(8th Grade) STEAM Project #2: Landing Safely

STEAM CHALLENGE #2: Landing Safely

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UPDATE: Rubric now contains “Reflection” portion and grade conversions

STEAM 2: Landing Safely

STEAM 2: Landing Safely

Here are the video clips we watched in class today — maybe you can get some ideas?

The Grand Entrance 

NASA – 7 Minutes of Terror

(all grades) quick update about grades

7th Grade — quiz recycle grades will be updated this weekend.  Remember — CGA Study guides are due the date you test!

8th Grade— Chemistry/Bonding activities and STEAM Project #1 Mini-posters will be added to gradebook this weekend.

(7th Grade) Previous Checkpoints for EOC review


Thanks to Mr. Manias for hosting these!

17.1 Energy Transfer in a Food Web

17.2 Symbiotic Relationships

17.3 Limiting Factors

6.1 & 6.2 Rock Cycle and Layers of the Earth

6.5 Plate Tectonics

16.1 Genetics

15.2 Evolution

11.2 Energy Transformations

11.4 Heat Transfer

10.2 & 10.3 Waves and Light

10.1 EM Waves

7th Grade Science EOC Date(s)

Head’s up — we finally have confirmed dates for the 7th grade Science EOC exam.

  • A Day– Friday May 22
  • B Day– Tuesday May 26 (After Memorial Day)

(7th Grade) Science EOC and more

We only have a few short weeks remaining!

This week we will finish our lessons on waves and light… then begin to review for the EOC. Students will receive individualized data printouts to help determine where they need to focus most on for their review.

The EOC will be sometime after Memorial Day (the exact date isn’t know just yet)

(8th Grade) Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead!

Good news everyone — this week we begin the first in a series of S.T.E.A.M activities.  (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics).

Please bring the following materials to class for Wednesday (since Algebra students have EOC’s on Mon/Tues)

  • a clean, empty plastic drink bottle (1 liter or smaller).  Please no hard plastic/Gatorade type bottles
  • Clear scotch tape
  • Your science book
  • Plastic bag to hold your materials – grocery bags work great!

This is going to be fun!

(8th Grade) Review Station Activities

I will be checking the following review activities in class.  Please make sure you have them completed and in your ISN

UPDATE – If you need a copy of one of the quizzes you can download them below

SC.L.14.5 Body Systems

Punnett Square Quiz

weather quiz

Rock Cycle Quiz

Density Quiz

Replication and Repetition Quiz

Tides & Seasons Quiz

(7th Grade) Energy Bloom’s Ball Directions + Template

Bloom’s Ball Project

Energy Transformations and Forms of Energy

You are about to create a Bloom Ball for Energy Transformations and Forms!

  1. Choose a partner to work with. You will make one Bloom Ball per partnership and both of you will receive the same grade.
  2. The questions on this paper each correspond to a circle that you will complete on the Ball.
  3. You may use your textbook and any and all notes that you have on this unit to answer the questions.
  4. Start by cutting out the pattern you were given and tracing it twelve times on 6 different sheets of paper. You should be able to fit two circles on one sheet of paper.
  5. When you are ready to write the information to the circle pattern, be sure to observe where the lines are drawn inside the circle. Do not write or draw on the outside of those lines. They will be used as guides for folding and connecting the circles to create your ball.


Circle #1: Write the name of the Unit “Energy Transformations and Forms of Energy” so that it is easy to read and visually appealing. Include your group member’s names.

Circle #2: Explain: What is Heat?

Circle #3: State the Law of Conservation of Energy.

Circle #4: Create an illustration depicting the Law of Conservation of Energy. Label the energy conservations.

Circle #5, #6 & #7: Explain the three different methods of heat transfer using labeled illustrations.

Circle #8: Answer the following question: When energy has been transferred by heat what happened to it? Be sure to use examples to support your response.

Circle #9: Explain what will happen when two objects at different temperatures come into contact with each other.

Circle #10: In detail, Differentiate between thermal energy and temperature.

Circle #11: Describe the movement of particles in a cold glass as thermal energy is transferred to it from warm hands.

Circle #12: In your own words, describe the difference between the movement of particles in solids and the movement of particles in gases.


(7th grade) Heat Writing Prompts (Exit Tickets)

Sometimes matter transfers heat through currents. Currents of molecules occur when large numbers of warm molecules move together as a group. Liquids and gasses have this kind of heat transfer. Their molecules are more active than those in solids, so they can flow in currents ad they are heated. When water is heated, the molecules at the bottom near the heat source are heated. They then begin to move more rapidly and spread out. As they spread out, they become less dense and, as a group, they rise. When they rise they lose some heat to the cooler molecules they come near, and the original molecules move closer and become more dense. Then they start to sink. This starts a current of warmer molecules rising and cooler ones sinking. This process of heat movement is called   convection. We can see convection with hot air balloons. The air in the huge balloon is heated. As the air molecules heat up, they expand the space between them and become less dense. They rise and the cooler air outside the balloon moves downward. The balloon will rise due to the less dense warm air inside of it. Convection currents of warm air inside the balloon keep it floating upward. Describe what has to happen when matter is heated by convection. Use information and details from the article to support your answer. Be sure to explain what happens to the space between molecules and what type of movement occurs.
Think about what happens when you touch something like a hamburger. The thermal energy from the hamburger is shared with your hand. Your hand feels warmer than before it touched the hamburger. The hamburger looses some of its thermal energy so it becomes cooler. The energy from the hamburger is transferred to your hand. Thermal energy is always shared between objects that touch each other, like your hand and a hamburger. The thermal energy always travels from the item with the most thermal energy to the item with the least. This process is called conduction. You took a can of soda out of the refrigerator. After holding the can for a minute, how does your hand feel? Explain what happened to cause this. Use what you know about heat, as well as details from the paragraphs above, to support your answer.

APRIL 20TH -7th Grade Update

Due to the testing schedules, both of my 7th grade classes are in a few different places in our lessons on Heat and Thermal Energy.

I’ve updated a handful of grades for both classes:

  • Energy Conversions Gizmo (Assessment Questions Only- 10 points)
  • Temperature & Thermal Energy Guided Notes (20 points)
  • Energy Transformations Poster (20 points)
  • Energy Transformations Checkpoint (40 points)
  • 6.2 Lesson Review (10 points)
  • 6.3 Lesson Review (10 Points)

1A students have a few additional assignments

  • A3k Article (10 points)
  • Convection/Conduction Exit Tickets (9 points each)
  • Heat Absorption Gizmo (25 points)

Below are some reinforcement activities for those of students who did not earn the score they hoped for on Checkpoint #1.  

Energy Transformations Practice #1

Energy Transformations Practice #2

Once the 2 assignments are completed and turned in, students will receive a “retest” for Checkpoint #1.  All assignments are due by TUESDAY APRIL 28!

Online Practice Assessment Questions

Virtual Review Activity