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## June 15-19

In Science, there will be 2 demos. One shows how groundwater can become contaminated and the other will show how water can be filtered. Any remaining time will be preparing for the Fresh and Salt Water Unit final. (The final is optional, however students are asked to review even if they choose not to write the test).

In Math, students will cover their last remaining topics for the school year. They will be solving ratio problems and will be introduced to rates.

## June 8-12

In Science, we will discuss the diversity in different zones of lakes and oceans. Students will generate a chart that highlights how they use water, the impact this could have on the environment and how they can reduce the amount of water they use.

In Math, students will be introduced to ratios. They will explore ratios in various forms and begin to practice finding equivalent ratios.

## June 1-5

In math, students will continue working on the percents project. The later end of the week will be wrapped up with a quiz on percents and decimals.

In Science this week we are focusing on adaptations of aquatic species.

## May 25- May 29

In Science we will be looking at tides, oceans, and glaciers in more detail. How water in these different forms move and what impact they have on the land and climate.

This week in math, the grade 8 students will be practicing solving percent problems. This will be followed up by an introduction to sales tax and discounts. All information can be found on D2L.

## May 19- May 22

In Science we will be discussing the characteristics of streams as well as measuring certain characteristics of local rivers using Google Maps.

This week the grade 8s will continue working with percents. They will be practicing how to calculate percents. Notes and homework are all posted on D2L.

## May 11- May 14

This week in Science we will be looking at the process to remove salt from salt water and if this is a viable source of fresh water for human consumption. We will then run some tests on a couple different water samples to determine what is in drinking water.

This week in math the grade 8s will be diving into their unit of ratio, rate and percents. We will start off this unit by relating fractions, decimals and percents. This will then be followed up with calculating percents. All information and homework can be found on D2L.

## May 4- May 8

This week in Science we will be looking at what portion of the earth’s water is usable and its distribution. We will then identify materials that are found in our water.

This week in math, students will complete a final review on linear relations. Students will be practicing solving 2 step algebraic equations, with fractions or the distributive property. There will be a small quiz on D2L at the end of the week.

## April 27- May 1

This week in Science we will be researching machines and how they are influenced by advances in technology and society’s needs. We will evaluate a machines design, function, efficiency and effectiveness.

In math, the grade 8s will continue to practice solving equations with distributive property. Their work has been assigned to them on D2L and detailed instructions can be found in the ‘Announcement’ section.

## April 20- April 24

In Science this week we will be going through how to calculate work and efficiency in mechanical systems. There will be more optional labs to demonstrate these ideas using items you have at home.

This week the Grade 8s will be learning more about the distributive property and applying it to solve equations. All materials can be found on D2L. Please see the announcement section on our D2L homepage for detailed instructions.

## April 14- April 17

In Science, students will be calculating forces in Simple Machines.

This week in math, students will be finishing solving 2 step equations (involving division) and will learn the Distributive Property. Once both are completed there will be number puzzles students can complete. All information can be found on D2L.

## April 6- April 9

This week in math, students will be reviewing some of the concepts from the solving equations unit they were studying prior to Spring Break.

In Science, we are reviewing the 6 types of simple machines and analyzing complex machines for their simple components.

All content for both subjects and supporting resources have been provided to students on their D2L shells.

## March 30- April 3

Students are to log in to their Science D2L shell and Math D2L shell.  There will be small assignments which teach them how to navigate D2L.  Please check the "Announcements" section of each course's homepage for important instructions from your teacher.

## February 3- February 7

This week in Science we will continue with Light and Optics. Everyone will present their research findings on light technologies to a small group. We will then talk about the nature of light and light pollution.

In math, we will begin reviewing construction of T-tables using word problems. They will also begin to create graphs with the T-tables they have created

## January 27 - January 30

In science, students have a unit test on Mix and Flow of Matter on Monday. We will then be starting Light and Optics with a research project on light technologies.

In math, students will be continuing to work on their review of linear relations. Students will be focusing on components of a graph and proper graphing techniques.

## January 20- January 24

In Science we will be doing a Buoyancy Challenge. Students will have to determine what structure will best float on water while holding the most weight. We will end the week using formulas to calculate force.

**Please note we will have a Unit Final Test for Mix and Flow of Matter on January 27th so students should be spending time this week reviewing.

In math, students will begin their unit on linear relations. They have a unit test on Tuesday Jan  21st .

