Respect everyone. 

     Remember there are other humans in the classroom that also want to learn and a trying their best.  Allow them that time and space for learning. 


    Use your brain and try your best.   

    Spend time struggling and understanding science.  It may not come automatically, so be patient with yourself.  Your brain is wired to learn; you just need to train it. 


    Advocate for yourself.

    Let me know if and how I can help you.  Ask questions, post in our Team Chat, raise your hand, email me, send a Remind message.  Let me know as soon as you are aware of a problem and I can help you out.


    Be prepared. 


    Learning is tough, make it easier on yourself by bringing the right things to class.  It is expected that you bring your charged laptop to every class (and home with you for asynchronous).





    • Go to your assigned seat (it will be the same until further notice).
    • Be sure I am done wiping down the desks before putting down your stuff.
    • Be seated for the bell, so I can quickly take attendance.*


    • Sign in at the start time of class - if you are more than 5 minutes late, I may miss you for attendance.
    • It is very likely I will only need you online briefly and you can sign off to complete your assignment for the day.
    • There may be times I want you to stick around for directions or explanations.
    • There may be times you might want to stick around to ask a question.


    • Until further notice, all assignments can be accessed within the Teams App.
    • A checklist for the week will also be posted in our OneNote Class Notebook.
    • If you are physically in school, you can find the weekly list on the classroom whiteboard.
    • If you turn in an assignment by the pace date, you will receive extra credit; and for full credit, all assignments have a final due date of Sunday at 10pm. The pace date is to keep us all on track as we work through this course, so your work doesn't pile up on you. The weekly due date is an extended deadline in case there are extenuating circumstances.


    There are two situations where students will be allowed to remove their masks during my classes:

    • In the classroom: When all you are working independently or I am lecturing (no students talking or walking around) you will take a small mask break (up to 5 minutes). Students must remain seated and silent during mask breaks.
    • If we are outside: Again, no one is talking or moving around, and we are at least 6 feet apart from each other, masks may be removed.


    • This may not be done if anyone has a mask off in the room, because no one is allowed to leave their seat during a mask break.
    • This may not be done during any teacher lecture or during directions, but may be done during independent or group work.*
    • Only one person is allowed out at a time.
    • There is a sign out/sign in sheet on the filing cabinet near the door.


    • Our classroom has a soap dispenser at one of the back sinks.
    • Each classroom is equipped with hand sanitizer - ours is located at the front demonstration table.
    • You may wash your hands or use the sanitizer one at a time, at a time when it is appropriate to stand.*


    *If you are unsure if you are allowed to leave your seat, just raise your hand to ask!






    Exceeds criteria (+1)

    Meets criteria (1)

    Does not meet criteria (0)



    Every part of the assignment is complete.

    One question may have been left blank, skipped, or forgotten.

    More than one question is left blank, skipped, forgotten, or filled in with nonsense and/or graphs, conclusions, or sections of the assignment are incomplete.


    On time

    Assignment is turned in by pace date.

    Assignment is turned in by Sunday at 10pm.

    Assignment is not turned in by Sunday at 10pm.




    It is clear there is mastery understanding of the concepts in this assignment and/or 85-100% of questions are correct.

    It is clear there is good understanding of the concepts in this assignment and/or 55-85% of questions are correct.



    It is unclear that there is understanding of the concepts in this assignment and/or less than 55% of questions are correct.

                                                                                       "Meets criteria" is your goal

                                                                                        for 3/3 on the assignment.


    Each assignment is worth 3 total points.  Bonus points are added if the assignment "Exceeds criteria".  In order to get any extra credit, the assignment needs to "Meet criteria" in every category first.


    As we start this year, assignments may be corrected if a better grade is desired.  Extra credit will not be given on a corrected assignment.




    All assignments and activities will be graded based on the rubric above unless otherwise noted. The quarterly grade will be out of a total number of points, depending on the number of assignments.  If there are 30 assignments, that will be a total of 90 points.  Your points will be added up, and then divided by the total number to determine a percentage for your quarterly average.


    Because of the fluidity of the Covid situation, I cannot guarantee how many assignments, or how many points, we will have each quarter, but around 90-110 points is probably a good estimate.  As we get closer to the end of the quarter, I may be able to hone in on the exact number.



    Each week will consist of an Engage activity, Explore activity, and Explain activity, followed by a quiz.  We will also have ongoing activities that may last several weeks.


    • The Engage activity is an anchor question that requires a thoughtful response, usually through a verbal and written explanation of a student-drawn diagram.
    • Explore activities are Labs (simulators, examining graphs and maps, modeling through experiments) to explore the anchor question.
    • Explain activities may include: Filling in concept maps or taking notes based on readings or videos.
    • Quizzes will be approximately 10 multiple-choice questions.
    • Ongoing activities may be citizen science data collection, guest speakers, or community outreach, among other student-initiated ideas as the semester unfolds.





    Tentative dates

    Approximate time

    Intro to Earth Science

    Sept 14 - 25

    2 weeks

    Unit 1: Rocks and Minerals

    Sept 28 - Oct 16

    3 weeks

    Unit 2: Surface Processes

    Oct 19 - Nov 13

    4 weeks

    Unit 3: Plate Tectonics

    Nov 16 - Dec 22

    4 weeks

    Unit 4: Earth's History

    Jan 4 - Feb 5

    4 weeks

    Unit 5: Stellar Astronomy

    Feb 22 - Mar 19

    4 weeks

    Unit 6: Earth-Moon-Sun System

    Mar 22 - Apr 23

    4 weeks

    Unit 7: Weather

    Apr 26 - May 21

    4 weeks

    Unit 8: Climate

    May 24 - June 7

    2 weeks

    Unit 8: Climate

    May 24 - June 7

    2 weeks