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    Mrs. Amy McMillan
    Subject:  Science 8
    Team:  Rough Riders
    5.14.15- Click here for the link to the Electricity Lab 
    4/30/15- Click here for the link to the Friction Lab
    4/17/15- Click here for the link to Build a Fish. 
    4/1/15- Click on here for the link to the Ethics Activity. 
    3/17/15- Link to the 23 and me video-  https://www.23andme.com/gen101/origins/
    3/9/15- Click here for the Life Chapter 9 Virtual Lab 
    3/5/15- Click here for the "Where do your genes come from" video.  Questions were provided in class. 
    2/9/15-  Links for the Geologic Time Line Project can be found to the left inside the Chapter 7 link. 
    1/20/15- The Chapter 6 Virtual Labs can be found here:
    Lab "Where do most Earthquakes Epicenters and Volcanoes occur?" -   http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078778026/student_view0/unit3/chapter10/virtual_lab.html
    Lab "How does the Composition of Magma Affect a Volcano's Eruption?-  http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078778026/student_view0/unit3/chapter12/virtual_lab.html
    *If you need the worksheet, please see the link to the left.  
    1/12/15- The Chapter 5 Virtual Lab can be found here: http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/science/virtual_labs/ES09/ES09.html 
    If you need the worksheet, please see the link to the left for Chapter 5.  
    12/2/14- All Chapter 3 materials are available on the link to the left. Chapter 3 Test is Friday, December 5th   
                   Notecard rules for Chapter 3 Test- (Regular Students only!) on a 3 by 5 notecard, one side only, handwritten and used only by the student who created it!  
    11/14/14- Click here for the link to the Earth Science Chapter 3 Virtual Lab.
    11/12/14- Click here for the link to the Earth Science Chapter 3 Notes 
    10/10/14- Please visit this link for the Chapter 1 Presentation:  
    9/25/14- All students should have access to the online text through the PASS system. If you have any concerns, please contact me.
    9/15/14- We are beginning Chapter 2. Chapter 2 resources can be found in the Chapter 2 link on the left. Please have your child bring their calculator to class on 9/16 and 9/17. 

    9/10/14- Test next Monday over Chapter 1. Please see the Chapter 1 link for study guide.  
    Welcome to 8th Grade Science!
    I'm so glad that you're in my class! This website gives you lots of great information and has links to important information that you will use throughout the year. I have provide you the assignments that I have available by chapter so you can print another copy at home if you leave it at school or lose it. I will also post links to online labs, links you can go to for extra help and information that is important to our class.
    This year, we will be covering 2 quarters of Earth Science, 1 quarter of Life Science and 1 quarter of Physical Science.  
    Student Survey (to be taken in class on Friday) 
    In case you want to know a little about me, this will be my 11th year of teaching. I have taught 8th grade Science for 10 of those years and absolutely love it. My husband and I have two children, a 6 year old daughter and a one year old son, in addition to our dog, Max. I love gardening and travel.
    Amy and giant tortoise  
    Me & a Galapagos giant tortoise
    whale spine
     Check out the whale spine! It was huge!
    Super Fun Nerdy (yet awesome!)Science Website to check out:
    This website was made by two 14 year old boys! Who says being 14 means you can't do anything! Here's the story from ABC News.com

    'The Scale of the Universe,' by Two Teenage Brothers
    You may see a blank space, then a gray box. Stick with it. When it's finished loading, prepare to be mesmerized. Click "Start," and then use the slider across the bottom, or the wheel on your mouse, to zoom in -- and in and in and in... or out and out and out... It will take you from the very smallest features postulated by scientists (the strings in string theory) to the very largest (the observable universe.)
    If you want background music (or don't want the distraction), click on the musical note in the upper right corner. Apologies if you're using a mobile device; the tool uses Flash animation, which doesn't work with all operating systems. But a lot of work went into it. It turns out that "Scale of the Universe 2" was created by Cary Huang, a 14-year-old ninth grader from Moraga, Calif., with technical help from his twin brother Michael.

    Michael and Cary Huang (Cary is on right in blue T-shirt). Huang family photograph.

    "My seventh grade science teacher showed us a size comparison video on cells, and I thought it was fascinating. I decided to make my own interactive version that included a much larger range of sizes," said Cary in an email forwarded by his mother. "It was not a school project -- just for fun. However, my science teacher loved it so much she showed [it] to the class! My brother, Michael, helped me put it on the internet."

    Cary said he worked on the project, on and off, for a year and a half, getting information from Wikipedia and astronomy books. It is now spreading virally online.

    Click on objects in the animation for more information. Cary said he invites people to correct any errors they find. This is his second version, he said; the first had less information in it, and the graphics needed work.

    "We're not sure what we want to do after we finish school, although we're both interested in computer programming and animation," said Cary. "And astronomy is also cool!"

    Asked if he thought there was a lesson to be learned from the project, Cary wrote, "I would like to say that humankind is a very small part of the universe we live in. There could be so much more out there, but we just don't know it yet."