Course Outline

Course Outline:  8th Grade Physical Science


Course Objectives:

Ø The goal of this course is to assist students in becoming better problem solvers and independent thinkers, while studying physical science.  Students will complete a variety of inquiry based, cooperative learning experiences and will also develop the skills necessary to perform proficiently on the Science PSSA!


Student Expectations:
Students will be on time and prepared for class each day (bring their folder and something to write with)
Students will respect the teacher and other students!
Students will be safe and follow all directions and lab safety guidelines the first time they are given!
Students will be responsible for their learning! (This includes completeing all assignments, checking grades regularly, and participating and paying attention in class, as well as contacting instructor about missed assignments)


Grading Procedure:

Ø Grades will be determined on a total point system and include tests, quizzes, notebooks, homework, lab activities, and bell ringers, & projects
Ø Student tests will be kept on file to monitor academic progress



Topics of Study:

Scientific Thinking
Phases of Matter
Classification of Matter
Chemical Interactions
Simple Machines 
Life Science Review
Earth Science Review
Periodic Table of Elements


Contact Information:
Katie Rhoads-Wolfgang
Shikellamy Middle School


I am looking forward to having a very successful year!!! J