Mrs. Jennie Whittle « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar
Hello Students and Families,
Welcome to science. I teach both 8th grade Physical Science and Physical Science Honors. Please make sure you are looking at the correct information and homework assignments.
We have been in school for almost a month and the students are doing great. We have been reviewing material that is focused on The Nature of Science. This includes how scientists conduct investigations, what types of tools are used, and how science can affect society.
In the coming month we will be covering the electromagnetic spectrum, mirrors, and lenses, thermal energy, heat transfers, and temperature. These chapters have unfamiliar vocabulary and challenging concepts. Please continue to encourage your student to complete their homework and study for tests and quizzes.
Honors Science 2015-2016 Students:
All advanced science students will be required to complete an independent science project to meet the 8th grade standards,
Students will choose between the Science Fair (GOLD) path and the PowerPoint (GREEN) path. Both paths complete independent controlled experiments but will present their information in different ways.
- GOLD Path- Complete tri-fold board and compete in school science fair with a chance of advancing on to regionals and state. (Extra Credit Opportunities)
- GREEN Path- Students will put information into a PowerPoint and present to teacher/class. Students cannot move on to the next level and there are no extra credit opportunities.
Honors Science Fair Information:
You can already start thinking and observing ideas around you now for a science fair project. All Honor students are required to complete one, but you will still have a choice if you would like to compete in the actual fair (GOLD Path) or put it together in a power-point (GREEN Path). Either way you still have to complete an independent investigation. This project will be majority homework through August to November. Guidance will be given in class along with due dates. This investigation must be grade level appropriate and testable (controlled experiment). All projects must have a real application of how it will help mankind - not just a cool experiment (that's for class stuff). Below you will find steps that will help you start thinking like a scientist. Enjoy:)
How to think like a scientist...https://student.societyforscience.org/how-think-scientist
It all starts with an idea..https://student.societyforscience.org/it-all-starts-idea
Feed you brain...https://student.societyforscience.org/feed-your-brain
Terms you should know...https://student.societyforscience.org/glossary-research-terms
Science Fair Project Guide - SF Project Guide for both Green and Gold Path