Monday, April 9th
1. Starter = Welcome back! Review expectations.
2. Finish up last IRP presentations
3. Structure and OrganizationE of the Universe - Review from before IRP and Spring Break
Tuesday, April 10th
1. Starter = Science M-Step Sample Assessment Item
2. Comparing Objects in our Solar System
Wednesday, April 11th
1. Starter: WDYK Phases of the Moon
2. Modeling Phases of the Moon
Thursday, April 12th
1. Finishing Phases of the Moon Modeling Activity
2. Exit ticket
Friday, April 13th
2. Eclipse Modeling Activity
3. Exit ticket (if we finish the activity during class)
We are nearing the end of our Independent Research Project! Presentations will begin this week.
Monday, March 19th
To be on track: You should be done with your Data Analysis Template (in Google Classroom) and Peer Review #1
During this class: You should work on a draft of your Explanation section and your Evaluation section.
Tuesday, March 20th
To be on track: You should come to class with a draft of your Explanation and Evaluation today.
During this class: You should complete Peer Review #2, then use the comments from your partner to 'polish' your Explanation and Evaluation sections
Wednesday, March 21st
To be on track: You should come to class with your Explanation and Evaluation in their final draft form
During this class: You should complete Peer Review #3, then use the comments from your partner to be sure that you have completed all sections well. You should also make sure that your Works Cited/Bibliography section is complete and formatted correctly (Use EasyBib or KnightCite...not just a list of urls).
Thursday, March 22nd
First day of presentations (presentation schedule is in google classroom)
Friday, March 23rd
Second day of presentations (presentation schedule is in google classroom)
Monday, March 5
1. Complete Formation of the Solar System Notes
2. Review Sheet
Tuesday, March 6
1. Go over Review Sheet
2. Add to foldable
3. Quiz - Big Bang and Formation of the Solar System
Wednesday, March 7
1. Being IRP Writing Process
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR DATA IN CLASS!
Thursday, March 8
1. Finish graphs and data analysis
2. Begin writing Explanation
Friday, March 9
1. Complete Explanation
2. Peer Review #1 if time allows
Students should be wrapping up their IRP data collection THIS WEEK. We will begin writing our final reports in class next week (beginning on Wednesday, March 7).
Monday, February 26th
1. Complete Two Column Notes from Friday (see separate post below for text book pages)
2. Begin Video - How the Universe Works: The Big Bang
Tuesday, February 27
**No regular classes for eighth graders due to Career Day.
Wednesday, February 28
1. Finish Video - How the Universe Works: The Big Bang
2. Build Astronomy Foldable
Thursday, March 1st
1. Add Big Bang information to foldable
2. Begin Formation of the Universe Notes
Friday, March 2nd
1. Last IRP Journal Entry
2. Complete Formation of the Solar System Notes
3. Add Formation of the Solar System to Foldable
4. Review Sheet (if time allows)
Tuesday, February 20th
1. Computer time to finish up Gravity and Electromagnet Activities (links and readings are in Google Classroom)
Wednesday, February 21st
Early Release Day - No Regular Classes.
Eighth Graders will work on High School Scheduling, a silent reading test, and a student needs survey.
School is dismissed at 11:07 today!
Thursday, February 22nd
1. Wrap-up discussion of Electromagnet Activity
2. Non-Contact Forces Exit Tickets
3. Review Sheet (answer key in Google Classroom)
Friday, February 23rd
1. Non Contact Forces Quiz!
2. Astronomy Learning Targets/Success Criteria
3. Begin Big Bang Introduction Movie
Another Snow Day on Monday!
Tuesday, February 13th
1. Complete Non Contact Forces Investigation (Explanation, Evaluation, Habits of Mind)
2. One or two presentations
Wednesday, February 14th
1. Finish Present and Defend Presentations
2. Present and Defend Reflection/Exit Ticket
Thursday, February 15th
Mr. K. will be here with you today.
1. Gravity Investigation (see link in Google Classroom) - You may not finish this during class today. You may have more work time tomorrow.
Friday, February 16th
Mr. K. will be here with you today.
1. Complete Gravity Investigation
2. Begin Electromagnet Investigation (reading+videos+simulation are in Google Classroom)
3. Review Sheet (IF you get done early. This is NOT homework.)
Monday, February 5th
Tuesday, February 6th
1. Review Test Results
2. Non Contact Forces Investigation Knowledge Probe (video, simulation, and reading available in Google Classroom)
Wednesday, February 7th
1. Plan Investigation
2. Begin Data Collection if time allows
Thursday, February 8th
1. Complete Data Collection
Friday, February 9th
1. Complete Explanation and Evaluation sections of Non Contact Forces
2. Gravity Investigation
HW = Non Contact Investigation Packet is due no later than Monday.
Monday, January 22
1. Complete any track day testing that you didn't get done on Friday.
2. Reflect on Learning Targets (first 5 only) in your Build Journal
HW = Finish Learning Target Reflection if you don't get it done in class.
Tuesday, January 23
1. Go over requirements/expectations for Car Investigation
2. Decision Matrix
3. Planning for Car Investigation
Wednesday, January 24
1. Collect Data for Car Investigation
Thursday, January 25
1. Type Investigation
Friday, January 26
1. Type Investigation
Thank you to everyone who contributed recyclables to the car building project. I appreciate your help! With the snow day on Friday, we'll push our "competition" day back to Thursday of this week.
Tuesday, January 16
(last Friday's plan!)
1. Building Day #3 (of 4)
Wednesday, January 17
1. Building Day #4 (of 4)
Thursday, January 18
1. There will be a few minutes at the beginning of the hour to make final adjustments to your cars.
2. Track Day! Each student will test how far and how fast their car can go and participate in the accuracy challenge!
Friday, January 19
**Build Journals are due!
1. Complete Decision Matrix with your assigned group of 4.
2. Group planning for the car investigation.
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