On Wednesday 5/21/14 the 8th grade lab portion of the state test will begin. Students will go with their classes during a scheduled time. The lab portion of the test consists of 3 stations in which students will be asked to complete various science skill tasks. Each station is timed (standard time is 13 min per station). This test is mandatory for use in the high schools. The students and I have already discussed its use and things they may encounter on it. The written test date is June 2, 2014.
This week we are focusing on heredity and how traits may be passed down by parents to off-spring. Students will complete a variety of activities to help them discover how this works. Homework for Monday night includes reading the first section of chapter 12 (pages 267-270) and completing the following:
802: page 270 questions 4-7
803, 806, 807: All reading check questions (pages 267, 268, 269, 270) and Question #6 on page 270
These will be checked on Tues.
This week we are doing a dichotomous key. It is a way to classify and organize things. The lab requires pictures which are only available in the classroom. Students will be asked to create their keys in the room and complete the analysis at home.
Labs are due on Monday. Dates may be extended if students need more time to complete the lab .
Week of 4/21/14: We are completing the third state lab (relationships and biodiversity)
Week of 4.14.14: Students should be working on their science fair projects over the vacation. Final boards are due on Monday 4/28/14.
Week of 3/24/14: Happy first full week of Spring!! Hopefully the weather will warm up soon and we can enjoy it. This week we are focussing on Chapter 10, cell reproduction and mitosis). Why do cells divide? How do they divide? 802 will be doing several small research projects related to cell division this week and taking a quiz on Friday. 803, 806, 807 will be completing a mitosis booklet as well as keeping up with their Note-Taking workbooks. We will view some short videos and complete activities. This week's journal focus will be discussion of current DNA research based on Cornell notes taken during reading. This week we will also be beginning the third state lab: Biodiversity. Students should plan to be in attendance (especially on their double period lab day). If a student misses a part it is their responsibility to make arrangements for a make-up. I am available every morning at 7:15 for make-ups.
REMINDER: Students should be working on their exit projects according to the website: 181scienceprojects.weebly.com Please check the schedule located on the grade 8 page for due dates.