Mr. Wilson
8th Grade Science Teacher
 
 

Welcome to Mr. Wilson's 8th Grade Science class.  I am very excited about the upcoming school year and I know we are going to accomplish great things!  I believe in an inquiry-based classroom where students have the opportunity to experience science by doing it - building critical thinking and problem solving skills along the way.  We have many great activities planned this year and I am excited about the journey ahead.

  • All Pro Dads Meeting Schedule:

     

    • Hello Supporters!
       
      All Pro Dad is next Friday (April 5th) in the library. We are excited that Hall of Fame Coach, Jim Streety will be our guest speaker. He will talk about things that he has found important in life throughout his tenure as a leader, coach, teacher, and Dad. You won't want to miss what Coach Streety has to say. 
       
      Please let your students know about this fun event in the library starting at 7:30 AM. Donuts will be provided. Thank you in advance! As always, you are very much welcome to join us!
       
      Mark Leita ~ APD Parent Sponsor
  • Beginning November 1st, students and parents will be attending Graduation Plan Meetings with an ORMS counselor. Students need to complete as much of their four year selections as possible and have an idea of their Endorsement. Students need to be sure they are using their Grad plan Folder and working on selecting their courses with help from their parents. All four years need to planned for prior to our meeting. We don't expect for it to be perfect, but students should be able to complete quite a bit of their course selections especially if they are using the Grad Plan Folder! 
     
    I have attached the presentation that I shared. Please feel free to review with students and to share with parents. 
     
    Here is the link to sign up for an appt. 
     
  • In case you are not aware of Reflections, it is an amazing PTA program for children who love literature, photography, music, dance, visual arts, and/or film.  It is designed to showcase those talents!  We encourage everyone to participate and I would love to see us blow the roof off with entries from this year.  The theme this year is “Heroes Around Me”.

    For program information, click here: http://www.txpta.org/reflections.  Rules and entry forms are attached below, and the Spanish version is available on the same Texas PTA website.

  • Friends:  
     
    Alamo Drafthouse will be supporting Project Graduation's movie night THIS Friday!! We have an exciting event coming the night of April 26th at Unicorn Stadium. Project Graduation, a group that will help celebrate our seniors and keep them safe during graduation night, is hosting MOVIE NIGHT!! That's right!!
     
    They will be showing Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle on the jumbotron!! All students (any grade) are encouraged to attend. Bring your blankets and pillow and watch this funny movie on the big screen! 
     
    Please support this fun event by bringing your family! Entry is only $5 a person and they will be selling $1 popcorn, $1 water, $1 Chicken Express tea, and $1 pickles. Gates open at 7:00 PM and movie starts 30 minutes after. 
     
    For more information, go to their website and check out their flyer. See you under the stars!!

    Project Graduation Committee

Monday Mail: 

 

Wilson 8th Grade Science Monday Mail

*Plans sometimes change during the week. To see the most updated schedule, please visit iTunesU.*

 

We will be posting Monday Mail again this year.  In Monday Mail, you will see the week's general outline, including due dates, test information, and other important announcements.

  • Monday:       Welcome back to school!
                          Mr. Wilson's class basics
                          Class Syllabus/Safety Contract- on paper, parent signature due Friday
                          Name game
    Tuesday:       Group Challenge and Reflection - paper
    Wednesday:  Review Safety Contract, 7 Greatest Hits Rules.
                           Plan group safety skits
    Thursday:      Perform skits (1/2 class)
                           Lab Safety Check (quiz)
    Friday:           Technology Day:  Remind, Notability, iTunes U, StemScopes, Warm Up Process (weekly),      
                              Apple Classroom - DUE SYLLABUS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND FLINN SAFETY CONTRACT
  • This week we will begin our Chemistry Unit by revisiting the basics of matter and density.  Open House is Tuesday, 9/4!
     
    Monday:  Labor Day Holiday
     
    Tuesday:  Color Change Lab- students will practice safe lab habits and following directions.  
     
    Wednesday:What is Matter? Activity, Notes. 
     
