Back to School Night 27 August 2019

Welcome and Contact:


7th grade plans will be held here:

8th grade plans will be held here:

Presentation single slide:

Middle School Team 8 Science 8 Slides for Back to School Night:

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19 and 21 August Science 8 Digital Science Notebook–resuming our inquiry into matter through solubility

Google document link for today’s plan. Also pasted below.

Opening routine:

  • Mindful moment. (purpose and techniques)
  • Attendance.
  • Read plan for the day. 
  • Questions.
  • Groups:

Period 8: 

  1. Mohammed




2. Seojin




3. Shachar




4. Mohavi






Period 6:

  1. Lina







3. Nathan



Period 1:

  1. Maya

Alex P.


2. Emily



Alex M.

3. Max



Digital Science Notebook/Portfolio Discussion

Use the Science 8 folder that has been established with google classroom. Rename to: Science 8 Period __ Your name. 

Share (editing access) with Dr. F.


  • Purpose: To sustain engagement with science class. To help you REMEMBER, THINK, LEARN! To keep track of BIG IDEAS and SIGNIFICANT DETAILS. To follow the development of your thinking and learning.


  1. Demonstrate Participation, Effort, Responsibility, Perseverance.
  2. Defining what needs to be included
  • Typical notes (things to remember; often written on board; included in plans, etc.)
  • Things that we/you do
  • Things that we/you see (observations, results, data, etc.)
  • Things that we/you talk about (in large and small groups, in presentations, even readings
  • At least one sketch of something from the class that helps you remember and think. Does not have to be an object–though it could. Could be an idea, a diagram, a process, anything where you create a visual image related to experience and thinking from class.
  • At least one photograph (not writing on the board) that captures something important to help you remember, think, learn. You could use photos to help you remember what to write for a, b, c, d, and g.
  • A reflection on what you think, wonder, question, imagine, learn from the experiences and ideas from the class.
  • Ideas for demonstrating complete and up-to-date? Every class represented.
  • Ideas for accountability? (Learning habit evidence for responsibility and perseverance?)
  • Lists to keep in addition to class entries. A. Partner list with people, topics, activities, dates. B. Word list–new words with information about their meaning and use. C. Reference list with annotations (Citation, kind of resource, summary, quality, personal reaction).
  • Projects and assignments.



Discussion of dissolving and solubility.

What do you think and expect:

What happens when something dissolves? What are the various ideas students have? How do students “picture” dissolving?

For each group. Develop a method for determining the maximum amount of salt (in grams) that can be dissolved in 100 grams of water at room temperature. Compare this amount to the maximum amount of sugar that can dissolve in 100 grams of water at room temperature. Try it when there is time in class.

Extension: If a saturated sugar solution is used, how much salt could be dissolved in 100 grams of the solution? How would the amount compare to the amount of salt that could be dissolved in water only? What do you expect? Why?


The following were to have been completed for today.

BE SURE you have read the document Fundamental Questions about Matter: . Ask questions.

BE SURE you have “shopped around” for a periodic table of elements app for your Ipad and have downloaded at least one. You may download another if you like.. Find an app that looks interesting and start learning to use it. Be ready to demonstrate for the class. Ask questions.  


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Hope Club slideshow movie prepared for the After School Activity Mela 2019-2020

hope asa mela (Converted)

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16 August Science 7

We are using Google Classroom to share plans with students. Will keep this blog going as well (for awhile) by linking to the relevant Google Folders and Documents.

Science 7 plan for 16 August

Science 7 Google folder for 2019-2020

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14 and 16 August Science 8 Expectations, DSN, Dissolving and solubility

Here is the link for our plan for the 14th and 16th of August:

This link connects to a google folder with class material.


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7 and 9 August 2019 Science 7 First Day Introductions and Beginning Our Study of Motion


We will be using google classroom this year.

This blog will also have information related to our class.

This link connects to a google folder with class material.

The google slide presentations from our first days:


Beginning our study of motion:


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6-7 and 8-9 August 2019 Science 8 First Day Introductions Study of Matter


We will be using google classroom this year.

This blog will also have information related to our class.

This link connects to a google folder with class material.

Here are the links to two google slide presentations for our first days of class:


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27 May Science 8 Last class of 2018-2019 school year

Celebrating the last Sci 8 class of the year.

A HUGE THANK YOU for all the learning and effort you have put into this year. I have enjoyed getting to know you all so much, and I wish the very best for you. I hope you all have been inspired to learn as much as you can and to marshal and sustain your effort to make your earth a better place. There are big challenges ahead. You give me hope.

Keep up with what’s happening–a few items on the web from last week.

“I don’t care about change”

Anthropocene panel

Green New Deal (would you consider this courageous? do you think concern about climate change is only political?)

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There had been some interest in finishing the film we started about contact with extra terrestrial intelligent life. This is a poignant theme in the way humans have been treating their home, other living things, and each other as civilization has developed.

Here are the choices for today. We can vote.

  • Contact (1997) (see references from last classes in December 2018 in this blog)
  • Arrival  (2016)(a newer film that has been compared to Contact; linguistics is an emphasis as the main character tries to communicate with the alien, intelligent beings.)
  • The Andromeda Strain (1971) (a not so nice contact, written by the author of Westworld, Congo, Jurassic Park; Michael Crichton was trained as a Medical Doctor but never practiced; he wrote many well-received novels; many novels have been adapted for film.)
  • The Day of the Triffids (1962)(extra terrestrial plants; taking plants out of the background; what if plants could move and get what they needed from the environment?)
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24 May Science 7 “Weighing” air–an introduction to the study of matter

Mindful moment: See this video from Theresa:

See this one, too: “I don’t care about change”

Think of our game “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” and our question, How did altruism evolve?

Any thoughts about this story and altruism?

Rescue ants save the day for comrades entangled in spider silk

Take a few minutes to write your ideas about these concepts (do not look up). In addition to your personal definition use the word in a sentence.

  • Matter
  • Mass
  • Volume
  • Densitiy
  • Pressure
  • Temperature

Carefully observe procedures and listen to instructions on “weighing air” and related inquiries.

Add your data to this spreadsheet. One person in group will need editing privileges.

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23 May Science 8 Human body science

Mindful moment:

Some challenges–Human body science

If you want to see some pictures and activities:

Walking straight–can you do it? What patterns emerge? Any explanations?

A scientific study: Walking Straight into Circles

Body architecture

Where do you fall in comparing armspan to height. (A 0-.95; B .96-1.06; C 1.07 and above.) What other groupings could we use?

Will footlength (greatest length from heel to toe) correlate to height?

Enter your data (do not disturb data from another student!)

Draw and cut out a foot. Form a line with shortest foot on the balcony-side of the classroom going toward longest foot on the hall-side.

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