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Announcements
Week #8 (2/27-3/3)

Good morning,

Next week, students will spend Monday-Friday working on a project related to motion, forces, and Newton’s Laws. They will have every class period to work on this and it is due on Monday, March 6, at the beginning of each period. It is worth 100 points. Given the amount of time they will have to take this, I expect that they will put a great deal of effort into it.

Friday, March 3, will also be the day of their next common assessment. Students were already given study guides for chapter 2 and 3 in order to prepare.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Week #6 (2/13-2/17)
Good morning,

Thursday is a minimum day, so students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m. Progress reports for third quarter will be mailed home on Friday, so please keep an eye out for these. Any student with a C- and below on Monday afternoon will be mailed one home.

Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday
  • Finish Newton’s Laws poster
  • Complete force practice problems
  • HW: Chapter 2 Review

    Tuesday
  • Chapter 2 Quest
  • Explore: Downward Acceleration
  • HW: None

    Wednesday
  • Read 3.1 and complete RSG
  • HW: Finish 3.1 RSG w/ PPS

    Thursday (Minimum Day)
  • Bill Nye: Gravity
  • HW: None

    Friday
  • Quiz #5
  • Elastic Forces Notes
  • HW: None
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Week #5 (2/6-2/10)

Good afternoon,

All common assessment and chapter test grades are posted online! Please feel free to check them out.

Here is our tentative schedule for next week:

Monday

  • Newton's First Law Notes
  • HW: Predicting Motion #1
Tuesday
  • Explore: Acceleration
  • Discuss net force
  • HW: Predicting Motion #2
Wednesday
  • Discuss Newton's Second Law
  • Draw the force triangle
  • HW: Force Worksheet

Thursday

  • Investigate: Newton's Third Law
  • Newton's Third Law Notes
  • HW: Draw Newton's Third Law
Friday
  • Quiz #4
  • Newton's Three Laws poster
  • HW: None

Week #4 (1/30-2/3)

Good morning!

Students will be taking their first common assessment of second semester on Wednesday and their chapter 1 test will be on Thursday. I will be collecting their notebooks to assign formal grades to them on Thursday.

Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday

  • Complete glossary terms for chapter 1
  • Homework: Finish glossary terms for chapter 1
Tuesday
  • Review game for chapter 1 test
  • Homework: Study for common assessment
Wednesday
  • Common Assessment #4
  • Homework: Study for chapter 1 test
Thursday
  • Chapter 1 Test
  • Collect notebooks
  • Homework: None
Friday
  • Newton's First Law Notes
  • Homework: Predicting Motion #1

Week #3 (1/23-1/27)
Good morning,

Thursday, January 26, is a minimum day. Please make arrangements to have your students picked up at 12:40 p.m. Here is our tentative schedule for next week:

Monday
  • Read 1.3 and complete RSG w/ PPS
  • Homework: Finish 1.3 RSG w/ PPS (p. 24)

Tuesday
  • Acceleration notes (p. 25)
  • Discuss positive, zero, and negative acceleration
  • Homework: None

Wednesday
  • Acceleration graph worksheet (p. 27)
  • Start acceleration graphic organizer (p. 26)
  • Homework: None

Thursday
  • Finish graphic organizer
  • Homework: Finish graphic organizer

Friday
  • Quiz #3
  • Linear/non-linear graphs worksheet (p. 29)
  • Speed and velocity worksheet (p. 28)
  • Homework: Finish worksheets from class
Week #2 (1/16-1/20)
Good morning!

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Below is our tentative schedule for the week:

Tuesday
  • Distance-Time graph notes
  • Label the parts of a graph
  • Homework: None

    Wednesday
  • Velocity and speed comparison
  • Homework: Velocity Worksheet

    Thursday
  • Hot Wheels Lab Data Collection
  • Homework: None

    Friday
  • Quiz #2
  • Hot Wheels Lab Data Analysis
  • Homework: Finish lab if not done in class J
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Samantha Ordaz
Beattie Middle School
8th Grade Science Teacher
A.S.B./Leadership Advisor
Week #1 (1/9-1/13)

Good afternoon!

I hope everyone had a relaxing break and that your students are ready to begin second semester. Second semester seems to go by rather quickly as we only cover four chapters before they take their comprehensive state test at the beginning of May!

