HOMEWORK/ASSIGNMENT PAGE

June 7
Due tomorrow - Key terms 84-89, the Sec. Assess. on pg. 89, and the Probability and Genetics worksheet.

June 6
Assignments Due: 
 - Mendel's Work worksheet with the key terms pages 76-81 and the Section Assessment page 81
- Class Survey of Traits Class Survey of Traits.pdf

June 1
Students need to complete taking 2 column notes for the definitions of all key terms on pages 76-81 in the Cells and Heredity book, along with the Section Assessment on page 81.

May 31
Complete two column notes (definitions) of all key terms pages 76-81 and answer the questions in the Section Assessment on page 81.

May 30

Review the following for Quiz tomorrow:
  • What is DNA and what does it stand for, including what makes up the back bone, how the base pairs come together, the shape of the molecule and what that shape is called.
  • How many chromosomes we have total and how many copies of each
  • What is a gene on the DNA molecule and what are alleles of a gene
  • What is a DNA fingerprint, how are they made, and what are they used for
May 10
We have begun the Genetics Unit in science. Today we isolated DNA from strawberries. Due tomorrow are the lab conclusion questions.
DNA Strawberries Need to Know.pdf
DNA Isolation Strawberries Ques.pdf

May 9
There has not been any homework due in science. However, you need to make sure all of your assignments are turned in. Grades close this Friday for Q4 Progress Reports.
We now end the year with the Genetics and Evolution Unit.

May 2
Cell Unit TEST is Thursday, May 4. Big Book Page for this unit is due at this time and is meant to help study for the test. Cell Unit Big Book Page.pdf Topics 1-8 should be completed by tomorrow.  (Some class time will be given for the Big Book Page Wednesday.)

May 1
Cell Unit TEST is Thursday, May 4. Big Book Page for this unit is due at this time and is meant to help study for the test. Cell Unit Big Book Page.pdf Topics 1-3 should be completed by tomorrow. Class time will be given for the Big Book Page both Tuesday and Wednesday.

April 28
Due Monday - Photosyntheses Guided reading Questions 
Photosynthesis.pdf   
Photosynthesis Questions.pdf
Due Today - Cell Division WS

April 26
Welcome back from vacation and right into ELA MCAS Testing! Now back to science and what is due:
Deadline for Egg Lab lab report is tomorrow. Any day after that will have late points taken off. Egg Lab Conclusion Report.pdf
Also due is the Respiration W.S. with Key Terms pages 49-53.

April 11
Due tomorrow - Egg Lab lab report graphs and Conclusion through colored water. Please follow the Conclusion Outline given on the rubric linked below.
Egg Lab Conclusion Report.pdf

April 6
Whooo Hoooo, the Cell Project has finished! Some students have not turned their project in YET. The project will be weighted as a test grade ad will be entered into Q4 grades.
Due Tomorrow - Key Terms 33-37 and the Cell in its Environment worksheet

March 21
Please see the Cell Book Page for updates on where you should be for the Cell Project.

March 17
Homework due Monday - Read through the "Cell Book Notes" (linked on the Cell Book Page) and write down next to each organelle what they might relate to in a city according to their job. For example, the nucleus controls how the cell functions so a nucleus might be the mayor of a cell city.
There will be a quiz on Monday, after a review, on all of the organelles as well as notes covered so far for the cell unit.

March 15
Students have started the Cell Book Project in class - Please see the Cell Book Project page (linked on the left) for updates. It is important to time manage this project. Ms. Sacchetti will update often to help you stay on track.

March 13
No homework for tonight.

March 10
Read pages 16-24 and answer questions on the, "Inside an Atom" worksheet. Due Monday.

March 9
No homework for tonight - Students need to check Powerschool to make sure all assignments have been handed in. Grades close tomorrow for Q3 Progress Reports.

March 8
No homework for tonight - Students need to check Powerschool to make sure all assignments have been handed in.

March 7
Students should have completed in class the Virtual Microscope Lab - see Lab linked from home page. 
Due tomorrow - "Discovering Cells" WS - Info. can be found on pages 6-13.

March 6
Please be sure to check Powerschool for any work that is owed. Progress Report grades close this Friday.

March 3 
We have started the Cell Unit. Due is the Section Assessment on page 13.

Mon, Feb 27
Welcome back from the Winter Break! Today was the start of the Cell Unit in science. There will be no homework this week. Please take the time to make sure all work has been handed in. Grades close next Friday for Q3 progress reports.

Feb. 15
TEST tomorrow - topics being covered are listed on the Big Book Page rubric.

Feb. 14
Big Book Page needs to completed and handed in Thursday.
TEST on the Matter Unit is Thursday.

