Welcome to 8th Grade Science!

Science Links:Pearson Interactive Text access link:
  • Use your '@aaca.school' user name
  • pw = gorockets1
Adobe Spark link (voice over software)user name = your @aaca.school email
BrainPop: user name = aaca; pw = gorocketsCool Sci Careers

Science Current Event Links:

Science Literacy Link NewselaNewsela link https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/6KJDC6

Unit 2 - Science Literacy: Reading to Learn: Science; Scientist/Artist Connections

CLASS ACTION BLOG: or/ What happened in Class today?
Mon Oct 23, 2017 - Variable WS + reviewFri Oct 20, 2017 Holy Fire Field TripThurs Oct 19, 2017 RI Assessment: Teen Creates GeneratorWed Oct 18, 2017 - Rock & Roll FA: variables; (M1, M2 Career presentation conclude); Sci Inquiry Elaborate Tab - virtual applicationTues Oct 17, 2017 (M2) Presentation; (M1, M3) Presentation + online vocab review Ch 1.3 Sci Inquiry Key conceptsMon Oct 16, 2017 (M1, M3) Sci Career Presentation- small group; M2 Sci Method NotesFri Oct 13, 2017 -Sci Career Presentation work - due Monday.Thur Oct 12, 2017 - Sci Career Presentation expectationsWed Oct 11, 2017 -Continue research + determine influential person in field + affect on field.Tues Oct 10, 2017 - Select science career & begin research 5 W'sMon Oct 9, 2017 - Columbus Day/ No SchoolFri Oct 6, 2017 - In-class RI assessment: Dream Job: InventorsThurs Oct 5, 2017 Branches of Sci Revision/ print/ submit. BrainPop Sci Careers GameWed Oct 4, 2017- Branches of Sci/ Careers paragraph drafting - print draft & labelTues Oct 3, 2017- Careers in Sci post-read ws -open notes as paragraph pre-write.Mon Oct 2, 2017 - Cornell notes 'Careers in Science'; RI.3 practice 'Scientists Working Together'
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Fri 9.29.17 - PD no schoolThur 9.28.17 - Intro RI.3 Connections btwn people, event/idea, and influence on others; Read /Complete 'Careers in Science' text + GR.Wed 9.27.17 - In-class write prompt: 'More to Explore' Oil Spill Lab extension.Tues 9.26.17 - Oil Spill Lab; whole class discussionMon 9.25.17- Sci Lit Comic presentations; pre-lab 'Oil Spill' reviewFri 9.22.17 Sci Lit Comic - voice over work - to be shared/presented Monday.Thur 9.21.17 Sci Lit Comic work: images, script, voice-over.Adobe Spark demoWed 9.20.17 - Adobe Spark sign up; continue working on Sci Lit comicTues 9.19.17 - Online Pearson Interactive Text review & practiceMon 9.18.17 - Review 'Why Study Science? notes + Storyboard ProjectScreen Shot 2017-09-18 at 10.15.58 AM.png
---------------Fri 9.15.17 - Independent Read Assessment: Author purpose, text structure, main idea, evidence.Thurs 9.14.17- Independent Read: Info Text 'Why Study Science?' + GR pkt.Wed 9.13.17- GIST + Strong Evidence practice; Annotation Review + marksNotes:Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 10.01.04 AM.png
Tues 9.12.17- Finding supporting Text Evidence - instruction + practice.Notes:Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 9.00.08 AM.png
Mon 9.11.17- 5 W's applied to Fri article "Back to the Future"; Gist Statement development.notes: Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 10.43.02 AM.pngFri 9.8.17 - review ITB worksheet & completeThurs 9.7.17 - Text Structure: parts of text + practice articleNotes:
Parts of Info text structure
Introduction - (hook) or introduces reader to topic
1- 3 paragraphs
Body of text -facts, evidence/ claim w/reasoning,
Supports topic
2- many paragraphs
Conclusion - wrap info/ adds closure

  • Restates main idea in new way
  • May extend readers thinking…’call to action’

