Mrs. Arras - Science
We are off to a great start so far! Below you will find a brief description of the content that we will cover this year. This will be updated every month with an overview of what we're currently learning. For a more detailed description of what we've done every day in class, as well as any homework that's been assigned, please click on the tab called "calendar." There will be separate entries each school day for 8th and 7th graders.
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7th Integrated Science
This year students will study erosion and deposition, plate tectonics, ecology, and chemistry. The units will be tied together through the theme of the Pacific Northwest, and the crosscutting concepts of energy and matter, and cause and effect. (For more on the new standards and crosscutting concepts, please visit the NGSS tab.) We are starting the year with our erosion and depsosition unit.
Our overall guiding questions for the year are:
- How do energy and matter flow in the Pacific Northwest? (Crosscutting Concept #5: Energy & Matter: Flows, Cycles & Conservation)
- How do organisms and Earth processes affect one another in the Pacific Northwest? (Crosscutting Concept #2: Cause and Effect)
JANUARY UPDATE: We finished our study of earth science prior to winter break. We started our ecology unit on the first day back from break. The focus of this unit is on invasive species in the Pacific Northwest. We will learn about energy roles of organisms, food webs, photosynthesis vs. respiration. Additionally, we will be having a couple of different guest teachers who will be talking to us about stream health, and the affect of agriculture on the environment. We will also take a field trip to Whitaker Ponds in March to practice assessing stream health.
8th Grade Integrated Science
This year students will be studying integrated science. We will start with space, and will learn about physics, waves, evolution, and genetics as the year progresses. We will be looking for connections between our units using the crosscutting concepts of stability and change, and scale, proportion, and quantity. For our space units, we will focus on:
- How does the regular motion of the earth, moon and sun cause predictable changes on earth? (Crosscutting Concept: Stability and Change)
- How can we use models to understand the day/night cycle, the reason for the seasons, and the lunar cycle? (Crosscutting Concept: Scale, Proportion and Quantity)
January UPDATE: We finished our units about space, including our space research projects, and our skype discussion with an astropysicist. We are starting our genetics unit. In this unit, we will learn about Mendelian genetics, the use of Punnett's squares to predict traits in offspring, as well as the differences between sexual and asexual reproduction.