8th Grade Science Syllabus

8th Grade Science Syllabus

Heather Hansen & Haley Berrier

Sevierville Middle School

Fall 2017-2018

Science - Grade 8

Contact Information:





  • Holt McDougal -Tennessee Holt Science & Technology

Required Supplies

  • Textbook and provided handouts; 2 pocket folder and 1 subject notebook or 3-ring binder with paper and chromebook

Course Overview

  • The class will provide the student an opportunity to learn various areas of science that include engineering and technology, biodiversity and change, chemical reactions, properties of matter and forces of nature.  This will be accomplished by:

    • Making pertinent connections among scientific concepts, associated mathematical principles, and skillful applications of reading, writing, listening, and speaking;

    • Recognizing that certain broad concepts/big ideas foster a comprehensive and scientifically-based picture of the world and are important across all fields of science;

    • Exploring scientific phenomena and building science knowledge and skills;

    • Identifying and asking appropriate questions that can be answered through scientific investigations;

    • Integrating science, mathematics, technology, and engineering design to solve problems and guide everyday decisions;

Course Standards/Objectives

Major Projects/Field Trips

  • Engineering Design Process (EDP) -- Students will experience the steps of the EDP by designing a raft prototype that will fulfill certain requirements and they will test their rafts and redesign them for improvement.

  • Students will be encouraged to participate in the County Science Fair, but it is not a requirement for 8th Grade.

  • Classification Poster

  • Construct an Atom

  • Create a Dichotomous Key

  • pH Scale Project

Grading (including testing and )

  • Per Sevier County Board of Education policy BP630A, grading will be uniform across all elementary grades.  In this class, daily grades will count as 67% of a student’s final average while test grades will count as 33%. Students who receive an excused absence are required to make up work missed in each class. Students who receive unexcused absences will not be allowed to make up daily missed work and the grade may be assessed as a zero (BP623). Student scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment (TCAP) Program’s grades three through eight shall comprise fifteen (15) percent of the student’s final grade in the spring semester in the subject areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, science and social studies. If these scores have not been returned by the end of school, grades will be assigned without including TCAP. Students and parents can have access at all times to current grading information via Gradebook Wizard.

Parental Access to Instructional Materials

  • Pursuant to Tennessee Code 49-6-7003, parents or guardians may request access to any teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom as well as any tests developed or graded by the teacher. In order to facilitate this request, parents/guardians are asked to submit a request for such review via letter, email, or phone conversation prior to an established meeting for said review.