November 18 – 22

Tuesday, November 19th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We compared and contrasted elements, compounds, and mixtures.

What to do if you missed class today: Mr. Jamsa has a handout for you if you ask. This information will be the cornerstone of the upcoming chemistry unit.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We practiced using models.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the information below. We will refer to it often over the next few weeks.

Models:

  1. Represents something else.
  2. Should be able to use to predict a future event.
  3. Should be able to upgrade as new info is added.
  4. You should know its limitations.

The Four Model Questions:

  1. This model represents:
  2. This model could help you predict:
  3. This model could be upgraded by:
  4. Limitations of model:

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Monday, November 18th

What we did in class today: Mr. Jamsa was ill, so the class watched part two of Temple Grandin.

What to do if you missed class today: You can work on your Temple Grandin graphic organizer when he is gone again and we watch part 3.

November 12-15

Friday, November 15th

Today was our Adopt-a-Farmer Field Trip for the entire 8th grade.

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Thursday, November 14th

What we did in class today: We completed our energy / matter test.

What to do if you missed class today: You can schedule the test the next time Mr. Jamsa sees you in class.

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Wednesday, November 13

What we did in class today: We reviewed for Thursday’s multiple choice test.

What to do if you missed class today: Click on the homework link for information on how to prepare for tomorrow’s test.

Tuesday, November 12th

Class A – Before Lunch

What we did in class today: We compared and contrasted reduce, reuse, and recycle.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a classmate. You will need the material for Thursday’s test.

Class B – After Lunch

What we did in class today: We did an activity called Toil for Oil. This activity explored the relationship between civilization and oil.

What to do if you missed class today: There is nothing specific during this activity that will be on the test, so there is nothing you have to make up.

November 4 – 8

Friday, November 8th

What we did in class today: We did activities to show what it is like to be an “exceptional” student. It was a day to celebrate and appreciate diversity.

What to do if you missed class today: There is nothing to make up for today.

Thursday, November 7th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We looked at our relationship with oil in an activity called “Toil for Oil.”

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a classmate and speak with Mr. Jamsa after class.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We compared and contrasted the three R’s.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a classmate.

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Wednesday, November 6th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We looked at the organization of the Periodic Table of the Elements by creating our own tables.

What to do if you missed class today: Look at some of the examples from your classmates of tables. Ask Mr. Jamsa if you have any questions.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We looked at the enduring nature of matter by following the life of Carrie the Carbon Atom.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a classmate. Ask Mr. Jamsa if you have any questions.

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Tuesday, November 5

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We learned how to read information from the Periodic Table of the Elements.

What to do if you missed class today: Talk to a classmate or Mr. Jamsa and let them show you how to do it. You will be using this skill over the next six weeks.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We continued our study of matter by doing an activity with the rock cycle.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the film below and take notes and show Mr. Jamsa.

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Monday, November 4

What we did in class today: A community building activity followed by a “blow your mind” science session about quantum physics.

What to do if you missed class today: There is nothing official to make up although it was a great day in science class :<)

October 28 – November 1f


Friday, November 1st

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We introduced the Periodic Table of the elements and worked on decorating a copy of our Periodic Table of the Elements.

What to do if you missed class today: Mr. Jamsa will give you a copy of the table and the note page the next time you are in class. Use a classmates table and notes to get caught up.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We introduced the concept of atoms with some demonstrations.

What to do if you missed class today: Write notes on the following film in your notebook under the title “Atoms.”

Thursday, October 31st

What we did in class today: We did a community building activity and a review crossword. We also spoke about science fair.

What to do if you missed class today: There is nothing you had to make up for today.

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Wednesday, October 30th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We continued our study of the enduring nature of matter with the story of Carrie the Carbon atom.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a class mate and then talk to Mr. Jamsa. This concept will be hit often this year.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We designed our own Periodic Table of the Elements.

What to do if you missed class today: Today’s activity is a great way to learn about the PTE. When we share examples of great Periodic Tables in the future, you should be focused and ask questions so you understand the big picture. There is little you can do outside of class for today’s lesson.

