Week of June 8, 2020

Th: 6/11/20
Graduation! smiley

W: 6/10/20
 Please see your very last science assignment in your GC.  

T: 6/9/20
Make sure your description of one of the chemical reactions is turned in by today.  

M: 6/8/20
We didn’t get to my FAVORITE topic this year. There were a lot of experiments and demos that just couldn’t happen in person. I found this video produced by a school in Greece that was pretty cool to watch, and in some cases, not something we could have safely done in our lab anyway. 

After viewing the 11 Fascinating Chemistry Experiments (Compilation) video, please pick one of the eleven chemical reactions and describe it as fully as possible. This includes trying to write out the chemical equation both in words and symbols. I encourage you to flip through topic 9 for anything that will help you. Most of the demonstrations also include pertinent information directly in the video. You have today and tomorrow to complete this. 

Week of June 1, 2020

F: 6/5/20
Continue EOY Assessement.

Th: 6/4/20
I am assigning the End-of-the-Year exam.  You took the beginning of the year one, and despite not getting through nearly as much as intended for reasons out of everyone's control, I'd like to see what the data says.  So I'd like you to do your best.  It 100% doesn't matter what you get on it; I am not going to look at individual scores, only overall data analysis.  But I'd like you to give it your best shot, if you guess, do so by process of elimination and not by blindly selecting an answer.  Please don't look up the answers.  The point is to see overall if 8th graders know it or not.  You will be given a completion grade when you submit.  You have today and tomorrow to get it done.  I have to post your grades Friday afternoon.  

W: 6/3/20
Today complete the vocabulary page that accompanies the article you read yesterday, Should You Get a Day Off for Activism?

T: 6/2/20
I've been debating on what to do the rest of the time we have together.  We haven't done anything in the Choices magazine since we were physically in school.  I looked at the topics and the one I am assigning today is directly related to what is currently going on.  Publishers prepare articles for the school year well in advance, and obvously could not have predicted what has happened in the last couple months.  But I think if we were in school right now, this is a topic we'd be discussing. 

Please read the article in the May, 2020 issue, "Should You Get a Day Off for Activism?" In Fairfax, Virginia, students get one excused absence peryear for “civic engagement.” Is missing school for activisma good idea? Two Choices advisers weigh in.

If you forgot, the log in for Choices is: msahealth1920 **This is still being assigned under your science GC, NOT health. 

M: 6/1/20
Things are pretty heavy today.  CPS said remote learning must continue despite what is going on around us.  You need to take your test, rather, you need a test grade.  Consider it taken.  Stay safe today.  

Week of May 25, 2020

F: 5/29/20
Compare your chapter review answers to the ones I posted and then please complete the Quest Findings: Reflect on the Culinary Disaster-Dessert Disaster.  

Th: 5/28/20
Today after you take the 8.5 quiz, complete the topic 8 chapter review digitally.  I will post the answers tomorrow and you can check your own work.  You will be having your last test in science on Monday.   

W: 5/27/20
To further explore acids and bases please do the following today:

  1. Complete the Lab Interactivity: Properties and Uses of Acids and Bases in which you will understand the pH scale and the interactions between acids, bases, and neutralizers. 
  2. Then work through the Lab Interactivity: Acid Rain.  You will learn the effects of acids in the environment.

I posted my notes and the answers to the lesson check on GC.  

T: 5/26/20
Watch the video: Baking Soda and Vinegar React and then read, take notes and fill in the workbook, including the lesson check for lesson 8-5 (pages 379-384).  The BrainPop on Friday covered much of this information so today should be a piece of cake.  I'll post my own notes and the answers to the lesson check either later today or tomorrow morning so you can correct your own work.  Complete the lesson check digitally though so I can mark you complete.  

**Pearson the company has changed its name on some of its platforms to SAVVAS.  I think that is why it was so glitchy last week, they were switching everything over.  Great timing, I know.  So some things may say Pearson, others SAVVAS, I am not sure which is which and when, just try to go with the flow. ***

M: 5/25/20
Memorial Day

Week of  May 18, 2020

F: 5/15/20
In the Vinegar Test lab, you learned that chemical properties are useful for identifying substances. One chemical property is how a substance reacts with vinegar. Vinegar is a dilute solution of acetic acid. As an acid, it will react with any base.  In lesson 5 you will learn about the properties of acids and bases and what happens when they interact. Watch the BrainPop Acids and Bases video and complete the quiz and challenge. 

Th: 5/21/20
Begin by completing the Quest Check-In The Vinegar Test and then complete the lesson quiz.  Pearson appears to have fixed the grading program and it should work properly.  

W: 5/20/20
Review what you have learned by completing the Interactivity: Chemical Bonding.  You will apply bonding methods of molecules to make compounds.  Then complete the Virtual Lab: Protect the Helpers!  You will test the properties of polymers while they engineer a firefighter's helmet. Make sure you fill in all six (6) pages of the lab notebook before submitting.  

T: 5/19/20
Go to your BrainPop dashboard and watch the Chemical Bonds movie.  Then complete the video quiz, worksheet and read the related readings.  I posted my handwritten notes on GC.  They have many of the workbook answers embedded as well as the answers to the lesson check so you can check your work. 

M: 5/18/20
Today watch the video: What Makes Water Unique? and then read, take notes and fill in the workbook on lesson 8.4 Types of Bonds (pages 368-376).  I will post answers to some of the workbook pages, including the lesson check on page 377 (complete 1,2 and 4 digitally, draw 3 and 5 in your workbook) tomorrow so you can check your work.  A big hint to remember is in an ionic bond it is a metal bonding with a nonmetal, and in a covalent bond it is nonmetal/nonmetal.

