Earth Science Grading Policy
The Nine Weeks Grade
Objectives for each nine weeks grading period are based on specific science units. Evaluations and resulting grades are derived from a variety of sources.
Homework (Practice/Participation Grades) = 10%
- Homework – Regular homework is expected to be completed fully and on time. All homework assignments will be due at the beginning of class on the due date, any time after that and they will be counted as a zero (because we often go over the homework as a class). Homework assignments will only be excused at the discretion of the teacher.
Classwork (Minor Grades) = 40%
- Bellwork – At the beginning of class, students will answer questions based on preview and review. Students will submit bellwork responses on the last school day of the week. If absent on the last school day of the week, students may submit it the next school day.
- Classwork and Labs – Students will be required to complete all classwork within the time limits set by the teacher. Some classwork assignments will need to be completed at home and submitted by the end of school on the due date. Due dates will be set by the teacher.
- Projects – A research-oriented project will be due at the end of each grading period. The teacher will provide the topics and rubrics for the projects and students will have a choice of which one they would like to pursue each time.
- Three-Ringed Binder (not a grade, but important) – Students will need to use a three-ringed binder for their science work. Once a unit test is taken, materials from that unit may be removed from the binder and stored safely in the student’s classroom file.
- Classroom Behavior (not a grade, but important) – Students will be expected to participate in all class activities.
Quizzes and Unit Tests (Major Grades) = 50%
- Quizzes – Quizzes focus primarily on vocabulary. Students are expected to study the terms provided by the teacher regularly.
- Unit Tests – On average, unit tests cover two to three chapters from the textbook. Students are encouraged to come in for help (mornings, afternoons, etc.). Students are also encouraged to complete test corrections for missed items on unit tests. Test corrections award students with extra credit points (every 5 corrections = 1 point extra credit toward the unit test’s raw score).
Other Information to Consider
- Final Exam – A final exam will be given at the end of the semester. A student’s final exam is worth 20% of his or her final course grade. It will be taken seriously!
- Extra Credit – Individual extra credit opportunities will not be granted. Opportunities will be provided for the entire class to improve upon grades. It is important that you do all the work assigned and that you do it to the best of your ability!