Welcome to 8th grade science class 2015-2016

I hope everyone is enjoying the last two weeks of summer and looking forward to another school year as much as I am.  :)  I wanted to post a welcome for those who might be curious about my class and some info for starting the school year right.  Feel free to read over the parent info and classroom procedures pages for more information.

I am looking forward to meeting you soon and working with you this year to learn more about matter and energy and how they interact.  See you August 12.

~Mrs. B

May 18

The last week of school!  This year has flown by!  We will continue to do some hands on activities in science class.  Grades will be posted on Wednesday, I hope to have the last of them entered by tomorrow.  Here is what is going on the rest of the week:

Tuesday- awards ceremony at 10:45 (8th graders)

Wednesday – Husky Day!  Cost is $10 and includes t-shirt, unlimited rides, and a cold drink.

Thursday – Students dismiss at 1:00 pm.

It has been a great and very full year, thank you for being a part of it.  Have a fun and safe summer and all the best for your transition to high school.

~  Mrs. B

May 11

Hard to believe this is our last full week of the school year!

Students are getting a copy of the final exam study guide in class today.  It is also available on the Google drive.  We will be reviewing the next two days and will take the test on Thursday, May 14.  Students may turn in a textbook as soon as their study guides are complete, or on test day.  All textbooks need to be turned in by this Friday, May 15.

Looking ahead:  Tuesday is awards day, Wednesday is Husky Day, and May 21 is the last day of classes.

After our exams are over, we will begin building water bottle rockets that are air-powered.  Students should start to save and bring in a clean plastic bottle, either 20 oz or 2 liter size will be fine.

The last day to turn in make up work will be this Friday, May 15.  :)

May 7

Tomorrow is the Six Flags field trip and I hope all our students have a safe, fun time.  Thanks to Mrs. Stanfield for a great job planning this trip.

Our final exam is Thursday May 14.  Students should turn in textbooks at that time, they may need them to study.

Study guide for the test will be available in Google drive tomorrow, and hard copies will be handed out on Monday.  We will review Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday is the Baron’s trip.  Students going on the Baron’s trip will be expected to take the test Thursday.  After final exams, we will continue to do lab activities…some will be graded, some will not be, but the learning doesn’t stop May 14.  :)

April 29

Tomorrow is the Chapter 15 test.  Students have a chapter study guide to study, there is a review power point that I shared in the Google drive, and if you look at the April 13 blog post I have a link to the chapter 15 vocabulary quizlet.  Also, we are in need of empty cardboard toilet paper rolls for building spectroscopes next week.  If you have one, set it aside and bring it in!

Looking ahead:

April 27

Tomorrow all Chapter 15 work is due by the end of class.  Students will be taking the Chapter 15 test on Thursday April 30.  To help students prepare, they received a study guide at the start of the unit and there is a link to quizlet vocabulary if you look at previous posts.

Parents:  your child received a pre-registration packet for the high school today in first period.  Please complete the forms and return them to your child’s first period teacher no later than Friday, May 1.

April 24

TGIF and I hope everyone has a great time at the banquet tonight.

Looking ahead:  Waves tier 3 work is due Tuesday April 28.  The chapter 15 test will be on Thursday April 30.  

May 14:  Final Exam and textbook turn in!  This is the day after the Baron’s game field trip.

April 23

We are almost done with Chapter 15!  After this unit, we will explore sound and light through two different labs and that will end our content for the year!

Students have a choice of doing a paper, experiment, or cube to demonstrate knowledge about waves.  Students who are choosing to do a cube will need a piece of poster board.  The paper can be handwritten OR typed, and all work is due Tuesday April 28.  I have shared the instructions and rubrics in the Google drive.

Looking ahead:

Library fines/books due May 8

Final Exam May 14

Textbooks due May 14/15

Link to online tsunami information resources:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/search/results/?q=tsunami&x=0&y=0

April 17

happy Friday!!

We are moving along on our waves unit and I am excited to see students motivated to work hard even at the end of the year.  There is no homework for this weekend unless students want to get a head start on Monday’s work.

Looking ahead:  the science final exam is scheduled for May 14.  :)

April 16

We started our waves (chapter 15) unit yesterday.  Students have a list of assignments that they can choose to do to earn points for this unit.  I have broken it down into tiers.  We will finish tier one tomorrow (Friday) and then move onto Tier 2 which will be due next Wednesday.  It sounds complex, but the students are working hard in class and doing great!  The choices and checklist are really keeping them on track.

There is no homework, all work is done in class.  Aspire testing ends soon and we won’t know what to do if we have a normal schedule.  :)

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