Week of May 4, 2020

F: 5/15/20
Pearson's grading feature is not working at the moment and I am unable to grade the quiz you took Wednesday, nor do I trust that answers were recorded correctly.  I have made a google form quiz for lesson 8.3 and we'll try it out this way.  Some of the questions are the same, others are what you typically would see on one of my quizzes. They're all multiple choice.  Please complete that and then you are done for the day.  Have a nice weekend!

Th: 5/14/20
In order to understand how atoms bond together you must first understand what an ion is, and how they form.  Watch: What are Ions?(The Science Classroom 8:45) and *really* pay attention to the explanation.  Then work through the Interactivity: Building an Ionic Compound.  A good rule to remember is that in ionic compounds, it is always a metal bonding with a nonmetal.  

W: 5/13/20
Complete the 8.3 quiz and then the Quest Check-In Interactivity: The Iodine Test for Starch.  Physical properties alone are often insufficient for identifying chemicals. Chemical properties are much more specific. One such property is how a substance reacts with other substances, such as water and iodine.  You will see the results for various powders and then analyze an iodine starch test. 

T: 5/12/20
Today watch these two videos: Metals, Nonmetals & Metalloids--And your smartphone (Ysci 4:05)  Metallic Bonding and the Properties of Metal (The Science Classroom 3:39).  They will help explain what you have been learning about. 

Then complete the Interactivity: Transferring Energy through Bonding. You will learn how structure and bonds affect properties.

M: 5/11/20
Read, take notes and fill in the workbook for lesson 8.3 Bonding and the Periodic Table.  Then complete the lesson check google doc I have provided.  

Week of May 4, 2020

F: 5/8/20
You learned that groups of elements (up/down, columns) all have similar properties.  The reason they do is because of how their electrons are configured into "shells".  Even though we know the electrons orbit in a cloud, we can predict which energy level they generally are in.  The electrons on the outermost shell are called valence electrons.  They are the only ones that interact with other atoms.  That's where the chemical reactions/bonds come from.  Watch the assigned video Modeling and Atom first and then complete the Interactivity: Valence Electrons.

Th: 5/7/20
Let's take a break from Chemistry today.  Log onto Science World and read the 4/13/20 issue and complete the News Quiz in GC.  

W: 5/6/20
Complete the 8.2 quiz and the Quest Check-In Interactivity Examing Physical Properties of Powders where you will learn about some of the physical and chemical properties of substances..  You may have done a similar mystery powder lab when you were in a lower grade.  I also would like you to watch the video highlighting artists.  The video features an artist scientist discussing the relationship of art and science and her artistic work on the periodic table.

T: 5/5/20
Log into your BrainPop account. Find the Periodic Table of Elements assignment and complete.  

**DO NOT create a new one if you forgot your password.  You will need to reset it.  All of you work is linked to your ONE profile.**

M: 5/4/20
Columns going up and down on the periodic table are called groups.  They are also sometimes called families because they all have something in common: properties.  Complete the Interactivity: Groups of Elements where you will learn differences in elemental groups and how they contribute to matter.

**You will need to refer back to the periodic table on pages 350-351 frequently.  I'd put a post it to hold the page so you can flip back easily. 

Week of April 27, 2020

F: 5/1/20
Complete the Interactivity: Interactive Periodic Table.  You will explore an interactive periodic table to learn about the properties of elements and the patterns in their arrangement.  The worksheet has been assigned, and will be graded.  

Th: 4/30/20
Lesson 8.2 describes how the modern periodic table came to be.  We organize time on a calendar.  Just like months and weeks have things in common so do elements and they can be arranged in a similar way.  Scientists used various organizational methods to arrange elements in different ways.  Dmitri Mendeleev created our current periodic table.  Read the lesson (eText or pages 346-356), watch the assigned video as well as this one, take notes and fill in the workbook.  When done with that, complete the 8.2 lesson check.  

I know and you know I am not going to be checking to see if you have taken good notes.  But I promise you that if you don't, you will have a hard time understanding much of what is to come and will be at a disadvantage when you take Chemistry I in high school.  I really wish we were in school for this chapter, it is my favorite to teach and sets the foundation for chemistry.  Now is really a time to appreciate that learning is important, more important than grades.  

W: 4/29/20
To wrap up this lesson, complete the 8.1 quiz and then work on the Case Study: Unlocking the Power of the Atom where you will analyze the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power and construct your own opinion as to whether it should be used as an energy source. 

T: 4/28/20

To reinforce what you learned yesterday about patterns of reproduction complete the following:

  1. View the video: Isotopes of Hydrogen.
  2. Complete the Interactivity: Build an Atom you will learn about the structure of the modern atomic model, and to identify an atom based on its atomic number. (I think you did this a looooong time ago.  Work through it again as a refresher.)
  3. Complete the the Interactivity: Models of Atoms you will learn how atoms make matter.

***Pearson was a little glitchy yesterday.  If the platform doesn't respond or doesn't act like it usually does, you may need to go back to it later.  They are experiencing very high volumes of people using it and are experiencing some growing pains.  

M: 4/27/20
We are going to go back where we left off back in March to Topic 8: Atoms and the Periodic Table. Complete the Quest Kick-Off: How can you use chemistry to solve a culinary mystery?  and then re-read lesson 8.1 (you alread took notes on it, review those) and complete the digital Lesson Check. 


