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Science Notebooks....
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************************************************THIS WEEK**********************************************

Monday, January 21, 2019 Civil Rights Day – No School

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 7 – Identifying Eras – Cornell notes. Quiz tomorrow. Watch and fill out the video worksheet for layers of the Earth. Create a sketch showing and describing each layer
8 – Determine the net forces acting on an object. Explain if the forces are balanced or unbalanced. Quiz tomorrow

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7 – Chapter Quiz. Create a profile of Earth’s layers and chemical components. Create a pie graph from this data.
8 – Chapter Quiz (Forces). Introduction to Motion – fill out the video worksheet for Bill Nye

Thursday, January 24, 2019 7 – Identify the Earth’s Tectonic plates by assembling a jigsaw puzzle map
8 – Explain what a reference point is. Identify the reference points in specific scenarios.

Friday, January 25, 2019 7 – Describe the types of plate boundaries by modeling with Milky Way Bars and creating sketches in your notebook.
8 – Explain and calculate the difference between distance and displacement along a course outside


*************************************************LAST WEEK************************************************

Monday, January 14, 2019
7 & 8 – Review Scientific Method Retest
7 – Identify the 4 branches of Earth Science and events that occur in each.
8 – Introduce Physics. Bill Nye - Matter

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
7 – Identify the different spheres of the Earth by utilizing a series of websites (webquest).
8 – Identify forces by utilizing a series of websites (webquest).

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7 – Spheres worksheet. Identify the different eras in geologic history by making a pie chart. WEBQUEST DUE FOR GRADING
8 – Identifying forces fact map - WEBQUEST DUE FOR GRADING

Thursday, January 17, 2019
7 – SPHERES QUIZ. Identify and match the laws of geologic history to the correct diagram in preparation for lab tomorrow
8 –  Create free body diagrams by Identify\ing all forces acting on an object.

Friday, January 18, 2019
7 – Law of Superposition - Cupcake Geology lab. Identify the colored layers by taking core samples.
8 – Chapter QuizDetermine the forces exerted on a Barbie doll as she bungee jumps!


 

Monday, January 7, 2019
7 & 8 – Review Scientific Method – Fill in the blanks

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
7 & 8 – Candy Cane lab.  Determine what solvent will melt a candy cane the fastest.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
7 & 8 – 3 Hole Bottle Lab (Review scientific method in lab) How does air pressure affect water flow?

Thursday, January 10, 2019
7 & 8 – Claims, evidence, and reasoning.  Determine if SpongeBob Squarepants is guilty of innocent of a crime by citing evidence from the court trial.

Friday, January 11, 2019
7 & 8 – Test on Scientific Method. Indirect observation and inference – Determine what is in the mystery box without looking. (Obsertainer Lab)


************************************************** LAST SEMESTER *******************************************

FINALS WEEK - WEDNESDAY FOR 8TH GRADE AND THURSDAY FOR 7TH

Monday, December 17, 2018
7 – Constellations Quiz.  Astronomy Review
8 – 1ST Semester Review. NATURAL SELECTION QUIZ

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
7 - CHAPTER TEST CONSTELLATIONS. Study sheet for finals.
8 – PRETEST FOR FINALS

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
7 - PRETEST FOR FINALS - continue to work on study sheet.
8 – FINALS - NOTEBOOKS DUE

Thursday, December 20, 2018 –FOR 8TH
7 – FINALS – NOTEBOOKS DUE

8 – MAKEUP FINALS. Kitchen Chemistry - Baking cookies without eggs!!. Prepare dough and explain the chemical reaction occurring in the dough. How can you tell there is a chemical reaction?

Friday, December 21, 2018 – QUARTER AND SEMESTER GRADES GO TO THE DISTRICT - EARLY DISMISSAL
7 & 8 – Candy Cane Lab. MAKEUP FINALS
8 - Bake Cookies

Remember - any unfinished work goes home as homework.

 

Monday, December 10, 2018
7 – Cornell Notes – Earth-Moon-Sun System. TEST TUESDAY
8 – Concealing Coloration. Explain the different types of camouflage used by animals.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
7 – TEST Introduction to Stars. Trace the life cycle of stars.
8 – Symbiosis (review from 7th grade). Explain the different types of symbiotic relationships.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
7 – Constellations Webquest
8 – TEST – SECTION 2. Speciation. Explain how a new species may form as a result of gradual changes within a population.

