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Welcome to 8th Science

Hi! I am very excited to be at LaVega Jr High GDC.  This is year 24 for me and last year I was in Kingwood, Texas which is located outside of Houston and I am bringing with me 23 years of teaching experience.   I look forward to working with your student and bringing them over to my side so they enjoy science this year. 
My conference period is 9:01 - 9:45am
My Teaching Philosophy
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure and stimulating environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.

2019-2020 Essential Standards

8th Grade Science

1st Six Weeks

Unit 1:  atoms and the periodic table

2nd Six Weeks

Unit 2:  Chemical formulas and reactions

Unit 3:  force and motion

3rd Six Weeks

Unit 2 continued

Unit 4:Global weather patterns

4th Six Weeks

Unit 5:forces that change the Earth

Unit 6:sun, Earth, and Moon

5th Six Weeks

Unit 7:Components of the Universe

Unit 8:Interdependence of living things

6th Six Weeks

STAAR review


Eighth Grade Science


Mrs. Ballard

Room 401


What will we study?

ü  Unit 01: Science Safety and Procedures

ü  Unit 02:  Atoms and the Periodic Table

ü  Unit 03:  Chemical Formulas and Reactions

ü  Unit 04:  Force and Motion

ü  Unit 05:  Global Weather Patterns

ü  Unit 06:  Forces that Change the Earth

ü  Unit 07:  Sun, Earth, and Moon

ü  Unit 08:  Components of the Universe

ü  Unit 09:  Interdependence of Living Things



How will we study?

          Investigating labs

          Written reports and       assignments                                  

          Use technology for apps and websites

          Vocabulary activities

          Cornell Notes


Bring everyday:

ü  Pencil (Erasers) and/or Pen (Blue or Black ink)

ü  Spiral or Composition Notebook

ü School Binder (or Science Folder)

Class Rules

Listen to and follow directions

Be respectful to other students and the teacher

Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself

Take responsibility for your grades

J Do:

ü  Follow class procedures

ü  Come prepared with materials/supplies

ü  Turn in assignments on time

ü  Be respectful!

ü  Clean up after yourself


ü  Ask teacher for your assignments

ü  Turn in missing work within 2 days



L Don’t:

ü  Talk over the teacher or others

ü  Take a zero for a grade!

ü  Leave trash or paper on the floor.

ü  Make excuses.

(Take a consequence for your actions.)

Need Help?

ü  Ask for HELP!

ü  Come to a tutoring session

ü  Ask for extra work

Teacher Information:



Tutoring:  by appointment.


30 % Tests  – Tests, Labs and/or Projects


70 % Daily work – Daily Assignments, Notes, Do Nows