Welcome to 8th Grade Science!
I am so excited to share the journey of the 2019-20 school year with you. This year brings us all so many opportunities to grow and learn. We are all being challenged to have high expectations for ourselves. As your teacher, I will expect you to set goals for yourselves and work very hard to reach them. I promise to set high goals for myself as well.
In this class you will be held to high academic and social standards. Above all else, students are expected to treat everyone with respect. Many of the laboratory activities will involve student collaboration and cooperation; the nature of science is collaboration with other scientists. Students will be encouraged to interact and share new ideas. Each student will be expected to contribute and work as a team.
Please see the calendar for upcoming assignments.
If you would like to contribute to the labs and classroom:
Please consider bringing in items such as frozen pizza boxes, cereal boxes, or other cardboard packaging and paper towel and toilet paper rolls for stem challenges that do not contain peanuts, tree nuts or sesame seeds.
Help students to think like scientists and make curriculum connections through play. STEM Challenges and labs level the playing field for students by going beyond the textbook and "book smarts" to appeal to multiple types of learners and thinkers. Project based learning activities also give students the opportunity to collaborate and take risks, helping them develop grit and self reliance.
Durable goods and single use materials for the classroom can be found on the wish list. Games and books that teach logic, science, or math skills are great for when students want enrichment activities. Games should be playable in under 30 minutes and faster is better, with 10-20 minutes being optimum.
Please do not feel obligated in any way to purchase anything, just know that it is very appreciated if you do.
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