Rising 5th grade power point

Liz Rushing

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Hi. I have uploaded some resources for you and your child that can be found in the resources section to the left. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. I hope all is well for you and yours.


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Your child will be receiving a course selection worksheet in our grade level assembly. This will help them to input their selections into the computer during course selection. Your child can make changes to said selections from home until March 3. You will receive a course verification letter from the high school after spring break at which time you can make any necessary changes.


In my experience pre-AP 8th grade Science is very difficult for kids who are not in pre-AP math (unless they are willing to learn the necessary math concepts outside of their regular math class). Here are a few things to know about 8th grade pre-AP Science:

  • Chemistry and Physics are both math intensive - we will do a lot of calculations, many using algebraic equations (must have a strong math sense, or be willing to work their tail off to get it)
  • Vocabulary quizzes DO NOT have a word bank – EVER!
  • If we label diagrams, they DO NOT have a word bank
  • Labs (especially in chemistry and physics) are going to have conclusions that will be written as paragraphs versus answering specific questions.  (7-9 sentences about variables, hypothesis, procedures, modifications)
  • We expect students to use all of their resources (notes, quizzes, labs, homework, and study guide) to prepare for the test – study guides are not verbatim test study resources
  • Tests are not on the memorization/regurgitation (knowledge level) of blooms.  We are going to be in the application level in several of the questions, whether multiple choice or short answer.
  • The pacing is fast – we move quickly!
  • The Pre-AP curriculum is on a deeper level than the Academic curriculum, we will cover more than the bare minimum and will expect students to perform at a high level than bare minimum

 

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