Middle School Science Week of 10/15



Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend, and got to take a nice break in  your schedule. Here’s what’s coming  up for the week!

6th: Monday we reviewed different types of energy and talked about how energy can change from one form to another. Tuesday we will discuss how we use energy as a society, and how energy transformations can be inefficient. On Wednesday, we will read and review an article about fossil fuels, and when that is done, we will work on the Lesson 2 outline, which will be due Thursday if not finished in class. On Thursday we will go over the answers to the outline, and review key terms and ideas for the Chapter 2 test, which will be next Thursday (October 25th). We will then work on a study guide, which will be homework due Friday if not finished in class. On Friday we will review the answers to the study guide and then play a review game in class.

7th: On Monday we talked about temperature and thermal energy, and how heat is transferred from one object to another. Tuesday and Wednesday, we will discuss how heat affects the states of matter of substances and then talk about conductors and insulators. On Thursday, we will complete a lab on heat transfer. Friday we will review key terms and ideas for the Chapter 2 test, which will be next Thursday (October 25th). We will then play a review game in class.

8th: On Monday we reviewed key terms and ideas for the Chapter 2 test, which will be on Thursday (October 18th). We also played a review game in class, which we will finish on Tuesday. Students were instructed to write down the questions and answers given in the review game, and they can use these, the key terms and concepts, and the practice test we will take on Tuesday in order to study. On Friday, we will start talking about the periodic table and its organization.

 

In case any 8th graders need their key terms and concepts, here they are!

Vocabulary: scanning tunneling microscope, isotope, atomic number, ions, mass number, atom, radioactive, element

Concepts: How do atoms become positively or negatively charged? Why is average atomic mass sometimes a decimal? Know the chart of nuclear decay we made in class. How big is an atom? How are protons and neutrons the same?

Scientists and Models: Which of the scientists that we’ve discussed have the most similar ideas? Know what Chadwick discovered, what Thomson discovered, and how the modern atomic model is different from Bohr’s atomic model.

 

Happy studying!


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