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8th Grade Science Syllabus

Mrs. Tammi Shrout

Room 507



Course Materials:






Course Content:

This course will teach the 8th grade science next generation standards. This year students will learn about the following:

  • Mass, Speed & Kinetic Energy

  • Biodiversity

  • Global Warming

  • Human Impact

  • Reproduction and Inherited Traits

  • Genes and Mutations

  • Genetic Modification

  • Mutations, Adaptation, and Natural Selection

  • Evolution

  • Natural Hazards


Standards-Based Grading System:

Students will be graded strictly by mastery of the standards.  In the grade book a student may receive a 1, 2, or 3.  A score of 1 indicates a child has not mastered the standard and may need assistance, as well as, to complete separate assignments, practices, or retakes in order to demonstrate mastery. A score of 2 indicates a child is progressing on the standard and still needs assistance.  A score of 3 indicates the child has mastered the standard and will proceed to the next standard.  A score of 1 or 2 on any standard can be improved at any time during the nine-week period.  Your grades will come from your ability to demonstrate mastery of the eighth grade science learning targets based upon our unit assessments.

75% of your grade is based on achievement of specific learning targets demonstrated on unit tests.

25% of your grade is based on daily work, quizzes, daily assessments, homework & bell work.                     

1- 33.3%               2- 66.7%               3- 100%


Note: All retakes must be completed by the end of each quarter.




Student grades will be broken down into two categories:

75% of Quarter Grade: Standards based assessments

25% of Quarter Grade: Homework, Participation, In-Class Assignments, etc.


Homework: Homework will be on an as needed basis. Students must answer EVERY question to receive credit. Homework will be collected during class when the teacher asks for it during that class.  Students are not permitted to go to lockers or bring homework after class.  



Unit Study Guides:

For each unit, students will be required to complete a study guide.  LATE STUDY GUIDES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT.  However, they are still a requirement to retest.



Late Work:

All assignments MUST be turned in on their due date. LATE HOMEWORK IS NOT ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT. However, it is important to use the homework as practice for content and should be completed regardless of the grade.




Students may retest on any unit test.  Retests vary in format and may be multiple choice, short answer, extended response questions, etc.  In order to retest, students must:

1.   Have a completed Unit Study Guide and

2.   Have a completed Worksheet to Retest for each target they wish to retest on


Note: All retakes must be completed by the end of each quarter.



Make-Up Work:

Homework and Daily Assignments: In the case of an excused absence, check with me for make-up work.  Make-up work must be completed in the time allotted.


Quizzes/Exams: In the case of an excused absence on a quiz or exam day, the quiz/exam will be made up before, after, or during school on a specified date that you will arrange with me. If you know in advance when you will be absent, I can arrange a time for you to take the quiz or exam early.



Classroom Expectations:

Be Respectful!

Understand that we are all different; it is important to be kind and respectful to students, teachers, and visitors.

Be Responsible!

It is important to come on time and prepared for class every day.


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