Year 8 Diseases Project

Isn’t this a great infographic about Smallpox? It came from AJC1 at FlickrCC

Your task is to research a disease of your choice and answer the following questions in your own words:
1. Is it infectious/contagious?
2. What are the symptoms of this disease?
3. What causes the disease?
4. Is it spread by vectors?
4. How is the disease treated?
5. How can the disease be prevented?

Create a slideshow about the disease, adding creative commons images from Search Creative Commons or Flickr Creative Commons (be sure to select Creative Commons images only).
Make sure you have a Title slide with your first name only and the topic of study and a page for all your References at the end. Then upload your slideshow to Slideshare and embed the slideshow into a post on your blog.
The last step is to send me an email with the link to your blog post. Daniel has done each of these steps and can explain to you how to do it, or perhaps Mrs Davey can help you in ICT. This is Daniel’s project on pulpy kidney, a disease in sheep, goats and cattle:

Year 7: Biodiversity

Over the past four weeks we have been studying the great variety of living organisms that we share our planet with. We looked at how to classify organisms into five kingdoms using unique characteristics and how to use and create a dichotomous key to identify organisms. We listed ways that biodiversity provides products, services and social benefits. You completed a project on the structural, functional and behavioural characteristics of a specific animal and how they are threatened. We also discovered how the balance of ecosystems is important and how removing one organism from a food web can have wide-spread and unintended consequences.

Today your task is to produce a blog post reflecting on your learning during this unit of work. I would like you to answer the following questions in full sentences and paragraphs:

1. Why do scientists classify organisms into groups and how do they do this?
2. Why is it important to identify living organisms and give them a unique name?
3. Give one example each of the services, products and social benefits of biodiversity.
4. Why are even annoying pests like flies and mosquitoes important in our environment?
5. Tell me what you learnt about doing the animal project. What did you enjoy or dislike about the project? What was the most difficult part? What could you have done better?

Year 8 “Changing Earth” Project


Limestone Pinnacles at Nambung National Park, near Cervantes, Western Australia.

Learning Intention: To work individually or in a small group to demonstrate your understanding of the formation of different rock types and fossils.

Success Criteria: Each student will create, or assist to create, a project that demonstrates a good understanding of the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and fossils.

Some of the options for your project include:

  • A 60-second science video for the competition. Read the rules carefully – each contestant must effectively explain the science, not just demonstrate a phenomena. So you will need to explain the processes of erosion and weathering, volcanic action and plate subduction, formation of sediments and how heat and pressure changes the appearance and properties of rocks. You could use a Common-Craft style or convert a slideshow to a video by saving as jpeg files and importing them into Windows MovieMaker.
  • A poster, brochure or booklet that shows the rock cycle and gives examples of different rock types from around the world.
  • A “Rock Around the World” wiki that gives examples of famous geological landmarks, where they are located, how they are formed and what type of rocks they consist of.
  • Please check the Assessment Rubric and make sure you fulfill the criteria to the best of your ability.