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Grade 9 Academic Science 414
Grade 9 Academic Science
Welcome to Grade 9 Science
INSTRUCTOR:                                                                            OFFICE:  Rm 333
PREREQUISITE: Grade 8 Science                                             TEXTBOOK: Nelson Science Prespectives 9
GENERAL AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The goals and aims of this course are concurrent with those set in the Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10, 2008
The level of study is directed at developing practical and quantitative research tools in the students who may or may not be preparing for post-secondary education at Community college or for entrance into University.  With these objectives in mind the course of study and sequential course outline were designed.
TEACHING STRATEGIES:  Instructional methods will include Library research, expository teaching, computer simulations, smart board activities, laboratory activities, multi-media analysis, inductive and deductive learning, group work and student directed study.
Students will be expected to:
Interact harmoniously with each other and the environment (respect)
Be punctual, and be prepared
Complete assignments on time
Strive to maintain good citizenship
Display a level of maturity that is compatible with the level of the course
Units of Study and Corresponding Evaluation Pieces:
Evaluation Pieces
BIOLOGY:  Sustainable Ecosystems
Two tests, one laboratory report and /or assignment and portfolio work
CHEMISTRY:  Atoms, Elements, and Compounds
Two  tests, one laboratory report and/ or assignment and portfolio work
PHYSICS:   Characteristics of Electricity
Two tests, one laboratory report and /or assignment and portfolio work
EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE:  Study of the Universe
One test,  laboratory report and /or major assignment and portfolio work
NOTE: 1. Units sequence is not fixed
            2. Number of evaluations may vary due to time restrictions
Mark Breakdown:
70% Course Work Evaluations
Knowledge & Understanding                                          17.5%              
Communication                                                               17.5%
Applications                                                                    17.5%
Thinking & Investigation                                                 17.5%
(All four categories will be represented equally throughout the course)
30% Summative Evaluation
Written Exam                                                                  20%  
Portfolio                                                                          10%
Total                                                                             100%
The report card provides a record of the learning skills demonstrated by the students in every course in the following six categories listed in the table below. Separate evaluations and reporting of these learning skills will be assessed through out the course and will play a critical role in student achievement of the curriculum expectations. These assessments of the learning skills will not be considered in the determination of percentage grades.
·      completes and submits class work, homework, and assignments according to agreed-upon timelines
·      punctual
·      academic honesty
·      devises and follows a plan and process for completing work and tasks
·      establishes priorities and manages time to complete tasks and achieve goals
·      preparedness
Independent Work
·      uses class time appropriately to complete tasks
·      follows instructions with minimal supervision
·      responds positively to the ideas, opinions, values, and traditions of others
·      shares information, resources, and expertise
·      promotes critical thinking to solve problems and make decisions
·      encourages and motivates others
·      demonstrates the capacity for innovation and a willingness to take risks
·      demonstrates curiosity and interest in learning
·      actively participates in class
·      sets own individual goals and monitors progress towards achieving them
·      seeks clarification or assistance when needed
·      takes responsibility for and manages own behavior
·      stays on task
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