Thursday, December 13, 2018
7 – Constellation Foldable
8 – Pocket Mice Lab. Identify the adaptation that allowed some pocket mice to survive and others perish.

Friday, December 14, 2018
7 – TEST. Introduction to the Sun.
8 – Homeostasis – Goldfish Lab. Monitor the breathing rate of goldfish as water temperature changes. Explain the difference between an ectotherm and an endotherm.


Monday, December 3, 2018
7 – Finish Features of the Moon – pictorial input chart
8 – Finish Plant Adaptations Anchor Chart. Explain the difference between an angiosperm and a gymnosperm.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
7 – Phases of the Moon Cornell Notes. – sketch sequence and label
8 – Seed Dispersal Lab. Begin with video and then rotate through centers.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
7 – Oreo Moon Phase Lab. TEST TOMORROW TEST.
8 –  Angiosperm vs. Gymnosperm Seed Identification Lab. Use a Dichotomous Key to identify various seeds and classify them as angiosperms or gymnosperms.

Thursday, December 6, 2018
7 – TEST. Tides – video and sketch
8 – Natural Selection - Identify the 4 stages of natural selection

Friday, December 7, 2018
7 – Eclipses – video and sketch. TEST NEXT WEEK (TUESDAY)
8 – Continue with  Natural Selection and Charles Darwin. Trace the Voyage of the Beagle on a desk map. Cite evidence that Darwin found for natural selection along the way.

Monday, November 26, 2018
7 – Seasons Model
8 – Bird Adaptations – Bill Nye. NOTEBOOKS DUE FOR GENETICS GRADING

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
7 – Seasons Lab
8 – Bird Beak Lab

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
7 – Seasons Test. Seasons Model
8 – QUIZ. 4 year High School Plan

Thursday, November 29, 2018
7 –
Introduction to the Moon - Bill Nye video, worksheet, and quiz

8 –  Plant Adaptations and Anchor Chart.

 Friday, November 30, 2018
7  & 8 Guest Presenter from Air Quality Board


 

Monday, November 26, 2018
7 – Seasons: Bill Nye video, worksheet, and sketch
8 – Adaptations Pretest. Basic needs – what does an organism need to survive?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
7 – Seasons Model
8 – Structural and Behavioral Adaptations Anchor Chart

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
7 – Seasons Flashlight Experiment.
8 – Bird Adaptation Lab

Thursday, November 29, 2018 & Friday, November 23, 2018
HAPPY THANKSGIVING – ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND

 

Monday, November 12, 2018
NO SCHOOL – VETERAN’S DAY

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
7 – Our solar system. Bill Nye Video, worksheet, and sketch
8 – PROJECT DUE. Pros and Cons of GMOs. Argumentative paragraph due at the end of class.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7 –  Big Bang Theory – Where did the universe come from?
8 – Unit Review – Cornell Notes. TEST TOMORROW

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - substitute
7 – The Earth in Space – Rotate vs. Revolve. Text pg. 14-17. Create Anchor Chart showing the difference between rotation and revolution.
8 – UNIT TEST.

Friday, November 16, 2018 - substitute
7 – Officer Dieu – Police work and the scientific method.
8 – Officer Dieu – DNA and forensics


Monday, November 5, 2018
7 – Introduction to Astronomy – Cosmic Survey

8 – Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) – Bill Nye

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
7 – Galactic Address

8 –  Genetic Diseases - Data Table

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - LATE START
7 – Ancient Astronomy from Aristotle to Galileo.  
8 – Sickle Cell Anemia - inheritance of gender linked recessive diseases

Thursday, November 8, 2018
7 – Finish  Ancient Astronomy from Aristotle to Galileo Data Table
8 – Finish Genetic Diseases Data Table. ASSIGN
PROJECT. DUE MONDAY (Choose from poster or one pager)

Friday, November 9, 2018
7 – Models of the Solar System: Geocentric vs. Heliocentric
8 – WORK ON PROJECT. DUE TUESDAY - PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: PROGRESS REPORTS ARE SENT IN TUESDAY. 


