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8Th Grade Science Course

Teri Barenborg M.Ed
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(137)
This class is designed to teach all of the National Science Standards required for 8th graders. This is a class geared toward homeschool students that wish to learn the science concepts and vocabulary with the National Science Standards.

Class experience

US Grade 8
This class is taught in English.
Students will learn and review the middle school national science standards. They will also be presented with the potential high school and college science courses that are available to peak their interest in different scientific studies. 

Students will learn the Grade 8 National Science Standards

Matter: Review
MS-PS1-6 Matter and its Interactions

MS-PS2-5-Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

MS-PS3-1-5 Energy
MS-PS4-1-3 Waves

Molecules to Organisms: 
MS-LS1-1-8 Structures and Processes

MS-LS2-1-5 Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

MS-LS3-1-2  Inheritance and Variation of Traits

MS-ESS1-4 Earth's Place in the Universe

MS-ESS2-1-6 Earth's Systems
MS-ESS3-1-5 Earth and Human Activity

Engineering Design:
MS-ETS1-1 Engineering Design
MS-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
MS-ETS1-3 Engineering Design
MS-ETS1-4 Engineering Design
This course is meant for 8th graders and the sensitive topics will be treated with respect to scientific theory. Parents will also be given a heads-up on sensitive topics (usually by means of an email ahead of time). I have taught middle school science for many years and treat sensitive subjects very carefully and I stick to the standards without adding my own bias. 

I have bachelor's and master's degrees in education with a specific concentration and certification in middle school sciences. 
Homework Offered
Homework varies from lab sheets to projects to complete and depends on each learner's desire to extend their learning. Students will be offered videos, websites, games, and challenges as review assignments. Vocabulary supports will also be sent after class.
Assessments Offered
An optional benchmark test will be offered for students to take at the end of both semesters.
Grades Offered
I will send out a supply list before and during the first week of class and periodically throughout the class. The list generally includes common or low-cost items. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Science standards include some controversial topics. The teacher sends emails to parents about potential controversial topics before the topic is brought up in class. There are several review games and vocabulary supports that are sent out using Gimkit ( a review game), Blooket ( A review game), Quizlet (vocabulary practice) and Genially (review games). YouTube videos that are posted are all reviewed by the teacher before posting and are appropriate for the weekly topic and used as a review or preview of the standard that is being focused on for that week of the course.
ScienceSaurus A Student Handbook by Great Source (Green Cover) for grades 6-8. I have the 2002 Copyright version and purchased mine on Thriftbooks for a fraction of the price of a new book. It is not required, but is a great resource and I refer to it in class frequently. 

A notebook is HIGHLY suggested and I keep one as well and send out my pages of notes after class. I suggest that students copy and read the pages into their notebooks. I use a composition notebook and show students how to set it up the first day of class. 
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(137)
I teach S.T.E.A.M. classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to students in elementary and middle school. I can also teach pedagogy for parents as teachers so that they can learn more engaging ways to connect with their kids.

Group Class


1x per week
50 min

Completed by 25 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-14
3-13 learners per class

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