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Jacqueline Y. Moore-Willis9th grade Physical Science

Course Description

Freshman students in this course are introduced to the fundamentals of physical science which covers basic chemistry, earth science and an introduction to physics. The topics include but are not limited to: the Scientific Method, Measurement, Force and Motion, Matter, Chemical Composition, Chemical Equations and the changing planet. Projects integrating scientific principles, community resources, and technology highlight each unit.

Course Textbook

Holt Science Spectrum: A Physical Approach
Student copy of textbook should remain at home until the end of the trimester.

Course Overview

Unit One: Physics

Students will investigate, describe, analyze, and represent various types of motion, as they look for the application of these concepts in the real world. In addition, students will learn to describe the relationship between these quantities using mathematical statements, graphs, and motion maps.

Unit Two: Earth Systems

The students will investigate, describe and analyze the Earth as a system consisting of four major interacting components: geosphere (crust, mantle, and core), atmosphere (air), hydrosphere (water), and biosphere (the living part of Earth).

Course Assignments and grade value

% value
Video Summaries
Labs & Activities
Quizzes & Tests
Presentations & Projects
Final Exam

Missing assignments due to absences
All tests and quizzes must be made up within two academic coaching sessions after the student returns to school. Academic coaching sessions take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:50 to 10:40 between 1st. and 2nd. block classes. All other late assignments must be turned in during that same academic coaching session. Any assignments turned in after that time will lose 20% each day until the value drops to zero.

Academic Coaching Sessions
Tuesday and Thursday from 9:35 to 10:25 between 1st. and 2nd. block classes. This time has been set aside for students to seek additional academic assistance. Additional academic support will be available during the after school science tutoring sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 by appointment only.

Homework Assignments
Posted weekly online at and Moodle JWillisHFA . The access code for Moodle is "hfa"

Tardies and Absences
When reporting late to class, students should:
  • Enter classroom quietly
  • Sign the “Tardy Book”
  • If excused, give pass to teacher
  • Join in class activity as quickly as possible and with the least amount of interruption

When returning to school from an absence, students should:
  • Spend time during academic coaching sessions, coping the agenda and notes, turning in collected assignments, and making up any missed tests or quizzes.

Note: Students with excessive absences and /or tardies will be issued referrals.

Classroom Rules

· Be nice, work hard and turn in all assignments complete and on time

  • Report to class on time with all supplies
  • Never exit the classroom without permission and a signed planner

Grading Scale

Course Grade is based on the total number of points earned divided by the total number of points possible.

101%+ A+
90% - 100% A
89% - 80 % B
79% - 70 % C
69% - 60 % D
59% F

Course Materials

Composition Book (learning log)
Earbuds or headphones for ipad and Chromebook class assignments
Pens (blue or black ink pens only- Assignments submitted in RED ink are not accepted for credit)
Dry erase markers for white boards
Colored Pencils
Metric Ruler
Pocket folder with paper holder
Fine tip Markers
Flash drive (thumb drive)
Wireless notebook

Dates to remember

Parent Teachers Confer October 14th. & 16th.
Final Exam November 21st. 24th. & 25th.