8th Grade Science
Mission for the Class:
To encourage students to continually ask questions about their environment and how things work, and to give students the means and enthusiasm to seek out the answers, either through information-gathering or hands-on experimentation. Don't take your world for granted!
What's Happening in 8th grade Science? (As of 6/10/2017)
Welcome! This year of 8th grade science will include study of the FOSS curricula "Populations and Ecosystems" (including my favorite thing: genetics!), "Force and Motion", and "Planetary Science", in that order. Please check back here for updates to Test Learning Targets and downloadable handouts/readings from class. I look forward to a fun year of scientific inquiry and enthusiasm!
For more information on these FOSS kits, please go to FOSSweb.com, and login using the username "moonperry" and the password "Science1" (these are case-sensitive).
If you're checking this website because you were absent and want to know what you missed, please email me at email@example.com for a detailed description of the expectations. You have as many days to make up the missed work as you were absent for.
Learning Targets for Tests: (Oldest to Newest)
1. Earth/Sun Test, on April 18th (Tuesday)
2. Moon Test, on May 12 (Friday)
3. Solar System Test, on June 9, (Friday)
Please be aware that tests/quizzes with a score lower than 85% can be retaken within one week of receiving the graded test back, and every time a test is handed back, a parent signature is homework for that night, due the following day. Students who retake tests must present their original graded test at the time of retake.
Handouts: (Listed newest to oldest. Please note: This is not a complete list of all assignments, it just serves as a place to post things that students may need to access in order to complete certain assignments at home.)
*Pg 89 of text: Data table of planets, Sun, moons
*Cosmos Cards for the planets (because this might be more convenient than looking for them on FOSSweb)
*Extra Credit: Solar System Scale Model: Given that my classroom is the Sun (14m diameter), where would the planets be, and how big would they be? This project requires the use of Google Earth, screen captures of Google Earth images, and the ability to drive to different locations around town and take pictures of models of each planet in its appropriate, scaled location. Due by Thursday, June 8th.
You would turn in a bulletin board or other display showing the following:
-This sheet filled in with correct values ("Location in model" refers to the model planet's location in town -- address or brief description of landmark, like "Heritage Park, downtown")
-A screen captures from Google Earth showing the location the "zoomed out" image of the entire system, with "pins" showing the labeled planets and their locations. Example: "Earth, I-5 overpass at Boulevard and Wheeler".
-Pictures of the scale model of each planet taken in the actual location in Olympia indicated on your Google Earth map (8 pictures total). Models should have the correct diameter, but don't necessary need to be round.
TIP: This will be easier to do if the locations you map out are all in one direction as you travel away from WMS -- otherwise you'll be driving all over the place. Plan accordingly!
Note: This is worth one-and-a-half entire letter grades in the EFFORT category (15%) if completed as described. You can choose to forego the 3-dimensional display and just submit everything electronically, but then it is worth only 10% in EFFORT. Additionally, for each planet that you don't actually drive to, the EFFORT grade increase drops by 1%. (Uranus and Neptune are outside of Olympia, so I sympathize if you don't want to drive out that far, but if you don't do them, they're worth 2% of the 15% increase.
*"How Earth Got and Held Onto Its Moon" reading pages. Use these to add a paragraph to your "Solar System Origin Story" in your Science Notebook. "(Remember to use the "Solar System Origin Card Sort" on FOSSweb if you still need to finish up how the Solar System as a whole formed.). Also recommended: "Phet Simulation: Gravity and Orbits", the "Origin of the Moon" videos on FOSSweb, and the "Tides" multimedia on FOSSweb. Your writing needs to include the step by step process of Solar System formation and a thorough explanation of how we went from "no moon" to "yes, moon" during the flinging stage. Also mention why it makes sense that this happened during the flinging stage, and throughout your writing be clear about gravity's influence on this process. Due Tuesday, 5/30.
*"Earth's Moon" reading pages
Additional Pop/Eco Websites:
- Video: Strangers in Paradise (National Geographic). Link is to the youtube playlist -- it comes in three parts.
