8th Grade Science

November 17, 2017
We got through page 542 in the book today.  I collected the research and question part of the engineering project.
I also talked about the behavior expectation and the activities for next week's field trip.  

The upcoming due dates are as follows for the rest of the matriculation project.  
1.  Design due Thursday, 12-21-17
2.  Model due Tuesday, 1-16-18
3.  Redesign analysis due Friday, 1-26-18  Your are finished!!!!

I have not completed neither the instructions for the  model requirements nor the redesign analysis as of yet.  However, I am putting the design instructions up because some students have already completed the solutions page.  I will go over the design requirements on Monday.   

Please scroll all the way down to find the attachment called: Design 


Thank you! 

November 15, 2017

Today we used the Chromebooks to start the solutions part of the engineering project, which is due on December 05, 2017.

I am in the process of grading the criteria/constraints part.  I have been very generous with the grading of this part.  As the project progresses, it is very important that you pay attention to more detail as described below.  The quality of your work plays an important part of the grading.  The next two parts (research/questions) are due Friday so please pay attention to grammar, syntax, and overall detail of your questions.  

Solutions Science Matriculation/Engineering Project


You have now come to the next part in the engineering process. This part of the process includes the solutions to the problem that you have already identified at the beginning of your project.  Solutions are possible ways that you can solve a problem.  For example, your phone rings and you have soap all over your hands.  What are possible solutions?  You can wipe your hands off, you can finish washing your hands, you can answer the phone with soap on your hands, you can ask someone else to please answer your phone, etc.

You will come up with seven solutions to the original problem that you identified.  The solutions are based on the research that you have done and on the questions that you have answered.  You may not come up with some random solution.  This is the reason that engineers go through a process in determining the most logical path to follow.  

Once you have finished with your seven solutions, you will pick one final solution from the seven.  Be very sure of the solution that you choose because the rest of the project hinges on that one solution.  Make sure your solution is exact in detail.  Also, your solution must be environmentally friendly and must not be harmful to living systems.


MLA format:  1 point off per error up to 5 pts.  Title:  Solutions

Spelling/Grammar: 1 point off per error up to 5 pts.

Your solutions are viable and are clearly written and understood.  You derived your solutions from your criteria/constraints, research, and questions assignments.  15 pts.   You must have seven solutions and you will pick one out of the seven for your final solution. 

I will show you the layout to use in class, but I have put the basic format below (minus your MLA heading and title).

 Problem:  State your problem here.      

Possible Solutions:








Final Solution:   Type your final solution here.

Thank you!

November 14-15, 2017
Tuesday:  Test
Wednesday:  Going over and starting the next part of the Matriculation concentrating on solutions.  A copy of the solutions page will be handed out to students.

November 13, 2017
Homework assigned and due by Monday, November 20th:
1.  Do all vocab on page 527.  There are 24 vocab words.  This assignment is worth 6 points.  One point will be taken off if you do not use a MLA heading.  One point will be taken off if you do not number your words.  One point will be taken off if you do not highlight the words.  Please include the pictures as well.  These have been the rules for doing vocab since the beginning of school.  Please do not become lax in how you do your work.  :)

This week, I will be giving you the next part to your matriculation project.  I have reserved the Chromebooks for this Wednesday to be used in class in order to start the next part of the matriculation, which will concentrate on solutions.

Please remember that tomorrow is the chp 14/15 test.

Today, we got through page 538.

Thank you!   

November 09, 2017
Hello, today we had a wonderful day celebrating Veteran's Day.  In class, we watched Bozeman:  Positive and Negative Charge (YouTube 5:23).
We did read p. 532 and 533.  Please know this information for a future exam.
*Please note that resource has a copy of the notes for the test on Tuesday.

Please remember that there is an exam Tuesday and the matriculation pieces are due next Friday.

Thank you and Happy Veteran's Day! 

November 08, 2017
Today, we covered up through page 531.  I gave notes and spoke about gravity and the parts of the atom.  This information is necessary to understand electricity and electrical fields.

Thank you!

November 07, 2017
Today, we finished the study guide for the chp 14/15 test. The test notes are numbered 1 through 14.  

We also watched a video and took notes on the video:  Physics-Waves-Analogue and Digital Signals (YouTube 2:54).  Mirrors, lenses, and the analogue/digital signals will be covered on a following test (after November 14).  

We also spoke about MLA headings. 
Thank you!

November 06, 2017
Welcome back!  

Today, we finished through page 521 in the book.  I will be going over the study guide for your November 14th test starting today and finishing tomorrow.

Thank you! 

October 27, 2017
Please remember that curriculum in science comes from the book, videos, and notes.  Test questions come from all three sources.  Also, please remember that some of the questions are applications of knowledge learned.

