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Classwork and Homework: 

Have a great summer!


Our final test was on June 5
The key for the study guide is here 

May 29
Today, students learned about technology that is being used in the developing countries around the world to change lives for the better.  After learning of a very simple way to bring light into many homes using a water-filled bottle, they were to research other examples to share with the class.  The form that they used is here.

The videos that we watched about the Light from a water bottle are here
 video 1 and here. video 2

Below are examples that I found that will be discussed in class.  On Thursday I will bring in one of these for students to experience in class.

Voto is a charger and flashlight that works by putting part of it in a fire.
Window Socket is a solar charger that you attach to a window
Gravity Light is a light powered by gravity, such as hanging a backpack on it. Provides light and can charge things. Video
Eco-Cooler is a form of air conditioner that uses no electricity or moving parts, and no water.
LifeStraw company site and here is a picture in use (gross).  This is about the global water crisis. Sold here
Ocean Wave Energy Source invented by a 9th grader
Solar powered grill stores the Sun's energy for cooking, even at night.


May 24
The Modern marvels that we watched on Renewable Energy is here

May 23
We tested and modified the turbines made yesterday.

May 22
Instructions for today's wind turbine are here

May 21

The study guide that was given out today is here
The 10 minute video on the workings of a Dutch grist mill is here
Farm Windmill operation is shown here


May 17

Solar Tower Video is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMWIgwvbrcM

Short version of the Mythbusters video is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkkFjSa_r84

May 16
Going outside with lenses and solar ovens

May 15
Notes are here for water wheels


May 9 - Retest Day and Math Competition Day

Also, we watched an interesting video in preparation for our trip to the Michigan Historical Museum about the Logging Industry

Monster Maker

Teacher Notes :  

Retake for science test on Wednesday May 9

Contract for retaking the science test is here

Answer key for the test we completed is here

Google Sheet with Resources for Life Science 3 is here


April 26
Test Day

April 25
Review Worksheet Answer Key is here

April 24
Review worksheet given in class today and is due when students show up for class tomorrow.  Students were given the whole period to work on it and about 1/3 in each class finished it in class.  The worksheet is here.

April 23
Test on Thursday
Vocab and Review Topics sheet handed out in class is here


M-Step testing this week


April 13
Today we learned about serious and also fanciful devices that use evaporation.
Notes are here S180413EvaporationDevices.pdf
The Famous Drinking Bird about $6 on Amazon
Zeer Pot evaporative cooler used widely in India - video is here

April 12
Notes are here S180412PhaseChangeTemperatureEvaporation.pdf

April 12
Today we graphed the data from our lab.  Most students turned in the lab today.  If not, it is due tomorrow upon arrival in class.

April 11

We did a lab activity where we gathered temperature data from heating a beaker of ice water until it had boiled for 5 minutes.

Spring Break

March 26
There was a presentation, with poster, about our plant growth experiment that was assigned today.  The presentation is to be done on Wednesday, March 28.

The handout to help students organize their presentation and poster is here


March 20
Notes from today are here and include conversion factors and a summary of how to approach each problem
The worksheet that students did in class is here.  Students were to finish it as homework if not done in class.


March 16
Notes from today are here
Students also did Reading 3.3 from IQWST
Classwork/Homework is here.  Students should have 1-7 done as they come in on Monday.

March 15
Going over our data from activity 1.1, where students calulated how many calories they use while exercising, we calculated how long we would have to exercise to use calories from specific foods.

This was in Activity 3.2 in our online IQWST book.

Notes from today are here.

March 14
Molecules that you need to look at for Reading 3.2 are here:

Glucose - simple sugar that you body can use easily
Sucrose - common table sugar
Amylose - a Starch, like in potatoes

Amino Acids are the basic sub-units for Proteins
Alanine - a protein
Cysteine - another protein
Insulin - a complex protein that helps your body use the sugars in your blood

Glycerol - the sub-unit for fats
Triglyceride - a fat

March 13

Today we talked about the three types of molecules found in food and then we built a complex model of Glucose.

March 12
Catch-up day in terms of missing papers and missing work.  Students also did detailed measurements of their plants.  This was also the day we had an assembly at the high school to see the teaser for The Sound of Music play.


March 9
Half day for kids.

March 8
Today, students handed in their finished population graphs.  The finished version should have looked like this.

Also, students worked on their IQWST assignment on the computers.  They did Reading 3.1

March 6
We started with a graph that is actually a pre-test for our SLO program and it is here

After that, students started working on a challenging graph about the populations of Hare and Lynx over a 50+ year period.  Students should use their finest graphing skills on this graph.  The data page is here

March 5
Our post lab activity is here and was turned in after class.


March 2
Students watched the Modern Marvels video "Carbon" and wrote ten things that they did not already know and turned it in to my sub.

March 1
We did a calorimetry lab where we burned various foods to find the number of calories in them.  The lab sheet is here

Feb. 28
Notes from today are here S180228PlantsDay2Calories.pdf
Activity 2.1 Worksheet was handed in.

