Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:
Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year! This year your student will study physical science. The general approach of this program is guided-inquiry, a process in which students do two lab investigations in each chapter. The labs will account for about 20% percent of the instructional time in science.
The physical science curriculum is not based on a single specific textbook--our curriculum is based on the Georgia Performance Standards for eighth grade science, and I will use a variety of materials as I teach the class this year. One of the resources I'll use this year is CPO Science, a program supported by a package of high quality equipment, technology components, a special web site (www.cposcience.com) and a variety of teacher's materials all designed to ensure success. Students work in small groups to complete investigations. They will experiment, discuss their observations, and share their findings through written reports and presentations. This cooperative approach to learning encourages team-building skills and prepares students for life beyond their school years.
Students will be highly motivated because they enjoy actively doing science, not just reading about it. Special materials and teaching components ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve.
see the "Standards" link above to learn more about the 8th grade
physical science standards that will guide our instruction this year. If you
have any questions concerning our science class or how you might get
involved, please call me at the school, or contact me by email at
Materials Needed for Class:
dress code Strict
adherence to the school dress
code will be enforced.