Welcome to our 8th Grade Physical Science Wiki!

When we are finished, this website should be like a virtual textbook that discusses all of the topics covered in 8th grade science this year. Make sure you are referring to your rubric often. You must include everything from the rubric on your wiki page.
Content/Appearance: 100 Points
* Resources: You have researched your topic and have included several resources. At least two of these resources are print sources (other than your textbook). When using web resources, make sure to evaluate the website before using the information you have found (not everything you read on the Internet is true).
* Information: You have included all the necessary information for the topic you have been assigned. All sub-headings in the textbook have been addressed in detail in your wiki. (Example: Understanding Solutions would include “What is a Solution?,” “Colloids and Suspensions,” “Particles in a Solution,” and “Effects of Solutes on Solvents.”) In addition, you have discussed the real-world applications of your topic as well.
* Collaborative Effort: Everyone in the group contributes to the assignment (as seen in history). Wikis are collaborative. Each group member should contribute to the assignment.
* Organization: A table of contents is included on your page to show the reader what can be found there. Headings are used appropriately to separate the information on the page.
* Works Cited: You include full citations on your wiki page to show the reader where you obtained your information. Follow MLA format to complete these citations.
* Visual Appeal: Appropriate graphics are used to support the information included on the wiki. Your page is organized and easy to follow. Images and fonts/colors are not distracting and are easy to read. Your page should look professional.
Technology Incorporation: 30 Points
* Technology Tools: You have effectively included at least two of the following in your wiki: Toondoo comics, Pixton comics, Xtranormal video, VoiceThread, podcast, other video (ex. YouTube).
* Quiz/Survey: You created a quiz/survey for your wiki that your classmates can take after viewing your page. This quiz/survey should include between 3 and 5 questions. Part of your grade for this project will be based on how your classmates do on your quiz.
* You have included 3 or more of the above technology tools.
Mechanics: 15 Points
* Spelling, grammar, and punctuation (-1 point for each up to max).
Presentation: 10 Points
* Your project was handed in on time and you were ready to present on your assigned day.
* You spoke loud enough for everyone to hear what you were saying and we understood your presentation.

What is Life?
The Characteristics of Living Things
There are certain characteristics that all living things have. In order for something to be considered living, it needs to have all of the following characte
This spider is a multicellular organism ("Giant Wood Spider Side View").
ristics: cellular organization, DNA, and the ability to use energy, respond to stimuli, grow and develop, and reproduce (J., Miaoulis, Cyr, V., L., Coolidge-Stoltz, Lisowski, Garbuny, Wysession, Brooks, M., V., Griffith, Linda, Carl, G., and Hall ).

This bacteria is a unicellular organism ("Unicellular").

While all living things have the these characteristics there are slight differences between species. For example, some organisms have only one cell, which is the basic unit of structure and function in an organism. These organisms are called unicellular, or single-celled. Most unicellular organisms are bacteria. Most organisms, however, are multicellular. This means they are composed of many cells. These organisms have cells that are specialized to perform specific tasks. For example, nerve cells are responsible for carrying messages about your surroundings to your brain (J., Miaoulis, Cyr, V., L., Coolidge-Stoltz, Lisowski, Garbuny, Wysession, Brooks, M., V., Griffith, Linda, Carl, G., and Hall ).

("The Characteristics of Living Things")


"Giant Wood Spider Side View." Blogspot. Web. 11 May 2011. http://hourseventeamfive.blogspot.com/2007/11/camouflage-and-mimicry_14.html.

J., Michael, Ioannis Miaoulis, Martha Cyr, Janann V., Donald L., Elizabeth Coolidge-Stoltz, Marylin Lisowski, Carole Garbuny, Michael Wysession, Barbara Brooks, Jay M., David V., T. Griffith, Camille Linda, Andrew Carl, Russell G., and PearsonPrentice Hall. Prentice Hall science explorer. 2009. Print.

"The Characteristics of Living Things." Xtranormal. Web. 13 May 2011. <http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/12052398/the-characteristics-of-living-things>.

"Unicellular." Glogster. Web. 11 May 2011. http://corbinclemons.glogster.com/false/.