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2016 - 2017 Syllabus

8th Grade Science

Mr Lyford

 

A.        DESCRIPTION

Since the State Board of Education has voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this will be the first year at Malvern that the adopted frameworks will be instructed in the classroom.  Further understanding of the NGSS could be found at the website www.nextgenscience.org. 8th grade science is an integrated science course.  We will begin the year with Physical Science.  From August to January, we will be studying Motions, Forces, and Energy, Electricity and Magnetism, Sound and Light, and Astronomy. From February to May, we will be studying Earth Science and Life Science.  We wil be focusing specifically on the chapters of Geologic Time, Genetics, Modern Genetics, and Changes Over Time.    We have classroom copies and it is especially important for the students to keep notes and handouts during these studies.  The following dates are approximations, but they should help the students know what to expect, and to prepare for the learning, studying and reading.

 

 

 

B.        ORGANIZATION

 

You will be studying a chapter for two to three weeks followed by a unit test.  In between, we will have daily objectives.  The students are expected to enter the class and be ready to work.  There will be daily objectives posted on the dry/erase board.  Also, there will be a daily bell question that all students must complete.  There will be classroom lecture discussing the objectives.  Following lecture, the students will engage in the various activities: group activities, workbook and reading activities, internet, listening and quizzes, computer research, laboratory experiments, charts, graphs, and other miscellaneous activity relating to the objectives.  The 8th grade frameworks can be found at www.nextgenscience.org.

 

 

Chapter Tests = 100 pts

Quizzes = 20 to 60 pts 

Labs = 30 to 80 pts

Pre-Quizzes= 10 to 20 pts (corrections allowed to improve results)

LDC Projects= 100 pts

 

Notebooks should have all daily objectives, notes, sketches, diagrams that support the objectives, and a summary.   Questions will be based on recording content.

Grading Scale

  A = 90 - 100

B = 80 - 89

C = 70 - 79

D = 60 - 69

   F = below 60

C.        SCHEDULE

1.         FIRST NINE WEEKS

            a)         MOTION

            b)         FORCES

            c)         ELECTRICITY

2.         SECOND NINE WEEKS

            a)         USING ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM

            b)         ELECTRONICS

            c)         CHARACTERISTICS OF WAVES

            d)         SOUND & LIGHT

3.         THIRD NINE WEEKS

            a)         THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM

            b)         EXPLORING SPACE

            c)         HEREDITY

            

4.         FOURTH NINE WEEKS

            a)         GENETICS

            b)         MODERN GENETICS

            c)         GEOLOGIC TIME

            d)         CHANGES OVER TIME