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Welcome to the science page for Team Phoenix, 8th grade.  This year is full of amazing science content.  From balanced and unbalanced forces to the turbulent interior of the Earth!  
Course Overview: Why do we study science? Science gives the knowledge and know-how to make sense of our surroundings. We study science to learn about ourselves and how we fit into this ever-changing complex world and beyond Additionally, students in the 21st century will need a new skill set that allows them to be successful. Skills such as questioning, inquiring, creating, experimenting, analyzing, and communicating are practiced on a daily basis in science. Eighth grade Science provides an integrated mixture of Physical, Earth, and Life science. Our class will include interactive digital labs and activities. There will be a particular focus on problem solving, conducting investigations, and interpreting and analyzing data in order to form logical conclusions. Google Classroom and Google Drive Almost all of our work will be done online through Google Classroom. Instead of having an actual folder, you will have a digital folder online. Instead of using paper, you will use Google Apps to complete your work. Our class will be using Google Classroom as a place where students can communicated with each other and me. All assignments will be posted to the Class Stream section of the site. Please share the code with your parents so they may follow along. It is important to check the Google Classroom site daily. When you are absent you do not need to aske me for the makeup work. It will all be found on Google Classroom. In addition to Google Classroom, digital assignments will be passed between teacher and student using Google Drive. All comments on student work can be found in the comments of each document. It is important to manage your folders and keep them organized just like you would actual folders. Course Objectives: 1. Students will understand the concept and process of scientific inquiry through individual and group investigations and activities. 2. Students will understand that scientific thinking extends beyond the classroom into their own lives and has practical implications on how they think and what they do. 3. Students will be able to collect and analyze data in order to make informed conclusions. 4. Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills working as individuals and in groups. 5. Students will value the moral and ethical implications of following the scientifc process. 6. Students will value reflection as an important aspect of the learning process.