- Video: TED Talk about Biosphere 2
- Video: Among the Wild Chimpanzees
- Link to Mono Lake video "Of Ice and Fire". If you need it, here are the questions we answered in class about it.
- Photos of Calcified Animals from Lake Natron in Tanzania, by photographer Nick Brandt, c/o The Huffington Post: Bat/Bird, Bird1, Bird2, Birds
- Ocean Food Web Project, Useful Sites: 1. Florida Museum search engine, 2. oceanlink.info, 3. whateats.com
Additional Force and Motion Websites:
- Phet Simulation: Collision Lab
Fantastic Contraption: A really addictive game that has you building "contraptions" using wheels and sticks to try and move a ball from the "start" to the "goal". Great for teaching physics and engineering
Additional Planetary Science Websites:
- Scale Model of the Universe. This shows the relative sizes of EVERYTHING in the Cosmos. Click on objects to learn more. It's cool.
- "If the Moon Were Only One Pixel" A "tediously accurate scale model of the solar system". The nothingness is quite powerful -- must be experienced to be appreciated. Hold the arrow at the bottom to scroll from left to right for the best (most realistic) experience.
- "To Scale: The Solar System". If the "Moon-Pixel" multimedia is too much for you, check out this 7-minute video that also does a fabulous job showing a scaled Solar System model.
- Average Temperatures. Select the country from the list first, then the city you want. You can view Fahrenheit by clicking the "F" in the upper right of charts.
- Eclipses Multimedia
- U.S. Naval Observatory (Moonrise/Moonset time table)
- Clock time calculator to get # of hours of daylight given two clock times
- Lunar Phases Interactive (McGraw Hill)
- Phet Simulation: Gravity and Orbits. I suggest you open two tabs for this: one for the "Model" version and one for the "To Scale" version, and compare the two. See the advantages/disadvantages of each? I also recommend you turn "Path" and "Grid" ON for each one (and maybe the "gravity" vector arrow), and play around with the Earth/Sun/Moon system as you mess with the mass of each object. Play around with as much as you can!
Cell Game: A fun, educational game where you are a cell and have to figure out how to move and gather energy needed for life!
Periodictable.com: This site has an interactive Periodic Table of the Elements on it. This site has updated information on all the known elements (there are 117 of them last time I checked), including the new names of some of the new elements, uses, dates of discovery, and other weird trivia. You can buy great posters here, too!
PeriodicVideos.com: This site contains many videos for chemistry enthusiasts. It has videos relating to specific elements on the periodic table; if you want to see how Potassium reacts in water, or what you can do with Mendeleevium, this is the site for you!
Thinkgeek.com: This is where I buy all my favorite science toys. If you like nerdy toys, then this is the site for you. :)
- Old Tools (Hammers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, pliers, etc...
- Animal Bones (I know, creepy...)
Teacher's Contact Information:
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About Mrs. Perry:
Audrey Perry hails from the SF Bay Area in California, and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Genetics. She also studied German there, being of German ancestry and generally an enthusiast of all things German. She received her Masters in Teaching from Evergreen in 2005 and has been teaching at Washington Middle School ever since.
For fun, she plays the clarinet and drumset, can play some other instruments too (though not as well), enjoys soccer, and plays video games in her spare time (which is almost never). She's in the Olympia Chamber Orchestra and the American Legion Band on clarinet. She likes movies, comics, and learning how to do weird things. She has volunteered at the Berkeley Free Clinic in California as a counselor around the risks/prevention of hepatitis, and collected blood samples and administered vaccines in that capacity. She has also volunteered for the Thurston County Coroner's Office as a Deputy Reserve, but had to quit that once her kids were born -- she has three sons: a six-year-old named Thurston, a four-year-old named Dashiell, and a toddler named Bastian. (Also two dogs, three birds, and some fish!) She is always interested in learning more about her students, so if you want to chat it up about anything, drop by after school!