Feb. 13
Students need to complete their Big Book Page through topics 1-14 by tomorrow. See Feb. 8 posting for rubric.

Feb. 10
Matter Unit TEST will be next Thursday, 2/16. Please have topics 1-12 for the Big Book Page completed by Monday, 2/13. (See directions linked on 2/8.)

Feb. 8
Students need to start studying for the Matter Unit. In doing so they should complete topics 1-6 for their "Big Book Page" (also known as aFree Form Map) by tomorrow.
Free Form Map Prop of Matter .pdf

Feb. 6
Due tomorrow:
Key Terms 48-53 and the Sec. Assessment on page 53 (Chemical Building Blocks)
Celsius Fahrenheit Conversions Conversion F and C.pdf
(Please excuse the lack of postings since the 2/2.)

Fed. 2
Due tomorrow - Surface Tension Lab Surface Tension Water Activity.pdf

Feb. 1
Due tomorrow: Key terms 42-47 and the Sec. Assessment on page 47. (This is a pre-lab. Students cannot participate in labs until pre-labs are completed.) Surface tension Lab will be tomorrow.

Jan. 31
Due tomorrow: Key terms 42-47 and the Sec. Assessment on page 47. (This is a pre-lab. Students cannot participate in labs until pre-labs are completed.)

Jan. 30
There is a quiz tomorrow on the following topics: identifying compounds, mixtures, hetero/homogenous matter, and elements, chemical vs physical reactions, edo/exothermic/ synthesis/decomposition reactions,  how glow sticks work.
Code word: Kangaroo

Jan. 26
Yesterday and today we completed two chemical reactions. The objectives were to demonstrate how mass is conserved in a chemical reaction, to identify both reactants and products of a chemical reaction, and to identify if the thermal energy involved in the reaction was endothermic or exothermic. Both the CaCl2 Lab and today's baking soda and vinegar lab are due tomorrow. (See Conservation of Mass Lab linked on 1/25) B Soda and Vinegar Lab.pdf
Quiz coming up on the following: Mixture/Compound, Chemical/Physical Reactions, reactants, products, synthesis/decomposition reaction, end/exothermic reactions

Jan. 25
Due tomorrow - The Conservation of Mass Lab (CaCl2 Lab)
Conservation of Mass.pdf

Jan. 23
Due today was the Section Assessment from page 27
Due tomorrow is the Slime and Heating of Baking Soda Labs:
Synthesis Decomposition Lab.pdf **Be sure to refer to you Matter Notes to accurately answer the questions**

Jan. 17
Density Lab was due today. Any lab not turned in on time will be penalized with late points. There is a strict adherence to due dates for labs and projects unless a student has been ill, or other extenuating circumstances. See lab conclusion questions posted on Jan. 12.

Jan. 12
The Density Lab concluded today. Any student that did not finish will need to make arrangements with Ms. Sacchetti to do so. Lab conclusion (with collected data) is due Tuesday. 78 points go toward the conclusion.
Density Lab Conclusion Questions.pdf

Jan. 11
Students have been doing a density lab in class, in which they are finding the densities of and identifying substances by their densities. Tomorrow they will begin the conclusion portion of the lab. The lab completed lab will be due Friday.

Jan. 6
Due today was the following (done in class): Compounds Molecular and Ionic.pdf

Due Monday - Density Pre-Lab: Underline the answers to the guided questions within the handout. Density Pre Lab.pdf    Density Pre Lab Ques PDF.pdf

Jan. 4
No homework tonight.

Jan. 3, 2017
Students are starting a new unit in science called the Matter Unit. Tonight they must completed guided reading questions for the handout titled, "Properties of Matter."
Properties of Matter.pdf
Questions on Properties of Matter.pdf
**The Metal Lab was handed back today - any lab corrections must be completed and handed in tomorrow.

Dec. 19
Big Book Page due tomorrow. TEST (Chemistry Unit) tomorrow.

Dec. 15
Pre Lab due tomorrow: Read pages 88-95 in the Chemical Building Blocks book and take 2 column notes of the following key terms: Physical properties of metals, malleable, ductile, conductivity, reactivity, corrosion, & alloy. Also, please do the section assessment on page 95. AND 98-105 2-column notes defining non-metal, metalloids, and semiconductor. Do Section 4 Assessment on page 105.
Big Book Page should be competed through #15.