Your chapters 14-15 test will be on Tuesday, November  14, 2017.  

Please re watch the video Bozeman: Ray Diagrams-Lenses 7:25.

When we come back from break on November 06, you should have completed up through page 513 in your book.  We did most of the pages in class.  You need to finish the bottom of page 508 and do 509.  All of the rest were done in class.

October 25, 2017

Today we got through page 506 in the book.  Please remember that the final draft of your criteria and constraints, along with the Works Cited page, is due tomorrow!

Thank you! 

October 24, 2017

Hello, today we received the next part of the science matriculation process.  There are two assignments that include the Solution Questions and Answers page along with the Research Notes page.  We talked about what is expected and questions were answered.  The students picked the five questions from the list in class.  Next, they will need to answer five more of their own that is unique to their project.  The research done will answer the ten questions.  All students agreed to the due date of both assignments to be Friday, November 17th.  The due date gives plenty of time to do an excellent job for a great grade!  :)


                                         Solution Questions and Answers


After identifying the problem, after the criteria/constraints, and the research is complete, you will now need to start to think of a solution:  I have given you a few examples of questions that you might ask.  Please answer any five questions below that you choose and then come up with at least five more questions that are unique to your criteria/constraints. You must type the question and you must answer the question in detail.  Some answers will be longer than others.  However, you must completely answer the questions so that anyone can clearly understand what you are communicating.  Please use MLA format.


Common questions from a Design Review:


1.      What are the past scientific findings that you have come across that address the issue or problem that you are designing?

2.       Why was it done this way?

  1. Did you think of doing it a different way?
  2. Why did you rule out other alternatives?
  3. Does it fulfill our requirements and specs?
  4. How can we make it function better?
  5. How can we make it weigh less?
  6. How can we make it faster?
  7. How can we make it more robust?
  8. How can we make it smaller?
  9. How can we make it simpler?
  10. How can we make it more efficient?
  11. How can we make this cheaper?
  12. How can we make this easier to construct?
  13. What other functionality would be easy to add?
  14. What are the availability of natural resources?
  15. What are the needs and wants of society?
  16. What are the needs and wants of individuals?
  17. What are the total costs?




Ten questions answered in detail and are clear to understand.  You have answered five questions from the above list and five questions that are unique to your project.  20 points

MLA formatting and grammar 5 points

Total Project points is 25 points



You must include two pages minimum of research notes.  Attached to the notes you will also need a Works Cited page.  You will turn in these pages as opposed to writing research notes onto index cards, which can get out or order and are easily lost.  Many students use a spiral notebook for research.  You may write down your information if that helps you and then type it afterwards.  Be sure to write where you got the information with each quote or text so you know with whom to credit the information.

Remember that timing yourself, keeping focused, taking the information piece-by-piece, organization or your notes, and asking help from the librarian are all worthwhile endeavors.



1.        You will have two pages of typed research notes in MLA format.  The title of this page is Research Notes.  You may include some of your thoughts along with quotes and general information.  Be sure to include in text citations.  You are doing research that is focused on solutions for your criteria and constraints.  From these notes, you will be coming up with various solutions.  The solutions assignment has NOT been assigned yet.  Please do not start a list of solutions yet.

2.       You will include your Works Cited page, which you started earlier.  You will continually be adding to this page as your research expands.


MLA format 3 pts (Purdue Owl)

Grammar and spelling 3 pts

Two pages of notes and research typed in MLA format 5 pts

Works Cited page 5 pts


Total Project point is 16 points.  Please note that there are no rough drafts on this assignment.  Whatever you turn in the first time will be graded immediately on this part of the project.


October 23, 2017
Today, we spent most of the module filling out the yellow student led conference slips.  Most of the classes got up to page 502 in the book.  First module did not have time to do the book and we will catch up this week.

Tomorrow, I will be going over the next two parts of the science matriculation. 

Thank you!

October 20, 2017
Today was the Olympics!  I did make sure that absent students received their criteria and constraints page.  All students, who turned in their criteria and constraints page have the corrected copy back in their hands. Remember that the final copy is due on Thursday!

Thank you!

October 19, 2017
Please re watch Bozeman: Ray Diagrams-Mirrors 11:43.
We went over pages 499-500 today.

October 18, 2017
Today we went over the rough drafts of the criteria and constraints page.  I gave each student (who turned in their assignment) a copy of the rubric, which was stapled onto the rough draft.  The rubric and rough draft MUST be turned in with the final copy on October 26th in order to get full credit.

