Another great day in science class here at Bookcliff. Today we spent a lot of class time talking about what a scientist looks like and who can be a scientist. (Hint: Anyone can be a scientist!) One of the scientists we looked at was Rodolfo Neri Vela, Mexico's first astronaut who flew about the shuttle Atlantis in 1985.
We also set up our notebooks and decorated them with class colors. No one has answered the question from Wednesday's blogpost, so the prize is still available!
What a great first day of school! We met our student teacher Mr.Houde, went over classroom policies and even did some chemistry. Today we made Methane molecules out of ball and stick models and Mr.Houde demonstrated flammable "Methane Bubbles." Methane is a hydrocarbon that is a flammable gas in the same family as propane. We discussed how propane has 3 carbons and methane only has one. The first student to tell Mr. Powell the name of a hydrocarbon with 8 carbon atoms in it will receive a prize. You can tell him before school, during class, or even email him. But there's only one winner!
This year we will be studying and learning about many different topics in science. Throughout the year, we will be learning about Genetics, Evolution, Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy. For science class this year you will need a science notebook and we will use them daily. Please bring a sewn-binding composition book. We will be labeling and decorating them in class so you can personalize your science notebook. In addition to your notebook and a pencil, the only other materials you will need for this class are a glue stick, scissors, and colored pencils. I'm excited to get to know each of you and for us to learn science together!
Mr. Powell is an 8th grade Science Teacher in Western Colorado.