    Thursday:  Check notes.Density exploration activity. 
     
    Friday: Continue Density Activity.  Check Lab

  • This week we will continue our Chemistry Unit by introducing the ATOM.  We will investigate the size of the atom in relation to the universe, break down the atom into its parts/properties, and learn how to read element tiles.  Atomic Model Projects (Major Grade) will be assigned on Friday!
     
    Be creative with everyday materials (the model does not have to be a costly Hobby Lobby project!).
     
    Project will be due Thursday, September 27th.
     
    Monday:  Introducing the Atom
     
    Tuesday:  Atomic Structure, Part 1  
     
    Wednesday:  Atomic Structure Part 2, Bohr Model Activity 
     
    Thursday:  Atomic Drawing Practice
     
    Friday: Atoms Family Math / Assign Atomic Model (Review Rubric).  Use pages from this website for atom research page  http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/atomprojectresearch  [Class time for Element Research project will be Monday]

  •        This week we will continue our Chemistry Unit by practicing more atomic structure and subatomic properties.  There will be a test on Atomic Structure this Thursday.  You will receive a test review on Monday, which will be due on Wednesday, 9/19 (homework grade).  
           
           We will have a full class day Monday to work on research for the major project.  I have attached the rubrics - and paper copies are available for those that still need one. 
     
            A website with research resources can be found here:http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/atomprojectresearch  
     
    Project will be due Thursday, September 27th.
     
    Monday:  Class research day for project.  Hand out test reviews.
     
    Tuesday:  Model Lab, paper- Rotate through stations with various atomic models, analyze particles and determine identity of atoms.
     
    Wednesday: Test Review DueCheck Lab,Test Review Activities (Kahoot)
     
    Thursday:  Atomic Structure Test - study all notes, activities, warm ups and test review
     
    Friday:Test Corrections, Periodic Table Coloring Activity

    ***If your student is planning to get a flu shot - consent forms are due back to the school nurse by 9/21/2018.***

  • SEE ANNOUNCEMENTS TAB FOR IMPORTANT ESL NIGHT AND GRADUATION PLAN MEETING INFO!!!
    This week we will discover patterns of the Periodic Table.
    The Atom Project is due Thursday, September 27th.
         You have been assigned a project in which you research an element of your choice and create either a model or an advertisement.
         You are encouraged to be creative with everyday materials (the model does not have to be a costly Hobby Lobby project!).  A website with research resources can be found here:http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/atomprojectresearch  
     
    Monday:  Finish color-coding Periodic Table.  Analyzing Atomic Structure, paper in class (due Wednesday if not finished in class).
     
    Tuesday:  "Alien" Table- categorize stick figure drawings based on feature details, discuss (card sort).  Begin construction on Periodic Table- color, cut, paste on manila folder.  On paper in class.
     
    Wednesday:Finish manila folder Periodic Table and questions in class.
     
    Thursday:  Project Due!  Spend day peer reviewing, gallery walk.
     
    Friday: Comal County Fair Holiday
  • Week of 10/1 - 10/5:
       
    This week we will be learning about the different families of the periodic table, their properties, and how they combine to make molecules.
     
    MondayPeriodic Table Folder/Questions Due - eBackpack folder is set up - most of this was done in class.  Arrange Bohr Model cards to discover more Periodic Table patterns.  Notes on iPad.
     
    Tuesday:  eBackpack Quiz - Over Week 5 Warm Ups - Open Note. Begin Understanding the Periodic Table (Reading/Notes)You can go to this website to view a quick video on every element of the Periodic Table: https://ed.ted.com/periodic-videos
     
    Wednesday:  Finish Understanding Periodic Table and Questions.  Review as a class. Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/_5b238p
     
    Thursday:  Metals, Non-Metals, Metalloids Lab.  Test samples of elements for certain physical properties.

