Junior High Science

Hello and Welcome back!

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

 

 

I will be your 6-8th grade science teacher, as well as the K-8 computer teacher. We will be respectful toward each other, compassionate toward each other, and create a supportive learning community. 

Please check the online grade book as I will update Option C regularly with grades and missing assignments.

 

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

Homework will be updated regularly on this page. If homework wasn’t assigned the date will be listed with : “N/A”. 

Tests/Quizzes and Due Dates will also be posted on this page. 

 

 

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11/18/19 – 11/19/19

 

Due to difficulties updating this page, homework assigned yesterday that was due today will be pushed back one day. 

 

6th Grade- Give an example of an object with graviational potential energy, elastic potential energy, and kinetic potential energy. There will be a pop quiz next class due to class behavior. 

7th Grade- On flash cards write down the different organelles and their functions.

8th Grade- Answer the following questions in a few sentences: How do we speak? How do we hear? (In relation to what we are studying now about sound and vibrations). 

 

 

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11/15/19

 

6th Grade- No homework

7th Grade- No homework

8th Grade-  Finish lab work if you didn’t finish in class. Quiz Monday. 

 

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11/14/19

 

6th Grade- Quiz on Friday

7th Grade- Quiz on Friday

8th Grade- Quiz on Monday

 

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11/13/19 

 

6th Grade- Quiz on Friday

7th Grade- Quiz on Friday

8th Grade- Quiz on Monday

 

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11/12/19

 

6th Grade- Quiz on Friday

7th Grade- Quiz on Friday

8th Grade- Article project due tomorrow. Quiz on Monday. 

 

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11/08/19

 

6th Grade – Science article paragraph due on Tuesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

7th Grade – Science article paragraph due on Tuesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

8th Grade- Science article paragraph due on Wednesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

 

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11/07/19

 

6th Grade – Science article paragraph due on Tuesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

7th Grade – Science article paragraph due on Tuesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

8th Grade- Science article paragraph due on Wednesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

 

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11/06/19

 

6th Grade – Science article paragraph due on Tuesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

7th Grade – Science article paragraph due on Tuesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

8th Grade- Science article paragraph due on Wednesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

 

 

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11/05/19

 

6th Grade – Science article paragraph due on Tuesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

7th Grade – Science article paragraph due on Tuesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

8th Grade- Science article paragraph due on Wednesday. Directions for article paragraph here. 

 

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11/04 / 19

Test today. No homework for grades 6, 7, or 8

 

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11/01/19

 

Hello,

 

I apologize for the delay in updating and the inconvience it may have caused while I was recovering from being sick. I have been updating the students in class and on our homework board, but a reminder here that the test for ALL grades was moved to Monday.

The review sheets for the exam are here: 

6th Grade – Review Sheet 

7th Grade – Review Sheet

8th Grade – Review Sheet 

 

Thank you and have a nice day. 

 

-Miss Riiska

 

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10/25/19 and 10/28/19

I apologize for the delay. I was feeling ill and didn’t have the chance to update the homework. As a result, all deadlines will be extended. 

6th Grade- Summarize your notes in sentence form from the Magic School Bus episode. Test Thursday.

7th Grade- Provide your notes, summary of your notes, and 4 sentences explaining how one type of cell in your body works and what it does. Test moved to Friday.

8th Grade– Summarize your notes from the Magic School Bus episode in sentence form. Test moved to Friday. 

 

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10/24/19

6th Grade – Identify a landform in the United States and write three sentences explaining how it was formed (through what changes to the earth’s surface).

7th Grade- Identify 10 things in or around your house and record if they are acids, bases, or neutral (you can look up the answers on the internet). 

8th Grade- Pick a form of renewable energy and lists its pros and cons. 

 

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10/23/19

6th Grade – The same homework as yesterday. Short essay and study for quiz.

7th Grade- The same homework as yesterday. Study for quiz.

8th Grade- The same homework as yesterday. Study for quiz. 

 

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10/22/19

6th Grade- Write short essay : “Explain how the surface of the Earth is changed by slow and fast methods (erosion, deposition, weathering, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanos)” as discussed in our notes. This is due Thursday. Due to student behavior this will count as a quiz grade. Since this will help students to study,  we will still have a matching words to definitions quiz on Thursday on the same material. 

7th Grade- Study for your quiz on Thursday. 

8th Grade- Study for your quiz on Thursday. 

