Oceanography Syllabus

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Ms. Hauser
Oceanography
2015-2016
[email protected]
Course Description: This course will cover many features of the world’s oceans including sea floor
features, interactions with the atmosphere, human influences, and life in the ocean. Daily class
activities will include journal reflections and hands on learning opportunities that will incorporate
real world events and data to support the understanding of Oceanography concepts.
Tentative Schedule:
Marking Period
Topics Covered
SOLs
1st 9 weeks
Basic Scientific Principles
Ocean Features
Water Chemistry/Properties
ES.1, 2
ES.7, 10
BIO.2
2nd 9 weeks
Weather and Climate
Bodies of Water
ES.11,12
ES.8
3rd 9 weeks
Life in the Ocean
Human Connection
BIO.4 c
ES.6, 11 d, BIO.8
4th 9 weeks
Ocean Exploration
ES.1
Grading Policy:
9 week grade: TESTS/PROJECTS
DAILY ASSIGNMENTS/HOMEWORK
REFLECTION JOURNAL/WARM-UPS
LABORTORIES
PARTICIPATION
40%
20%
15%
15%
10%
Semester grade: 1st NINE WEEK GRADE
2nd NINE WEEK GRADE
EXAM GRADE
40%
40%
20%
Final grade:
50%
50%
1st SEMESTER GRADE
2nd SEMESTER GRADE
Reflection Journal/Warm-ups: Class will start with a Reflection Journal entry. Students will write
and reflect on the question that is given. This will be used as a starting point for growth in the
understanding of a topic. Other warm up activities may also be used to begin class which will count
as a grade.
Homework: Homework will be assigned every class. Homework will reflect what was covered in
class. Homework must be turned in at the beginning of every class. For each day homework is turned
in late will result in 20% off your homework grade.
Participation: Students are expected to be active participants in class. Solid effort will be rewarded
through the participation grade, whereas non-participation will reflect negatively on the
participation score. Students may also be asked to complete assignments where there is no “right” or
“wrong” answers. These assignments will be given a participation grade.
Classroom Expectations:
 At the beginning of every class students are expected to come in and sit at their assigned seat
and begin work in their reflection journal including getting out homework and required
class supplies (binder).
 Each student is expected to show respect for the teacher and other members of the class by
not talking when another person is talking.
 The restroom and drinking fountain should be used between classes, not during
instructional time unless it is an extreme case.
 A student agenda is the only acceptable hall pass.
Class Policies:
Make-up work
 All students are to make up all assignments missed when absent or tardy. A student is
allowed one day to complete make up work for each day s/he was absent up to a maximum
of 5 days. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for make-up work.
 The best time to arrange for make-up work is before or after school.
 Students will not be able to make up work for unexcused absences.
Late Work
 Any late work will result in 10% deducted from your grade for each day that it is not turned
in following the assigned due date. No late work will be accepted after each unit test.
Cheating/Plagiarism
 Cheating and plagiarism will result in a 0% on the assignment.
Food and Drink
 Food and drink are not permitted in the classroom except for water.
Laboratory Safety:
Laboratory work is an integral part of science class. Safety is the responsibility of each student.
The following guidelines should be followed at all times.
 Food/Drink – There is absolutely no food or drink allowed in the classroom except for water.
 Follow all instructions given by the teacher
 Notify the teacher immediately about any safety concern.
 Do not inhale or ingest anything unless told to do so by the teacher.
 Learn the location and use of safety equipment in the classroom.
 Keep your workspace and classroom clean.
Supplies:
Binder
Loose-leaf paper
Composition notebook
Pencil
Colored Pencils
Contact:
Please contact me via email
[email protected]
Availability:
Mondays
Afterschool – 4pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:30am –8am
Or by appointment
Course:__________________________ Teacher’s Name:_________________________
Student’s Name: _______________________________
I have read the syllabus for the course listed above, and I understand and will comply
with its contents.
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Student’s Signature
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Date
PARENT/GUARDIAN:
I have read this syllabus and will expect my son/daughter to comply with its contents.
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Parent’s Signature
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