Mrs. Wall's 8th Grade Physical Science Class
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Text: Physical Science. McDougal Littell © 2008
Course Description: The course topics for this course are as follows in the chart below. Detailed descriptions of the GPS standards along with helpful information can be found at http://www.georgiastandards.org.
First Nine Weeks
Nature/ structure of matter
Properties of matter
Law of conservation of matter
Second Nine Weeks
Kinetic & Potential Energy
Law of Conservation of Energy
Forms and Transformations of Energy
Conduction, Convection, and Radiation
Characteristic Properties of Waves
Behavior of Light Waves
Light & the Human Eye Sound
Third Nine Weeks
Velocity and Acceleration
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Currents & Magnets
Series and Parallel Circuits
Fourth Nine Weeks
Review Skills for the CRCT
Inquiry-based science labs
Supply List: 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder, 5 dividers, single-subject spiral notebook, pencils
Grading Policy: Summative assessment (Tests, Projects) =50%
Formative assessments (Classwork, Quizzes) =50%
Expectations and classroom operations: Students are expected to work diligently to master the subject material. In addition, students are expected to be respectful to others and property. Students will be expected to follow classroom and lab rules and procedures. Students should come to class prepared with materials including any assignments due. As students are given notification of due dates for assignments, all assignments should be turned in ON TIME. Any assignment not turned in will result in consequences until the assignment is completed. If a student is absent, it is the responsibility of the student to check with the teacher the day they return to school for all missed work. All make-up work, including tests, should be completed in a timely manner.
**This syllabus is tentative and is subject to change to best meet the needs of students.