Ms. Randall's Class
Watervliet Junior Senior High School
Welcome to Ms. Randall's Website
"Space, the last frontier!"
It's not magic, "it's Science" and it's EVERYWHERE!
To do really well in science this year:
Show up - come to school!
Show up with your pencil - you just might be writing a few things down.
Do your assignments - or stay after and do them with me!
Study for tests - Study Guides Provided!
Enjoy the demonstrations & labs Have fun! inventing/building/recording ideas!
Share your ideas, participate in class discussions, make new friends, and stay tuned to this website!!
8th Grade Science is all about relating how science, technology, engineering, and math influence EVERYTHING in your life and EVERYTHING around you.
Your Watervliet Junior High 8th Grade Teaching Team is dedicated to preparing you for the academic demands of high school as well as engaging you in a hands-on, relevant, and applicable education.
Hang on tight it will be June 2013 before you know it - Just ask any 9th grader!!
Want to tickle your brain, have some fun, get the WOW factor really working for you?
Science - it's EVERYWHERE!
Landing on Mars Spirit & Opportunity Rovers - Getting there from Here - Earth!
"A Science Odyssey - Lots to do and see!"
"Check out the weather in space!"
"Lots of Science Info for Everyone!!"
GOT OUTER SPACE?? "Hubble" Telescope web link - Wonderful videos, down-loadable pictures to make cards, posters, even wall murals!
"NASA It's all about SPACE!!!"
Follow the International Space Station "ISS" in the night's sky right from your own back yard!!
"WOW - Must SEE - Lots of Science!"
"Periodic Table" of Elements Color Coded and Printable"
"San Diego ZOO" Video and Live Cams of Pandas, Elephants, Turtles, Oh My!
"Hair Coloring Chemistry" How it works!
"Skateboarding" Science - It's just physics!
"Ed Heads" Lots more!! Games galore! Just like in class - Have FUN!!! And Learn!
"Channel Islands" National Park in southern California - home of the surfer dude in the "Waves" video for Chapters 15 & 16.
Live video cam on their Bald Eagle nests.
Science 8 Honors
Honors Class on the Web! http://www.vliet.neric.org/WJSHS/news/2012-13/13-02-27_NanoCareerDay.cfm
This class will accelerate the Physical Science class that introduces students to chemistry and physics from September through December. The second half of the year, January through June, students will study an introduction to nanotechnology. This class also reviews all science taken since 5th grade to prepare for the NYS Intermediate Science 8 Exam. Students in this class also take Math 8 Honors.
Remember to sign up on the "Subscribe for updates" on the left so you can be notified when changes have been made AND Register for Class!! The videos are a supplement to classroom discussion and will help you better understand the scientific concepts we are learning and practicing in class.
You will need to download FREE MP4 Software to be able to view and listen to the Podcasts. Click on the highlighted words for a direct connection.
Watch the Nova movie Brain Power by clicking on the highlighted words.
Watch the Chapter 15 Video on "Waves" by clicking on the highlighted word.
WATCH THE CHAPTER 17 Video on the "Electromagnetic Spectrum" by clicking on the highlighed words. This is the NASA video that we began in class - AWESOME Stuff!!
Chapter 18 Video: "Visible Light"
Chapter 19 Video: "Electricity and Circuits" Make sure you watch this!!
Chapter 20 Video: "Magnetosphere"
Intro to Nano Videos:
Intro to Nano Links - Check it out!
College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering at NYS University at Albany:
Careers in Nanotechnology:
Just How Small is an Atom? Watch the following video and find out!!!
Here's the link to: "NOVA: Does Time Exist"
How does an "AFM" (Atomic Force Microscope) work?
How does a "STM" (Scanning Tunneling Microscope) work?
2013 Science/English Research Project
Here are all handouts to help you complete your 3-Panel Display based on your English Research Paper. Your Science Display Panels will become a part of the 2013 Science Exhibit to be held the night of our school Spring Concert in May. Your Science 3-Panel Display will need to be completed outside of class time. Ms. DeGraw and I strongly encourage you to complete as much research as possible while in the Media Center during our scheduled time in February.
This class is a one year course of Physical Science that includes an introduction to chemistry and physics. This introductory course in chemistry and physics provides a foundation for high school level physical science classes. Students are introduced to chemistry the first half of the year with discussion on matter and different states of matter, atomic structure and the Periodic Table of Elements, chemical bonds and chemical reactions, acids, bases and solutions, carbon chemistry and organic compounds, polymers, composites, ceramics, glass, and radioactive isotopes. Students apply such scientific concepts as Charles’s and Boyle’s Gas Laws, neutralization reactions, hydrocarbon model construction, and perform exothermic and endothermic reactions in laboratory experiments and classroom activities.
Students are introduced to physics the second half of the year with discussion on motion, force, energy, waves (sound, light, electromagnetic), electricity and magnetism. Students apply such scientific concepts as Newton’s three laws of motion, Pascal’s principle, Archimedes’ principle, Bernoulli’s principle, the relationship between work and force, mechanical advantage and efficiency, simple machines, the properties of waves, and the relationship between electricity and magnetism in laboratory experiments and classroom activities.
Classroom instruction also includes the development of organizational, note taking, study, computer, research, scientific methods, and group activity skills.
This class will also review all science taken since 5th grade in preparation for the NYS Intermediate Science 8 Exam.
For Chapter 1 watch the video: Speed vs Velocity
For Chapter 2 watch the video: 3 Laws of Motion
For Chapter 3 Interactive Ed Head: Simple Machines
For Chapter 4 Watch the following Videos: Archimedes Bernoulli Pascal click on each of the terms on the left
For Chapters 10 & 11 Watch this video on Alkali Metals
Chapter 13: Please watch: "Acids and Bases" and "Acids, Bases and You"
Chapter 14: Please watch: "Carbon Models"
Chapter 15: Please watch: "Waves"
Chapter 17: WATCH THE CHAPTER 17 Video on the "Electromagnetic Spectrum" by clicking on the highlighed words. This is the NASA video that we began in class - AWESOME Stuff!!
Watervliet Junior Senior High School