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An online resource for Mr. Clarke's science students

Welcome, fellow scientists!

I'm so excited to get to know you all this year, and for all that we're going to learn about the natural world together. Use this site as a starting point for finding all of the important resources and links you'll need for class this year.

Week 10: NOV 19-24 Performance Expectation ➝ PS1-4 Thermal Energy and Particle Motion

Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

  • Describe what happens to when a substance freezes and boils

Week 10: NOV 19-24 In-Person

AGENDA:

  1. #10.i1 Week 10 Check-In. When you're done, please give me any scrap paper that you wrote on, and you may begin #10.i2 below! Please don your headphones. 🎧😀

  2. #10.i2 Freezing Point Graph + Guidelines for Creating Line Graphs / Scatter Plots

  3. #10.i3 Freezing Point Lab Extension Questions

DUE DATES: Please complete this week's in-person assignments by the end of the day on Tuesday, November 24th.

Week 10: NOV 19-24 Remote

AGENDA:

  1. #10.r1 Boiling Point Lab

  2. #10.r2 The Phases of Matter (reading, markup, & questions)

DUE DATES: Please complete this week's remote assignments by the end of the day on Tuesday, November 24th.

NOTE: Your weekly check-in (during the first 10 mins of your in person class) for Nov 19-24 will have questions on Density (2 Qs), Measurement (2 Qs), and Thermal Energy & Particle Motion (3 Qs).

  • Density: Calculate density, and relate expansion/contraction to density

  • Measurement: measure precisely with estimated digits by reading a scale.

  • Thermal energy & particle motion: Compare and contrast the motion of arrangements of particles in...

    • solids, liquids, and gases

    • warm substances vs. cool substances

Week 9: NOV 18 Remote Agenda (Half-day)

AGENDA:

  1. Science Practice spotlight: Analyzing and Interpreting Data

  2. Demo & explore: Using Desmos to analyze some sample data and generate graphs

  3. If time remains: Work on CER

DUE DATES: Please complete your CER (#09.i3) by the due date specified on the assignment.

Week 9: NOV 12-18 Performance Expectation ➝ PS1-4 Thermal Energy and Particle Motion

Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

Week 9: NOV 12-17 In-Person

AGENDA:

  1. Short Quiz on Thermal Energy and Particle Motion. When you finish, please put it in the folder by the lost & found (near the door), then do the next item on the agenda!

  2. Label & stow your new lab safety glasses! DONE!

  3. #09.i1 Review Answer Keys for Week 7 & 8 Assignments.

  4. Temperature Demonstrations

  5. #09.i3 CER: Temperature and Volume

DUE DATES: Please complete your CER (#09.i3) by the due date specified on the assignment.

Week 9: NOV 12-17 Remote

AGENDA:

  1. #09.r1 The Particle Nature of Matter (video & quiz game)

  2. #09.r2 Brainpop: Temperature

  3. #09.r3 Factors that Affect Density

  4. #09.r4 Freezing Point Lab

DUE DATES: Please complete this week's remote assignments by the end of the day on Tuesday, November 17th.

NOTE: There will be a short quiz Nov 12-17 during your in-person class that covers the performance expectation and learning objectives listed below for this week (Nov 5-10).

Week 8: NOV 5-10 Performance Expectation ➝ PS1-4 Thermal Energy and Particle Motion

Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

Week 8: NOV 5-10 In-Person

OBJECTIVES:

  • When a substance is heated and cooled, what happens to it...

    • ...at the macro-level (in terms of its volume)?

    • ...at the micro-level (in terms of its particles)?

AGENDA:

  1. Nearpod: Heating & Cooling a Liquid

  2. #08.Quiz Measurement & Density 1

  3. #08.i1 Mini-Lab: Heating and Cooling Liquids

  4. When finished with lab, clean equipment with soap + water, then begin working on your analysis questions.

DUE DATES: Please complete #08.i1's Analysis Questions by the end of the day on Tuesday (Nov 10). You should feel free, also, to work on this week's remote assignments at any point... you dojn't

Week 8: NOV 5-10 Remote

OBJECTIVES:

  • Compare and contrast solids, liquids and gases...

