Ms. Jessica Yates

6th-8th Science Teacher
Hello! Welcome to the Middle School Science page. I believe science is best learned in a hands-on approach, which allows for the scientific mind to really develop. I encourage students to always ask questions and question the world around them. I have high expectations for my students and will ensure they receive the proper tools for success, not only in my class but for the future.
Email  yates@ndvsf.org

What's Happening in 6th-8th Science

Science Fair Update

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Congratulations again to the 6th and 7th graders who are moving on to compete at the San Francisco Science Fair. Projects are installed at the San Francisco Zoo February 20 – February 21. The projects are then judged and finalist interviewed. February 25 is the Awards Ceremony! Public viewing of the projects is available February 20 – February 25 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Good luck students!

Upcoming Science Events

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Hello All – wanted to share two upcoming science events occurring in the Bay Area!

Bay Area Science Festival

Discovery Day at AT&T Park – Saturday, 11/5/16, 10AM – 4PM

attpark (1)AT&T Park becomes a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science Festival concludes again with this FREE science extravaganza. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. With more than 150 hands-on exhibits, get ready to unleash your inner scientist.

 

 

Expanding Your Horizons

A Science and Mathematics career conference for young women in 6th – 8th grade. When and Where: Saturday November 19th at San Francisco State University.

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2016 – 2017 School Year

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Welcome Back NDV Families!

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is ready to take on another school year. I am excited to meet all the 6th grade students and parents – this year we will take a week long trip to Yosemite. 6th and 7th graders: start thinking of that Science Fair project. 8th graders: let’s have an amazing last year with Chemistry and Physics.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in class on Friday.

Ms. Yates

8th Grade Trip to the Exploratoirum

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Last week the 8th graders went to the Exploratorium for the day. They had a wonderful time and learned a lot. Some favorite activities were the brain games against each other.

IMG_2778Enjoying the mist off the bay.IMG_2813Working as a team to set a new high score for the day.IMG_2829Brain game fun!

IMG_2787Describing shells to each other and trying to guess the correct one.

IMG_2805Exploring hills and slopes.

IMG_2825Voting for their favorite team – red or blue!

20160525_102834Plants that respond to touch.

20160525_114526From the “leave an item, take an item” bowl, $100 was taken!

Curriculum

Earth Science (6th grade): we will learn about processes related to the Earth, which includes weathering and soil, erosion and deposition, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, the atmosphere, weather, climate, and ecology.
Textbook: Focus on Life Science, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-201272-3

Life Science (7th grade): we will learn about processes related to life, which includes cells structure and function, genetics, evolution, viruses, bacteria, protists, fungi, structure and function of plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates, and the human body systems.
Textbook: Focus on Life Science, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-201272-3

Physical Science (8th grade): we will learn about processes related to chemistry, physics, and astronomy, which includes matter, elements, atoms, chemical reactions, acid and bases, carbon chemistry, motion and energy, forces, space, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe. Textbook: Focus on Physical Science, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-201270-7

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Grades:

65% Assessments: Includes tests, quizzes, labs, and projects. Our test day is Friday.
25% Daily Assignments: Includes homework and classwork.
10% Participation: Includes involvement in class discussions, asking and answering questions, appropriate class behavior, prepared for class, and effort.

*see Middle School Handbook, page 2, for what qualifies as an “A”

 

Resources

Google Classrooms: Announcements and assignments will be posted here. To join, go to the website and click the + in the upper right hand corner. Use the code given in class to add.

Quizlet: Will be used to help reinforce key terms, study for assessments, and for homework assignments. Usernames must include first name and last initial (I must know who you are to give credit). To join, go to the website and in the search bar type the class name:
Earth Science (6th grade) 2016-2017
Life Science (7th grade) 2016-2017
Physical Science (8th grade) 2016-2017

IntoScience: This is a new program that allows for a more interactive online science experience. It will be used for class activities, assignments, and as a study tool. A unique username and password will be given.

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Middle School Homework page

Assignments

Classwork: often labs or various projects. If not completed in class, will be taken home as homework.

Middle School Homework page

Ecology Club

Ecology Club Meetings: twice a month, during Middle School lunch (schedule TBA)

Any Middle School student may join Ecology Club at the beginning of the school year. Members should have a love of the environment and a passion to making the world greener! We will do various environment friendly projects throughout the year. Members are also in charge of the recycling and compost program at NDV.

Focus: spread the message of reducing waste and re-instill a love of nature to members

Field Trips

8th Grade Trip to the Exploratoirum

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Last week the 8th graders went to the Exploratorium for the day. They had a wonderful time and learned a lot. Some favorite activities were the brain games against each other.

IMG_2778Enjoying the mist off the bay.IMG_2813Working as a team to set a new high score for the day.IMG_2829Brain game fun!

IMG_2787Describing shells to each other and trying to guess the correct one.

IMG_2805Exploring hills and slopes.

IMG_2825Voting for their favorite team – red or blue!

20160525_102834Plants that respond to touch.

20160525_114526From the “leave an item, take an item” bowl, $100 was taken!

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