Several students volunteered to bring their papers up and I meticulously went through the issues that were found common on student's papers.  For example, we talked about proper MLA formatting again.  We talked about the formal tone of the paper, which is very factual and lacking pronouns and contractions. We talked about how the criteria is what you want the product to do and the constraints are issues surrounding the criteria.  Many examples were given.

Thank you!

October 17, 2017
Hello!  Today we had a student teacher candidate come in and teach about light and the human eye.  

I was able to grade ALL of the finished and handed in rough drafts of the the criteria and constraints page over the last two days.  I will be handing these out in class tomorrow.  Please remember that the final draft is due October 26.   The final draft will count as a project grade, which is on the product side that includes test grades. 

Tomorrow, I will be giving each student a rubric that will be stapled to the rough draft.  I must have BOTH the rough draft and the final paper turned in together in order to get full credit.  It is imperative that students return the rough draft with the final draft.  

I really love your ideas!  Thank you!

October 16, 2017
Due to schedule changes and to due to school wide activities, we will continue to work in our books to finish up through page 509.

Today, I collected the constraints and criteria page rough draft.  The final draft, which will count as part of the matriculation grade and as a test grade will be due by Thursday, October 26, 2017.  There must not be any MLA errors nor spelling errors on the final draft.  Also, your criteria and constraints must be sound.  No copying and pasting from the internet allowed.  Nor may you copy from other text sources. If you are going to be gone on vacation, I will need this before you leave.

 I went through and showed the students how to correct their MLA headings.  Please go to Google and pull up "MLA examples."  We also talked about how to do the works cited page properly.

Please go to add on, them click on easybib, which is in orange then install.  Go back to add ons.  Hover over  to the right and click on the text.  The citation will pop on the right.  Click on appropriate option such as the type of citation that you are using then press select.  Add to bibliography page.

We also practiced our math.  There will be math problems on the next test.  These are the same type of math problems that we have been working on since the start of school.  Students have been encouraged to get math help from me, Mr. Jappe, Ms. Trem, and Mrs. Edwards.  Students can also visit Kahnacademy.org  

Thank you!

October 12, 2017
Today we did pages 494-495 in the book.  We also watched two short videos on color.   Lastly, students were given time to think about and to ask questions about the criteria/constraints page for their homework.  We have been talking about the engineering process daily. 

October 11, 2017
Today we did pages 492 and 493.
We also practiced math using metric, scientific notation, and variable manipulation.

Please keep studying and work on your criteria/contradiction proposal. 

October 10, 2017
Today we were reminded how important it is to get quality answers for the criteria/constraints page for the engineering project.  This grade will go towards the overall project's grade.  

Please, also remember to study.  You need to review material that was learned in class daily.  The test will be right after we complete Chapter 15.  Some of the questions are abstract - meaning that you use the skills that you have learned from the material to apply that knowledge in figuring out the problem/answer to the questions.

We got through page 491 in the book today.

October 09, 2017
Homework assigned and will be due on Monday, October 16, 2017:
1.  Criteria/Constraint page in MLA format.  Please refer to the handout that we went over in detail in class today.
2.  We will be doing  pages 484-501 in class.  If you do not finish, then you will have to complete the missing assignments at home.

Today we went over the criteria/constraints page in detail and we finished chapter 14 page 483.  The next test will be a combination of chapters 14 and 15 because these chapters review previously learned information.

Thank you!  

October 06, 2017
Today we did pages 479-482.  

Please remember to be looking up good websites and information for your engineering project.  Next week you will get the criteria/constraint page in order to narrow down your final solution.  This page will go towards the overall project grade. 

Thank you!

October 05, 2017
Today we completed pages 472-478 in class.  Notes were taken and we talked about the material.  We also talked about space and sounds in a vacuum.  

October 04, 2017
Today we went over Chp 12 test.  Some students had to finish their tests from yesterday.

October 02, 2017
******Your test is tomorrow.  Please pay attention to all of the math and to the Doppler effect in particular.******
Homework assigned and due Tuesday, October 10, 2017:
1.  Do pages 472-483.
2.  Do research on your two main ideas for the Engineering/Matriculation Project.  You will have to chose your topic down to one idea by October 16th.  By that date, you will have been given six weeks to have come up with a very specific idea for your project/matriculation.
3.  As always, please study the material learned and look at the prior material as well.  Please, practice the math. 

You were given at least 25 minutes today in class to start your homework.  The rest of the time, we practiced math.   

Thank you!!!

Sept 29, 2017
Today, we had a special guest in class doing sound tech demonstration over much of what we have been studying in class about waves!!!  The students got to participate in the activities!  We had a lot of fun!  Thank you, Mr. Means!!!!! 