    Friday:  Finish Metals, Nonmetals, and Metalloids Lab.  Check Lab.  Hand Out Test Reviews

     
    Announcements:
    -All pro Dads meeting Friday, 7:30 in Library - try 7:15 arrival
  • Week of 10/8 - 10/12:
     
    A test review was given out Thursday, Oct 4th (iTunes U).  Monday (Oct. 8th), students will have the entire class to finish the test review (anything not finished in class will be HW).  This Wednesday, (Oct. 10th) we will have a test on Periodic Table and Atomic Structure. 
       
    Monday:  Test Review - Class Time
     
    Tuesday:  Test Review Activities - Kahoot Game - test review due in eBackpack
     
    Wednesday: Periodic Table and Atomic Structure Test
     
    Thursday:  Test Reflection/Corrections/Class Discussion
     
    Friday: Ions and Molecules Introduction.  Ion Reading, Notes, and practice on iPad.
     
    Announcements:
    The 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game will be Friday, October 12th.  Students interested in attending the game can purchase a ticket for $1 - give the funds to your 8th period teacher.
     
  • Week of 10/15 - 10/19:
       
    This week we will have a 9 weeks test (DLA) on Wednesday, Oct 17. The grade will go on on the next grading period.  The material on the test will be very similar to last 2 tests and reviews, so you should study those to prepare.  After the test we will begin to study molecules.
       
    Monday:  STEMscopes Check for Understanding (Ions). 'Ions and Predicting Compounds'.
     
    Tuesday:  Understanding Valence Electron practice and Concept Map, paper.
     
    Wednesday:  9 weeks test (DLA)
     
    Thursday:  Molecules and Formulas, Part 1 Activity- Use pom poms to represent and analyze molecules.  Identify atoms, elements, molecules and compounds
     
    Friday: Molecules and Formulas Activity, Part 2.  Use pom poms to create molecules and derive chemical formulas.
     
    Announcements:
    Graduation Plan Meetings Week (8th Grade Parents):  See Announcements Tab for meeting times, sign up genius, etc...
  • Week of 10/22 - 10/26:
     
    This week we will be analyzing molecules, compounds, and their formulas.  We'll have 2 quizzes to keep everyone on track - one Wednesday and one Friday.
       
    Monday:  Test Reflection
     
    Tuesday:  Molecules and Formulas, Part 3  This is a really cool website you can use to look up molecules:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pccompound/
     
    Wednesday: Check Part 3. eBackpack Quiz - Ions, Molecules, Formulas and Coefficients - ***Study Materials - Molecules and Formulas, Parts 1, 2, and 3 - and review ions material.  Warm ups are always great study tools too.
     
    Thursday:  Identifying physical and chemical changes activity - group/station work 
     
    Friday:eBackpack Warm Up Quiz, Evidence of Chemical/Physical Change Notes
     
    Announcements:
    Report Cards will be available on txconnect this Wednesday, Oct. 24th.

  • Week of 10/29 - 11/2:
     
    This week we will be focused on physical and chemical change, and also chemical equations.  You will need to know how to analyze chemical equations and relate this to the law of conservation of matter.
       
    Monday:  Intro to Chemical Equations Notes, Chemical Equations Practice (paper).
     
    Tuesday:  Finish Chemical Equations Practice, Class Discussion
     
    Wednesday:  Physical/Chemical Change Lab (Day 1)
     
    Thursday: Physical/Chemical Change Lab (Day 2)
     
    Friday: Scavenger Hunt / Hand out Test Reviews
     
    Announcements:
    1) Book Fair - Starts 10/31
    2) Information from Counseling Office:
     
    Beginning November 1st, students and parents will be attending Graduation Plan Meetings with an ORMS counselor. Students need to complete as much of their four year selections as possible and have an idea of their Endorsement. Students need to be sure they are using their Grad plan Folder and working on selecting their courses with help from their parents. All four years need to planned for prior to our meeting. We don't expect for it to be perfect, but students should be able to complete quite a bit of their course selections especially if they are using the Grad Plan Folder! 
     
    Here is the link to sign up for an appt. 
     
     
    See my website "announcements" for a more detailed presentation
  • This week we have a test covering ions, chemical formulas and equations, and the Law of Conservation of Mass.  Test reviews were handed out Friday and are due this Tuesday, 11/6.
     
