Weekly Agendas 
Subject:  Periodic Table Week of: 12/5/16-12/
Standard/objective:  Standard/objective: S8.7a: Students know how to identify regions corresponding to metals, nonmetals, and inert gases. Students will be able to break down chemical symbols and identify elements based on their properties and location on the periodic table S8.7.c Students know substances can be classified by their properties, including their melting temperature, density, hardness and thermal and electrical conductivity. Students will be able to use the periodic table to identify elements based on their physical and chemical properties
 
Daily Objective Monday
Students will be able to distinguish elements in each category
Tuesday
Students will use their knowledge of how the periodic table functions to identify elements and properties
Wednesday
Students will design test questions to help them better understand how the periodic table functions
Thursday
Students will deepen and correct misconception
Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
Identifying Elements   Periodic Table Scavenger Hunt
 
  Partner Study
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
 
 
Coloring the Periodic Table
 
Exit Ticket
 
RNG 4.1 & 4.2
 
 
Periodic Table Scavenger Hunt
 
RNG summary reading 4.5
 
 
Create Test Questions
 
Partner Quiz w/ created questions
 
Study Guide
 
 
Study Guide Review Game
 
 
Chapter 4 Test
 
RNG Chapter 4
Homework
(HW)
Coloring the Periodic Table   Study Guide Parent Study Slip  
Subject:  Periodic Table Week of: 11/28/16-12/2/16
Standard/objective: S8.7a: Students know how to identify regions corresponding to metals, nonmetals, and inert gases. Students will be able to break down chemical symbols and identify elements based on their properties and location on the periodic table S8.7.c Students know substances can be classified by their properties, including their melting temperature, density, hardness and thermal and electrical conductivity. Students will be able to use the periodic table to identify elements based on their physical and chemical properties
 
Daily Objective Monday
Student will know how to use a periodic table to determine properties of an atom
Tuesday
Students will be able to use the periodic table to determine how many electron shell and valence electrons an atom has
Wednesday
Students will be able to classify elements based on their properties
Thursday
Students will investigate specific properties of metals on the periodic table
Friday
Students will know properties and location of each family on periodic table
Bell Work
(BW)
Atom Labeling Periodic Table Organization Period vs Families Partner Study Is It a Metal. Semi-metal, Non-metal?
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
 
 
Review Ch 4.1 &4.2
 
Vocab finder
 
RNG summaries 4.1 & 4.2
 
Before I… now I…..
 
 
 
 
 
 
PowerPoint Notes
 
Atomic and Periodic Table Structure Worksheet
 
Crash Course
 
 
 
Finding Elements Card Game
 
 
 
3-2-1- Periodic table
 
 
POP Quiz
 
Vocabulary Story 4.3
 
 
 
 
Coloring The Periodic Table
 
 
 
Make Five
Homework
(HW)
  Atomic Structure Finding Elements Game Vocab Story  
Subject:  Periodic Table and Atoms Week of: 11/14/16-11/18/16
Standard/objective:  S8.7.b: Students know each element has a specific number of protons in the nucleus (the atomic number) and each isotope of the element has a different but specific number of neutrons in the nucleus. S8.7a: Students know how to identify regions corresponding to metals, nonmetals, and inert gases. Students will be able to break down chemical symbols and identify elements based on their properties and location on the periodic table
 
Daily Objective Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
Draw an Atom Model Chemical symbols Identifying Atoms on Periodic Table Partner Study  
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
 
Breaking Down Chemical Symbols
 
How Many?
 
