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Grade 8 Science Benchmarks:

GRADE EIGHT SCIENCE BENCHMARKS.doc
GRADE EIGHT SCIENCE BENCHMARKS.doc

GRADE EIGHT SCIENCE BENCHMARKS.doc

For information regarding the class, course materials, and resources, scroll down to find the information you seek.





LINK TO THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS: Pearson Science

!!!!! I will provide you with log-in instructions in class.



9-3-13 Tues

Welcome back to another year of middle school science!

9-30-14 Tues
For those of you who would like to review the steps for solving problems using DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS, follow this link to watch several helpful tutorials.
Dimensional Analysis Tutorials


11-17-14 Mon
In light of the recent historic comet landing,complete this assignment: Comet Landing
(To save your copy of the document,make sure you rename it like this: HrComet Landing–Name

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Here is the video we watched together in class:


11-19-14 Wed
Follow these links to the websites listed on your handout "Periodic Tables Online". Follow the directions on the handout to help you find the information needed to complete the worksheet. Don't worry if you don't get finished today.

Site: Periodic Table Structure Site: Parts of the Periodic Table Site: Chemical Elements.com


12-2-14 Tues
Review and quiz yourself on your knowledge of ionic bonds. Ionic Bonding Interactive.

12-9-14 Tues
Starting our discussion of covalent bonding of atoms. Here is the homework from today:


12-10-14 Wed
Reading and discussing pp 31-33 in your book. Make sure you take a look at the "Math: Analyzing Data" activity on page 33. REMEMBER!! "Covalent Bonds GR" is due tomorrow!

12-11-14 Thur
Poar vs nonpolar bonds. Remember to impress your family and friends with your balloon trick!

12-12-14 Fri
The properties of compounds are determined by the atoms they are made of and the arrangement of those atoms. We saw carbon used as an example of how the arrangement of the atoms results in graphite, diamonds and Bucky Balls. Here is a link to that video: "Diamonds, Pencils, and Bucky Balls"

ASSIGNMENT: Section 4 Assessment questions, pg 35, 1-3 DUE MONDAY


12-12-14 Fri
Diagramming covalent bonds. We will devote the class period on Monday to this activity.
REMEMBER: Section 4 Assessment questions, pg 35, 1-3 DUE MONDAY

12-15-14 Mon
We will spend the class time working on the Covalent Bonding worksheet. This is due TOMORROW.

12-16-14 Tues
I've pushed off the due date for the Covalent Bonding Lab. I talked with you one on one today about covalent bonding and will continue to do that tomorrow.
ASSIGNMENTS: "Bonding in Metals GR due THURS
Chapter Review, pp 41-42, #1-16, 19, 21-25. Pg 43, #1-5 due THURS

12-18-14 Thur
Sorry I can't be there with you yet to help you prepare for the test. But I have this interactive that I would like you to go through. This should reinforce everything that we discussed in this chapter. PLEASE READ and use these pages to review and study for your test. The Periodic Table Interactive

12-23-14 Tues
If you have finished your test and have no science late work, try the "Chemistry Scavenger Hunt". Find the links you need here: "Chemistry Links Page"

1-5-15 Mon
Welcome back and Happy New Year! Starting Chapter 2,"Chemical Reactions". The guided reading for Section 1 is due Wednesday.

1-6-15 Tues
Review the differences between physical and chemical properties.


1-7-15 Wed

What? No school for you?? lucky....

1-8-15 Thur
I told you we would take a closer look at endothermic and exothermic reactions. Let's start with this short video:













*HOMEWORK for tomorrow: "Math Analyzing Data", page 52, #1-5. (answer on notebook paper)

1-9-15 Fri
Review/reread pages 56-59 in your book. Here is the Guided Reading that is assigned for TUESDAY:

1-12-15 Mon
Reading pp 60-61 in the book, we get our first introduction to balancing chemical equations. To practice this new skill, we'll be doing "Balancing Equations Online".


These are the links you will need to use to complete this activity:
Site #1 "Chemical Equations"
Site #2 "Classic ChemBalancer"
Make sure you read the information given on these pages...especially the instructions for "Classic ChemBalancer"!

1-13-15 Tues
"Describing Chemical Reactions GR" due TODAY.

