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Welcome & Classroom Information

  • Course:            Physical Science, Grade 8      2019/2020

    Teacher:          Sarah Scott, Room F1

     

    Google Classroom Codes:     

     

    • Period 1: jnrqfh
    • Period 2: xl3dr7y
    • Period 4: 8zlze6
    • Period 5: xs5blm
    • Period 6: g9nkjs

     

    Course Outline:

     

    Unit 1. Understanding Matter

    Atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures, states of matter, changes in matter, particle motion and thermal energy, conservation of mass

     

    Chapter 1A – Describing Matter                                (CPO chapter 3.1)

    Chapter 11 – Thermal Energy and Heat of particles  (CPO chapter 3.2)

    Chapter 2 – Solids, Liquids, Gases                             (CPO chapters 4/5)

    Chapter 3 – Elements and Periodic Table                  (CPO chapters 6/7)

    Chapter 4 – Atoms and Bonding                                (CPO chapter 8)

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    Unit 2. Interactions of Matter

    Density, mass, volume, chemical and physical changes, properties of a substance before and after substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction occurred, how synthetic materials impact society

     

    Chapter 1B – Measuring Matter/Changes in Matter  (CPO chapter 1,3,4)

    Chapter 5 – Chemical Reactions                                (CPO chapter 10)

    Chapter 6 – Acids, Bases, Solutions                           (CPO chapter 9)

    Synthetic Materials                                         NEW NGSS STANDARD

     

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    Unit 3. Energy and Motion

    Newton’s First, Second, and Third Laws of Motion (motion of two colliding objects and the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object), electromagnetic fields, gravitational interactions, relationship between kinetic energy and the mass of an object, potential energy.

     

    Chapter 7 – Motion                                                     (CPO chapter 12)

    Chapter 8 – Forces                                                      (CPO chapters 13/14)

    Chapter 10 – Mechanical Energy (kinetic/potential)        (CPO chapter 3.2)

    Chapter 16 – Electricity                                                NEW NGSS STANDARD

    Chapter 17 – Magnetism                                              NEW NGSS STANDARD

     

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    Unit 4. Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

    Amplitude and energy of waves, waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials, digitized signals vs. analog signals

    Chapter 12 – Characteristics of Waves          NEW NGSS STANDARD

    Chapter 13 – Sound                                    NEW NGSS STANDARD

    Chapter 14 – Electromagnetic Waves            NEW NGSS STANDARD

    Chapter 15 – Light                                       NEW NGSS STANDARD

    Roller Coaster Project (Forces and Motion)

    Review for CAST science exam (state testing)

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    CPO chapters not covered due to changes in standards are:

    Chapter 11 – Biochemistry – moved to 7th grade

    Chapters 15, 16, and 17 – Astronomy – moved to 6th grade

     

     

    CA Science Standards:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/sciencestnd.pdf

    Next Generation Science Standards:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/ngssstandards.asp

     

    Grading Scale/Q Parent Connect:  (Grades are calculated as per District recommendations)

     

    A – 90% to 100%       B – 80% - 89%           C – 70% - 79%           D – 60% - 69%      F – 0% - 59%

     

    Grading Scale Weights:

    Tests – 50% of total grade

    Projects/Labs/Quizzes – 40% of total grade

    Homework/Participation – 10% of total grade

     

    Parents should monitor their student’s progress through Q Parent Connect weekly.  A password is required to access the grading system, and is available in the office.

     

    Teacher Communication:  email is the preferred method of communication:  sascott@pleasantvalleysd.org

    My google class website will be updated weekly with homework assignments, quiz and test dates, project due dates, and other important school information. 

     

    Assignments may also be sent out through Google Classroom.

     

    Recommended Supplies:  folder, notebook, pencils and erasers, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors, glue sticks…CALCULATOR – students are allowed to use a calculator for all exams and quizzes in science, but NOT the calculator on their cell phone.  Students may use the calculator on their chromebook.