 
 
 
3-2-1 Atoms/chemical symbols
 
Four Types of Atoms
Ions, Atoms, Isotopes
 
 
Drawing Atoms (four types plus symbols)
 
 
 
 
Think, Pair, Share
 
 
RNG Summary and Partner Read 4.2
 
Drawing Atoms (Due Thursday)
 
Quiz Prep
 
 
 
Quiz 4.1 &4.2
 
Finish RNG sections
 
 
Finish Hunting the Elements
Homework
(HW)
  Drawing Atoms Drawing Atoms RNG  
             
  
Subject:  Elements and The Periodic Table Week of: 11/7/16-11/11/16
Standard/objective:  S 8.3.a Students know the structure of the atom and know it is composed of protons, neutrons and electrons. S8.7b Students know each element has a specific number of protons in the nucleus (the atomic number) and each isotope of the element has a different but specific number of neutrons in the nucleus.  S8.7.b Students know each element has a specific number of protons in the nucleus (the atomic number) and each isotope of the element has a different number of neutrons in the nucleus. At the end of this section, students will be able to describe how atomic theory differs from Democritus’s idea of the atom and they will be able to describe the modern model of the atom. Students will know how to find the number of subatomic particles in an atom.
 
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
Periodic Table Organization Atom Parts Hypothesis    
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
 
 
The Atom
Parts, location and charge
 
Magnet demo
 
 
Atomic Structure WS
 
Exit Ticket
 
 
Partner Read Ch 4.1
 
TedTalk Atom Size
 
Creating Atoms
 
Before You Leave…
 
 
PHET Simulation LAB
 
 
PHET Simulation LAB
 
 
No School
Homework
(HW)
Atomic Structure   Lab Packet Lab Packet  
 
Subject:  Elements and The Periodic Table Week of: 10/31/16-11/4/16
Standard/objective: S 8.3.a Students know the structure of the atom and know it is composed of  protons, neutrons and electrons. S8.7b Students know each element has a specific number of protons in the nucleus (the atomic number) and each isotope of the element has a different but specific number of neutrons in the nucleus.  S8.7.b Students know each element has a specific number of protons in the nucleus (the atomic number) and each isotope of the element has a different number of neutrons in the nucleus. At the end of this section, students will be able to describe how atomic theory differs from Democritus’s idea of the atom and they will be able to describe the modern model of the atom. Students will know how to find the number of subatomic particles in an atom.
 
Daily Objective Monday
Students will display their knowledge of states of matter and correct misconceptions
Tuesday Wednesday
 
Thursday
Introduce vocabulary and concepts of Atomic Theory
Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
Particle Movement Partner Study   Atoms? Partners Atom Models
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
 
 
Crash Course
 
Study Guide/ Review day
 
 
 
Chapter 3 Test
Professional Development Day
 
Review Test
 
Partner Reading
 
Vocabulary Story
Quiz Section 4.1
 
Introduction to Hunting the Elements
Homework
(HW)
Parent Study Slip   Test Corrections Vocab Story  
 
Subject:  State of Matter : GAS Week of: 10/24/16-10/28/16
Standard/objective:  S8.3.d: Students know the states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) depend on molecular motion. S8.3.e: Students know that in solids the atoms are closely locked in position and can only vibrate; in liquids the atoms and molecules are more loosely connected and can collide with and move past one another, and in gases the atoms and molecules are free to move independently, colliding frequently. S8.5.d: Students know physical processes include freezing and boiling, in which a material changes form with no chemical reaction. Students will be able to describe the arrangement and movement of particles in solids, liquids, and gases.  Explain that the arrangement and movement of particles determines a substances state of matter. Describe how and what is required for a change in a state of matter to occur
Daily Objective Monday
Students will be able to explain the Gas laws and provided examples of each
Tuesday
Students will be able to identify Charles’s and Boyle’s law based off a graph
Wednesday
 
Thursday
 
Friday
Students will be able to explain the phase changes occurring in the can crushing lab
Bell Work
(BW)
Phase Change Map Boyle’s or Charles’s Phase Change Match Phase Change Graphic Organizer  
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
Partner Read 3.3 pg.103
 
 
Poster- Illustrate and explain- Gas Laws
 
Choose Two

Video Clip Changing States of Matter
 
Graphing Gas Laws
 
 
 
Gas Law Demo
 
Present Gas Law Posters
 
 
3-2-1 Gas Laws
 
Read RNG Summaries
 
RNG section 2&3
 
 
Study Guide
 
Can Crushing Lab !!!
 
