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Science 8

Instructor
Grace Colgan
Department
Science
Terms
2018-19 Trimester 1
2018-19 Trimester 2
2018-19 Trimester 3

Course Description

 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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Unit 4 Test Announcement

You will need a CALCULATOR and PENCIL for the exam tomorrow. Please remember to bring BOTH to class

Tentative Week 37 Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

5/27 

No School 

Notebook Check WEDNESDAY 5/29 

Unit 4 Exam THURSDAY 5/30 

  • See Edlio "assignments" for study guide  

 

COLLECTING STARBUCKS TOMORROW 

Finish Clipbirds Analysis:

Analysis & Conclusion: 

  1. Create bar graphs graphing the total calories obtained for the different types of birds in the different areas (1 bar graph for West Clipland & 1 bar graph for East Clipland). Don’t forget to label & title your graph. 
  2. Which bird was the most fit on WestClipland? Why?
  3. Which bird was the most fit on EastClipland? Why?
  4. Are your two answers different for #2 & #3? If they are, why are they different? (If they are not, go to question #5.)
  5. Which environment, East or WestClipland, is more hospitable forclipbirds? Why?  
    6. Type of beak is not the only factor in obtaining food. What are some other traits that would allow a bird to obtain food? (This could explain the fact that some birds got more food than others with the same-sized beaks.) 
  6. A species of birds having different sized beaks is an example of genetic variation. How does genetic variation allow aspecies to better survive in a changing environment?  

Tuesday  

5/28 

Clipland (IN96) and Reflection (IN97) 

Notebook Check WEDNESDAY 5/29 

Unit 4 Exam THURSDAY 5/30 

  • See Edlio "assignments" for study guide  

Wednesday 

5/29 

Notebook Check 

 

Starbucks Collection 

Unit 4 Exam THURSDAY 5/30 

  • BRING A CALCULATOR AND A PENCIL
  • See Edlio "assignments" for study guide  

Thursday  

5/30 

Unit 4 Exam 

 

Friday  

5/31 

Geology Guest Speaker 

 

Week 36 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

5/20 

NOVA Labs: Evolution Lab Missions #1-3 (IN90) and Reflection (IN91) 

CPO Focus on Life Science (See Edlio or OneNote) Textbook pages 222-225 Ch 11.2 How Evolution Works Cornell Notes (IN 92) – DUE WED  

- Change blue headings into questions 

- Answer by providing detail for facts  

- Provide examples and labeled sketches  

- Define terms 

ALL LATE/MISSING WORK DUE FRIDAY 5/24

Notebook Check Next WEDNESDAY 5/29

Unit 4 Exam Next THURSDAY 5/30 

Tuesday  

5/21 

Finish NOVA Labs: Evolution Lab Missions #1-3 (IN90) and Reflection (IN91) 

 

Start Darwin's Dangerous Ideas Video Notes (IN94) 

 

CPO Focus on Life Science (See Edlio or OneNote) Textbook pages 222-225 Ch 11.2 How Evolution Works Cornell Notes (IN 92) – DUE WED  

- Change blue headings into questions 

- Answer by providing detail for facts  

- Provide examples and labeled sketches  

- Define terms 

ALL LATE/MISSING WORK DUE FRIDAY 5/24

Notebook Check Next WEDNESDAY 5/29

Unit 4 Exam Next THURSDAY 5/30 

Wednesday 

5/22 

Darwin's Dangerous Ideas Video Notes (IN94) 

CPO Focus on Life Science (See Edlio or OneNote) Ch 11.2 How Evolution Works reflection pg226 (IN 93) – DUE Thursday (tomorrow)  

Section Review Questions 2-7  

- Rephrase questions in your answers 

ALL LATE/MISSING WORK DUE FRIDAY 5/24

Notebook Check Next WEDNESDAY 5/29

Unit 4 Exam Next THURSDAY 5/30 

Thursday  

5/23 

Sub Day 

Darwin's Dangerous Ideas Video Notes (IN94) 

ALL LATE/MISSING WORK DUE FRIDAY 5/24

Notebook Check Next WEDNESDAY 5/29

Unit 4 Exam Next THURSDAY 5/30 

Friday  

5/24 

Darwin's Dangerous Ideas Reflection (IN95) 

ALL LATE/MISSING WORK DUE FRIDAY 5/24

Notebook Check Next WEDNESDAY 5/29

Unit 4 Exam Next THURSDAY 5/30 

Week 35 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

5/13 

Periodic Table Battleship 

 

 

Tuesday  

5/14 

BLOCK SCHEDULE 1,2,3 

CAST TESTING 

 

