Sept 29/30- Invasive Species /Physical Properties Lab Stations (day 1)

All Classes -

Science Project Update:
Everyone should complete the following steps for their Science Project Proposal 

  • Find a problem that will define your project.
  • Identify a question for your project (What is the effect of _____________ on ______________?).
  • Research your idea and take notes in your Science Project Journal (SPJ).
  • Develop a draft of procedures in your SPJ.
  • Prepare your forms and Research Plan. Forms 1, 1A, Research Plan, 1B, and 3 are due from everyone. PARENTS MUST READ ALL FORMS BEFORE SIGNING.
    A day Due Monday 10/6 B day due Tuesday 10/7

8th Grade- 

Students who had already completed their foldnotes and gizmo got started on a series of activity centers to explore the physical properties of matter.

Day 1 stations:

  • How Much Mass
  • Investigating Irregular Solids
  • Investigating Regular Solids
  • Comparing Mass vs. Weight.

Next class we will add Magnetism and Conductivity (thermal AND electrical) to the mix!

Make sure you’ve completed your Density workship gizmo and your Physical Properties Foldnotes.  Additionally, you should be working on your Science Project Proposal.


7th Grade- 

This week we are finishing up Relationships between organisms with a few different activities and the 17.3 checkpoint quiz. 

Outside of class students should be working on their Science Project Proposal. Later this week I will post how we will grade them.

Home Learning:

8th Grade -

  • Complete Foldnotes and Density Lab Gizmo (if you did not complete them in class)
  • Science Project Proposal

7th Grade-

  • Science Project Proposal

Sept. 25/26- Invasive Species/ Physical Properties of Matter


Science Project Update- I am trying to conference with students during work periods about science project ideas.  If you have a question and I haven’t been able to meet with you yet there are two options – You can email me and/or attend tutoring (by appointment) on Thursday afternoon.  Please make sure you give me a handwritten note (including pickup information) to attend tutoring.

Next week we will discuss the next steps in our Science Projects.  If you want to get a step ahead, check out and the ISEF Rules Wizard to see what kind of paperwork you might need for your project.


8th Grade

Physical Properties of Matter

In class students worked on foldnotes for the Physical Properties of Matter using the ScienceSaurus and our Fusion Textbook.

Physical Properties Foldnotes – Include a definition, a picture and example for each term.

  • Density – Include the Density Formula and definitions of Mass and Volume
  • Solubility- Include definitions of Solute and Solvent and explain how to calculate the concentration of a solution
  • Conductivity (Electrical and Thermal)
  • Magnetism
  • Boiling Point
  • Freezing Point
  • Ductility & Malleability

Students were also given time in class to start on our first Matter gizmo (Density Workshop).  There will be time to complete this gizmo in class next week, so don’t do it for home learning.


7th Grade

Invasive Species

In class students worked on the Ecology Unit benchmark review in pairs and we discussed any problems that they ran into.  We also got started on a “WANTED” poster on an invasive species in FL.

Please review your material covering Limiting Factors – We will have our next checkpoint quiz covering this material on Monday/Tuesday.


Home Learning

8th Grade

  • Finish Physical Properties FOLDNOTES
  • Science Project – Pick topic, begin background research.

7th Grade

  • Review material for Limiting Factors Checkpoint quiz.
  • Science Project – Pick topic, begin background research.

Sept. 19/22 (8th Grade) Pure Substances and Mixtures

Essential QuestionHow do you differentiate between pure substances, mixtures and compounds? 

This class was the last full day that we are working on the topic of pure substances, mixtures and compounds.  We wrapped up the topic with a Solubility Lab and a graphic organizer to tie everything together.

So far we’ve done quite a few activities on the topic. Most of these assignments should be glued in your ISN.

  • KWL Chart/Notes (in ISN)
  • Chromatography Investigation (in ISN)
  • Solubility Investigation (In ISN)
  • Graphic Organizer (pg. 361 from Fusion Textbook.  Added to ISN)

NEXT CLASS we will debrief and grade these activities.  Please make sure that they are COMPLETE and in your ISN.  We will also have a quick checkpoint to assess the benchmark.

Note: Solubility and Temperature gizmo should have been turned in and will be graded separately.

Home Learning: 

Make sure all your mixtures and solutions activities are complete and in your ISN.

Science project research-  This week I will sit down with students to discuss their ideas.  If you have a question that cannot wait, please email me or leave me a comment on my blog (only I will see it)

Check out this cool activity by the BBC on mixtures and solutions.

compounds and mixtures

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