Welcome to LBMS 8th Grade Science!

 You will find all of the necessary links that we will be using this year for our upcoming units on
 Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy under "Classroom Links" to the left! These are also great links when reviewing material for an upcoming assessment, projects or help with homework!
 Don't forget to check the homework page for updates!

Welcome to the 8th grade Science page! 

Hopefully, you have all had an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to our work together.  We have a very full year ahead in which we will work diligently on Safety in the classroom, Chemistry, Physics and finish up with Astronomy.

Instructional materials used this year:

Prentice Hall, Physical Science: Concepts in Action with Earth and Space Sci Wysession - Frank - Yancopoulos

We are scheduled to have our MCAS exam in May and will be reviewing three solid years prior to that (last MCAS was given in grade 5).  Whew!  Sounds like a great deal of work - but together, we can do it!

Communication between school and home is crucial to the success of our students.  Please feel free at any time to contact me. 
The most efficient way to contact me is via email at dcourtois@nrsd.net.  You can also phone me at:  (978) 365-4558.

I look forward to a wonderful year with you all!


Diane Courtois, Gr. 8 Science

January/February at a Glance:

Happy New Year!  We have returned from our holiday break refreshed and ready to learn! How quickly times passes in the 8th grade...

We are continuing our Chemistry unit by studying atomic structure and are now preparing to learn how to read the Periodic Table of Elements.  So many students see the poster on the wall and mention how they are so worried to try and comprehend its meaning.  It's going to be a piece of cake!  

We will soon realize that these funny, lengthy names are not to be feared - we can figure out a lot of information about these elements just by their location on the table.  This unit will end with a fun project of students making an assigned element into a superhero, based on all of its properties and then using our ELA writing skills to write a quick story of an adventure that the superhero will take.  This is going to be fun!
Next up: Balancing Chemical Equations