Wed 9.6.17 - Text Structure: whole organization notes + practice articles & discussionText Structure: a) organization of whole text
  • Helps reader organize/ sift through info
b) role of specific pieces of text
Whole text organization structures:
  • Compare / contrast
  • Description
  • Sequence (lab procedure)
  • Cause/ Effect
  • Problem/ Solution
Tues 9.5.15 - Science Literacy - Text feature scavenger hunt; Author purpose [PIE]

Text Features: purpose = to organize info & engage reader
  • Examples: title, subtitles, headings, subheadings
  • Author info, contact info
  • Bold-faced words, bullet points
  • graph/ chart/ diagram
  • Photographs
  • Picture / Diagram Captions
  • Map
  • Timeline
Author’s Purpose
  • Persuade - convince others of idea/product (ex: opinions, advertisement)
  • Inform-learning new info (science, social studies)
  • Entertain - provide joy/comedy/interest
  • -engages reader/ adds interest
Mon 9.4.17 LABOR DAY - no school
9.1.17 - Art + Science Connections- Think Like a Scientist (4:06 min) + discussion8.31.17 - Intro: Nature of Science
Nature of Science(8 min/ published Jun 24, 2016)
In this video Paul Andersen explains the nature of science. He describes how science is a way of knowing about the natural world. Scientists develop investigations to gather evidence and make explanations about how the natural world works. These explanations are constantly critiqued over time. Most importantly science is a human endeavor.

Unit 1- Lab Safety Stds: RST.6-8.3 Follow Directions__
8.30.17 - Lab Safety Test; Safety Bingo8.29.17 -(SUB) 'Safe Place' RI passage + Q's; Lab Safety Cartoon
8.28.17 MAP testing/ no science class8.25.17 - Ropes Course Field Trip8.24.17 - Intro to Science - submit Science Summer Bridge work*
Summer Bridge Lab Safety - Please click on link to access all Lab Safety lessons.8 Lab Safety

Piktochart Login Use this link to develop your INFOGRAPHIC. Name your graphic w/ first name, last initial.**

For piktochart refresher, please view links below
Piktochart for Beginners
How to Use Piktochart (in 2 min)
Piktochart Tutorial link

This is a link to a quiz for children to identify and understand their multiple intelligences. http://kids.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Multiple_Intelligence_Test_for_Children
Brain Pop Link: https://www.brainpop.com/science/ user: aaca / pw: rockets
BrainPop: Humans & Environment

Unit 6- Human Impact Crash Course 5 Impacts on the Earth (10:32)
EQ- How do Humans Change the Planet?
How are ecosystems affected by change?
What actions can humans take to reduce negative effects to our planet?
Crash Course Ecology #10: 5 Human Impacts on Earth
CC Ecology #11 Pollution
CC Ecology #3 Human Population Growth
CC Ecology #12 Conservation & Restoration
CC Ecology: Ecosystem Ecology
CC Ecological Succession

Class Action Blog: Human Impact
Thur 05.25.17 - Sci Fi movie continued/ last day of class
Wed 05.24.17- Sci Fi movie + clean out folder(M-3)
Tues 5.23.17 - Ch 3 Resources & Living Things Summative Assessment.
Mon 5.22.17- Student led review using Kahoot; prep for assessment Tues
Fri 05.19.17 - Student groups develop Kahoot as study guide for assessment next week.
Thur 05.18.17- Warm-up Population Activity; CC Human Pop Growth; Ch 3.4 Forests & Fisheries pp 102-107.
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Wed 05.17.17 - QL- ID Natural Resource Activity; Ch 3.2 note review; Ch3.3 Human Population- student paced learning ; Crash Course Human Population Growth

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Tues 05.16.17- Ch 3.1 Assessment: Intro Environ Issues; Begin RANT Ch3.2 Natural Resources
Mon 05.15.17 - Lorax Post view discussion Q's; Ch3.1 Environmental Issues note review; Quick Lab Environmental Issues + Q's

Fri 05.12.17 LORAX video (25min) answer/respond to post watch Q's 3-5:
3) What could the Once-ler have done to minimize his factory's effect on the environment? 4) The 'Thneed' is defined as a fine thing that everyone thinks they need. What are some examples of thneeds - things that we need? 5)The Lorax spoke for trees "for the trees have no tongues". What would you chose to speak for, and what would you say?

