155 thoughts on “8th Grade Science”

  1. Ocean videos:
    Hydrothermal vents: https://youtu.be/-TBMGqoDRCk?t=11m35s
    Ocean currents (NASA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vgvTeuoDWY
    Upwelling and downwelling demonstrations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2uc353n6us
    Aquaculture on land:
    Aquaculture in the ocean:

    Latest Sea Surface Temperature map

  2. Looking for extra credit? Eighth graders may give a chemistry demonstration or lead a class activity related to chemistry. This must be arranged with Mr. Gatt by Friday, September 25th and must be completed by October 2nd. The number of points awarded will depend on:
    1. how relevant it is to our class. (i.e. does it demonstrate some principle of chemistry?)
    2. how prepared the student is. (i.e. do you understand the activity and can you answer questions about it?)
    3. how worthwhile the activity is. (i.e. will your classmates learn anything from the activity?)
    4. how much effort was required. (i.e. did you spend many hours researching the topic and gathering the supplies?)

  3. A list of students and their selected diseases for their disease report:
    Elizabeth – Ebola
    Eliza – Bubonic Plague
    Owen – Yellow Fever
    Sophia W. – Malaria
    Robbie – Hand, Foot, and Mouth
    Mason – Influenza
    Cricket – Listeria
    Alex – Tetanus
    Rebecca – Smallpox
    Inanna – Typhoid
    Jacob – Cowpox
    Ryan – West Nile Virus
    Raea – SARS
    Brianna – Diphtheria

    Peter – Leprosy
    Katie – Mad Cow Disease
    Mackenzie – Polio
    Sophie S. – Anthrax
    Sofia Y. – Measles
    Anna – Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
    Dylan R. – Shingles
    Hanuman – Mumps
    Grant – Lyme Disease
    Aurelio – Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Sin Nombre virus
    Christian – Rabies
    Zoe – HIV/AIDS

    Some diseases that were not selected:
    Q Fever

  4. 8th Grade extra credit project
    The eighth graders have the option of completing a project for extra credit. The project must be related to a topic that we cover in eighth grade science, which are:
    • Unit 1: Matter – Properties & Changes
    • Unit 2: Energy Resources
    • Unit 3: The Hydrosphere
    • Unit 4: Earth History
    • Unit 5: The Evolution of Life on Earth
    • Unit 6: Disease Transmission & Biotechnology
    • Unit 7: Ecosystems
    • Unit 8: Molecular Biology

    Students can earn up to 5 extra points added to their grade for the quarter in science class. All projects must get approved by me to avoid duplicate projects and to ensure that the projects are helpful to other students and educational for the student completing the project.
    Projects can be posters, in-class presentations, models, etc.
    Project is due January 13th.

  5. The DuPont Challenge – An essay contest on one of the following topics:

    Together, we can feed the world.
    Together, we can build a secure energy future.
    Together, we can protect people and the environment.
    Together, we can be innovative anywhere.

    Great prizes and national recognition. Entries are due by January 31, 2014.

  6. Multimedia Product Resources:
    • Publishing a website: http://students.weebly.com – You’ll need a username and password from Mr. Gatt
    • Creating a Glog: http://edu.glogster.com – My “educator code” is 7A749C.
    • Designing a Prezi: http://prezi.com
    • Starting a Voicethread: http://voicethread.com/
    • Creating a Digital Narrative: http://www.digitalstoryteller.org/
    • Producing a Video: http://animoto.com/
    • Publishing a Slideshow: http://www.slideroll.com/

  7. Here are some links to interesting sites related to the Periodic Table:
    Lesson on Bonding – This gets a little ahead of where we are, but it might help you understand why elements are organized the way that they are. – http://group.chem.iastate.edu/Greenbowe/sections/projectfolder/flashfiles/reaction/bonding1.html
    Interactive Periodic Tablehttp://www.webelements.com
    Summary of Periodic Table group nameshttp://periodic.lanl.gov/metal.shtml
    Build an Atom – A good review of atomic structure – http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/build-an-atom

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