The Science Pitt Stop

Mrs. Pittaluga – 8th Grade 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.