**Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded**

What's Happening? 

June 1- June 5: 
Greetings all! We are almost  at the finish line for the 2019-2020 school year! While this school year did not turn out exactly how we thought it would, I hope all of you learned a little something about physical science. This week is all about getting you ready for next year where you will be taking high school Biology. You will find that a lot of the concepts that you learn in Biology are in-depth repeats of what you learned in 7th grade! So, our focus this week will be to review one of the concepts learned in 7th grade Science. Specifically, students will review cells!  On Wednesday, during Science work time, students can go to join.nearpod.com and enter the following codes BMAGJ and VKWDZ.

Alternatively, students may also directly access the Nearpod activities by accessing Canvas and clicking on the Module for this week.From there, students can enter their name and get started. The codes for Nearpod are available on my teacher page, Teams, and Canvas (can access through Clever). I will be available on Teams to answer questions on Thursday 1:30-3:00pm. 

For your convenience, the Nearpod links can be found below:

Cells Nearpod Activity

Cells Nearpod Review Activity

 

For additional practice click on the following:

Reviewgamezone Parts of a Cell Activity

Cell Organelles Quizizz Activity

Students can also go to joinmyquiz.com and enter the following codes to access Quizizz:  5772633

As a reminder, Nearpod and Quizizz can be accessed from any device (iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones, laptops, etc.).


May 26-May 29: 
Hello all! Sorry for the delay in the weekly update. This week our review will focus on balancing chemical equations. On Wednesday, during the Science work time, students can go to join.nearpod,com and enter the following codes: KTOQP. Alternatively, students may also directly access the Nearpod activity by accessing Canvas and clicking on the Module for this week.From there, students can enter their name and get started. The codes for Nearpod are available on my teacher page, Teams, and Canvas (can access through Clever). I will be available on Teams to answer questions on Thursday 1:30-3:00pm. 

For your convenience, the Nearpod link can be found below:

Chemical Equations

 

For extra practice on balancing chemical equations, students can access the following Quizizz links:

Counting Atoms

Balancing Chemical Equations

Students can also go to joinmyquiz.com and enter the following codes to access Quizizz:  8902927 (Balancing Chemical Equations) or 6929576 (Counting Atoms)


As a reminder, Nearpod and Quizizz can be accessed from any device (iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones, laptops, etc.).

Best,

Dr. Ewell


May 18-May 22:
 
Hello all! This week our review will focus on classification of matter/elements compounds, and mixtures. On Wednesday, during the Science work time, students can go to join.nearpod,com and enter the following codes: What's the Matter? (PYFKD); Pure Substances(EUJTN); and Mixtures(ICWHL). Alternatively, students may also directly access the Nearpod activity by accessing Canvas and clicking on the Module for this week.From there, students can enter their name and get started. The codes for Nearpod are available on my teacher page, Teams, and Canvas (can access through Clever). I will be available on Teams to answer questions on Thursday 1:30-3:00pm. 

For your convenience, the Nearpod links can be found below:

What's the Matter Nearpod Activity
Pure Substances (Elements and Compounds) Nearpod Activity
Mixtures Nearpod Activity

For extra practice on elements, compounds and mixtures, students can access the following Quizizz link:

Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures Quizizz Activity

Students can also go to joinmyquiz.com and enter the following code to access Quizizz: 1915613


As a reminder, Nearpod and Quizizz can be accessed from any device (iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones, laptops, etc.).



May 11-May 15: 
Hello all! Welcome to another week of distance learning!! Thank you to all of you who continued to review 8th grade Science by completing the Nearpod and Quizizz activities! This week, our focus is the Properties of Matter.  On Wednesday, during the Science work time, students can go to join.nearpod.com and enter the following codes: JTRSW (cores 1,2, and 4), UTYFW (core 3), and QKSRL (all cores). Students may also directly access the Nearpod activity by accessing Canvas and clicking on the Module for this week.From there, students can enter their name and get started. The codes for Nearpod are available on my teacher page, Teams, and Canvas (can access through Clever). I will be available on Teams to answer questions on Thursday 1:30-3:00pm. 

For your convenience, the Nearpod links can be found below:

All Cores Properties of Matter Nearpod Activity

Cores 1,2, and 4 Chemical and Physical Changes Nearpod Activity

Core 3 Chemical and Physical Changes Nearpod Activity

For extra practice on the properties of matter, students can access the following Quizizz links: 

Chemical and Physical Properties 
Chemical and Physical Changes


Students can also go to joinmyquiz.com and enter the following codes to access Quizizz: 330902 (Chemical and Physical Properties) and 505440 (Chemical and Physical Changes)


As a reminder, Nearpod and Quizizz can be accessed from any device (iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones, laptops, etc.).


