Vanessa Walline

8th Grade Science

Science Department Chair

The panther is a symbol of courage, valor, and power.

"Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name." - Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), Scottish Novelist, Poet, and Essayist

"Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes." - Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821), Military and Political Leader of France

“Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.” –Pam Beasley, The Office

This Resource section below can be used for many of our units and should be practiced all year!

8th Grade Science STAAR Reference Material (Periodic Table and Formula Chart)

Vocabulary Glossary (Not all of these words will be tested. See the Quizlet for each unit for the unit vocabulary list.)

Science Grade 8 is a course that will incorporate space, weather, chemistry, ecology, physics, and geology. This will help prepare students for their high school science courses which are just around the corner!


Room 528: (512)-424-8486

Tutorial Times: Tuesday and Thursday 3:45-4:30 (Students who need other times will need to schedule an appointment with me.)

This calendar will change occasionally based on the needs of my students. The links on the right will take you to notes we have completed and some of the activities we do in class. The links located below the calendar are some of the assignments students will need to complete for this unit.

Assignments for the current unit that are not copyrighted and do not require lab materials:

Due 1/10--Potential/Kinetic Energy HW

Due 1/18: Calculating Distance, Time, and Speed Practice HW

Due 1/22: Graphing Speed

Current Unit:

2.6 Forces and Motion



Free Response (essay)--

DCA (multiple choice)--

Notes and Study Materials:

1/9: Potential/Kinetic Energy PPT (includes video link)

1/10: Force and Motion TEKS

1/10: What is Energy? NOTES

1/10-1/11: Potential/Kinetic Energy NOTES

1/11: Potential/Kinetic Energy Foldable

1/12: Forces Vocabulary PPT (use to complete vocab flashcards

Balanced/Unbalanced: Net Force to Predict Motion NOTES

Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration NOTES

Calculating Speed NOTES

Motion Graphs Notes and Practice Packet

Distance/Time (Position) Graphs Foldable

Graphing Analysis Practice and Analysis Questions

2nd Semester Past Units

1st Semester Past Units

1.1 Atoms and Periodic Table

1.3 Cyclical Movements of the Sun, Earth, and Moon

Notes and Study Materials:

Vocab Quizlet: Test 11/9

Review Packet: GREAT PRACTICE!!

Notes: Earth's Latitudes Diagram

Notes: Rotation/Revolution

Notes: Multiple Seasons Diagrams done in class for notes

8.7 A Diagrams (after vocabulary)

8.7 A Practice Diagrams (blank with instructions)

8.7 B Moon Phase Notes White copies 1 & Yellow Copy 2 (printable for vocabulary)

8.7 B Moon Phase Poetry

8.7 B Moon Phase Vocab (Class Notes)

8.7 B Steps for Naming and Ordering Moon Phases (Class Notes)

8.7 B Percent Illumination Notes (Class Notes)

8.7 B Lunar Cycle Diagram (Class Notes)

8.7 B Lunar Cycle Calendar Predictions (Class Notes)

8.7 C Tides Printable Notes


Due 11/2: Daylight and the Seasons

8.7 A Day & Night/Seasons) Vocabulary answer key

Due 11/9: 8.7 B Lunar Cycle and 8.7 C Tides Vocabulary Cards 8.7 B Moon Phase Vocab Cards Answer Key

Due 11/14: Seasons, Moon Phases, and Tides Webquests Answer Key