7th/8th grade Physical Science


Textbook: Physical Science

Authors: Thompson, McLaughlin, and Smith

Publisher: Glencoe



The middle school physical science curriculum will focus on basic physics and chemistry topics. Mathematics skills development will be stressed for calculating basic physics and chemistry equations. students will study basic physics concepts including measurement using the metric system, conversions between units, velocity, acceleration, force, gravity, and motion. Subsequent physics based units will discuss energy, work, temperature, heat, and simple machines such as levers and pulleys. Students will investigate light and sound waves, mirrors and lenses, electricity, and magnetism. Students will also learn about chemistry including the four stages of matter, atoms, molecules, the periodic table, and chemical bonding. We will learn about compounds, solutions, chemical reactions, and acids and bases.