Physical Science is the study of matter and energy.

All 8th grade students in Franklin County are required to take Physical Science, and are responsible for completing an end-of-course Standard of Learning test that covers all content taught this semester in addition to course content from 7th grade Life Science and 6th grade Earth and Space Science.
During this semester-long course, students will complete a variety of assignments, including projects, presentations, activities, and tests. The variety of assignments allows for a more well-rounded view of each student's knowledge. Grades are awarded based on students' completion and competency for each of these assignments.

Goals:

  • Students will utilize problem-solving skills to complete hands-on activities and conduct investigations. 
  • Students will utilize the scientific method and engineering design method to make logical inquiries and test those inquiries in controlled experiments. 
  • Students will determine appropriate use of technological resources for various activities.

Lab Safety Guidelines:

  • Always act in a responsible manner.
  • Ask questions.
  • Ask permission before you touch anything that does not belong to you.
  • Keep work areas clean and organized.
  • Wear personal protective equipment when necessary. This could include gloves, goggles, and/or lab coats.
  • Report any accident or hazardous condition to the teacher immediately. Examples include fire, spills, broken glass, injuries, etc.
  • Learn where safety equipment is located and how to use it.
  • Do not taste anything in the lab. 
  • Do not smell anything directly. Use the wafting technique.
  • Use care when handling glassware.
  • Use caution when handling heat or flame.
  • Leave classroom and work areas cleaner than you found them.
  • Do not remove anything from the lab without permission.

Classroom Etiquette:

The Gereau Center Student Handbook contains extremely useful information about the school that all students and parents should know. Please read this in its entirety to be aware of school expectations.

A few important guidelines:


Students, teachers, and school staff will treat people with respect at all times.
Students will arrive to class on time with appropriate materials.
Students will protect school equipment by keeping all food, drinks, and gum out of classrooms. A doctor's note is required for exceptions.Additional guidelines are found in the Gereau Center Student Handbook.


    Course Outline:

    Unit

    SOLs

    Scientific Investigation

    PS.1, PS.2

    Matter

    PS.1, PS.2, PS.3, PS.4, PS.5, PS.7

    Electricity and Magnets


    PS.1, PS.11

    Energy

    PS.1, PS.6, PS.7, PS.8, PS.9

    Forces and Motion

    PS.1, PS.10


    Materials:

    In order to be successful, you should come to class everyday prepared to learn. Your attitude directly affects your learning. You should also bring basic materials with you everyday. These include:
    • pen or pencil
    • paper in notebook or binder
    • earbuds/headphones*
    *We will be watching various videos and lessons on individual computers this semester. Please purchase a pair of earbuds or headphones for individual use. Dollar Tree sells earbuds for $1. These will be labeled and kept in the classroom for the semester. Please bring in your earbuds as soon as possible. If you have any issues with purchasing these, let your teacher know privately.



    Electronic devices are welcomed in the classroom. Students are able to use internet on smartphones or other devices. Laptops are also available for use during class time at the teacher's discretion. Please remember to read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy. When students log in to the Franklin County Public Schools network, even on personal devices, they agree to conform to the policy and use the internet for school use only.


    Assignments:

    Each unit includes several assignments that are used for student practice and monitoring student growth. A variety of assignments and activities are used to target an array of learning styles. Each unit also includes a culminating twenty-question common assessment. Additional assignments may be assigned to students who are unable to participate in class activities due to behavior or discipline concerns.