Wednesday 

5/15 

BLOCK SCHEDULE 4,5,6 

CAST TESTING 

 

 

Thursday  

5/16 

CAST TESTING 

 

 

Friday  

5/17 

CAST TESTING 

 

 

Week 34 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

5/7 

Bill Nye: Chemical Reactions (IN84) and Reflection (IN85) 

 

Tuesday  

5/8 

BLOCK SCHEDULE 1,2,3 

Chemistry Review: Conservation of Mass, Exothermic and Endothermic reactions 

 

Wednesday 

5/9 

BLOCK SCHEDULE 4,5,6 

Chemistry Review: Conservation of Mass, Exothermic and Endothermic reactions 

 

Thursday  

5/10 

BLOCK SCHEDULE 1,2,3 

Chemistry Review: Hunting the Elements, Periodic Table 

Practice for CAST 

 

Friday  

5/11 

BLOCK SCHEDULE 4,5,6 

Chemistry Review: Hunting the Elements, Periodic Table 

Practice for CAST 

 

Week 33 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

4/29 

Plate Tectonic Puzzle Activity (IN 74) and Reflection (IN75) 

 

Tuesday  

4/30 

BLOCK SCHEDULE 1,2,3 

The Day the Mesozoic Died (IN76) and Reflection (IN77) 

Weighting the Evidence for Mass Extinction (IN78) and Reflection (IN79) 

 

Wednesday 

5/1 

BLOCK SCHEDULE 4,5,6 

The Day the Mesozoic Died (IN76) and Reflection (IN77) 

Weighting the Evidence for Mass Extinction (IN78) and Reflection (IN79) 

 

Thursday  

5/2 

BLOCK SCHEDULE 1,2,3 

BrainPop: Chemical Reactions (IN81)  

Introductions to Chemical Reactions (IN82) and Reflection (IN83) 

 

Friday  

5/3 

BLOCK SCHEDULE 4,5,6 

BrainPop: Chemical Reactions (IN81)  

Introductions to Chemical Reactions (IN82) and Reflection (IN83) 

 

Week 32 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

4/22 

Your Inner Fish (IN62) and Reflection (IN63) 

Your Inner Fish Reflection Questions (IN63) 

  1. Why was it important for paleontologists to find Tiktaalik? 
  2. In relation to geology, why was Tiktaalik so difficult to find? 
  3. What information do fossils provide paleontologists about the history of life on Earth? 
  4. How does our understanding of genes, such as the gene coding for sonic hedgehog, skeletal patterns and embryologic development provide information on the relatedness of different species, past and present?  
  5. What specific questions do you have about fossils and/or the history of life on Earth? 

Tuesday  

4/23 

Relative Age of Rocks and Fossils (IN68) 

Reflection (IN69) 

CPO LIFE SCIENCE (online textbook on Edlio and OneNote) Ch 12.1 “Evidence from Rocks” Cornell Notes (IN 70)  

(See textbook pages 238- 242 https://www.lsusd.net/cms/lib/CA01001390/Centricity/Domain/228/Life%20Science%207th%20grade%20book.pdf)  

- Change the BLUE headings in the left margin  

- Takes notes to answer questions by going beyond the facts; include examples and labeled diagrams  

- Define key terms  

DUE THURSDAY 

Wednesday 

4/24 

Geologic Timescale (IN73) 

CPO LIFE SCIENCE (online textbook on Edlio and OneNote) Ch 12.1 “Evidence from Rocks” Cornell Notes (IN 70)  

(See textbook pages 238- 242 https://www.lsusd.net/cms/lib/CA01001390/Centricity/Domain/228/Life%20Science%207th%20grade%20book.pdf)  

- Change the BLUE headings in the left margin  

- Takes notes to answer questions by going beyond the facts; include examples and labeled diagrams  

- Define key terms  

DUE THURSDAY 

Thursday  

4/25 

Geologic Timescale (IN73) and Reflection (IN74) 

CPO Life Science Ch 12.1 Section Review questions (See textbook page 243) #1-7 (IN 71)  

https://www.lsusd.net/cms/lib/CA01001390/Centricity/Domain/228/Life%20Science%207th%20grade%20book.pdf

- Rephrase questions in your answers  

DUE FRIDAY 

Friday  

4/26 

Plate Tectonics (IN75) and Reflection (IN76) 

 

Week 31 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

4/15 

Music Instrument Engineering Project: Final Design analysis (packet pg 10) and self grade (pg 11) 

 

Begin Performances 

Bring your packet and pan flute to class 

 

NO BUILDING INSTRUMENTS AT HOME! 

