Friday, February 20, 2015

23 - 27 February (Week 23)

This week Life Science will be studying the characteristics of life (or, answering the question: What is "life"?) as well as completing another article summary. Physical science will continue their study of energy and forces as well as begin learning about Newton's Laws of Motion. They will also be working on their DYOE Packets (due March 6th) and their DYOE Reading Journals (due March 13th).

Life Science
Day 1: Video
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10 minutes--be through page 13 by Monday, March 2), Bird Beak Adaptations
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Characteristics of Life: Venus Fly Trap, Nonliving vs. Living
Day 4: Article Summary (Meet in the Library--due Wednesday, March 4)

Physical Science
*Note: Physical Science only has three days this week due to i2i activities on Monday and Tuesday. Half of the 8th graders participate on Monday while the other half participate on Tuesday. This means that Monday and Tuesday are both "Day 1".
Day 1: Textbook Reading (15 minutes--working on DYOE Reading Journal), Types of Energy Review
Day 2: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Pressure WS, Intro Newton's Laws, Vector WS
Day 3: Quiz 11 (Types of Energy), DYOE Experiment Day

Notes for Physical Science
Here is the timeline for our current DYOE:

  • This week: Experiments completed before Day 3, Day 3 is a day to work on finishing the packet and required figures (Make them beautiful and you won't have to make new ones for your report or poster later!
  • Next week: Worksheet pages of packet should be finished by Day 1 (March 2nd), Day 1 will be used to finish all required figures, packet due Friday, March 6th.

Here is the timeline for our DYOE Reading Journal:
  • This week: Quiet reading for 15 minutes during class two days (Day 1 & Day 2).
  • Next week: Quiet reading for 15 minutes during class three days (Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3). If DYOE Packet is completed, you may also use time during our DYOE time on Day 1 (Monday, March 2.)
  • March 9-13: Quiet reading for 15 minutes during class three days (Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3). Packet due Friday, March 13th.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

17 - 20 February (Week 22)

Hope you had a great 3-day weekend! As the semester flies forward, we're starting to add grades to the grade book. Remember:

DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, TALK TO ME AND WE WILL COME UP WITH A PLAN TO HELP YOU GET THE GRADE YOU WANT!

With that reminder, I also add: check Powerschool at least once a week and DO SOMETHING about any grades that aren't where they should be. Talk to me during class (but not when I'm addressing the whole class...), during homeroom, or after school. I'm happy to help you! There is also after school study time in the library to help you, too.

But, most importantly, remember to: STUDY SCIENCE AT LEAST 5 MINUTES PER DAY! This can be really simple: tell your parents or a friend what you learned during class, review your science materials (especially your learning records physical science students!), or work on a sample test. Just for 5 minutes. It will make your education easier!

Now, on to the fun stuff. :) We have a great week planned in both Life Science and Physical Science. I'll let the agenda below tell you about it.

Life Science
Day 1: Introduce Characteristics of Life, Let's Talk Darwin
Day 2: Natural Selection (Mice) Activity
Day 3: Test 4 (Closed Book Sample, Open Book Sample)

Physical Science
Day 1: DYOE Reading Journal (Assignment Guidelines, DYOE Textbook WS)
Day 2: DYOE Experiment Day (DYOE Experiment Packet)
Day 3: Quiz 10 (Conservation Laws), DYOE Experiment Day

Note for Physical Science
Here is the timeline for our current DYOE:

  • This week: Complete our experiments (in class work time on Day 2 & Day 3)
  • Next week: Experiments completed before Day 4, Day 4 is a day to work on finishing the packet and required figures (Make them beautiful and you won't have to make new ones for your report or poster later!
  • March 2-6: Worksheet pages of packet should be finished by Day 1 (March 2nd), Day 1 will be used to finish all required figures, packet due Friday, March 6th

Thursday, February 12, 2015

9 - 13 February (Week 21)

Sorry for the late post! I was sick on Monday which put me behind a little. On that note, as sickness and other things float around this season, remember to get any work you miss if you're absent. The redo policy will help you as you catch up but it can be hard to catch up. Come in during homeroom or after school so I can help you! Also, ask your friends for help, too!

This week, life science will be studying DNA replication and protein synthesis. We also got our new textbooks as we will be switching to studying "Diversity of Life" soon. Physical science will spend the rest of the semester studying physics starting with an introduction to the basics of energy and forces.

