8th Grade Earth Science

8th Science

Mr. Clausen



Welcome! Earth Science is the study of the Earth and its neighbors in space. It is an exciting science with many interesting and practical applications. We will NOT always use our textbooks as the main source of information - be prepared to look for additional information on the internet, in the library, in newspapers, etc.


You can be successful in this class if you do the following:


  • follow instructions
  • keep organized (notebook & planner)
  • do daily assignments
  • always maintain a positive attitude


Course Sequence for Earth Science:


Pre-Unit:        Nature of Science

Unit 1:                        Exploring Earth

Unit 2:                        Geologic Changes

Unit 3:                        Weather and Climate

Unit 4:                        Water and Other Resources

Unit 5:                        Exploring the Universe




You will have many different types of assignments for this class.   If you are absent, you may make-up the work if the absence is excused. It is not the teacher's responsibility to remind you of your make-up work! When absent, the teacher may change or modify the assignment. Check the assignment board!


Late Work:


I do not accept late work. If there are individual circumstances that prevent a student from submitting their assignment on time, I will deal with that situation independently. Please come and speak with me privately if you have an issue with a late assignment.




Frequently . . . especially if it is believed that students are not doing the daily reading. So be prepared!




A test will be typically given at the end of each chapter or unit. If you miss a test and your absence is excused, you have one week outside of class to make it up. Failure to do so will result in a ZERO!!!!! Again, this is your responsibility, not the teacher's!


Notes, Labs & Journals:


Most activities / labs are difficult to make up and CANNOT be replicated. If you miss an experiment, you must make arrangements with the teacher to earn the missed points.


Notebook: You need to keep an organized notebook for this class. It will be checked on a regular basis for points.


A separate three ring binder is required just for this class.


Your notebook will include the following divisions:


(1)       assignment log or calendar

(2)       notes   (large spiral notebook)

(3)       journal (small spiral notebook)

(4)       handouts & lab

(5)       quizzes & tests

(6)       homework


Hopefully, this will keep you better organized. At times, you will be able to use your notebook for tests. It helps if everything is properly in order so you don't waste valuable time. Be prepared!!!


Extra Credit:


Extra credit is available so that a struggling student, who wants to be successful, has the opportunity to do so. Extra credit is also available so that high achieving students have an opportunity to do additional work so they can ensure their desired grade. Extra credit points will be offered MANY TIMES throughout the semester – take advantage when it is offered.


DO NOT ask for extra credit work to boost a deficient grade.


Grading Scale:


You will earn points in four categories, each of which forms a percentage of your grade.



Percentage of grade





Tests and Quizzes


Labs / Projects / Presentations


Classroom Conduct / Participation / Punctuality / Attendance / Journal / Notebook / Planner





Percentages                                                         Letter Grades


89.5 - 100                                                                A

79.5 - 89.4                                                                B

69.5 - 79.4                                                                C

60.0 - 69.4                                                                D

59.9 or below                                                           F


(+ and - are also given)


**Each day in class you earn 4 possible points. To earn the full 4 points, you must be present in class, on time, prepared, and an active participant. If you are absent, tardy, forget your textbook, off task, etc . . . . . you lose points. School sponsored absences will count as missed days.





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