May 4-May 8:
Welcome to another week of distance learning!! Thank you to all of you who reviewed your scientific investigation skills with the Nearpod activity last week! This week, our focus is Particle Theory and Atomic Theory! On Wednesday, during the Science work time, students can go to join.nearpod.com and enter the correct code for their class: core 1(XMFHL) core 2(EIBGS), core 3(QRHMX), and core 4(GEJPD). From there, students can enter their name and get started. The codes for Nearpod are available on my page, Teams, and Canvas (can access through Clever). I will be available on Teams to answer questions on Thursday 1:30-3:00pm. 

For extra practice on particle theory and atomic theory, students can access the following Quizizz links: 

Particle Theory: https://quizizz.com/join?gc=056158
Atomic Theory: https://quizizz.com/join?gc=343180

As a reminder, Nearpod and Quizizz can be accessed from any device (iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones, laptops, etc.).


April 27-May 1: 
Happy Monday all! Today marks the beginning of the 4th quarter! Our focus during this quarter is to review and practice our Science skills so that students are ready for 9th grade. This week, the focus will be Scientific Investigation. On Wednesday during the Science work time (10:00-11:30 am), students will be working on a  Nearpod activity that discusses how scientists "do" science. You will find that every resource students need is found within Nearpod and that there are a variety of activities for students to participate in. Additionally, Nearpod can be accessed from any device (iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones, laptops, etc.) To access Nearpod, go to join.nearpod.com and enter the correct code for your class: core 1(DUPNR), core 2 (JIOEV), core 3 (SWTRZ), and core 4 (EVXBO). From there, students can enter their name and get started. I will be available on Teams to answer questions on Thursday 1:30-3:00pm. As a reminder, this work is optional and cannot be graded. However, it makes for excellent practice!

April 13- April 24:
Greetings parents and students! I hope that you are all doing well. I hope that students have been using this time to review previously learned concepts using the resources that have been provided to them. This week marks a shift in the at home learning experience as students will have the opportunity to boost their 3rd quarter grades before the end of the quarter on April 24th. 

All students should have access to Teams (they will have to use their school login information to access this). Once on Teams, students need to click on the Assignments tab. In the Assignments tab, students will find 2 replacement credit opportunities as well as the Naiku login information for the Unit 4 and Unit 5 test retakes. To review the concepts of heat, temperature, work, force, and motion, students can still continue to access EdPuzzle (https://edpuzzle.com/open/oguwwih).

If students have questions about a concept, the quickest way to access me is on Teams via chat. Additionally, I will have office hours (on Teams) via chat every Thursday from 1:30pm-3:00pm. 

I am missing all of my students but I hope all of you are staying safe!

-Dr. Ewell





March 23

Greetings parents and students!


While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited our ability to have class every day,  you all do have opportunities to review what has been learned throughout the year. Below, you will find an outline of the topics we have covered  and resources that you and your child can access to review the content. Please note, county guidance has stated that the review activities listed below  are to be ungraded.

What have we covered in 8thGrade Science this year:

Unit 1 (The Nature of Matter): September 3- October 18

PS.2 The student will investigate and understand the nature of matter. Key concepts include:  a) the particle theory of matter;  b) elements, compounds, mixtures, acids, bases, and salts;  c) solids, liquids, and gases;  d) physical properties;  e) chemical properties; and  f) characteristics of types of matter based on physical and chemical properties.

PS. 2 Review Materials
Properties of Matter:
Matching and Concentration: https://www.quia.com/jg/431838.html?section=study-1
pH scale review: http://www.solpass.org/science6-8-new/games/ph/water.htm?section=study-1
Review games: http://reviewgamezone.com/game.php?id=21033
Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/50931857/matter-ps-2-flash-cards/
Review game zone for Matter: http://reviewgamezone.com/preview.php?id=926
Matter Quizizz Activity: quizizz.com/join?gc=913900

Unit 2 (Structure and Organization of Matter): October 21- December 4

PS.3 The student will investigate and understand the modern and historical models of atomic structure. Key concepts include  a) the contributions of Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, and Bohr in understanding the atom; and  b) The modern model of atomic structure  

PS.4 The student will investigate and understand the organization and use of the periodic table of elements to obtain a) symbols, atomic numbers, atomic mass, chemical families (groups), and periods;  b) classification of elements as metals, metalloids, and nonmetals;  c) formation of compounds through ionic and covalent bonding.  

