8th Grade Students

Research Cruises
About Roger
R/V Roger Revelle

Welcome to 8th Grade Physical Science

Focus on Physical Science textbook

Interactions/CIPS textbook

Science Lab Notebook

8th Grade Syllabus

Science Lab Safety Contract

Live At-Sea Broadcasts

Field Trips

Photo Album

Classroom Technology

My name is Mrs. Debra Brice and I teach 8th grade Physical Science at San Marcos Middle School. I have created this site for my students to use as a resource along with the current science curriculum. On this site you will find everything you need to know about my class. In addition this site will help you keep up with activities, test and assignments, especially if you are absent from school. This site includes links to the textbooks we will be using. We will be using and learning a lot of new technology this year in our science class. Why is that important?  I thought this was science class not technology class?  Please watch the video: A Vision of  K-12 to see why.



This site will have all the links to not only your online textbooks and your Science Lab Notebook, it will also have Field trip dates (yes we have several scheduled already) as well as visitors and presentations such as a Plasma Lab by General Atomics. You will be using many of the resources posted on this site for research projects from videos, to photos and more. You will be using online tutorials to learn how to make videos of your labs for project and much more. You will be doing webquests, wikis, online journals, podcasts and video-conferencing, posting forums and doing many assignments online. You will be talking to and interviewing scientists from the other side of the country, the other side of the world, and in the middle of the ocean!  Welcome to the Digital Age!

We have an exciting year ahead of us. Physical science is fascinating and challenging (Physical science is Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy). We will be doing Flame test labs, Speed and acceleration Labs, bathymetric mapping of the seafloor using sonar and ARC/GIS software from NASA, Water collection and analysis from a research boat (yes, I will be taking you to sea for a day!), Visiting a Fusion reactor (if you don’t know what that is…..you will by the end of 8th grade! We will be visiting real science labs at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and talking with real scientists about what they do and why. Best of all, you will learn this year how science is an interesting and important part of your everyday life and, of course, answer the question every 8th grader wants to know:  “Why do we have to learn this stuff anyway?”
You can contact the students in Mrs. Brice's class at: debra.brice@smusd.org