Hello! My name is Ellie Hodges and I will be teaching 8th grade science, 8th grade prep seminar, Science Olympiad and Natural Science this year. I am very much looking forward to my 12th year teaching at DeWitt Jr. High. I believe in teaching science through inquiry and one of my primary goals it to help my students improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
This website has been created as a resource for my 8th grade science students. I will provide handouts, resources such as videos and readings, review sheets and select assignments.
I also hope to improve communication with the parents of my students by sharing the objectives we are covering and some of the activities that are happening in my classroom. Additionally, the course calendar will show what we are working on each day, including dates for tests and quizzes at least a week in advance.
During the first week of school we will discuss my classroom policies and expectations as well as the objectives to be covered in our first unit. Both of these handouts will be passed out in class, but if they are lost students can print them from links below.
8th Grade Syllabus
Learning Targets for the Independent Research Project
Students will need to have a three ring binder for science class this year. If a student does not have one, one will be provided for them. A 1 1/2 inch - 2 inch binder with three dividers would be best. Students will not have a textbook so it is especially important that they keep handouts and notes from class together and well organized. Students may also find it beneficial to have their own set of colored pencils and a highlighter.
Additionally, Mrs. Hodges would greatly appreciate it if students could bring in a box of Kleenex to help keep our classroom stocked throughout the school year. Thank you!