Phone: (847) 336-2108 ext. 2404
Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Biology and Secondary Education Master's of Arts in Education Master's of Arts in Administration
This is my 21st year of teaching at Viking. This is my 25th year of teaching. A long time ago, I was a student at Viking. I am the Athletic Director, Assistant Softball and Assistant Wrestling Coach.
Welcome to 8th Grade Science. We are currently in the Chemistry Unit. The students have been studying the parts of the atom. We are currently looking at the Electron Shells and Electron Dot Diagram.
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Here is what we will be covering in 8th Grade Science:The first Unit is a review of the skills that the students have been working on since their 6th grade year at Viking. We will start the year with Chemistry. This Unit is the overarching theme for the rest of the Units. As we explore the units, we will constantly be referring back to how chemistry is involved in all the different aspects of the world around us.Process Skills - Scientific Method, Metirc System, and GraphingChemistry - Stucutre of Matter, Periodic Table, Chemical Formulas, Balancing Chemical Equations and Types of Atomic BondingApplied Chemistry - Organic Compounds, Fossil Fuels, and Alternative EnergyCell Processes - Cell Theory, Osmosis & Diffusion, Photosynthesis, Respiration, and FermentationTaxonomy and Kingdoms - Definition of Life, Classification System, Taxonomy, Dichotomous Keys, Prokaryote Domains, Kingdom Fungi, and Kingdom ProtistCold-blooded vertebrates - Fish, Amphibians and ReptilesWarm-blooded vertebrates - Birds and MammalsMammalian Brain - Different Lobes of the Brain - location and function, Parts of a Neuron - Location and FunctionWeather - The Layers of the Atmoshphere, Air Pressure, Types of Fronts, Types of Clouds, and Severe WeatherEcology - Matter Cycles, Energy Cycles, Communities, Relationships, and Succession