"Balancing Equations Online" will be worked on in class today. DON'T FORGET TO WRITE DOWN THE BALANCED EQUATION AND FILL IN THE BLANKS AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH PROBLEM BEFORE YOU MOVE ON!!

1-14-15 Wed
Today**
  • "Balancing Equations Online" will be finished in class today and turned in.
  • "Balancing Act" -- now you get to practice balancing chemical equations without the computer to tell you if you got it right! Due FRIDAY.



1-15-15 Thur

Announcements
  • "Balancing Equations Online" MUST get finished today and handed in to me.
  • REMEMBER Balancing Act" is due tomorrow.

Today
  • Identify the three categories of chemical reactions and look at examples of each
  • Time for answering questions about "Balancing Act" as well as time to work on it.

1-16-15 Fri

Announcements
  • Shortened schedule today due to early dismissal
  • "Balancing Act" due today

Today
  • I will hand back "Balancing Equations Online" and display the answers for you to grade. Hand back in.
  • Correct and turn in "Balancing Act"
  • Discuss Chemical Reactions lab we will begin working on. THERE WILL BE NO TOLERANCE FOR MISBEHAVIOR. FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND EVERYONE WILL WASH THEIR HANDS BEFORE LEAVING CLASS EVERY DAY WE ARE WORKING ON THIS LAB!!!

1-19-15 Mon

Announcements
  • Checking book covers today.

Today
  • We'll begin the "Identification of Chemical Reactions Lab". You will work on this through Wednesday, but no longer. I WILL ASK FOR THE COMPLETED LAB ON WEDNESDAY
  • Follow all safety precautions outlined in class and be sure to wash your hands with soap and water before you leave class each day
  • Make and record careful observations. Remember, your goal is to be able to identify the unknown solution based on you experiments.


1-20-15 Tues

Today
  • Continue working on the "Identification of Chemical Reactions Lab". Remember, not every pairing will produce a chemical reaction.
  • Lab will continue through Wednesday but no later.

1-21-15 Wed

Announcements
  • Try to finish all of the Chemical Reactions lab today. Remember, you are trying to correctly identify the "unknown". DON'T turn it in. We will discuss the lab tomorrow

Today

1-22-15 Thur

Announcements
  • "Balancing Equations Challenge" due FRIDAY
  • QUIZ TOMORROW on balancing equations.

Today
  • Finish/discuss the Chemical Reactions lab and the outcomes
  • Questions on "Balancing Equations Challenge"?
  • Preview Section 3, pp 66-71

1-23-15 Fri

Today

1-26-15 Mon

Announcements
  • "Controlling Chemical Reactions GR" due TOMORROW
  • TEST FRIDAY
Today
  • Pages 68-69 in the book. What factors affect the rates of chemical reactions.

1-27-15 Tues

Announcements
  • "Controlling Chemical Reactions GR" due today
Today
  • Finish the section on rates of reactions (through pg 71)
  • ASSIGNMENT: Chapter Review pgs 79-81. #1-12, 14, 16-23. Due THURSDAY
  • TEST FRIDAY

1-28-15 Wed

Announcements
  • Chapter Review due THURSDAY
  • TEST FRIDAY on Chemical Reactions

Today
  • Video review and your first "bleeping quiz"

1-29-15 Thur

Announcements
  • TEST TOMORROW!!!!!

Today
  • Correct Chapter Review
  • Review for the test. Did I mention that's TOMORROW?!!

1-30-15 Fri

  • TEST TODAY ON CHEMICAL REACTIONS

2-2-15 Mon
Today

2-3-15 Tues
Announcements
  • "Understanding Solutions GR" due tomorrow.

Today
  • Identify 3 different types of mixtures; solutions, colloids, and suspensions. Give examples of each.
  • Video Field Trip! The making of maple syrup and understanding "concentration".

2-4-15 Wed

Announcements
  • "Understanding Solutions GR"is due TODAY
  • QUIZ Thursday on Section 1 in your book.

Today
  • Ionic vs molecular solutions. How are they alike? How are they different?
  • ASSIGNMENT: "Concentration and Solubility GR" due MONDAY.


2-5-15 Thur

Announcements
  • "Concentration and Solubility GR" due MONDAY

Today
  • Quiz on Section 1
  • No class tomorrow. Quarter reward trip!

