• Physical Science Syllabus

    Cheryl Wilson

    Howard Middle School Bldg. 14, Room 10



    General Class Information

    Assignment weights:

    Class Work                                                       25%

    Assessments (Quizzes)                                     25%

    Tests/Projects/Presentations                              40%

    Homework                                                       10%


    Course Description:

    The year 3 science course incorporates content from the disciplines of both chemistry and physics.  Students study thematic units about the properties of matter, the Periodic Table of Elements, atomic theory, energy, forces, motion, simple machines, and waves.

    Within each unit of study, students will develop an understanding of scientific facts and concepts, methods and techniques of science, terminology, and applications of science to the real world. The focus throughout the year is to provide relevance and to enable the students to become more scientifically literate by exploring how various issues within the science content relates to the student individually, and in a local, national, and global context. Students will be given opportunities to develop inquiry skills and apply critical thinking skills as they practice the scientific method and solve problems in science. The students will also be given opportunities to explore the ethics of science as it relates to topics in the year 3 curriculum. Throughout the year students will practice various modes of communicating scientific concepts they are learning as a class and that they are discovering through independent research. 

    Class Supplies:Please bring the following supplies to class each day:  your Binder with plenty of paper, 2 composition books (can be left on the class shelf), pencils and pens (blue or black ink for assignments), highlighter, colored pencils.  You may want to bring goggles for use during labs. 

    Class Expectations:Be on time; be prepared; show respect to others and to school property; follow the dress code; absolutely no gum.  Please, no scented items or personal care products are to be brought into, used, or sprayed in the room due to student and teacher allergies/asthma.  Consequences for inappropriate behavior will be dealt with according to the discipline plan in the student handbook. 

    Class Work/Homework:  Assignments will be posted in class and online on my web page.  Class work is due the day it is assigned unless otherwise noted.  Please write your assignments in your planner.  You will have a one day grace period to turn in your work.  After one day late you will lose one letter grade for each day the assignment is late. Assignments late more than five days will not be accepted.  If a student does poorly on an assignment, he/she will have 5 school days to retake/redo the assignment and the two grades will be averaged together. This does not apply to class work or homework that was not turned in on time or at all. Don’t depend on the Internet for getting your assignment. There can be power outages, computer problems, etc.  Even if written work is not assigned, you are still responsible for studying the material we are covering in class and working on mastering the objectives for each unit.  Successful students will be reading over notes, reviewing the text material, and studying the vocabulary for the unit a few minutes each night, rather than waiting until the night before a test to study.

    Absences and Makeup Work:  Unless specified, homework that is assigned is due the next class.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and make up the work.  Students may schedule a time to come in before school, if necessary, to make up class work assignments. 

    Lab Activities:  We will do many lab activities in class.  It is extremely important to follow the rules and lab procedures properly to insure maximum learning and safety. Students who attempt to disrupt these activities, or who cannot be trusted to handle equipment properly, will lose their privilege of participating in the activities.  Lab safety rules and procedures will be discussed in class and each student must sign a safety contract before being allowed to perform labs. *If a student is absent on a lab day or loses the privilege of participating in the lab, a one page essay/summary of the content area of the lab may be required to substitute for the lab assignment.  If this essay assignment is not done the student will receive a zero for the lab/essay.