Pure Substances, Compounds & Mixtures / Limiting Factors

8th Grade 

Students have been working in class on the topic of Pure Substances, mixtures and compounds.  We did a simple classroom rotation where students got to explore the concepts:

  • Separating Mixtures using Chromatography investigation
  • Sciencesaurus/Fusion textbook note-taking (Elements, Mixtures & Compounds)
  • Temperature & Solubility gizmo

Students should have had enough time to complete everything but the gizmo in class – Please finish the SEG and AQ for homelearning.

Additionally, 8th grade students took their first checkpoint  quiz on Atoms and the Periodic Table.  Don’t worry – if you got a lot score on the quiz than you will have the opportunity to recycle.

7th Grade

We continued our lessons on ecology and explored limiting factors and carrying capacity.  7th grade students took their 2nd checkpoint quiz covering relationships between organisms.  Again, students will be able to recycle if they got a low score.

We also continued to work on our “Oh Deer!” graphing activity.  Please complete the graphing and analysis questions for home learning.



8th Grade:

7th Grade:

  • Complete Oh Deer! activity

  • Recycle quiz (if needed)

8th Grade – Compounds and Mixtures Activity

Click the image below to check out a very cool Compounds and Mixtures activity from the BBC!

 compounds and mixtures

FYI- they have quite a few different activities that might be beneficial — especially if you feel like you need a little more information on Atoms and Elements!

Sept. 12/15 — Periodic Table/Ecological Relationships

At this point all students should be working on developing a science project idea.  Try to phrase it as “What is the effect of ________on _________?”  As the week goes on I will be conferencing with students about their project ideas. Please take a look at the ISEF Rules that I linked and remember that the public library is offering Science Project help on a number of days. 

8th Grade: 

In class we discussed the results from the Element Builder gizmo.  Students also got copies of the periodic table of elements and we learned about how the table is arranged.

Click the image below to check out the Dynamic Periodic Table website

periodic table







NOTE: There will VERY LIKELY be a quiz this week to evaluate your comprehension of Atoms and the Periodic Table.  Please review accordingly!


7th Grade: 

We continued our discussion on the different ecological relationships between organisms.  We also discussed the concept of ecological niche and did a jigsaw article-reading activity about “Predator-Friendly Farming.”

I also collected the Prairie Ecosystem gizmo from my B day students (A-day students will turn it in tomorrow)

Mr. Manias found a pretty cool activity related to food chains.  Click the image below to check it out!

food chain






REMEMBER: Students will be given a checkpoint quiz this week to evaluate their comprehension of the material and concepts discussed in class (ecological relationships among organisms such as predator/prey, competition and symbiosis). 


Home Learning

8th Grade

  • Fusion “Periodic Table” lesson.  Questions 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 22 and Lesson Review

  • Review material on Atoms and Periodic Table. 

7th Grade

  • Complete Prairie Ecosystem Gizmo (A Day due Tuesday)

  • Review material on ecological relationships. 


Science Project Forms/Rules

Got Forms?! 

Click the image below to start looking through the International Science/Engineering Fair rules and forms.

science forms

Sept. 10/11- Atomic Theory/Relationships continued

8th Grade: 


This class Ms. Smith and I held class in the computer lab.  Students worked together on the Element Builder gizmo and applied the knowledge they gained last class.

I also had the opportunity to start conferencing with students about science project ideas and missing assignments.   Remember that you cannot start your project until I have approved it.

If you didn’t complete your gizmo SEG and AQ please complete it for homelearning.

7th Grade

This class we continued our discussion on ecological relationships. We review  We did a few different activities in class:

  • Symbiotic Relationship game
  • Ecological Relationship videos – students predicted and identified the relationships between sharks turtles and other fish.
  • Article Jigsaw
  • Practice Checkpoint

We will likely have a quiz next class so make sure you review the material!

