Thinking Science 1-2
 Thinking Science 1-2 Syllabus
Randy Orr
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7:15 AM – 3 PM
Physical Science: Concepts in Action
Thinking Science is a year long course in which students will explore several different branches of science including: Environmental, Geology, Astronomy, Meteorology, Physics, and Chemistry by means of the scientific method. The information will be presented through various forms such as lecture, internet/technology, labs, and hands-on activities. All topics and assignments are aligned with the Arizona State Standards.
·      Pens, pencils, highlighters, colored pencils, and dry erase marker
·      3 ring binder, paper, composition book
·      Scientific Calculator  
Attendance is imperative toward student success in this class! Absences are the single biggest cause for student failure. Getting any make-up work and/or information given in class is the responsibility of the student. Please note that any student with 13 or more absences in each semester class, will automatically loose credit for that semester. Please refer to the district attendance policy for further details. 
Integrated Science Course Outline
1, 2, 3,  
Laboratory skills, Properties of Matter
4, 5, 6
Introduction to Chemistry, Periodic Table of Elements, and Bonding
11 and 12
Introduction to Physics: Forces and Motion
14 and 15
Physics: Work, Power, Simple Machines, and Energy
22, 23, 24
Earth Science: Interior, Surface Processes, and Climate
25 and 26
If time permits: Solar system and Exploring the Universe
  • I expect all of my students to ‘Keep on TRACK’ while on campus
    • Truth  Respect  Active participation  Cooperation  Keep trying!
  • Homework is due on the following day unless otherwise noted
  • Movies are sometimes used as an alternative source to present or reinforce information discussed in class. All of the movies chosen by the science department are rated PG-13 or below.  These films may be shown if time permits.
    • The Core
    • Dante’s Peak  
    • Planet Earth
 * Titles may be changed or omitted at instructor’s discretion
Below is a description of how your grade is broken down throughout the term:
Exams: (Most exams are worth 100 Points, but some will be less)
All Unit Exams follow a specific format. Unit Exams consist of many questions that are multiple choice and short answer. All exams meet the following standards…
  1. Each exam has a value of 100 points. (Some exams may be less depending on the content discussed)
  2. Exam retakes must be done during Learning Centers or other designated locations.  
  3. All students can retest. 
  4. The better of the two grades will be recorded.  Example: (5 out of 10 questions will equal a 50% - 9 out of 10 on a retake will equal 90%). 
  5. At the completion of the semester/term, all scores will be totaled and a grade will be assigned according to the standards of the grading scale.
 Coursework/ Quizzes: 
Aside from unit exams, twenty percent of the students’ final grade is based on assignments that have been completed and turned in on time. All assignments include…
  1. Written Quizzes  
  2. Vocabulary Exams
  3. Homework Assignments
  4. Unit Projects
Laboratory Experiments/ Reports: (Part of the Coursework/ Quizzes total grade)
Aside from unit exams, labs and projects are an important part of this course and grade.
Final Exams:   (10% of total grade)
At the completion of the course, a Final Exam will be given. This exam will cover all of the material presented throughout the term. Final Exams ARE NOT outcome based.
Grade Scale:
90 – 100            A                
80 – 89              B    
70 – 79              C                
69 - 59.5            D
59.4 and below   F