The Science Pitt Stop

Mrs. Pittaluga – 8th Grade Science

Week of 10/31/16

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.

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