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8th grade syllabus

8th Grade Science Syllabus

Ms. Tammy Conyers

1st 6 weeks- Thinking like a scientist-

* scientific method

* data collection and evaluation

* STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO DO AN INDEPENDENT PROJECT/  and Read an AR

2nd 6 weeks-This Old House

* Uniformitarianism

* Reading Rock Formations

* Fossils

Read an AR

3rd 6 weeks- Where did that come from?-

* Genetics

* response to stimulus

* mitosis

* meiosis

 STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO DO AN INDEPENDENT PROJECT/and Read an AR

4th/5th  6 weeks- Decisions Decisions-

* Biomes

* Environmental impact

* Biogeochemical cycles

 * weather

*STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO DO AN INDEPENDENT PROJECT/ Read an AR

6th 6 weeks- Need for Speed-

*Kinetic energy and relation to mass and speed

* Test review activities

Read an AR

Notes

All time frames are approximate. Snow Days will be taken into account as well as special functions, testing, etc.

*Please note there are  projects to be done at home that will count as major project grades. Instructions will be sent 1-3 weeks before project is due.

*It is a requirement that students take one science AR test each 6 weeks. Point value does not matter. This counts as a 100 point test grade and it is very important that your child reads at least one.

*Supplies needed for class: Pencil, journal(“moo-cow”), color pencils or crayons or markers(8 count is fine), glue stick. Also loose leaf paper to be kept in room for turn in assignments.

*Students ask about extra credit at times- I do not give extra credit unless the student has at least attempted to do their regular class work. I do give extra credit for science AR tests taken beyond the one required each 6 weeks. The student can also do a poster over a topic that we are covering in class. I occasionally give extra credit for bringing in supplies needed for experiments, since we are on an extremely limited budget.

* Please be aware of the rules for rewards plus and discuss proper classroom behavior with your student. I have 5 children of my own and I expect them to behave and be respectful at school. I will expect no less from my students, and I am sure you feel the same. I look forward to working with your child this year and building a foundation in science that they will be able to expand on for the future.

*Classroom procedures are attached.

Please direct any questions to Tammy.conyers@powell.kyschools.us or call between 11:30 and 12:15 pm planning time.

Sincerely,

Ms. Tammy Conyers