    Monday:  Molecules and Formulas Partner Check
     
    Tuesday:  Test Review Activities in class, Test Reviews Due in eBackpack - tray is called "Chemical Reactions Test Review"
     
    Wednesday:  Chemical Reactions Test
     
    Thursday:  Test Corrections/Reflection/Reteach
     
    Friday:  Introduction to Balanced/Unbalanced Forces (Nearpod)
  • This week we will be covering Newton's 3 Laws of Motion.  At the end of the week, students will be given an extra credit opportunity towards a major grade.  See Friday (below) for more details.
     
    Monday: Calculating Net Force, Notes and Practice
     
    Tuesday: Check Practice Page, Balanced/Unbalanced Card Sort, Newton's First Law
     
    Wednesday: Newton's Second Law - Notes/Practice Problems
     
    Thursday: Newton's Third Law - Notes - Station Activity
     
    Friday: Review Rubric for Extra Credit Poster, Newton's Laws Demonstrations/Discussion
     
     
    Newton's Law's Poster Assigned (Rubric Handed Out), Extra Credit towards Major Grade, due Tuesday, November 27th.  Worth 10 points!

     

  • This week, we will begin a mini PBL over Newton's Laws of Motion.  Students will be given a rubric/research page and daily checkpoints to keep them on track.  They will work collaboratively in groups to build a poster, powerpoint, or iMovie that meets content and presentation requirements.  
     
    Monday: Newton's Laws Mini PBL, Rubric, Group Assigned, Checkpoint 1 - planning, research and design  
     
    Tuesday:  Extra Credit Poster Due.  Continue Newton's Laws Mini PBL, Checkpoint 2 - research and build 50% complete  
     
    Wednesday:  *Writing Benchmark* Will only see 5th-8th Period after the morning testing.  Alternate science activities.  
     
    Thursday:  Continue Newton's Laws Mini PBL, Checkpoint 3 - build complete, scripting and timing set
     
    Friday: Group Presentations - final product.
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    This week, we will be working together to explore speed, velocity, and acceleration.  At the end of the week, we will assess our knowledge of Newton's Laws of Motion, Speed/Velocity/Acceleration, and Motion & Graphing (Daily Grade/Quiz).
     
    Monday: Exploring Speed, Velocity and Acceleration - What is the difference?
     
    Tuesday: Calculating Speed, Motion and Graphing - Creating and Analyzing Graphs 
     
    Wednesday:  Newton's Laws Lab - Day 1 - Demonstrations/Modeling
     
    Thursday:  Newton's Laws Lab - Day 2 - Demonstrations/Modeling
     
    Friday: Cumulative Unit Quiz - Newton's Laws of Motion, Speed/Velocity/Acceleration, Motion & Graphing
     
    ***IMPORTANT:  Quiz corrections may be completed as a homework assignment, due Monday, 12/10***  A corrections form will be uploaded to iTunes U - this needs to be turned in to the tray in eBackpack called "Force and Motion Quiz Corrections"

  • This week, we will spend time reviewing second 9 weeks concepts in preparation for the final exam on 12/19.  We will begin the week working on a collaborative project over chemical reactions and motion and graphing.  Then, we will use the last 2 days of the week engaging in review games.

     
    MondayQuiz Corrections Due- Team Review Project - Day 1/Checkpoint 1 - Build/Create Chemical Equation (50% Content Complete) - in class project
     
    Tuesday: Team Review Project - Day 2/Checkpoint 2 - Build/Create Motion Graph (100% Content Complete) - in class project
     
    Wednesday: Team Review Project - Presentations in class
     
    Thursday:  Team Final Exam Review Games - Part 1
     
    Friday: Team Final Exam Review Games - Part 2
     
    Announcement:  Spanish Exams this week (12/13 and 12/14)
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    This is FINAL EXAM week!  You were given a test review at the beginning of class Thursday (12/13) and were given 2 class days to finish it.  I also announced that I would upload the key after school on Friday (12/14) so please take the time to study this material.
     
