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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

In class: Check Properties of Matter notes; Physical and Chemical Properties card sort; complete the Properties of Matter Quad Cluster

Homework: Review notes; be sure to go to Schoology and take Checkpoint 1 quiz

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Science Milestone Review

Quizziz: Physical Science Milestone Review

Jeopardy: 8th Grade Science Review


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January 14-18, 2019


  • Demonstrate how energy can change from one form of energy to another form of energy.
  • Explain the Law of Conservation of Energy.

Monday, January 14, 2019

  • Success Starter:
    • Potential and Kinetic Images – S/categorize the images to identify the type of energy. S/given examples of potential and kinetic energy. S/explain why the examples are considered potential or kinetic energy.
  • Opening:
    • StudyJams: Energy and Matter
  • Work Session:
    • Review forms of energy
    • Students complete “Kinetic and Potential Energy” foldable (comparing and contrasting kinetic and potential energy).
    • Students complete “Forms of Energy” foldable activity 1.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

  • Success Starter:
    • Complete “Forms of Energy” picture sort graphic organizer
  • Opening:
    • “Tiny Dancer” video
      • Video shows the transformation of energy from electromagnetic to mechanical
  • Work Session:
    • Class discussion and notes on “Energy Transformations”

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

  • Success Starter:
    • Energy Transformation foldable
  • Opening: 
    • Roadrunner video on energy transformation
  • Work Session:
    • Reviewed and continued notes on “Energy Transformation”
    • Complete “Energy Transformation” INB activity 2
    • Begin “BNSG Energy” video

Thursday, January 17, 2019

  • Success Starter:
    • EduSmart – Energy Transformation
  • Opening: Go over directions for the virtual lab.
  • Work Session: Virtual Lab – Energy Transformations

Friday, January 18, 2019

  • Success Starter: Ticket in the Door
  • Opening: Discuss the directions for the lab.
  • Work Session:
    • Energy Transformation Stations Lab
      • Students will work in groups and rotate through stations. At each station, students will describe the transformations taking place in the object.





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Energy Unit Parent Letter

Dear Family Member,

Your student’s class is studying the unit “Energy.”

The learning experiences in this unit prepare students for the mastery of the following Performance Expectations:

  •    Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.
  •    Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.

As students work towards success with these Performance Expectations, they will learn about more than just science content. They will practice developing and using models as well as analyzing and interpreting data. They will also explore how scale, proportion, and quantity as well as systems and system models play roles in many areas of science.

To stay up to date with our progress, ask often about what’s happening in science class.

To extend the learning at home, activities you and your student can do together include:

  •    Visit or research a hydroelectric dam. Learn about how the energy in the water is transformed into electrical energy.
  •    Explore the components of a refrigerator. Identify the different systems and system boundaries of a refrigerator. With your student, trace the flow of energy into and out of the systems and within each system.
  •    Find a design for a perpetual motion machine. Build the machine if possible. Analyze the source(s) of energy in the system and any inputs or outputs of energy from the machine.

There are also many exciting online resources available for HMH Science Dimensions™, including digital lessons, interactive simulations, and more. Login information is available.

Thank you for your time and interest. Your participation in your student’s education is a sure way to encourage learning!


Mrs. V. McClure

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January 7-11, 2019


  • I am learning what energy is.
  • I am learning to compare and contrast potential energy and kinetic energy.
  • I am learning to compare and contrast the different forms of energy (chemical, electrical, nuclear, thermal, sound, mechanical, and radiant).
  • I am learning about the law of conservation of energy.
  • I am learning to explain and demonstrate how energy changes from one form to another form of energy.


Monday, January 7, 2019

  • Pre-Assessment on Unit 2 Energy
  • Reorganize Science notebooks for our new unit
  • Students were given an overview sheet of the Energy Unit
  • Students completed a self-assessment of  energy, rating their knowledge of energy between 0-4.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

  • Students were given their reading assignments and Cornell notes for Unit 2 Lesson 1.
  • Teacher instructed students on new operation of class and how to use their ebook:
    • Students will complete reading assignments and Cornell notes for homework.
      • Cornell notes are due Friday, January 11, 2019
      • Reading assignments are due Monday, January 14, 2019
    • Students are to use their ebook to complete assignments.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

  • Success Starter:
    • Mythbusters video: Exploding Water Heater
  • Class Activity:
    • Rubber Band Fling Lab
      • Student teams will investigate the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy using a rubber band.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

  • Success Starter:
    • Potential and Kinetic Energy images: students categorize image to identify the type of energy.
  • Class Activity:
    • Students continue with Rubber Band Fling lab
      • Complete fling trials.
      • Complete graph (stretch of rubber band vs. distance rubber band traveled)
      • Write up their conclusion.

