Welcome to Accelerated Science 8th Grade 2017-18

Online Resources for Science to use throughout the


Daily Posts

2-15 Thu
We will shift gears a bit today and investigate the history of the earth in a different manner. This can tie in with the geologic timeline stuff you have been doing.

2-14 Wed

  • Check and discuss the Earth Diagram Terms

2-13 Tue

  • Discussion on the potential 3D earth model. Ideas?
  • Hand in the Tsunami Study Guide
  • Work on the Earth Diagram Terms given in class

2-12 Mon

  • Discussion on the potential 3D earth model. Ideas?
  • When you are done with the Earthquake Web Guide, share it with me and hand in your answers to the questions
  • Check out this story that recently erupted in the world of geology.
  • Work on the Tsunamis assignment. The study guide was given in class as a hard copy. Write the answers to the questions in complete sentences on your own notebook paper. It is due tomorrow.
    • Check out these videos on the devastating effects of tsunamis

2-9 Fri

  • Discussion on the potential 3D earth model. Ideas?
  • When you are done with the Earthquake Web Guide, share it with me and hand in your answers to the questions

2-6 Tue

This will be done in class as a team. Go through this Earthquakes Web Guide and accomplish 2 main goals.
  1. Review and discuss the information found on the links as you are seeking answers to the questions on the web guide. Form a consensus on the links that are on the document. If you feel a link is valuable, keep it. If it is not worthy of keeping, delete it. If you find even better links, post them and let the others review them as well and decide on their value and form a consensus on them.
  2. Answer the questions on your notebook paper.

2-5 Mon

Finish discussing the Plate Tectonics Review sheet
Discuss the 3D planet earth model

2-2 Fri

Do the Plate Tectonics Review given in class today
Start discussing it when students have completed it

1-31 Wed

Use this earth link to answer questions for the . This document has been given in class.

1-30 Tue
What are tides and what causes them?

  • View the following resources and write a short paper that covers the following:
    • What are tides are and what causes them?
    • Compare the sun's effect on the tides and the moon's effect on the tides.
    • What are spring tides and what are neap tides and what is the relative position of the sun, earth and moon for each?

1-29 Mon

Moon Phases Animation 1
Draw the phase of the moon that is related to its position in its orbit around the earth. Shade in the moon phase for each position, with the shading representing the dark portion of the moon and leaving the white of your paper to represent the illuminated portion that we would see in the night sky. Name each moon phase that you draw. Draw the relative moon phase that we see in the sky that pertains to what the moon looks like at each position of its orbit.

How does a solar eclipse occur? How does a lunar eclipse occur?

  • Draw a representation of the a solar eclipse, showing the relative positions of the sun, moon and earth as well as the shadows that contribute to the effect
  • Draw a representation of the a lunar eclipse, showing the relative positions of the sun, moon and earth as well as the shadows that contribute to the effect
  • Add any labels to your drawings that might help clarify things to a viewer
  • Use the resources below

1-17 Wed

Semester Final Test-Quia

1-16 Tue
Semester 1 Review

12-14 Thu
Watch thus video before our "working test" today.

12-12 Tue
Try this DNA to Protein Order activity on Quia

12-7 Thu
  • View the following videos to see what the 4 levels of protein structure are. List and describe the 4 levels in your notes. This will be handed in for points.

  • To get a good sense of different types of proteins and their functions, check out this site and explore it! Types of Proteins

11-20 Mon

11-15 Wed

  • DNA to protein: Learn about how the message held in DNA eventually become molecules that make up a body and allow bodily processes to occur.
  • View the presentations linked below. Write and answer the following related questions in your notebook as well.

  1. What is DNA and what is its main purpose?
  2. What are the types of RNA mentioned in these presentations and what is the role of each?
  3. What is transcription?
  4. What does it mean to say the DNA and RNA strands are complimentary?
  5. What is translation?
  6. What are the four letters that are represented in the strands of DNA and RNA, and what do those letters represent?
  7. What is a codon?
  8. What is an anti-codon?
  9. What is an amino acid?
  10. What make up the “sides of the ladder” in the DNA and RNA structures respectively?
  11. What make up the “steps of the ladder” in the DNA and RNA structures respectively?
  12. What is the role of the ribosomes?