 
Sciguys -Can Crushing Explained
 
 
Homework
(HW)
Poster Poster   Study Guide  
 
Subject:  States of Matter Week of: 10/17/16-10/21/16
Standard/objective: S8.3.d: Students know the states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) depend on molecular motion. S8.3.e: Students know that in solids the atoms are closely locked in position and can only vibrate; in liquids the atoms and molecules are more loosely connected and can collide with and move past one another, and in gases the atoms and molecules are free to move independently, colliding frequently. S8.5.d: Students know physical processes include freezing and boiling, in which a material changes form with no chemical reaction. Students will be able to describe the arrangement and movement of particles in solids, liquids, and gases.  Explain that the arrangement and movement of particles determines a substances state of matter. Describe how and what is required for a change in a state of matter to occur
Daily Objective Monday
Students will know the structure and movement of the particles in the 3 states of matter
Tuesday
Student will know that particle position and movement gives unique properties to each state of matter
Wednesday
Student will be able to explain why and how matter changes phases
Thursday
Students will explore monocular motion of the states of matter through a lab
Friday
Students will explore monocular motion of the states of matter through a lab
Bell Work
(BW)
Describe the meaning of definite Identify the three states of matter Physical vs Chemical States of Matter Lab Hypothesis  
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
Describe solid, liquid, gas, and plasma
 
Drawing states of matter
 
Before I….Now I know
Unique properties of a solid liquid and gas
 
Surface Tension and Viscosity Demo
 
Phase Change Packet Introduction
Graphic Organizer and Sentence Frame Changing States of Matter
 
Think, Pair, Share
 
 
Matter Lab
 
 
Matter Lab
Homework
(HW)
  RNG Summary Read 3.2 Phase Change Packet Lab Report Lab Report
Subject:  Energy and Matter Week of:10/10/16-10/14/16
Standard/objective:  8.5.c Students know chemical reactions usually liberate heat or absorb heat. Students will be able to recognize and describe endothermic and exothermic reactions.
Daily Objective Monday
Students will be able to describe endothermic and exothermic reactions
Tuesday
Students will be able to identify different forms of energy
Wednesday
Students will be able to explain the difference in an endothermic and exothermic graph
Thursday
Students will deepen their knowledge and correct misconceptions
Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
Describe the Law of conservation Endothermic or Exothermic What happens to the energy?  No Bell Work Study time
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
 
2.3 PowerPoint Notes
 
Identify the change game
 
Exit Ticket
 
Partner Read 2.3
 
Create a PowerPoint slide/poster on energy
 
 
 
 
 
Graphing Energy
 
Study guide
 
Study Guide and Review Game
 
 
Chapter 2 Test
Homework
(HW)
  Slide/Poster Study Guide Parent Study Slip  
Subject:  Matter Week of: 10/3/2016-10/7/2016
Standard/objective:  S8.3b. Students know that compounds are formed by combining two or more different elements and that compounds have properties that are different from their constituent elements. S8.5d Students know physical properties include freezing and boiling, in which a material changes with no chemical reaction. By the end of the week students will be able to: Identify physical and chemical properties of matter. Determine if a substance is homogenous/heterogeneous mixtures or a pure substance. And Identify elements and compounds by their properties
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
What is matter? What kind of properties does matter have?   Describe and provided example of a physical and chemical property of matter Identify The mixture Physical vs Chemical Change Partner Study 
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
 
Intro Describing Matter Chapter 2 Section 1
 
Student PowerPoint Sheet
 
Review Chapter One Test
 
Students Present PowerPoint Sheet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Key Terms Due CH.2.1
 