 

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10/21/19

6th Grade – No homework. Quiz moved to Thursday.

7th Grade- No homework. Quiz Thursday. 

8th Grade- No homework. Quiz Thursday. 

 

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10/18.19

6th Grade- No homework. Study notes for quiz on Monday. 

7th Grade- No homework. 

8th Grade- Finish your labs as needed. Article report due Monday. 

 

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10/17/19

6th Grade- No homework. Quiz moved to Monday due to testing. 

7th Grade- No homework.

8th Grade- Article report due Monday. 

 

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10/16/19

6th Grade-  No homework. Quiz moved to Monday due to testing. 

7th Grade- No homework. 

8th Grade- Report on a science article. See assignment details here. Due on Monday. 

 

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10/15/19

6th Grade- No homework. Quiz moved to Monday due to Terra Nova testing. 

7th Grade- No homework. 

8th Grade- No homework. Quiz Wednesday on the parts/processes of a battery as in your notes. 

 

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10/10/19

6th Grade- No homework. Quiz Tuesday. 

7th Grade- No homework. 

8th Grade- No homework. Quiz Wednesday. 

 

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10/09/19

6th Grade –  Same homework as last night: copy your most recent notes onto looseleaf. Project due Thursday. Quiz next Tuesday. 

7th Grade – No written homework. Study for quiz tomorrow on balanced chemical equations and common chemical symbols. 

8th Grade – Identify 15 materials present in your house ( lightbulb, metal spoons, plastic bowls, glass, wooden furniture, cotton, etc) and say whether the materials are conductors, insulators, or resistors. Quiz next Wednesday on the parts of a battery and what they do. 

 

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10/08/19

6th Grade – Copy in short bulletion notes the main ideas from our notes today onto a sheet of looseleaf. Project due Thursday.

7th Grade- No homework. Quiz on Thursday on common chemical symbols and how to balance chemical equations. Please study this shortened list of the most common chemical symbols. 

8th Grade- The same homework as yesterday, answer the following question in writing: “What are 3 uses for electricity and 3 uses for magnets?”. 

 

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10/07/19

6th Grade- Take home quiz here. Work on project due Thursday. 

7th Grade – Worksheet, double sided. 

8th Grade- Answer following question in writing: “What are 3 uses for electricity and 3 uses for magnets?”

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10/04/19

6th Grade- Finish coloring in notes sheet. Pop Quiz Monday due to class behavior. 6th grade project will be due Thursday 10/10/19. 

7th Grade- No homework

8th Grade- No homework

 

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10/03/19

No homework. A reminder that the 8th grade project is due tomorrow. For those who asked, I will post here the assignment page I gave you. 

 

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10/02/19

No homework. A reminder that the 7th grade project is due tomorrow and the 8th grade project due Friday.

 

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10/01/19

Announcement: Hello. I apologize for the fact that there were issues with the privacy settings on the study guides. I will be postponing the exam until the next class the students have with me, which means the test will be on Wednesday for 7th and 8th graders and Thursday for 6th graders. 

 

6th – Study Guide

7th – Study Guide 

8th – Study Guide

If there are any further issues please let me know. Thank you and have a good day.

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09/30/19

6th Grade- Study for your exam tomorrow. Work on your project.  Review your study guide. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MURVHSMtQa6ZxMqnFi2eAKXSie1yhBXiWvYMOQY4hlM/edit?usp=sharing

7th Grade- Study for your exam tomorrow. Work on your project. Review your study guide. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ljcj5r5MKss7ecZ8fYHrFyv8Sy-Zi8dvdhbvwfbG1aA/edit?usp=sharing

8th Grade– Study for your exam Wednesday. Work on your project. Review your study guide.https://docs.google.com/document/d/19mfFHRnpnMbSl7GfUZIrxn8bsvUAJAfCs_CVo70dgwU/edit?usp=sharing

 

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09/27/19

6th Grade- Study for your exam Tuesday and work on your project.

7th Grade- Study for your exam Tuesday and work on your project due Wednesday.

8th Grade- Study for your exam Wednesday and work on your lab and project due Friday.

 

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09/26/19

6th Grade – Draw what your element looks like on the Periodic Table. Test is on Tuesday. Write a paragraph AT LEAST 5 sentences about why we need to listen when the teacher is talking and not talk over the teacher. 

7th Grade – Project due Wednesday. Quiz on Friday. Test is on next Thursday.

