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This is a picture of Mrs. Evans and her big fat black cat Poncho!

I believe in student-centered learning. As much as possible, I like to teach so that students learn through discovery.

Science should be hands-on. Again, discovering and learning by doing is not only effective, but fun!

Learning should be cooperative. When we work together, we learn more. I believe in cooperative and communicative partnerships between students, students and teacher, and  students, teacher, and parents. Together, we will have a wonderful year!

NGSS...a 3-dimensional braided "rope" of knowledge and skills

The Next Generation Science Standards are like a braided rope that weaves together three dimensions of learning and understanding

Christine Evans

8th Graders!!! So excited to see you on August 24th!!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are we doing in class?

What's the homework?

I won't be here tomorrow...can I find out what I will be missing?

I lost my paper...can I get another?


For a general overview of what we are doing by week, go to "Week at a Glance"

(links to handouts allow for easy re-printing )

Where do I find my class grade? Grades are posted in School Loop.
What will we be studying this year?  "About 8th Grade Science"

How does the class work?

What are the policies and expectations?

 "Class Syllabus and Information"
I can't wait to go back to school shopping...what do I need to be successful in this class?

 "Suggested Supplies List"


All about 8th Grade Physical Science

8th Grade Physical Science covers many topics, including Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics. But mostly, 8th Grade Physical Science is about...THINKING! This is what real scientists do.

My goal is for you to FIGURE OUT and deeply UNDERSTAND scientific phenomena rather than just memorize facts.

Sure, the "what" of science is important...but can you explain why and how you know what you know?

And guess what? "Figuring out" and "understanding" are much more powerful skills than memorizing...if you can figure things out, you won't NEED to memorize! You will also be able to look around you with a questioning mind that evaluates and analyzes information carefully, a valuable skill in today's world.

For my 8th Graders...Helpful Resources

La Entrada Virtual STEM Fair:  February 13 submission deadline; Judging will take place on Feb 15

  • All students in grades 4-8 are welcome to participate! Submission deadline is MONDAY, FEB 13; Judging will be on WEDNESDAY, FEB 15.
  • Sign up for the La Entrada STEM Fair here.
  • Click on the San Mateo County STEM Fair link here for more information on planning your project.
  • Submit your project to the Google Folder here.
Want to go star gazing?

"Night Sky Network" -Type in your zip code and get a calendar of astronomy related events in your area.

Lick Observatory Summer Series

The Planetarium at College of San Mateo

Practice Tests for the California Science Test (CAST)

If you click on this link, you can access a practice test for the CAST, which we will take in May.