Class Notes, Labs, 

Practice Tests and More

Please notice that I am in the process of revising all the links.

In Progress, keep up with what is going on in class by using the school site above.

This course uses Glencoe South Carolina Science Grade 8 as an organizer and reference.

The order of instruction and content will vary.  Many other resources will be used.

The current topic covered will be highlighted in Yellow.

 

Chapter 1: The Nature of Science 

Chapter 2: Measurement

Chapter 3: Clues to Earth's Past

Chapter 4: Geologic Time

Chapter 5: Plate Tectonics

Chapter 6: Earthquakes

Chapter 7:  Rocks and Minerals (Minerals)

Chapter 7: Rocks and Minerals (Rocks)

Chapter 8: Earth's Energy and Mineral Resources

Chapter 9: Views of Earth/SC Geology

Chapter 10: The Sun-Earth-Moon System

Chapter 11: Ocean Motion

Chapter 12: The Solar System

Chapter 13: Stars and Galaxies

Chapter 14: Space Exploration

Chapter 15: Motion and Momentum

Chapter 16: Force and Newton's Laws

Chapter 17: Waves, Sound and Light

Chapter 18: Light, Mirrors, and Lenses

See also the Links Section above.  

Assignments and Alternatives- I will try to keep current.

First Quarter

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter

Vocabulary List For the Year

First Quarter Practice Test

Second Quarter Practice Test

Third Quarter Practice Test

Cumulative Test

 

Chapter 1: The Nature of Science 

page 1, page 2

Lab 1 - Pendulum

Pendulum Class Spreadsheet

YouTube Videos Below:

The Metric System Explained

Types of Variables

Chapter 2: Measurement

page 3, page 3a,

Lab 2 - Massing

Lab 3 - Measurement

Lab 4 - Density of Liquids

Class PowerPoint- Measurement and the Scientific Method

Great Measurement Site

Study Guide/Practice Test

 

Chapter 3: Clues to Earth's Past

page 27, page 28, page 29

Lab 23 - Making Fossils and Index Fossils

Lab 24 - Relative Age

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/

fosrec/BarBar.html

Lab: Fossils II- Index Fossils 

Lab 25 - Half-life

Crossword Puzzle

 Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley

Study Guide 

 

Chapter 4: Geologic Time

page 30, page 31page 32,

Lab - Fossils II: Identifying Fossils and Geologic Time

Lab 26 - Walk Through Geologic Time

Lab Geologic Time- Teacher Notes 

Walk Through Geologic Time- Cards

Lab 27 - Natural Selection

Lab 28 - Diversity and Variation

Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley

http://awis.npaci.edu/committees/traits_compairing.pdf

Brochure / Presentation Project

Study Guide 

Study Guide 2, similar but newer

Study Guide Latest

Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley

Chapter 5: Plate Tectonics

page 15, page 16, page 17, page 18, page 19

Notes from blackboard- Classroom picture

Notes PowerPoint, as a PDF file

Lab - Puzzling Pangaea

Lab 13 - Earth to Scale and Layers

Lab 14 - Plasticity

Lab  - Heat Transfer

Lab  - Plotting Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Seismic Eruptions Program used in class.

Lab  - Plate Tectonic Globe

Lab- Plate Tectonic Cootie Catcher

Lab  - Magnetic Fields; Magnetic Stripes

USGS Book on Plate Tectonics

Class PowerPoint on Plate Tectonics

Glencoe Site for Chapter 5

Savage Earth

 Study Guide/Practice/Test

Study Guide/Practice Test 2

 

Chapter 6: Earthquakes

page 20, page 21, page 22, page 23, page 24

Lab 19 - Seismic Risk

Lab 20 - Modeling Faults (from P-H)

Lab 21 - Earthquakes and Volcanoes (Computer Lab)

Virtual Earthquake- Certificate for Extra Credit

Lab 22 - Mercalli Scale

National Earthquake Information Center

Savage Earth

Glencoe Site for Chapter 6

Study Guide/Practice Test

 

Chapter 7:  Rocks and Minerals (Minerals) 

page 4, page 5, page 6 ,  page 7, page 8

Lab 5 - Growing Crystals, Student Sheet

Lab 7 - Mineral ID

Lab 6 - Density of Minerals and Other Objects

Mineral Properties, Identification, and Uses

Study Guide/Practice Quiz

Practice Test

 