PS.5 The student will investigate and understand changes in matter and the relationship of these changes to the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy. Key concepts include:  a) physical changes;  b) chemical changes 

PS.3,4, and 5 Review Materials
Atoms and Atomic Theory:
http://www.classtools.net/widgets/dustbin_4/ALSSl.htm
Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/52833431/atoms-and-atomic-theory-review-flash-cards/
Arcade games: http://www.classtools.net/arcade/quiz--56_Atoms--and--the--Atomic--Theory--YObV
Atomic Theory Quizizz Activity: quizizz.com/join?gc=37177

Periodic Table Review:
Class Tools Games: http://www.classtools.net/arcade/quiz--53_PS--4--Periodic--Table--Organization--Review----417Fx
Review Game Zone: http://reviewgamezone.com/game.php?id=26933
Periodic Table Quizizz Review Activity: quizizz.com/join?gc=159480

Balancing Equations:
Step by Step:
http://www.wikihow.com/Balance-Chemical-Equations
https://www.easycalculation.com/chemistry/learn-to-balance-chemical-equation.php

Practice:
http://funbasedlearning.com/chemistry/chemBalancer2/default.htm
http://education.jlab.org/elementbalancing/index.html

Changes in Matter:
Rags to Riches: https://www.quia.com/rr/286491.html
Review Games: http://reviewgamezone.com/game.php?id=26934
Arcade Style Games: http://reviewgamezone.com/game.php?id=351

Unit 3 ( Forms of Energy and Energy Transformations): December 5- December 20
PS.6 The student will investigate and understand forms of energy and how energy is transferred and transformed. Key concepts include: a) potential and kinetic energy  and b) mechanical, chemical, electrical, thermal, radiant, and nuclear energy 

PS. 6 Review Materials
On line Crossword: https://crosswordlabs.com/view/ps-6-review-crossword-puzzle-12
Quizlet: https://crosswordlabs.com/view/ps-6-review-crossword-puzzle-12
REVIEW GAME ZONE: http://reviewgamezone.com/game.php?id=27425
Matching: http://www.solpass.org/6-8Science/6s/Activities/6.2energy-match.html
Energy Quizizz Review: quizizz.com/join?gc=395266

 

Unit 4: ( Thermal Energy and Heat): January 6-January 24

PS. 7 The student will investigate and understand temperature scales, heat, and thermal energy transfer. Key concepts include:  a) Celsius and Kelvin temperature scales and absolute zero;  b) phase change, freezing point, melting point, boiling point, vaporization, and condensation;  c) conduction, convection, and radiation; d) applications of thermal energy

PS. 7 Review Materials
Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/_1tv5fl
CROSSWORD PUZZLE: https://crosswordlabs.com/view/ps-7-review-puzzle
REVIEW GAME ZONE: http://reviewgamezone.com/game.php?id=27918
ARCADE: http://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_78/PS_7_Heat_and_Temperature_Review_F5ok8.htm
Review game zone: http://reviewgamezone.com/game.php?id=233
Heat Transfer Arcade: http://sciencereviewgames.com/srg/subjects/games.php?id=27
Temperature and Heat Quizizz Activities: quizizz.com/join?gc=515355      quizizz.com/join?gc=571162   quizizz.com/join?gc=211030

 

Unit 5 (Work, Force, and Motion): January 27- March 6

PS. 10 The student will investigate and understand the scientific principles of work, force, and motion. Key concepts include:  a)     speed, velocity, and acceleration b)    Newton’s Laws of Motion c)     Work, force, mechanical advantage, efficiency, and power  d)    Technological applications of work, force, and motion 

PS. 10 Review Materials
Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/_1vt6fm
REVIEW GAME ZONE: http://reviewgamezone.com/preview.php?id=1165
MATCHING OR CONCENTRATION: https://www.quia.com/jg/2734717.html
ARCADE: http://www.classtools.net/mob/quiz_27/PS_10_Work_Force_and_Motion_ArcadeStyle_Games_uGchi.htm
ON LINE CROSSWORD PUZZLE: http://crosswordlabs.com/view/ps-10-work-force-and-motion2
Forces and Motion Quizizz:  quizizz.com/join?gc=438354

 

Unit 6 (Light and Sound): March 9-March 13

PS. 9 The student will investigate and understand the characteristics of transverse waves. Key concepts include:  a)     Wavelength, frequency, speed, amplitude, crest, and trough  