2-9-15 Mon

Announcements

  • "Concentration And Solubility GR" due TODAY
Today

2-10-15 Tues
Announcements
  • "Temperature and Solubility Enrich" due TODAY

Today
  • Discuss the rest of the section (pp 94-97)
  • ASSIGNMENT: "Temp. And Solubility pg 96" due WEDNESDAY

2-11-15 Wed
Announcements
  • "Temp. and Solubility pg 96" due TODAY

Today

2-12-15 Thur
Today
  • Finish data collection on the lab if needed.
  • Creating the graph: Refer to Procedure # 7 on your lab handout as well as page 171 in your book.
  • Don't forget to answer the questions once you have your graph completed.
  • ASK ME if you have any questions!

2-13-15 Fri
Announcements
  • Happy Friday the 13th!!

Today
  • I will allow time to finish up the graphs and answer any questions you have on the questions assigned.
  • When that's done, turn it in to the 8th grade tray and work on your ASSIGNMENT FOR TUESDAY: "Describing Acids and Bases GR"
  • BUT FIRST!! Let's review what a supersaturated solution is and then look at these!


HOT ICE! (sodium acetate)



2-16-15 Mon
Announcements
  • REMINDER: "Describing Acids and Bases" due Tuesday.

Today
  • Make sure you have your Solubility Lab turned in!
  • Properties of acids and bases, pp 98-101.
  • :Concentration and Solubility Quiz" TODAY

2-17-15 Tues
Announcements
  • "Describing Acids and Bases GR" DUE TODAY"

Today

2-18-15 Wed
Announcements
  • "Properties of Acids and Bases Quiz" today
  • REMEMBER: "Acids and Bases in Solution GR" due TOMORROW

Today
  • The role of the proton in acids and bases
  • What's better on a Wednesday that Dynamite Don?! He will demonstrate some of the properties of acids and bases for us.

2-20-15 Fri
Announcements
  • Section 4 Assessment due today

Today
  • Review information in Section 4 of your book.
  • Practice determining the pH of common solutions. "Virtual pH Lab".
  • Answer the attached questions in complete, thoughtful sentences. Use you science vocabulary!
  • lab sill be done by end of class on Monday.

2-23-15 Mon
Announcements
  • NEW ASSIGNMENT: Chapter Review, pp 117-118, #1-13, 15-17, 21-22. STP pg 119, #1-4. DUE NEXT MONDAY. TEST TUESDAY!
Today
  • Finish "Virtual pH Lab" and hand in TODAY
  • Take quiz, "Acids, Bases and pH". Turn in to tray
  • Use the rest of class to start work on the Chapter Review.
  • pH lab will start tomorrow

2-24-15 Tues
Announcements
  • Make sure you have turned in you "Virtual pH Lab"

Today
  • Discuss the quiz from yesterday
  • Procedures and safety precautions for the "pH Lab". FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS. GOOF-OFFS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE LAB!

2-25-15 Wed
Announcements
  • REMEMBER: Chapter Review due MONDAY
  • TEST TUESDAY!!

Today
  • Continue testing solutions in the lab. REMEMBER TO FOLLOW ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS. DO NOT CONTAMINATE THE PIPETTE OR THE SOLUTIONS!
  • Lab completed and write-up ready to hand in first thing Monday

3-2-15 Mon
Announcements
  • Chapter Review questions due TODAY
  • "pH Lab" due TODAY or TOMORROW after the test

Today
  • You will get 5-10 minutes to finish data collection on you pH Lab. REMEMBER TO TURN THIS IN TO THE TRAY!!
  • Review the chapter for the test tomorrow. This PowerPoint will be helpful:

3-4-15 Wed
Announcements
  • Done with Chemistry! I will collect the current books and give you a new one!

Today

3-5-15 Thur
Announcements
  • REMEMBER "Describing and Measuring Motion GR" is due TOMORROW (Friday)

Today
  • Define motion and reference point. Pgs 6-7.
  • Recall metric measurement, pp 8-9

3-6-15 Fri
Announcements
  • "Describing and Measuring Motion GR" due TODAY

Today

3-9-15 Mon
Announcements
  • "Speed Machines" due Tuesday. Ask questions if you have them!