## January 7- January 10

In Science this week, we will be learning about viscosity of liquids and the effect temperature has on viscosity through an exploratory lab and in class demo.

In Math, we will begin learning how to multiply various forms of fractions, with a brief review of addition and subtraction of fractions covered before the break.

## December 16- December 19

In Science,

This week, the grade 8 students will explore various math games to reinforce concepts learned this month. Students will be practicing their skills on equivalent fractions, adding, subtracting fractions and finding estimations for fractions with various group and individual activities.

## December 9- December 13

In Science, on Tuesday, students we will have a quiz on all topics related to our Mix and Flow of Matter Unit that we have covered so far. We will do some review on Monday’s class, but students are encouraged to look at their notes over the weekend. The remainder of the week will be spent doing a research project on Mix and Flow technologies.

In Math, students will continue with their revision of addition and subtraction of fractions. They will also begin learning to order fractional sets all with varying denominators.

## December 2- December 6

In Math, students will focus on reviewing their subtraction skills with fractions. Students will also begin to compare and order fractions of various forms.

## November 25- November 29

In Science, we will be starting our Mix and Flow of Matter Unit this week in Science. We will start by developing an understanding of the states of matter and how mixtures are classified. There will be a lab activity to reinforce these ideas.In Math, the Grade 8 students will be reviewing fractional skills from previous years. They will be reviewing how to reduce, simplify, convert between various forms of fractions, find equivalent fractions, and add and subtract fractions.

Following are some links that can help with these review topics:

Khan Academy:  Subtracting fractions with unlike denominators

Khan Academy:  Comparing and ordering fractions

Khan Academy:  Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Math Antics:  Adding and Subtracting Fractions

## November 12-15

In Math, the grade 8s will be starting their new unit on fractions. Students will be taking a pre-assessment, reviewing grade 7 material and begin to explore the vocabulary associated with the unit.

In Science, we will be wrapping up our unit on body systems with a research project on diseases that affect the systems.

## November 4- November 8

In Math, students are wrapping up the integers unit.  Students in 82 and 84 are having their unit test this week and students in 81, 83, and 85 will be finishing next week.

In Science, the grade 8’s will be doing a lab to demonstrate the functions of the Nervous System. They will then be moving to diseases that impact various body systems. They will be having a Body Systems quiz on Tuesday, November 12.

## October 28- October 31 (November 1 is a PD day)

In Science we will be doing mini labs that will further their understanding of the human body systems.

Students will be reviewing multiplication and division of integers in class. They will then transition into practicing order of operations with integers as we build in complexity of the problems. November 6th, will be the unit test and students are allowed to bring in their guide sheet they have been working on throughout the unit.

Khan Academy:  Why a negative times a negative is a positive

Khan Academy:  Multiplying positive and negative numbers

Khan Academy:  Dividing positive and negative numbers

Math Antics:  Integer Multiplication and Division

## October 21- October 25

In Science, we will be learning about the body systems and creating a foldable booklet to record the information. The majority of grade 8's will be at Camp Horizon at some point in the week, so this will be an independent project that they will work on the days they are at school. It is important for everyone to get all the body systems information this week as it will lead us into lab activities related to each system in the following week.

In Math, students will be learning to multiply and divide integers. They will learn to pick up on patterns that help guide them towards determining the sign of their answers. This will later transition us into order of operations with integers.

The following are links that could be used to review Grade 7 content:

Math Antics- Adding and Subtracting Integers:

## October 14- October 18

In math, students are starting the Integer unit with a pre-assessment and then beginning the review of addition and subtraction.

In science, we will be learning about how cells become organized and the systems in the body. We will be starting a project around the body systems that will involve research into diseases that effect the organs in these systems.

## October 7- October 10

In Math, students are reviewing in order to prepare for their unit test on Squares, Square Roots and Pythagorean Theorem coming up either this week or next.  The next unit will be integers which will involve reviewing addition and subtraction and learning how to multiply and divide (which is the grade 8 focus).  Students will do a Pre-Assessment on these skills in order to determine the appropriate starting point for each student.

In Science we will be developing skills of preparing slides and looking at various cells under the microscope. We will then be discussing how cells are organized which will lead to learning about the body's various systems.

## September 30- October 4

In Science, now that we have identified the organelles in plant and animal cells and the functions they carry out, we will be learning the parts of a microscope and how to use microscopes to observe cells.