PS.8 The student will investigate and understand the characteristics of sound waves. Key concepts include:  a)     Wavelength, frequency, speed, amplitude, refraction, and compression  

PS.8 and 9 Review Materials
Review game zone: http://reviewgamezone.com/game.php?id=28734 
Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/_1vpujz
ON LINE CROSSWORD PUZZLE https://crosswordlabs.com/view/ps-8-sound-and-sound-energy-and-ps-9-light-and-transverse-waves
MATCHING OR CONCENTRATION https://www.quia.com/jg/1342579.html
Waves Quizizz Review: quizizz.com/join?gc=239246

In addition to the links provided, if your student was able to obtain a textbook prior to the closure, they are strongly encouraged to read through the book chapters and complete the review questions at the end of the section. Additionally, students can review content by going to SOLPass (school: RipponMS/ password: rippon).

 Finally, students can go to EdPuzzle (https://edpuzzle.com/open/oguwwih) and enter the class code: oguwwih  to watch videos of topics that they may have forgotten but need a refresher. As students watch these videos, they will be required to answer questions in order to move forward. It is my hope that these videos will engage students in the content. I will continue to update the class page with these videos so that your child can continue to review. 

These review materials re the only items students have to worry about. Math and Science students no longer have to work on their Roller Coaster projects as they would be difficult to construct and grade given the circumstances. 

 If you have any questions of me, please do not hesitate to reach out. The information posted here can also be found in the Files and Documents section of my page under 2019-2020 Instructional Calendar.

 

Stay safe and healthy!

 

Dr. Ewell


March 2-6:
Students will begin the week learning about the last few concepts in Unit 5: mechanical advantage and mechanical efficiency. The remainder of the week will be spent reviewing for the Unit 5 exam on Friday, 3/6!
Math and Science:Students will continue their forensics unit by analyzing a crime scene and working on their forensics project.

February 24-28:
Students will spend this week learning about work, power and simple machines.
Math and Sciences:
Students will learn all about forensics this week! There will be opportunities to learn about tire track evidence, fingerprints, shoe print evidence,and hair/fiber evidence!

February 10- February 14:
Students will be introduced to forces this week and will learn how they are related to motion! The majority of this week will be spent learning how to calculate net force, determining if a force is balanced or unbalanced, and learning all about Newton's Laws of Motion!
Math and Science: This week will begin with students showing what they have learned about forces. Students will then apply that knowledge to the Newton Car lab! The remainder of the week will be spent learning about work, power, mechanical advantage, and mechanical efficiency. 

February 3- February 7:
This week, students will continue to learn about speed and acceleration! Students will begin the week learning how to interpret distance-time graphs. As the week progresses, students will learn about acceleration and learn how to calculate the acceleration of an object. By the end of the week, students will show what they have learned on a quiz!
Math and Science: Students will begin the week by taking a speed, velocity, and acceleration quiz. By the end of the week, students will discuss forces and learn all about Newton's Laws of Motion!

January 27-January 31: Students will start a new unit this week: forces and motion. This short week will be spent learning the scientific definition of speed and motion. Additionally, students will get some math with their science as they learn how to calculate speed.
Math and Science: Students will continue their discussion about speed. Specifically, students will learn how to interpret distance-time graphs to not only determine an object's motion but to calculate its speed as well. The week will close out with students learning about acceleration!

January 13-January 17:
This week, students will continue learning about heat! The week will begin with students learning about the different types of heat transfer, what insulators do, and endothermic and exothermic reactions!
Math and Science: Students will be wrapping up their discussion about heat! Students will learn about the heat involved in chemical reactions, the role of heat in phase changes, and the usage of different heat technologies. The remainder of the week will be spent reviewing for the Unit 4 test on Friday!

December 16- December 20:
During this last week before break, students will be finishing up their unit on energy! The week will begin with students completing their energy posters and learning about energy transformations. Students will then have a day to review the concepts and will take their Unit 3 test on Friday!
Math and Science: Students will start the week learning all about energy transfer. On Wednesday, students will participate in a field trip to Freedom HS where they will learn all about the programs that are available at the school. The remainder of the week will be spent using our knowledge of energy transfer to complete a thermos engineering challenge!

December 9-December 13:
This week, students continue their investigation into Unit 3: Energy! The week will begin with students discussing potential and kinetic energy. As the week progresses, students will learn about the different types of energy and all the ways that energy can transform! Please keep in mind that students have a quiz on Thursday, December 12.
Math and Science: Students will be closing out Unit 3 by reviewing concepts and taking their unit exam on Thursday, December 12. The remainder of the week will be spent learning about energy transfer!