Today
  • Video Field Trip
  • Graphing motion, pp 14-15

3-10-15 Tues
Announcements
  • "Speed Machines" due TODAY

Today
  • Understand how to compute speed in mph from speed in miles per second or from distance traveled in one mile
  • directly proportional vs, inversely proportional relationships
  • read graphs representing distance vs. speed and time vs. speed

"At the Track"


3-11-15 Wed
Today

3-12-15 Thur
Announcements
  • Remember: "Acceleration GR" due FRIDAY

Today
  • Read/discuss pp 22-23
  • Read/discuss pp 24-25
  • Practice calculating acceleration
  • ASSIGNMENT: "Formula Challenge due MONDAY. Start working through this so you can ask questions tomorrow!

3-13-15 Fri
Announcements
  • "Acceleration GR" due TODAY
  • REMINDER: "Formula Challenge" due MONDAY

Today
  • Pgs 26-27. Describe what graphs are used to analyze the motion of an accelerating object.
  • Questions on "Formula Challenge"?

3-16-15 Mon
Announcements
  • "Formula Challenge" due TODAY
  • TEST WEDNESDAY

Today
  • ASSIGNMENT: Chapter Review, pp 31-31, #1-10, 12-13, 15-21. Page 33, # 1-5. DUE TUESDAY
  • TEST WEDNESDAY. START STUDYING!!

3-17-15 Tues
Announcements
  • Chapter Review due TODAY
  • TEST WEDNESDAY

Today
  • Review for the test. Make use of the note card I provide. You will be able to use this on the test!

3-18-15 Wed

Announcements
  • TEST TODAY! Find that note card and use it!!
  • No homework! Enjoy your long weekend :-)

3-23-15 Mon

Today


3-24-15 Tues
Announcements
  • "The Nature of Force GR" due TODAY

Today


3-27-15 Friday
Announcements
  • "Friction and Gravity GR" due TODAY

Today

3-30-15 Mon
Announcements
  • I have pushed back the due date for "Mass, Weight, and Gravity" until tomorrow, Tuesday, so I can be here to talk about that assignment with you.

Today

4-1-15 Wed
Today
  • Continuing our discussion of friction and gravity in the book, pp 44-49.
  • Here are the videos that will illustrate some of out discussion:

Singing on the Moon



Bunny Hopping on the Moon


Falling on the Moon I



Falling on the Moon II



Twinkle Toes!


4-2-15 Thur
Today


Free fall? Watch it demonstrated in the world's biggest vacuum chamber!



Here is the Apollo astronauts version of a similar experiment on the moon.


Interested in learning more about Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking fall to earth? Here is the official website: Felix Baumgartner's Jump from Space

New first-person video of Felix's amazing jump!




4-7-15 Tues
Announcements
  • "Friction & Gravity RR" due TODAY
  • "Friction & Gravity Quiz" TODAY

Today
  • Discuss Felix B.'s fall to Earth
  • Projectile motion, pg 50 in your book
  • ASSIGNMENT: "Newton's First and Second Laws GR" due THURSDAY

MythBusters help us understand the principles behind projectile motion. "Bullet Fired/Dropped"



4-8-15 Wed
Announcements

Today
  • Begin discussion of Newton's Laws. Here's an introduction: "Laws of Motion"
  • Discover Activity, page 51
  • Read/discuss pp 51-52

4-9-15 Thur
Announcements
  • "Newton's First and Second Laws GR" is due TODAY

Today

4-15-15 Wed
Announcements
  • Make sure your "Newton's 1st and 2nd Law LAB" is turned in!
  • "Practice Problems for Newton's Second Law" is due TODAY

Today


Newton's First Law of Motion: The Law of Inertia




Newton's Second Law of Motion: force, Mass, and Acceleration




If you are curious about the International Space Station, check out this interactive feature from NASA:
http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/ISSRG/



Fascinated by how matter acts in a micro-gravity environment? Check this out!



4-16-15 Thur

Announcements
  • REMEMBER: "Newton's Third Law GR" is due FRIDAY

Today
  • Newton's 3rd Law of Motion, pp 55-57 in your book.
  • See what happens when you ignore Newton's 3rd law in outer space:




4-17-15 Fri
Announcements
  • "Newton"s Third Law GR" is due TODAY

Today
  • "What is a Newton? LAB. Begin data collection today and continue working on this Monday
  • Lab is due to be completed and turned in on TUESDAY


4-20-15 Mon
Today
  • Continue working on the lab. We will discuss in class how to complete the graph and answer the questions.
  • LAB DUE TUESDAY


4-21-15 Tues
Announcements
  • "What is a Newton?" lab collected today

Today
  • Review pp 55-57 in your book
  • Newtons' Third Law of Motion demonstrated on the ISS courtesy of ESA





4-22-15 Wed
Announcements
  • REMEMBER: "Math Skills/Concept Map" is due THURSDAY

Today
  • More discussion about Newton's Third Law and the Law of Conservation of Momentum (pp 59-61)
  • Watch Newton's Cradle for fun:



  • And watch Newton's cradle on a BIG SCALE!!