Review Clip “Matter”
Math Skills/PracticePg.64&Pg.67(2b&4)
Discover Kids Article
 
RNG Chapter 2 Section 1
 
Intro to Changes in Matter
 
Key Terms
 
RNG Chapter 2 Section 1&2
 
Quiz Chapter 2 Section 1 &2
 
Matter Activity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Key Terms Due
Homework
(HW)
Key Terms CH2.1 Due Tuesday     Key Terms Due Friday  
 
Subject:  Chapter One / Physical and Chemical Properties Week of: 9/26/2016-9/30/2016
Standard/objective:  Review the standards and key concepts in chapter one (S8.8 a, 8.8b, 8.9a, 8.9b, 8.9c, 8.9d, 8.9g). S 8.3.b Compounds are formed by combining two or more different elements and compounds have properties that are different from their constituent elements. Students will be able to: Identify and distinguish between physical and chemical properties.
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
What Skills Do Scientist Use? Examples Finding Slope No Bell Work Partner Study Properties of objects
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
 
 
Graphing Density Lab
 
 
Chapter One Review PowerPoint
 
Study Guide  
 
 
 
 
IEP
 
Go Over Study Guide
 
Preview Chapter One Test
 
Clarify Misconceptions
 
Professional Development
 
 
Chapter One Test
 
RNG Chapter One   
 
Intro Chapter 2 Section 1 PowerPoint Student Notes 
 
Table Talk
 
Key Term Story
Homework
(HW)
Density Lab Report Study Guide   Parent Signed Proof of 30min Study Time      
             
 

 
Subject:  Week of:9/19/16-9/23/16
Standard/objective:  S 8.8b Students know how to calculate the density of substances from measurements of mass and volume.        S 8.9b Evaluate the accuracy and reproducibility of data S 8.9d Recognize the slope of the linear graph as the constant in the relationship y=kx and apply this principle in interpreting graphs constructed from data. At the end of these sections you will be able to describe what math skills scientists use in collecting data and making measurements, explain what type of data line graphs can display, describe how you determine a line of best fit or the slope of a graph, explain why graphs are powerful tools in science.
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
No Bell Work Label x & y axis. What variables are placed on the x & y axis? Identifying Linear and Non-linear  trends Think-Pair-Share Complete the graph exercise
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
Introduction to Graphing PowerPoint
Student notes
 
Define Key Terms pg. 34
Partner Read Ch. 1.5 pg.34-42 & RNG pg. 29
 
Exit Ticket
 
 
Graphing Review
 
Graphing and Analyzing Scientific Data worksheet
 
Define Slope
 
Graphing Disappearing Artic Sea Ice Activity
 
Video scientific method and models
Homework
(HW)
Key Terms Graphing pg.34 (Due Friday)   Graphing and Analyzing Scientific Data (Due Friday) Graphing Disappearing Artic Ice Graph (Due Friday)  
             
 

 
 
 
Subject:  Mass, Volume, and Density Week of:9/12/2016-9/16/2016
Standard/objective:  S8.8a. Students know density is mass per unit volume. S8.8b. Students know how to calculate the density of substances (regular and irregular solids and liquids) from measurements of mass and volume. S8.9f. Apply simple mathematic relationships to determine a missing quantity in a mathematic expression, given the two remaining terms. By the end of the week students will be able to (1) Determine the volume of liquids and regular and irregular solids, (2) Determine the mass of objects using a triple beam balance (3) Determine the density of objects (4) Rearrange the density formula to calculate the missing quantity
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
Key Term Talk Identify Responding and Manipulated Variables No Bell Work No Bell Work Partner Study
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
Pass out RNGs
 
Class read RNG Chapter 1 Sections 1-4
 
Independently RNG Questions Chapter1 Sections 1-4 pg. 13-28
Mathematics in Science (Significant Figures, Accuracy, Reproducibility)
 
Paper Toss Activity
 
Measuring Accuracy Handout
Professional Development
 
Solid/Irregular Solid Volume, Mass Lab
Solid/Irregular Solid
Volume, Mass Lab
 
Lab Report
Quiz Chapter 1 Sections 3 and 4
 
RNG Chapter One
 
Progress Reports
Homework
(HW)
RNG Pages
Due Day of Chapter Test
Measuring Accuracy Handout Due Friday   Lab Report Due Friday  
             
