Eighth Grade Science

Week of 12/7 Science:

This week we will continue Unit 2: Thermal Energy. We will define conduction, convection, and radiation and apply these terms to our unit so far. We will also begin our final project by the end of the week!

http://kidsdiscover.com/infographics/infographic-states-of-matter-for-kids/ (A resource on the states of matter)

https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics/thermodynamics/specific-heat-and-heat-transfer/v/thermal-conduction-convection-and-radiation (A resource on the three modes of thermal energy transfer)

Textbook resources: Students, please do not read this text yet! This resource is for review rather than exposition so that we can all investigate and explore together using the Scientific Method.



Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! The middle school curriculum is structured to assist you in transitioning to high school level science and to assure high achievement.  We will be exploring introductory physics and chemistry for the 8th grade year. Students will learn to understand force, energy, the elements, chemical reactions and the fundamental laws of our universe. 

Required Materials:

Glencoe Physical Science vol. 1 online: https://my.mheducation.com/login

      1. A pencil, pen and a red pen.
      2. A folder for handouts and returned homework.
      3. Loose paper.
      4. Your completed homework assignment.
      5. Science composition journal.
      6. A positive and supportive attitude!

Next Generation Science Standards:

This school offers a comprehensive, standards-based program of study.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the following overarching standards.  For a more detailed description of each content standard and the corresponding sub-standards please visit http://www.nextgenscience.org/

Life Science Concepts Covered in this Course


Homework is assigned regularly. Homework is due at the beginning of class on the day after the assignment is given. Missed homework can be turned in; however, students will not receive a full grade.  Any work that is greater than two weeks late will not be accepted.

Classroom Guidelines:

      • Work is completed on time. No folds, wrinkles, doodles, frayed edges, etc.
      • Homework questions are written, diagrams are drawn, and all work is shown.
      • All work is in pencil.
      • Follow all directions.
      • Ask questions!
      • Engage and work hard in class.
      • Utilize resources and time efficiently and properly.


Every day is important! Your success in this course is directly related to how often you are present. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get the work and notes that you missed. If you are at school during any portion of the school day, your homework for that day will be due and any scheduled quizzes or tests must be taken. It is your responsibility to come see me if you arrive late to school or leave early and miss my class period. 

If you miss the class the day before a test and return the day of the test, you will be expected to take the test as scheduled. If you have missed two or more days before a test and return the day of the test, come see me and we can make arrangements for you to take the test at a later date. 


Students earn their science grades by actively participating in class and completing class work, lab journals, homework, quizzes, projects, tests and semester exams. The grading system we will be following is based off of current research into student comprehension levels and how grades reflect their understanding. My hope is that these grades will be accurate predictors of a student’s true understanding of a given topic. Grades will be split into the following two categories: Major grades and Minor grades (rather than the typical tests, quizzes, homework, etc). Major grades are a direct assessment of an individual student’s comprehension. Minor grades assess the student’s ability to practice concepts individually or in small groups. 

    • 60% Major grades 
      • Ex) 100 pt Major grade: Exam 
      •       25 pt Major grade: Quiz 
    • 40% Minor grades 
      • Ex) 100 pt Minor grade: Project (individual or group) 
      •       25 pt Minor grade: 20-30 min homework 
      •       5 pt Minor grade: Notebooks, small activities 

Tests and Quizzes:

Students will be notified in advance of quizzes and tests. All graded tests and quizzes below passing will be sent home, reviewed by parents and signed before being returned to school. All tests and quizzes are to remain in students’ classroom portfolios, but can be reviewed by students at any time. 

Missed Work/Make-up Policy:

It is the student’s responsibility  to ask for make-up work when he/she has been absent from class. Students will receive the same amount of time absent to make-up work…for example; if they are absent 3 days, they will receive 3 days to turn in missed work.

Retake Policy: Any quiz or test can be retaken one time provided the following conditions are met:

      1. The retake must be scheduled immediately and completed within one week of the original test date.
      2. When about to take a retake, your test or quiz must include a parent signature.
      3. Any missing assignments specifically relevant to the tested material must be completed before the retake is done.