We have kicked off our Heredity Unit. This unit covers various topics including mitosis, meiosis, Mendel, modes of inheritance, Punnet squares, pedigrees, and everything in between!
We will be spending the next week on a short macromolecule unit. The quiz for this unit is planned for Friday, January 17th.
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I have made a Quizlet set for science vocabulary words that students need to know by the end of the school year. On this website there are a couple of different ways you can practice - with flashcards, taking a practice test or with games.
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Visit Mrs. Foreback's website to visit the recommended websites for each type of energy resource.
We have started an energy resources project. Each class is given a scenario about a type of energy resource. One half of the class is in charge of creating a campaign FOR that type of energy resource (example: wind power in the great lakes) and the other half of the class is arguing AGAINST the energy resource. At the end of the project the entire 8th grade class will vote for one side or the other. The project products will be due on December 17th and the Project Reflection (which counts as a test grade) will take place on December 19th and 20th.
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This week we are starting a new unit on Earth's Systems and Energy. Students will be learning about the interactions between earth systems (geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere) as well as how humans can impact these systems. We will also study cycles that occur on Earth (carbon, water, nitrogen and phosphorus). In the second part of the unit we will study where Earth's energy comes from and the different types of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources we use. The unit will conclude with a project where students will work in groups to create a campaign for or against a certain energy resource. We will be working on those projects between Thanksgiving and Winter break.
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We will begin our first Project-Based Unit this week. The project is called the Amazing Race and students are asked to design and build a car that moves on its own. All students will take part in a "Jr. High Track Day" where they will test the speed, accuracy and maximum distance of their car. The unit will be based around forces and motion concepts including energy transformations, speed, acceleration, velocity, forces and Newton's Laws of motion. At the completion of the project, students will be expected to explain how those concepts relate to the car they constructed. Classroom handouts for this project are inc