 
 
 
Subject:  Metric System and Density Week of:9/05/16-9/09/16
Standard/objective:  S 8.8.a Students know density is mass per unit volume.  S 8.8.b Students know how to calculate the density of substances (regular and irregular solids and liquids) from measurements of mass and volume.  By the end of the week you will be able to explain why scientists use a standard measurement system, and identify the SI units of measure for length, mass, volume, density, time, and temperature.
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
  No Bell Work Review Quiz with partner How would you measure…? Float or Sink?
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
No School Review and lab discussion
 
Anatomy of science fair article
 
Chapter 1 Section 1&2 Quiz
PowerPoint Measuring
 
Exit ticket
 
Professional development
Density notes and section reading
 
Exploring measuring tools activity
 
Measurement chart
 
Think-Pair-Share
Density Article
 
Density Review Clip
 
Measuring Density Activity
 
Before you leave statement
           
             
 



 
Subject:  Scientific Method Week of: 8/29/2016-9/2/2016
Standard/objective:  S 8.9 Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. At the end of the week you will be able to explain why preparation is important when carrying out scientific investigations in the lab and in the field, describe what they should do if an accident occurs, explain what physical science involves, and identify skill that scientists use to learn about the natural world
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
What are the 3 Skills Scientist use? No Bell Work Steps in the Scientific Method Identifying Variables No Bell Work
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
Periodic Table Back to School Night Project
 
 
Periodic Table Back to School Night Project
 
Scientific Method Power Point
PowerPoint 1.2
 
Section Assessment
 
Simpsons Scientific Method
 
 
 
Read Chapter 1.2
 
Design a Detailed Graphic Organizer
 
Pre Lab Write-up Preview
 
Helicopter Lab and Lab Report
Homework
(HW)
Back to School Night Project Bring Parents to Back to School Simpsons Scientific Method Graphic Organizer Lab Report and Graphic Organizer
             
  

 
Subject:  Lab Safety/Scientific Method Week of:8/22/16 – 8/26/16
Standard : S 8.9 Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. During this week students ill learn how scientist stay safe when conducting studies/experiments. Students will be exposed to different tools and techniques that are essential to lab safety.
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Daily Objective Students will understand the lab safety guidelines. Students will be able to identify unsafe lab scenarios Students will be able to articulate safe and unsafe lab procedures Students will be able to identify skills scientist use and the process they use to solve problems 
 
  
Bell Work
(BW)
Lab Safety partner discussion Lab Safety Rap No Bell work Safety Scenarios No Bell Work
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
 
PowerPoint Discussion on Lab Safety
 
Read Lab Safety Contract
 
Lab Safety Review video
 
Science Laboratory Safety Chapter 1 section 6 (Ch1.6) pg. 43-47
 
Lab Safety Sponge Bob Handout
 
Start Safety Brochure
 
Lab Safety Symbol Identification
 
Safety Brochure
 
Chapter 1.1 PowerPoint notes
 
Lab Safety Practice Quiz
 
Preview Safety Test
 
 
 
 
Safety Test
 
Word Search
 
Ch. 1.1 Terms
Homework
(HW)
Safety Contract signed by student and parent/guardian Study For Lab Safety Test Friday Safety Brochure Due Friday Study For Safety Test
Safety Brochures
No Home work

 
Subject:  Goals, Rules, Routines-House Keeping Week of: 8/17/16
Standard/objective:  To establish clear goals and procurers to ensure a smooth and successful year
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bell Work
(BW)
    Class Admit Ticket What are the three branches of physical science?  
Following directions activity
Lesson /
Classwork
(CW)
 
Professional Development
 
Professional Development
 
Introduction to physical science and course syllabus
 
Textbook scavenger hunt and book contracts
 
Activity- Get to Know You Questionnaire
 
Goals and Rule Setting
Homework
(HW)
     
Read through Syllabus with parents/guardians
 
Book Contract
 
 

8th Grade Physical Science
Course Syllabus
Mr. Jeff Davis- jeffrey.davis@norris.k12.ca.us
Course Description- Eighth grade science is a laboratory inquiry and standards-based class. Through individual and collaborative work, students will explore introductory principles of chemistry, physics, and astronomy. We will take a “Common Core” approach to learning, emphasizing literacy and other college-ready skills that are essential in our technology-driven 21st century society.
 
