7th & 8th Grade Science

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We have heavy hearts this month due to the untimely passing of one of our own 8th graders.  Emily Hampshire has left us far too early, but her impact on us all will last for the rest of our lives.  To my class and everyone else who reads this, in the midst of hard questions about life and death, remember that this thing called life is worth it, it gets better, I love you all, and we’ll see each other on the other side.

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Emily’s favorite color was purple.  See below for more about her.

 

This month in Science, the 7th graders will be studying weather and water.  They will be doing a weather lab that will last for 20 days, in which they will go out every day and gather certain weather data and then will use that information to try and predict the weather for a couple of days after.  Make sure your students are dressed appropriately for going out as these days get colder and colder!

8th graders are learning about work and energy.  They will be investigating simple machines and working with both a roller coaster ramp and a pulley system.

Here is my student of the month:

November:

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NAME: Emily

YEARS AT EVANGELICAL SCHOOL: 10 years

FAVORITE SUBJECT(S): Everything

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:  Dancing, Acting, Singing, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Writing, Drawing

WHAT IS YOUR BEST DWP SKILL?: #17, Not Judging Others

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE SOMEDAY?: Writer/Interpreter/Broadway Actress

ONE THING YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME IS: She can speak Korean

WORDS TO LIVE BY:  “We don’t go to Taco Bell for one taco.  You go for ALL of the tacos.” – Emily

And, “You are perfectly cast in the  play of your life.  I can’t imagine anyone else in the role” – Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

Science is a tool to help solve the questions of who, what, where, when, and how.  Faith and religion are the realm of the most important question, why.

7th Grade Science at Evangelical is Earth Science and Astronomy.  We use the CPO Science curriculum with integrated lab equipment.

8th Grade Science at Evangelical is Physical Science.  As with Earth Science, we follow the CPO Science curriculum.  www.cposcience.com

All materials are in digital format and make the  use of Chromebooks ideal!  Evangelical students engage in laboratory experiences regularly that challenge their thinking skills as well as foster cooperative learning.

 

I am again having 6th-8th grade Science Club on the first and third Mondays of each month.  The first meeting of the month we will watch something educational about science.  If you would like to donate snacks and/or drinks for those meetings, I would really appreciate it.  The second meeting of the month is about doing some kind of activity/lab that we might not normally do as part of the regular curriculum.  I encourage ideas for these meetings as well.  

Here is the list of meetings this year:

  • November 12th and 19th
  • December 3rd and 17th
  • January 7th
  • February 4th
  • March 4th and 18th
  • April 1st and 15th
  • May 6th and 20th

 

Want to keep up with the latest science around the world?  Check out www.sciencedaily.com

 

DWP will continue to play a role in our lessons in science.  (Every DWP skill is absolutely essential to understanding and working with science.)

We will be doing lots of labs and investigations, we will watch videos, play games, and have fun gaining knowledge of how our universe works!