    • At the macro-level, in terms of their volume and shape

    • At the micro-level, in terms of their particles' movement and attractions for one another

  • Describe how intermolecular forces (the attractions between particles) and the kinetic energy of the particles in a substance relate to phase changes like boiling, freezing, and melting

AGENDA:

  1. #08.r1 Matter & Energy Packet, pages 1-2, 4-8, & 10-11

  2. #08.r2 PhET Simulation: States of Matter

  3. #08.r3 States of Matter Edpuzzles (36 mins)

DUE DATES: Please complete this week's assignments (r1, r2, and r3) by the end of the day on Tuesday (Nov 10).

NOTE: The short quiz that on Measurement & Density that was going to be during your in-person class between October 29 - November 4 has been pushed back a week, until November 5-10. It will still cover the following learning objectives:

  • Make measurements of length and volume that include estimated digits.

  • Determining the volume of an object using LxWxH and by liquid displacement

  • Calculate the density of an object when given its mass and volume

  • Determine whether an object will float or sink in a given liquid, based on the object & liquid density

NOV 3 Remote Agenda (Half Day)

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Students will be able to explain, on the molecular level, that heating and cooling affect molecular motion.

AGENDA:

  • Period 6, Cohort B only — Complete #07.r3 Matter & Energy Reading/Markup before Wednesday's (Nov 4) class

  • All Other Periods — Molecules in Motion Nearpod & Experiment

DUE DATES:

  • Complete all assignments that start with #07.r and #07.i before the end of the day on Thursday.

OCT 29 - NOV 4 In-Person Agenda

TODAY'S FOCUS: Now that we know that all matter has mass and volume (and, therefore, density) how can we begin to develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

TODAY'S OBJECTIVES:

  • Compare and contrast matter and energy

  • Describe evidence for the kinetic-molecular theory of matter

  • Compare and contrast the solid, liquid, and gas phases of matter

TODAY'S AGENDA:

  1. Fun demos

  2. #07.i1 Gizmo: Phases of Water

OCT 29 - NOV 4 Remote Agenda

TODAY'S FOCUS: Density/buoyancy and states of matter

TODAY'S OBJECTIVES:

  • Further relate density to the tendency of an object to float or sink

  • Compare and contrast the solid, liquid, and gas phases of matter

TODAY'S AGENDA:

  1. #07.r1 Edpuzzles: Density and Buoyancy

  2. #07.r2 Intro. To States of Matter

OCT 28 Agenda

NOTE: During your next in-person class (October 29 - November 4) there will be a short quiz that will assess your ability to do the following

  • Make measurements of length and volume that include estimated digits.

  • Determining the volume of an object using LxWxH and by liquid displacement

  • Calculate the density of an object when given its mass and volume

  • Determine whether an object will float or sink in a given liquid, based on the object & liquid density

TODAY'S FOCUS: Making Precise Measurements and Calculating Density

TODAY'S OBJECTIVES:

  • Make precise measurements of length and volume

  • Determine the volume of an irregularly shaped object using the liquid displacement method

  • Use precise measurements of mass and volume to determine the density of an irregularly shaped object

  • Ask scientific questions about a natural phenomenon

TODAY'S AGENDA:

  1. Density Review

  2. Time in breakout rooms to finish last week's #06.r4 The Question Formulation Technique (related to the Railway Tank Car phenomenon you observed).

  3. Add your group's "3 most important" scientific questions (from the Question Formulation Technique worksheet) to the Padlet that I emailed you!

OCT 26-27 Agenda

NOTE: During your next in-person class (October 29 - November 4) there will be a short quiz that will assess your ability to do the following

  • Make measurements of length and volume that include estimated digits.

  • Determining the volume of an object using LxWxH and by liquid displacement

  • Calculate the density of an object when given its mass and volume

  • Determine whether an object will float or sink in a given liquid, based on the object & liquid density

TODAY'S FOCUS: Making Precise Measurements

TODAY'S OBJECTIVES:

  • Make precise measurements of length and volume

  • Determine the volume of an irregularly shaped object using the liquid displacement method

  • Use precise measurements of mass and volume to determine the density of an irregularly shaped object

TODAY'S AGENDA:

  1. Mindfulness Meditation

  2. #06.5 Check and correct your work from last week, using the red links to answer keys that have been added to each assignment's directions. No need to resubmit your work after checking/correcting, but do make a note of any questions you still have after reviewing the answer keys.

