Week of 9/4/2017 – 9/5/2017

Science: S8P1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the structure and properties of matter.

Monday- Holiday (No school).

Students will create and develop particle models of objects in different phases.  Pre-teach vocabulary: Open system and closed systems. Phases of Matter Lab-  materials used plastic bag, popcorn kernels, shortening, and ice tray.  Students will brainstorm ways to add energy to the closed system of popcorn kernels and frozen shortening in order to demonstrate phase changes.

Students will create and develop a line graph of water (temperature/time) in different phases.  Thermal Energy Lab- materials used water, beaker, thermometer, and hot plate. Students will draw initial thoughts on what particles are doing as thermal energy is added (predict). Observe and record temperature data at 1 minute intervals as thermal energy is added.

Social Studies: SS8H1 Analyze the colonial period of Georgia’s history.

 

Week of 8/28/2017 – 9/1/2017

Science: S8P1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the structure and properties of matter.

Monday- We will be pre-teaching vocabulary: Chemical changes, Physical changes, Oxidation, Flammability, Combustibility, Precipitate, Reactivity, Product (from a reaction).
Tuesday- Begin stations activity with chemical change cafe
Wednesday(half day)- Finish chemical change cafe
Thursday- pancakes, pancakes cooking lab, study for Test on 9/1/17
Friday- Test on Physical and Chemical Changes

Social Studies: SS8H1 Analyze the colonial period of Georgia’s history.

The following links are helpful resources for Unit 2: Georgia Colonization: Lesson 1 – Georgia as a Trustee Colony:

PowerPoint Notes – Unit 2 Lesson 2 – Georgia as a Trustee Colony

PDF Notes – Unit 2 Lesson 2 – Georgia as a Trustee Colony

Week of 8/21/2017 – 8/25/2017

Science: S8P1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the structure and properties of matter.

Students will explain prior knowledge of Total Solar Eclipse.  Students will research and read about the sun to retrieve accurate information about properties, structure, and function of the sun.  Our class will go outside to view Total Solar Eclipse (permission slips were sent home with students and parent/guardian consent is required for viewing).

Density Lab:  Groups will  determine the densities of  various liquids.

Claim Evidence Reasoning: CER properties of Matter

Constructed Response for CER Properties of Matter-1u8i0ao

Social Studies: SS8H1 Evaluate the impact of European exploration and settlement on American Indians in Georgia.

The following links are helpful resources for Unit 1-  Geography of GA/GA’s Beginnings, Lesson 4: Exploration of the New World:

PowerPoint Notes – Unit 2 Lesson 1 – Exploration of the New World

PDF Notes – Unit 2 Lesson 1 – Exploration of the New World

Hernando de Soto

Cultures Blend

Week of 8/14/2017 – 8/18/2017

Science: S8P1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the structure and properties of matter.

Mystery Powder Lab- Students will pretend to be Crime Scene Investigators to identify unknown substances.  Students will use physical and chemical properties of matter to solve each of the mystery substances.

Social Studies: SS8H1 Evaluate the impact of European exploration and settlement on American Indians in Georgia.

The following links are helpful resources for Unit 1-  Geography of GA/GA’s Beginnings, Lesson 3: Prehistoric Peoples:

PowerPoint Notes – Unit 1 Lesson 3 – Prehistoric Peoples

PDF Notes –Georgia’s Prehistoric Cultures Graphic Organizer

Unit 1 Lesson 3 – Prehistoric Peoples

PDF – Georgia’s Prehistoric Cultures Graphic Organizer Answer Key!

Week of 8/7/2017 – 8/11/2017

Science: S8P1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the structure and properties of matter.

Target vocabulary words: matter, mass, density, volume, physical change, and physical property. Project Based Learning: Our class will continue the study of Ogeechee River Fish Kill, labs, experiments and models of physical properties and chemical changes. Students will use the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) framework to implement and develop their scientific explanations and arguments.

Social Studies:  SS8G1 Describe Georgia’s geography and climate.

  • 5 regions of Georgia
  • Physical features of Georgia
  • Different climates of Georgia

First Week of School 7/31/2017 – 8/4/2017

The first week of school was awesome! Throughout the week, we have been familiarizing ourselves with school rules, procedures, classroom expectations, PBIS and getting to know each other. A syllabus and lab contract were sent home for parent/guardian signature.

-Materials needed for class:  Composition Notebook (Interactive Notebooks), pens, pencils, and sharpener.

Class syllabus:  Syllabus 8th grade-1delhw6

 

Welcome 2017-2018 School Year!

Dear students and parents,

Welcome to Griffin Middle School. My name is Renee Holden. This year, I will be teaching three co-taught 8th grade Science classes with Mr. Scotchlas and one co-taught Social Studies class with Mrs. Kaur. In addition to accessing my Blog, their Blogs can also be used as helpful resources.  If you need to reach me, the best way to contact me is through email, [email protected] (you can also access it through our school’s website if you click on Faculty & Staff) or phone, 678-842-6917. I look forward to working with you and your child this school year.