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Dear Parents and Students,

Please utilize Google Classroom for your main source of information throughout our virtual learning experience.

 

 

Lauri Siverson

8th Grade Physical Science / Physical Science Honors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Class Curriculum

 

 


Beginning 5/4/2020

Polymers/Slime

Students-You are responsible for checking the Google Classroom Stream page regularly for updates, instructions, and assignments. Most questions can be answered by checking this page.

You are also required to check your email regularly.

 

***All work will be posted on Google Classroom, the VCS Online Learning Hub, and the teacher connection calendars posted below.

All information for the week was also emailed to all parents and students on Monday morning.

Ch. 8 Test must be submitted by Monday, April 27 by 11:59pm

 

Virtual "Office" Hours:

LIVE Nature of Science KAHOOT REVIEWS- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Extra credit for joining and participating)

LIVE Exothermic/Endothermic Lab-Friday, May 1st, 11:00am for all classes (Extra credit opportunity)-Please read info sent out on Monday, April 27

***Link to join office hours will be posted in Google Classroom under the Classwork tab about 2-3 minutes prior to the start of the meeting

1st, 6th, and 7th periods: 11:00-11:20am daily

2md, 3rd, and 4th periods: 11:30-12:00pm daily (Except Friday, May 1st.  11:00am)

 

 

 

QUIZIZZ EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: (Through Chapter 7 only)

Students may complete the  practice tests in Quizizz to earn bonus points that will be added onto their Chapter Test.

These practice tests will be posted on Quizizz approximately 1 week prior to the test.

REGULAR Classes: Must earn an 80% or above to earn bonus points

HONOR Classes: Must earn a 90% or above to earn bonus points

 

QUIZIZZ WEBSITE: https://quizizz.com/join  

***SINCE YOU ARE ENROLLED IN MY CLASS, YOU DO NOT NEED A GAME CODE

They should appear on your main page when you are logged into Quizizz about 1 week before the Chapter test.

 

 

 

 

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Please use the calendars below (specific to your class period) for all classwork, assignments, and tests.  If you are absent, this is the first place to check to see what you are missing and where to go for your classwork.

All work for the week is posted on the Monday of that week.

 

 

SCIENCE PROJECT (Honors Classes Only)  

 2019-2020

Florida State Science Fair- Lakeland, FL- Cancelled due to COVID-19 :(

March 24-27, 2020

  

All HONORS students must join the following ALL Middle School (New for 20-21) Science Fair Google Classroom for information related to science fair:

Google Classroom Code:  New code coming soon (All students doing a science project need to join...both Honors and Regular)-

***This is where you will have access to the science fair project guide and examples ("Classwork" tab).

All science project work will be turned in through your class period Google Classroom

 

SCIENCE FAIR NON-HONORS Students -
If not in an Honors class, please ALSO join below if you want to do a project!  This is where you will turn in your rough plan and typed binder.
CODE: Coming soon

 

***ALL INFORMATION RELATED TO THE SCIENCE PROJECT (DUE DATES AND INSTRUCTIONS) CAN BE FOUND IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM ("Classwork" tab- "Science Project Guide-Both Paths").  

***All completed example documents can be found..."Classwork" tab

All students in honor classes are required to complete an independent investigation first semester.  Students may choose or be placed on a path - GREEN or GOLD.  Both paths complete the whole process, however, the end products are different.  GREEN path will complete their investigation with a slide show and present to Mrs. Siverson.  GOLD path will complete their investigation with a professional project board and present to community judges at our local school fair in November.  GOLD path does require more time and effort.  Projects must be at the 8th grade level or above.  GOLD path can have many extra rewards like extra credit, money, and opportunities to move on to the next level to compete.  The hardest part of the investigation is finding a question.  Below are links to help you with this journey.

***Keep in mind that all projects related to bacteria, hazardous substances, animals, and humans require pre-approval and additional paperwork.

Science Project Resources -  Click here to read about science project resources.

Agricultural Related Science Fair Project- Click here for ag projects

Great Science Projects - Click here to read about great science projects.

How to Think Like a Scientist - Click here to read about how to think like a scientist.

It All Starts With an Idea - Click here to read about it all starts with an idea. 

The Basics (for every great science project) - Click here to read about the basics to every great science project.

Feed Your Brain (find out what is already known) -  Click here to read about feeding your brain.

Glossary of Research Terms (you must know all of these) - Click here to read and learn about the research terms you must know.

 

 

Key Science Project Vocabulary:

Controlled Experiment-An experiment which involves changing only 1 factor (independent variable) and observing its effect on one thing, while keeping all other factors (variables) constant.

Variable- Factors that can change during an experiment

Independent (Tested or manipulated) Variable- The ONE factor that is changed/tested during a controlled experiment.

