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Mrs. Pittaluga – 8th Grade Science

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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

Week of 9/5/16

Posted in Matter and Chemistry on September 6, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • No School – Labor Day

TUESDAY

  • Both Classes – We had a guest speaker today to talk about the upcoming Kids in the Creek field trip. My classes will be going on this field trip on Wednesday, September 14. Permission slips will be coming home either today or tomorrow.
  • Advanced science – Please watch the video for Physical vs. Chemical Properties and Changes. The notes should go on page 21 in your science notebook. (Page 20 will be the bell ringers for this week.) Be prepared to take a quiz on these notes in class tomorrow.

WEDNESDAY

  • Regular science – Today in class we worked on a lab investigation in which the students had to identify various substances as either an element, a compound, or a mixture. Since we were not able to finish in class, we will finish the activity tomorrow.
  • Advanced science – Today, we finished the last station of the investigative lab we began on Friday. Students also took a quiz covering the content from last night’s video. I then passed out the information for the first major project. This activity – Owl Recycling Factory Letter – is due next Tuesday, 9/13. If possible, please try to use the letter generator found at Read Think Write Letter Generator. On the last screen, you can “share” the letter with me and it will send it to my email. Use your name as the file name and fill my email address (jpittaluga@haywood.k12.nc.us) into both of the email fields. Finally, we began working through a practice activity for density. This activity can be found here – Density Practice Problems. Whatever was not completed in class should be completed for homework.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science – In class today, students updated the index in their science notebooks and then read through the current issue of Science World magazine. We will be in the lab tomorrow to finish the investigation we began yesterday and to begin looking at physical and chemical properties and changes.
  • Advanced science – In class today, students were given an opportunity to begin working on their Owl Recycling Factory letter. Please remember that Science in the News is due tomorrow and we will be in the lab tomorrow.

FRIDAY

  • Regular science – Today we finished the investigation on elements, compounds, and mixtures that was begun on Wednesday. After completing this activity and going over the answers, students took notes about physical and chemical properties and changes. The presentation for the notes can be found here – Physical vs. Chemical Properties and Changes Presentation and the notes can be found here – Physical vs Chemical Properties and Changes Guided Notes
  • Advanced science – Today’s lab was looking at the difference between physical and chemical changes. Students rotated through 8 stations in which they performed mini-experiments to investigate these differences.

Week of 8/29/16

Posted in Matter and Chemistry on August 29, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY

  • Both Classes – Today’s class period was all about getting the interactive notebooks set up. We created a table of contents along with an index and numbered all of the pages. We also put in the periodic table name that was done on Friday along with the SpongeBob and lab equipment activities we did last week.

TUESDAY

  • Regular science – In class today, we learned about observations, inferences, and predictions. We discussed the difference in them and their importance in science. We worked through the following activity: Observation Inference Prediction. We then began looking at the differences in elements, compounds, and mixtures; which we will continue with tomorrow. Homework tonight is to complete the following worksheet: Observation vs. Inference.
  • Advanced science – In class today, I handed out and discussed the instructions for the weekly Science in the News article summary (Science in the News Guidelines). I then discussed the importance of citing sources and went over the process of documenting sources using MLA guidelines. The process can be found here: MLA Style Citations and a cheat sheet can be found here: MLA Cheat Sheet. I then handed out the homework (MLA Practice Worksheet) and the class had a chance to begin working on it before being dismissed.

WEDNESDAY

  • Regular science – Today we worked on the elements, compounds, and mixtures activity that we began yesterday. As we try to develop an understanding for the differences in these three types of matter, the class worked through an inquiry activity in which they had to determine if some combination of nuts, bolts, and washers represented an element, compound, or mixture.
  • Advanced science – Today, we discussed the difference between an observation, inference, and prediction. We completed the following activity: Observation Inference Prediction. I then handed out a reference sheet for writing a lab report (Lab Report Format). We will be writing a report in the next week or two. I also handed out a reference sheet for reading and annotating non-fiction text (Reading and Annotating Non-fiction Text). With the first Science in the News article due on Friday, I felt it was important for students to have a guide on how to read informational text. Homework tonight is to watch the video for Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures. It can be found at the science videos link on the right side of this page.

THURSDAY

  • Regular science – Today we began taking notes in class to explain the difference between an element, compound, and a mixture. Students created a foldable to fill in with the notes and they were also given a Venn diagram and a chart to put in their notes as well. The notes can be found here – Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures Foldable Notes. There is also a video of this presentation found at the science videos link on the right side of the page.
  • Advanced science – In class today, students took a short quiz covering information from last night’s video. Since the video last night and the quiz today are the first time students are being exposed to this method of learning, I will not be counting this quiz for a grade. However, future quizzes will be counted as a homework grade. After finishing the quiz, students completed a cut-and-paste activity to recognize the difference between elements, compounds, and mixtures based on graphic representations. This activity can be found here – Pure Substances vs. Mixtures Chart.

FRIDAY

  • Regular science – We finished the notes today that were begun yesterday. After completing the notes, students worked through a poem (Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures Poem) to help with recognizing the differences between elements, compounds, and mixtures.
  • Advanced science – Students worked through a lab activity (Elements Compounds and Mixtures Lab) today in which they had to identify several different substance as an element, a compound, or a mixture. We still have one station to finish and will do so next Wednesday. (We have a guest speaker on Tuesday, so we cannot do it then.)

Week of 8/22/16

Posted in Matter and Chemistry on August 14, 2016 by jpittaluga

MONDAY (12:30 dismissal)

  • Homeroom only – Students remained with the homeroom classes today so that they could receive the information required by the school. We also went over important information from the agenda book and discussed teacher expectations for 8th grade students. The paperwork the students received is due by Friday.

TUESDAY (12:30 dismissal)

  • Regular science – Students received several pieces of information today regarding my expectations for science. This information included an information form that will used as a parent/teacher communication log, a letter regarding use of my classroom library, a lab safety contract, and a general expectation sheet (Class Expectations – Regular science) that includes links to my blog and sign-up info for Remind. Please have these papers filled out and returned by Friday, 8/26.
  • Advanced science – Students received several pieces of information today regarding my expectations for science. This information included an information form that will used as a parent/teacher communication log, a letter regarding use of my classroom library, a lab safety contract, a technology survey, and a general expectation sheet (Class Expectations – Accelerated) that includes links to my blog and sign-up info for Remind. Please have these papers filled out and returned by Friday, 8/26. Additionally, students enrolled in at least one of the advanced classes received a letter regarding overall expectations. Please read over this letter to be sure you understand what is expected out of students in advanced courses. On open house night, all of the advanced teachers will be meeting as a group for about 30 minutes prior to the start of open house so that we can reiterate what is expected of students in these classes. We look forward to seeing you there.

WEDNESDAY

  • Both Classes  – We worked in the lab today doing an orientation of the equipment that students may be using throughout this year (Lab Equipment Exercise). Our first quarter content is all physical science so we will be spending a fair amount of time doing labs to help with understanding of this content.

THURSDAY

  • Both Classes – Today, students completed the SpongeBob Safety Challenge. We went through this activity and discussed particular instances that students should be aware of. Students will take a quiz tomorrow covering lab safety rules.

FRIDAY

  • Both Classes – Students were assigned ChromeBooks today and took a quiz through Google Classroom covering safety issues in the classroom. We also talked briefly about the upcoming Kids in the Creek field trip. Finally, students were asked to use the periodic table to spell out their name. This “periodic table name” will go in the science notebook that we will be setting up on Monday. Please make sure you have all supplies for class on Monday.