Middle school


Description and Procedures
Earth Science
Mr. Kraske (
Course Description:
Astronomy: seasons, lunar phases, the sun, planets and solar system.
Geology: plate tectonics, earth history, rocks and minerals.
Physical Geography: topographic mapping, erosion, karst, rivers and streams.
Meteorology: atmosphere, water phases, precipitation, storms, forecasting.
Chemistry: the atom, isotopes, ions, acids & bases, physical & chemical changes.
Major Instructional Goals: 
Teach the 8th Grade Minnesota Science State Standards.
Use technology in many different ways to prepare students for the future.
Show that science is a way to solve problems using knowledge and creativity.
General Rules/Procedures:  
Science Project: Each Honors Earth Science student will be required to do a science project this year. It could be a science fair project, e-cybermissions project or an independent project.
Preparation for Class:
One notebook for science only                               Markers / colored pencils / glue stick
One folder for science                                            Calculator
Your planner                                                           USB flash drive for file moving and back up
Writing utensil
Expectations for class:
Respect others and their property.
Do not interfere with my right to teach or your right to learn. 
Be prepared for class.
Be appropriate.
Do your work.
Late Work: Late work is accepted up to the last day of the quarter. Students will not be allowed to re-take quizzes until all related work is handed in. 
Missed Work:  Assignments are posted daily on my website. It is the students responsibility to bring their yellow admit sheet to me if they are absent. 
Grading: Tests and quiz scores will make up the majority of the letter grade this year.  Scores on quizzes and tests will be weighted to reflect this on Skyward.  Assignments are graded on a 0 to 4 scale and are multiplied by 0.01in the grade book.  They count, but do not affect the overall percentage much since they are considered practice.  Projects and labs will count more than daily assignments, but not nearly as much as quiz and test scores.    
Summative Assessments: 1st quarter: Astronomy, Atomic Theory, 2nd quarter: Minerals, Rocks, Plate Tectonics 3rd quarter: Weathering and Erosion, Geologic Time 4th quarter: Meteorology, Acids / Bases

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