Chapter 7: Rocks and Minerals (Rocks)

page 9, page 10, page 11,12 page 13, page 14,

Lab 10 - Collecting Rocks and Minerals (Outdoor lab)

Lab 11 - Rock Processes

Lab 12 - Rock ID

Igneous Rock Classification Sheet

Metamorphic Changes Sheet

The Rock Cycle

Glencoe Site for Chapter 7

Study Guide/Practice Test

Chapter 8: Earth's Energy and Mineral Resources

Glencoe Site for Chapter 8

SC Mining Association

Study Guide/Practice Test

Lab_US_Population_new.doc

 

Chapter 9: Views of Earth/SC Geology 

Topographic Maps page 33, page 34

page 34apage 35

Landforms of the US Practice Sheet

Topo Practice Side 1 Side 2

Lab 29 - Contouring and Aerial Photos

Lab 30- Local Topographic Map (outside)

Lab  31- SCMAPS:  SC Provinces, 

Geology, Soils

Lab  32- Blue Ridge and Piedmont

Lab  34- Coastal Zone

Maps Learning Site

The Geologic History of South Carolina

SC MAPS Site

Practice Test

Chapter 10: The Sun-Earth-Moon System

Chapter 11: Ocean Motion

page 49, page 50, page 51    

Notes from class PowerPoint.

Vocabulary Words 10/11

 

Lab- 42 Shadow Watching

Lab- 43 Moon Phases Part 1

Teacher Notes Moon Phase Lab

Lab- 44 Moon Phases Part 2

 

Moon Phase Project 

The Nine Planets

Windows to the Universe

Practice Online Test

Chapter 12: The Solar System

page 52, page 53

Class PowerPoint 

Lab- 46 Drawing & Labeling an Ellipse 

Lab- 45 Solar System to Scale (outside) and Teacher Notes

Lab- Planetary Data, Weight, and Solar System Model

Lab_Ellipse_1.docx

Lab- 47 Inquiry and Process Skills Review

The Nine Planets, Views of the Solar System

Study Guide-

Hubble Space Pictures

Astronomy Lab Part 2

 

 

Chapter 13: Stars and Galaxies

Lab- Galaxies (print version)

Lab- Galaxies- Web Version

Study Guide-

Ms Leo's Practice Astronomy Test

Astronomy12_13_14 Latest Practice 10/23/16

Chapter 14: Space Exploration

Study Guide- Rockets and Motion 5/22/12

 Study Guide

NEWEST  Rocket Motion II

Chapter 15: Motion and Momentum

page 41,

Speed Project

Lab - 37 Little Cars

Lab - 38 Motion of Runners

Lab: Motion and Momentum

Study Guide/Practice Test

Motion Standards

Rocket Letter

Study Guide- Rockets and Motion 5/22/12

chap_15_motion.htm

 

Chapter 16: Force and Newton's Laws 

page 42, page 43, page 44, page 45, page 46, page 47

Laws of Motion and Model Rockets

Lab- 39 Friction and Gravity

Lab- 40 Building Model Rockets

Lab- 41 Determining Height

NASA

Rocket Modeler- Practice Design & Fly Neat Simulation !

Study Guide/Practice Test

Study Guide / Practice Test2

Study Guide / Practice Test 3

3rd Quarter Study Guide

Chapter 17: Waves, Sound and Light

page 35, page 36, page 37, page 38, page 39

Lab- 35 The Sun's Energy

Website: http://earthguide.ucsd.edu/wav/index.html

Notes PowerPoint

Study Guide

Chapter 18: Light, Mirrors, and Lenses

Lab - 36 Experimenting with Mirrors

Lab - 37 Experimenting with Lenses

Activity: Sun's Energy I

Lab: Sun's Energy II

EM and Light Notes PPT

Sheep Eye Dissection Movie

Sheep Eye Guide

Sheep Eye Report Rubric

Eye Activity

Spectrum 

Study Guide/Practice Test

Labs and Activities Not Included in Current SC 8th Grade Science Standards

 

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