IC3 Activity 2 2 Observation Worksheet - Control group.docx
IC3 Activity 2 2 Observation Worksheet - Experimental group.docx
IC3 Activity 2 2 What Do Plants Need To Grow -  journal cover and summary.docx

Feb. 23
Secret Language of Plants

Feb. 22
Plant Experiment Planning Sheet

Feb. 20
Notes are here S180220EnergyConversionsAndCarbide.pdf

Feb. 7
The Secret Life of 118 Green Street
The film that we watched in class is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1xiZiM0_bM

Feb. 1
Notes are here S180201UV2.pdf

Jan. 31
Notes are here S180131UV2.pdf

Jan. 30
Notes are here S180130UV1.pdf

Jan. 26
Dragon Illusion Video is here
The models to print are here: 
Dragon Illusion Blue.pdf
Dragon Illusion Green.pdf
Dragon Illusion Red.pdf
Cat_Illusion like dragon.jpg
Robot_Dog illusion like dragon.jpg
Skeleton Illusion like the dragon.pdf

Jan. 23
Start Light unit - notes are here S180123StartLight.pdf

Jan. 22, 23 Retest

Retest for this test are on Tuesday Lunch and Wednesday before school, lunch, and after school.  The form to do this is here Retake Notice 8th grade Earth Science.pdf

January 18
- Unit Test
Review for the test is here

Answer key for the review is here Earth Science 3 Final Review Answers.pdf

Jan. 16 - Go over Test Review

Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 12
Snow day

Jan. 11
Review for the test is here

Jan. 10 - Career Center Visit for 8th Grade

Jan. 9

Jan. 8 - Welcome Back

Winter Break **********************************************************

Dec. 17
We went over the
Plate Boundaries Notes sheet.
Video of the ES3 Plate Tectonics Project is here
Instant karma video that we watched a few minutes of, is here .

Dec. 15
Plate Boundaries Notes sheet is here

Dec. 14 - Snow Day!

Dec. 11

Notes from today are here S171211BoundaryMotion.pdf
Hotspot formation video 1 (3 min) is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG-Sy0y08GM
Video 2 ( 1.5 min) is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryrXAGY1dmE
Video 3 (26 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrKTuCDierM

Dec. 8

Dec. 1
Notes are here S171201ConvectionInTheEarth.pdf

Nov. 30

Sea Floor Speading https://youtu.be/ZzvDlP6xd9o

Nov. 29
We did Activity 2.2 from IQWST ES3 unit
Notes are here S171129Activity2-2MoreEvidenceForWegener.pdf
Alfred Wegener Song is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1-cES1Ekto

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 20
Notes are here S171120Buoyancy1.pdf

Nov. 16
Notes are here S171116Density.pdf

Nov. 14
Notes are here S171114Density.pdf

Test Retake Form is here Test Retake 8th Grade Science PS.pdf

Oct. 27

The video we watched on the science of carnival games is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk_ZlWJ3qJI

Pool full of Orbeez

Snowball Machine Gun

Test on Thursday, Oct. 26

Test review is here PS test Review IQWST.pdf
Answers to the test review are here Review answers.pdf
Topic words are here Science Vocabulary.pdf

Oct. 19
Notes are here S171019GraphingMotion.pdf

Oct. 18
Notes are here S171018FequalsMA2.pdf

Oct. 1
Notes are here S171016FrictionFequalsMA.pdf

Oct. 12
Notes from today are here S171012Acceleration.pdf

Oct. 11
Students worked on Reading 4.3 from our online textbook.

Oct. 10
The class watched a video on hovercrafts here

Oct. 9
Today students rode the hovercraft as part of our study of friction.

Oct. 6
Notes are here S171006Friction2.pdf

Oct. 5
Notes are here S171005Friction.pdf

Sept. 28
Notes are here S170928GraphSetup.pdf

Sept. 26

Notes are here S170926Graphing2.pdf

Sept. 25
Notes are here S170925Elasticity.pdf


Sept. 20
Notes are here S170920ForcePairModels.pdf

Sept. 18
Notes for today are here S170918ContactAndDistantForces.pdf


Sept. 15
Notes from today are here S170915ForcePairs.pdf

Sept. 14
We did activity 2.1 where students observed an apparatus and made notes.  We are working toward identifying force pairs in systems. Activity 2_1 worksheet.pdf

Sept. 13

Notes from today are here S170913aVernier Caliper.pdf

Links (external):


Talking Tapes

Electronics Tutorials at www.electronics-tutorials.ws

Science Toys you can make

Inventor's Handbook

The Secret Life of Machines Homepage

Invisible Inks

Bad Movie Physics

How everyday things are made

Earth Science Links

Edible Science


http://www.martindalecenter.com/      This is the reference site for just about EVERYTHING

Bad Science

Rube Goldberg

Ripcord's Trebuchet Stuff

Trebuchet Challenge Game

Science Toys you can make

Audio and 3-D Sound


Gauss Rifle

Home-made Van De Graff


Pop Pop Boats

Nuclear Power Plant Simulation

Toys made from junk (in India)

Huge Site with lots of links where you can build cool stuff for science


Science Supplies and Cool Toys to Buy

Archie McFee - Strange Toys and gags

Educational Innovations - A great science and science toy source

Arbor Scientific - one of my favorite science supply sites

Edmund Scientifics - a great,older company with lots of optics and new lines of stuff

I have not purchased from these sellers but they look interesting.

Smoke Ring "Mighty Blaster"

Explore4fun  Science Toy catalog

Geek Toys - for home and office

Electromagnetic Toys