Thur 05.11.17 - Review /Discuss focus Q's for BrainPop Wed; Intro Ch 3.1 Environmental Issues RANT + R&R ws
BEGIN: Wed May 10, 2017 - ntro to Human Impact Unit - watch & take notes BrainPop: Humans & Environment List 1 thing that surprised you, 2 areas discussed, 3 things you learned.

UNIT 5 - Matter & Energy in Organisms & Ecosystems
EQ: How do organisms obtain and use energy?
MS-LS1-7 Develop a model to describe how food is arranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. (Carbon-Oxygen Cycle, Nitrogen Cycle, Water Cycle).
BrainPop: Carbon Cycle
BrainPop: Nitrogen Cycle
BrainPop: Energy Pyramid
BrainPop Game: Carbon Cycle
Nitrogen Cycle Game
BrainPop: Food Fight Game
Citizen Science Cool Science Careers
Class Action Blog:
END: Wed 05.10.17- Summative test: Energy Flow in Ecosystems & Biomes
Tues 05.09.17- Biome Museum Walk + checklist
Mon 05.08.17-PD no school
Wed - Fri May 3-5, 2017 - DC trip, no 8 science
Tues 05.02.17 - Biome project work - see rubric
Mon 05.01.17 - Biome project work - research
Tues 04.25- Fri 04.28.17 ASPIRE testing- no science class
Mon 4.24.17 - Biome introduction- Select biome for research
Fri 04.21.17- Vocab assessment Ch2.5 Biogeography; Read Ch 2.3-2.4 Biome as prep for project next week; Immigration Fair
Thur 04.20.19- Review of Biogeography content info; Immigration Fair
Wed 04.19.17 - Assessment Cycles of Matter Ch 2.2; RANT Ch 2.5 Biogeography- take notes & know:
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Tues 04.18.17- Reveiw of Cycles of Matter + study ws. Vocab Quiz Wed.
Thur - Mon 04.17.17 = Easter Break
Wed 04.12.17 - student directed learning Ch 2.2 pp50-57 Cycles of Matter: Carbon/Oxygen cycle, Nitrogen cycle, Water cycle.
Tues 04.11.17 - Energy Flow in Ecosystems assessment; begin Ch 2.2 RANT: Cylces of Matter.
Mon 04.10.17 - Energy flow in ecosystems; review/prep for assessment Tues.
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Fri 04.07.17- Independent Learning Ch 2.1 Energy Flow in Ecosystems:
BrainPop: Energy Pyramid
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Thur 04.06.17 - Cell Energy/Cellular Respiration Assessment; Complete 'Exhale CO2 Analysis Q's.
Wed 04.05.17 Lab - Data collection for 'Exhale CO2' - students complete control test, then post-exercise test.
Tues 04.04.17- Pre-lab & Plan Investigation for - Exhale CO2 Lab- teacher demo; student plan time.
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Mon 04.03.17 - Note check; Review of concepts; Sketch: Photosynthesis & Cell Respiration relationship
Fri 03.31.17 - Independent Study continued: Cell Energy/Cellular Respiration
Thur 03.30.17 - Independent Study - Cell Energy/Cellular Respiration/TES lessons.
Wed 03.29.17 - SCE #3 Presentations
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How does matter & energy move through an ecosystem?
MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
MS-LS1-7 Develop a model to describe how food is arranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
Cell Energy/Cellular Respiration/TES
MS-LS2-1 Analyze & Interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Competition Link
MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Mt. St. Helen Succession

Class Action Blog: Unit 5 Matter & Energy in Organisms & Ecosystems
Mon 3.27.17 - SCE #3 work - due Wed.
Fri 03.17.17 - SCE #3 article selection + ITB ws
Thurs 03.16.17 - Photosynthesis paragraph completed/submitted.
Wed 03.15.17 - Photosynthesis Vocab Assess. + Info Paragraph revise/ edit.
Tues 03.14.17 -Photosynthesis paragraph drafting. See Q's below for organization.
Mon 03.13.17 Photosynthesis review - assessment Wed.