Life Science
Day 1: "Challenges of Life" video
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10 minutes--new book, starting on p. 4), DNA Replication, Punnett Square WS
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Clock Partners, Protein Synthesis
Day 4: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Protein Synthesis Activity

Physical Science
Day 1: Types of Energy WS, Study for Quiz 10
Day 2: Review Types of Energy WS, LR Notes p. 3 (new learning record), DYOE Experiment Packets (Due March 6th)
Day 3: Forces Lab, Artistic Study Item (comic, poem, poster, story, etc.)
Day 4: Lessons on Energy & Force, 1st Calculation Practice WS

Note for Physical Science
Here is the timeline for our current DYOE:

  • This week: Gather & finalize details in preparation for actual experiment
  • Next week: Complete our experiments (in class work time on Day 3 & Day 4 next week)
  • February 23-27: Experiments completed before Day 4, Day 4 is a day to work on finishing the packet and required figures (Make them beautiful and you won't have to make new ones for your report or poster later!
  • March 2-6: Worksheet pages of packet should be finished by Day 1 (March 2nd), Day 1 will be used to finish all required figures, packet due Friday, March 6th

Thursday, February 5, 2015

2 - 6 February (Week 20)

Sorry for posting so late! The rush of the new semester! This semester Life Science will wrap up studying cells, heredity, and evolution by the end of next week. Then we shift into defining life, classifying life, and studying relationships between organisms. Physical Science finished chemistry this week and will spend the semester working on their DYOE (Design Your Own Experiment) and studying physics. It will be great!

Life Science
Day 1: -Reading Check 6 (Assignment Guidelines-Relate Text to Visuals OR Mark the Text), Genetics
Day 2: Genetics, Growth Chart Measurement
Day 3: Fix up our growth charts to meet requirements (Final Growth Chart Check--Due March 3rd after our next measurement)
Day 4: Dragon Heredity

Physical Science
Day 1: Clock Partners, Chemical Bonding Review Sheet
Day 2: Chemical Reactions
Day 3: Mythbusters
Day 4: Semester 1 Learning Record Notes p. 21, Conservation of Mass/Energy Lab

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

26 - 29 January (Week 19)

Last week of the semester! Life Science grades are current for semester and Physical Science grades are close to complete. Everything has been graded except the last assignment (Reading Journal 5), last quiz (Quiz 8), and last redo opportunity (Research Proposal Packets). If your grade isn't where it should be, take action!

Life Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (10 minutes--p. 108-117 completed by Monday, February 2nd) Mendel: Punnett Squares
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Punnett Squares WS, Cell Cycle Games
Day 3: Quarter Review Jeopardy

Physical Science
Day 1: Chemical Bonding: Covalent Bonds
Day 2: Chemical Bonding: Covalent Bonds, Chemical Reactions Video
Day 3: Quarter Review Jeopardy

20 - 23 January (Week 18)

Missed last week. Oops! Those weeks without Mondays...


Life Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Let's Talk Mendel
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Let's Talk Mendel, Coin Lab
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Let's Talk Mendel, Coin Lab 2

Physical Science
Day 1: Reading Journal 5 (Assignment Guidelines and Worksheets), Chemical Bonding: Ionic Bonds
Day 2: Chemical Bonding: Ionic Bonds, Ionic Bond Games
Day 3: Quiz 9 (Fission/Fusion), Ionic Bond Games

Monday, January 12, 2015

12 - 16 January (Week 17)

This week life science continues to focus on cell processes by making cell cycle games. Towards the end of the week we will start studying heredity. Physical science will continue working on their research proposals. These proposals are the first step for our second semester DYOE project so take the time to do it carefully and also make sure it gets turned in on time (this Friday.)

Life Science
Day 1: Reading Check 5, Cell Cycle WS, Make Cell Cycle Games
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10 min. p. 109), Make Cell Cycle Games
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10 min.), Make & Play Cell Cycle Games
Day 4: Textbook Reading (10 min.), Let's Talk Mendel

Physical Science
Day 1: Research Proposal Packet (Score Sheet, Scientific Method Sample, Graphic Organizer, Sample Graphic Organizer)
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10 min.-Fix Reading Journal 4), Chemical Bonding, Research Proposal Packet (Intro Paragraph & Supporting Paragraph 1)
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10 min.-Fix Reading Journal 4), Chemical Bonding, Research Proposal Packet (Finish Paragraph Guides)
Day 4: Textbook Reading (10 min.-Fix Reading Journal 5), Chemical Bonding, Research Proposal Packet (Figures Packet)