Dec. 14
The Chemistry Unit Test will be either Monday or Tuesday of next week. Students began the studying process today in class with a Big Book Page. They are required to finish up through topic 5 by tomorrow. Please see the list and directions for more details. Big Book Page Chemistry Unit.pdf
Due Friday - Pre Lab: Read pages 88-95 in the Chemical Building Blocks book and take 2 column notes of the following key terms: Physical properties of metals, malleable, ductile, conductivity, reactivity, corrosion, & alloy. Also, please do the section assessment on page 95. AND 98-105 2-column notes defining non-metal, metalloids, and semiconductor. Do Section 4 Assessment on page 105.

Dec. 13
Homework for tonight - Read pages 88-95 in the Chemical Building Blocks book and take 2 column notes of the following key terms: Physical properties of metals, malleable, ductile, conductivity, reactivity, corrosion, & alloy. Also, please do the section assessment on page 95.

Dec. 9
Students need to complete the worksheet titled, "Inside an Atom" - due Monday.

Dec. 8
The Element Project has been completed. Any student that did not present must make arrangements with Mrs. Sacchetti to do so.
We are wrapping up this unit with a few more lessons on how to use the periodic table. Tonight students are asked to complete the worksheet, "Atoms in the Periodic Table," if they did not finish it in class.

Nov. 28
Please be sure to be looking on the Element Project page for updates on this current project.

Nov. 17 
The Element Project is under way in class. Please see the Element Project page for daily updates to keep time managed.
 
Nov. 16
No homework tonight. Please be sure to check Powerschool to make sure all assignments have been handed in.
 
Nov. 15
No homework tonight. Tomorrow we begin the Element Project. Stay tuned!

Nov. 14
Students have been working on using the periodic table in class as they investigate the properties of elements. They have been representing the atoms of elements with so-called Bohr models (electron shell diagrams). Tomorrow they will be assigned 5 elements from the periodic table to do Bohr models of as a quiz. They must know the rules, including how many electrons can fit at each energy level: Electron Shell Diagram Rules.pdf
 Students should check powerschool to see that all work has been handed in.

Nov. 9
There will be a quiz tomorrow covering the following: Matter is made of elements, which are made of atoms. Must know all of the parts of an atom (and the charges), must be able to tell why an atom would be neutral, where the mass of the atom is and what makes up the volume of an atom, the difference between mass and weight, must be able to use the Periodic table to find an element's a.m.u, p+, n, & e-,  determine what an isotope is, tell how Democritis, Rutherford, and Bohr contributed to atomic theory . . . 

(Students are working on so-called Bohr models in class representing atoms of elements.)
 
Nov. 7
Students need to complete two assignments that were worked on Friday in class (while there was a sub). One is titled, "Inside the Atom," and the other is a Guided Reading assignment for pages 80-85 in the Chemical Building Blocks book.
Also, please have the Chemical Building Blocks book covered by the end of the week. Thank you!
 
Nov. 2
Students are learning about the elements that make up all matter and how to use a periodic table. Tonight for homework they must finish finding information using the periodic table for different elements:
Periodic Table Fill in Table 1.pdf

Nov. 1
Moon Journal must be turned in by Thursday. Grades close for Ms. Sacchetti Thursday for Q1 report cards. Ms. Sacchetti will be out on Friday.
 
Oct. 31
Students have begun the Chemistry Unit. There is no homework tonight. Grades close Friday. Ms. Sacchetti will be out on Friday and will need all outstanding work turned in by Thursday. 
 
Oct. 26
TEST tomorrow - Astronomy Big Book Page due - Astronomy books need to be returned by next week please. 
 
Oct. 25
TEST Thursday - Big Book Page (review for test) should be completed tonight. (See below for the Big Book Page review list.) 

Moonrise time = 2:15 am 
Moonset Time = 3:46 pm (this afternoon)
This is the last week for journal entries for the moon Journal. Consideration is made for uncooperative weather :-)
 
Oct. 24
Students will have a Test on Thursday covering Astronomy topics. In preparation for the test, students have been working on a so-called Big Book Page in class. The Big Book Page is meant to help students review and study for a test. Topics covered in a Unit are listed and with each topic the student must come up with a simple drawing or diagram along with vocabulary that demonstrates their understanding of the topic. By tomorrow, students should have topics 1-9 completed. (This was started Friday in class and worked on again in today's class.)
ASTRONOMY UNIT BIG BOOK PAGE.pdf

Oct. 24
Students will have a Test on Thursday covering Astronomy topics. In preparation for the test, students have been working on a so-called Big Book Page in class. The Big Book Page is meant to help students review and study for a test. Topics covered in a Unit are listed and with each topic the student must come up with a simple drawing or diagram along with vocabulary that demonstrates their understanding of the topic. By tomorrow, students should have topics 1-9 completed. (This was started Friday in class and worked on again in today's class.)

