The Science Pitt Stop

Mrs. Pittaluga – 8th Grade Science

Week of 11/28/16

Posted in Hydrosphere on December 1, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Students were given the class today to finish up the river basins scavenger hunt and associated vocabulary that was worked on before the holiday.
  • Advanced science – Students began looking at and analyzing abiotic water quality indicators today by working through an activity in which they had to graph data collected from the Chesapeake Bay watershed in Virginia. This activity can be found here – Water Quality Indicators – Abiotic Factors (Part 1) and Water Quality Indicators – Abiotic Factors (Part 2).

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

  • Regular science – Students began working on an activity today in which they had to analyze water quality factors for a fictional river. Students were given a “snapshot” of water quality for a particular date at a location on the river. They then had to get together with students who had the same location that they had, but different dates, and create graphs of the 4 water quality parameters they were analyzing. We will be finishing this activity tomorrow.
  • Advanced science – In class today I went over the two water quality activities that students have worked on the past two days. We then began working through an activity that looks at how water quality relates to issues that arise in a water source. This activity can be found here – No Point To This Pollution – Student.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science – Students continued to work on the snapshot of water quality that we began yesterday. Homework tonight is a worksheet to review the 6 main indicators of water quality. I will collect this tomorrow.
  • Advanced science – Today in class we finished working through the Loop Lake story that was begun yesterday. I then discussed the river basins project with students and made a decision to extend the due date to next Friday, December 9. Students will be given class time tomorrow to work on their projects and I will be conferencing with students about the progress on their projects.

FRIDAY

  • Regular science
  • Advanced science

Week of 11/21/16

Posted in Hydrosphere on December 1, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Students began working through an activity today where they had to read about river basins in North Carolina and answer questions pertaining to North Carolina’s management of our river basins. The booklet that students were to read can be found here – NC River Basins Booklet and the questions can be found here – River Basin Scavenger Hunt. The assignment should be completed and turned in through Google Classroom.
  • Advanced science – Students worked on their river basins project today. There is no “Science in the News” this week.

TUESDAY

  • Regular science – Students were to finish working on the scavenger hunt they began yesterday and then begin working on the vocabulary associated with this activity. The vocabulary is a cut-and-paste activity and can be found here – NC River Basins Vocabulary cut-and-paste.
  • Advanced science – Today was another work day for the river basins project. There is no “Science in the News” this week.

WEDNESDAY

  • Thanksgiving holiday break – No school.

THURSDAY

  • Thanksgiving holiday break – No school.

FRIDAY

  • Thanksgiving holiday break – No school.

Week of 11/14/16

Posted in Hydrosphere on November 16, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Students spent time working on their notebooks today. They will be checked on Wednesday during the presentation by Mr. Newton Friday. I have uploaded three documents to Google Classroom that outline what should be in the table of contents as well as the words that should be in the index. Students were also given a molecular biology review packet that can be turned in as 10% extra credit towards the test grade. This packet MUST be turned in by Thursday in order to earn the extra credit.
  • Advanced science – Students spent time working on their notebooks today. They will be checked on Wednesday during the presentation by Mr. Newton Friday. I have uploaded two documents to Google Classroom that outline what should be in the table of contents as well as the vocabulary from the molecular biology unit that should be in the index.

TUESDAY

  • Field trip to Asheville – no core classes

WEDNESDAY

  • Study skills presentation by Ken Newton in both classes.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science – Today we went over the molecular biology tests. After going over the test, we began our study of water by going on a journey. Students took on the role of a water molecule and went through a series of stations that a water molecule may travel through. From this journey, they will write a story describing their adventures. The story is due by Tuesday, 11/22. The directions and rubric for the story can be found here – Journey of a Water Molecule. Just a reminder that I will collect science notebooks tomorrow.
  • Advanced science – We went over the molecular biology test in class today. Students can access this test from home through their PowerSchool/SchoolNet accounts. After going over the test, students then went on a journey as a water molecule as they moved through stations where water may be found. From the travel log of their adventure, students must write a story describing the journey. This story will be due on Tuesday, 11/22. Homework tonight is to do Science in the News (if it hasn’t already been done) and to watch the video on the distribution of water. It is found under science videos on the right side of the page and I have also put it up on Google classroom. Just a reminder that I will collect science notebooks tomorrow.