4-23-15 Thur
Announcements
  • "Math Skills/Concept Map" due TODAY
  • REMEMBER: "Rockets and Satellites GR" due MONDAY

Today
  • Page 64. Who is Homer Hickam??


  • Read and discuss pp 65-66, Satellite motion.
  • Zero Gravity Classroom



  • Riding the Vomit Comet!!



4-24-15 Fri
Announcements
  • "Rockets and Satellites GR" due MONDAY

Today


4-27-15 Mon
Announcements
  • "Rockets and Satellites GR" due TODAY
  • TEST WEDNESDAY

Today

Centripetal force:



  • WORK ON YOUR NOTE CARDS FOR THE TEST!


4-28-15 Tues

  • Review for the test TOMORROW

4-29-15 Wed

  • EARLY DISMISSAL -- Show me your note card and then get started on the test. I WILL COLLECT YOUR TEST IF YOU DO NOT FINISH TODAY

4-30-15 Thur


5-1-15 Fri
Announcements
  • REMEMBER: "What is Energy GR" due MONDAY

Today
  • Hand back tests and discuss
  • Pgs 144-147 in your book

Potential and Kinetic Energy



5-4-15 Mon
Announcements
  • "What is Energy GR" due TODAY

Today
  • Review potential and kinetic energy:





5-5-15 Tues
Announcements
  • REMEMBER : "Forms of Energy GR" due WEDNESDAY
Today
Forms of energy:


  • Forms of energy. pp 151-155
  • Calculating mechanical energy, pg 153


5-6-15 Wed
Announcements
  • "Forms of Energy GR" due TODAY
Today


5-7-15 Thur
Announcements
  • REMINDER: "Energy Transformations and Conservation GR" due TOMORROW

Today
  • Pages 160-161 in the book
  • Bill Nye on energy transformations:


  • Video Field Trip

5-8-15 Fri
Announcements
  • "Energy Transformations and Conservation GR" due TODAY

Today
  • ASSIGN: Chapter Review pp 171-173, #1-10, 11-13, 16-25, 1-5. DUE MONDAY

5-11-15 Mon
Announcements
  • "Energy" chapter review due TODAY

Today
  • Review for the test which is TOMORROW!!

5-13-15 Wed
Today

5-14-15 Thur
Announcements
  • "Living or Non'Living?" due TODAY

Today
  • Recall/refine list of characteristics of living things from yesterday. Can we improve that list?
  • Bill Nye furthers our understanding (as always!)


  • "Living Things" Video Preview
  • Project/discuss section one from "Living Things"

5-15-15 Fri
Today

5-19-15 Tues
Announcements
  • Take the time to check your grades on Infinite Campus. Some of you owe me at least one assignment!!

Today

5-20-15 Wed
Announcements
  • Keep track of your "6 Kingdoms" page. Keep it until I ask you to turn it in.

Today

5-21-15 Thur
Announcements
  • Be nice to your sub while I'm canoeing with t he 6th grade!

Today
  • "Silly Science" classification lab.

5-22-15 Fri
Announcements
  • Turn in you "Silly Science" lab if you haven''t already done so.

Today


5-26-15 Tues
Announcements
  • "Pamishan Creatures" AND "Classifying Organisms GR" due TODAY
Today
  • Work the rest of class on any late assignments you may have. All caught up = Study Hall!


5-27-15 Wed
Announcements
  • Keep checking Infinite Campus to see if you have all of your science assignments turned in!

Today

5-28-15 Thur
Announcements
  • Keep working on the "Classification Of Life" webquest. FINISH AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Today

5-29-15 Fri

Keep working to finish the "Classifying Organisms" AND "Virtual Earthworm Dissection".

Watch this to help prepare for Monday:**