 

You will be turning in your packet on Tuesday, 4/16 

Tuesday  

4/16 

Music Instrument Engineering Project: Finish performances 

 

Wednesday 

4/17 

Unit 4: Unity and Diversity Cover Page (IN58-59) 

 
Big Idea Connection (IN60-61) 

 

Thursday  

4/18 

Your Inner Fish (IN62) and Homologous Structures (IN64-65) 

Reflection Questions IN65 

  1. Provide at least two specific examples from your data table to support how the limbs of the frog, whale, horse, lion, human bat, and bird are the same? Be descriptive. 
  2. Describe how the seven animal limbs are different. 
  3. Draw and label a model of what you’d expect the font leg of a dog would look like. Explain why you would expect a dog to have OR not have a similar skeletal structure. 
  4. Articulate a scientific explanation for the similarity in the structure of the limbs of the extinct Tyrannosaurus rex and a human arm.  

Friday  

4/19 

Your Inner Fish (IN62) and Embryotic Development (IN67) 

 

Have a great spring break!  

 

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

 

NO BUILDING INSTRUMENTS AT HOME! 

Week 30 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

4/8 

Music Instrument Engineering Project: Building Initial Design (packet pg 6) 

Bring in your materials for building your instrument  

 

NO BUILDING INSTRUMENTS AT HOME! 

Tuesday  

4/9 

Music Instrument Engineering Project: Building Initial Design (packet pg 6) 

Bring in your materials for building your instrument  

 

NO BUILDING INSTRUMENTS AT HOME! 

Wednesday 

4/10 

Music Instrument Engineering Project Testing/Redesign (packet pg 6-8) 

Bring in your materials for building your instrument  

 

NO BUILDING INSTRUMENTS AT HOME! 

Thursday  

4/11 

Music Instrument Engineering Project: Redesign (packet pg 8) 

Bring in your materials for building your instrument  

 

NO BUILDING INSTRUMENTS AT HOME! 

Friday  

4/12 

Music Instrument Engineering Project: Final Testing (packet pg 9) 

 

Week 29 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

3/25 

Cymatics Video (IN52) 

 

Sound Lab Day 1 (IN54) 

 

 

 

Tuesday  

3/26 

Sound Lab Day 2 (IN54) 

Reflection (IN55) 

 

Wednesday 

3/27 

Music Instrument Engineering Project Introduction (packet pg 1-2) 

 

Research (packet pg 2) record in notebook IN56-57 

Finish project research - due Friday

* Record research on IN 56-57) * See research details in your packet on page 2 

Thursday  

3/28 

Music Instrument Project – calculations – packet page 3 OR 4 due by end of period for meeting deadline* 

 

Music Instrument Project initial design –start (packet page 5) 

Finish project research (IN 56-57)- due Friday  

 

Music Instrument Project initial design (packet page 5) – continue- due by end of period tomorrow 

 

* Meeting deadlines is important to stay up to date on the project. To receive your 2 points for meeting a deadline, please make sure Ms. Colgan has initialed each assigned project task before you leave school at the end of the day it is due. If you miss the deadline, you may receive partial credit on the following school day. Your goal is to meet with Ms. Colgan only one time for each task by completing the task as directed. 

Friday  

3/29 

MINIMUM DAY  

 

Music Instrument Project initial design (packet page 5) – due by end of period for meeting deadline* 

Have a great spring break!  

 

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

 

NO BUILDING INSTRUMENTS AT HOME

Week 28 Tentative Agenda

Week 28 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

3/18 

Sub Day 

 

Properties of Waves (IN43-45) 

Finish Guided Notes for Properties of Waves 

Handout: https://pvpusd-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/colgang_pvpusd_net/EQK_XdMgKCVDmqWPIQygIacBDVirEr4_iFO9MboDoTE3MQ?e=4nuQXK  

Link to text: https://www.fillmorecsd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=2726&dataid=2977&FileName=waves-sound-and-light.pdf  

 

Tidal Connections: Reflection Questions (IN39) 

  1. How does the moon, and to some extent the sun, cause the tides on earth?  
  2. Explain why there are TWO spring tides and TWO neap tides very month and how far apart they are. 
  3. Explain how gravitational attraction causes SPRING tides and NEAP tides 

 

 

Tuesday  

3/19 

Explore: Slinky Lab (IN 46-47) 

Finish Reflection 

Handout: https://pvpusd-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/colgang_pvpusd_net/EWhjg1hodg1OmDBVtpMgTs8Beo6y5QgDenVH5hDBsa4uQA?e=AtTWvR  