 

Monday, OCTOBER 29, 2018
7 – Scientific Method Review Packet – TEST TOMORROW
8 – Video – Power of Genes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
7 – Scientific Method TEST. Begin Scientific Method One Pager. DUE THURSDAY
8 – Power of Genes - part 2

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
7 – WORK ON ONE PAGER. DUE TOMORROW.  
8 – Modern Genetics (Jigsaw).

Thursday, November 1, 2018
7 –  Introduction to Astronomy - Outer Space
8 – Genetic Engineering vs. Selective Breeding

Friday, November 2, 2018
7 – Bubble Lab
8 – Selective Breeding Lab - Make a new puppy breed UNIT TEST NEXT WEEK

 

Monday, OCTOBER 22, 2018
7 – Graphing data, part 1
8 – DNA Review and Quiz

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7 – Graphing data, part 2. QUIZ TOMORROW
8 – Blood Types using Punnett Squares. QUIZ TOMORROW

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7 – Creating Data Tables from an Experiment.  
8 – Punnett Squares Test.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7 – Creating Graphs from Data Tables.
8 – Mutations.

Friday, October 26, 2018
7 – Writing Conclusions.
8 – Mutations Lab

 

Monday, OCTOBER 15, 2018
7 – Science Process Skills.
8 – Bill Nye – Genes (Review) and Traits Inventory.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7 – Review writing a hypothesis - centers
8 – Gregor Mendel and Pea Plant Experiments (Review); DNA

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
7 – Review variables – identifying IV and DV.
8 – Punnett Squares

Thursday, October 18, 2018
7 – QUIZ – Hypothesis, IV & DV.
8 – Create a Monster from Gene Pairs

Friday, October 19, 2018
7 – Graphing. Marking IV and DV on a graph from a data table.
8 – Strawberry DNA Extraction Lab.


Monday, OCTOBER 1, 2018
7 – Introduction to the Scientific Method Video & Worksheet.
8 – Cell Theory.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
7 – Create mnemonic: Pigs in Hawaii eat raw coconuts.
8 – Parts of a Cell – organelles and their functions

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
7 – Observation / Inference and Qualitative / Quantitative Review.
8 – Cornell Notes – Cells Test Tomorrow. Gummy Bear Osmosis Lab

Thursday, October 4, 2018 = ALL WORK DUE
7 – Scientific method Quiz – Section One. Review writing a hypothesis.
8 – CELLS TEST! Document results from osmosis lab

Friday, October 5, 2018 = REPORT CARD DAY (SHORTENED DAY) - Have a great break!
7 – Writing procedures – how to make a PBJ.
8 – Cheek Cell Lab.

 

 

Monday, September 17, 2018
7 – Density Cube Lab
8 – TEST TOMORROW ON SCIENTIFIC METHOD – PRETEST. BEGIN ONE PAGER. PROJECT DUE WEDNESDAY.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
7 – Buoyancy – Bill Nye. Sink or Float Lab
8 – TEST ON SCIENTIFIC METHOD. CONTINUE WORKING ON ONE PAGER DUE TOMORROW
NOTEBOOK DUE

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
7 – Cornell Notes – TEST TOMORROW ON METRIC SYSTEM – BEGIN ONE PAGER PROJECT
8 – ONE PAGER DUE. Introduction to Cells – Bill Nye

Thursday, September 20, 2018
7 – TEST METRIC SYSTEM - CONTINUE WORKING ON ONE PAGER - DUE TOMORROW
8 –
Sketch a plant and animal cell.  Compare and contrast

Friday, September 21, 2018
7 – ONE PAGER DUE. Building a better boat – engineering lab for buoyancy. NOTEBOOK DUE
8 – Cheek Cell Lab.

 



Monday, September 10, 2018
7 – Measuring length with metric rulers
8 – Review Graphing – MIX, DRY, TAILS. Create graphs from various sets of data

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
7 – Continue with measuring LENGTH - Meter sticks
8 – Spinach Lab – graphing a line graph. VARIABLES TEST

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – LATE START
7 – LINEAR MEASUREMENT QUIZ. Introduce Density (Bill nye video and foldable)
8 – VARIABLES TEST

Thursday, September 13, 2018
7 – Density Cubes
8 - Writing Conclusions

Friday, September 14, 2018
7 – Sink or Float Lab - Engineering Boats
8 – Procedures – making a PBJ. Writing clear procedures

 

Monday, September 3, 2018
LABOR DAY – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
7 – Continue with measuring mass. Triple Beam Balance Lab
8 – Scientific Method Case Studies (32% of AIMS is on the scientific method)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
7 – Triple Beam Balance Quiz. Introduce linear measurement with meter sticks.
8 – Helicopter Lab #1. Lab sheet due at the end of class.

