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BELOW you will find a brief description of topics we discussed, homework, and any assignments collected/returned for each day's class.  The Blog entries may also contain attachments you can access from home and a picure slideshow of our daily activities. 

Please forgive any spelling/grammatical mistakes.  They are a sign of intelligence.......right????

  • Monday, September 15th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/15/2014
    Today we watched a great video (a rarity for my class, but well worth it) on the formation of planets and sprinkled in plenty of questions, discussion, and content.  Students kept track of interesting facts and important information during the course of the video, to supplement our class discussion/review.  We will wrap up the video/discussion tomorrow as we continue our notes on Planetary Formation.
    ASSIGNMENT:  Extreme Planets Video (How the Universe Works Series) 
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Friday, September 12th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/12/2014
    Happy QUIZ DAY!!!
    Today students took their first quiz of the year.  We spent a lot of time reviewing key concepts/skills that are very relevant and should have been a review from previous science experiences (matter/mass/volume/density/measurement/tools/units/etc.).  A number of labs and investigations helped us review and improve our skills and understanding of those key concepts/skills.  Today's quiz tried to allow for them to demonstrate those abilities.  There were two portions; 1) was a short traditional quiz that consisted of both multiple choice and extended response questions; 2) was a more active skill based station where students had to make accurate observations (qualitative and quantitative) using appropriate tools.  
    ASSIGNMENT:  Quiz (completed and turned in)
    HOMEWORK:  None

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  • Wednesday, September 10th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/10/2014
    We wrapped up day 2 of our Density Exploration.  I will be collecting thier lab sheets tomorrow at the beginning of class after a brief discussion.  We will briefly review some of the key concepts that will show up on their QUIZ FRIDAY!  Be sure they study their notes!  There will also be a lab station part of the quiz where they will have to make quantitative observations of various objects using the appropriate tools and units.
    ASSIGNMENT:  Density Exploration
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Density Calculations (if needed) 

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  • Tuesday, September 9th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/9/2014
    Today, students measured and recorded the mass of various amounts (volume) of water to determine it's density.  They will continue this exploration with a number of other objects tomorrow.
     This exploration will take a bit longer than anticipated so I will be bumping our Review Concept Quiz back to FRIDAY!
    ASSIGNMENT:  Lab - Density Exploration
    HOMEWORK:  None 
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  • Monday, September 8th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/8/2014
    Happy Monday!  Students finished up their analysis questions for the Gummy Bear Lab and we reviewed them as a class.  Main take away was that even though the Gummy Bear increased in Mass and Volume, it decreased in Density.  We focused on an explanation of our observations (inference) and tried to use the formula for density to explain that because the volume had a GREATER increase than the mass, it would cause the mass to be more spread out, making it LESS DENSE (interesting....I know!).  Some of the classes also recorded observations and made inferences as they relate to the density of various objects, which I will show pictures of tomorrow!  
    Below you will find pictures of the Day 1 observations and the Day 2 observations.
    ASSIGNMENT:  Gummy Bear Analysis (collected)
    HOMEWORK:  None 
    Day 1   Day 2
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  • Friday, September 5th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/5/2014
    Today we wrapped up our rainbow density lab that we did on Wednesday (couldn't reflect on the lab/content due to shortened classes) and recorded our Day 2 observations for our Gummy Bears of Science!  We will reflect on our observations on Monday as we begin to apply these key concepts to our first Earth Science topic (Formation of Earth/Planets).
    Have a good weekend and newsletter should be coming out tonight or tomorrow!
    ASSIGNMENT:  Rainbow Density Review - Gummy Bear Observations
    HOMEWORK:  Gummy Bear Data Analysis - Bullets (no graph) and #'s 1 & 2 
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  • Thursday, September 4th

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/4/2014
    Students had shortened classes today due to pictures and the Social Studies CAP pre-assessment.
    In the short time we had together we collected quantitative observations associated with a student-selected Gummy Bear of Science.  Each student selected a gummy bear that they were to 'observe'.  We are going to let the gummy bear sit in 120 ml of cold water for a 24 hour period (roughly) and observe the effects.  They constructed hypotheses and recorded day 1 observations.  
    We will follow up with this on Day 2!
    ASSIGNMENT:  Gummy Bear Lab - Day 1 Observations
    HOMEWORK:  None 

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  • Wednesday, September 3rd

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/3/2014
    Students turned in the graph that they created of their Reaction Time data, as well as their data analysis questions.  
    Today we introduced the concept of Density.  We have been prepping for this concept by reviewing the key components of Density (mass/volume/tools of measurement).  Students were presented with the challenge of using what we discussed about density to get water to FLOAT on top of water.   This was an open-ended investigation where the materials alone were provided and each group had to figure out how to use them to achieve the objective.  Once groups achieved it, they were challenged to create 3 layers, and then finally a rainbow.
    The pictures below show the students working through the investigation and close ups of their BEST sample!
    ASSIGNMENT:  Rainbow Density Challenge
    HOMEWORK:  None 

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  • Tuesday, September 2nd

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/2/2014
    Today students took the CAP pre-assessment for Science.  This test was composed of a sampling of 8th grade science content that the students WILL BE exposed to during the course of this year.  This test is given for data collection purposes and was 100% computer based.
    In class we reviewed some of the key aspects of a good scientific investigation by using the lab activity we began on Friday.  This review covered the basics such as Independent Variables, Dependent Variables, Controlled Variables (and their importance), following a set procedure and finally the importance of accurate measurements.  This was definitely a much needed review of year long science concepts.
    ASSIGNMENT:  Data Analysis - Reaction Time Lab
    HOMEWORK:  Finish Data Analysis and Data Graph 
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  • Monday, September 1st

    Posted by Buddy Wolf at 9/1/2014
    Happy Labor Day!
    Hopefully you get to enjoy your day with the family! 
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