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Fri 03.10.17 Parent/Teacher Conference - no school
Thurs 03.09.17 Photosynthesis - self-paced lesson. Photosynthesis/TES
Be able to answer:
Wed 03.08.17- Assessment: Interactions & Changes in Communities
Tues 03.07.17- RI Text: Dung Beetle - read passage, answer Q's (Petersent FT]
Mon 03.06.17 - RI Text: Dung Beetle - read passage, answer Q's.[Key Field Trip]
Fri 03.03.17 - Ch 1.4 Changes in Communities - presentation; Video clip
Mt. St. Helen ; RANT Ch 1.4; study /review packet for Ch 1.3, Ch 1.4 assessment WED.
Thur 03.02.17 - Review Interactions Content Ch 1.3; Adaptation Activity; BrainPop- Natural Selection
Wed 03.01.17- Merten out - Independent Study Ch 1.3 Interactions.
Tues 02.28.17 - Pop graph review; Vocab Assessment; Pop data analysis ws; Can you hide the Butterfly? activity.
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Mon 02.27.17 - Review Population content; QL Populations activity; R&R ws to prep for Tues vocab assessment.
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Fri 02.24.17 - Ch 1.2 Populations RANT + QL ws
Thur: 02.23.2017 - Text distribution (Ecology & Environment) & preview; independent notes on L1 - Living Things & Environment (RANT). Ch1.1 p2-9
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Wed: 02.22.2017 - Intro to MEOE unit- Intro Activity: What's in a Scene? Students identify living, non-living things in pic.

MS-PS1-3 Gather & make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come form natural resources and impact society. Synthetic Material link (4:30)

MS-PS1-2 Analyze and interpret data on properties before and after substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-PS1-5 Develop a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction, thus mass is conserved.
BrainPop Chemical Equations
BrainPop Conservation of Mass
New Materials Research Directions & Rubric
Piktochart Login
user name = smerten@alphonsusacademy.org pw = 8science308
Piktochart for Beginners
How to Use Piktochart (in 2 min)
Piktochart Tutorial link
Class Action Blog -
Tues 02.21.17 - Infographic presentation - conclude Chem Interaction Unit.
Mon 02.20.17- NO SCHOOL / President's Day
Fri 02.17.17 - NO SCHOOL/ PD Day
Thurs 02.16.17 -Infographic presentations
Wed 02.15.17- Final class day for Piktochart graphic design/ Rubric distriburted; Present Thurs.
Tues 02.14.17- Piktochart graphic design work for New Materials product.
Mon 02.13.17 - New Materials Research Completed - develop info text 'copy' into google docs + imbed sources, pics, etc into google doc (pre-write planning).
Fri 02.10.17 - New Materials Project Intro + Research
Thur 02.09.17 - In-class RI.7 write prompt to compare learning new info via text and other multimedia form. Video Field Trip - Exploring New Materials.
WED 02.08.17 Jigsaw learning from text/ New Materials. Watch BrainPop Plastics link to compare info gained from text vs. multimedia.

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Tues 02.07.17 - Intro RI.7 - discussion different mediums for learning/ benefits & drawbacks. Read Info text on Rathin Datta as preview to MS-PS1-3.
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Mon 02.06.17 - Presentations: Consv. of Mass
Fri 02.03.17 - Consv. of Mass Project work. Due Monday
Thurs 02.02.17 - Intro Conservation of Mass Project; brainstorm + begin work
Wed 02.01.17 - Quick Lab model categories of Chem Rxn to lead into project.
Tues 01.31.17. Describe Chem Rxn assessment; Quick Lab- Mass conserved
Mon 01.30.17- Art/Chemistry Read Info article & associated Q's (Aspire Practice)
Fri 01.27.17 - Review of Chem Equation - Quick Lab; Balance Equation Practice. R&R ws as prep for assessment Tues.
Thurs 01.26.17- Balance Equation practice; Conservation of Mass; Types of Chem Rxns. p 3. notes
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Wed 0.25.17 - RANT Ch 5.2 Describe Chem Rxn pp170-175 [Chem Equ info; Conservation of Mass; HW = Balance Chem Equ p176-177]
p1 notes
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P 2 notes
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Tues 01.24.17- Intro Describe Chem Rxn Ch 5.2; pre-lesson assess + warm-up activity 'Did You Lose Anything?'
Mon 01.23.17- Return Lab Report; Chemical Comics classwork time. Due Wed 01.25.17
Fri- 01.20.17 - Analyze Q & discussion of Lab 'Where's the Evidence?'; post-lab written assessment; Chemical Comic intro
Thur 01.19.17 - Lab: Where's the Evidence?
Wed 01.18.17- LR final review/print; STEM survey
Tues 01.17.17 - LR work- due Wed start of class.
Mon 01.15.17- MLK Day- no school
Fri 01.13.17- Heat Investigation Lab; begin writing up lab report (LR)