  3. Complete Challenges #06.6 through #06.9. The more you can complete before this Wednesday's half day, the more prepared you will be to ask questions about anything you're still unclear about!

DUE DATES: Before your next in-person class, complete #06.5 through #06.9. The more you can complete before this Wednesday's half day, the more prepared you will be to ask questions about anything you're still unclear about!

OCT 19-23 In-Person Agenda

FOCUS: Making Precise Measurements

OBJECTIVES:

  • Why is standardized measurement important? Measurement systems - esp. Metric/SI system.

  • Identify all measured digits and the estimated digit using different ruler scales.

AGENDA:

  1. #06.i1 Lab Safety Check-In

    • If you finish early, you may begin #06.r1 (CK-12 Reading) while you wait for others to finish the lab safety check-in

  2. #06.i2 Flocabulary: The Metric System

  3. #06.i3 Ruler Activity and Analysis Questions

    • After you've made your measurements using the 3 different rulers, jump ahead to do #06.i4 (below) FIRST before attempting the analysis questions that go along with the Ruler Activity.

  4. #06.i4 Recording Measurements with Estimated Digits

  5. If you finish today's in-class agenda before class ends, feel free to begin the agenda items on this week's remote agenda.

DUE DATES: Complete the assignments listed above by the end of the day on Friday (10/26)

OCT 19-23 Remote Agenda

FOCUS: Making Precise Measurements

OBJECTIVES:

  • Why is standardized measurement important? Measurement systems - esp. Metric/SI system.

  • Identify all measured digits and the estimated digit using different ruler scales.

AGENDA:

  1. #06.r1 CK-12 Reading: Appropriate Units for Metric Length Measurement

  2. #06.r2 Nearpod Notes: Recording Measurements


  3. #06.r3 Video: Precision, Accuracy, Measurement, and Significant Figures

DUE DATES: Complete the assignments listed above by the end of the day on Friday (10/26)

OCT 8-16 Agenda

This Week's Focus: Density and Measurement

OBJECTIVES: There is a list of this week's learning objectives on the first page of your blue Density and Measurement Packet, and learning objectives are listed in the directions for each of the assignments below.

Your Assignment, due by the end of the day on Friday., 10/16 is to complete your blue packet*

* You can skip page 14, comparing Mass and Weight

On Google Classroom, I've broken this down into bite-sized chunks, which you can see in more detail in your Classwork tab. Those chunks are:

  1. #04.1 Measurement Practice

  2. #04.2 Gizmo: Measuring Volume

  3. #04.3 Edpuzzle: Density

  4. #04.4 Density Reading and Questions

  5. #04.5 Gizmos: “Density” and “Slice and Dice”

  6. #04.6 Density Practice

(If it's helpful to have some incremental deadlines, I would recommend trying to complete #1 and 2 by the end of this week, and complete #3 and 4 before next Thursday.)

I will add answer keys to each assignment's directions as we progress through the week.

As you can see, I'm trying something different, and posting the entire week's sequence of activities I'd like you to engage with to learn about Density and Measurement. I want you to have the flexibility to work on them at any point this week — whether you're in class or remote — without having to wait for the day that you have remote or in-person science class. We'll have lab supplies available in the room so that you can do some hands-on experimentation of your own using graduated cylinders, rulers, and electronic balances. My hope is that freeing you up from daily deadlines will afford you the opportunity to use class time to get help with what you need when you need it, so that by October 14th you feel that you have a solid grasp of the learning objectives listed on the first page of your blue "Density and Measurement" packet. I welcome your feedback about how this approach works for you, and you can let me know by answering this question on Google Classroom.

OCT 7 Remote Agenda (Half Day)

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Check over your work from assignments that we've completed recently!

  2. Define length, mass, and volume

  3. Describe how to measure the volume of an object, regardless of its shape

AGENDA:

  1. #03h1 Slide Deck: Measuring Length, Mass & Volume

  2. #03h2 Half-day Weekly Wrap-Up

DUE DATES:

  • Before the start of your next in-person class ➝ finish #03h1 by viewing, listening to, and taking notes (in your lab notebook) on the slides about "Measuring Length, Mass & Volume"

OCT 1-6 In-Person Agenda

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Sharpen observation skills, introduce the concept of scientific measurement.

