Grades 7 & 8 Science

                                                                                                 Grades 7/8 Science

September 2019

Currently 7 th and 8th grade are using rocket testing to understand all of the steps in the scientific process of inquiry. Students have designed rockets and manipulated variables, taken measurements, plotted their data and analysed the information to come to conclusions, all while learning each of the process steps.
We will then be moving into the broad topic of lab safety and will begin our first unit on things that "Matter" such as atoms and compounds.

 

 

Both groups will have a variety of lab activities, virtual labs, and project based learning activities throughout the school year.

 

Today as I was walking
In the fields just down the way
I sat down on a fallen log
To pass the time away
And as I looked around me
The more that I did look
The more I realize that I am viewing
God's coloring book
by Dolly Parton

 Ms. Lisa Ehlers, Grades 7 & 8 Science 

lehlers@cawb.org

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This year the 7th and 8th grade science classes will both be focusing on the new NGSS Phenomena Based learning standards in "Physical Science" [Next year 8th grade will have "Life Science" due to a shift in curriculum.]
The standards have been redesigned to help students learn in a different manner than past curricula. By being phenomena based it will help students to increase the understanding and apply "Why" of things to a broader area of science knowledge. This will create more connections between topics for students to be able to master and build on information under various units of study.
We will also be doing more activity based assessment, so students completing their lab/activity sheets will be very important to their grading. Attendance and organization will also have a large impact on their performance as they need to be present for the activities and discussions in order to receive credit.
Online activities linked to google classroom and their online textbook will also be included in assessments and need to be completed. [If at any point in time there is a problem with home internet, please contact me so arrangements can be made for students to complete their online assignments at school.]

7th and 8th Science webpage: www.lehlersscience.webs.com

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Ms. Lisa Ehlers - Grades 7 & 8 Science
lehlers@cawb.org