Belleville Middle School

8th Grade Life Science

Mr. McCaffrey

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 organization. We will also research the classifications and hierarchy. Finally, we will inquire 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 includes 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 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 performance 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 instructions 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% Homework/Classwork

10% Class Participation (Click on Rubric to the right)




Climate and Culture Survey



Special Note about Chromebooks 11/6/17


If you are being asked to activate your JavaScript or Adobe Flashplayer in order to open certain Activities on Chromebook, follow the following instructions.  cannot open certain


To verify if JavaScript is enabled:

  1. In Google Chrome, click Chrome > Settings.
  2. Click the Show Advanced Settings link at the bottom of the page.
  3. Under Privacy, click Content Settings.
  4. In the Content Settings page, select Allow All Sites to Run JavaScript.
  5. Click OK, and then close and reopen Chrome.



To allow Adobe Flash Player:

  1. In Google Chrome, click Chrome > Settings.
  2. Click the Show Advanced Settings link at the bottom of the page.
  3. Under Privacy, click Content Settings.
  4. In the Content Settings page, select Allow All Sites to Run JavaScript.
  5. Click the arrow on Flash Allow, then ADD
  6. then add the website you will be using.

For example, to play the science games on my Links page add www.bbc.co.uk







Cell Theory

Electric Circuits Website

The folowing project is due on Monday 6/11. 
2. You should see a green circuit screen. Click on "Enter"
3 Enter that one person will be playing
4.Type your First and Last Name in the provided box and click O.K. This is the name that will appear on the certificate you earn, so be sure to use your real name and not a nickname.  
5.You will see 5 circles click on the first one .
6.Read all the information first and then click the green arrow. Note: you can not save your session so if you get disconnected or sign off before you complete it you will have t start over at the beginning. 
7. After you have successfully completed the activity click on the "?" and take the quiz.
8. When you have completed the quiz a star will light on the top border of the screen.
9. Move on to section 2.
10. After completing all 5  sections you see a screen presenting you with a certificate of completion. Print out your certificate and bring it to class. If absolutely can not print it, take a screen shot (hold down the ctrl key while you press the prt scr key). Paste it on a Word doc or on an email and send it to me.
If you do not have a  internet access at home, computers with printers are available in the public library and at homework club. 
For more fun with circuits, click on the link to complete electric circuit activity on the British Broadcast Company's website.