The students have been working through a unit on Chemical Reactions and deepening their understanding of what occurs on a molecular level. I was incredibly impressed with each students' perseverance when working on balancing chemical equations. We are now moving into Force and Motion. Students have been reflecting on the idea of motion and how it relates to daily interactions as well as macro ideas, such as the Earth and Sun.
Students are also in the process of beginning their research papers. Topics were due Friday and submitted through Schoology. The next due date is on March 6th, for identifying possible sources.
8th Grade Science section 1 will have the Unit 1 test focused on Describing Matter tomorrow, 10/17. Section 2 will have the Unit 1 test on Wednesday, 10/22. The test will cover Physical and Chemical properties, Physical and Chemical Changes, Mixtures, understanding of measurement, and the Law of Conservation of Mass. Students will complete a review the day prior to the test.
Suggested study tip: read through the different sections covered and be able to explain the main concepts, using examples for support. This test is in a written format (no multiple choice) and the students will be asked to use examples to support their reasoning.
For the past week, students have been learning about the two kinds of properties that describe Matter, Physical and Chemical. Students have worked through different activities to identify physical properties of Matter. Through these tasks, students began to understand that a physical property is a characteristic of a substance that can be observed without changing it into another substance (ex. texture); a chemical property is a characteristic of a substance that describes its ability to change into a different substance (ex. flammability).
Students will have their first quiz over these ideas on Tuesday, 9/26. They should review pages 5-7 in their Science books to review the information.
The 8th Graders have finished their Fortune Teller Fish investigation presentations. Each group received peer feedback about their project and are expected to make revisions to their lab reports to reflect these comments. The final lab report will be due this Friday and submission will be made through Schoology. Students will receive their access codes for Schoology in class on Thursday the 11th.
Write up a draft of your Investigation.
Each group will need to Include:
The “Big Question” (Why is the Fortune Teller Fish moving?)
Background information (your observations from the classroom expirience prior to your investigation)
Data Analysis (Not just raw data, show pictures, graphs, an charts)
Conclusion (Include any future investigations and lessons learned during your investigation)
Why did the Fortune Teller Fish move?
The fish moves because....
Draw a Scientist
Students need to complete their Scientist drawings - they must be colored.
The following questions may be answered on the back of the drawing or on a separate piece of paper:
- On the back of the paper, please explain what you created.
- How have your thoughts of scientists been influenced throughout your life (ie. movies, school, books, etc)?
- How is this represented in your drawing?
- Do you consider yourself a “Science Person”? Why or why not.
This is due 9/4/2014.