FRIDAY

  • Regular science – As we start our study of water, I first did a demonstration to give students an idea of how the quantity of salt water relates to that of fresh water. We then worked through a set of notes about where water is found on the planet. The notes can be found here – Distribution of Water Presentation and the worksheet for the notes can be found here – Distribution of Water on Earth.
  • Advanced science – Today, students first took a quiz on the video they were to watch last night. Following the quiz, I introduced a major project that students will be working on for the next two weeks. The details for this project can be found here – North Carolina River Basins Project. We will work on this in class on Monday and Tuesday next week, but the remainder of the work will need to be done outside of class. The final project is due on Friday, December 2.

Week of 11/7/16

Posted in Molecular Biology on November 7, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Today, students did a cut-and-paste sorting activity related to the macromolecules webquest they did last week. I also passed out a study guide for the test students will be taking on Thursday. The study guide can be found here – Molecular Biology – Study Guide. this is due before the test on Thursday.
  • Advanced science – Students completed the building macromolecules activity they began on Friday. I also passed out a study guide (Cellular Energy Test Study guide) to help with preparing for the test on Thursday. Finally, there is an extra credit webquest posted to Google Classroom. Students who choose to do this assignment should have it completed by Thursday.

TUESDAY

  • No School – Election Day

WEDNESDAY

  • Regular science – Students were given time today to finish working on the macromolecule sorting activity we began on Monday. We then worked through a Kahoot to review for the test tomorrow. As a reminder, the test study guide is due tomorrow.
  • Advanced science – Today I went through a brief Powerpoint review (Cellular Energy Review) covering information we have been working on over the last couple of weeks and then the class played a Kahoot game to review. As a reminder, Science in the News is due tomorrow IF it is written, otherwise it can be turned in through Google Classroom by Friday.

THURSDAY

  • Both classes took the test on molecular biology today. The test was administered through SchoolNet so grades will be uploaded to PowerSchool by the end of the day.

FRIDAY

  • No School – Veteran’s Day

Week of 10/31/16

Posted in Molecular Biology on November 2, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Due to the long classes today, we were able to cover a large amount of material. Students took notes on photosynthesis and respiration and also did a lab on respiration.
  • Advanced science – Because we had a long class today due to 6th grade Greek Day, we completed a complex lab in which students had to set up and monitor a bioreactor to measure the carbon dioxide output of yeast.

TUESDAY

  • Regular science – Today, students read through an article on Newsela that relates to our study of photosynthesis. The link to this article can be found on Google Classroom. Homework tonight is a worksheet comparing photosynthesis and respiration.
  • Advanced science – Today, students read through an article on Newsela that relates to our study of photosynthesis. The link can be found on Google Classroom. Tomorrow, we will be consolidating the data that was collected from the lab on Monday to look at how carbon dioxide output relates to the amount of sugar the yeast were given. Homework tonight is a worksheet that goes through the importance of ATP.

WEDNESDAY

  • Regular science – Today, students completed a Venn diagram to compare photosynthesis and respiration. I then went over last night’s homework and collected it. Finally, students had time to finish working on their 3 card summary from the Newsela article they read yesterday.
  • Advanced science – Today, I consolidated the data collected from the lab on Monday and we talked about what it meant and how that relates to carbon dioxide output. I also went over the ATP worksheet that was last night’s homework. Student’s were given the remaining time in class to finish the Newsela article from yesterday. Anything not completed in class should be done for homework. I will be collecting Monday’s lab packet on Friday.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science – Today, students began a webquest covering macromolecules. The information for this webquest can be found on Google Classroom. We will be completing this webquest tomorrow.
  • Advanced science – Students completed a webquest today that covered the four big macromolecules – carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. The directions for this webquest can be found on Google Classroom. If it wasn’t completed during class time, it should be completed for homework since we will be using the information from the webquest on tomorrow’s activity.

