7th & 8th Grade Science
Both 7th and 8th Grade began the year with a major measurement review. We spent almost a month taking all sorts of metric measurements and solving problems related to density and volume. The 8th grade finished the unit off by finding the density of a person, Grant Moles to be exact. To complete this task as precisely as possible we decided to use the water displacement method. It was exciting for me to have the answer come out so reasonable, I think the students got more excited about all the water.
The 7th Graders moved on to study living things, and are now in the middle of writing a scientific report with our student teacher Mr. Volker. Mr. Volker has been a great help in the classroom. What a difference It makes to have two teachers available to answer questions and direct students.
8th Grade is finishing up an astronomy unit. The students learned a lot about stars and seem to love our virtual night sky program, Stellarium that Mr. Buggi shared with me. Each student was assigned their own constellation to learn about, make a poster of, and share with the class. They also had the option of making a model of their constellation that hangs from the ceiling with glow in the dark beads. They made the stars the correct distance away from the floor with a scale of 10 light-years to 1 millimeter.
I am very excited to continue to explore and learn with the 7th & 8th graders second quarter.