Ms. Quirien Mulder ten Kate/ Mr. Bryan Jackson/Mr. Andy Albright Course Outline and Expectations for Science 9 and 10


We look forward to working with you and your child to make this a successful year for everyone. Learners will be encouraged to set personal and academic goals throughout the course to focus on areas of improvement and further development. They will attain these goals more successfully with reinforcement at home. This wiki page describes the course, classroom and homework expectations for science 9 and 10. I encourage your child to discuss this document with you so that everyone can work together and make this course an effective experience for all. I can be reached at the school at 464-5793 (phone) and 464-5796(fax) after 8:00 a.m. and before 3:45 p.m. or by e-mail at qmtk@sd43.bc.ca.

Classroom expectations
You are responsible for your own choices and actions. We will assist you with making appropriate choices that meet course and classroom expectations. You are expected to:
1. Arrive on time with your materials.
2. Hand in assignments at the beginning of class.
3. Follow instructions promptly and with care.
4. Ask questions when you need clarification.
5. Use your time effectively and efficiently.

Assignment expectations
You will participate in a variety of activities during this course. Assignments will consist of labs, review questions, quizzes, tests, homework checks, and projects. Assignments are completed alone or with a partner. Assignments are to be organized and presented well. Illegible or messy assignments are to be redone. Assignments are to be handed in on the due date. If you know you are going to be away ahead of time, ask me for the assignments ahead of time! If you are away unexpectedly, contact a friend for the homework or phone me at school. Give completed assignments to a friend so that assignments can be handed in on time.

Homework expectations
You will be expected to have science homework every night for about 30-40 minutes. You will need to complete assignments and projects and review concepts daily. You have a planner to record your assignments and check off those assignments that have been completed and handed in. Assignments will be returned promptly so that you continue to progress and build on your growing understanding of the subject matter.

Materials required
You are required to bring the following materials to class every day:
- binder with lined paper, blank paper, graph paper and dividers for the subjects
- red pen, blue or black pens, pencils, colouring pencils, eraser, sharpener, calculator, ruler, and glue stick
- covered textbooks: BC Science 9 and BC Science 10

I suggest that you have a second binder at home for the finished units.

Course overview / Textbook chapters
The science curriculum provides a foundation for the scientific literacy of students for the development of highly skilled and capable work force, and the development of new technologies. The curriculum provides a framework of opportunities for students to become literate by
- examining basic concepts, principles, laws, and theories through scientific inquiry
- actively gaining knowledge, skills, and attitudes that provide the basis for sound and ethical problem-solving and decision-making
- developing an understanding of the place of science in society and history and its relationships to other disciplines
- making informed and responsible decisions about themselves, their homes, workplaces, and global community.

The science 9 and science 10 curriculum uses the applications of Science framework to weave skills, processes, and attitudes of science throughout the three content organizers of Life Science, Physical Science and Earth and Space Science.

General Resources:

Free tutoring site for BC curriculum: LearnNowBC
ScienceTimes Magazine
Make your own quizzes.
Provincial Exam Information and practice exams

Life Science

Is the study of the diversity, continuity, interactions, and balance among organisms and their environment

- in grade 9, the focus is on cells, asexual/ sexual reproduction, mitosis/ meiosis, reproductive technologies
- in grade 10, the focus is on biomes, ecosystems, energy flow, nutient cycles, ecosystems changing over time (e.g. evolution, adaptation, environmental issues, invasive species)

Physical Science

Is the study of matter and energy, and their interactions, and encompasses the traditional areas of chemistry and physics

- in grade 9, the focus is on the elements, periodic table, chemical formulas, static and current electricity
- in grade 10, the focus is on the elements, atomic theory, periodic table, ionic and covalent chemical formulas, balancing chemical reactions and reaction types, acid/ bases, salts, organic chemistry, radioactivity, constant and average velocity, acceleration and gravity

Earth and Space Science

Is the study of the universe and structure of the earth:

- in rade 9, the focus is on astronomy: stars, planets, space travel and technology
- in grade 10, the focus is on kinetic molecular theory, thermal energy, energy transfer in atmosphere, climate change, plate tectonics

Student assessment and evaluation
Assessment consists of the following processes:
- homework checks - review questions
- laboratory assignments - short quizzes
- chapter/ unit tests - projects

You are encouraged to use the mark sheet to keep track of your own marks and progress.

A 86-100% students demonstrates excellent or outstanding performance in relation to the expected learning outcomes
B 73-85% ...demonstrates very good performance in...
C+ 67-72% ...demonstrates good performance in...
C 60-66% ...demonstrates satisfactory performance in...
C- 50-59% ...demonstrates minimally acceptable performance in...
F 0-49% ...has not demonstrated the minimally acceptable performance in...

I No percentage assigned until the I report contract is completed. Incomplete (Intervention is needed to prevent failure)
- On completion of the I contract, the I grade is then converted to a passing grade or left as a failI to indicate that the learners has not performed at a minimally acceptable level during the term.
I Incomplete will be used to alert parents that learners, for a variety of reasons, are not demonstrating minimally acceptable performance in relation to the expected learning outcomes for the course.

At Gleneagle formal reporting is done four times during the year.

Weighing of marks (not cumulative) for terms:
term one: 20%
term two: 20%
term three: 20%
term four: 20%
Final exam (provincial exam for science 10): 20%