8th Grade QT4 Lesson Plans

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    Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    Today's Question; How well can I follow directions to build a rocket?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Please copy down the statements below on page 133 of your science notebook.
    2. Rocket Assembly Day 2
    Newton's Laws & Model Rockets
    • 1st Law - An unbalanced force must be applied to the rocket to lift off from the launch pad.
    • 2nd Law - The amount of thrust (force produced by a rocket engine) will be determined by the mass of the rocket fuel that is burned and how fast the gas escapes the rocket.
    • 3rd Law - The reaction, or motion, of the rocket is equal to and in an opposite direction from the action, or thrust, from the engine.
    Homework: None

    Monday, May 11, 2015
    Today's Question: How well can I follow directions to build a rocket?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Grade Check Monday!
    2. Rocket Assembly Day 1
    Homework: None

    Wednesday, May 6 & Thursday, May 7 & Friday, May 8

    Science Benchmark Testing

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015
    Today's Question: What have I learned about position-time graphs?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Please continue working on the position-time graph worksheet from yesterday
    2. Grade notebooks
    Homework: None, but please turn in your Promise for the Future forms!

    Monday, May 4, 2015
    Today's Question: What kind of story does a position-time graph tell?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Grade Check Monday
    2. Finish graphing activity
    3. More practice with position-time graphs
    Homework: None, but please turn in your Promise for the Future forms!

    Friday, May 1, 2015
    Today's Question: What kind of story does a position-time graph tell?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Tell A Story with a Graph worksheet
    2. Continue graphing activity from yesterday
    Homework: None, but please turn in your Promise for the Future forms!

    Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Today's Question: What kind of story does a position-time graph tell?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Go-Cart Racing (worksheet)
    2. Notes on position-time graphs
    3. Matching graphs with their story
    Homework: None, but please turn in your Promise for the Future forms!

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    Today's Question: What is the relationship between a change in position and time?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Textbook page 341 #1-5
    2. Walk This Way Lab - graph data
    3. Notes
    Homework: None

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Today's Question: What is the relationship between a change in position and time?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Grade Check Tuesday
    2. Walk This Way Lab - collect data
    Homework: None

    Monday, April 27, 2015
    Today's Question: What have I learned about Newton's Laws of Motion?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Review notes
    2. Quiz
    Homework: None

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Today's Question: What is the effect of distracted driving?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Please read the article "Stopping Distance".
    2. Read article #2 about Distracted Driving
    Homework: Quiz on Newton's Laws of Motion will be on Monday.

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    Today's Question: Can I apply Newton's Laws of Motion to different activities?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - 3-2-1 on Newton's Laws of Motion
    2. 4 Square worksheet --> choose a book from Mrs. Ligon's selection and complete the close reading assignment.
    Homework: Quiz on Newton's Laws of Motion will be on Monday.

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    Today's Question: Can I apply Newton's Laws of Motion to different activities?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Understanding Newton's Laws of Motion worksheet
    2. Newton's Laws video
    Homework: None

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Today's Question: Can I accurately describe Newton's Third Law of Motion?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Worksheet --> Finger Strength Contest
    2. Finish notes from yesterday
    Homework: None

    Monday, April 20, 2015
    Today's Question: How can action/reaction force pairs be described?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Grade Check Monday!
    2. Third Law notes on pages 127 of notebook
    Homework: None

    Friday, April 17, 2015
    Today's Question: How can an arch be designed and constructed out of straws.
    Classwork:
    1. No Mindset
    2. Engineering Design Challenge - Straw Arches
    Homework: None

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 - AZMerit Testing - Mrs. Ligon's 8th grade classes do not meet.


    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - AZMerit Testing - Mrs. Ligon's 3 hour only.
    Today's Question: How can equal and opposite forces be observed?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - None
    2. Alka Seltzer Lab - Please note, if you were absent, you will need to make up this assignment during your lunch or after school.
    Homework: None

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - AZMerit Testing - Mrs. Ligon's 1st and 2nd hours only.
    Today's Question: How can equal and opposite forces be observed?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - None
    2. Alka Seltzer Lab - Please note, if you were absent, you will need to make up this assignment during your lunch or after school.
    Homework: None


    Monday, April 13, 2015
    Today's Question: How well have I kept my notebook organized and up-to-date?
    Classwork:
    1. Grade Check Monday
    2. AZMerit Secure log in practice
    3. Grade notebooks
    Homework: None

    Friday, April 10, 2015
    Today's Question: What is the relationship between mass, force, and acceleration?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - AZMerit Secure log in practice
    2. F=m*a calculation practice
    Homework: None