or use Google Doc 'Lab Report' Template & add missing headings (see LR template)
Thur 01.12.17 - Heat Investigation planning.
Wed 01.11.17 - Heat Investigation Introduction paragraphs:
Paragraph 1: Describe Evidence of Chemical Reactions.
Paragraph 2 : Describe results of Sunshine in a Bag.
Thesis State: Problem: Which reactant caused the heat in Sunshine in a Bag?

Tues 01.10.17 - Ch 5.1 Obs Chem Change Assessment; SCE #2 presentations; Interpreting Data practice.
Mon 01.09.17- Ch 5.1 Review for assessment prep (Tues quiz)
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p2 notes continued
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p 3 notes/ review Evidence of Chem Rxn
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p 169 Math Skills/ Analyze Data
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Fri 01.06.17 - Studio Artist Science Connection Survey;
Studio Artist Habits Science Connection Survey
Return/discuss written responses/evidence on 'Mystery Matter' lab; RANT Ch 5.1 Observing Chem Change pp160-169.
Thur 01.05.17- 'Sunshine in a Bag' lab investigation (part 1) + draft analysis paragraph.
Wed 01.04.17 - SCE #2 presentation + Chem Rxn activity
Happy New Year*
Tues 12.20.16- Holiday Celebration/ no science class
Mon 12.19.16- SCE #2 Presentations
Fri 12.16.18 - SCE #2 presentation workday
Thur 12.15.16- SCE #2 article research day
Wed 12.14.16 - Mystery Powder lab complete.
Tues 12.13.16 - Return RI Text Assessment; Mystery Powder lab- begin
Mon 12.12.16 -Christmas Play- no science class.
Fri 12.09.16 - Reading Info Text Assessment 'Everything Must Change'; select SCE #2 topic
Thurs 12.08.16 - Mass/ Share Info Text central idea, evidence, text structure and purpose.
Wed 12.07.12 'Changes in Matter' review & vocab assessment; independent Info Text practice for: purpose, central idea, supporting evidence, text structure.
Tues 12.06.16- L4 Ch 1.4 'Changes inMatter' - text box review, note review, brain-pop video clip (Property Changes)
Mon 12.05.16- L4- Ch 1.4 'Changes in Matter' - physical/chemical change demo; Begin RANT
Fri 12.2.16 - Parent Teacher Conferences/ No school
Thurs 12.1.16 - Vocab/Measure Assessment Ch 1.1-1.3; Hands on Density measurements.
Wed 11.30.16- L3- Ch1.3 'Measure Matter' RANT + complete p33 Review Q's
Tues 11.29.16 - L2/Ch1.2 'Classify Matter' RANT + complete p31 Review Qs
Mon 11.28.16 - Matter Review - frayer model, plus RANT Ch 1.1 'Describe Matter' p1-7; complete review Q's Lesson 1 on p31.
Tues 11.22.16 - Studio Artist Habit presentation
Mon 11.21.16- Studio Artist Habits of Mind - students selected one 'Artist Habit' to explain, find an image to reflect habit, then make a connection to scientist: select science image to reflect habit & explain.
Studio Artist Habits of Mind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og1B5iUR8MA
Artist/Scientist Habit Rubric
Fri 11.18.16 - no science class/ time donated to ELA essay.
Thur 11.17.16 - Lab- 'Is it physical or chemical?' (glue making lab)