In Math, students will continue work with determining the area of "slanted squares" and begin to apply squares and square roots with the Pythagorean Theorem.  The following links may be helpful:

Finding the area of a "slanted square":  Finding the area of a "slanted square"

Khan Academy:  Introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem

Khan Academy- online extra practice:  Practice questions

## September 23- September 27

In Science, the grade 8’s will be starting their Cells and Systems unit. We will be investigating the seven characteristics of all living things and will begin work on the structure and function of cells.

In math, students are continuing to develop understanding around square roots and approximating square roots of non-perfect square roots.

How to find the square root using factor trees: How to find a square root using a factor tree

## September 16- September 19

This week in Science, students will be working on creating scientific drawings as the next step in understanding the components of a lab write up.

In Math this week, we will be continuing to build upon the concepts of square roots and squares from last week by doing some problem solving and application.  We will then move into approximating or estimating the values of non-perfect squares.

The following links provide examples of how this can be done:

Let's Do Math (uses the numberline):

## September 9- September 13

This week in Science we will be focusing on the different components of the Scientific Method through mini labs and hands-on activities.

Math:  Ms. Potts, Mr. Honish, and Mr. Erickson are really looking forward to working with this wonderful group of students.  The three of them bring more than 45 years of combined math education to the classroom.  Google Drive folders will be set up this week.  Students will be able to access the lessons we do on a daily basis.  This year we will be working together to make the math meaningful and challenging for your student.  This week, students will be doing some baseline testing of times tables and computation skills so that we can assess where your student is working in relation to grade level requirements.  This can also highlight areas in which the student is experiencing gaps in their learning.  As a result, we will spend some time each period devoted to basic skills.  During the first month, our focus will be on basic multiplication facts; any practice in this area at home would be welcomed.  As far as curriculum, grade 8s will begin the year learning about squares and square roots.  This will lead into applications with the Pythagorean Theorem.

This week, after completing the baseline assessments, we will be introducing the "Squares and Square Roots" unit.  Students will learn how these concepts relate to the geometry of a square and became more familiar with the new symbols and terminology.

Following are some links related to concepts we will discuss this week:

The relationship between the sides and area of a square:  https://www.khanacademy.org/ma...

Mathantics video:

# Math and Science

## June 15-19

In Science, there will be 2 demos. One shows how groundwater can become contaminated and the other will show how water can be filtered. Any remaining time will be preparing for the Fresh and Salt Water Unit final. (The final is optional, however students are asked to review even if they choose not to write the test).

In Math, students will cover their last remaining topics for the school year. They will be solving ratio problems and will be introduced to rates.

## June 8-12

In Science, we will discuss the diversity in different zones of lakes and oceans. Students will generate a chart that highlights how they use water, the impact this could have on the environment and how they can reduce the amount of water they use.

In Math, students will be introduced to ratios. They will explore ratios in various forms and begin to practice finding equivalent ratios.

## June 1-5

In math, students will continue working on the percents project. The later end of the week will be wrapped up with a quiz on percents and decimals.

In Science this week we are focusing on adaptations of aquatic species.

## May 25- May 29

In Science we will be looking at tides, oceans, and glaciers in more detail. How water in these different forms move and what impact they have on the land and climate.

This week in math, the grade 8 students will be practicing solving percent problems. This will be followed up by an introduction to sales tax and discounts. All information can be found on D2L.

## May 19- May 22

In Science we will be discussing the characteristics of streams as well as measuring certain characteristics of local rivers using Google Maps.

This week the grade 8s will continue working with percents. They will be practicing how to calculate percents. Notes and homework are all posted on D2L.

## May 11- May 14

This week in Science we will be looking at the process to remove salt from salt water and if this is a viable source of fresh water for human consumption. We will then run some tests on a couple different water samples to determine what is in drinking water.

This week in math the grade 8s will be diving into their unit of ratio, rate and percents. We will start off this unit by relating fractions, decimals and percents. This will then be followed up with calculating percents. All information and homework can be found on D2L.

## May 4- May 8

This week in Science we will be looking at what portion of the earth’s water is usable and its distribution. We will then identify materials that are found in our water.

This week in math, students will complete a final review on linear relations. Students will be practicing solving 2 step algebraic equations, with fractions or the distributive property. There will be a small quiz on D2L at the end of the week.

## April 27- May 1

This week in Science we will be researching machines and how they are influenced by advances in technology and society’s needs. We will evaluate a machines design, function, efficiency and effectiveness.

