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Washington: Science

Woodbury Grade 8 Team Site

About the Teacher

Hello!  I am Mrs. Harvey and I am excited for my third year on Team Washington.  I came to 8th grade after teaching a year of High School Chemistry.  I have also been a scientist within the biotech and pharmaceutical fields over the last 20+ years.  I look forward to our adventures in Science this year as we use an Integrated Science approach. 


Extra help is encouraged to seek clarification, assistance, or conferencing, as needed.  Opportunities include Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays during Directed Study scheduled during the school day. Another great opportunity is for students to seek help during Homework Club offered Monday through Thursday from 2:15 - 3:15 in our school library through the POWER program.  

About the Class

In Science this year our class will work towards achieving competencies in Earth's Place in the Universe, Earth's Systems, Motion and Stability, Energy, Waves and their Applications, Heredity, Biological Evolution, and Earth and Human Activity. Students will not be bringing a text book home; however, we have text books in the classroom for resources.

Units of Study

This year we will be exploring the following topics:

Geology on Mars

Magnetic Fields

Light Waves

Earth, Moon, Sun

Natural Selection

Evolutionary History

Plate Tectonics and Rock Cycle

Weather and Climate

Throughout this year we will focus on using the 8 practices of Science and Engineering:

Practice 1: Asking questions and defining problems:

Practice 2: Developing and using models

Practice 3: Planning and carrying out investigations

Practice 4: Analyzing and interpreting data

Practice 5: Using mathematics and computational thinking

Practice 6: Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Practice 7: Engaging in argument from evidence

Practice 8: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

     along with the cross cutting concepts from NGSS:

Patterns: Observed patterns in nature guide organization and classification and prompt questions about relationships and causes underlying them.

Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Prediction: Events have causes, sometimes simple, sometimes multifaceted. Deciphering causal relationships, and the mechanisms by which they are mediated, is a major activity of science and engineering.

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity: In considering phenomena, it is critical to recognize what is relevant at different size, time, and energy scales, and to recognize proportional relationships between different quantities as scales change.

Systems and System Models: A system is an organized group of related objects or components; models can be used for understanding and predicting the behavior of systems

Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation: Tracking energy and matter flows, into, out of, and within systems helps one understand their system’s behavior.

Structure and Function: The way an object is shaped or structured determines many of its properties and functions.

Stability and Change: For both designed and natural systems, conditions that affect stability and factors that control rates of change are critical elements to consider and understand.


Important Information

All work is kept up to date on Google Classroom.  This includes the classroom agenda, some handouts, and all due dates.  Guardians can be added into the Google Classroom upon request; please email me if you would like to be added.

Google Classroom

The content and assignments for our classes are on Google Classroom.  If you are a guardian and would like to receive the Google notifications for your student, please email me and I can add you to the list.