    Monday: Math/Algebra Benchmark
     
    1st, 2nd, 3rd period- play review game to study for Science Benchmark.
     
    Tuesday: Reading Benchmark
     
    5th, 6th, 8th period play review game to study for Science Benchmark
     
    Wednesday: Science Benchmark!  
     
    1st, 2nd, 3rd period- study for social studies benchmark, double-check grades. 
     
    Thursday:  Social Studies Benchmark
     
    5th, 6th, 8th period - 
     
    Friday:  Early Release Schedule, make Holiday Cards!!!

    I hope you have a fantastic holiday seasonMay all your wishes come true!

    Image result for happy holidays

     

  •  
    Welcome Back!!!  I hope you had an amazing break.  I am looking forward to the rest of this year and all of the activities we have planned.
     
    This week we will begin our unit on Rotation/Revolution of the Earth.  First, we will become familiar with the motions, and then we will explore the effects on changes in Earth's seasons and day/night cycles.
     
    We'll have STEMscopes textbook-like resources available throughout this unit.  
     
    Monday:  Welcome Back - Share your favorite holiday story from the break!  Rotation and Revolution- what's the difference?  Model both, notes on iPad. 
     
    Tuesday:  Students explore rotation of earth, position of sun in sky, and time of day by modeling. Sun's Warming Power with Direct and Indirect Light handout. Visit this website to change position and angle of the Sun: http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion1/orbits_light.html
     
    ***Benchmark Make-Up Day - for those that were absent***
     
    Wednesday:  Force and Motion in the Solar System Reading and Questions (paper, Gateway book). *Homework if not finished in class.  Due Friday.
     
    Thursday:   Benchmark Review / Test Corrections / Bill Nye Video/Notes
     
    Friday:  eBackpack Warm-Up Quiz. Begin Light at different Latitudes Lab.  Students use mini-globes and flashlights to model how the amount of sunlight in a day varies at different latitudes. Paper.
     
    Announcements
    Report Cards Available on txconnect Wednesday, Jan 9th
    All Pro Dad Meeting Friday, Jan 11th, 7:30 am in Library

  • This week we will finish our unit on Rotation/Revolution in the Solar System and next week we move on to the Lunar cycle.

    SCIENCE ADVISORY STARTS THIS WEDNESDAY!!!

    We have an Exit Ticket on Thursday and a Warm Up Quiz on Friday covering seasons and day/night.  
     
    Monday:  Finish and Check Light at Different Latitudes Lab
     
    Tuesday:  Investigation of Earth's Seasons
     
    Wednesday:  Tilt and Whirl Modeling Activity
     
    Thursday:  Seasons Exit Ticket
     
    Friday:  Warm Up Quiz / Continue Finish Solar System Reading & Questions

  • We have wrapped up our unit on seasons and have moved on to the lunar cycle.  We will be analyzing and creating diagrams and working with manipulatives to make sure we understand the cycle inside and out.

    Monday: Holiday
     
    Tuesday:  Begin Lunar Cycle with 'Moon Pops' activity- students use a styrofoam ball and light from window to model different lunar phases. ' Explore Phases of The Moon, Part I. Complete phase diagrams, definitions, questions (paper).  
     
    Wednesday: Go to www.moongiant.com, browse and discuss.  Finish Explore Moon Phases, Part 1 and 2, paper.  Students diagram the phases from two different perspectives.  Videos- Mr. Miagi "Wax On" and candle making video (waxing).
     
    Thursday:  Moon Notes- Moon phase fill-in blank reading notes, diagram, concept map, paper.  Check with key.  Homework if not finished in class.  Exit Ticket.
     
    Friday:  Warm Up Quiz.  Turn in Moon Notes and Warm Up.  Moon phase manipulatives- arrange phase cards in order of the lunar cycle to complete a whole month of phases on blank calendar.  Complete handout.  HAND OUT TEST REVIEWS!

