Welcome to Ms. Branton's Science Class
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
8th Grade Science
Semester 1: The FOSS Populations and Ecosystems Course explores ecosystems as the largest organizational unit of life on Earth, defined by its physical environment and the organisms that live in the physical environment. Students learn that every organism has a role to play in its ecosystem and has structures and behaviors that allow it to survive. Students raise populations of organisms to discover population dynamics and interactions over a range of conditions. They learn that food is the source of energy used by all life forms in all ecosystems to conduct life processes. Reproduction, including limiting factors, heredity and natural selection are explored as ways to understand both the similarity and the variation within and between species.
Semester 2: The Catastrophic Events Course explores study storms, winds, hurricanes, and tornadoes. They model the water cycle, the collision of air masses to visualize these effects. The students use data sets to predict the weather and make evidence-based claims. Students learn about gradual processes (erosion, deposition, plate motion, and fossilization) and catastrophic events (earthquakes, volcanoes) and how they contribute to changes on the earth’s surface.
You will sit in your seat and remain seated.
You will raise your hand to speak.
You will respect the teacher and students.
You will arrive on time, prepared with science materials.
You will follow directions and work on task.
Violation of these rules will result in a consequence as directed in the Woodrow Wilson student handbook: Warning 1, Warning 2, Teacher Detention and if necessary, Administrative Referral.
Required Materials (Please buy ASAP!! To be brought to class everyday):
Pencils and a 3 ring-binder pencil holder
1-1/2” Binder for work, loose leaf paper
Write your name clearly on the front of the binder, along with “Science” and “Ms. Branton”. If it is misplaced, it will be returned to my room.
Daily Learning Targets/Warm Up
Every day you are required to record the learning target and answer the warm up question, a review from the day before. Each week the warm up responses are graded and recorded as a classwork score.
If you are absent and have missed any assignments, it is your responsibility to come to me for the work.
Extra Help Night
Extra help is available Wednesday 2:45 – 3:10 or any day, afterschool from 2:45 – 3:00.
If assignments are turned in later than their assigned due date, half credit will be taken from the assignment. This includes missed deadlines because of unexcused absences. If an absence is excused, the student will receive full credit.
Students will have 60%: tests/quizzes, 30%: classwork, lab work, participation and 10%: homework.