Congratulations to the class of 2020! It has been an honor to teach all of you and I know that you will all accomplish great things in high school.
Updates from the 2019-20 school year:
2/26/20 - The 8th graders started their unit on the periodic table. To intoduce how the elements are grouped and organized in the periodic table, students participated in a fun brain-teaser challenge. Students had to put shape cards in an organized grid using the numbers on the cards while still keeping like shapes and colors together (and like the elements, some of the cards were missing). Although it was not as easy as they thought it would be, the students figured out a way to organize the shapes. The class then looked at the real periodic table and related it to the puzzle - the table uses atomic number to organize the elements, however, they are also organized in groups and classified by states of matter (like how the cards were organized in increasing number order but still grouped by shape and color).
Let's get physical! The 8th grade have been learning about atoms. Students created 3D models of atoms through the years, from the very first model of the atom to the most current version. Students were to remember that the modern nuclear atomic model includes a nucleus made of protons and nuetrons, with electrons orbitting around. Students also learned how to count the number of atoms in an element when working with chemical formulas!
Things got galactic in the science hallway once all of the 8th grade projects were on display! In our last chapter, we spent time learning about galaxies and stars, including the life cycle of a star. Students created awesome 3D models displaying the life cycle!