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    Dr. Tamara Browning

    tbrowning@tenafly.k12.nj.us 

    GRADE 8 TEAM 8T - EARTH SCIENCE

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    The textbook for the 8th grade science curriculum is Glencoe Earth Science (published 2008).  Students have a copy to keep at home. In addition, classroom instruction materials are drawn from a range of online sources. The following table summarizes the Earth Science topics studied during the year:

     Course Overview

    GOALS

    Goals for the study of science this year are for the students to:

    • Gain an understanding of the history, structure, function and processes of our planet.
    • Develop the critical thinking, analytical reasoning and precise communication skills.
    • Practice and improve specific skills such as; following verbal and written directions, taking notes, organizing information, asking thoughtful and probing questions, using scientific tools safely, applying basic mathematical principles in science, enhancing scientific vocabulary, reading and presenting scientific information and using the Internet as a research tool.

     

    ASSESSMENT AND GRADING

    The following components determine the report card grade:

    • Homework – assigned most nights and is usually due the following day. No credit given if homework is late.  Homework accounts for 10 % of the overall grade
    • Lab work – hands-on cooperative tasks involving pairs or small groups of students
    • Projects - longer-term class and/or homework assignments.
    • Tests and other assessments –several days’ notice is usually given for major unit tests. Tests, labs and projects together account for 90% of the grade.  The breakdown is as follows: Tests 40%: quizzes 25%; labs etc. 25%.

     

    STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

    Good personal organization skills are essential in this class.  Students are responsible for accurately recording homework assignments and due dates in their planners and for getting homework completed and back to class on time.  Making up for work missed due to absence is essential and is also their responsibility.  They should develop the habit of checking in with me for missing assignments when they return from an absence. If extra help is needed, I am available after school on most days.

     

    HOW CAN PARENTS HELP?

    Contact me through e-mail tbrowning@tenafly.k12.nj.us  if you have any concerns or questions relating to my science class.  Please note that a student who is frequently absent from class cannot expect to do well.  Much student learning takes place in the interactive classroom environment and often this cannot adequately be reproduced at home.