Wednesday 

3/20 

Explore: Spring Waves 

Finish Question 9, parts a, b and c 

Handout: https://pvpusd-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/colgang_pvpusd_net/ERbZZPC-MiFLstzjrjDb_1sBXAi3PV1tK5MwviGEHPKS-Q?e=UZhXCs   

Thursday  

3/21 

Explore: Patterns in Simple Waves 

Finish Questions if didn't finish in class 

Handout: https://pvpusd-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/colgang_pvpusd_net/EcdbUtKocQRMu0icAji8D2cBZg_p8nt59NX_7OkUiCcQjg?e=R1O1FC  

Friday  

3/22 

Sub Day 

Bill Nye: Waves 

 

Week 27 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

3/11 

Finish Refraction Lab (data tables 288-30) and Reflection (31) 

 

Revising Lunar Eclipse Models (IN 32) 

  1. Prepare for Tuesday’s assessment:  

Draw a model to show HOW light can cause a lunar eclipse to appear reddish in color  

REFER TO YOUR MODELING RUBRIC (IN 104)  

Supplemental article (optional) https://earthsky.org/space/why-does-the-moon-look-red-during-a-total-lunar-eclips  

 

Revise Total Lunar Eclipse Models to illustrate how the behavior of light causes the moon to turn red during totality. (IN32) 

  • Follow the Modeling Rubric (IN 104) 
  • Terms to include in your description/labels: white light, visible light, frequency, wavelength, scatter, absorb, reflect, refract, transmit, “specific” moon phase, ecliptic, notes, Earth’s orbit, Earth’s atmosphere, moon orbit (with tilt and shape), umbra, penumbra 

 

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

 

Why The Moon Turns Red During A Total Lunar Eclipse? 

https://safeshare.tv/x/uzorkQxyc-g#  

 

Tuesday  

3/12 

Lunar Eclipse Quiz 

GLENCOE (2005): Waves, Light and Sound Ch.1 Section 1 What are Waves Cornell Notes (IN 36). Complete note-taking for pages 8 to the end of 12. – DUE THURSDAY 

1. Change all red and blue headings into questions and record them in the left margin  

2. Answer the questions. Go beyond facts and include detail with examples and carefully labeled sketches from the section 

 3. Define scientific terms when bolded in section Access 

 Link to text: https://www.fillmorecsd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=2726&dataid=2977&FileName=waves-sound-and-light.pdf  

Wednesday 

3/13 

Unit 3: Sound Waves (IN33) 

 

Big Idea Connection (IN34-IN35) 

 

Tidal Connection Graphing (IN 38) 

GLENCOE (2005): Waves, Light and Sound Ch.1 Section 1 What are Waves Cornell Notes (IN 36). Complete note-taking for pages 8 to the end of 12. – DUE THURSDAY 

1. Change all red and blue headings into questions and record them in the left margin  

2. Answer the questions. Go beyond facts and include detail with examples and carefully labeled sketches from the section 

 3. Define scientific terms when bolded in section Access 

 Link to text: https://www.fillmorecsd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=2726&dataid=2977&FileName=waves-sound-and-light.pdf  

Thursday  

3/14 

Tidal Connection Graphing (IN 38) 

 

Reflection (IN 39) 

 

Glencoe Ch 1.1 What is a Wave? IN37 Section review questions #1-6  (see textbook page 12) – due Friday 

  • Rephrase questions in your answers.  

Friday  

3/15 

Grunions (IN 40) and Reflection (IN 41) 

 

Week 26 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

3/5 

Refraction: Spearfishing (IN22-IN23) 

Finish Reflection Questions  

  1. Which trial was easier for you to spear the gummy bear, Trial 1 or Trial 2? Support your answer with evidence from your observations and diagrams 
  2. How do you think refraction plays a role in your ability to spear the gummy bear? Did refraction play more of a role in Trial 1 or Trial 2?  

Finish Revising Model 

  1. Revise/redraw your model IN 21 for the Refraction Magic 
  2. Rewrite your description of what is occurring, make sure to include the vocabulary (refraction, angle, light ray, wave, wavelength, frequency) 

Tuesday  

3/6 

Sub Day:  

Why is the sky blue article (IN 24- IN 25) 

Why is the Sky Blue? 

