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Science 8

Grace Colgan
2018-19 Trimester 1
2018-19 Trimester 2
2018-19 Trimester 3
 Welcome to 8th Grade Science! This year we will be learning about forces and motion, waves, and evolution. Can't wait to get started! 

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Notebook Quiz for Unit 4. Covers pages IN 62-79, IN 88-96


Have a great spring break!  


Bring in your materials for building your instrument on MONDAY April 8th!  





Draw a model to show HOW light can cause a lunar eclipse to appear reddish in color for two perspectives:

1. Side view looking at Earth, moon and sun during totality

2. Your perspective of totality when you look up at the moon.

Make sure you include the following in your model of a lunar eclipse at totality:

1. Positions of Earth, moon and sun during a lunar eclipse

2. Characteristics of the moon’s orbit and the lunar phase

3. How light causes the umbra and penumbra

4. How light behaves as it moves from its source to the moon and then to your eye.


Supplemental Reading: https://earthsky.org/space/why-does-the-moon-look-red-during-a-total-lunar-eclipse 


Eclipses Quiz:
  1. Review pages in your notebook: IN100 - IN125 

    1. Be able to clearly model how eclipses occur- include just before the eclipse occurs, during and just after  
    2. Clearly model how an eclipse would look from someone’s perspective on Earth in or near totality 
    3. Content should be incorporated correctly into your model (i.e. moon phase, moon’s orbital shape and tilt, umbra, penumbra, etc. )  
    4. Follow the Modeling Rubric (IN 104) – includes clear descriptions and labels  
    5. Draw carefully – recommend start with pencil  
    6. Color for purpose  
    7. Keep in mind models are used to communicate HOW phenomena occur
Class OneNote page accessed through Office 365


Force, Gravity, Velocity and Acceleration Quiz
- Be able to analyze data tables with mass, distance, time, velocity and explain how all the variables are related (IN 49, 52-51, 56-59)
- Be able to perform simple calculations such as velocity and average velocity from a data table (IN 49, 51-52, 57-58)
- Be able to draw and label Free Body Diagrams for falling objects with gravity, without gravity, and to model the gravitational forces between two objects (IN 70-90)
Additional Resources for studying: 


Write and Incident Report to Dr. Gonzalez:  

  1. 1. Login to Office 365 
  2. 2. Open a Word Doc and type up an incident report following the format below 
  3. 3. Use your rough draft CER we wrote in class as an outline for what to include 
  4. 4. Make sure you answer all the questions in the email from Dr. Gonzalez: 
  1. Is the pod faster, the same speed or slower than the space station? 
  2. How far away from the space station is the pod? (Ok to just talk about if its moving away or moving closer, relative distance)


November 15, 2018

Ms. Colgan

Miraleste Intermediate

29323 Palos Verdes Dr. E

Rancho Palos Verdes CA, 90275

Dr. Anna Gonzalez, Program Scientist

Universal Space Agency

Asteroid Collection Mission


Dear Dr. Gonzalez,


(explain your claim to answer her questions from the email. Use your evidence to support why she should trust your claim. Use your reasoning to explain why your evidence supports your claim)



Ms. Colgan


We will be having our Forces and Motion Assessment on Thursday 10/18 and Friday 10/19. Here are the guidelines for the test. Students will be able to use their notebook for reference during the test. 

Chapter 1 Assessment Study Guide: Forces and Motion 

You should be able to explain through diagrams and writing the following Key Concepts:  

  1. I can explain how a force is required to change the velocity of an object. 
  1. I can explain why an object changing velocity is dependent on the direction of the force that is exerted on that object 
  1. I can explain why a stronger force can cause a greater change in velocity.  
  1. I understand and can explain a cause and effect relationship and make an inference about how that led me to a particular result. 



  • Observation 
  • Inference/infer 
  • Motion 
  • Force 
  • Exert 
  • Velocity 
  • Speed  
  • Direction/ change direction 
  • Speed up 
  • Slow down 
  • Stop moving 
  • Start moving 



Your will have to draw three diagrams of an event which includes a BEFORE diagram, DURING diagram, and AFTER diagram. Make sure you know how to correctly use the arrows (force magnitude and direction) and tails (velocity) in your drawings just like you observed in the simulation. If you need to review, you can access the Amplify Force and Motion Sim online. 


Online Amplify Homework. Click on Forces and Motion, Chapter 1, Lesson 1.3 and go to "Section 5 Homework"
If you cannot access Amplify, complete the following worksheet. 



Daily Activities  




Notebook set up  


Lab Safety Contract 


Student Survey 


Class Notebook Due  






Multiple Intelligence Survey 


Sound Cups Activity Worksheet Due  







Teamwork Tower Challenge 






Intro and begin designing for SEP Carnival Game 





 Design and Test games for SEP Carnival 


Reflection for Tower Challenge (Interactive Notebook) 


If you have recycled materials at home for SEP Carnival, bring them. Please check with a parent/guardian if it is okay to take them.


Please make sure you can access the weekly agenda and homework as well as the online information on Edlio. See Ms. Colgan if you cannot.  


Please make sure you can access the 1819 science notebook from OneNote. 

Click on OneNote from Office 365 

Click on Shared with Me 

Click on the 1819 Science notebook 

See Ms. Colgan if you cannot.  


Recycled Materials for SEP Carnival 


 Signed Syllabus Sheet due next Wednesday 8/29


 Need your 80-100 page spiral bound notebook by next Monday 8/27