FRIDAY

  • Regular science – Students had the opportunity today to complete the webquest they began yesterday. I also passed back the Cells Alive webquest so once they finished the macromolecules, they could complete Cells Alive if there were any errors. Finally, if the Cells Alive and macromolecules webquests were complete, students could complete the activities for the Newsela article they did on Wednesday.
  • Advanced science – Students began an activity today in which they had to build the macromolecules that they learned about in the webquest yesterday. They will be given time on Monday to finish up this activity.

Week of 10/24/16

Posted in Matter and Chemistry, Molecular Biology on November 2, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science
  • Advanced science

TUESDAY

  • Regular science
  • Advanced science

WEDNESDAY

  • Regular science – Students were given a pop quiz on the law of conservation of mass today. After the quiz, I did a demonstration of a popular lab called elephant toothpaste.
  • Advanced science – Students worked through the elephant toothpaste lab activity today.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science – Students began working on an activity today to review the organelles of cells. The link to the interactive cell online along with the document where they can type in their answers is found on Google Classroom.
  • Advanced science – Students began a webquest today to look at the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. The document for this webquest can be found in Google Classroom.

FRIDAY (Short classes due to reading celebration)

  • Regular science – Students were given time to finish the Cells Alive activity they began yesterday.
  • Advanced science – Students were given time to finish the webquest that they began yesterday.

Week of 10/17/16

Posted in Matter and Chemistry on October 19, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Teacher workday

TUESDAY

  • Teacher workday

WEDNESDAY

  • Regular science – Today, students in 1st core had the opportunity to play “catch up” to get work done that they may have missed or may not have completed in their science notebook. Students in 4th core played the counting atoms game. Homework tonight for both classes is to do the EVEN PROBLEMS ONLY on the counting atoms worksheet that was handed out in class.
  • Advanced science – Students finished working through the balancing equations activity that we began on Friday. Scores from last week’s test on the periodic table will be posted on PowerSchool today and we will discuss the test in class tomorrow.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science – Today we reviewed counting atoms and then students took a short quiz on counting atoms. There is no homework tonight.
  • Advanced science – Students were given a workday today to catch up parts of their notebook that may be incomplete and to update things like the table of contents and the index. I also returned tests to students today. Any student who scored less than 70% has been given an assignment to complete to bring their grade up to 70%. This must be turned in by Monday. If it is not turned in, the grade in PowerSchool will remain. Tonight’s homework is to watch the video on indicators of a chemical reaction. The link can be found on the right side of the page under Science Videos.

FRIDAY

  • Regular science
  • Advanced science

Week of 10/10/16

Posted in Matter and Chemistry on October 12, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Today we worked on our review of the periodic table and atomic structure by practicing finding protons, neutrons, and electrons, and drawing Bohr models and Lewis Dot structures.
  • Advanced science – Today we worked on the ionic bonding puzzle that was begun on Friday.  Students should try to make as many bonds as possible from the puzzle pieces they have.

TUESDAY

  • Regular science – Today we finished working on our periodic table review and students then played a review game for the periodic table.
  • Advanced science – Today we finished the ionic bonding puzzle and students played a review game for the periodic table.

WEDNESDAY

  • Regular science – Test on atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Advanced science – Test on atomic structure and the periodic table. Please watch the video for Counting Atoms tonight and take notes on page 53 of your science notebook. The link can be found on the right side of the page under science videos.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science
  • Advanced science – Students took a short quiz today on counting atoms and then we worked through a game of counting atoms where students had to interact with their classmates in order to complete a chart of chemical formulas. Tonight, students need to watch the video on the Law of Conservation of Matter and take notes on page 55. This can be accessed through the link to science videos on the right side of the page.

