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About Ms. Finnerty: 
The 2018-2019 schoo
l year marks my twenty-ninth year as a teacher!  Although I have taught elementary, special education, and middle school math, science remains my favorite subject to learn about and to teach.  I believe that all of us are born with a sense of wonder and the natural inner drive to test and investigate.  Science is the summary of all human beings have found out and are striving to learn about how everything, including ourselves, works. Engineering uses this knowledge to solve problems and to create innovations.

Class Philosophy: Many eighth grade students have developed thinking and reasoning skills that enable them to think about and
understand concepts at a higher level than 
they did in the sixth and seventh grades.  Therefore the Littleton Middle School eighth grade science curriculum includes more advanced science topics 

Above left

I am holding a Hercules beetle in Costa Rica!

and concepts, and is also 
designed to help 

Above right

My 8th grade graduation (I'm on the left) waaaaaay back in 1980.
students integrate and extend the ideas they have studied since entering the sixth grade. At the same time, I understand that some eighth graders need help with organization of time and materials. I have a lot of 'tricks up my sleeve' for helping students with these executive functions. I add information to my regular classroom instruction and am also available for after school help with these skills.
DifferentiationA major goal for the district and for the 8th grade science classes is to ensure that all students are appropriately challenged while maintaining high expectations and standards for all students.  In order to meet this goal, some of the assignments
and projects that students will encounter in this year will be personalized, either through my decision or through student choice.  Assignments may be personalized to provide extra support, to provide enrichment, to appeal to students’ varied interests, to allow additional practice of skills, or to allow students to develop their strengths.  I will work with the students to help them move towards understanding their own learning needs so that they can begin to make informed decisions that enhance their learning and accomplishments.

Here is the Power Point that I shared at the Back to School Night in 2017--I will post the updated one soon:

Back to School 8th Grade Science 2018


Axolotl Growth



LMS 8th Grade Science Calendar

Recent Documents Added

  • Two Types of Reproduction   0k - Jan 13, 2019, 1:56 PM by Valerie Finnerty (v1)
  • 1. Vocabulary for ESS2-6, 1-1b, & 3-5   0k - Jan 13, 2019, 1:55 PM by Valerie Finnerty (v2)
  • 5d. Solutions for Climate Change   0k - Jan 13, 2019, 1:55 PM by Valerie Finnerty (v2)
  • 5c. Effects of Climate Change   0k - Jan 13, 2019, 1:55 PM by Valerie Finnerty (v2)
  • 5b. Evidence for Climate Change   0k - Jan 13, 2019, 1:55 PM by Valerie Finnerty (v2)
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My Animal Faves:

Teddy Bear the Talking Porcupine

Teddy Bear the Porcupine is Running for President (needs sound ON!)

Teddy Bear the Porcupine's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TeddyPorcupine

Patrick the Largest and Oldest Living Wombat--RIP Patrick <3

Patrick, the World's Oldest Wombat

More about Patrick: http://goo.gl/fPmmwB

Buttermilk the Goat 'Plays' with Her Friends

Buttermilk


Baby Pandas Won't Let Zookeeper Clean their Enclosure

Baby Pandas