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I teach 8th grade Physical Science. These are resources I've created for my class. They include warm-ups, formative assessments, and project ideas.

I teach 8th grade Physical Science. These are resources I've created for my class. They include warm-ups, formative assessments, and project ideas.
Simple Machine Ad Project
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Simple Machine Ad Project

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Imagine your students are working for the Wonderful Work Simple Machine advertising division - this project asks them to develop a one page advertisement with accompanying descriptive paragraph. Students will be creating a one page advertisement for a simple machine and accompany the ad with a short paragraph describing the machine in more detail. The packet includes: a sample advertisement for an inclined plane that can be printed and posted in the class as an example, a labelled version that can be printed on the back of the student directions as a guide, student directions include the grading requirements, teacher notes and a sample rubric.
Crafting a Scientific Argument: Density
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Crafting a Scientific Argument: Density

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Provides practice using the "claim/evidence/reason" framework for crafting a scientific argument. Students are presented with a scenario of 5 blocks of differing shapes, masses, and volumes. After calculating the density of the 5 blocks, students are guided in crafting a scientific argument about whether shape affects density. Can be done as classwork or homework. Can be used to introduce the concept of density or as a formative assessment. Works well in conjunction with a hands-on lab about density.
Electricity Card Sort Activity and Formative Assessment
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Electricity Card Sort Activity and Formative Assessment

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This is a sorting activity in which students group a set of cards with pictures or words on them in the categories of current electricity, static electricity or applies to both. It's a great formative assessment! These can be printed and cut. They can also be pasted to index cards and laminated for durability, if desired.
Build An Atom Atomic Structure Activity
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Build An Atom Atomic Structure Activity

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Students review and practice how to determine the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons an atom possesses. Students also create Bohr models of three elements from the first six on the periodic table.
Scientific Methods and Measuring Quiz - 2 versions
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Scientific Methods and Measuring Quiz - 2 versions

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Quiz to assess scientific methods and measuring. Includes tools, units, accuracy and precision as well as a short data analysis activity (students are given the data from a white powder lab and have to answer questions about the possible identity of the materials). Two versions, both with answer keys.
Apollo 13 Movie Worksheets
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Apollo 13 Movie Worksheets

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Warm-up activity, worksheet, exit ticket, and Cloze paragraph to accompany the movie Apollo 13. Warm-up activity assesses prior knowledge of the US Space program and the Apollo missions. Worksheet is designed to be completed while viewing. Exit ticket can be used as a formative assessment after the viewing is complete. The Cloze paragraph activity is designed as either a formative assessment, homework, and/or literacy activity for completion after viewing.
Matter Activities
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Matter Activities

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Set of three activities for reviewing and reinforcing matter. Activity 1 is the Matter Cloze paragraph worksheet. Students are given a short reading selection and a word box. The goal is to fill in the blanks correctly. Activity 2 is the States of Matter Phase Change formative assessment. This is a hands-on activity to match the names of the phase changes with the correct change of state as well as whether energy is being added or removed. Activity 3 is an "I have...Who has...?" Matter vocabulary game. Answer sheets are included.
Path of Light Through the Eye Cloze Paragraph
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Path of Light Through the Eye Cloze Paragraph

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Great for formative assessments! Cloze paragraph and scramble activity to introduce, review, or reinforce the path that light takes as it enters the eye, creates an image, and sends that image to the brain. Cloze paragraph includes word box. Scramble activity involves cutting out statements and placing them in the correct order. This can be done individually, and pasted into an interactive notebook or laminated for the class and used over and over.
Acid-Base Scavenger Hunt
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Acid-Base Scavenger Hunt

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PowerPoint and student worksheet for conducting an acid base scavenger hunt. Can be done as a lab activity in class or as an at-home science activity. The PowerPoint gives an overview of acids and bases, directions for the activity, and safety guidance. The student worksheet contains a review of how blue and red litmus paper work, directions for the activity and a location to record results. Teacher notes include options if red and blue litmus is not available (red and blue litmus paper can be purchased from science supply companies).
Metric Measurement Learning Activities
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Metric Measurement Learning Activities

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Includes three activities for reviewing and reinforcing metric measurement. Activity 1 is an "I have...Who has...?" vocabulary game using metric units, prefixes, and measurement definitions. Activity 2 is "Metric Mystery Boxes," an activity that is part logic puzzle and part calculating volume. Students are given a set of length, width, and height measurements, as well as a set of clues. Using both, the students match a set of four boxes with their correct dimensions. Activity 3 is a 2 part practice sheet that is great for warm-ups. All answer keys are included.
Heat Transfer Discovery Stations
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Heat Transfer Discovery Stations

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Worksheet to accompany three heat transfer hands-on discovery activities that demonstrate convection, conduction, and radiation. Format is "predict, observe, explain, elaborate" where students are asked to make a prediction before doing the activity, observe and collect data during the activity, create an explanation after the activity, and elaborate by tying discovery to a real-world situation. This was designed for an 8th grade science class but would be appropriate for as young as 5th grade with increased adult assistance, or as a demonstration for younger elementary students
Phase Change Identification Activity
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Phase Change Identification Activity

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Manipulative activity in which students identify and label basic phase changes and whether energy is being added or removed. Students can cut and paste the answers and keep the completed activity in their notebooks, or teachers can laminate for multiple uses, and students can copy the completed diagram into their notebooks. Great formative assessment!
Reactions, Naming, and Balancing Quiz
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Reactions, Naming, and Balancing Quiz

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Twenty question assessment for identifying types of chemical reactions, naming ionic and covalent binary compounds, and balancing simple equations. Can be used as a quiz or review worksheet. Not multiple choice. Answer key is included.
Element, Compound, Mixture Bundle
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Element, Compound, Mixture Bundle

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1. Build An Atomic Structure Activity (students learn atomic structure) 2. Show What You Know (PowerPoint formative assessment) 3. Solution, Suspension, Colloid Card Sort (formative assessment)