Thursday, September 6, 2018
7 – Linear measurement practice
8 –
Helicopter Lab #2


Friday,
September 7, 2018 - PICTURE DAY
7 – 3 types of Volume Lab
8 – Finish Helicopter Lab. Lab sheet due at the end of class.

 

 

Monday, August 27, 2018
7 – Using graduated cylinders to measure volume of regular objects
8 – Cornell Notes. TEST TOMORROW. Thread Lab

Tuesday, August 28, 201
7 – Test on graduated cylinders.  Using graduated cylinders to measure irregular objects (displacement) 8 – Microscope Cornell Notes

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
7 – Displacement Lab.
8 – Microscope Test. Review Scientific Method and Process Skills. Poster Project due Friday

Thursday, August 30, 2018
7 – Test on displacement. Rainbow Lab.
8 – Review Scientific Method (Turtles Ahoy – ID Variables).

Friday, August 31, 2018

7 – Introduce mass measurement with triple beam balances.
8 – Oreo Cookie Double Stuff Lab (Scientific Method Review) Question: Are Oreo Double Stuffed REALLY Double Stuffed??

 


 

Monday, August 20, 2018
Introduction to Lab Equipment (specific to grade level)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Make a dichotomous key for lab equipment – Spinner Game to prepare for TEST TOMORROW

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
TEST on lab equipment.

7 - Introduction to measurement - Bill Nye Video and mnemonic
8 – Introduction to Microscopes - identifying parts

Thursday, August 23, 2018
7 - Create a foldable identifying key components of the metric system.
8 – Using premade slides to learn how to properly use and take care of microscopes

Friday, August 24, 2018

7 - Beginning to use graduated cylinders - Milk Lab
8 – Microscopic "E" lab



 

 

 

 


Monday, August 13, 2018
Set up Notebooks. Go over safety contract. GET THE SAFETY CONTRACT SIGNED AND RETURNED TOMORROW.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Locate and explain how safety equipment in the classroom is used. Safety video and worksheet. (Accident at Jefferson High) Begin project.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Mr. Bean Video - Write safety violations found in video. Begin safety project - 4 Square. SAFETY TEST TOMORROW. YOU MUST GET 100% ON THIS TEST IN ORDER TO DO LABS.

Thursday, August 16, 2018
SAFETY TEST
Continue to work on safety project. DUE TOMORROW.
CHEMICAL SAFETY LAB TOMORROW.
HOMEWORK: FINISH PROJECT

Friday, August 17, 2018
CHEMICAL SAFETY LAB (Exothermic Reactions)
PROJECT DUE

 

WELCOME TO THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR!! I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING YOUR TEACHER.

Here is what we are doing this week:

Remember - any unfinished work goes home as homework

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Classroom procedures and expectations.
Name Glyphs 
Teambuilding activities - Scientific Summer: Write about how you used science during the summer. Create a clay model about it. Share with your partner
HOMEWORK: GET SYLLABUS SIGNED - BRING COMPOSITION BOOK (AT LEAST 100 PAGES) SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS DON'T LAST

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Review procedures - Quiz tomorrow.
Engineering Design Cycle & Teambuilding - Create a ramp at least 25cm in height that will carry a marble the entire length of the ramp without being touched when it is first released with only the materials given.
HOMEWORK: GET  SYLLABUS SIGNED IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE SO. NO EXPERIMENTS MAY BE DONE WITHOUT HAVING THIS DOCUMENTATION. REMEMBER COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK

Friday, August 10, 2018
Quiz on procedures. Revise and redesign your ramp for maximum results.

HOMEWORK: GET  SYLLABUS SIGNED IF NOT DONE SO ALREADY!  COMPOSITION BOOKS ARE MANDATORY BY MONDAY.