Hello from Ms DaCosta.
I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!
We are entering a new arena in our school life – virtual classrooms.
I will be keeping up with everyone via Google Classroom, Meet, and Hangouts. We’ve already had some successful video classes, and I look forward to keeping that trend going!
My warmest thanks to my awesome students, and their parents for their dedication, resilience, initiative and patience.
May God bless all of us, and get us back together soon!
Welcome to Ms. DaCosta’s Class!
I’m so excited to be joining the St. Peter family!
We will be covering a wide range of Math and Science topics.
All subjects will include working with graphs, charts, and tables!
Be sure to check in with my Google Classroom pages for assignments throughout the school year.
6th Grade Science
Matter: states, properties and changes, measurements
Atoms: atomic structure, The Periodic Table, elements, compounds and molecules
Forces and Motion: balanced and unbalanced, speed, velocity and acceleration, Newton’s Laws, simple machines
7th Grade Science
Living Things: Biotic vs. abiotic, characteristics of living things
Ecology: interactions between organisms, food chains and webs, organism project
Cells and cell processes: the microscope, The Cell Theory, prokaryotic vs. eukaryotic, parts of a cell, levels of organization
Genetics: Mendel’s research, dominant and recessive traits, genotypes and phenotypes, mutations, Punnett Squares
Evolution: Darwin’s theory, natural selection, adaptations
Plants: parts of a plant, photosynthesis
8th Grade Science
Weather: weather vs. climate, water cycle, clouds, air pressure, storms
Structure of the Earth: layers of the earth, rocks, the rock cycle
Geochemical and Geophysical Cycles: catastrophic events
The Fossil Record: fossils, geologic time
Space: history of astronomy, the moon, solar system, heavenly bodies, the space program
Matter and Energy: speed, velocity acceleration review, simple machines, egg drop,
Waves: characteristics, properties, light and sound
7th Grade Math
Proportion, Ratio, Percent
Properties of Multiplication and Addition
Expressions and Equations
Patterns and Functions
8th Grade Math
GCF and LCM
Application of Percent
Equations and Inequalities