Friday, January 11, 2019

  • Success Starter:
    • Video – Roller Coaster Science: Energy
  • Class Activity:
    • Students create roller coaster models using foam insulation tubes.
      • Highest point must be 1 meter high.
      • Roller coaster must contain at least one loop.
      • Marble must make it through the whole coaster.


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Holiday Break Dec. 24-Jan. 7, 2018

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Thanksgiving Break, November 19-23, 2018

Have a great Thanksgiving Break!

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November 12 – 16, 2018


  • I am taking an assessment on how solids, liquids, and gas particles behave and how solids, liquids, and gas can lose or gain energy (phase changes).
  • I am learning how waves transfer energy without transferring matter.
  • I am learning the characteristics of electromagnetic and mechanical waves.

Monday, November 12, 2018

  • Success Starter: Bellringer questions
  • Class Activity:  
    • Input answers from the Matter Exam (Friday, 11/09) into iRespond.
    • Students will work on test corrections.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

  • Success Starter: Bellringer questions
  • Class Activity:
    • Unit 5 Nature of Waves Pre-Assessment
    • Input answers into iRespond
    • Waves Unit vocabulary

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

  • Class Activity:
    • Students will read Lessons 1-2 and complete the 2-column notes.
    • Students will complete the Lesson Reviews for Lessons 1-2

Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • Class Activity:
    • Matter Part 2, notebook check
    • Students will continue with notes and lesson reviews from Wednesday

Friday, November, 16, 2018

  • Success Starter: Bellringer questions
  • Opening: Wave Motion video by FuseSchool
  • Class Activity:
    • BNSG – Waves with viewing guide
    • Work on online assignments
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November 5 – 9, 2018


  • I am learning how mass/matter is conserved when it changes state.
  • I am reviewing what changes will occur in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
  • I am taking an assessment on how solids, liquids, and gas particles behave and how solids, liquids, and gas can lose or gain energy (phase changes).

Monday, November 5, 2018

  • Success Starter: PrimeTime Question Review
  • Class Activity:
    • Students will us INB template to record and discuss important information about the Conservation of Mass.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

  • No School/Election Day

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

  • Class Activity:
    • Matter Self-Assessment
      • Students will assess their knowledge of the learning targets on matter using a 4-point scale.
    • Find Someone Who
      • Students will use the “Find Someone Who” format to find a classmate who can explain the matter learning targets we have been discussing.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

  • Class Activity:
    • Matter Part 2 Study Guide

Friday, November 9, 2018

  • Class Activity:
    • Matter Part 2 Summative Exam


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October 29 – November 2, 2018


  • I am applying what I have learned about physical/chemical properties and changes.
  • I am learning about the changes that occur in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
  • I am learning how mass/matter is conserved when it changes state.

Monday, October 29, 2018

  • Success Starter: Bellringer – Physical and Chemical Changes questions
  • Opening: Gummy Bear Experiment video – s/watch video and determine if a chemical or physical change is taking place. S/will give evidence to support their claim.


  • Class Activity: Gallery Walk-
    • Students will view 20 pictures, determine if they show physical or chemical change. They will also give evidence to support their claim.
    • S/create a foldable for Physical and Chemical Properties/Changes

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  • Success Starter: Think-Pair-Share: One student will read the objective and the other student will respond with their understanding of the objective.
  • Opening: Phenomena: Can Crusher
    • Students will watch a video of cans being crushed and then discussed the phenomena.
    • Why were the cans crushed after being heated and then put into ice water?
  • Class Activity:
    1. Discuss demonstration
    2. S/will use INB template to record and discuss important information on the states of matter.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

  • Success Starter: Matter Task Cards #3 – #4
  • Opening: StudyJams video – Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  • Class Activity: Oobleck Lab(CER) – What state of matter is Oobleck? Students will create Oobleck(non-Newtonian fluid) in a plastic bag.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

  • Success Starter: Bellringer questions
  • Opening: Demo of how air expands and contracts using hot water, ice water, empty soda bottle, and a balloon. S/will perform demonstration.
  • Class Activity:
    • Discuss the demonstration:
      1. What happens to the balloon when you place it in cold water?
      2. What would happen to the balloon when you place the bottle into the hot water?
      3. What happens to the air (gas) in the bottle when you place the bottle into cold ice water/hot water?
      4. What causes this change in the gas in the bottle/balloon?

      5. What would happen to the water in the bottle if more heat was removed?

    • Students will use INB templates to record and discuss important information on Changes of State

Friday, November 2, 2018

  • Success Starter: Bellringer questions
  • Opening: BrainPop – Conservation of Mass
  • Class Activity: Conservation of Mass Inquiry Lab
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