Welcome to Science
Goals
     Our main goal for your child is to provide every opportunity for him/her to experience success.  Through engaging hands on lab activities, presentations, demonstrations, and group activities we will provide your child with a solid background in the various areas of science.  Students will learn science as a process rather than just a collection of facts.  We will involve students in problem solving activities using an integrated approach of technology with traditional laboratory techniques.  Today there is far too much information to memorize; the key is to know how to find answers to one's question.  If we can get our students to ask the questions, give them the tools and skills needed to find the answers, and get them to say "wow" every once in a while, then we have done our job!

Welcome to Science
Our Philosophy
     In 8th grade science we have created a rich and varied learning environment to allow our students to achieve their maximum potential.  It is geared to the individual, motivated learner and gives students access to multiple experiences in science.  We provide direct instruction (one to one and small group), computer simulations and activities, hands on lab activities, and teacher demonstrations.  Each student will build an online website portfolio   to showcase their work and communicate their progress with others (including parents).  We are teaching the scientific process in the context of science content while emphasizing 21st Century skills. 
Teaching the Science Process Skills

   This year in science will be based on the pages of this website and will feature an individualized learning approach where the student plans the direction of learning based on feedback from pre assessments and their teacher's recommondations.  It is essential that the student takes responsibility for their own learning and communicates with their teacher whenever they need help.  We will always be available during class to help!
Tools for Students and Parents ...
  
   
Gizmos:
Interactive science simulations.  Subscription paid for by SDW
Document your work in your science website portfolio!  Use the Rubric to guide you.  Site access requires username and password.
note:  student website subscriptions last one year.  Don't worry, you  
           can archive your to your home computer if you like.
Guide to Activities:
Brain Pop: view each Brain Pop lessons and take the review quiz for each.
                                (not available after 5:00 P.M. and weekends)
Yenka: view these Yenka lessons.  To search other Yenka activities by topic go to Yenka.com/content.         
       
    
      

Labs - complete these lab activites after reading directions.  Fill out the online labsheets and save to your files.   Check 
               with your teacher for special safety instructions before you begin each lab.  Labs must be done at school.
PHET simulations: experiment with these simulations and answer the questions on the online study guide.
       
Slide show or video presentation for background information
Presentation:
Brain Pop ... not just a cartoon!
Parents, you can view your child's website portfolio anytime, anywhere!!
Assessment - all assessments are coordinated with our science Learning Targets and contain questions from all  Proficiency Levels.
                              We will use Quizstar for our online assessments.

Pre-assessment: each module will begin with a formative pre-assessment.  This will allow students to plan those activities wihin the module 
                             that they need to spend the most time with.  Feedback is provided with each question.

Post-assessment: after doing the labs and activities in a module, students will take the Post-assessment (practice test).  This is also
                              formative in nature and will not count towards a students grade.  A student will use the feedback from this test to 
                              determine if they are ready for the summative test.  If they are not ready, they can go back to specific parts of the 
                              module.

Summative assessment: finally, students will take a final summative assessment which will be used to measure learning and will be
                                         calculated in the student's grade.  Students decide when they are ready to take the test based on the results of 
                                         their formative assessment. 
SUMMATIVE
All assessments for this unit/module must be completed before beginning the next module.  Assessments should be taken in science class.
Formative
start here
How can parents help their child?

     1. Check Standardsscore often for grades, missing work, and webnotes.
       
Hint: ask your kid to log themselves in, they should know how.

     2. Check their website portfolio whenever you feel like it. See the "This Week" page 
         of this website to get an idea of where they should be.
        
Hint: ask your kid to show you how to find it ... they should know. Remember, each module or section should have a page for the 
              student's completed files and a "showcase" page
.

     3. You know your child's ability best.  Are they doing their best or just enough to get 
         by?

     4. Contact your child's science teacher if you have any questions.  Webnotes are a 
         good place to start.
How can Parents help their child?
Tools for students and parents?
 
 
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