Week of April 20, 2020

F: 4/24/20
We are going to wrap up this topic on Waves today and move onto Chemistry next week.  You have been assigned two BrainPop assignments: one on the Electromagnetic Spectrum and the other on Light.  This will cover the material in 5.4 and 5.5.  Please complete them by Monday morning, I will be checking in your work at 8:00 am.  I strongly encourage you to at minimum read through the lessons in your workbook and fill in the pages-but it is not mandatory.  You will probably not see this content again until later in high school.  

Th: 4/23/20
Complete the 5.3 Quiz Sound Waves and the Enrichment: Violins and Sounds today.  

W: 4/22/20
No School & Happy 50th Earth Day! 

Play: Today's Google Doodle.  

Watch: Earth Day 1970 - 2020: 50th Anniversary || Time Will Tell (American Museum of Natural History 5:28)

Read: Guardians of the Planet 16 Women Environmentalists You Should Know

T: 4/21/20

Today you will work on two things:

  1. Interactivity: Sound.  You will experiment with virtual musical instruments to analyze the parts and perceptions of sound waves. (I did not assign the worksheet, just work through the interactivity, it is self correcting.)
  2. In the Interactivity: Doppler Effect you will learn about the Doppler effect of wave properties.

M: 4/20/20
Lesson 3 is about sound waves, which are mechanical longitudinal waves created by vibrations in gases, liquids and solids.   

  1. Watch the lesson video and then read, take notes and fill in your workbook on 5.3 Sound Waves, p. 198-206. (eText is also available)
  2. Complete the Lesson 3 Check digitally.   
  3. Work through the Interactivity: Reflection, Transmission, and Absorption of Sound Waves digital activity  to learn about wave behaviors by using models showing wave interactions in different mediums.  This will reinforce the lesson content. 

Extra if you're interested: The Coolest Things Sound Waves Do (Seeker) 2:59, What is Sound? The Fundamental Science Behind Sound (Branch Education) 9:40

Week of April 13, 2020

F: 4/17/20
No School--End of 3rd Quarter: I finally  was able to update your grades from home.  Please check your science and health grades, I can't fix/change anything after Thursday. 

Th: 4/16/20
Today to finish up lesson 5.2 you will complete the Digital Quiz: Wave Interactions and the 5.2 Enrichment: Mapping with Sonar worksheet.  You will need to insert a line chart directly after #2 and edit it in sheets like you did for the last lesson. Please change the font color when you write your answers so that it is easier for me to read. 

W: 4/15/20
Watch the UEngineer It! Video (3:00) that explains the history of the technological design of the camera and how a camera works.  This accompanies the “Say Cheese” STEM article on page 197 in your workbook. There’s nothing required for you to do, just watch the video to find out how cameras work.  

The assignment you are to first complete is the Interactivity: Use Models to Describe Wave Activity.  You will use models to describe the behavior of a wave when it meets a barrier.  Then complete the Quest Check-In Interactivity: Visual Optics.  This Quest digital activity continues the Quest by allowing you to control light using mirrors and lenses. The accompanying worksheet has been assigned as well.  Your own copy will be created when you open the file. Change your font color when you write your answers, it will be easier for me to read it.  

T: 4/14/20

To reinforce what you learned yesterday log onto BrainPop, go to your dashboard and complete the Refraction and Diffraction Assignment.  You will complete four (4) parts:

  1. Watch the video.
  2. Complete the review quiz (self correcting).
  3. Complete the Vocabulary activity and submit. 
  4. Read the Related Reading tabs. ​​​​​​
  5. The Bending Light game is optional but looked interesting. 

M: 4/13/20

We are going to move on to Lesson 5.2 Wave Interactions.    You will be exporing the concepts of diffraction, refraction and reflection and the ways that waves interact, including constructive and destructive interference.  You are going to make predictions based on models for how waves change direction and how waves interact with other waves. 

Go to your science Google Classroom>>Classwork. 

  1. Please watch the Video: Wave Interactions (1:28) 
  2. Read the lesson, take notes in your notes spiral, and work through the activities.  You can read and fill in your workbook on pages 188-195 or use the eText pages (download and print). {If you don't have your workbook at home, nor the ability to download and print the workbook pages, just work through the activities and questions in your head.  It is important to at least think about the answers.}
  3. Then complete the eText: Lesson 2 Check (It is on p. 196 but please complete this digitally.)
  4. Interactivity:  Model Wave Interactions (Recommended, but optional.)

Week of April 6, 2020

Spring Break!


Week of March 30, 2020

F: 4/3/20
Go to your science Google Classroom>>Classwork.  To wrap up lesson 5.1 Wave Properties please complete the end of lesson *quiz*, use your workbook/eText if you need to look back.  You could even virtually work with a classmate as you go through each question if you want to.  I am solely looking for completion, not your grade.  I do however want you to try your best.  

Th: 4/2/20
Go to your science Google Classroom>>Classwork.  The enrichment sheet, Measuring Ocean Waves has been assigned.  Complete the chart and insert the graph right on the document.  Change your font/color and answer the questions that follow and turn it in.  

W: 4/1/20
Go to your science Google Classroom>>Classwork.  The Pearson Quest Check-In: Light Behavior has been assigned there.  This activity continues the Quest by allowing you to learn how light behaves when subjected to lenses and mirrors. Your work should be done directly within the interactivity.  I will be checking in those that have completed it tomorrow.  

T: 3/31/20
If you have done everything up until this point, take the day off!  If you haven't and there is no way realistically that you will be able to, make sure at a minimum you have at least read and filled in pages 174-187 and completed all of lesson 5.1 in your workbook or eBook. 

