Welcome to 8th grade Science!

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Are you up for a challenge?  IOS(the SFISD afterschool STREAM program) wants you to build a vehicle to protect an egg during a crash.  Sign up at this link https://bit.ly/SaveAnEgg (Links to an external site.) and we will send you the design specifications (dimensions of your vehicle and other requirements). Your car is due on May 22nd. On May 25th we will host a live Zoom meeting to test them. Some of your favorite science teachers will be making a cameo appearance. All students designing a successful vehicle (the egg did not crack or break) will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Open to SFISD students in grades 6-12.

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.  I miss having everyone in class!   Listed below are the weekly objectives we will be working on.  Please be sure to read the information the front page in canvas and check skyward for grades.


Week 1: Newton’s Laws March 23rd - 27th

Lesson Objectives

  • Describe Newton's first law of motion and how it relates to inertia.
  • Use Newton's second law of motion to calculate force, mass, and acceleration.
  • Explain Newton's third law of motion and how it relates to action and reaction forces.
  • Identify applications of Newton's three laws of motion.

Week 2:  Mapping the Earth March 30th - April 3rd

Lesson Objectives

  • Explain how contour lines show elevation and landforms on a map.
  • Explain how the relief of an area determines the contour interval used on a map.
  • List the rules of contour lines.

Week 3:  Living Things and the Environment April 6th - 10th

Lesson Objectives

  • Differentiate between a habitat and a niche.
  • Examine biotic and abiotic factors in the environment.
  • Identify the levels of organization within an ecosystem.

Week 4: Interactions Among Living Things April 13 - 17th 

Lesson Objectives

  • Differentiate competition, predation, and cooperation.
  • Distinguish among the three types of symbiotic relationships.
  • The quiz from this week will count as a test grade.

Week 5: Owl Pellet Dissection April 20 - April 24th

Lesson Objectives

  • Dissect an owl pellet and examine the contents
  • Identify an owl’s prey based on the contents of an owl pellet.

Week 6: Human Impact on the Earth April 27 - May 1

  • Identify examples of short-term human-induced environmental changes.
  • Identify examples of long-term human-induced environmental changes.
  • Assess the impact of human-induced environmental changes on organisms, populations, and species.
  • The quiz from this week will count as a test grade

Week 7: Coral Reefs May 11 - 15

  • Identify the impacts of floating refuse on marine ecosystems.
  • Describe how fisheries and ocean bottom trawling impact marine ecosystems.
  • Evaluate methods humans are using to reduce their impact on marine ecosystems.
  • The quiz from this week will count as a test grade

Week 8: May 11 - 15

  • Flocabulary: Viruses

Week 9: May 18 - 22

  • Flocabulary: Measels

Week 10:  May 25 - 29

  • Flocabulary: Biodiversity at Risk


How will we communicate with each other?

Questions about assignments will be submitted through your Canvas course. There are two ways to submit questions – through a discussion board or through private message. Discussion board questions are for questions that may be of interest to the entire class. Questions of a more personal nature can be submitted by going to your Inbox and hitting the compose a new message icon.

Assignment Due Dates

All assignments Science will be due on Fridays

Honor Code

All students are expected to adhere to the Santa Fe ISD Honor Code during this time.

Important Reminders: These are time I am dedicated to being online Canvas to communicate with you through live chat.  My virtual tutorial hours are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00am.

Office Hours: Monday – 9:00am – 11:00am

                                Tuesday – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

                                Wednesday – 9:00am – 11:00am

                                Thursday – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

                                  Friday – 9:00am – 11:00am

My email: betty.norvell@sfisd.org 



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