Welcome to the 8th Grade Science with Mrs. Williamson!

On the final, you will be answering the following open response question in a 5 paragraph CER format.  Take notes from the following resources in your ISN to help you build your answer to the question.  Also, complete the CER graphic organizer and tape it into your ISN to organize your thoughts so during the test you can efficently write your essay.

Science FINAL Study Guide and Glossary (w/extra credit)!
The science final will be 25 multiple choice questions and one open response question.

Homework Due Wednesday May 26
Log into your school Google account and complete the form linked here using your data from class.  We will be analyzing the data tomorrow in class and if you don't have your data linked here you will have to complete the graph by hand tomorrow.

Due Thursday 3/18- Explain the reason why we know that most of the mass from a tree comes from carbon dioxide.  
C- Trees are made from CO2.
E- When a tree is grown in a pot of soil, the amount of mass the tree increases is significantly more than the amount of mass the soil loses.  Therefore it is not coming from the soil but something else.

R- What happens in the tree that causes the properties of CO2 to change so much so that the CO2 can become the type of matter that makes a tree?

Where do trees get mass?

Due Tuesday 3/16 Batteries homework- Respond to the questions in the "Think" section.  Extra credit will be offered for participating in the "Discussion" section.

For Friday March 4, 2016-Students need to finish the subatomic particles worksheet and make a word (3+ letters) using symbols from the periodic table.  The word should be spelled out using squares from the periodic table (with name, symbol, atomic number and atomic mass) on a plain piece of paper and be colored.  

In addition, student should watch a periodic video from TedEd on one element from each of the nonmetal/metalloid groups (metalloids, nonmetals, halogens and noble gases) and write 2 facts, 1 fact/1question, or 2 questions about each video for Tuesday. 

On Tuesday, March 8 students will be taking a test on the atom and the periodic table.  It is open ISN, but students must bring the ISN with them.  Students will NOT be allowed to retrieve forgotten ISNs before the test.  The test will be on the following topics:
  • Structure of the atom
  • Characteristics of subatomic particles
  • Electron configuration
  • Arrangement of the periodic table
  • How to read the periodic table
  • Characteristics of groups on the periodic table

Due February 12th- Read pages 282-286 and take notes on the information on pages 282-284 on page 81.  Answer the questions from page 287 on page 82.
There will also we an open note quiz on Friday on Atomic Models..

Homework Due 2/2/2016- Without looking up anything, what do YOU think an atom looks like.  Draw  a colored atomic model on a plain piece of what paper.

Link for work on 2/1/16

Test on Friday and Final Draft of Road Salt Paper  Due (shared or hand-written hard copy)
***This will be the final test where test corrections will be allowed.***

You will be using your ISN (pages 59-74) as a reference to prepare for this test.  Please remember that you are allowed to bring a "cheat sheet" that one sided 3 x 5 card/piece of paper to help you on the test.  You will turn in your card at the end of the test.  

Topics to be covered:

Students will need to be able to

·   Identify matter as being a pure substance or a mixture.

·  Identify a pure substance as an element or a compound.

·  Identify and describe different types of mixtures (heterogeneous: suspensions and colloids and homogeneous like solutions)

·  Identify the different parts of a solution

·  Describe how the factors of temperature, particle size and stillness affect dissociation in a solution.

·  Explain how solutes affect a solvents freezing point.

·  Describe a solvent and solutes solubility concentration (saturated, unsaturated, supersaturated)

·  Explain how to separate mixtures

Due January 28th- What was the mystery marker?
Using the data collected by your group  in lab, try to identify the marker the mystery marker chromatography.  If you cannot identify the marker using your data, identify which markers the mystery marker is not. Make sure your answer is data driven. Complete your answer in CER format. 

Due Friday January 22nd a rough draft of the "What should the Department of Public Works due to treat our roads in the winter?" CER Paper is due.  We will be having a writer's workshop on that day, so your paper must be completed and shared on Google Drive.  A neat hand-written paper is also acceptable.

Paragraph 1: Introduction –Answer to the question and explain how salt keeps roads from freezing.

Paragraph 2: First point and reason why you think this.

Paragraph  3: 2nd point and reason

Paragraph 4: 3rd point and reason.

Paragraph 5: Conclusion- Summarize


YouTube Video

YouTube Video

Looong and thorough video on how salt works

Due 1/6/2016  Please watch the following two videos and take the notes on page 61 in your ISN.  After you finish you complete the output page on page 62 using the worksheet you picked up in class and the instructions in the second video.  Sorry the first video had some interruptions while recording.

YouTube Video

Concept Map page 62


Due 1/5/2016  Come up with an example of a heterogeneous mixture, homogeneous mixture, element and compound that were not mentioned in class.

Science Test on Tuesday December 15th 

Watch the following video for December 12th (some classes watched this during class)

YouTube Video

Due December 3rd- Write three questions or observations you have about your data from the water heating lab.   If you cannot access your groups graph in your shared folder you can look at this sample graph below.  Remember these graphs were made using REAL data not IDEAL data so there are some bits of human error in the graph.


Due Dec 1st- What are the specific climate change issues being discussed at the Paris Climate Change Conferences being held this week?  What are the proposed solution?

Some helpful links from the Conference of Parties Official Website

Due November 4- read the following article, Density Creates Currents, and take notes on page 43 of your ISN along with a colored picture of a density current on page 44.

Due October 30th- On page 42 of your ISN explain how a thermometer works using the text read in class and other resources to help you.

Due August 31st- Please have your composition notebook set up up Monday.  To review how to set up your notebook you may watch this video.

1. Full name and class period on the cover.
2. 6 x 9 yellow envelop taped to the INSIDE of the BACK cover.
3.  Title page labeled and colorfully decorated.
4. Table of contents set up on the next four pages.
5. Starting on the inside of the 3rd sheet (6th page) start numbering the pages 1, 2, 3... odd pages on the left, even on the right.

Setting up your ISN.