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8thGrade Physical Science Honors



Course Description:

Honors Physical Science provides a conceptual foundation for high school Honors/AP courses, especially chemistry and physics. Laboratory experiments, demonstrations and investigations are an integral part of this course and laboratory skills and safety awareness will be regularly assessed. Instruction centers around inquiry-based learning and Honors students will regularly work independently from the teacher in order to achieve student autonomy as expected of advanced students. Higher-level thinking will be incorporated into each lesson as well as use of technology to increase student achievement.


You will be supplied with the following:


Digital Textbook: Foundations of Physical Science by Tsu Hou , Ph.D.     

A fully stocked lab

Great, responsible teaching and more!!!!


Please make sure you have the following:




Pen black or blue

Red checking pens

Black sharpie

Highlighters (3 colors)

Composition book (known as your “Science Log”)

Colored pencils, markers, 3x5 index cards


Grading Policy       

45% Test/Projects

30% Quizzes/Labs

20% Classwork

5% Homework


Grading Scale:

93-100% A          85-92% B            75-84% C



Writing assignments in your agenda, completing bell work and getting ready to work is mandatory.  Assignments for the week will be emailed to you as soon as the class lists are created. I will email any changes to the schedule as well. 


Make-up Work Policy-

If you are absent, please make arrangements to make up your work as soon as possible. Usually tests and quizzes are completed at 7:15 am before school in my class or during RTI.


8thGrade Physical Science Honors:

First Nine Weeks

PSCI.PS1: Matter 


Students will be able to:


1 – Develop models to explain changes of state for solids, liquids, gases, and plasma.


2 – Graph changes of state with variations in pressure, temperature, and volume of a gas.


3 – Investigate physical and chemical changes.


4 – Construct a timeline to trace development of the modern atomic theory to describe atomic particle properties and position. and characterize the difference between isotopes of an element.


5 – Interpret data and patterns from the periodic table to predict relative properties of elements, bonding characteristics and formulas.


6 – Calculate conservation of atoms and mass in balanced chemical equations and identify chemical reactions.


7 - Classify a substance as acidic, basic, or neutral and research and communicate explanations on how acid rain is created and its impact on the ecosystem


8 – Analyze data on the composition of atomic nuclei and energy released during fission, fusion, and radioactive decay and communicate scientific and technical information about nuclear energy and radioactive isotopes.