Finish questions for homework if you did not finish in class 

 

Video Summaries DUE THURSDAY 

  1. Watch the following videos and write a brief summary after watching the videos  

Video #1: Why is the Sky Blue video (IN 26) https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5c797c4fbc762# 

Video #2 Why is the Sky Blue and not Violet? (IN 26) https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5c797c80e67a4 

Wednesday 

3/7 

Sub Day: Why is the sky blue poster 

Poster Due at end of period 

Blue Skies and Sunsets Poster: (seat partner assignment.) Draw a model to show how the behavior of white light causes a blue sky during the day as well as a sky at sunset. Follow your Modeling Rubric (IN 101) and class handout  

Due at end of class Wednesday. This is an in-class assignment and is not to be completed outside of class. 

 

Video Summaries DUE THURSDAY 

  1. Watch the following videos and write a brief summary after watching the videos  

Video #1: Why is the Sky Blue video (IN 25) https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5c797c4fbc762# 

Video #2 Why is the Sky Blue and not Violet? (IN 25) https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5c797c80e67a4 

Thursday  

3/8 

Refraction Lab Day 1 

Prepare for Tuesday’s assessment:  

Draw a model to show HOW light can cause a lunar eclipse to appear reddish in color  

REFER TO YOUR MODELING RUBRIC (IN 101)  

Supplemental article (optional) https://earthsky.org/space/why-does-the-moon-look-red-during-a-total-lunar-eclips  

Friday  

3/9 

Refraction Lab Day 2 

Prepare for Tuesday’s assessment:  

Draw a model to show HOW light can cause a lunar eclipse to appear reddish in color  

REFER TO YOUR MODELING RUBRIC (IN 101)  

Supplemental article (optional) https://earthsky.org/space/why-does-the-moon-look-red-during-a-total-lunar-eclips  

Week 25 Tentative Agenda

 

 

Daily Activities  

Homework 

Monday 

2/25 

Gummy Bear Reflection (IN 12-13) 

Review Gummy Bear Reflections: https://pvpusd-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/colgang_pvpusd_net/EQZSJktP6f5KrBBYjZJY-dkBarFBCPwZg87v97xwHAYUZQ?e=b3mNx7  

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOsro2kGjGc   

-we will review page 3 as a class tomorrow

 

GLENCOE (2005): Waves, Light and Sound Ch.4 Section 3 Reflection and Mirrors Cornell Notes (IN 16). Complete note-taking for pages 108 to the end of 111. – DUE THURSDAY 

1. Change all red and blue headings into questions and record them in the left margin  

2. Answer the questions. Go beyond facts and include detail with examples and carefully labeled sketches from the section 

 3. Define scientific terms when bolded in section Access 

 Link to text: https://www.fillmorecsd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=2726&dataid=2977&FileName=waves-sound-and-light.pdf  

 

Notebook Quiz on THURSDAY 

  1. Attach handouts 
  2. Complete ALL assignments (warm-ups, reflections, models, Cornell notes etc) 
  3. Have a complete table of contents 
  4. Will be on BOTH old and new notebook 

 

Tuesday 2/26 

Reflection Lab (IN 14-15) 

GLENCOE (2005): Waves, Light and Sound Ch.4 Section 3 Reflection and Mirrors Cornell Notes (IN 16). Complete note-taking for pages 108 to the end of 111. – DUE THURSDAY 

1. Change all red and blue headings into questions and record them in the left margin  

2. Answer the questions. Go beyond facts and include detail with examples and carefully labeled sketches from the section 

 3. Define scientific terms when bolded in section Access 

 Link to text: https://www.fillmorecsd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=2726&dataid=2977&FileName=waves-sound-and-light.pdf  

 

Notebook Quiz on THURSDAY 

  1. Attach handouts 
  2. Complete ALL assignments (warm-ups, reflections, models, Cornell notes etc) 
  3. Have a complete table of contents 
  4. Will be on BOTH old and new notebook 

Wednesday 

2/20 

Refraction: Spear Fishing (IN 18-19) 

GLENCOE (2005): Waves, Light and Sound Ch.4 Section 3 Reflection and Mirrors Cornell Notes (IN 16). Complete note-taking for pages 108 to the end of 111. – DUE THURSDAY 

1. Change all red and blue headings into questions and record them in the left margin  

2. Answer the questions. Go beyond facts and include detail with examples and carefully labeled sketches from the section 

 3. Define scientific terms when bolded in section Access 

 Link to text: https://www.fillmorecsd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=2726&dataid=2977&FileName=waves-sound-and-light.pdf  

 

Notebook Quiz on THURSDAY 

  1. Attach handouts 
  2. Complete ALL assignments (warm-ups, reflections, models, Cornell notes etc) 
  3. Have a complete table of contents 
  4. Will be on BOTH old and new notebook 

Thursday  

2/21 

Notebook Quiz 

 

Friday  

3/1 

Bill Nye Optics 

 

Why is the sky blue?