8th Grade – Project due Friday. Test is moved to Wednesday. 

 

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09/25/19

6th Grade – Study for quiz tomorrow on chemical and physical properties, chemical and physical changes, and solubility. Test next Tuesday. 

7th Grade – Work on final project due Wednesday and study for quiz on Friday. Test next Thursday. 

8th Grade – Study for quiz tomorrow. Test next Tuesday. 

 

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09/24/19

6th Grade – Quiz has been moved to Thursday and Test Tuesday. 

7th Grade- Quiz on Friday. Due date of final project due Wednesday of next week. 

8th Grade – Continued from yesterday. Write down the real world scenario in which we aim to increase or decrease friction you chose as well as if you will be working alone or with a partner. Quiz Thursday on friction. 

 

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09/23/19

6th Grade – Fix your labs. Describe 3 physical and 3 chemical traits of your element. Quiz on Thursday on chemical and physical properties/changes. Test on Tuesday. 

7th Grade – Fix your labs. Describe in a few sentences what your element is commonly used for. Quiz on Friday. Project due next Wednesday.

8th Grade- Fix your labs. Write down your topic for your friction project on real life scenarios where we increase or decrease friction to achieve a goal, as well as if you want to work with a partner or alone. Quiz on Thursday on friction. 

 

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09/20/19

6th Grade – Finish the lab worksheet. 

7th Grade – Draw your element as it appears on the periodic table. 

8th Grade – Finish your lab worksheet. 

 

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09/19/19

6th Grade – Answer the following questions about your element: What is it commonly used for? How did it get its name? Where would you find it? Additionally, bring in your signed lab contracts tomorrow so you can participate in the lab. 

7th Grade – Finish your lab worksheet if you have not done so in class. 

8th Grade- Finish your note-taking practice worksheet if you have not done so in class. Additionally, bring in your lab contract tomorrow so you can participate in the lab. 

 

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09/18/19

6th Grade – Write 10 facts we’ve learned so far that are important to remember ( due date extended to tomorrow) and study for the quiz re-take.

7th Grade – Draw a Bohr’s diagram and Lewis Dot diagram of your element (due date extended to tomorrow).

8th Grade – List 5 ways we can generate friction. I know I have most of your binders, but I still want this assignment completed on looseleaf and brought to class tomorrow. 

 

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09/17/19

6th Grade – Study for re-take quiz and record 10 facts you think are important from this chapter so far. 

7th Grade – Draw a Bohr diagram and Lewis Dot Diagram for your element.

8th Grade– N/A 

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09/16/19

6th Grade – Bring in any signed forms and study for the re-take quiz.

7th Grade – Bring in textbook covers and any signed forms, study for the re-take quiz.

8th Grade –  Bring in textbook covers and any signed forms. 

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09/13/19

6th Grade – Write down 3 facts about your element.

7th Grade – Write down 3 facts about your element. 

8th Grade – Complete your worksheets. 

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09/12/19

6th Grade –  Finish your notes worksheet and study for the quiz tomorrow on chemical properties, physical properties, density, molecules, Periodic table organization, and parts of an atom (since we didn’t have time for you to write down the topics in class). 

7th Grade –  Complete the worksheet given to you at the end of class.

8th Grade – Finish your worksheets which are due Monday. Study for your quiz tomorrow on heat, heat transfer, changing matter states, etc. 

 

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09/11/19 

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade – No Homework, 7th Grade Quiz tomorrow. 

 

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09/10/19

6th Grade –  Use your notes to fill in the blanks on your worksheet, up to the last question we covered today. Quiz on Friday.

7th Grade – Answer the questions I gave you in class on looseleaf. ( 1. What are the three parts of an atom and what charge do they carry? 2. How is the Periodic Table organized (column, group, atomic number, etc) and why?) Quiz on Thursday.

8th Grade – Answer the questions I gave you in class on looseleaf or in your notebook. ( 1. What pattern of movement does heat follow when it is transferred ? 2. What is kinetic energy? What is it measured in and how does it move? 3. How does a thermometer work?) Quiz on Friday. 

 

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09/09/19

6th Grade – Bring in signed Introduction sheets and Student Information Sheets

7th Grade – Bring in signed Introduction sheets and Student Information Sheets as well as textbook cover

8th Grade –  Bring in signed Introduction sheets and Student Information Sheets as well as textbook cover