Belleville Middle School
8th Grade Life Science
My name is Mr. McCaffrey. I am very excited to be your student's Science teacher for the coming school year. In the 8th grade, we will be exploring Life - its origin and evolution. We will investigate the cell's structures, functions and orginization. We will also research the classifications and hierarchy. Finally we will inguire into how living things interact with the environment. We fully expect to have a fun year of Lab activities and making use of various technology platforms to achieve these goals.
We will be utilizing the Hughton Mifflin Hardcourt curriculum into our lesson plans. It incudes consumable workbooks and online components, which students will be tasked with completing at home. It was designed around the fundamentals of the Next Generation Science Standards. I also will be assigning projects and assignments on Newsela and Defined Stem. Because of these things, we expect that our class will be discovery based and driven by technology. I invite you to look over the new standards over by clicking on the pdf file to the right. It will give you a better idea of what the our expectations and learning objectives are for the year.
If you click on the "Links" to the right you will be able to view the homework for today or any previous day to date. Likewise, I will be adding other cool sites for reference, current events, and fun science stuff/games. The "Posts" section is for updates, projects and other miscellaneous information.
I encourage you to enroll in my Remind911.com group to receive text message notices of quizzes and tests and other events and assignments.
Summer Science Assignment
8th grade students were required to complete perfomance task on the Defines Stem website http://definedstem.com/ Click on the Login button and then on the Student Button. Then enter the appropriate Student Code - 3xa8r. Follow ALL of the instructiona and do all of the research. Then pick one product in step 4 and complete it according to the Instructions and rubrics.
Completion of this task will earn two 100 point quiz grades towards your first period report card.
The grading scale for the year will be as follows:
50% Assessments (Tests, Lab Reports, Projects, Notebook)
30% Quizzes (including pop quizzes)
10% Class Participation (Click on Rubric to the right)
Climate and Culture Survey
Special Note about Chromebooks 11/6/17
To allow Adobe Flash Player:
For example, to play the science games on my Links page add www.bbc.co.uk