Please check with your student to see if they brought in a new composition book for second semester back in December. If students did not bring one in, it is extremely important that they have one for Monday as we are setting up our second semester notebooks. If they do not have them, they will have to work on an alternative assignment and set up the notebook for homework.

Here is our tentative schedule for January 9-13.

Monday

  • Put second semester notebooks together
  • Homework: None
Tuesday
  • Explore location activity
  • Read 1.1 and create a tree map for position, reference point, distance and motion
  • Homework: Finish tree map
Wednesday
  • Slope notes
  • Slope worksheet
  • Read 1.2 and complete RSG
  • Homework: 1.2 RSG w/ PPS
Thursday
  • Speed calculation notes
  • Homework: Speed worksheet
Friday
  • Quiz #1
  • Speed calculation war
  • Homework: None
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Week 17 (12/5-12/9)
Good afternoon,

This next week is our last week of review before the students take a final exam on Monday, December 12. Please make sure that your child stays on track with a study schedule! I will be sending home a review packet on Tuesday of next week so that they can get started.

I am asking that all students purchase a new composition book for second semester and that it be brought in BEFORE we go on winter break. I would like students to be able to put together a new notebook on the Monday we return. I will store these in the classroom. If there is an issue getting one of these, please let me know and I can take care of it.

Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday
  • Complete a double-bubble for acids and bases (p. 106)
  • Read 10.3
  • Homework: 10.3 RSG w/ PPS (p. 109)

    Tuesday
  • Acid and Base Lab (p. 108)
  • Review packet passed out, but not assigned
  • Homework: Finish acid/base lab and study for chapter 10 quest

    Wednesday
  • Chapter 10 Quest
  • Pink review page done in class
  • Homework: Yellow review page

    Thursday
  • Green review page done in class
  • Homework: Blue review page

    Friday
  • Review Game
  • Homework: Study for semester final
Week 15 (11/14-11/18)

Hello parents,

Next week is our last week of school before Thanksgiving Break! Progress reports for students with a grade of "C-" or below in their classes will be mailed home on Tuesday.

Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday

  • Presentations of macromolecule posters
  • Review for Common Assessment #3
  • Homework: Study for CA #3 and Chapter 11 Quest
Tuesday
  • CA #3
  • Chapter 11 Quest
  • Homework: None
Wednesday
  • Work on infomercial project
  • Homework: None
Thursday
  • Work on infomercial project
  • Homework: None
Friday
  • Present infomercial project
  • Homework: None

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Week #14 (11/7-11/11)

Good afternoon,

Please remember that there is no school on Friday, November 11, in honor of Veteran's Day. Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday

  • Notebook check
  • Read 11.3
  • Homework: 11.3 RSG w/ PPS (p. 94)
Tuesday
  • T-shirt design for macromolecule (p. 96)
  • Homework: Finish t-shirt
Wednesday
  • Start group poster for macromolecule
  • Homework: None
Thursday
  • Finish group poster for macromolecule
  • Common Assessment #3 Review
  • Homework: None
Friday
  • No school :)

Week #13 (10/31-11/4)
Good morning,

Students took their chapter 8/9 test on Friday and I hope to have grades entered by this evening. I also completed a formal notebook check, so look for this in the gradebook!

Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday
  • Bill Nye: Nutrition
  • Read 11.1
  • Homework: 11.1 RSG w/ PPS (p. 89)

Tuesday
  • Marking the Text
  • Coloring page “Elements in the Body”
  • Homework: Finish coloring page (p. 88)

Wednesday
  • Eating and tasting cracker activity (p. 90)
  • Read 11.2
  • Homework: 11.2 RSG w/ PPS (p. 91)

Thursday
  • Conclusion about crackers
  • Macromolecule Notes (p. 93)
  • Homework: None

Friday
  • Quiz
  • Graphing Good Food (p. 92)
  • Homework: None

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Week #11 (10/17-10/21)
Good morning,

On Tuesday, students will be given their first quarter report cards to take home.

Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday
Notebook check
Read 9.2 (p. 74)
Homework: 9.2 RSG w/PPS

Tuesday
Law of Conservation of Mass Notes (p. 77)
Homework: Illustration of Law of Conservation of Mass (p. 76)

Wednesday
Law of Conservation of Mass Lab (p. 78)
Homework: Practice counting atoms worksheet (p. 79)

Thursday
4-3-2-1 of Lab
Socratic Seminar on Lab
Homework: None

Friday
Quiz
Balanced or Not? Lab (p. 80)
Homework: None
Week #10 (10/10-10/14)
Good afternoon,

It’s hard to believe, but we are now in second quarter! Students will be working in the lab quite a bit and will be expected to complete formal lab reports, so be on the lookout for these. Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday
  • Notebook Check
  • Bonding Activity (p. 69)
  • Read 8.3
  • Homework: 8.3 RSG w/ PPS (p. 66)

Tuesday
  • Ionic Bonding Lab
  • Homework: Tree map of ionic, covalent, and metallic bonds (p. 68)

Wednesday
  • Class tree map of bonds
  • One-pager of chapter 8 (p. 70)
  • Homework: Finish one-pager

Thursday
  • Notes on chemical reactions (p. 71)
  • Homework: None

Friday
  • Quiz #7
  • Chemical Reaction Mini-Lab (p. 72)
  • Read 9.1
  • Homework: 9.1 RSG w/ PPS (p. 73)
Week #9 (10/3-10/7)

Good morning,

First quarter ends on Friday, but no late work will be accepted at this point since we just took the chapter test on Friday. The only work accepted by Thursday is work found in the "no-name" basket and absent work. I will have test grades from both the Common Assessment and chapter test entered by later tonight. Extra credit will be entered by tomorrow night.

Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday

  • Go over test
  • Notes on chemical formula notation
  • Homework: Counting atoms worksheet
Tuesday
  • Read 8.1 and complete RSG
  • Homework: 8.1 RSG w/PPS
Wednesday
  • Chemical formula notation lab
  • Homework: None
Thursday
  • Read 8.2 and complete RSG
  • Homework: 8.2 RSG w/ PPS
Friday
  • Quiz #6
  • Notes on types of bonds
  • Homework: None

Week #7
Good morning!

This upcoming week will be a short week. There is a minimum day on Thursday, so students will be released at 12:40 p.m. and there is no school on Friday for middle and high school students as it is a staff development day. Therefore, the quiz will take place on Thursday!

Here is our tentative schedule:

Monday
  • Notebook Check
  • Electron Notes (pg. 49)
  • Homework: Valence electron worksheet (pg. 48)

Tuesday
  • Ion and Isotope Calculation worksheet (pg. 50)
  • Read 7.3
  • Homework: 7.3 RSG w/ PPS (pg. 51)

Wednesday
  • Periodic Table Notes (p. 53)
  • Homework: Bullseye for metal, non-metal, and metalloid (p. 52)

Thursday (Minimum Day)
  • Quiz #5
  • Mystery Periodic Table Worksheet
  • Homework: Finish mystery periodic table (p. 54)

Friday
NO SCHOOL!
Week #6
Good morning,
Students took their Common Assessment today and the scores will be posted on Aeries by the end of the day. Monday is the chapter 5 and 6 test, so please encourage them to study this weekend!
Here is our tentative schedule for the week:
Monday
· Chapter 5/6 Test
· Collect notebooks
· Read 7.1 and complete RSG w/ PPS (p. 36)
· Homework: 7.1 RSG w/ PPS
Tuesday
· Parts of an Atom Notes (p. 39)
· Fold-it for nucleus, proton, neutron, and electron (p. 38)
· Homework: Finish fold-it
Wednesday
· Ion and Isotope Notes (p. 41)
· Bullseye Comparison of isotope and ion (p. 40)
· Homework: Finish bullseye
Thursday
· Reading the Periodic Table Notes (p. 43)
· Atoms Family Math Challenge (p. 42)
· Homework: Finish Atoms Family Math Challenge
Friday
· Quiz #4
· Calculate proton, electron, and neutron worksheet (p. 44)
· Read 7.2 and complete RSG w/ PPS (p. 45)
· Homework: 7.2 RSG w/ PPS
Week #5
Good afternoon families,

I’ve attached a copy of instructions to look for absent or missing work. I highly encourage you to take a look at this and e-mail me if you have any questions.

This week, students will take their first Common Assessment, which will cover chapters 5 and 6. Please feel free to quiz them using the study guide they will bring home on Tuesday as well as their notebooks!

Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday
NO SCHOOL

Tuesday
  • Notebook Check
  • Changing states of matter notes (pg. 35)
  • 6.3 RSG w/ PPS (pg. 32)
  • Homework: 6.3 RSG w/ PPS (pg. 32)

Wednesday
  • Pop-up book on states of matter (pg. 34)
  • Homework: None

Thursday
  • Choose your best work from notebook
  • Finish pop-up book
  • Homework: Complete pop-up book

Friday
  • Common Assessment #1
  • Homework: Study for chapter 5 and 6 test on Monday!
Week #4
Good morning families,

We will be moving into our textbook this week and will be focusing on chapters five and six for the next two weeks. The first common assessment is on Friday, September 9, and the first chapter test is on Monday, September 12.

This week will be a slightly heavier homework load than normal. If students are involved in many afterschool activities and have difficulty completing homework after school, please encourage them to come into my classroom at lunch and work on it.

Tomorrow (Monday) will be the first check of the notebooks. I will be looking for an updated table of contents through page 19 and completion of activities on pages 1-9, 11, 13-14, 16-17, and 19.

Here is our tentative schedule for the week:

Monday
  • Element, Compound, and Mixtures notes (p. 21)
  • Investigate mixtures and compounds (p. 18)
  • Notebook check
  • HW: Finish page 18

Tuesday
  • Physical and chemical changes notes (p. 25)
  • Tree map of element, compound, and mixture (p. 20)
  • HW: Finish page 20

Wednesday
  • Fold-it for physical and chemical changes (p. 24)
  • HW: 5.3 RSG w/ PPS

Thursday
  • Solid, liquid, and gas notes (p. 27)
  • Read 6.1 and complete RSG w/ PPS
  • HW: 6.1 RSG w/ PPS

Friday
  • Quiz #3
  • Quickdraw and quickwrite of 6.1 (p. 28)
  • Kinetic Theory of Matter notes (p. 31)
  • HW: 6.2 RSG w/ PPS
Week #3
Dear Families,
Welcome to a new school year! I hope this message finds you well. Each Friday (or Monday morning in extreme circumstances), I will send out our weekly schedule for the following week. This includes our classwork and homework. If you ever find yourself in need of an assignment, please go to my website: http://science-8-6-j.beattie.redlandsusd.net/modules/groups/integrated_home.phtml?gid=5212695&=7dbac5e22ee49371c2a4fad89d67e03e
Upon arrival, please click on the “Table of Contents” link on the right hand side of the page and this will lead you to all of the assignments. I will show you this in further detail at Open House. In addition, please sign up for Remind in order to receive text messages about important announcements by texting the message @ordazsci to the number 81010.
Open House for 6th graders is on Wednesday and Thursday is for 7th and 8th graders. Both nights begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Students are dismissed at 12:40 p.m. both days. I hope to see you then!
Here is the schedule for this week:
Monday
· Begin catalysts (INB pg. 15)
· Build paper airplanes and complete Best Paper Airplane Lab
· HW: Finish Best Paper Airplane Lab
Tuesday
· 4-3-2-1 on Best Paper Airplane Lab (INB pg. 14)
· Socratic Seminar on Best Paper Airplane Lab
· Fill in “L” column on page 8
· HW: None
Wednesday
· Tear out chapter 5 and 6 RSGs
· Teach students how to complete RSGs
· 5.1 RSG w/ PPS (INB pg. 17)
· HW: 5.1 RSG w/ PPS
Thursday
· Bullseye comparisons for atom/molecule and chains/crystal structure (INB pg. 16)
· HW: None
Friday
· Quiz #2
· 5.2 RSG w/PPS
· HW: 5.2 RSG w/ PPS
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns
Welcome Back!
Welcome back! I am quite excited to begin this 2016-2017 school year. Before the normal housekeeping items, I want to emphasize that should you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

This year, I will be utilizing the Remind app for my classroom. This app allows me to send announcements and messages to students through text messages, but it masks both my phone number and their's. Students also have the ability to message me if they have any questions. If students would like to join, please text @ordazsci to 81010.

On Thursday, students will receive their parent letter and cell phone contract. This needs to be signed and returned on Monday. On Friday, students will receive their lab safety letter and this, too, will need to be returned on Monday.

Students will need a 100 page composition book on Monday. We will be utilizing science interactive notebooks this year and we will start setting them up on Monday.
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