Monthly Archives: August 2015

Welcome to Grade 8 Science!

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My name is Eamonn Walsh and I am happy to be back at ISM for another year of teaching science in our wonderful middle school.  I began teaching middle school science in upstate New York, U.S.A. before moving on to the International Community School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is my second year in Manila and I am excited to continue working with my talented colleagues and our impressive student body.

This purpose of this site will be to periodically give parents an overview of the Grade 8 Science program.  Additionally, the student website can be accessed by clicking the link at the top of this blog, or through the following link:

Walsh – Grade 8 Science

The student website provides details on the assignments and assessments that students complete, and should allow parents to be more informed of what their students are doing on a daily basis.   A link to the Grade 8 Science Class Expectations document can be found on the main student website page, or by clicking this link: 

Grade 8 Science Class Expectations   (you may need a Google account to view)

We began the year with a short unit on the nature of science, exploring what scientists do and what students should expect from the course throughout the year.  Our first activity, called the “Thirsty Candle,” asked students to use scientific skills to gain understanding of a common phenomenon.  A short video of the students in action can be seen below:

The Thirsty Candle

Students also completed an activity looking at how science is a work in progress and corrects itself, through an activity called “Dogs and Turnips.”  The activity also emphasizes the social side of science as students collaborate to determine the form of a sentence by progressively revealing words on cards.  A video of the students working is here:

Dogs and Turnips

We will be exploring the Systems unit next – I will provide an overview of that unit soon.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or suggestions.  I am looking forward to a great year working with your students!

Eamonn Walsh  –  walshe@ismanila.org