Physical Science- September 18-22

Topic: Properties of Matter

Problems 2-1, 2-4, and 2-5

Science Fair:
Research Notecards- minimum of 40- Due Wednesday, September 20th

Read Reference Sheet 2-3- Write a paragraph to differentiate between mass and weight- Due Thursday, September 21st
Using a balance- Assigned to individual students, as needed- Due Friday, September 22nd


Physical Science- September 11-15

Topic: Matter

Properties of Matter Lab

Plastic Characteristics-
       Reading 1
       Reading 2
       Reading 3
       Reading 4

Reading ?’s 2.1 (see below)- Due Mon, Sept 11th
1) Define matter.
2) Define chemistry.
3) Define substance.
4) Substances have a ________________ set of properties.
5) What are two different kinds of properties that matter has?
6) Define physical property.
7) Give 3 examples of physical properties.
8) Define chemical property.
9) How can you observe the chemical properties of a substance?
10) Give 3 examples of chemical properties.
11) True / False Both physical and chemical properties can be used to classify substances.
12) All matter is made of ___________.
13) What is an element?
14) What identifies an element?
15) What are often used to represent elements?
16) What is an atom?
17) Why do different elements have different properties?
18) True/False The atoms is the smallest piece of matter known to scientists.
19) Describe the positive part of the atom.
20) Describe the negative part of the atom.
21) When atoms combine, what is formed?
22) What is a chemical bond?
23) What is a molecule?
24) Matter is usually made of (one element OR many elements combined together).
25) Define compound.
26) What does a chemical formula show?
27) What do the subscript numbers show in a chemical formula?
28) True / False When elements combine in a compound, they develop new properties.
29) Define mixture.
30) True / False When substances combine in a mixture, they develop new properties.
31) True / False Mixtures have definite ratios of elements.
32) Define heterogeneous mixture.
33) Define homogenous mixture.
34) Define solution.
35) Which are more easily separated? compounds OR mixtures
36) Explain your answer for number 35.
37) Give some examples of ways to separate a mixture.
38) What happens during distillation?

Physical Science- Aug 28-Sept 1

Topic: Scientific Method

Classwork: Pendulum Lab- Mastery Model

Homework: View Videos- Write Questions- Due Wednesday, Aug 30th

WiFi Interference-
Bouncy Balls-
Fidget Spinners and Magnets-
What is a Fidget Spinner Made of-
Floating Eggs-
Potato Battery-
Paper Airplanes-

Science Fair:
Topic Selection- by Thurs, Aug 31st
Keywords- by Thurs, Aug 31st (end of class)
Research Resources- by Fri, Sept 1st (end of class)

Physical Science- Aug 9-11

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s) of an 8th grade physical science student,

Welcome to a great year of learning about the beautiful world that surrounds us!  I am excited for a new school year to begin and to join with you in educating your student about the wonders of the world.

My name is Christina Agurcia, and I am originally from Illinois.  I graduated from Lincoln Christian College with a BS in Bible, from Illinois State University with a BS in Biology, and from Adams State University MA in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  I am certified by the State of Illinois to teach a wide range of science subjects, including biology, chemistry, and physics.  As well, I have taken graduate education courses in zoology, botany, chemistry, physics, and AP Environmental Science.

I have 14 years of teaching experience in the secondary science classroom, and this will be my eleventh year at Discovery School.  Previously, I taught one year at a private school here in Tegucigalpa and three years at a public school in the United States of America.

This year in physical science we will be using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), covering the following topics:

First Quarter-    Scientific Method    Matter

Second Quarter- Basic Chemistry

Third Quarter-    Motion           Forces          Energy

Fourth Quarter-   Electricity      Magnetism    Waves

The science department divides a student’s grade into the following categories:

Homework/Classwork- 30%                Projects/Labs- 40%                 Tests/Quizzes- 30%

The following supplies needed for physical science class are:

10 File Folders               3 Packets of Loose Leaf Paper    1 Packet of Graph Paper

1 Packet of Notecards    1 trifold                                        1 9V Battery

Pens or Pencils                Ruler                                       Scissors

Calculator                      Poster board                              Eraser or Correction Fluid

This year the 8th grade will be participating in science fair.  The science fair project will be an interdisciplinary project that will be completed during the first semester.  Discovery’s Science Fair will be held on December 1st.

I am looking forward to developing an excellent working relationship with you.  It is important that we keep in close contact about your student’s progress.  Each week I will be updating a blog and calendar, which will have information about the material being covered in class, student activities and homework, as well, as upcoming dates for projects and tests.  Students and parents should check the blog each Monday.

All classwork and homework are to be kept securely, using a metal fastener, in a unit portfolio or online in the Google Drive folder assigned for each student.  If work is not presented in the portfolio, it will not earn a grade.  Homework, as listed in class and on the blog, is due by 8:00 AM on the day the assignment is due, whether in a physical or digital version.  For paper work, Students must bring their portfolio, including their work, to my classroom and place it in the bin.  Any work submitted after 8:00 AM will be considered late.  Only excused tardies and absences will be accepted as a reason for turning in work after 8:00 AM.    A student who does not have homework ready at 8:00 AM will be expected to complete that work at snack or lunch time, for 90% of the credit.  Assignments presented one day late are worth 90% of the credit, and assignments presented two days late are worth 80% of the credit.  After this point, no credit will be earned.

Classtime is valuable, and therefore, a student should attempt be at school as much as possible.  However, if a student is absent, he/she is responsible to complete all make-up work.  Make-up work can be found in the “make-up” folder for his or her class.  Any missed notes can be copied from a fellow student.  If a student missed a test/quiz/lab, she/he will need make an appointment to complete the work.  For excused absences, students are given one day to make-up work per each absent day.  For one or two day excused absences, the students should be prepared to take any pre-scheduled test or quiz and submit any large project upon returning to school. For a longer absence, the student will not be required to take a test or quiz on the first two days after returning to school.  For preplanned absences, a student is to notify the teacher in writing previous to the absence (at least 3 days).  The teacher will assign work, giving a schedule for work to be complete.  No credit will be given for unexcused absences or absences due to suspension.

If you need to contact me individually, the best way is through email.  My email address is  The office will also take messages for me.  If you would like to meet with me, I would be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

If your student has any concerns or does not understand a topic, please encourage him/her to see me.  I am available most days before school, during snack, and during lunch.

Thank you for entrusting me in joining you in the education of your student!


Mrs. Christina Agurcia

Physical Science- May 22-26

Topic: Acids & Bases

Neutralization Lab

Acid & Base Reactions Reading ?’s- Due Tues, May 23rd
Acids & Bases Test- Due Thurs, May 25th
Semester Exam Review:
– Force and Work, Energy, & Simple Machines- Due Fri, May 26th
– Sound & Light Waves and Electricity & Magnetism- Due Mon, May 29th
– Acids & Bases and Basic Chemistry- Due Tues, May 30th

Acids & Bases Test- Due Thurs, May 25th

Physical Science- May 15-19

Topic:  Acids & Bases

Acid Observations & Patterns
Base Observations & Patterns
Red Cabbage Juice Lab
Neutralization Reaction Lab

Acids Reading ?’s- Due Tues, May 16th
Bases Reading ?’s- Due Wed, May 17th
Strength of Acids & Bases Reading ?’s- Due Thurs, May 18th
Acid-Bases Reading ?’s- Due Fri, May 19th