8th graders are working on elements of fiction in the stories "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell Tale Heart." All students are currently working on persuasive writing with "Occasion/Position" essays.
Solubility, bonding types, rate of reaction, reaction types, and balancing chemical equations were also covered in the chemistry unit. Students used electricity to initiate several types of chemical reactions using a solution of NaHCO3. Even though they expected a chemical reaction, they were surprised to see the complexity of what occurred. This lab was used to practice the skill of communicating experiment results in a Formal Lab Report.
8th grade students will use their Chemistry Basics throughout the rest of their year. Next stop: Environmental Science.