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Science Grade 6 Syllabus

Science Department Course Outline
6th Grade

Instructor name: 
Contact information:   Foshay Learning Center  323-735-0241

Course Title:  Science/Health 6
Course Description:

The sixth grade focus in Science is on Earth science.  During this school year, sixth graders learn about the structure of the Earth, plate tectonics, continental drift, catastrophic events, energy on Earth, through populations and ecosystems.  
Additionally, sixth graders will study Health, with the focus on the structure and systems of the body, drug education, and personal growth.


    Prentice Hall Focus on Earth Science
    Glencoe Teen Health (Course 1)

•    1 3-ring binder (minimum 2” rings) or accordion portfolio
•    5 subject dividers (if using a binder)
•    1 70-page spiral notebook (ONLY 70 pages)
•    12 colored pencils (ONLY 12)
•    2 pens (dark blue or black)
•    1 different colored pen (red, green, pink etc.)
•    2 pencils (NOT automatic or lead pencils)
•    1 SMALL, inexpensive ($2-$3) calculator
•    1 pencil sack to carry the materials listed above
•    loose-leaf paper
Lab Safety

Instructors are to review with students the safety policy in the science classroom.  A  Science Safety Contract must be signed by students and parents.  Instructors reserve the right to exclude from laboratory work any student who does not abide by the safety policy of the school.

Missed Exams or Assignments

1.    Point will be deducted for the late submission
2.    For the repetition of missing assignment, the parent/guardian will be notified.

Grading Scale
Using a 4-point rubric in Science/Health.  Rubric grading allows for clarity and expectations.  (As compared to the letter grades:  4=A, 3=B, 2=C, 1=D, 0=F)

Departmental Grading Policy
70%     Quizzes, tests, projects, presentations
20%    Classwork and Homework
10%     Class participation

* Special Day Class students will receive differential grading criteria (i.e. Curved grade, participation and class assignment).

Criteria for Marks in Work Habits & Cooperation

E - Consistently tries to understand the purpose of his/her classwork pays close attention and follows quickly.
S - Usually tries to understand the purpose of his/her classwork, generally is attentive, and follows directions.
U - Seldom tries to understand the purpose of his/her classwork, is inattentive, and generally disregards directions. 

E - Consistently assumes responsibility for having the necessary tools and materials and immediately goes to work. 
S - Usually assumes responsibility for having necessary materials and goes to work with little urging.
U - Seldom has the necessary tools and materials and rarely works, with urging. 

E - Maintains an excellent attendance record by consistently avoiding unnecessary absence or tardiness. 
S - Maintains an average attendance record by generally avoiding unnecessary absence or tardiness.
U - Maintains a poor attendance record by rarely avoiding unnecessary absence or tardiness.

E -  Carefully evaluates or rechecks his/her work and willingly revises it to achieve maximum accuracy and efficiency. 
S - Generally rechecks his/her work and makes minor revisions to assure increasing accuracy and efficiency.
U - Seldom bother to recheck his/her work.