8-702 Middle School Science

Mrs. Riethmeier

Middle School Science Room 702


Welcome to the science homepage of Epiphany Catholic School.  Please see each tab for information and messages for your specific grade level. If you would like to see the grades for your child, please check Cornerstone. Check out the general information tab for items pertinent to all grade levels.

 

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You can find all grades and assignments on Cornerstone. Click here for the link!  https://www.cornerstonesms.com/cornerstone/

Accessing our science curriculum online is simple! Follow these directions to find the text, an audio version, and interactive lessons. Please be advised that students have not yet been given their username and password for the 2017-2018 school year.

1. Go to www-k6.thinkcentral.com.
2. Select your state, district (Archdioc StPaul-mnpls Ed Off), and school (Epiphany School, Coon Rapids) from the dropdown menus.
3. Enter your user name and password (given to you in class).
4. Click Login.

5. Go to My Library

6. Click on “Science” at the bottom left side of the page

-If you select “Electronic Student Edition” for the Module you are working on, you will find the electronic copy of the text.

-If you select “Audio Selection Screen” for the Module you are working on, you will find an audio of the text.

-If you select “ScienceFusion Student Access English Module” for the Module you are working on, you will find the text and some other resources.

2/9 – 8th graders have their final copy of Phase 4: Experimental Plan due on Monday. This requires a parent signature, so please be on the lookout for it. They also need to have some sample data tables created in their notebook, so they can better organize their data when the time comes to take it.

 

2/2 – Things on the science fair front are moving along nicely. Students have a rough draft of their experimental plan due on Monday. We are also studying the layers of the earth and plate tectonics this week. Here are the notes for the layers of the earth. 8th Grade Dynamic Earth U4L1 – Earth’s Layers

 

1/26 – The 8th graders have been working hard on science fair stuff this week – and so have I!  Here is a list of all the different assignments. I posted the calendar of due dates last week, and I’m happy to say that all of the 8th graders are on schedule with the parts that were due this past week. The next section (Phase 2) requires a parent signature, so please ask your child for it, if they don’t present it to you.  Finally, ALL missing work from the previous unit (basically everything from this trimester) MUST be turned in by Tuesday, January 30.

Phase 1: Brainstorming – E-Phase 1. Brainstorming questions

Phase 2: Choosing a Question – E-Phase 2. Choosing a Question

Phase 3: Research Questions – E-Phase 3 – Reseach Paper – requirements for science

Phase 4: Experimental Plan – E-Phase 4_ Experimental Plan

Phase 5: Data Tables and Graphs – E-Phase 5_ Graph Charts and Data Summary

Phase 6: Conclusion and Discussion – E-Phase 6 Conclusion and Discussion

Phase 7: Final Paper – E-Phase 7 8th Grade Final Paper

Phase 8: Presentation and Board – E-Phase 8 – Board and Presentation Rubric

All of these Phases are also in Cornerstone. Even though some of the deadlines will be in Tri 3, I put them in Tri 2 so you can see them. Trimester 2 ends March 7.

We will also be studying Plate Tectonics next week (so it’s not ALL science fair!)

 

1/19 – The 8th graders are embarking on a new adventure in science. This year the Archdiocese is sponsoring the Big Bang Science Fair (see here for a fancy poster C-STEM Fair Poster UPDATED_) and in order to participate, our 8th graders will be doing their own science fair during Literacy Night (April 10). We will be doing parts of the preparation for the science fair in class, but the research will be done at home. The project is broken down into many small steps – see here for a calendar of due dates and tips for keeping a science notebook:  Science Fair Intro – 8th grade 2018. Two of the steps will require a parent signature, and the first of those two will be coming up this week. Please be on the lookout for a document entitled “Phase 2: Choosing a Question” coming home to you in the next week. As soon as I have all the updated documents, I will post them here, and send them in an email to keep you informed.