In math, the grade 8s will continue to practice solving equations with distributive property. Their work has been assigned to them on D2L and detailed instructions can be found in the ‘Announcement’ section.

## April 20- April 24

In Science this week we will be going through how to calculate work and efficiency in mechanical systems. There will be more optional labs to demonstrate these ideas using items you have at home.

This week the Grade 8s will be learning more about the distributive property and applying it to solve equations. All materials can be found on D2L. Please see the announcement section on our D2L homepage for detailed instructions.

## April 14- April 17

In Science, students will be calculating forces in Simple Machines.

This week in math, students will be finishing solving 2 step equations (involving division) and will learn the Distributive Property. Once both are completed there will be number puzzles students can complete. All information can be found on D2L.

## April 6- April 9

This week in math, students will be reviewing some of the concepts from the solving equations unit they were studying prior to Spring Break.

In Science, we are reviewing the 6 types of simple machines and analyzing complex machines for their simple components.

All content for both subjects and supporting resources have been provided to students on their D2L shells.

## March 30- April 3

Students are to log in to their Science D2L shell and Math D2L shell.  There will be small assignments which teach them how to navigate D2L.  Please check the "Announcements" section of each course's homepage for important instructions from your teacher.

## February 3- February 7

This week in Science we will continue with Light and Optics. Everyone will present their research findings on light technologies to a small group. We will then talk about the nature of light and light pollution.

In math, we will begin reviewing construction of T-tables using word problems. They will also begin to create graphs with the T-tables they have created

## January 27 - January 30

In science, students have a unit test on Mix and Flow of Matter on Monday. We will then be starting Light and Optics with a research project on light technologies.

In math, students will be continuing to work on their review of linear relations. Students will be focusing on components of a graph and proper graphing techniques.

## January 20- January 24

In Science we will be doing a Buoyancy Challenge. Students will have to determine what structure will best float on water while holding the most weight. We will end the week using formulas to calculate force.

**Please note we will have a Unit Final Test for Mix and Flow of Matter on January 27th so students should be spending time this week reviewing.

In math, students will begin their unit on linear relations. They have a unit test on Tuesday Jan  21st .

## January 7- January 10

In Science this week, we will be learning about viscosity of liquids and the effect temperature has on viscosity through an exploratory lab and in class demo.

In Math, we will begin learning how to multiply various forms of fractions, with a brief review of addition and subtraction of fractions covered before the break.

## December 16- December 19

In Science,

This week, the grade 8 students will explore various math games to reinforce concepts learned this month. Students will be practicing their skills on equivalent fractions, adding, subtracting fractions and finding estimations for fractions with various group and individual activities.

## December 9- December 13

In Science, on Tuesday, students we will have a quiz on all topics related to our Mix and Flow of Matter Unit that we have covered so far. We will do some review on Monday’s class, but students are encouraged to look at their notes over the weekend. The remainder of the week will be spent doing a research project on Mix and Flow technologies.

In Math, students will continue with their revision of addition and subtraction of fractions. They will also begin learning to order fractional sets all with varying denominators.

## December 2- December 6

In Math, students will focus on reviewing their subtraction skills with fractions. Students will also begin to compare and order fractions of various forms.

## November 25- November 29

In Science, we will be starting our Mix and Flow of Matter Unit this week in Science. We will start by developing an understanding of the states of matter and how mixtures are classified. There will be a lab activity to reinforce these ideas.In Math, the Grade 8 students will be reviewing fractional skills from previous years. They will be reviewing how to reduce, simplify, convert between various forms of fractions, find equivalent fractions, and add and subtract fractions.

Following are some links that can help with these review topics:

Khan Academy:  Subtracting fractions with unlike denominators

Khan Academy:  Comparing and ordering fractions

Khan Academy:  Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Math Antics:  Adding and Subtracting Fractions

## November 12-15

In Math, the grade 8s will be starting their new unit on fractions. Students will be taking a pre-assessment, reviewing grade 7 material and begin to explore the vocabulary associated with the unit.

In Science, we will be wrapping up our unit on body systems with a research project on diseases that affect the systems.

## November 4- November 8

In Math, students are wrapping up the integers unit.  Students in 82 and 84 are having their unit test this week and students in 81, 83, and 85 will be finishing next week.

