• Hello , welcome to RMS Science!

     The Physical Science Department at Riverwatch Middle School follows the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for both the 8th grade Physical Science Curriculum as well as the High School Physical Science Curriculum. These standards incorporate instruction for the following topics: Motion and Forces, Energy Transformation, Electricity and Magnetism, Nature of Matter, and Atomic Theory. Since Physical Science is a high school level course, all students will be required to take the GA Milestones EOC assessment in May, which will account for 20% of their overall grade.  Students will not take the GA Milestones for 8th grade Physical Science. Consequently, instruction is tailored to help prepare all students for the End of Course Assessment, while meeting the individual needs of both the on-level and advanced students. The course expectations and requirements are listed below. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any teacher on our team. He or she will be more than happy to assist.
     

    On-Level

    Advanced

    ·         General Science Knowledge: The first semester of Physical Science focuses on chemistry standards relating to atomic structure and the periodic table and then the second semester focuses on the physics content standards such as motion and forces, energy transformations, and electricity and magnetism.  Students are required to complete unit guides with essential questions and vocabulary review for each unit.  Students learn about calculations essential to physics and how to apply these calculations to real-world scenarios and answer questions based on their results.  Calculators are permitted in class and on the End of Course Milestones Assessment.

    ·         Application: Students participate in laboratory experiments and activities to illustrate and reinforce the content being discussed in each unit.  Students conduct the labs and analyze their results using physical science terms and vocabulary and should be able to discuss and justify their results in a written or oral format.  Activities are designed to allow students the opportunity to explore how physical science concepts can be found in their daily lives and how these concepts influence what happens around them every day. 

    ·         Writing: Students are required to write about their analysis of a problem or laboratory experiment using physical science vocabulary explaining their results and how these results apply to real-world situations. 

    ·         General Science Knowledge: Advanced students participate in discussions designed to encourage more higher-level thinking and problem solving and are required to go into more depth and detail when learning about Physical Science content and how the laws of Physical Science affect the world around them.  The content of the Advanced Course is identical to the On-Level course; however, advanced students are asked more in-depth questions and required to provide more analysis for topics discussed in class or problems given during class.  Calculators are permitted in class and on the End of Course Milestones Assessment.

    ·         Application: Students participate in laboratory experiments and activities to illustrate and reinforce the content being discussed in each unit. Advanced students are asked to provide more in-depth analysis of a laboratory experiment which helps them analyze real-world problems and apply physical science concepts to   possible solutions.  Students should be able to present their analysis in either a written or oral format.  Activities are designed to allow students the opportunity to explore how physical science concepts can be found in their daily lives and how these concepts influence what happens around them every day.  Advanced students are required to provide more in-depth analysis within each activity.

    ·         Writing: Students are required to write about their analysis of a problem or laboratory experiment using physical science vocabulary explaining their results and how these results apply to real-world situations

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     Quick Links

    8th Grade Science Team: 

    Chelsea Jacoby
    cjacoby@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    678-455-7311  Ext. 300426
     
    Brittney Osborne
     bosborne@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    678-455-7311  Ext. 300448
      
    Rabun Hunziker
     rhunziker@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    678-455-7311  Ext. 300478
     
    Deena Cook
    dcook@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    678-455-7311  Ext. 300432
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Last Modified on August 15, 2019