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Title: Mountaineer Team 8th Grade Science

Mountaineer Team 8th Grade Science
  • Beth Roland

Instructor Background
  • I have taught at JFMS for 14 years and hold a
    Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from
    Lenoir-Rhyne College (or should I say
    University?) and I graduated Magna Cum Laud
  • I have a NC Middle Grades Science Certification
    from Appalachian State University
  • I am a Master Teacher with Intel Teach to the
  • I have twice been named Corning Educator of the
  • I am the current Technical Support Contact for
    Jacobs Fork
  • I have taught at the Catawba Science Center for 8
    years and continue to provide Science Outreach
  • I completed the River City project of Harvard
    University and hope to do so during this school
    year (Active Worlds based learning platform)
  • I am married and have two daughters Sydney- a
    rising 12th grader (LR Scholars Program) and
    Avery- a rising 4th grader
  • I enjoy reading, nature, and traveling with my
  • Most importantly, I love middle school students!

Major Units of Study
  • Hydrosphere
  • Chemical Composition of Matter
  • Evolution in Organisms and Landforms
  • Cell Theory
  • Microbiology
  • Scientific Inquiry

Necessary Student Materials
  • Composition Book
  • Large 3 ring Binder
  • 2 Divider sections
  • Loose-leaf Paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencils, Pencils, and more Pencils!

Grading Rubric
  • The 9 week student Science grade will be
    comprised of the following components
  • Classwork/Homework- Counts as one grade
  • Quizzes/Labs- Count as two grades
  • Projects/Tests-Count as three grades
  • Completed Journal- Counts as three grades

Journaling- The key to Grade Level Assessment
  • Each student will need to have a composition
    notebook that will be brought to class daily. All
    class notes, diagrams, graphic organizers,
    important vocabulary, and project research will
    be kept in one central location.
  • Students will respond daily to an essential
    question that will also be recorded in the
    Science Journal.
  • In preparation for the EOG, students and parents
    will review the journal nightly during the month
    of May.

Teaching Philosophy
  • I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do
    and I understand- Chinese Proverb
  • In order to make Science come alive and
  • ignite a passion for scientific inquiry, we must
    immerse students in an engaging and hands on
    approach to learning.
  • Cooperative Learning (pods) will be used
    throughout the year to facilitate a greater
    understanding of curriculum and foster a
    cooperative outlook on learning and peer

Parent/Teacher Communication
  • Please feel free to e-mail at any time
  • JFMS Phone Number
  • 704.462.1827
  • Teacher Web Site
  • http//

On-Line Textbook Access
  • Each student has access to their textbook
    on-line. Please access the following website
  • http//
  • User name bethroland
  • Password science
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