Home Learning

8th Grade

  • Complete Element Builder gizmo SEG + Assessment Questions
  • Continue steps on Science Project

7th Grade

  • Prairie Ecosystem Gizmo SEG + AQ.  Due MONDAY/TUESDAY 9/15-16

Sept. 8/9- Science Projects, Atoms and Relationships


In class we set up our Science Project Journals and started talking about Science Projects.  If you did not have your journal in class it is your responsibility to set it up on your own (outside of class)

Our first home learning assignment related to Science Projects is to Brainstorm 5-10 science project questions or ideas. Write them in ink in your Science Project Journal (SPJ) starting on p. 10. Write only in ink. Number all pages. Initial and date each entry in your journal.

8th Grade:

Essential Question: What evidence supports the atomic theory since subatomic particles cannot be seen? 

Today we started our lesson on Atoms — Students chose whatever style of notes they wanted to take on the Fusion Textbook pg. 364-371. We discussed what they had read as a class and watched a few video clips on just how small atoms are.

Just How Big is an Atom Video



7th Grade: 

Esential Question: How can relationships between organisms be classified?

In 7th grade science we continued our lessons on Ecology by discussing the things that species need to survive.  We took some guided notes on the different types of relationships between organisms (competition, predator/prey, symbiosis -mutualism, commensialism, parasitism)

The Survival of the Sea Turtle Video



Home Learning:

8th Grade:

  • Brainstorm 5-10 science project questions or ideas.
  • Finish Notes (if needed)

7th Grade:

  • Brainstorm 5-10 science project questions or ideas.
  • Complete Lesson Review (pg. 531) of Fusion Textbook.

8th grade Science Project possibility

Click the image below to start to explore the eCybermission challenge website

ecybermission logo

This week ALL CLASSES will begin to discuss specifics about the Science Project.  Students will begin to set up their science project journals and begin to brainstorm ideas for possible investigations.  8th grade students will have the opportunity to extend this project out of the classroom and into their local community by taking part in the ecybermission challenge.

7th Grade

This week we will be comparing and contrasting the relationships among organisms such as pedator/prey mutualism, competition, parasitism, and commensalism.  Students will be able to understand why a species/ population has an ability for survival.  We will complete various activities in class that will explore the various relationships that occur in nature.

8th Grade

This week we will begin to discuss the properties of matter.  Students will learn about the particles that make up atoms and be able to determine the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons of common elements based on information on the Periodic Table of Elements  We will  also explore and discuss the evidence that supports the atomic theory.  

Sept 4/5- Graphing Scientific Data/Energy flow Wrap-up

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER (All Students) :   Class Science project presentations will be due the first week of December and 12/17  will be the School Science Fair.  This means students have approx. 3 months to put our projects together .  The next two class meetings will include project information and I will post more information here ASAP.  

Remember to bring your Science Project Journals to the next class meeting. 

8th Grade: 

In class we shared out our results from our Gizmo investigation, added the foldable to our ISN, and graded our Science vs. Pseudoscience mini-posters.

We also talked at length about how to graph scientific data and students worked in teams to put together bar and line graphs.  This skill will be very beneficial as the year goes on!

7th Grade: 

In class we wrapped up our discussion on energy transfer through food webs – particularly on the effect that one organism in a food web will have on other populations if the population were to increase or decrease.  We shared the results from our Gizmo investigation and saw some of the incredible adaptations of Ravens.

We also took our first quiz.  Students in need of extra support will be given the opportunity for a make-up quiz.

Energy in Ecosystem Notes 2


Home Learning

8th Grade: 

  • Growing Plants Gizmo Assessment Questions
  • Complete Graphing Practice Activity

7th Grade: 

  • Food Chain Gizmo Assessment Questions

Sept. 2/3- Scientific Investigations/ Ecology Continued

I hope everyone had a great long weekend! 

8th Grade: 

In class we discussed the different parts of a scientific investigation and did an activity identifying variables.  We also put together a vocabulary foldable and got started on our first gizmo of the year. 

Make sure you bring your Science Project Notebook next class so we can start to prepare for our science projects! 

7th Grade: 

We continued our discussion on Energy flow through the ecosystem and also got started on our first gizmo. 

Make sure you bring your Science Project Notebook next class so we can start to prepare for our science projects! 


8th Grade

  • Finish Vocabulary Foldable
  • Growing Plants Gizmo SEG and AQ

7th Grade: 

  • Food Chain Gizmo SEG and AQ