Syllabus, Safety Contract and Supply List


th Grade Physical Science Class Syllabus




  • Formulate predictions, questions, or hypotheses based on observations
  • Design and conduct investigations
  • Write and follow clear step-by-step instructions
  • Analyze and interpret data (ex. graphs)
  • Communicate results of investigations, by creating an appropriate graphic representation
  • Perform measurements using appropriate scientific tools
  • Metric Measurement

History and Nature of Science

  • Identify important contributions to scientific innovations
  • Understand how science is a process for generating knowledge


  • Describe the interactions between human populations, natural hazards, and the environment
  • Develop viable solutions to a need or problem


  • Understand the basic principles of heredity
  • Explain the diversity, adaptations, and behavior of organisms


  • Understand physical and chemical properties of matter (ex. states of matter, periodic table, etc.)
  • Understand the relationship between force and motion (ex. Newton’s Laws of Motion) 

Supplies for Science 

Lined paper for journal entries and daily assignments throughout the year

Red pen or pencil

Pencil sharpener (I do not provide one in class.)

Calculator (nothing fancy, dollar store is fine)



Colored pencils

Glue sticks


Classroom Expectations


  1. BE PREPARED - Come to class with the following items every day!!!
      • Science Journal
      • Responsibility Card
      • Pencil with eraser
      • Lined paper
  2. Participation
      • Complete all assignments
      • Participate in your group and do your share of the work
      • Participate in class discussions
  3. Rules
      • NO talking without permission.
      • Follow directions the first time.
      • Stay in your assigned seat.
      • Be respectful of others.
      • If you don’t need it to learn, don’t bring it to class.
  4. Consequences
      • Warning
      • After School Detention/Parent Notification 
      • Administrative Action


  1. Students will receive approximately 50 points each quarter for a complete journal of notes, reflections, assignments and handouts during that quarter.
  2. Students are never excused from notes.  If absent, it is their responsibility to copy all notes from the teacher outside of class or from a responsible friend. 
  3. All test questions are taken from journals - so study, study, study.

Daily Science Reflections (DSR)

Reflections must be filled out every day.  They will be collected weekly, and checked periodically. 

Students will write the agenda and objective at the beginning of class and 2-3 complete sentences about what they have learned from the day’s lesson at the end of class.  They will also cite their sources.

Absence Policy

  • You have the same number of days you are absent to make up your work.
  • All make up work can be found in an organizer on the classroom counter.
  • After one week the old assignments are removed for the next week’s assignments and placed in the bottom drawer.

Late Work

  • Assignments must be turned in on time for full credit.
  • Late assignments will only be accepted by attending Z.A.P. and will be ½ credit.
  • If students do not attend Z.A.P., they are not eligible to turn in late work.
  • 2 zaps in one week equals one behavioral after school detention.
  • Zeroes Aren’t Permissible (ZAP) Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 3:40-4:15 PM  


Projects for the year may include (depending on budget, time, and student behavior):

  • Bridges
  • Egg Drop
  • Roller Coasters
  • Genetics PowerPoint
  • Water Bottle Rockets

One of the most common complaints I hear from parents is, “My child says they don’t have any homework.”  Although students may not receive a lot of worksheets to take home, DSRs should be completed daily and there is always something to study – i.e. notes and vocabulary for an upcoming test.  Please check the journal for upcoming tests and project due dates.