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.

4/20 – Next week the 8th graders continue their study of weather and climate. No tests or quizzes.

 

4/14 – Thanks to everyone who came to see the 8th grade Science Fair projects Tuesday night. It was wonderful to see so many of you there and the students appreciated all who saw the fruits of their labors for the last 4 months. The judges who judged the projects on Wednesday also had many good things to say about them.

Next week we dive into a study of climate patterns and how they are affected by latitude, the ocean, landforms and many other things. There will be no tests or quizzes next week.

4/6 – It’s science fair week! The papers are written, the boards are done, and most students have presented to their classmates. Next week the 8th graders will set up their projects in the Media Center and show off their projects to the 4th, 5th 6th and 7th graders. Tuesday is the Academic Showcase from 4:30-6:30; all 8th graders are expected to attend.

The 8th grade Chipotle fundraiser for Washington DC is also on Tuesday. After the Academic Showcase, I will be headed to Chipotle to celebrate and help the 8th graders get to DC. I hope you can join me!

3/29 – It’s all science fair all the time these days for 8th grade. They are turning in their papers and the papers look great! As a reminder, all 8th graders are expected to display their projects on April 10 from 4:30-6:30. Their boards are due this week, and we will be working on their presentations in the upcoming week.

3/23 – The main push for the 8th grade this week has been the science fair. The rough draft of their final paper is due on Monday before class starts. We will be working on our display boards and practicing our presentations next week.

3/9 – The end of the semester arrived with a BANG!  Students studied earthquakes using the US Geological Survey website to see if they could determine a relationship between the type of boundary and the depth of an earthquake. They also finished up their Plate Tectonics unit by taking a test.

When we get back, we are working fast and hard on science fair stuff. Look at these deadlines coming up!

March 19 – all data is due. Data tables checked in class

March 20 – Graphs due. See here for rubric  – E-Phase 5_ Graph Charts and Data Summary Conclusion rough draft also due.

March 21 – Conclusion due. E-Phase 6 Conclusion and Discussion

March 26 – Final Paper rough draft due – E-Phase 7 8th Grade Final Paper

March 28 – Final Paper final draft due

April 4 – Display Board due – E-Phase 8 – Board and Presentation Rubric

April 4 – Presentations in class (see above for rubric)

April 10 – Literacy night 4:30-6:30

April 11 – Project Judging

PLEASE help your child finish collecting data this weekend if he or she has not completed this step yet. Thanks!

 

3/2 – Science Fair News: Saturday 3/3 is the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair at the fairgrounds. If your child wants to see some good projects (and you have nothing else to do on Saturday) consider a visit. See this link for more info – http://tcrsf.net/

Some students have completed their data collection and are ready to make their graphs and write their conclusion. If they can finish this before spring break starts, I have offered them some extra credit to get that done. I can be available on Thursday or Friday, March 8 and 9, to help if they would like to come in to the school.  Please keep these dates in mind:  Tuesday, April 10– Literacy Night 4:30-6:30. Science Fair Projects will be on display, and 8th grade students are expected to be there. Saturday, April 21 – Big Bang Science Fair. Three of our 8th grade projects will be chosen to represent Epiphany at this event.

Other news: We finish Plate Tectonics next week. Students will have a test on Monday. They have been given a help sheet and may bring it to the test.

All students’ grades have been updated on Cornerstone/Educate. PLEASE take some time this weekend to look at your child’s grade and see if any improvements are necessary before the end of the trimester. The last day for Trimester 2 is Wednesday, March 7.

 

 

2/23 – Thank you to all the parents who responded to my email last week by getting your kids going on their science fair projects!  All data should be collected before the end of spring break. Thanks for your support! No tests or quizzes next week. We are studying Plate Tectonics – here are some notes. 8th Dynamic Earth U4L2 Plate Tectonics

 

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).

4/20 – 7th graders continue to study how our bodies get energy from food next week. There are no tests or quizzes scheduled.

 

4/14 – The cell projects look great! I’ll try to post some photos of them next week. We will be studying the chemistry of life and how the food we eat drives the chemical processes of the cell. There will be no tests or quizzes next week.

4/6 – The seventh grade continues their study of the cell, and the chemistry underlying all of life. They will have a quiz over the parts of the cell on Thursday, and the Cell Project is due on Friday, April 13 (see below for a link to the document with the requirements for the project.)

3/29 – We are studying the cell and parts of the cell next week. There will be no tests or quizzes. They will learn about their cell project this week, which is due Friday, April 13. Cell Project

3/23 – The 7th graders started their study of cells this week. They looked at cells under a microscope and learned about the different parts of a cell. They will have a quiz on Thursday next week. Here are the notes for Lesson 1 (which is what the quiz will be over).7th Cells and Heredity Unit 1 Lesson 1 Characteristics of Cells

3/9 – Here are some photos from our frog dissection. When we return from spring break, students will be starting a new book on cells and the chemistry of life!

3/2 – The frog dissection went very well. I’ll post some photos when I get a chance. There are no tests or quizzes next week – we will finish up our study of animals.

All students grades have been updated on Cornerstone/Educate. PLEASE take some time this weekend to look at your child’s grade and see if any improvements are necessary.

2/23 – We are finishing up our study of invertebrates next week and are moving on to vertebrate animals. Yes, that’s right, it’s time for the FROG DISSECTION. No tests or quizzes next week.

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

 

4/20 – Because of the snow day last week and our deadline for our TG engineering projects, the 6th graders quiz was moved to this coming Thursday, 4/26. Our field trip to Totino Grace will be May 1 – look for a permission slip to come home next week!

 

4/14 – Our engineering collaboration with TG is going well. Sixth graders are also studying the engineering design process, and will have a quiz over what they’ve learned on Thursday. See here for a copy of the notes to study for the quiz.  6th Is that technology

4/6 – The engineering project that was mentioned last week is a collaborative project with the engineering students at Totino-Grace. Our students are designing tower to find a design that holds the most weight. They are testing their towers with textbooks, and then redesigning them to get them to hold more weight. They are sharing their process with the TG students, who will advise them on how to build better towers. The collaboration will culminate in a visit to TG, where their final designs will be cut out of plastic and tested to get a final winning project. Here are a few pics from our work this week.

                

3/29 – 6th graders have started a new engineering project! More details next week.

3/23 – We continued our study of light this week. 6th graders will have a TEST over Lessons 1 and 2 in Unit 3.  There will not be a study session for this test, but students may use a help sheet, and were given a practice quiz as homework for the weekend. Here are the notes for lesson 1 and 2.   6th Grade Sound and Light (Mod J) U3L1&2 Light NOTES

Here are a few pics from our periscope-making today!

               

                  

 

3/9 – The 6th graders will continue their study of light after spring break. They will have a quiz on Friday. Enjoy your week off!

3/2 – This week 6th graders had fun with their 5th grade shadows. Next week we will study light. There will be no tests or quizzes next week.

All students’ grades have been updated on Cornerstone/Educate. PLEASE take some time this weekend to look at your child’s grade and see if any improvements are necessary before the end of the trimester. The last day for Trimester 2 is Wednesday, March 7.

 

2/23 – There were great turnouts at the study sessions this week for the Wave test. Next week we will study light and sound. The 5th graders will be shadowing on Monday and Wednesday. There will be no tests or quizzes.

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) : April 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Updated 4/20

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