  • This week we will continue and finish our unit on the Lunar cycle.  Then we will switch our focus to the moon's effect on tides.  We will be analyzing models, tide charts, and diagrams, then working with manipulatives to make sure we understand the cycle of tides inside and out.   
     
    We will have a Seasons and Moon Phases Test on Wednesday, Jan 30th.  The test review was handed out on 1/25 and is due 1/29.
     
    Use this website to check the real-time moon phase and for any extra explanations: http://www.moongiant.com/phase/today/
     
    Monday:  SOS
     
    Tuesday:  Test Review Activities / Kahoot
     
    Wednesday:  Seasons/Moon Phases Test.
     
    Thursday: Test Corrections / Bay of Fundy video andstudents explore magnets and paper clips to model the moon's gravitational effect on Earth's oceans.  
     
    Friday:  Ocean Tides and The Moon notes, notability. Intertidal Biomes Video.
  • Week of 2/4 - 2/8
    This week, we will be analyzing models, tide charts, and diagrams, and working with manipulatives to make sure we understand the cycle of tides.
    We will have a Tides eBackpack Quiz on Tuesday, Feb 5th.    
     
    Then, we will begin our components of the universe unit by introducing the electromagnetic spectrum.
     
    Monday:  Tides reading/webquest - students go to NOAA website for tidal information. Here is the link: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/tutorial_tides/welcome.html  Create Tidal Chart from web data.
     
    Tuesday:  Tides eBackpack Quiz 
     
    Make wave with jump ropes, Parts of a Wave/Electromagnetic vs Mechanical Notes, Notability. 
     
    Thursday:  Finish Waves notes and Waves Reading with Waves Concept Map, paper.
     
    Friday:  Explore Visible Light with diffraction lenses.  Exploring Visible Light, Notability.  Electromagnetic Spectrum Reading (Notability) with concept map and questions (paper). Electromagnetic Spectrum Song. 
     
     
     
  • This week we will continue learning about Electromagnetic Waves and how they are used to gather information from space, and move on to stars and their life cycle.  We'll have a lab where we use spectroscopes to observe the emission spectra of various light sources.

     
    Monday:  Star Size Comparison Video.  Classifying Stars Lab Analysis and Reading on paper.
     
    Tuesday: Warm Up- Go here!!    http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2014/archives/  and check out how different wavelengths of EM radiation are layered to create a more meaningful image of space objects.  
    Cosmic Colors LAB- students use spectroscopes to observe and analyze various light sources, take pictures with iPads.  Before lab, reviewbackground information, Notability.
     
    Wednesday:  Finish Cosmic Color Info. Analysis and Questions
     
    Thursday:  HR Diagram intro activity- students assigned a star, arrange on an HR diagram according to temperature, size, and brightness.  HR Video and Notes, Notability.
     
    Friday:  TELPAS - PASS OUT SPACE TEST REVIEWS, DUE 2/21
     
    Announcements:  Color Dash Assembly (Advisory-Wednesday)
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    This week we will wrap up most of our unit on space.  Test reviews were handed out last Friday and are due this week on Thursday, 2/21.  There is a HW assignment (reading and questions if the students do not finish in class).

     
    Monday:  Holiday - No School 
     
    Tuesday:  Videos -What Really Happens when the Sun Dies? -and- Explore Space.  Star Life Cycle Reading with questions, paper - this is homework if NOT finished at school - due Wednesday, 2/20.  
     
    Wednesday:  Video-How Do Stars Live and Die? Star Life Cycle WebQuest
     
    Thursday:  Video- Do the Stars Really Move? 
    Galaxy Intro Activity- sequins in petri dish.  Galaxy classify card sort. Guided notes and questions- Types of Galaxies from Gateway book.
    Test Review Due, was handed out last Friday, 2/15.
     
    Friday:   Space Test

  • This week we will spend most of our time preparing for the Science Benchmark Test (DLA) on 3/6.  

     
    Monday:  Math Benchmark - Science Review
     
    Tuesday: Reading Benchmark - (4th, 6th, and 8th Period) Videos-What is Red Shift, Where is Center of our Universe?, and Big Bang Theory.  Notes and discuss.
     
