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New textbooks this year:  The textbooks, Science Dimensions, by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt publishers, Modules B, C, and D for grade 7 and Modules I, J, K, and L for grade 8 are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). NGSS integrates the practices of both science and engineering with content-area knowledge. The print textbooks are called interactive because you can write in them.  I want any writing to be done in the textbook, not online.

Instructions on how to access the book online have been given in class. The website to access the textbook and resources s  Then the state is Illinois and the district is Archdiocese of Chicago.  Each student has been given his or her personal username and password and has accessed both the Student Edition and the Student ebook in class. 

Science Dimensions (for Grade 7 Life Science). Currently in Module B, Cells and Heredity. There will also be modules on Ecology and the Environment as well as Diversity of Living Things.

Science Dimensions (for Grade 8 Physical Science).  Currently in Module I, Energy and Energy Transfer.  There will also be modules on Chemistry; Force, Motion, and Fields; and Waves and their Applications.

Useful websites:

Here is a good website for the newest science news, written at the student's level:

Website pages for practice on parts of microscope and use of microscope and

Using a triple beam balance to measure mass - a great website by Ohaus, the company that makes our balances

How to use a spring scale to measure weight - here is a link to a powerpoint


Here are useful websites for both grades.  

Click on the website name and it will take you directly to the website.