**Check your google classroom for an optional Science World assignment.  I'm just test driving this for now.  

M: 3/30/20
Today and tomorrow are catch up days!  We will be moving into remote learning soon and I will start keeping tabs on who is working on the assignments.  Wednesday there will be a new lesson.  Today use this checklist to make sure you have completed the following so you are caught up moving forward:

  1. Topic 5 Launch: Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation read the eText or pages 174-177 in your workbook. 
  2. Pearson Quest Kickoff--Design to Catch a Thief
  3. Pearson Poll: Reactive Ripples
  4. Read lesson 5.1 Wave Properties, either the eText or pages 178-185.
  5. Watch the BrainPop video "Waves", complete the vocabulary cards and the review quiz.
  6. Pearson Interactivity: Modeling Waves
  7. Pearson Interactivity:  Making Waves
  8. Pearson Video: Wave Properties (& any or all of the suggested YouTube videos)
  9. Pearson Interactivity: Describe the Properties of Waves
  10. Case Study: Sound and Light at the Ballpark (eText or p. 186-187)

Week of March 23, 2020

F: 3/27/20
The White Sox opening day was supposed to have been yesterday.  It obviously has had to be postponed.  Waves play a role in the real-life example of a baseball game.  In this case study you will determine the difference between several types of observed waves, describe patterns and analyze a problem involving light and sound synchronization.  Complete the eText: Case Study: Sound and Light in the Ballpark directly in the app or p. 186-187 in your workbook.

**Imagine that you are in charge of designing an underwater light show for an aquarium.  Think about how the behavior of light and sound would be different in this setting than for a baseball game.  What factors would you have to take into consideration?                        

Th: 3/26/20
Complete the Interactivity: Describe the Properties of Waves to further investigate the properties of waves, both transverse and longitudinal.   You will compare and contrast these two types of waves and learn about the relationship between wavelength, frequency, and wave speed.   Answer directly in the interactivity.

W: 3/25/20
Yesterday you investigated waves.  Watch the Pearson video: Wave Properties and one or all of these YouTube videos to enrich your understanding of wave properties:

Wave Motion | Waves | Physics | FuseSchool (3:38)  

GCSE Science Physics (9-1) Properties of Waves (4:20) In this video, we explore several key properties of waves. These include amplitude, wavelength, frequency and period.

GCSE Science Physics (9-1) Transverse and Longitudinal Waves (4:12) In this video, we start looking at waves. We explore the key differences between transverse and longitudinal waves. We then look at how when a wave travels, the wave moves but not the medium.

T: 3/24/20
Today you are going to work more with the properties of the two types of waves, and how the energy of a wave is associated with its amplitude and then make and observe a model of how waves interact with each other and with solid objects in their paths.  Complete these two Pearson Interactivities: Modeling Waves and Making Waves.  Please type your answers directly within the Modeling Waves activity.  It won't be graded, but I'd like to see who is completing the work.  You will need to view the worksheet for Making Waves (also assigned) and download and print to fill out, or simply copy it into your notes spiral and fill it out there.  

M: 3/23/20
Today's assignment will support Friday's lesson on wave properties.  Watch the BrainPop video "Waves", complete the vocabulary cards  and the review quiz . Please have your parent/guardian sign up for a free family account on BrainPop so that you can log in and view videos.  There is also an app available to do so on phones. 

  1. Go to BrainPop.com
  2. Click on "Enter Code" at the top.
  3. Add yourself to my class using this code: princess5071
  4. Create an account (write down your username and password that you create!)
  5. Watch the assigned video (just put the title of the video in the search bar).
  6. Take the review quiz, it is self-correcting. 
  7. Complete the vocabulary activity and submit. 
  8. Read the "Related Reading" tabs.  

Week of March 16, 2020

F: 3/20/20
Lesson 5.1 Wave Properties:  Try the Poll: Reactive Ripples question and then read the eText lesson (some pages are downloadable/printable so you can fill them in to help work through the material) or read pages 178-185 in your workbook and fill them in there. I can't screenshot and publish the answers on here because this is a public page, but if you have any questions, just shoot me an email.              

Th: 3/19/20
What are your experiences with security systems? (home security systems, airport security, security cameras, metal detectors, security sensors at retail shores... ) What kind of security systems have you seen in movies and how heros or villians bypass such systems?

Work through the Quest Kickoff: Design to Catch a Thief assigned to you in Pearson. (The video at the beginning is the same as yesterday, so watch it if you missed yesterday, or skip it if you've watched it already.) Work through the questions, you can jot down your thoughts right on the screen or just think through them.  

You will probably figure out the purpose of the mirrors quickly, as the concept of reflecting light is one that you are likely familiar with. However, I want to point out that the purpose of the lenses is to focus the light to keep it from getting too diffuse.

W: 3/18/20

While we're out, until further notice, anything I post should be done for the sake of learning, and nothing more.  It will not be checked in nor graded.  

Over the next few days you will explore Topic 5: Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation by completing the Quest--How can you design a system to stop a thief? as well as explore the lesson activities.  

Check your Pearson account for the assigned Topic Intro eText even if have your workbook at home (p. 174-177).  Watch the video which explores lasers (NBC Learn) on the second page of the eText.   You will not be actually assembling and testing your designs, as that isn't physically possible for us right now.  It may end up just being a design on paper, that can't be tested.  But you will be exploring how light waves interact with lenses and mirrors.    If you have some rope or clothesline or something similar and some colored tape, explore how particles on a wave move in a rope experiment.  I've attached the lab guide for directions and structure.  You'll need someone at home to help you hold the rope (a chair works too) and adjust accordingly since you don't have any other groups to work with.  (I'll post suggested answers tomorrow FridayTBD, publishing answers is trickier than I thought on a public page.)  This is the closest I could find on YouTube,Wave Speed Demo: Rope, if the rope thing isn't going to happen.  He's talking about wave speed but you can just look at the green colored tape to get the gist of it. 

