8th Grade Science

The calendar below displays BOTH of my 8th grade sections' homework calendars. To see just YOUR section's work, click on the little downward arrow on the far right hand side (next to the word 'Agenda'), then select only your section.

Homework Calendar for BOTH Sections

Click on the + Google Calendar button in the lower right of the calendar above to add this to your personal Google calendar and create a master calendar of all homework assignments in one place! (Students, this is already done for you when you are in multiple Google Classrooms, but Parents, if you'd like One Homework Calendar to rule them all, that is how you can easily build it with only your child's specific teachers' calendars.)

Chemical Interactions Unit

(From FOSS) Chemistry is the systematic unveiling of the nature of matter—its properties, composition, and structure—and the energy dynamics that accompany matter transformations. Chemistry is also the intellectual process of uncovering the nature of matter and energy, which contributes to an ever-expanding body of chemical knowledge. In the FOSS Chemical Interactions Unit, students explore the anchor phenomenon of interactions of matter. The driving question for the course is how does matter interact?
CLICK HERE to see the Chemical Interactions Unit Essential Questions and Vocabulary.

Planetary Science Unit

(From FOSS) This unit focuses on the anchor phenomenon of Earth as an object in space. The driving question for the course is, "What is my cosmic address?" Astronomy is the study of everything we can observe and imagine beyond Earth—the Moon, the Sun, the solar system, the Milky Way, and the vastness of the cosmos. Astronomers ask fundamental questions: When and where did the universe start? Why is it expanding? What is its destiny? Astronomers endeavor to answer these questions by determining the kinds and numbers of objects in the cosmos, their composition, their motions, and their interactions with one another. Because Earth is part of this ultimate system, the science of astronomy includes the study of our own planet.
CLICK HERE to see the Planetary Science Unit Essential Questions and Vocabulary.

Heredity & Adaptation Unit

(From FOSS) Single-celled archaea that live in incredibly saline pools, an extravagantly feathered bird that courts a mate with song and dance, a fungus that covers over a square mile of forest, nudibranchs that glide along the seafloor, a leopard seal that shoots through Antarctic waters in pursuit of a penguin. Life on Earth is a dizzying array of diversity. Yet all life, no matter the diversity, shares common characteristics. All life is cellular, depending upon cellular processes for survival. And all life shares a genetic organization based on DNA and RNA. The theory of evolution is the unifying principle that explains both the similarity and diversity of life. Evolution forms the foundation of modern biology and is supported by a vast array of observable evidence. Middle school students are ready to explore the varied lines of evidence, including the fossil record, the similarities between past and present organisms, the genetic principles of inheritance, and how natural selection produces adaptations that lead to changes in species and eventually the creation of new species.
CLICK HERE to see the Heredity & Adaptation Unit Essential Questions and Vocabulary.

Human Systems Interactions

Life is a complex of interactions; human life is no exception. The basis of the human body is the cell. Associations of cells work together to form tissues, which form organs. Organs work together to perform specific functions in organ systems. And finally, the array of organ systems make up a human body.  Middle school students are prepared to explore how organ systems interact to support each and every cell in the body. What happens when the body is attacked by an invader or an organ system malfunctions? How do cells get the resources they need to live? How do cells gain access to the energy stored in energy-rich compounds? How do systems support the human organism as it senses and interacts with the environment? These questions inspire students to find out more, and may spawn a lifetime of learning about their body systems and the environmental factors that affect them. Questions like these have the potential to help students understand and appreciate what may be of highest importance to them, themselves.
CLICK HERE to see the Human Systems Interactions Unit Essential Questions and Vocabulary.