Class Action Blog: Science Literacy- Science Inquiry/ Sci Method
Intro to Human Impact Unit - watch & take notes BrainPop: Humans & Environment List 1 thing that surprised you, 2 areas discussed, 3 things you learned.
BrainPop 'Reading Skills' https://www.brainpop.com/english/studyandreadingskills/readingskills/
BrainPop 'Reading a Newspaper' https://www.brainpop.com/english/studyandreadingskills/readinganewspaper/
Reading to Learn (Informational Text)
Defining Informational Text video clip (1:24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pR6GhMxlB8
Wed 11.16.16 - Return 'Apple Barrier' paragraph; Izzit.org- 'Who owns what?' + discussion.
Tues 11.15.16 Studio Artist Habits of Mind - watch, notes, make a connection of each artist 'habit' to scientist attitudes/skills.
Studio Artist Habits of Mind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og1B5iUR8MA
Mon 11.14.16 - RI Quizlet 2 read/answer Q'
Fri 11.11.16- Apple Barrier pargraph editing/revising/ final revision/ print/SWP
and submit if completed.
Thur 11.10.16 - Apple Barrier paragraph drafting.
Wed 11.9.16 - Apple Barrier paragraph pre-write planning (thinking map)
Tues 11.8.16- Apple Barrier Lab Analysis Q discussion; SCE #1 Presentation Completed.
Mon 11.7.16 - SCE #1 Presentation
Fri 11.4.16 - Cub World Series Celebration/ no class.
Thur 11.3.16 SCE #1- presentation expectations/ classwork
Wed 11.2.16- SCE #1 continued: complete ws, begin presentation.
Tues 11.1.16 - M2, M3: SCE #1 article selection + ITB ws completion; M1 missed class due to mass.
Mon 10.31.16 - Apple Observation; Controlled Experiment review; Everybody's Space video.
Fri 10.28.16 - Apple Observation; Sci Method Assessment; RI practice -Drone, part B
Thur 10.27.16- ACT RI 8 practice (Drone, part A)
Wed 10.26.16 - Apple/ Skin Barrier Lab - set up & initial observation
Tues 10.25.16 - Operational Definition + practice; Apple/Skin Barrier pre-lab
Mon 10.24.16 - Gummy Bear presentations (digital); Hypothesis practice; 'Poop to Profit' info story.
Fri 10.21.16- Gummy Bear presentations (paper only); review of Rock & Roll FA; In-class read informational text & responses SA: Strange Case of Beriberi.
Thurs 10.20.16 - Conclude Gummy Bear Lab; answer Q's, create group poster
Wed 10.19.16 - Simpson HW review/ Set-up Gummy Bear Lab
Tues 10.18.16 - Variable review + testable Q's , hypothesis review.
Mon 10.17.16 - Sci Investigation/ Cornell notes + variable practice.
Friday - 10.14.16 HOLY FIRE Religion Field Trip/ no classes
Thurs 10.13.16 - Sci Method Lab Stations - completed
Science Inquiry Links:
'Watch It!' Station link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVfI1wat2y8
'Research It!' Station link: http://webapp.gccaz.edu/academic/biology/scientific_method/
Wed 10.12.16 Sci Method Lab Stations; 'Research It' whole class.