T: 3/17/20

We had just started chemistry when school was paused for the time being.  We will continue with that when we are back in school.

There are a few topics I know we will not get a chance to discuss in class this year.  The time that you are home allows you to explore and learn about them simply for the sake of learning.  No homework, no quizzes or tests.  Things may change in the coming weeks, but for now, I will assigning from Pearson topics from your eBook to read, if you have your workbook at home you can fill it in to help process the material, videos to watch similar to what I show you in class, as well as interactivities to help apply the content.  Stay tuned!  I will post the first topic/lesson tomorrow. 

M: 3/16/20
No School


Week of March 9, 2020

F: 3/13/20
See Health Link

Google Classroom Codes---   Science:    305-8   42mfivl          Health:  305-8   bk5xyx2

Th: 3/12/20
You learned how to count protons, electrons and neutrons in an atom and what average atomic mass, amu, and isotopes are.  You completed an interactivity in your notes spiral and then were able to work on filling in the workbook and the review worksheet.  It is due on Monday. 

W: 3/11/20
You worked on the SW assignment.  It is due tomorrow. 

T: 3/10/20
You watched a short video on the development of the atomic theory.  You then worked with your partner drawing a flow chart of the models that were developed and when new knowledge was learned about the atom, how the model was changed.  You will have 10 minutes on Thursday to finish up your papers.  

M: 3/9/20
We are moving onto Chemistry.  You learned about it is and watched the first part of a three part documentary "The Mystery of Matter--Out of Thin Air".  Coming soon will be an extra credit opportunity involving the other two parts.  There is no homework.  

Week of March 2, 2020

F: 3/6/20
See Health link

Th: 3/5/20
You took the test on Thermal Energy.  There is no homework. 

W: 3/4/20
We went over your quizzes and prepared a study guide for tomorrow's test.  Study!! (We also went over the last test and I pointed out what concepts relate to thermal energy.

T: 3/3/20
After you took the quiz we went over the lab and corrected it.  You had time to work on the topic review p. 166-169 and correct the 4.1 and 4.2 quizzes.  We will go over them tomorrow and prepare for Thursday's test. 

M: 3/2/20
Afte r we went over the 3.3 review work (quiz tomorrow) you learned about how a refridgerator works and what a heat sink is.  You analyzed data so that you could recommend the best metal conductor to be used in a new tablet design.  Have the graph and questions on page 173 (1-4) done for tomrrow.  

Week of February 24, 2020

F: 2/28/20
See Health Link

Th: 2/27/20
We went over the homework and after a little more practice you had some time to study. 

W: 2/26/20
Today you observed the classic bras ball and hoop demonstation of thermal expansion.  When you were done you had time to work on the lesson review worksheet.  You don't have to do the enrichment on the back. 

T: 2/25/20
We went over the lab and then talked about how different metals conduct heat and what thermal expansion was.  You used a conductometer to see which metal would conduct the heat to the wax the fastest.  You had time to finish reading the lesson, finishing up the notes and working on the workbook.  It is due tomorrow. 

M: 2/24/20
After we went over the geothermal energy assignment, you worked on a computer simulation using a caloriometer to determine how much energy was in four different snack foods.  It is due tomorrow Complete all four tables, then:

  • graph the change in mass and the change in temperature (2 graphs)
  • Results-report the data from #5 in the analyze section
  • Conclusion-answer the problem question and state if your hypothesis was supported or not
  • Analysis--#1-3 in the conclusion section plus #4 Imagine: Determine the relationship between energy content of food and the information on the nutrition label for the cheddar crackers versus the cheddar cheese sticks.  Use evidence from the labels to support your answer.  Which is better for you?  Why?

Week of February 17, 2020

F: 2/21/20
See Health Link

Th: 2/20/20
We went over the lesson review and workbook (quiz Monday) and then talked about alternative energy transfers.  You learned about geothermal energy and how it is used in Iceland.  You then read the case study Earth Power and analyzed the graph to answer the questions on pages 156-157.  Have it done for Monday.  

W: 2/19/20
After grading homework and the quiz you worked on the 4.2 review worksheets.  Have them done for tomorrow. 

T: 2/18/20
You completed the lab determining the combustion heat of a candle.  If you finished all the analysis calculations, you had time to read lesson 4.2, fill in the workbook and take notes on the three forms of heat transfer.  This lesson should be easy review for you.  Quiz on 4.1 tomorrow. 

M: 2/17/20
No School

Week of February 10, 2020

F: 2/heart/20
See Health Link

Th: 2/13/20
We went over the homework and then you learned about specific heat.  You will use this new learning during a lab on Tuesday.

W: 2/12/20
After grading the health, you worked on the review worksheets for lesson 4.1.  They are due tomorrow. 

T: 2/11/20
After grading the SW we talked about thermal energy, heat and temperature which are very different things scientifically.  You had time to read the rest of the lesson, fill in the workbook and complete the short interactivity A Rising Thermometer.  We will go over them tomorrow. 

M: 2/10/20
You took the Energy Test and then worked on the 1/20 issue of SW comprehension pages.  We will go over them tomorrow before starting Topic 4: Thermal Energy.

Week of February 3, 2020

F: 2/7/20
Health: See Health Link

Th: 2/6/20
Today we went over the quizzes and I gave you a study guide before you worked on the online practice test to work through the chapter material.  Test on Monday!

