6th Grade Earth and Space Science Syllabus
Dr. J. Jarrod Dunning
Welcome to Discovery Middle School! Go Panthers!
I firmly believe in the 3 F’s: Fun, Focus & Fair. I am excited to bring Earth and Space Science to life by injecting Fun in learning. Here, I plan to keep the end in mind by remaining Focus on the standards & learning targets while accommodating all students. Lastly, I will foster a safe, secure & nurturing learning environment with integrity & Fairness. 6th Grade is a magical year and I am proud to be your Earth and Space Science facilitator.
Course Description: Earth & Space Science 6
This course focuses on three core ideas of Earth and Space Science: Earth’s Place in the Universe, Earth’s Systems, and Earth and Human Activity (ALSDE, 2015). In this course, students will be encouraged to make inquiries regarding Earth and Space Science and relate them to the world around them. Some areas of study include geologic processes, human impact on the environment, the composition of Earth’s core, objects of the solar system, and changes in human population based on Earth’s systems. Students will utilize laboratory experiments and inquiry activities to deepen their understanding of the concept.
Course Objectives: This course will serve as an introduction to Earth and Space Science.
1. Give full attention to the person addressing the class. (teacher, student, intercom, etc...)
2. Be respectful towards one another
3. No food or drinks in class
4. Use cell phones for classroom purposes at the appropriate times.
Consequences for rules violations
Informal (individual and private)
formal (written warnings are kept in temporary classroom student file) Detention Office options
Students are to always come to class with pencil & notebook.
First few minutes of class are to be silent while completing the daily bell ringer.
After Starter Activity
Students are to look over the day’s objectives and activities located on the front board to prepare for class after everyone has completed the bell ringer.
(“I can statement”)
Requests for accommodations for this course or any school event are welcomed from students and parents.
Concerning laptop utilization:
1. Student laptops should not be hard wired to the network or have print capabilities.
2. Use of discs, flash drives, jump drives, or other USB devices will not be allowed on Madison City computers.
3. Neither the teacher, nor the school is responsible for broken, stolen, or lost laptops.
4. Laptops and other electronic devices will be used at the individual discretion of the teacher.
Test grades will account for 60% of the 9-weeks grade, with the remaining 40% being determined by quiz/daily grades. The grading scale is as follows: A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (65-69) and F (below 65). Grades will be a reflection of mastery of the standards. Make sure all absences are excused as class work can be made up and graded for excused absences only.
Make-up Test Policy: Test are entered into the grade book as a zero until a makeup test has been completed.
Makeup test are scheduled by appointment outside of regular class time.
Textbook: Earth and Space Science Resource
Materials and Supplies Needed:
Students need a composition notebook and Pencil. Extras, glue, colored pencils and scissors.
Course Outline: Introduction to Scientific Problem Solving
Unit 1. Weather & Climate
Standards 7, 12, 14, 15 & 16
Unit 2. Catastrophic Events
Standards 5, 8 & 10
Unit 3. Plate Tectonics
Standards 9, 6, 4
Unit 4. Sun, Earth & Moon
Standards 1, 2, 3, 11 & 13