Youree Drive Middle AP Magnet School

Mrs. De Leon’s Science Class

 

INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS

At the end of this course, you will be acquainted, and will be able to explain, apply and relate with the principles, theories and applications in Science.  The class will be taught by combination of lectures, experiments, activities, presentations, projects and research.

 

By the end of the school year, the students should be able to:

Science as Inquiry: The students will do science by engaging in partial and full inquiries that are within their developmental capabilities.

Physical Science: Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics and interrelationships of matter and energy in the physical world. Students will Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

Life Science: Students will be able to investigate to provide evidence that living things are made of cells, either one or many different numbers and types. Students will also develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

Earth and Space Science: Students will develop an understanding on how to construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects. Also, students will be able to Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

 

At grade 6, the literacy skills required by the task may include some or all the following:

  • citing specific textual evidence
  • determining the central ideas or conclusions of a text
  • following precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks
  • determining the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases
  • analyzing the author’s purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text
  • integrating quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, table)
  • distinguishing among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text
  • comparing and contrasting the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

 

With the implementation of the new Science State Standards, by the end of the course the students should be able to detail the behaviors that engage and mimic those of scientists and engineers. These Science and Engineering Practices determine which of the practices correlate to the given performance expectations.

  1. Asking questions (science) and defining problems (engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (science) and designing solutions (engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

 

Required Background

To successfully complete this course, you must:

  • Be able to know and practice lab safety procedures in class.
  • Apply the scientific method in problem solving in the Science classroom.
  • Know basic Science as Inquiry Skills such as critical, logical and creative-thinking skills as to be applied to real life situations.

 

Required Materials

To successfully complete this course, you will need the following materials:

  • Science Binder with loose leaf papers
  • Plastic Prong folder (any color)
  • Youree Planner
  • Interactive Notebook (composition notebook)
  • Pencils (esp. for test days) and erasers
  • Pens (Blue, Black, Red, Green) students will need 4 colors of pen
  • Colored markers & colored pencils or crayons
  • Scissors, rulers
  • Glue and tape
  • Index cards
  • 1 paper towel per student

 

Classroom Wishlist

The following materials are not required but would be appreciated because these materials will be used by the students:

  • Clorox wipes
  • Box of tissues
  • Colored Printer paper
  • Air freshener (spray or plug ins- Linen/ Clean scent)

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Class rules and expectations

Rules:

  1. Follow all the rules as stated in the Youree Drive Handbook.
  2. Follow the directions of all adults at school.
  3. Respect people and property.
  4. Come to class on time with all the materials needed for Science and with the Youree Planner.

REWARDS:

  1. Verbal praises.
  2. Good phone calls and good notes home.
  3. Spartan checks that they could collect and trade for other rewards.

CONSEQUENCES:

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Parent contact by phone or note
  3. After school Detention (after proper notification of parent)
  4. Office Referral
  5. Team, student, parent, administration conference

 

Grading Policies

Each nine weeks period the students will be graded based on the following criteria:

  • Class works- Worksheets and Interactive Science notebook to be completed and submitted on time.
  • Experiments, experiment reports and activity sheets- at least 1 experiment/ activity per topic
  • Project/s
  • Tests and quizzes
  • Homework – reinforcement of the lessons discussed

 

Grading System

93-100             A

85-92               B

75-84               C

67-74               D

0-66                 F

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mrs. Lornalyn De Leon

lmdeleon@caddoschools.org

Youree Drive Middle AP Magnet School

6008 Youree Drive, Shreveport, La 71115

(318) 868-5324