In other news, we have completed our study of Rocks and Minerals (Unit 3) so students have one week to complete all missing work from that unit, essentially all the work done so far this trimester. They will receive grade reports on Monday, and all missing work (including any retakes) will be due the following Monday (January 29).

2/9 – 7th graders continue their study of plants next week. They will have a plant quiz on Thursday. See below for the notes on plants. Study sessions will be held Wednesday 2:30 and Thursday 7:05.

Here are some pics of our flower dissection last week:

           

2/2 – Our study of plants is going well – we dissected a flower this week!  7th grade students received a grade report this week. Please ask your child to see it and help them make up any missing work by Thursday, because students have a

Final Deadline Coming Up!

All 7th Grade work for Units 1 AND 2 in the Diversity of Living Things Module

MUST be turned in by Thursday, February 8.

This includes makeup homework, redos, retakes, etc. Anything turned in after that time will retain the original grade in the gradebook. (this is a 0 if it’s missing) Thank you!

 

1/26 -Next week 7th graders start their study of PLANTS!  There are no tests or quizzes planned. Here are the notes for this section – 7th Diversity of Living things (Mod B) U2L3&4 Introduction to Plants & Plant Processes

1/19 – The 7th graders are completing their study of the microscopic bits of the diversity of life, and so will have a test over the topic on Thursday, January 25. You can find the notes for Lesson 1 (Archea, Bacteria and Viruses) and Lesson 2 (Protists and Fungi) in earlier posts on this page.

Here are some photos of our protist lab this week.

                             

1/12 – Here are the notes from Lesson 2. Diversity of LT (Mod B) U2L2 – Protists and Fungi NOTESHEET – with answers

 

1/5 – The 7th graders had their introduction to the microscope this week. They had a lab that showed them how to use it, and then took a quiz over the parts and functions. Next week we are studying Bacteria, Archaea, and Viruses. Their homework for the weekend and for Monday is to complete a notesheet about the lesson. Here is the notesheet WITH THE ANSWERS FILLED IN! If you are student reading this, congrats, you found a gold mine. 7th Diversity of LT (Mod B) U2L1 – Archaea, Bacteria, Viruses NOTESHEET – with answers

 

2/9 – 6th graders continue their study of waves. There will be no tests or quizzes next week. Here are some pics of our pendulum lab today.

        

 

2/2 – Waves have been going well for 6th graders. Here are the notes for the next couple of lessons. 6th Sound and Light U1L1&2 WAVES notes  Since we have finished our last unit AND our last book, students have a

Final Deadline Coming Up!

All 6th Grade work for Unit 2: Energy in the Matter and Energy Module

MUST be turned in by Friday, February 9.

This includes makeup homework, redos, retakes, etc. Anything turned in after that time will retain the original grade in the gradebook. (this is a 0 if it’s missing) Thank you!

In other news, students received a grade report this week. Please ask your child to see it and help them make up any missing work by Friday.

1/26 – Next week 6th graders start a new unit on WAVES. There will be no tests or quizzes next week.

Catholic Schools Week is next week! The 6th graders are wearing YELLOW as their class color on Monday.

1/23 – Update – Due to so many 6th graders being out because of illness, the 6th grade test on Energy will be on FRIDAY instead of Thursday this week.

1/19 – The 6th graders continue to study energy; they tackled heat energy this week. Students will have a big test over all the types of energy they have learned about on THURSDAY, January 25. Here are the notes from Lesson 1 and Lesson 3 that they should study.  6th Matter and Energy U2L1 notes,  6th Matter and Energy U2L3 notes

And here are some photos of our thermal energy lab this week!

                               

1/5- Welcome back to school! The 6th graders are studying energy this week and next week. No tests or quizzes are scheduled. They do have an assignment from their textbook that is due Monday – Lesson 1 Review page 111. #1-5, 8 and 9

 


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  1. Becky Riethmeier (old) : February 9, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Updated 2/9/18

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