Grades 7 & 8 Science

 

Grades 7/8 Science

February 2020

Students will be wrapping up their Acids and Bases unit with a lab on cheese making.  They will then complete the chapter on Nuclear chemistry.  We will discuss the pros and cons of nuclear energy, uses of tracers and treatments in nuclear medicine and how nuclear research is relevant in the world today.  They will also do a half life lab to discover the patterns that exist in science. 


Students will also research African American scientists or inventors.  They will explain their background, challenges they faced and contributions they made.  They will also explain how these discoveries have impacted the world for good or bad.  

  

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

PARENTS CAN KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THEIR CHILD'S PROGRESS THROUGH THE PARENT PORTAL AVAILABLE AT ESCHOOL DATA. THE PORTAL IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FOLLOWING LINK:

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