Dependent (Responding) Variable- Changes in response to the independent variable

Controlled Variable(s)- The variable(s) that are kept the same, or controlled, throughout an experiment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  •  We will be using google classroom for important information and assignments. 

      Please make sure you have your Chromebook with you daily and make sure it's charged!

    Students login by using their google email address and the password is (what they changed it to when assigned their chromebooks). 
     
    1st Period Physical Science google classroom code to join:  eurpnhx
    6th Period Physical Science google classroom code to join:  ya926tn
    7th Period Physical Science google classroom code to join:  yh6pczc
     
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    Honors:
    2nd Period Physical Science Honors google classroom code to join:  hhj9wk
    3rd Period Physical Science Honors google classroom code to join:  v7grd0
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     4th Period Physical Science Honors google classroom code to join:  or1ey6i 
  • PLUS, ALL HONORS STUDENTS MUST ALSO JOIN THE Middle School INFORMATIONAL SCIENCE PROJECT Google Classrom: coming soon 
     
     
    SCIENCE FAIR NON-HONORS Students -
    If not in an Honors class please join below if you want to do a project!
    36544n

 

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IF YOU ARE ABSENT...

Please locate your class period calendar below.

Click on the Monday of the week that you are absent

Read the information for both classwork and homework

Any homework assignments/paperwork given out in class can also be found using the "About" tab in Google Classroom

PLEASE NOTE:  Any computer assignments with pre-assigned dates (Usually assigned at the beginning of a chapter) will be due on that date even if you are absent.  

The assignment automatically closes on it assigned time/date.  There is always plenty of time to complete these assignments both in class and at home. There is NO LATE CREDIT.

 

 

 

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PEARSON ELEVATE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK INFORMATION
Pearson Textbook

Student Sign In Instructions:

Username: villagesschool\(your Skyward username)

example: villagesschool\a1234567890

Password: (Skyward password)..what you may have changed

 

 

 

QUIZLET: 2018-2019

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Students will have access from their google classroom account for our class.  Students must complete flashcards and test (until 100%) for vocabulary points or they may do it the "old school " way - write all terms & definitions.  Bonus points for completion of additional activities.  Most chapters students will take a vocabulary quiz on the due date of the vocabulary assignment unless it's a short chapter it will be incorporated into the chapter test.  Please include your first name and last inital in your username.  You must also remember your password.  I recommend that you use the same password as your chromebook log in.  I can not change or access your passwords. 

HONORS:
2nd Period Physical Science code to join:    https://quizlet.com/join/XFVWp2ENr
3rd Period Physical Science code to join:    https://quizlet.com/join/kFYU8GCdC
4th Period Physical Science code to join:   https://quizlet.com/join/W4wFDp4Gr
 
 
 
1st Period Physical Science Honors code to join:    https://quizlet.com/join/JVJN73rS2
 6th Period Physical Science Honors code to join:    https://quizlet.com/join/VPkDrWEzy  
7th Period Physical Science Honors code to join: https://quizlet.com/join/t9Y38ZWJz 
 

YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN UNDER YOUR CLASS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT!

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SKYWARD - 

Skyward is our online gradebook that can be accessed at any time by both students and parents.

Students have their own username and password:

USERNAME: Same user name as school computer (first initial followed by student ID number)

PASSWORD: Same one they have been using on the VCS computers. (IF STUDENTS CHANGE THEIR PASSWORD AT SCHOOL...IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY CHANGE ON Skyward)

NEW!!! Skward Password reset...from anywhere 

Please use this link and follow directions to reset your student Skyward password.

https://sites.google.com/a/tvcs.org/change-windows-password/windows-password-reset

 

 

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES
I offer extra credit opportunities prior to the vocabulary tests and the objective tests.  Since these are the only opportunities for extra credit, please encourage your child to take advantage of them.  In addition to earning extra points, they will also help your child prepare for the test.
Extra Credit Opportunity before a Vocabulary test:
COMPLETE the EXTRA activities on Quizlet- Match, Learn, Write, and Spell
You will earn two bonus points for each EXTRA activity that you complete (added to your vocab assignment grade).
Remember, Quizlet flashcards and practice test (with a score of 100%) OR completing the vocabulary using the "Old School" method is a requirement and will be a grade.  If you complete BOTH...5 bonus points will be added to your vocabulary quiz score.
 
Extra Credit Opportunity before an Objective test (Chapter test):
Quizizz Practice Tests (Will be posted above under current class curriculum closer to the chapter test)

 

 

 

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES:


 

 

 

 

Contact: Lauri.Siverson@tvcs.org

PDF documents
Science Fair Website Ideas -
Science Safety Contract - Must be signed by both student and parent
Syllabus-Physical Science -
Syllabus-Physical Science HONORS -

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