W: 2/5/20
Edit: The WIFI was acting wonky yesterday (Wed.) I--couldn't post.  After you took the 3.4 quiz we went over the chapter review and you worked on correcting all the quizzes you got back so you could come to class on Thursday with questions if you had any. 

T: 2/4/20
After we went over the homework (quiz tomorrow) you worked on an energy transformation and transfer poster using pictures you cut out of old SW magazines.  When you were done you had time to work on the topic 3 reveiw.  Tomorrow we will grade p. 126-131 and prepare for Thursday's test.  

M: 2/3/20
After the 3.3 quiz we went over the lab and then talked about 3.4 Energy Change and Conservation.  You had time to read pages 118-125 and fill in the workbook as well as work on the review worksheet.  It is all due tommorrow.

Week of January 27, 2020

F: 1/31/20
No School

Th: 1/30/20
Quiz has been moved to Monday.  Today you collected any remaining data you needed.  We will go over the lab on Monday. 

W: 1/29/20
3.3 Quiz tomorrow.  You continued collecting Hooke's Law data.  You will have tomorrow to finish your calculations. 

T: 1/28/20
We went over the lab and then you learned more about KE & PE eneregy transformations.  You will be exploring the stretchiness of a rubber band and a spring and compare them to the model developed by the physiscist Robert Hooke. 

M: 1/27/20
After we went over the interactivity you collected data to determine how potential and kinetic energy change as a pendulum swings.  Have the lab completed for tomorrow if you didn't finish it in class. 

Week of January 20, 2020

F: 1/24/20
See Health Link

Th: 1/23/20
You worked on an interactivity on different forms of energy and got the review worksheet for lesson 3.3.  It is due on Monday. and turned it in.  There is no homework. 

W: 1/22/20
We went over the lab and then talked about other forms of energy.  You had time to read the lesson, finish the graphic organizer I started with you and fill in the workbook.  We will continue the lesson tomorrow. 

T: 1/21/20
You collected the "Soaring Straws" data that investigated how the GPE of a straw rocket depended on the EPE of the rubber band launcher.  Have the lab completed for tomorrow. 

M: 1/20/20
MLK Birthday

Week of January 13, 2020

F: 1/17/20
See Health Link

Th: 1/16/20
 After the quiz you finished up your prosthetics assignment and then had time to work on other homework.  

W: 1/15/20
We went over the workbook and review pages and then you worked on an online interactivity investigating the energy involved in prosthetics.  You can finish it after the quiz on 3.2 tomorrow. 

T: 1/14/20
After we went over the last test and lab questions we talked about kinetic and different types of potential energy.  You had time to work on the workbook pages (100-106) and the review worksheets.  We will go over them tomorrow. 

M: 1/13/20
You investigated how much power you use when climbing the stairs. We will go over the analysis questions tomorrow.  You also worked on a Rube Goldberg mechanical advantage practice problem page.  That is due too. 

Week of January 6, 2020

F: 1/10/20
See Health Link

Th: 1/9/20
After the quiz you worked on an interactivity to help you understand machines.  There is no homework.  

W: 1/8/20
After we went over the homework (quiz tomorrow) we talked about the simple machines and energy tranformations in a Rube Goldberg invention.  I passed out the extra credit task instructions and we discussed all the parameters.  If you want it to count towards 2nd quarter you have to get it in within the next couple weeks so I have time to grade it before report card grades are due (not the day before or of).  Otherwise it will count towards 3rd Q and has to be turned in by the 5 week progress report date.  Quiz on 3.1 tomorrow. I gave you the BrainPop quizzes on Work and Power to complete to help you study.

T: 1/7/20
After going over the lab you learned about work and power and how to calculate them.  We did several practice problems and you had time to work on filling in the workbook and the review worksheet.  Have it done for tomorrow. 

M: 1/6/20
You worked in your group to collect data so you could state the relationship between distance and weight for a balanced seesaw.  We will go over the lab tomorrow.  

Week of December 30, 2019

F: 1/3/20
See Health Link

Th: 1/2/20

Intro to Topic 3: Energy  You learned Rube Goldberg "was a cartoonist, engineer, and inventor, who lived in the United States in the 20th century. He's most famous for a series of cartoons he drew, which showed complex machines and devices being used to solve simple problems. For example, one famous cartoon shows a 'self operating napkin,' with a series of levers, pulleys, and connections to achieve the simple task of wiping a person's mouth. The device is so complicated it includes weighing scales, clocks, a parrot, and a rocket."  You then completed the following webquest.  You may need to research one of his inventions separately to answer the last question. 




W: 12/18/19
Happy New Year!

T: 12/31/19
No School

M: 12/30/19
No School

Week of December 16, 2019

F: 12/20/19 
No Class

Th: 12/19/19
Today we went over the worksheets and then learned a little more about sound.  You investigated how the size and shape of a panpipe's pipes affected the sound they produced.  There is no homework.  Have a great break!

W: 12/18/19
After we caught up and went over all the homework that had to be graded, you watched a video on the musical instruments made of ice in Norway.  You worked on the activity that extends that lesson and learned more about how sound travels.  Tomorrow we will look at it some more.  

T: 12/17/19
I was out--you worked on Science World after you took the Topic 1 Test.

M: 12/16/19
We went over the reveiw and you got all your quizzes back.  I gave you a study guide for tomorrow's test and you had time to independently study.  The Topic 2 Solids, Liquids and Gases test is tomorrow.  

