6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Earth Science
Subject: Earth Science
Teacher: Mr. Shafer
School: Simpson Middle School
School number 734-535-6700 ex. 6731
My name is Daniel Shafer and I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I have been teaching in the Flat Rock School district for 20 years. I started as a substitute teacher in 1993 and started full time teaching in the fall of 94. I attended Eastern Michigan University and recievied my bachelors degree in education. While I was teaching in Flat Rock I returned to EMU and recieved a Masters in Educational Leadership. My love of teaching is as strong as ever. I have been teaching here at Simpson for the past four years. I am currently in my third year teaching Earth Science. I am very excited and am looking forward to a great year.
My expectations for Earth Science are high, as they should be. Every student needs to bring the proper materials to class to be successful. These items include: paper, pencil, planner,photo identification, and three ring binder specifically for science. My classroom has several rules that all students must follow. All students must be on time with all neccesary materials, listen to instructoins first time given, keep hands, feet, and objects to themselves, be respectful, and never put others down.
Each unit/chapter will have learning targets. Learning targets are posted at the front of each classroom so the students can see them. Learning targets tell the students what material they need to master for tests and final exams. Example: I can explain how latitude, oceans, and other factors affect the climate of a region.
Formative assignments/assessments are used to help students form new knowledge. This also helps the teacher decide which learning targets students need help mastering before a summative assignment/assesment. These assignments are practice and are not graded.
Summative assignments/assessments are graded and combined to become the students final grade.
Grading and how it is calculated
Summative categories below combine to become the students final grade.
1) Summative labs, projects, homework, and classwork is 35%
2)Tests and quizes are 35% All units/chapters will conclude with a test that is a summative report of which learning targets the students have/have not mastered.
3)Writing 30% These assignments/topics will be related to the learning targets.
6th Grade Earth Science Learning Targets
Chapter 4: Rocks
- Students will be able to distinguish between a rock and a mineral and also describe the rock cycle.
- Students will be able to recognize magma and lava as the materials that cool to form igneous rocks.
- Students will be able to contrast the formation of intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks.
- Students will be able to contrast granitic and basaltic igneous rocks.
- Students will be able to describe the conditions in Earth that cause metamorphic rock to form and classify rocks as foliated and and nonfoliated.
Chapter 7: Weathering and soil
- Students will be able to explain how mechanical weathering and chemical weathering differ.
- Students will be able to describe how weathering affects Earths surface and how climate affects weathering.
- Students will be able to explain how soil forms and its characterists.
- Students will be able to describe factors that affect the development of soil.
- Students will be able to explain why soil is important.
- Students will be able to describe soil erosion.
Chapter 10: Plate Tectonics
- Students will be able to describe the hypothesis of continental drift and evidence supporting it.
- Students will be able to explain sea floor spreading.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast different types of plate boundaries.
- Students will explain how heat inside Earth causes plate tectonics.
7th grade Earth Science Learning Targets
Chapter 15 Atmosphere
- Students will be able to identify the gasses in the Earths atmoshere and its structure.
- Students will be able to describe what happens to the energy Earth recieves from the sun.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast radiation, conduction, and convection.
- Students will be able to explain the water cycle.
- Students will be able to explain why earth recieves different ammounts of solar energy.
- Students will be able to describe the Coriolis effect.
Chapter 16 Weather
- Students will be able to explain how solar heating and water vapor in the atmosphere affect weather.
- Students will be able to describe how clouds form and how rain, hail, sleet, and snow develop.
- Students will be able to describe how weather is associated with fronts and high and low pressure areas.
- Students will be able to explain how tornadoes develop from thunderstorms and the dangers of severe weather.
- Students will be able to expalain how data are collected for weather maps and the symbols used in a weather station model.
Chapter 17 Climate
- Students can describe what determines climate
- Students can explain how lattitude, oceans, and other factors affect the climate of a region
- Students can describe a climate classification system
- Students can explain how organisms adapt to particular climates
- Students can explain what causes seasons
- Students can describe how El Nino affects climate
- Students can explain possible causes of climate change
Chapter 18 Ocean Motion
- Students can identify the origin of the water in Earth's oceans
- Students can explain how dissolved salts and other substances get into seawater
- Students can descibe the composition of seawater
- Studens can explain how winds and the Coriolis effect influence surface currents
- Students can discuss the temperature of coastal waters
- Students can describe density currents
- Students can descibe wave formation
- Students can distinguish between the movement of water particles in a wave and the movement of the wave
- Students can explain how ocean tides form
8th Grade Earth Science Learning Targets
Chapter 19 Oceanography
- Students can differentiate between a continental shelf and a continental slope
- Students can describe a mid-ocean ridge, an abyssal plain, and an ocean trench
- Students can identify the mineral resources found on the continental shelf and in the deep ocean
- students will be able to list five types of ocean pollution
- Students can explain how ocean pollution affects the entire world
- Students can describe how ocean pollution can be controlled
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