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Tuesday, October 29th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We continued our study of matter by doing a rock cycle activity.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the movie below. Take notes. Answer the following two questions. Show Mr. Jamsa. 1) Matter is created in your cycle _______________. 2) Matter is destroyed in your cycle _______________.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We learned how to determine information from the Periodic Table of the Elements.

What to do if you missed class today: Talk to a classmate or Mr. Jamsa and ask them what you missed and copy the table. You will be tested on this information at a later date.

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Monday, October 28th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We received an introduction to atoms.

What to do if you missed class today: Write notes on the following film in your notebook. Title the page: “Atoms.”

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: Today was the last day I donated class time to looking for a science fair project.

What to do if you missed class today: You can look for a project on your own. The due date for project ideas is Friday.

October 21 – October 25

Friday, October 24th

Period A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We investigated whether earth was an open or closed system, and why that is an important question facing humans today.

What to do if you missed class: Come see me after school. I can walk you through the lesson in a few minutes. The overall concept learned is important and we will refer to it more this year.

Period B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We received an introduction to the Periodic Table of the Elements and worked on organizing the Periodic Tables that I gave out in class.

What to do if you missed class today: Get the handouts from Mr. Jamsa and copy the notes from a classmate. We will definitely be using the Periodic Tables over the next few months.

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Thursday, October 23rd

What we did in class today: Mr. Jamsa was not at school today. We started a film about a great scientist named Temple Grandin.

What to do if you missed class today: When you return to school, you can be updated on what you missed.

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Monday, October 21stWednesday, October 22nd

What we did in class today: We are still working on the Titanic Lab as described on Thursday/ Friday of last week.

October 14 – 18

mrjamsa.com was HACKED. I am slowly rebuilding the web site. I will make sure critical and timely information is posted. Past information is currently unavailable.

Thursday, October 17 – Friday, October 18

What we did in class today: We are working on the Titanic Lab. This lab will be the first opportunity to demonstrate the three science skills – What did I do? What happened? What did I learn? These three skills are a major part of the science grade this semester.

What to do if you missed class: We will make a plan with you when you return depending on how many days you miss.

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Titanic Lab

Wednesday, October 16

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We used what we knew about density, mass, and volume to learn the background for the Titanic Lab.

What to do if you missed class today: Missing this background will hurt, but if you speak with your table mates tomorrow, they should be able to explain to you the science behind your boat building on Thursday.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We looked at the difference between closed and open systems.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a classmate. We will refer to this information all year so it will be helpful to understand it.

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Tuesday, October 15

What we did in class today: We looked at some of the CER examples from last week to try and learn how to do them better.

What to do if you missed class today: Check out the homework link! There is going to be a quiz next week on some of the basic science concepts we have been studying thus far. The contents of the quiz will be explained on the homework link.

As far as Tuesday’s work, pay good attention to your classmates when you return. You will be writing a CER for the Titanic Lab which will be worth big points. You need to understand how to write a CER.

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Monday, October 14

What we did in class today: We learned a strategy for finding a science fair project and we spent some time looking.

What to do if you missed class: The strategy is outlined below:

  1. Find a topic of interest with student passion page or by using websites found under SCIENCE FAIR link above. It is helpful to ask people who know you what ideas they have.
  2. Do some research on the topic/ see if you like it
  3. Brainstorm a list of independent and dependent variables about the project (as also described in the SCIENCE FAIR LINK) or choose a problem that can be solved related to the project.
  4. Talk to Mr. Jamsa or e-mail Mr. Jamsa your current idea. He will probably give you some suggestions for narrowing it down or he will ask you to consider other directions.
  5. Do more research
  6. Fill out the T-form and SHARE with Mr. Jamsa. The T-form is found in the Google classroom, not on this web site.
  7. Mr. Jamsa will accept the project or respond with ways you need to improve the project. We want it to be a) something you love b) do-able c) somewhat important. Mr. Jamsa has done this a long time and has a pretty good idea on what a good project looks like.