about this course, please contact me via email or phone. You can find my contact information above.

Acknowledgement:

Once you have read all of the information, and you fully understand it, please fill out this form with a parent or guardian to indicate your understanding. I am looking forward to our adventures together as we learn Earth science!

Janelle Wilson

August 2013


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  2. Kelley Sanders says:

    Thanks Mrs Wilson! great to have another child taught by you

  3. Jane Nothdorft says:

    Ms. Wilson. Just trying to find the sign off after I read the class information. So I guess this is my sign off to you that I read this. Great and fun website. Thanks for all you do for the children at Lanier middle school. Jane Nothdorft, Victoria Poythress’s mom.

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