We're actively diving into a wide range of science topics this year! In our 7th and 8th-grade classes, we're working hard using a new curriculum driven by student inquiry. Currently, our focus is on chemical reactions and the physics of collisions, with bath bombs and colliding carts as our phenomena. We've also delved into computer simulations to observe particle-level interactions, along with hands-on activities like testing the properties of gasses produced by running energy from a battery through water. Our students are using this newfound knowledge to construct compelling scientific arguments based on claims and evidence.
In earth science, we've progressed from the study of rocks and minerals to delving into plate tectonics. We've been working in groups to identify rock samples and even demonstrated the rock cycle using melting crayons. Our hands-on approach is an enjoyable and effective method for students. This reinforces information and enhances students' ability to visualize concepts. We're now looking forward to using graham crackers to explore how the lithosphere moves on the asthenosphere, causing shifts in the positions of our continents.
Physics remains an exciting subject, as we're now exploring Newton's Laws of Motion. Recently, we completed a fun lab where students threw tennis balls in the gym to investigate projectile motion problems in action. As we progress through the Laws of Motion, our class will undertake the time-honored egg drop experiment, where students attempt to release an egg from a considerable height without breaking it. This experiment will help us evaluate concepts such as inertia, equal and opposite reactions, and forces in a collision. Be sure to stay tuned for the results of this fascinating experiment!
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