(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

(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 

Testing Update(s), grades and what’s next!

This week has been something else due to all the testing that has been going on in the building! Good news is that today is a regular B day, so we will have some normalcy for a little bit at least.

Don’t forget – Monday/Tuesday is 8th grade Reading FSA!


With the testing bell schedules it’s been difficult to get caught up on grades.  This weekend you can expect that to change.

(Head’s up 8th grade- We will be grading our Review station activities/quizzes the next class we meet. Make sure your bring your ISN!)

What’s Next

8th Grade – We are officially starting on our Bridge to Highschool lessons!  You can expect to go more in depth with the periodic table as we learn a little more about chemistry.

7th Grade – we will be continuing our lessons on energy, heat/temperature.  I’m really looking forward to seeing my 7B class today for the first time this week!

(8th Grade) FCAT Review Center PPT Notes/Reference Guides

Here are all of the powerpoint note/slides that we have gone over in our rotation centers in class. Feel free to download them and look over them at home!

I also passed out the following reference guides:

(8th Grade) FCAT Review Stations -Day 2

The FCAT is 1 week away!  Every day in class we will be working on activities to help us review the benchmarks that you are expected to know.

Full Class FCIM Lesson : Atoms, Solutions and Compounds

Click the image below to review the PPT from class


Click the image below for some awesome videos on EVERY ELEMENT on the periodic table

TED ED Periodic Table

Review Stations (Day 2)

  • Theories & Laws (NEW) 
  • Human Body Systems (NEW) 
  • Distance/Time Graphs
  • Rock Cycle
  • Punnett Squares/Pedigree Charts
  • Replication/Repetition
  • Density

Students will also have an independent practice bucket available for even more review.


Review for FCAT

(8th Grade) More FCAT Science Review Stuff

Heads up — FCAT is only a week away!  Click on the image below to download a FCAT Review (FYI- it’s a .pdf)   fcat review slides

Also – Here’s a list of some of the terms you should know for FCAT

FCAT Science Glossary

FCAT Review Slides

(7th Grade) Energy Notes

(8th Grade) March 30/31 FCAT Review Centers (Day 1)

Objective: Review for FCAT

Essential Question: What questions do you still have?”

Daily Agenda:

Today we started on a series of Review center rotations.  Students worked in small groups on a variety of activities tied to the benchmarks on the Science FCAT. Each station has a quiz that goes with it and students are to work through them at their own pace.

  • Punnett Squares/Pedigree Charts
  • Distance/Time Graphs
  • Rock Cycle
  • Weather/Climate
  • Density Practice
  • Replication/Repetition

There also is an “Independent Practice Bucket” – Students can pick a packet on the standard that they were lowest on.  This is to be completed for Home Learning. 

Please remember that these review stations are meant to be a review of benchmarks that have already been taught!

 We will be adding a couple of new stations each day until we get to FCAT! 

Home Learning: 

Review Material for FCAT — Remember that the 6th, 7th and 8th grade textbooks are available for you on thinkcentral.com

Independent Practice Bucket packet.  Complete and be ready to take a quiz on the material.