  2. Describe some tools/equipment that scientists use and why is it important to use the correct tools.

DO NOW: Go to GoFormative.com so that we can review Part 1 of yesterday's General Lab Safety Overview. I will change the assignment so that you can edit your responses.

AGENDA:

  1. Distribute Density and Measurement Packets

  2. Class review of #010 General Lab Safety Overview, Part 1

  3. What is DATA?

  4. #03i3 (A familiar experiment)

  5. #03i4 Common Laboratory Equipment

DUE DATES:

  • By the end of the day on Tuesday 10/6 ➝ Complete #03i3 and #03i4

OCT 1-6 Remote Agenda

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Sharpen observation skills, introduce the concept of scientific measurement.

AGENDA:

  1. #03r1 General Lab Safety Overview - Video Recap, Part 2

  2. #03r2 Review the learning objectives and vocab for our unit on Matter, Measurement, and Density

  3. #03r3 Measurement Reading

DUE DATES:

  • By the end of the day on Tuesday 10/6 ➝ Complete #03r1 through #03r3

SEP 30 Remote Agenda (Half Day)

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Brainstorm ways in which we use measurements in everyday life

  2. Describe basic lab safety rules

DO NOW: Open the Nearpod app and enter the code shown on your teacher's screen, then contribute to the board.

REMOTE AGENDA:

  1. Two Truths and a Lie, continued.

  2. Measurements in everyday life

  3. Log into GoFormative.com

  4. Complete #010 - General Lab Safety practices, Part 1 of 2

DUE DATES:

  • By next class ➝ Complete #010

SEP 29 Agenda (Period 6 only)

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Differentiate between physical and chemical changes of matter

  2. Identify evidence of a chemical change

REMOTE AGENDA:

  1. Two Truths and a Lie, continued.

  2. Things we learned from our first time using your eText

  3. #008 BrainPop - Property Changes

  4. #009 - Chemical Changes Gizmo

DUE DATES:

  • By tomorrow (9/30) → Finish through #009

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Learn how to access your electronic textbook (eText)

  2. Describe and classify matter

REMOTE AGENDA:

  1. Two Truths and a Lie, continued.

  2. Results from #005 (yesterday's 12:38 experiment!)

  3. Review answers to yesterday’s Exit Slip

  4. #006 Set up your eTextbook account

  5. Use remaining class time to work on #007 Describing and Classifying Matter

DUE DATES:

  • Before next Wednesday (9/30) → Finish through #007

OBJECTIVE: Explain the cause of the seasons, and conduct an experiment that uses the angle of sunlight to determine your latitude.

REMOTE AGENDA

  • DO NOW: Finish writing your 2 Truths & 1 Lie!

  • What in the world???

  • Two Truths and a Lie

  • ID’ing adults’ misconceptions about the causes of seasons

  • Prove that the Earth is Round at 12:38 PM today!

  • If Time: Review answers to yesterday’s Exit Slip

DUE DATES

  • Today → #001 through #003

  • Before weekend → #004 Seasons in 3D Gizmo

  • (OPTIONAL) Do #005 outside today at 12:38 PM!

SEP 21 & 22 Agenda

OBJECTIVE: Describe how the Earth's tilt causes places on Earth to experience different intensities of sunlight at different times of year, leading to temperature changes that result in seasons.

REMOTE AGENDA

① Attendance

Flocabulary - Seasons

③ How your work is organized in Classroom

④ Assignments due: #001, #002, and #003

⑤ How to access assignments on Canvas

⑥ Do #002 in your own Breakout Room

⑦ Take a 10 minute break at any point before class ends

⑧ Do #003 in your own Breakout Room


SEP 17 & 18 Agenda

  1. Attendance & Logistics

  2. Zoom Do's and Don'ts

  3. Observations & Inferences about your science teacher

  4. 8th Grade Science Expectations, Materials, & FAQs

  5. Wildfires & earth.nullschool.net