Here is another link that has a lot of supplemental information on it. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/basics/dna/

11.14 Tue

  • View the following videos as a basic background

  • Discussion today about the stages of mitosis and drew them on the board.
  • We continued the discussion with the following
    • compared/contrasted mitosis and meiosis
    • body cells v. gametes
    • diploid v. haploid

  • Take this Cell Quiz to see what you know about cells and cell structures

11-2 Thu
  • You will work on how one cell becomes another. This should be a bit of a review from 6th grade science and Human Growth and Development. Read the short descriptions, view the illustrations and ultimately draw the progression of cell division for mitosis and meiosis. The video posted below gives a rather detailed version that may be helpful. There is audio with it, so you will need earbuds/headphones.

  • Here is a nice review game for cell division. You have to put the correct description and diagram together and then "Evaluate". Division Stages and Descriptions

11-1 Wed

  • Hand in cell tutorial notes
    • List of cell structures and their functions
    • Drawings of animal and plant cells

10-31 Tue
Start to review and build on your understanding of cells
  • View the following Cell Tutorial site and read about prokaryotes v. eukaryotes. List and describe the main characteristics of each. Then look at plant v. animal cells. Draw a diagram of a plant cell and an animal cell and label the position, form and function of each structure in each cell. You can omit the extra structures that are not on your main structure list that you already have. Try constructing a cell at the end of the activity. Keep your cell notes and diagrams for review and discussion.

10-30 Mon
  • Complete the identification process for the specimens we gather from outside
  • Read the following page and consider the characteristics of living things to determine your position on whether or not a virus is alive (Even top scientists have an ongoing debate about this)
    • Is this virus thing alive?
    • Write a well-organized paragraph that gives some examples of why a virus might be considered alive, why it might not be considered alive paragraph. Also, give your position and your most convincing reasons to support your position. This is due tomorrow!

10-16 Mon
  • You should have looked at the several resources that I posted last Friday to get a feel for how leaves are described and classified. To get ready for tomorrow, list and describe/draw the following terms/concepts:
    • petiole, margin, serrated, lobed, simple leaf, compound leaf, veination, palmate, pinnate, double pinnate, opposite, alternate, awl type leaves, needle type leaves, scale type leaves

10-13 Fri
  • Review the taxonomy stuff posted last Thursday as a refresher on taxonomic levels and organization
  • Learning some important leaf terminology to prepare for next week. Take notes on what to look for when classifying leaves.

10-5-17 Thu
  • Before we begin today's stuff on taxonomy, exchange dichotomous keys with another group and run through the other group's key. Give the other group feedback on how effective their key is.
  • Related to classification is the concept of taxonomy. Do the following exercise to familiarize yourself with taxonomy and taxa
    • Be able to answer these questions about taxonomy.
      • Why do we need a system of classification?
      • What is a hierarchy?
      • What is a taxon?
    • Read some background on the development of scientific classification. Take notes on the important points for future discussion. Background on scientific classification
    • Be able to list the levels of classification in order from most general to most specific Here is link that summarizes levels of taxonomy
  • (For later?) Go to the following site and complete the worksheet given in class.

9-28 Thu
Today - We will be discussing and using a dichotomous key to classify some items
  • View these videos of the basics of a dichotomous key

Do this activity in class and hand into the daily tray. (For students who are absent today,
feel free to print this off to do and hand in tomorrow. Clearly number and record your identification answers on the back of the key or on your own paper.)

9-22 Fri
Reminder: Bring in footwear and clothing for going outside! IT WILL BE GETTING COLDER!

9-18 Mon

Is this thing living?

Life Essay -
Visit the following sites and generate a list in your notes of the main characteristics of living things. What makes something "living"?
Characteristics of Living Things
More Characteristics of Living Things
Still More on Characteristics of Living Things
The Last Link on Characteristics of Living Things
Write a one page essay that outlines what it takes to be considered "living". I will give you Tuesday to work in class on this.

We will wrap up our discussion of nuclear power today
  • Here is some video about effects of radiation and nuclear blasts

>>>>>>>>>> 9-7 Thu (Day 4)

9-6 Wed
Finish up the Quia items from yesterday
Work on the chemistry review sheet given in class - due Thursday

9-5 Tue
Let's see what you remember from last year!