                                                   

    Homework Policy:   Class time will be given for all assignments.  Unfinished classwork must be taken home and completed at home and turned in the next day. Work submitted electronically will be graded and returned electronically.  Partial credit might be given for late assignments at teacher discretion. Homework without names will be posted, and it is the student’s responsibility to check if they did not receive their homework back from the teacher.  Unclaimed papers will be thrown away at the end of every quarter. 

     

    Students with excused absences will have the same number of days to make-up any missed assignments and/or tests.  It is the student’s responsibility to collect and complete their missing homework assignments from their teachers.

     

    Test Correction Policy:

    Tests and quizzes are open book/open note.  However, science tests with a grade of 69% and below may be corrected for a new grade to be recorded.  Students will receive half-credit for every corrected answer, not to exceed a 70%.  Corrections must include: writing each missed question out with the correct answer by hand.

    Students should always do their best work on each test and not depend on being able to correct to improve their grade. 

    • Students who study and do well on their tests the first time benefit as they will not be surpassed by students who may rely on corrections.  At the same time, students who receive a grade 69% or below on a test will benefit from the opportunity to correct their mistakes, re-learn material, and improve their grade. 

     

    Classroom Expectations:

    1. Please be in your seat when the bell rings. You will be marked tardy if you are not physically sitting in your seat by the time the bell stops ringing
    2. Please be on task at all times
    3. Please keep all food, drinks, and gum out of the classroom (water must be in a clear bottle and is allowed only on non-lab days).
    4. Please be respectful of all learners
    5. Please use appropriate behavior at all times.

     

    All other school wide policies will be enforced in the classroom.

    DO NOT BRING GUM, FOOD, OR DRINKS IN THE ROOM OR LAB.  WATER IS ALLOWED IN A CLEAR BOTTLE, BUT ONLY ON NON-LAB DAYS.  YOU MAY NOT USE CELL PHONES DURING CLASS TIME UNLESS YOU HAVE TEACHER PERMISSION.

     

     

    Consequences:  Citizenship Book Procedures

    When a rule has been broken, student will write her/his name in the Citizenship Book (after a verbal warning,) write what s/he was doing, and write what s/he should have been doing.

     

    • Verbal warning
    • Name on the Please Stay board and students will stay after class to have a quick discussion about their behavior – no further consequence (consider this a written warning.)
    • Name on the Please Stay board two times –parents emailed and/or called
    • Name on the Please Stay board three times – afterschool detention, office referral and begin progressive discipline, and parents called.
    • Severe actions beyond acceptable will lead to immediate removal from class and may be cause for suspension.

     

    • Labs: WORKING IN A LAB IS A PRIVILEGE! THERE WILL BE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR MISBEHAVIOR AND/OR GOOFING OFF IN THE CLASSROOM, PARTICULARLY DURING A LAB.  STUDENT WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE LAB, AND/OR CLASSROOM IF BEHAVIOR WARRANTS REMOVAL, AND RECEIVE A ZERO SCORE ON THE LAB.  STUDENT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE UP THE LAB.

     

    Please see Science Laboratory Behavior and Safety Contract for more information.

     

     

    Rewards: The good stuff

     

    • Fun!
    • We’ll have a productive, more relaxed environment
    • High citizenship marks

     

     

     

    Movies shown in classroom throughout the year:

     

    Crash Course Chemistry and Crash Course Physics on YouTube

    Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Absolute Zero by NOVA, not rated

    The Science of Measurement: Taking Measure of the World by Athena, not rated

    The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements by PBS, not rated

    Hunting the Elements by PBS, not rated

    Einstein’s Big Idea by NOVA, not rated

    Tesla, Master of Lightning by PBS, not rated

    Disney Imagineering: Electricity by Disney Educational Productions, not rated

    Disney Imagineering: Magnetism by Disney Educational Productions, not rated

    Disney Imagineering: Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion by Disney Educational Productions, not rated