Click here to go to the Energy Skate Park simulation for the Rollercoaster Investigation Knowledge Probe.
The videos for the electromagnet knowledge probe are posted below. The worksheet and artciles can be found under Units, Forces, Motion and Energy and then go to Non-Contact Forces.
The car project assignment page, notebook pages and test review have been posted under Units: Forces, Motion and Energy and then Car Project.
The Car Competition will be on Wednesday, November 11th and the test will be on Friday, November 13th.
This year the Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 23rd from 6-7pm in the Jr. High cafeterian and gym. Over the next week and a half students will be selecting their science fair project topic and writing their science fair proposal. The proposal is an explanation of what they will be studying and how they will carry out their investigation. Both Mrs. Hodges and a students parents/guardians have to approve the science fair proposal before students can start collecting data. Data collection will happen outside of class sometime between November and February. Click on the links below for more information.
Science Fair Overview
Science Fair Proposal Expectations.
The presentation shown at back to school night can be viewed below.
Hello! My name is Ellie Hodges and I will be teaching 8th grade science and a Science Olympiad elective this year. If you would like to visit the website for my Science Olympiad Class, click here. I am very much looking forward to my 11th year teaching at DeWitt Jr. High. I believe in teaching science through inquiry and one of my primary goals it to help my students improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
This website has been created as a resource for my 8th grade science students. I will provide important handouts, helpful links for class and select assignments.
I also hope to improve communication with the parents of my students by sharing the objectives we are covering and some of the activities that are happening in my classroom. Additionally, the course calendar will include dates for tests, quizzes and projects.
During the first week of school we will discuss my classroom policies and expectations as well as the objectives to be covered in our first unit. Both of these handouts will be passed out in class, but if they are lost students can print another copy from the links below.
8th Grade Syllabus
Science Fair Preparation Learning Targets
It is recommended that students have a three ring binder with three dividers for science class. Students will not have a textbook so it is especially important that they keep handouts and notes from class together and well organized. Students may also find it beneficial to have their own set of colored pencils, a couple of glue sticks and a highlighter.
Additionally, Mrs. Hodges would greatly appreciate it if students could bring in a box of Kleenex to help keep our classroom stocked throughout the school year.