8th Grade Integrated Science

Welcome to 8th Grade Integrated Science! My name is Ms. White and I am looking forward to working with you this year in preparation for high school and beyond.  This class consists of 6 units throughout the year:
Unit 1 Forces and Motion
Unit 2 Magnetism
Unit 3 Earth, Moon, and Sun Systems
Unit 4 Natural Selection
Unit 5 Evolutionary History
Unit 6 Light Waves
 Please feel free to contact me at:
Email: awhite@laalliance.org  OR  Phone: (213) 748-0142




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Seasons Notes

1. Why do we make globes that are slanted? What does this slant represent?
2. What is the degree of tilt of the Earth's axis?
3. Draw and label an example of the tilt of the Earth's axis.
4. What would happen to Earth's seasons if the Earth orbited the sun with no tilt?
5. Describe what the Earth  and the sun look like during summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
6. Draw and label what the Earth and the sun look like during summer. 
7. Draw and label what the Earth and the sun look like during winter.
8. Why does it get warmer in the Northern Hemisphere when we are tilted towards the sun?
9. Why don't the areas in the tropics have seasons?
10. Explain what happens to the seasons on the poles of the Earth.
11. What is an equinox?
12. Why are the seasons in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres opposite to each other?

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BrainPOP Cornell Notes- Kinetic & Potential Energy

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Kinetic Energy

  1. What are the two types of energy that relate to motion?
  2. What is potential energy and what two factors does it depend on?
  3. Define kinetic energy.
  4. The amount of kinetic energy that an object has depends on what two factors?
  5. Give two examples of potential energy changing into kinetic energy.


Potential Energy

  1. What is the difference between kinetic energy and potential energy?
  2. Explain how the pendulum of a clock is an example of potential and kinetic energy.
  3. Who has more potential energy: Moby or the giant snowball? How do you know?