Week of December 9, 2019

F: 12/13/19
See Health Link

Th: 12/12/19
After your quiz you worked with two different apparatus to determine what is going on when you pump them.  You had to draw a model of what was going on, what law was demonstrated and then had to write a CER for each.  This is due Monday.  Your chapter review is also due on Monday, p. 76-77, 78-81.  Your test will be on Tuesday.   

W: 12/11/19
We went over the homework.  Quiz tomorrow.

T: 12/10/19
You worked on a graphing gas paper lab and the lesson review worksheet.  We will go over all of it tomorrow. 

M: 12/9/19
After we went over the heating and cooling curves, you learned about how pressure, volume and temperature interact when discussing gases.  You had time to read the lesson and begin filling in the workbook.  Have that done for tomorrow. 

Week of December 2, 2019

F: 12/6/19
See Health Link

Th: 12/5/19
After your quiz you worked on graphing the heating of water to boiling.  We will go over that and yesterday's homework on Monday. 

W: 12/4/19
 We went over the homework and then you worked on cooling and heating graphs that are due tomorrow. Quiz tomorrow too. 

T: 12/3/19
You had time to work on the 2.2 review worksheet while I set up the Melting Ice lab.  We discussed the recent unrelenting flooding in Venice, Italy and how that is related to the melting of arctic/antarctic ice. You designed an experiment with your lab partner to test the effecets of water on the melting of an ice cube.  It should have been completed today but some of you wanted more time.  Have it completed tomorrow.  

M: 12/2/19
The first half of class you worked on a 3D printing of prosthetics activity.  The second half we went through a phase change graph and discussed the processes involved in changing states when thermal energy is added and when it is removed. Have lesson 2.1 read and the workbook complelted for tomorrow. 

Week of November 25, 2019

F: 11/29/19 & Th: 11/28/19
Happy Thanksgiving!

W: 11/27/19
After we went over the homework you watched some Thanksgiving science experiments.  There is no homework. 

T: 11/26/19
After we went over the 2.1 homework (quiz tomorrow) we talked about what material science is and you listened to a materials scientist tell you what exactly his job is.� We talked about how 3D printing has revolutionized a lot of things, including medicine with 3D printed casts.  You worked on the It's a Matter of Printing interactive and then the States of Matter Interactice assigned to you.  Study for the quiz.  

Extra Credit: For tomorrow's quiz, search "3d printed cells" on YouTube and find one way medicine has been improved through the application of 3D printing in medicine.  On a piece of looseleaf write the name of the video and it's URL, length, and a summary of what you learned.  

M: 11/25/19
You experimented to see which liquid had the greatest surface tension.  Have the lab and the lesson review done for tomorrow. 

Week of November 18, 2019

F: 11/22/19
See Health Link

Th: 11/21/19
We discussed the kinetic theory of matter and Brownian Motion as it relates to states of matter.  Have lesson 2.1 read, the workbook filled in and your notes finished for Monday.  

W: 11/20/19
One type of physical change is a change in state.  You created a model illustrationg partical motion and thermal energy in the three phases.  Tomorow we will get into the nuts and bolts of phase change.  I sent you with a task of creating a model showing what happens to the distance of speed of molecules of water as a pan is heated.  

T: 11/19/19
You took the Topic 1 Test and then had time to finish the Separating Mixtures Lab.  We will go over it tomorrow. 

M: 11/18/19
After you took the 1.3 quiz we graded it and the review pages in your workbook.  I gave you a study guide for tomorrow's test and then you completed the What's the Matter with My Chocolate? interactive virtual lab from your textbook.  You then worked on the Separating Mixtures Virtual lab.  That is due on Wednesday and you'll have more time tomorrow to work on it after the test.  

Week of November 11, 2019

F: 11/15/19
See Health Link

Th: 11/14/19
After we went over the homework I assigned the end of the chapter review on pages 34-37 as well as the Case Study on pages 22-23.  Your quiz on lesson 1.3 is for sure on Monday and your test will be on Tuesday.  

W: 11/13/19
Report Card Pick-UP

T: 11/12/19
I was out--Science World

M: 11/11/19
No School

Week of November 4, 2019

F: 11/8/19
No School

Th: 11/7/19
Science World

W: 11/6/19
After we graded the health and you took the quiz, I explained what should be done for lesson 1.3.  Make sure you finish your notes, have 24-32 done, the study guide and be read for a quiz next Thursday.  Your test will be on Monday 11/18/19.  I have pushed he due date for your Science Fair lab report back, it isn't due until Monday 11/25/19. 

T: 11/5/19
After going over the homework we talked about chemical and physical changes.  You had time to read the lesson and complete the workbook if you hadn't already.  

M: 11/4/19
We went over describing and classifying matter.  You learned about physical and chemical properties and different components of pure substances and mixtures as well as how properties can be used to separate mixtures by dividing its parts according to its properties.  You had time to read and fill out pages 4-12 (most of you did already) and work on the study guide.  We will grade it tomorrow. 

Week of October 28, 2019

F: 11/1/19
See Health Link--There are two articles this week.  You only are completing half of what is normally assigned for each article. 

Th: 10/devil/19
No School

W: 10/230/19
No School

T: 10/29/19
No School

M: 10/28/19
No School

Week of October 19, 2019

F: 10/23/19
No School

Th: 10/22/19
No School

W: 10/21/19
No School

T: 10/20/19
No School

M: 10/19/19
No School

Week of October 14, 2019

F: 10/18/19
No School

Th: 10/17/19
No School

W: 10/16/19
Today we went over the homework from last week and then you had time to read and take notes on 1.1.  Have the lesson filled out too.  If we are out next week work on lesson 1.3 too. Many of you are ready to start your science fair projects, get going.  Some of you need to work on your experimental set ups before you can start.  