FRIDAY

  • Regular science – Today we continued working on counting atoms by reviewing the notes that we completed yesterday and then playing a game in which the students had to interact with their classmates in order to complete a chart full of chemical formulas.
  • Advanced science – Students took a short quiz today on the video they watched last night and then we jumped right into chemical equations. Students first looked at several chemical equations and had to determine if they were balanced or not. This activity can be found here – Counting Atoms and Identifying Balanced Equations – and goes on page 56 in their science notebook. We then began working on how to balance an equation that is not already balanced. We will continue working on this when we return to school next week.

Week of 9/26/16

Posted in Matter and Chemistry on September 26, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Students worked on a graphic organizer today to show the relationship between the different parts of an atom and then worked through an activity on drawing Bohr diagrams. Homework tonight is Atomic Math Practice.
  • Advanced science – Students finished working through the Bohr practice activity we worked on last week. After coming up with rules for drawing Bohr diagrams, students then had to fill in several on their own. Homework tonight is to watch the two videos on the periodic table. The first video is simply the instructions for the notes and the second video is actually the notes. I did go over how to do the notes in class, but if anyone doesn’t remember, there is a video to explain them as well.

TUESDAY

  • Regular science – Today we began talking about the periodic table and how it is organized. Students were given a periodic table for their notebook and a chart to fill in for notes. The periodic table can be found here – Periodic Table for INB and the chart for notes can be found here – Periodic Table Notes. The presentation for the notes can be found here – Periodic Table Notes Presentation.
  • Advanced science – To reinforce their understanding of the periodic table, students began working on an activity today that challenged them to determine how the elements from an alien planet might relate to the known elements from our planet. This activity can be found here – Alien Periodic Table Lab and Alien Periodic Table – Blank.

WEDNESDAY

  • Regular science – Today we finished the notes on the periodic table that were begun yesterday. Tonight’s homework can be found here: Periodic Table Practice.
  • Advanced science – Students were given the opportunity today to finish the alien periodic table lab that was begun yesterday. I also handed out and went over the element trading card project. The directions for this project can be found here: Element Trading Cards Project – Accelerated Science. Students may bring their own device to do research and may listen to music in class if they bring their own headphones.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science – Today I introduced the element trading card project and students were able to use the class period to work on their research. The project instructions can be found here – Element Trading Card Project – Regular Science. Each student was given 3 index cards to use on the project. They will also be able to work on this in class on Monday.
  • Advanced science – Students were able to work on their element trading cards today. They will also be able to work on them on Monday. The cards are due on Wednesday, 10/5.

FRIDAY

  • Both Classes – We will have a guest speaker today returning from Kids in the Creek to talk about the data that was collected and to discuss how scientists use the data to look at water quality.

Week of 9/12/16

Posted in Matter and Chemistry on September 12, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Regular science – Students worked today on a foldable in which they had to differentiate between a physical and chemical property and a physical and chemical change. Understanding of the information in this foldable will help with the lab we are doing tomorrow. Please remember to have hair tied back and to wear appropriate clothing for the lab.
  • Advanced science – Today we began a lab in which students are looking at the rate of solubility. This 3 part lab has students looking at how much salt will dissolve in 100 mL of water under different temperatures. We completed two parts today and will complete the third part tomorrow. Students will be doing a formal lab write-up as part of this lab and we will work on that in class on Thursday. Please remember to have hair tied back and to wear appropriate clothing for finishing the lab tomorrow. DON’T FORGET – The Owl Recycling Factory letter is due tomorrow!

TUESDAY

  • Regular science
  • Advanced science

WEDNESDAY

  • Both Classes – We will be going to the Canton Rec Park today for the Kids in the Creek field trip. We should be back by the end of 3rd core.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science
  • Advanced science

FRIDAY

  • Regular science
  • Advanced science