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  • WODSS SCIENCE Name: _______________ SNC 2L

    Grade 10 Essential Science Course Overview 2015-2016

    Teacher: Mrs. TRIPUR School Telephone: 519 6345441 Tel: (519) 634-5441 ext.856 E-mail: sridevi_tripuranthakam@wrdsb.on.ca School website: http://wod.wrdsb.ca Website: www.tripurs.weebly.com

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a locally developed compulsory credit course in science focus on the knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for success in the Grade 11 Science Workplace Preparation Course. This course emphasizes reinforcing and strengthening science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and the relationship between science, society, and the environment, to prepare students for success in everyday life and in the workplace Students explore a range of topics, including science in the media, interactions of common materials, interdependence of organisms in communities, and using electrical energy. Students have the opportunity to extend mathematical and scientific process skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and practical science activities.


    Scientific Inquiry - Science in Media

    - Identify the ways in which scientific information is conveyed - Develop testable questions on science related claims and investigate based on the concept of

    fair test - Analyzing testable questions about science related claims and representation in the media by

    developing procedures to assess these claims, investigate and suggest improvements and communicate the information to a workplace audience.

    Chemistry - Interactions of Common Materials

    - Identify the relationships among chemical formulae, composition and common names. - Classify chemicals into groups based on their behaviour - Distinguish types of reactions - Identify factors that alter rate of reaction - Conduct experiments safely using appropriate lab equipment and technique. - Research interactions of materials used in daily life, analyze the cost and benefit of using these

    materials and communicate an opinion, supported by evidence.

    Biology Living Together

    - Summarize the potential benefits of organisms living together in communities - Plan and conduct an experiment to investigate over-crowding of populations - Using a microscope to make observations and scientific drawings. - Analyze the challenges that arise from organisms living in communities

    Physics Using Electrical Energy

    - Describe different methods of generating electricity - Define and describe electrical concepts with their units - Determining quantitatively and/or qualitatively the energy and power associated with electrical

    devices. - Design and build an electrical device - Design a plan to reduce electrical consumption at home/school/workplace.

    ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION STRATEGIES Assessment and evaluation in this course will be based on the provincial curriculum expectations. Students will be provided with numerous and varied opportunities to demonstrate the full extent of their achievement. Term Work 70% Final Evaluation 30% Tests/Quizzes 20% Final Summative 30% Labs/Projects/Assignments 50%

    ASSESSMENT POLICY Summative assessment items have been chosen for students to demonstrate evidence of acquisition of essential knowledge and skills required for credit in this course. All summative work submitted for evaluation throughout the year (as communicated by the teacher) MUST be completed in order to achieve credit in the course.

    It is the teachers responsibility to clearly outline expectations for each evaluative item and to clearly communicate the due date to the class

    It is the students responsibility to ensure EACH evaluative item is completed, and submit by the due date communicated by the teacher.

    Any items not completed will be regarded as Incomplete (I) and, as such, will have an impact on the final grade.

    For any/all major assignments not submitted by the due date, any combination of the following will occur: a) The student will approach the teacher PRIOR TO THE DUE DATE to attempt to negotiate an extension, with a good reason for not

    being able to complete the work on time. b) Communication will take place between the teacher and the students parent(s)/guardian(s) to encourage completion of the item(s)

    by the next school day. c) Communication will take place between the subject teacher and the vice-principal assigned to that student regarding incomplete


    Major assessment item(s) not handed in by the negotiated due date will receive an incomplete (I), will be reflected in the learning skills area of the report card, and may jeopardize success in the course.

    The essential learning required for major assessment items will still need to be demonstrated and the teacher will use his/her professional judgment to determine an appropriate final course mark. The student is at great risk of failure should any summative work not be completed.

    Bottom line: you must submit all requested work for success in the course


  • NOTEBOOK It is expected that each student will keep a very organized binder of notes and handouts throughout each unit. This will be monitored throughout the course to encourage organizational skills and to assist students when it is time to study for quizzes, tests and the final exam. This binder will remain in the classroom.

    All pages will be dated, with titles underlined with a red pen and ruler. Name and date shall be on each handout in the top, right corner. Notes may be written in pen or pencil, of the students choice, but are expected to be neatly written or may be re-

    written or typed by the next class period. Errors in pencil are to be corrected using an eraser. Errors in pen are to be corrected using white-out.

    Students are expected to collect missed handouts from the classroom bin and copy missed notes from a classmate,

    LEARNING SKILLS EXPECTATIONS The following learning skills will be assessed throughout the course and will be communicated on the report card:

    independent work





    initiative These skills will not be included in the final numeric mark unless they are part of the provincial curriculum expectations for the course. However, it is important to remember that the development of these skills is critical to academic achievement.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Attendance and Lates Regular attendance at school is very important for learning and achievement of course expectations. Students are expected to follow school policy regarding absenteeism and punctuality. Please familiarize yourself with the reference material provided in the student planner regarding reporting absences and consequences for tardiness. IT IS THE STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITY TO CATCH UP ON ALL MISSED WORK in a timely manner (to reduce stress on the student, prior to the next class lesson is recommended, wherever possible. Please call the guidance office to set up a homework collection folder for extended absences.)

    Please notify your teacher of any upcoming absences, so that you may work ahead and be prepared for class upon your return.

    If you have trouble with any work due to absence(s), come in for extra help during your teachers office hours (posted on the teachers website) PRIOR to the next class (valid absences only).

    If you know that you will be absent for a test YOU must make arrangements to write it ahead of time. If an absence is deemed invalid, then any assignment that has been given on that day will automatically receive a no mark, with the above stated consequences for incomplete work, without the opportunity for a make-up test/quiz/assignment. There are no exceptions. Please be sure to validate absences prior to returning to the next class.

    All labs/assignments/homework are due at the beginning of class on the due date.

    If a student has an issue with the assigned date, it must be re-negotiated no less than 24 hours before the start of the school day of the deadline (eg. if due on Wednesday, must re-negotiate by 8:00am Tuesday). If the deadline has not been re-negotiated, the student will be required to complete the assignment during the lunch hour, spare period, or after school that same day. Once the assignment has been returned to the rest of the class, a no mark will be assigned to work not submitted. There are no exceptions.

    SUPPLIES Please communicate at home! Each day you must bring:

    3-ring binder


    Pencil & eraser

    Red & Blue/Black pens

    Correction fluid/tape

    Assorted pencil crayons (optional)

    EXTRA HELP Extra help is always available. Dont wait!!! Come in as soon as you encounter difficulty. Office hours

    o First half of every lunch (10:47-11:17am), every day EXCEPT Day 3. o Knock on the Science office door and ask for me o Please arrive right at the beginning of lunch to ensure ample time to get the help you need!

    Important! please review with your parents at home!

    CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM POLICY Plagiarism, including theft and misrepresentation of original work, cheating, theft of evaluation instruments, use of unauthorized aids, and false representation of identity, will result in appropriate consequences. The teache