Grading- Grades will be based on the following seven components:
 
  • Lab Activities: Lab participation and formal lab write ups.
  • Homework: Explores course concepts
  • Classwork: Work that is to be completed in class with help of the teacher’s instruction.
  • Tests/Quizzes: Quizzes and tests will be given on a regular basis. A cumulative final will be given at the end of the year.
  • Participation: Students are to come to class prepared with materials and ready to learn. Students are to actively participate in class activities and discussions. 
  • Conduct: Classroom disruptions, continual talking, and tardiness will result in a loss of conduct points. 
 
 
Grading Scale:
 
Late Work: Student may turn it in the following week for 70% credit, or later during the same quarter for 50% credit. Late work is accepted for late credit based on what the student actually completes. For example if a student completes 20 out of 40 questions and turns the assignment in two weeks late, they will receive 10 points.
Absent Work: Work due to absences will be accepted for full credit if they complete it in the time that they were given. For example, if a student was absent a day, they will have a day to make the assignment(s) up for full credit. If they were absent five days, they will have five days to make it up for full credit, etc. After that, it will be accepted for late credit.
Academic Dishonesty: Is not tolerated and will result in a detention, zero on the assignment, and forfeit of any extra credit points. 

Grading Scale:
93-100 A 73-76  C
90-92 A- 70-72  C-
87-89 B+ 67-69  D+
83-86 B 63-66  D
80-82 B 60-62  D-
77-79  C+ Below 60 F
 
 
Bathroom Policy
Students are expected to take care of their bathroom needs between classes. However, in the event of an urgent need, each student is given four (4) passes for use in my classroom for each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to keep them in a safe place, and to use them wisely.
Classroom Expectations
I expect all students to behave appropriately in class. Any behavior that interrupts my ability to teach and other students’ ability to learn is not appropriate behavior. All students are expected to observe the following classroom rules:
  • Be prompt. You are to be seated, quietly working on Bellwork by the time the tardy bell rings. Students not seated in their assigned seats by the time the tardy bell rings will be considered tardy, and will not receive the daily five point class preparation credit. 

  • Be prepared. All necessary materials, including, paper, pencils, and blue/black pens are to be brought to class each day. I do not lend any materials except before and after school. Pencils need to be sharpened before the tardy bell rings. Sit upright and be alert—sleeping is not allowed in class. 

  • Be respectful. This includes respecting other people’s property, opinions and personal space. Use only appropriate language in class, and only make positive comments about others. Permit others to work undisturbed. Respect other cultures and people’s values. 

  • Be courteous. Do not speak out of turn, and raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. Eating of food, drinking of beverages, or gum chewing is prohibited. I will confiscate and not return any edible items present in class. Think before you act. 

  • Be on task. Remain on task throughout the period. Do not leave until I dismiss class. Cellphones may not be used in class—keep them off and out of sight. (I will hand over all seen cellphones to the office for the parents/gaurdians to pick up after school.)  Grooming and make-up are to be taken care of outside of class. 

  • Be honest. All cheating (copying assignments, exam answers, and/or plagiarism) will result in a “0” that cannot be made up. 
All Norris Middle School rules will be followed in the classroom and laboratory setting. Should I consider student behavior inappropriate at any time, I may require that he/she serve detention with me during lunch or after school. Should student choose not to comply, I will refer him/her to their administrator, which may result in harsher disciplinary action.