T: 10/15/19
I was at a workshop.  You worked on a measurement and a graphing activity.  

M: 10/14/19
No School

Week of October 7, 2019

F: 10/11/19
Health:  See Health Link

Th: 10/10/19 Science Fair Design Diagram Due!!
We went over the density lab....and it took the whole period.  Have your SW done for Wednesday.

W: 10/9/19
After we went over the homework you took the 1.2 quiz.  You then had time to read the 9/23/19 issue of Science World and work on the comprehension pages.  It is due tomorrow.  Many of you asked for feedback on your science fair topic; I'm looking forward to your ideas tomorrow!

T: 10/8/19
After we went over the metric measurment and conversion practice (quiz on 1.2 tomorrow) you collected data for the Discovering Density lab where you were looking for patterns and trends using metal shot.  Have the lab completed for tomorrow.  Here are some addition readings that go along with the BrainPop you watched.  There may be an extra credit question or three on the quiz tomorrow referring to them.  Precision and Accuracy 1Precision and Accuracy 2Precision and Accuracy 3

M: 10/7/19
After going over the lab, we talked about measuring with precison and accuracy.  We reviewed how to convert larger and smaller metric units by moving he decimal and how to use a triangle to determine missing measurment in a derived unit.  You had time to complete the practice.  We will grade it tomorrow. 

Week of September 30, 2019

F: 10/4/19
Health:  See Health Link

Th: 10/3/19
After we went over the homework (quiz on Tuesday) you collected the final day of dino observations. Have all the graphs and questions done on Monday.  For those of you that had a pink dino, the perimeter of the one I measured was 31.9 cm. 

W: 10/2/19
You collected day 2 data and then worked on the review guide for lesson 1.2.� We will go over that and your workbook tomorrow.  

T: 10/1/19
After you collected day 2 data, we talked about ways that we measure data.  You had time to read lesson 1.2 and fill in the workbook.  It is due tomorrow.  

M: 9/30/19
After we went over the lab and you  took the BOY assessment, you collected data for the Grow-Dino lab.  Have your target 600% growth calculations done for tomorrow. 

Week of September 27, 2019

F: 9/27/19
Health:  See Health Link

Th: 9/26/19
I showed you how to draw a best fit line using the data you collected yesterday in order to interpolate data not collected and you completed the lab. It is due on Monday.

W: 9/25/19
You finished getting the data you needed.  Your graph is due tomorrow. 

T: 9/24/19
After you worked on the pendulum post lab analysis you began investigating the stretch length of a rubberband and its relationship to the width of the rubber band.  You will continue collecting data tomorrow. 

M: 9/23/19
You finisihed the pendulum simulation.  There is no homework. 

Week of September 16, 2019

F: 9/20/19
Health:  See Health Link

Th: 9/19/19
You worked on the PHeT pendulum simulation.  You developed three controlled experiments to determine how each of the variables affects the period of a pendulum.  You will continue collecting data on Monday. 

W: 9/18/19
After we graded the health and lab we talked about the different factors that affect the swing of a pendulum.  You learned about Galileo and his experiments.  For tomorrow I asked you to identify how each of the three factors: length of string, angle of release and mass of the bob affects the frequency of the swing. 

T: 9/17/19
You collected data for the bubbles lab.  Have it completed for tomorrow. 

M: 9/16/19
After we went over the text assignment, we talked a little more about critical thinking.  You  then took your scientific method quiz.  Wen you were done with that you created a design diagram for the bubbles lab you will be collecting data for tomorrow. 

Week of September 9, 2019

F: 9/13/19
Health--See link for assignment

Th: 9/12/19
After going over the homework I distributed your textbooks.  Please reinforce the flimsy covers with packing/duct tape, cardboard inserts, book covers etcera so they make it until June.  They will be collected at the end of the year even though you are allowed to write in them.  We numbered the 10 questions to answer in the appendix after you read and annotate pages .  It is due on Monday.

W: 9/11/19
After grading the Health assignment and the NOS worksheet, you practiced identifying the variables in some Simpsons scenarios.  We will go over that tomorrow.  Your Scientific Method mini-unit quiz is on Monday.  

T: 9/10/19
After we graded the work from yesterday, you watched Nature of Science, an Amoeba Sisters video.  You meet with your lab partner to go over the viewing guide. Have it done for tomorrow.  You also received this year's first Science World.  The comprehension pages are due on Thursday. 

M: 9/9/19

After we went over the experimental design and variables to the lab, you collected data comparing how much weight the gorilla tape held versus the regular duct tape.  I walked you thorugh how the remainder of the lab should be set up and you had time to work on it in class after we analyzed the data and threw out outliers.  You also have a scientific method practive worksheet to work on.  It is all due tomorrow.  

Week of September 2, 2019

F: 9/6/19
See Health link

Th: 9/5/19
We talked about who claimed what burnt down Cheryl's she shed.  Logical critical thinking should have led you to believe Victor did it.  We talked about how important observations were in making inferences that would lead you to believe Victor set it on fire.  Then we finished talking about the steps of the scientific method using the gorilla tape experiment as an example.  You should have your design diagram completed for Monday.  

W: 9/4/19
Today we worked on following directions and then went through CERs (Claim-Evidence-Reasoning) conclusions.  You made a claim answering the question "Who Burned Down Cheryl's She Shed?" and supported it with evidence from the State Farm commercial as well as provided reasoning.  There is no homework.  

T: 9/3/19
Welcome Back! 
Please return the Policy and Porcedure signature page and the lab safety contract by next Monday, both signed.

M: 9/2/19
Labor Day