December 2-December 6:
Welcome back! This week will begin with students reviewing what they have learned during Unit 2 in preparation for their Unit 2 exam on Wednesday. The remainder of the week will be spent introducing students to potential and kinetic energy- the first topics of Unit 3.
Math and Science:Students will continue our talk about energy. The week will begin with students presenting their energy lessons. The remainder of the week will be spent learning how to identify energy transformations in the real world, learning what nuclear energy is and why it is so controversial, and discussing renewable energy sources!

November 25-November 29: 
During this short week, students will investigate acids and bases during an in-class lab activity!
Math and Science:Students will continue working on their energy projects in preparation for their presentations on Tuesday!

November 4-November 8: Students will return from their 4-day weekend and learn all about valence electrons! Students will conclude this short week by discussing how atoms bond to make compounds!
Math and Science:This week students will finish up Unit 2 by completing an acids and bases lab activity. Following the activity, students will work on the Unit 2 review guide and will take their exam on Friday!

October 28-November 1:
Students will begin the week reviewing Atomic Theory and taking a quick quiz to show what they know. The remainder of the week will be spent learning about the organization of the Periodic Table The week will conclude with students learning about valence electrons and bonding!
Math and Science: This week will start with students taking a quick quiz about valence electrons and bonding. Students will then learn about chemical reactions and the law of conservation of matter by balancing chemical equations. The week will conclude with hands on activities about acids and bases and endothermic/exothermic reactions!

October 21-25:
Students will spend this week learning all about atoms! The week will start with a review of subatomic particles and will end with a discussion about the scientists who contributed to our knowledge of the atom (Atomic Theory).
Math and Science: This week students will learn more details about how the periodic table is organized (groups, periods, metals/metalloids/nonmetals). After taking a brief quiz on the topic, students will spend the remainder of the week learning about valence electrons and how atoms use them to bond with other atoms.

October 14-18: This week, students will wrap up their first 8th grade Science unit with a unit exam! Please make sure your student is reviewing nightly in preparation!
Math and Science: Students will continue to dig into atoms and atomic structure by learning about the scientists who provided information about what makes up an atom. Students will take a quiz on the atomic theory scientists on 10/17.

September 23-September 27: This week, students will wrap up our talk about elements, compounds,and mixtures with a project and a quiz. The remainder of the week will be spent discussing and understanding chemical and physical properties.
Math and Science: Students will continue to learn about chemical and physical properties- with a special focus on density!

September 16-September 20: This week, we will begin classifying matter. Students will learn what it means for matter to be an element, compound, or mixture! The week will close with students showing what they know in an element, compound, and mixture station activity!
Math and Science: Students will begin the week by wrapping up what they learned about elements, compounds, and mixtures as well as showing what they have learned via a quiz! The remainder of the week will be spent learning about physical and chemical properties- with a special focus on density.

September 9- September 13: This week, we will continue our discussion about matter and particle theory! On Thursday, students will take a quiz to show that they have learned. By the end of the week, students will learn that matter can also be described as elements, compounds, and mixtures!
Math and Science: Students will begin the week showing what they have learned about particle theory and matter. The remainder of the week will be spent learning that matter can be described as elements, compounds, and mixtures.

August 26-August 30:Welcome back to school! I know that the 2019-2020 school year will be a phenomenal year! This week, all of my classes will be learning classroom expectations and procedures, figuring out what it means to be a scientist, and learning important laboratory safety rules. At the end of the week, students will show what they have learned about lab safety by taking a quick test!
Homework: Bring in notebook and folder, get syllabus, survey, and lab contract signed
**Remember: There will be no school on Friday in observance of the Labor Day holiday!**


About Dr. Ewell

My name is Sharday Ewell and I am so excited to be teaching at Rippon Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year! This will be my sixth year teaching  and my second year teaching at Rippon Middle School. Last school year was an amazing school year for myself and my students- I look forward to sparking a love for science in a new set of students! 

I am looking forward to the upcoming school year, meeting new challenges, and watching my students become scientists in their every day life. Throughout the course of this school year, I want to challenge my students to never stop questioning and to view science as something that is exciting!  I look forward to getting to know all of my students and their parents/guardians during the year. If you need to contact me,  please send me an email at: EwellSN@pwcs.edu, call me at 703-491-2171,   or feel free to stop by the classroom!.