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Meeting Rigor & Relevance Requirements in Science

Physical Science

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 Science Common Core Requirements

1. Ensuring wide reading from complex text that varies in length.

2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.

3. Emphasizing text-specific complex questions, and cognitively complex tasks, reinforce focus on the text and cultivate independence.

4. Emphasizing students supporting answers based upon evidence from the text.

5. Providing extensive research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

 Common Core: Text Complexity   

Common Core Writing & Literacy Correlations for Science

 

Practicing Science Literacy (PSL) and Close Reading

bulletScience Journals
bulletWrite summary of current event using PSL sheet   pdf
bulletPlease print out article and staple to your PSL sheet.

 

Unit Reflection

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Lab Reports

Use Google Drive and share report with me.

bulletTyped lab reports for formal labs using the complete format of Scientific Method.
bulletFont: 10 to 12 pt only.   Please use an easy to read font (i.e. Calibri, Times New Roman, or Ariel).
bulletDo not use slang in your reports.  Write using correct verbiage and punctuation.      Science Action Words
bulletProof read and always use SPELL CHECK before printing!

 

Student Portfolio

**ALL students turn in their Interactive Notebooks (INB) at the end of the semester for a portfolio requirement. 

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Students must maintain the table of contents for each unit and make sure  INB is a complete work without missing pages.

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One page typed reflection required for each unit in your Interactive Notebook (INB), see INB page for details.

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Parent signatures required for each unit of your INB.

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INB will be scored using a rubric.  You will get them back at the end of the school year.

 

Research Report 

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Read and research a science related topic using non-fiction, credible resources.       Science journals 

  1. The title page should be set up in APA format with your name, period, date, and title of book.
  2. An abstract is a very brief overview of the book, sort of like the review on the back of the book.  However, this needs to be in your own words, not copied from the back cover. 
  3. Think of the main body as a 5 paragraph essay. 
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Write a research report following the following guidelines: APA format   Owl Website   Sample APA format  Sample paper

bullet Papers should include four major sections: the Title Page (1 page), Abstract (1 page), Main Body (3-5 pages), and References (1 page) for a total of 6 to 8 pages.  Set it up in that exact order. Pictures do not count toward main body requirement of 3 to 5 pages.
bullet Typed, double spaced, 1 inch margins; Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial, 10 or 12 point font only. 
bulletIntroduction, supporting details, conclusion.
bulletTell what the book was about and how it is related to a field of science.  Tell what part interested you the most and why.
  • The reference page should have at least one citation (the book you are reading) in proper APA format.  If you reference any outside source it should be cited as well.
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    Example of in-text citation:

    This methodology stands in agreement with Stewart et al. who states, “ A science education should do more than instruct students with respect to the conclusions reached by scientists…science education should encourage students to develop both understandings about science as an intellectual activity and understandings of the products of science” (1992).

     

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    Report must contain works cited/resource page with a minimum of 3 different sources; Wikipedia does not count. Choose a mixture of journal articles, websites and books to use as your references.

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    APA format. Use works cited/resources in alphabetical order, example: Sample APA format.   Owl Website   Sample paper

    Sample entry based on example above:

    Stewart, J., Hafner, R., Johnson, S., & Finkel, E. (1992).  Science as model building: computers and high-school genetics.  Educational  Psychologist, 27(3), 317–336.

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    Typed, double spaced, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial, 10 or 12 point font. 

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    Proof read and use spell check prior to printing.

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    Follow APA format:  Papers should include four major sections: the Title Page (1 page), Abstract (1 page), Main Body (3-5 pages), and References (1 page) for a total of 6 to 8 pages.  Set it up in that exact order. Pictures do not count toward main body requirement of 3 to 5 pages.  

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    Rubric will be used to score paper. 

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    Refer to daily assignment page for due date

    Common mistakes found in student research papers:

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    Improper spacing and/or font size

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    Not citing quotations properly or at all

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    Resources are not referenced within text

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    You should type the sentence and then use author and date, i.e. (Adams, 2009). 

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    If author's name is already mentioned within the sentence then date is included in parenthesis, i.e. (2009) in the sentence.

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    Many threw in web addresses… not correct format.  See above.

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    If it’s not common knowledge, cite it.

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    Majority of writing not in students own words  
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    copy & paste without citing properly... this is plagiarism and will cause your paper to be rejected
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    Research was written in 1st person and should be written in 3rd person

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    Research paper should not contain personal opinions, only factual material based on evidence from research

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    Too many photos; photos cannot replace text requirement

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    Too short; does not meet page requirement

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    Resource page contained nothing more than web addresses, or citations not in alpha order

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    Not following APA Format

     

     

    Email ME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS

    Please include your name and period in all correspondence.

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    Last modified: December 27, 2014