In Science, the grade 8’s will be doing a lab to demonstrate the functions of the Nervous System. They will then be moving to diseases that impact various body systems. They will be having a Body Systems quiz on Tuesday, November 12.

## October 28- October 31 (November 1 is a PD day)

In Science we will be doing mini labs that will further their understanding of the human body systems.

Students will be reviewing multiplication and division of integers in class. They will then transition into practicing order of operations with integers as we build in complexity of the problems. November 6th, will be the unit test and students are allowed to bring in their guide sheet they have been working on throughout the unit.

Khan Academy:  Why a negative times a negative is a positive

Khan Academy:  Multiplying positive and negative numbers

Khan Academy:  Dividing positive and negative numbers

Math Antics:  Integer Multiplication and Division

## October 21- October 25

In Science, we will be learning about the body systems and creating a foldable booklet to record the information. The majority of grade 8's will be at Camp Horizon at some point in the week, so this will be an independent project that they will work on the days they are at school. It is important for everyone to get all the body systems information this week as it will lead us into lab activities related to each system in the following week.

In Math, students will be learning to multiply and divide integers. They will learn to pick up on patterns that help guide them towards determining the sign of their answers. This will later transition us into order of operations with integers.

The following are links that could be used to review Grade 7 content:

Math Antics- Adding and Subtracting Integers:

## October 14- October 18

In math, students are starting the Integer unit with a pre-assessment and then beginning the review of addition and subtraction.

In science, we will be learning about how cells become organized and the systems in the body. We will be starting a project around the body systems that will involve research into diseases that effect the organs in these systems.

## October 7- October 10

In Math, students are reviewing in order to prepare for their unit test on Squares, Square Roots and Pythagorean Theorem coming up either this week or next.  The next unit will be integers which will involve reviewing addition and subtraction and learning how to multiply and divide (which is the grade 8 focus).  Students will do a Pre-Assessment on these skills in order to determine the appropriate starting point for each student.

In Science we will be developing skills of preparing slides and looking at various cells under the microscope. We will then be discussing how cells are organized which will lead to learning about the body's various systems.

## September 30- October 4

In Science, now that we have identified the organelles in plant and animal cells and the functions they carry out, we will be learning the parts of a microscope and how to use microscopes to observe cells.

In Math, students will continue work with determining the area of "slanted squares" and begin to apply squares and square roots with the Pythagorean Theorem.  The following links may be helpful:

Finding the area of a "slanted square":  Finding the area of a "slanted square"

Khan Academy:  Introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem

Khan Academy- online extra practice:  Practice questions

## September 23- September 27

In Science, the grade 8’s will be starting their Cells and Systems unit. We will be investigating the seven characteristics of all living things and will begin work on the structure and function of cells.

In math, students are continuing to develop understanding around square roots and approximating square roots of non-perfect square roots.

How to find the square root using factor trees: How to find a square root using a factor tree

## September 16- September 19

This week in Science, students will be working on creating scientific drawings as the next step in understanding the components of a lab write up.

In Math this week, we will be continuing to build upon the concepts of square roots and squares from last week by doing some problem solving and application.  We will then move into approximating or estimating the values of non-perfect squares.

The following links provide examples of how this can be done:

Let's Do Math (uses the numberline):

## September 9- September 13

This week in Science we will be focusing on the different components of the Scientific Method through mini labs and hands-on activities.

Math:  Ms. Potts, Mr. Honish, and Mr. Erickson are really looking forward to working with this wonderful group of students.  The three of them bring more than 45 years of combined math education to the classroom.  Google Drive folders will be set up this week.  Students will be able to access the lessons we do on a daily basis.  This year we will be working together to make the math meaningful and challenging for your student.  This week, students will be doing some baseline testing of times tables and computation skills so that we can assess where your student is working in relation to grade level requirements.  This can also highlight areas in which the student is experiencing gaps in their learning.  As a result, we will spend some time each period devoted to basic skills.  During the first month, our focus will be on basic multiplication facts; any practice in this area at home would be welcomed.  As far as curriculum, grade 8s will begin the year learning about squares and square roots.  This will lead into applications with the Pythagorean Theorem.

This week, after completing the baseline assessments, we will be introducing the "Squares and Square Roots" unit.  Students will learn how these concepts relate to the geometry of a square and became more familiar with the new symbols and terminology.

Following are some links related to concepts we will discuss this week:

The relationship between the sides and area of a square:  https://www.khanacademy.org/ma...

Mathantics video: