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Mrs.  Teresa  Wall
8th Grade Science/Soc. Stud.
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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


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


Simple Machines


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.