Class Action Blog: Science Literacy; Reading to Learn: Science
Science Current Event Links:
Tues 10.11.16 - 'Citizen Science' BrainPop game/ whole class.
Mon 10.10.16 - Columbus Day/ no school
Fri 10.7.16 - Merten Out - Independent Class work: 'Brain Food' + questions.
Thurs 10.6.16 - Sci Career Presentations
Wed 10.5.16 - Sci Career presentations
Tues 10.4.16 - Science Career - complete bibliography; share for presentations.
Mon 10.3.16 -Science Career -(task 3) Develop presentation to highlight career.
Fri 9.30.16 - Science Career mini-research(task 2) - find important individual that influenced selected career or industry.
Thur 9.29.16 - Science Career mini-research (independent work) + construct GIST summary.
Wed 9.28.16 Nature of Science(8 min) + select science career for mini-research.
Video Published on Jun 24, 2016
In this video Paul Andersen explains the nature of science. He describes how science is a way of knowing about the natural world. Scientists develop investigations to gather evidence and make explanations about how the natural world works. These explanations are constantly critiqued over time. Most importantly science is a human endeavor.
Tues 9.27.16 - In-class write: paragraph
Mon 9.26.16 - Review of Person/idea/influence as determined in 'Scientists Working Together' ws. Identify response starters: practice + application to post-read 'Careers in Science' ws as prep for information paragarph tuesday.
Thurs 9.22.16 - Reading 'Super Inventor' to determine purpose, text structure, determine influence of person due to major idea/event. In-class Practice + HW practice.
Wed 9.21.16 - (1) Read 'Career in Science' + complete GR. (2) Develop Cornell notes
Tues 9.20.16 - 'Accidental Discovery' assessment: Information Text
Mon 9.19.16- preview basic text organization: intro, body, conclusion; intro to article & organization.
Fri 9.16.16- LAB -Oil Spill - challenges of clean-up
Thurs 9.15.16 - Why Study Science? Comic - using science to solve an everyday problem.
Wed 9.14.16 - Cornell notes: 'Why Study Science'
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Tues 9.13.16 - 'Why Study Science' Read, complete GR + sec Q's
Mon 9.12.16 Reading Skills: Text Structure - organization of info text.

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Fri 9.9.16 - Reading Skills Quiz; pair work: science current event, ITB + 5W's & summary sentence (finish for HW).
Thur 9.8.16 Read to Learn: 5W's; summary sentence + evidence details.
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Wed 9.7.16 - review HW ws; ITB practice w/ mag article.
Tues 9.6.16- Reading to Learn; intro reading info text:
Information Text Breakdown (ITB): author purpose, text features, 3 big words, details, connections, etc.
Mon 9.5.16 - LABOR DAY - no school

Summer Bridge/UNIT 1: Lab Safety and Expectations:
RST.6-8.3 Follow a multistep process/ Following Directions.
RI.8.4 Domain specific vocabulary
RI.8.7 Integrate information visually

Class Action Blog: Lab Safety
Mon 9.5.16 - Labor Day; No School
Fri 9.2.16 - Lab Safety assessment; complete safety cartoon
Thur 9.1.16 - Complete Lab Safety Stations; Identify safe lab practices on cartoon
Wed 8.31.16 - Lab Safety stations - student centered learning + worksheet.
Tues 8.30.16 - Review of Summer Bridge packet + proper lab dress identification
Mon 8.29.16-Intro to 8th science; Safety Equipment scavenger hunt.

LAB Safety Links: watch these links to reinforce your self-teaching
Safety Rules: (9:31) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjJz85bQqdM
(Lab) Safety Dance: (3:46) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_HBM_NwrRE
Lab Safety Rap: (2:24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yclOrqEv7kw

8 SCIENCE Useful Links:
BRAIN POP: user name = aaca; pw = rockets
BrainPop Link: https://www.brainpop.com/science/
Encyclopedia Brittanica General Link: http://school.eb.com/levels user name: stalph pw: access
Easy Bib http://www.easybib.com/cite/view
Artist Habits of Mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og1B5iUR8MA
Studio Artist Habits of Mind video clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og1B5iUR8MA
Artist/Scientist Habit Rubric
Nature of Science(8 min) Published on Jun 24, 2016

In this video Paul Andersen explains the nature of science. He describes how science is a way of knowing about the natural world. Scientists develop investigations to gather evidence and make explanations about how the natural world works. These explanations are constantly critiqued over time. Most importantly science is a human endeavor.

Science Current Event Links:

Science Current Event Link:

Matter & Energy Flow in Ecosystems
Biome Project Link:
Encyclopedia Britannica Link http://school.eb.com/levels
MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
MS-LS1-7 Develop a model to describe how food is arranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living things and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
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Encyclopedia Britannica Link: Photosynthesis 1

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