Oct. 20
Moonrise = 10:10 pm
Moonset = 1:06 pm (tomorrow)
Students should be making entries in their Moon Journal - a minimum of 3 per week.
 
Oct. 18
Students completed a planet activity in class. Tonight they must answer 3 follow up questions for homework.
Planet Presentations Info Table & Ques.pdf

Moonrise = 8:23 pm
Moonset = 11:06 am (tomorrow)
Students should be making entries in their Moon Journal - a minimum of 3 per week.

 
Oct. 17
Moonrise = 7:36 pm
Moonset = 9:56 am
Students should be making entries in their Moon Journal - a minimum of 3 per week.
Students are completing a group activity in class. Each group chose a planet and used our government's NASA web site to obtain critical information on that planet. The culminating event was to present their information and record information on all of the planets. Students will then compare/contrast the different properties with follow up questions.

Oct. 13
Moonrise = 5:03 pm
Moonset = 4:59 am
Students should be making entries in their Moon Journal - a minimum of 3 per week.
 

Oct. 11
Moonrise = 3:50 pm
Moonset = 2:40 am
Students should be making entries in their Moon Journal - a minimum of 3 per week.
 
Oct. 6
Moonrise = 12:0 pm
Moonset = 10:01 pm
Students did a demonstration in class today showing eclipses and what causes tides. To follow this they need to complete labeling eclipse diagrams and complete the worksheet titled, "Phases, Eclipses, & Tides."
Eclipses.pdf
 
Oct. 5
Students have been doing activities in class relating to Moon Phases. They are expected to be keeping a "Moon Journal." Tonight should be the perfect night to see the moon. I will be posting moonrise and set times each day. Students are expected to make at least 3 entries per week. We will be keeping a journal of the moon phases for one lunar cycle ending at the end of Oct. See directions linked below:
Moon Journal Directions.pdf
Moonrise = 11:06 am
Moonset = 9:20 pm

Oct. 4
The Gravity lab was due today along with a follow up worksheet titled, "Gravity in Motion." Students did a lab today modeling moon phases. For tomorrow students must read pages 20 - 27 in Their Astronomy book, and complete the Section Assessment on page 27. 

Sept. 28, 2016
Students completed a lab today on gravity and it's affects on different planets. They should complete the lab sheet handed out in class (as well as the Section Assessment on page 19.)

Note: The make up for the Reasons for Seasons lab will be next Tuesday during extended homeroom. Mrs. Sacchetti will be out this Thursday and Friday for a training. SeasonsFollowUpQuestions.pdf

Sept. 27, 2016
Due (today) was the key terms pages 6-13 in the Astronomy book along with the Section Assessment on page 13. This goes with the Reasons for Seasons lab. (If you were absent, the make up for the lab is Thursday during extended homeroom.) Due tomorrow is the Section Assessment on page 19.

Sept. 23, 2016
Students have been issued a brand new Astronomy book. Please try to get the book covered by Wednesday of next week. Once the book is covered it can be left in your locker and taken home as needed.

Sept. 21, 2016
Final Draft of Skittle Lab due tomorrow. See rubric posted Sept. 20.

Sept. 20, 2016
Students are putting together a sample lab report that they will be able to reference as we go through the year. Tomorrow they will exchange their lab report with a partner for peer editing. The peer editing sheet they received today will be the rubric for them to follow as well. See attached:
skittle lab peer editing & student rubric.pdf

Sept. 15, 2016
Students worked on coming to a conclusion using inference today. If they id not complete the Cube Evaluation sheet, they must do so for homework:
Cube Evaluation Lab.pdf

Sept. 14, 2016
No homework for tonight. We are moving through the Nature of Science material and will begin Astronomy soon. 

Sept. 12, 2016
No homework for tonight.

Sept. 7, 2016
Period 3, please see below for your assignment due tomorrow. All other classes do not have homework tonight. 

Sept. 6, 2016
Two handouts were given out (Welcome to Grade 8 Science & the Safety Contract) and need to be signed and returned. They were both due today.
Due tomorrow - Students are starting they year out reviewing the scientific method and the nature of science. Tomorrow they need to hand in observations from today's demo on air pressure (the Egg Demo). Students should follow guidelines given to them in the document titled, "The Lab Report," focusing only on the observation section.
THE LAB REPORT GUIDE.pdf

This page should be used throughout the school year to be sure to know what assignments are due and when they are due. Ms. Sacchetti keeps this page current to help students and their families. In addition, Ms. Sacchetti is available to answer questions/concerns through email - nsacchetti@pittfield.net

WELCOME TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR! I'm looking forward to getting to know the 2016-17 grade 8 students! ~ Ms. Sacchetti

Stay tuned . . .