    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    Today's Question: What is the relationship between mass, force, and acceleration?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - None
    2. Exploring Newton's 2nd Law
    3. Notes about Newton's 2nd Law
    Homework: None

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - Early Release Schedule
    Today's Question: What is inertia and what do balanced and unbalanced forces have to do with it?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - None
    2. Notes on inertia and balanced & unbalanced forces.
    Homework: None

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    Today's Question: How do I log on to do the secure AZMerit testing?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Please work with your table group to complete the yellow sheet on your table.
    2. AZMerit secure browser practice.
    Homework: None

    Monday, April 6, 2015
    Today's Question: How do my measurements and results compare with my classmates?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Grade Check Monday
    2. Debrief with class discussion on lab measurements & results
    Homework: None.

    Friday, April 3, 2015

    No School - Spring Holiday

    Thursday, April 2, 2015
    Today's Question: What is the effect of a force acting on different sized masses?
    Classwork: 
    1. Today's Mindset - None
    2. Finish measurements from yesterday's lab
    3. Write lab summary on page 122. 
    • Describe the procedure for today's lab.
    • Explain the purpose for this lab.
    • Describe your observations.
    • The investigation raised the question of...
    Homework: Make sure that cover page and lab summary are complete.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015
    Today's Question: What is the effect of a force acting on different sized masses?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Please copy down the lab onto page 121.
    2. Turn in ABC's of 8th Grade Science
    3. Perform lab and collect data. Please note: If you were absent today, you will be responsible for coming in and doing the lab during your lunch or after school. Thank you.
    Homework: Cover page is due tomorrow.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    8th Grade Science AIMS testing

    Monday, March 30, 2015
    Today's Question: What have I learned this school year?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Grade Check Monday!
    2. ABC's of 8th Grade Science - go through your science notebook and record what you have learned this year on the provided worksheet.
    Homework: Get a good night's rest!

    Friday, March 27, 2015
    Today's Question: What are Newton's Laws of Motion?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Please work on your "Forces & Motion" cover page (p. 117)
    2. Notes & videos on Newton's Laws of Motion
    Homework: Please work on your cover page.


    Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Today's Question: How can forces be added up?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Please work on your "Forces & Motion" cover page (p. 117)
    2. More force notes
    3. Introduce Newton's Laws of Motion
    Homework: Please work on your cover page.

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Early Release Schedule
    Today's Question: What is a force and how is it measured?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Please create a new cover page (p. 117) about "Forces and Motion"
    2. Notes on Forces
    Homework: Please get your new cover page done.


    Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    Today's Question: Can I distinguish between an element, a compound, and a mixture?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Please study your notes.
    2. Quiz over Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
    Homework: Did you get your Homework #9 done???

    Monday, March 23, 2015
    Today's Question: Can I distinguish between an element, a compound, and a mixture?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Grade Check Monday
    2. Review answers from the Matter Comprehension Check
    3. Galileo assignment: Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures - take notes from each slide and take the quiz at the end.
    Homework: Hmwk #9 due tomorrow. Study for quiz tomorrow.

    Friday, March 20, 2015
    Today's Question: How can different substances of matter be classified?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Review of PRIDE Matrix
    2. Continue identifying substances as: elements, compounds, and mixtures
    3. Matter Comprehension Check
    4. Homework #9: Elements, Compounds and Mixtures (notebook page 116) - due Tuesday.
    Homework: See #4 above.

    Thursday, March 19, 2015
    Today's Question: What is the difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Review of PRIDE Matrix
    2. Finish notes on Mixtures
    3. Practice Identifying substances as: elements, compounds, and mixtures
    4. Chemical Mixup - online sorting game
    Homework: None

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015
    Today's Question: What is a mixture and how is it different than a compound?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Review of PRIDE Matrix
    2. Review of Counting Atoms
    3. Notes on Mixtures - If you were absent make sure that you get this information copied into your notebook.
    Homework: None

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    Today's Question: What happens when elements combine?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Review of PRIDE Matrix
    2. Finish Compound notes from yesterday
    3. Working with Compounds/Molecules
    4. Making Molecules
    Homework: None

    Monday, March 16, 2015
    Today's Question: What happens when elements combine?
    Classwork:
    1. Today's Mindset - Please log on to peardeck.com (in class only)  
    2. Review of PRIDE Matrix
    3. Review of Elements & Periodic Table Organization
    4. Notes on Compounds - Make sure that if you are absent, that you get these written down!
    Homework: None