Sept. 28, 2017
Today we finished up to page 466 in the book.  We also watched Bozeman: Electromagnetic Waves.
We did spend a better part of the week practicing the math problems, which will show up on the test next Tuesday. :)

Sept. 27, 2017

Hello, I wanted to give an insight to this week's homework, which is due on October 02.  I asked the students how long they are taking on their homework.  A far majority answered about 1.5 hours per week.  I want to break that time down so the time is better understood.  While I am grading homework each week, I ask students to work on the next week's homework.  This takes 25 minutes off of the 1.5 hours bringing the time down to 1 hour and 5 minutes over an entire week. We also cover some or most of the pages that are assigned in the book.  By covering these pages in class, the homework time would be diminished to about 15 minutes for an entire week.  So, what should students be doing nightly?  They need to practice their math problems, re-watch the videos from class, and studying for their tests.  No science connections are assigned. All in all, except for during project times, homework would run about 20 minutes five days a week.

Today, we got through page 462 in the book.  We went over the answers and students were asked to write in their books as we read and I explained the material.  

September 25, 2017
Homework assigned and due Monday, October 02, 2017:
1.  Narrow your ideas for your engineering project down to two.  While I would love for you to think out of the box, please keep your ideas reasonable.  You will need to be more detailed on these two ideas.  For example, designing a helmet that can withstand a crash of 15 mph with less than 10 percent damage to the helmet.  Please think of something that you really are interested in doing. 
2.  Do the vocab for lessons 1, 2, and 3 on page 459.  (17 words).  You must number the words, highlight the words and draw/color a picture in order to get credit.  Also, your heading must be in MLA format as taught in science class.
3.  Please do pages 454 to 471.


September 18, 2017

Homework assigned and will be due on Monday, September 25, 2017
1.  Please check parent portal and write down your grade in science.  Your parent must sign by the grade.  You can log this in your notebook.
2.  Please do pages 439-453 in your book.  Please complete all parts.
3.  Study for your test for chp 13!
4.  Your chp 13 test will be on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd.

I will be talking to you about your engineering projects on Monday 9-18 to give you more ideas.

Thank you!  

September 11, 2017

Homework assigned and due on Monday, September 18th.
1.  Vocab Chp 13 Lesson 1  (One word) page 425
2.                          Lesson 2  (Five words)
3.                          Lesson 3  (Three words)
4.                          Lesson 4  (Three words)
5.                          Lesson 5  (Four words)
6.  Study for your test!  We went over all of the answers in the book for Chapter 12.  Use your book and your notes to study for the exam.  You may also want to go are re-watch the Bozeman videos.  You have been asked repeatedly by me to watch these videos at home to help you better understand the concepts.  
7.  Write down five ideas that you are thinking about for the engineering project.  You will turn this in to me on a separate piece of paper.

Thank you!

September 05, 2017
Attention:  Chapter 12 test will be on Tuesday, September 19th.  The concepts on pages 393-419 will be covered.

Homework assigned and will be due on Tuesday, September 12th:
1.  Vocab on page 395 for lesson #3.  Please do the vocab in the same manner that you did for lessons #1 and #2.
2.  Do pages 408-437.  Please fill in any areas that we do not do in class.  I am sure that some of us are going to balk at this assignment.  Please, keep in mind that we do go over many pages in class.  This is a very reasonable and very easy assignment.
3.  STUDY!!!!!  Your test is on the 19th!

Thank you!  

August 28, 2017

Reminder:  Back to School Night is on Tuesday, August 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Your child was given a schedule to follow.  The schedule for Back to School Night is attached below!

Homework assigned and will be due on Tuesday, Sept 05, 2017.
1.  Please re-read pages 397-407 in the wave spiral notebook and fill in any areas that we did not get to in class.  There are questions along the sides of the text, at the bottom, and sometimes at the top.  Look around the page and fill in every blank area.  I will show you in class.

2.  Do the vocab for lessons 1 and 2.  You will see the vocab listed on page 395.  There are 15 words in all.  Please follow the directions that I give you in class in order to get full credit.  I will do the first word with you to get you started.

3.  You have homework nightly in science even if nothing is "assigned."  You must study!!!!  Re-read the material learned that day.  Look at your notes.  Re-watch the YouTube videos I give you.   This is a rigorous class and twenty minutes of review is like an ounce of prevention for a pound of cure! 

Thank you!

August 23, 2017
Welcome back!  I hope y'all had a fantastic summer!  

You will see your first assignment posted below.  These are easy points!!!!  Please turn in your assignment on time.

Homework assigned and will be due on Friday, August 25, 2017
1.  The last page of the syllabus, which requires two signatures:
        a.  One signature for the syllabus
        b.  One signature for the book replacement fee 

Thank you!!!!
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