    Wednesday:  Social Studies Benchmark - (5th, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Period) Videos-What is Red Shift, Where is Center of our Universe?, and Big Bang Theory.  Notes and discuss.
     
    Thursday: Science DLA (Benchmark) Review Stations
     
    Friday: Science DLA (Benchmark) Review Stations

     
  • This is the last week before Spring Break!  Students have completed a 2 day station review activity and we will spend Tuesday preparing for the science benchmark.  I recommend students continue to study the benchmark review station packet, warm ups and class activities in advance of the benchmark.
     
    Monday:  Practice STAAR - Science
     
    Tuesday:  Benchmark Review Activities (In class)
     
    Wednesday:  Science Benchmark (students completed a 2 day station review activity in preparation)
     
    Thursday: Test Corrections/Make-Ups
     
    Friday: Celebrate Science

  • Week of March 18th - 22nd:
    This week we will begin our Weather Unit.  We'll learn about how heat is transferred and how that influences ocean currents and wind formation. 
     
    Monday:  Review Methods of Heat Transfer- conduction, convection, and radiation.  Research WebQuest
     
    Tuesday:  Convection Lab, Analysis.  Students explore the behavior of water as it is heated and cooled.  
     
    Wednesday:  Intro to Ocean Currents, PPT. Notes
     
    Thursday:  Ocean Current Color Mapping
     
    Friday:  Air Pressure and Wind Formation, Notes
  • Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29
    This week we will continue our Weather Unit.  We'll learn about how changes in pressure bring different weather conditions, and about air masses, weather fronts, and reading weather maps.  
     
    Monday High and Low Pressure with Weather Notes (p 206 -207 Gateway), Cloud in a Bottle, Air Masses and Weather Fronts
     
     
    Tuesday:  Weather Map Stations Activity
     
    Wednesday:  Fronts WebQuest, Hurricanes Reading/Questions
     
    Thursday: Finish Reading/Questions, 27 Storms Video, Hurricanes Quiz (eBackpack)
     
    Friday:  Weather Test
  • Week of April 1 - 5
    This week we will begin our unit on Plate Tectonics.  We'll start with observing some Texas fossils and then discuss evidence that supports continental drift.  Then we'll review the layers of the Earth and learn about the convection currents that drive the motion of the tectonic plates. 
     
    Monday: Test Corrections/Reteach, Intro to Plate Tectonics
     
    Tuesday:  Fossil observation and Cretaceous Sea, piece together Pangaea.  Begin Tectonic Plates, Wegener Notes in Notability.  
    Cool article describing the extinct Mososaur.  A whole skeleton was found near Austin in 1935!  http://www.northtexasfossils.com/pdfs/OnionCreekMosasaur 
     
    Wednesday:  Layers of Earth Reading (Earth's Interior) & Concept Map
     
    Thursday:  Check Earth's Interior, Convection Currents Demo, Asthenosphere Plasticity Activity
     
    Friday:  Plate Boundaries and Features Notes (.PPT)

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    This week there are a couple of STAAR tests (8th Grade Math and 8th Grade Reading).  We will finish up the majority of our plate tectonics unit and quiz over it at the beginning of next week (4/15).
     
    Monday: Basic Crust Features, Plotting and Associating with Boundary Activity, Analysis
     
    Tuesday: MATH STAAR
     
    Wednesday: READING STAAR
     
    Thursday: Edible Earth Lab- experiment with various materials to model convergent,  divergent, and transform boundaries
     
    Friday: P.T. map analysis/diagram/concept map.  *There will be an open notes quiz on Plate Tectonics in eBackpack on Monday.* 

  • Week of 4/15 - 4/19:

     
    This week we will have a quiz on Plate Tectonics.  Next, we move on to Topography and then Ecosystems by starting with food webs and ecosystems vocabulary.
     
    Monday:  Plate Tectonics Videos. Plate Tectonics eBackpack Quiz.  Students may do corrections if needed.
     
    Tuesday:  An introduction to topography
     
    Wednesday: Battle at Kruger Video.  Ecosystem vocab review with reading.
     
