Kristen Horning

8th Grade Physical Science

Virtual Learning

Instructional Time: Tuesdays 10:00a - 11:30a
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:00p - 1:30p

*Please regularly check both GOOGLE CLASSROOM and the Calendar tab as well as check out the Files and Documents tab. GOOGLE CLASSROOM is where you will find all activities I will be posting as we enter our Virtual Learning experience. The Calendar tab will have all dates and will be updated regularly. The Files and Documents tab is where you find study guides and answer keys you can use to review what we learned this year and even the 2 mini units we had left.

All of our Class Notes can be watched Here

Einstein's Eagles YouTube Page

Study Guides and Important Papers:

You can access study guides under the "Files and Documents" tab to the right.

Review Vocabulary

Check out the Useful Links section of this webpage to access Quizlet Vocabulary Reviews for all our units!

Standards We've Covered This Year for REVIEW

PS.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations
PS.2 The student will investigate and understand the nature of matter. 
PS.3 The student will investigate and understand the modern and historical models of atomic structure.
PS.4 The student will investigate and understand the organization and use of the periodic table of elements to obtain information. 
PS.5 The student will investigate and understand changes in matter and the relationship of these changes to the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy. 
PS. 6 The student will investigate and understand forms of energy and how energy is transferred and transformed.
PS. 7 The student will investigate and understand temperature scales, heat, and thermal energy transfer. 
PS. 10 The student will investigate and understand the scientific principles of work, force, and motion. 

Standards We Still Need To Explore

PS.9 The student will investigate and understand the characteristics of transverse waves. 
PS. 11 The student will investigate and understand basic principles of electricity and magnetism.

Welcome to our Physical Science Class! Below you will find useful information about our class and remember you are always welcome to email me with any questions!

About Mrs. Horning:
Relocation brought my family of five to Northern Virginia when my husband concluded his military career and I was excited to be able continue teaching Middle School Science her in Virginia. The transient nature of military life afforded me a unique opportunity to teach in multiple states. This experience has been a tremendous asset giving me exposure to different science curriculums, state testing requirements, and teaching styles, which has in turn helped me become a better teacher. Additionally, I am certified for Middle Grade Science 6-8 and Elementary K-6 in Virginia. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Science with a minor in Biology and I also hold a Master of Arts in Education  K-8. My experiences include 11 years of teaching Middle Grades Science and 1 year teaching Elementary School. I am passionate about teaching science in a relatable, technology driven, hands-on way to engage all types of learners. I am excited to have an opportunity to share that passion with the students at Bull Run Middle School. 

Materials Needed For Class:
100 page Composition Notebook
3-5 Glue Sticks
2 Scotch Tape Rolls

Flipped Classroom Learning:
This year we are using a Flipped Classroom approach to many of our notes.
What does that mean? This means that students will be watching pre-recorded lessons on devices and filling in their notes.
What are the Benefits?  The teacher is free to offer individual assistance and check for understanding. This also means notes are available online for students from their homes when they need help or miss school. 

We will be using Class Dojo this year for Student Participation Feedback and Rewards.  Students will see real time updates on their effort and conduct. Parents also have access to view their students day to day conduct. Please take a moment to log onto and enter your personal Class Dojo code so you can join us and stay up to date. Class Dojo personal codes will be sent home within the first 2 weeks of school.

School Messenger will be used as well for communication with parents. Help for parents using School Messenger can be found below. 
School Messenger Help for Parents

Please note: You will receive a separate email alert for each calendar you choose to subscribe to.

Class Calendar:
Please check our class calendar regularly as it will be updated each week with important dates. 

Grading Updates:
Our class is using a Summative/Formative grading process this year.