Jan. 9
Element Project is due Thursday. Please refer to rubrics posted under the Element Project link from the homepage.

Jan. 2 
Element Project model and brochure due Monday, Jan. 8. Please see Element Project page for details!

Dec. 21
Students have been working on the Element Project. The complete directions are linked from the main page. The brochure portion is due tomorrow. The model portion will begin when we return from our break.

Dec. 11
Students were sent home with a worksheet titled, "Introduction to Atoms," which is a review sheet for a quiz tomorrow. (e- shell diagrams will not be expected on the quiz.)

Nov. 28
Please turn in any work that is owed.

Nov. 27 
Please check Powerschool frequently to make sure all assignments have been turned in. Students are currently researching information on hurricanes. Later in the week they will be stating the Chemistry Unit.

Nov. 9
Astronomy Test is Monday, 11/13. In order to prepare, students have been working on a Free Form Map (Big Book Page.) This is due Monday and is important to complete by then. The point of doing the Big Book Page is as a study method to help prepare for the test. ASTRONOMY BIG BOOK PAGE.pdf

Oct. 31
Students need to complete the 3 Solar System Conclusion Questions.

Oct. 25
If a student received a low score on the Astronomy Quiz, they can come to Mrs. Sacchetti's room tomorrow during extended homeroom to re-take the quiz. If you cannot come during this time, please make arrangements with Mrs. Sacchetti to retake the quiz at a different time. 

Oct. 24
Please check Powerschool to make sure all assignments are in. Grades close next week for report cards.
(Students are working on a group Solar System project in class.)

Oct. 18
Moon Journal due tomorrow.

Oct. 17
Quiz was postponed until tomorrow - 10/18. (See below for what will be covered.) Last day for Moon Journal entry would most likely first thing tomorrow morning before the Sun comes up. (Will rise at 5:43 tomorrow morning. Look east!)
Moonrise = 4:39 am
Moonset = 5:26 pm 

Oct. 16
QUIZ tomorrow - rotation vs revolution, seasons, moon phases, tides, eclipses
Moonrise = 3:34 am
Moonset = 4:56 pm 
Moon Journal is due Thursday (Can opt to keep going up until the next full moon if you were unable to get many entries.)

Moonset = 3:04 pm (10/13)

Moonrise = 1:21 am (10/14) 

Oct. 12
Students needs to complete the Sun-Earth-Moon Worksheet (questions focused on tides) as well as definitions for spring and neap tides. Students can access the the McGraw Hill book if needed through their Clever account.
Moonrise = 12:16 am (10/13)
Moonset = 3:04 pm (10/13)

Oct. 10
Moonrise = 10:07 pm
Moonset = 1:11 pm (10/11)

Oct. 6
Don't forget . . . You need at least 3 entries per week for your Moon Journal. We are now in the waning phases of the lunar cycle as we passed the full moon phase on Thursday, 10/5.

Oct. 5
Students need to complete their Moon Phase illustrations and the assessment that was originally given before our Moon Phases Lab. The final answers should be in colored pen or pencil. If the original answer should stay the same, they must put a colored check mark for that answer. 

Oct. 4
Students are learning about why we have moon phases in class. There is no homework tonight.
Moonrise = 6:16 pm
Moonset = 6:29 am (10/5)

Oct. 3
Students are wrapping up lessons on Seasons - Reasons for Seasons, Seasons Statements, and terms from book (done in class only) due tomorrow. 
Moonrise = 5:35 pm
Moonset = 5:12 am (10/4)

Oct. 2 
Students did a lesson in class today on why we have seasons. Tonight they must complete follow up questions SeasonsFollowUpQuestions.pdf
Moonrise = 5:11 pm
Moonset = 4:16 am (10/3)

Sept. 29 
Moonrise = 3:08 pm
Moonset = 1:05
Remember, you need a minimum of 3 entries per week (Monday to Monday)

Sept 26
Students should be keeping a moon journal. It is expected that at least 3 entries per week. 
Moonrise and set times will be posted here daily. 
9/26 -  Moonrise - 12:52 pm  Moonset - 10:47 am

Sept. 25
Students had a lab returned to them today - The Inference Cube. Students can make corrections on most labs (including this one) for full credit. Corrections must be done on a separate piece of paper and returned by the next class period. Corrections will not be accepted after that time. 
Students should start keeping a moon journal. It is expected that at least 3 entries per week. Students were given a booklet and the directions on what needs to be done.
Moonrise and set times will be posted here daily.
9/25 Moonrise - 11:57 pm  Moonset - 10:07 am
Moon Journal Directions.pdf

Sept. 22 
Final copy of "Skittle Lab" is due Monday. Please use the rubric (linked on Sept. 21)

Sept. 21
Students are expected to have the final copy of their Skittle Lab lab reprot completed for tomorrow. Many students started (and may have finished) their reports in class today using a Google Doc. Please follow the rubric. Skittle Lab Rubric

Sept. 20
Students need to complete their rough draft of the Conclusion for the Skittle Lab. The following is an outline to follow for the conclusion:
 1. Write the lab question
 2. Answer the question backed up by data
 3. Evaluate most dominant to least for the class avg and compare/contrast this to your bag
 4. Evaluate original hypothesis - supported or not?

Sept. 19
Students must complete the double bar graph started in class, except for period 6. Students are graphing their bag of Skittles compared to the class average using a double bar graph.

Sept. 15, 2017
Students need to complete the Inference Cube Lab conclusion, if they did not complete it in class. Due Monday.
Cube Evaluation Lab.pdf

Sept. 14, 2017
Students were instructed on the difference between direct observations and inference. They must complete a worksheet deciding if the scenarios are examples of observation or inference. 

Sept. 13, 2017
No homework tonight.

Sept. 12, 2017
No homework for tonight . . . Students will have a short quiz tomorrow on the components of a valid experiment. Components of an Experiment notes.pdf

Sept. 11, 2017
Students are working on the different components of an experiment in class to understand what goes into a valid experiment that gets valid results. This work will be done entirely in class. There is no homework tonight. 

Sept. 7 & 8 - No homework

Sept. 6, 2017
Today students observed a demonstration (on air pressure) and took notes as they made observations. They must write their observations in complete sentences and follow the scientific method for writing observations. (No personal pronouns, past tense, don't come to any conclusions - just state what was observed.) Students were given the attached handout as a guide, focusing only on observations.
Sci Meth- Lab Report.pdf

Sept. 5, 2017
Students should have returned the Safety Contract and Welcome to Grade 8 Science papers signed by them and a parent/guardian. No student can participate in a lab until the Safety Contract is signed.
Due Tomorrow - Short paragraph explaining why sound changed for the, "Buzzer Demo." Please use complete sentences.

Sept. 2, 2017
This page will be used daily to post what is due for assignments. Often times the assignment itself will be linked directly.
The first "assignment" is to for students to sign the Science Safety Contract and the handout titled, "Welcome to Grade 8 Science." These both also need to be signed by the parent/guardian. Both of these are due Tuesday, Sept. 5 and will be counted as a homework assignment. (These documents are linked on the page of the website titled, "Supplies and Expectations Ms. Sacchetti's Class.")
Ms. Sacchetti checks her email often and will respond promptly if you have any questions or concerns - nsacchetti@pittsfield.net