    Thursday: Begin constructing a food web on assigned ecosystem with a partner.
     
    Friday: Holiday

  • Week of 4/22 - 4/26:
     
    This week we will continue our Ecosystems unit.  We'll hand out our STAAR HW Review Packets on Friday - these packets will require a parent signature each night until STAAR preparation is complete (2 weeks).  The STAAR Review HW packet, quizzes, and daily activities will culminate in the final major grade of this 9 week cycle.
     
    Monday:  Food Web Gallery Walk- students analyze each other's food webs.  Food web how-to: break down example food web questions in eBackpack Quiz.
     
    Tuesday:  Symbiosis Web Quest
     
    Wednesday:  Oh Deer! Activity - populations, resources, and competition within an ecosystem
     
    Thursday:  Adaptations - explore how organisms most adapted survive long enough to reproduce and pass on those traits
     
    Friday:Human dependence on Ocean Systems
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    This week, we will review a different subject everyday with different activities.  Work hard and take pride in your effort - get better every day!
     
    REMEMBER:  Every night this week, you will have homework.  You must get an adult signature every night on your HW tracker.
     
    Monday:  Earth and Space
    Tuesday: Earth and Space
    Wednesday: Life Science
    Thursday: Life Science
    Friday: Life Science
     
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    This is our second week of STAAR SCIENCE REVIEW!  I would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication.  Please keep up the great work and remember that you are investing in yourself.  You are half way through STAAR Review so take this weekend to revitalize and let's finish strong.
     
    Monday:  STAAR REVIEW - PHYSICAL SCIENCE
     
    Tuesday:  ALGEBRA EOC / MATH STUDENTS IN CAFETERIA (PHYSICAL SCIENCE)
     
    Wednesday:  STAAR REVIEW - PHYSICAL SCIENCE
     
    Thursday:  STAAR REVIEW - PHYSICAL SCIENCE ***QUIZ***
     
    Friday:  STAAR REVIEW - PHYSICAL SCIENCE ***QUIZ***

Advisory Schedule Early Release

1st Period   8:20 – 9:07 1st Period 8:20 - 8:58

2nd Period  9:11 – 10:03 2nd Period 9:02 - 9:43

3rd Period  10:07 – 10:54 3rd Period 9:47 - 10:25

4th Period  Conference 10:58 – 11:45 4th Period Conference 10:29 - 11:07

5th Period  11:49 – 1:19 6th Period 11:11 - 11:49

A Lunch 11:49 – 12:19 5th Period 11:53 - 1:23

B Lunch 12:19 – 12:49 A Lunch  11:53 - 12:23

C Lunch 12:49 – 1:19 B Lunch  12:23 - 12:53

6th Period  1:23 – 2:10 C Lunch  12:53 - 1:23

7th Period 2:14 – 2:44* 7th Period No advisory

8th Period 2:48 – 3:35                             8th Period 1:27 - 2:05


*7th Period is Advisory



If there is ever a time when help or re-teaching is needed, please, come to tutorials!  I am happy to provide additional help.


Morning Science Tutorials:  8:00-8:15 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday


Afternoon Science Tutorials: 3:30-4:00 on Monday and Wednesday


Students attending tutorials should be on task at all times.

iTunes U:

If you would like the code to enroll in my iTunes U course, please send me an email request.

Email:  bawilson@nbisd.org 

Reminders:

Remind101 is a message service through which I can send texts to phones or iPads about upcoming events, projects, tests, etc.  


The Course Code is:   email me if needed


You can join Remind 3 different ways: 


1) Text the code to 81010


2) Go to remind.com and enter the code 


3) Download the app and enter the code

The best way to reach me is by email.  My conference period is 10:58-11:45 AM.

 

Oak Run Middle School

415 Oak Run Point, Room 814

New Braunfels, TX 78132

Main: (830) 627-6400 Fax: (830) 627-6401

Email: bawilson@nbisd.org

School Website: http://schools.nbisd.org/page/orms.homepage 

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