8th Grade Science
My name is Pam Pickle and I am excited about starting my 31st year of teaching middle school. I am originally from Oklahoma where I taught for 10 years. I have been teaching in Colorado for 20 years. My vision/hope for all my students is for them to be compassionate, independent, life-long learners. That has been my goal since I first stepped into a classroom.
I have many interests which include spending time in nature, rescuing animals, reading, traveling, spending time with friends, and enjoying life.
To be closer to nature and enjoy the mountain experience, I moved to Glacier View Meadows near Red Feather Lakes sixteen years ago. I love animals and presently have 3 cats, 3 dogs, 2 leopard geckos and several fish.
One of my personal goals is to travel to all 50 states. I have been overseas a few times and have traveled to 31 states so far.
- Unit Modules for the Year
- Quarter One: Scientific Method, Measurement, Earth/Space Science, Weather
- Introduction / Expectations / Getting to Know Each Other
- Lab: “Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: Designing and Using Solar Cookers”
- The Sun: The Ultimate Energy Resource
- Weather / Climate
- Density, buoyancy, temperature, humidity (refer to in Quarter 3 or 4 for Rocketry)
- Quarter Two: Ecology, Waves, Energy Resources
- Ecology and Human Impact on the Environment
- Water Quality and Sources of Pollution
- Energy Resources: Renewable / Non-Renewable, Chemical / Physical Change
- Waves: Mechanical, EM, Energy travels
- Quarter Three: Newton’s Laws of Motion
- Three Laws
- Car Safety
- Speed, Acceleration, Momentum
- Quarter Four: Culmination of Year of Study: Motion, Weather, Energy
- Rocketry: Applying Weather and Newton’s Laws toward achieving higher apogee
- Physical / Chemical Changes
In science the students will have notebook, daily work, quiz, and test grades. I grade on total points. Daily work and notebooks have less total points generally than quizzes and tests, but the final grade is based on percentage of points earned from total.
I do accept late work. 20% is taken off the first week it is late and 50% is taken off after that. No late work is accepted the last week of the quarter.
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