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STUDENTS NEED TO HAVE A CALCULATOR FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IN SCIENCE. NOT HAVING A CALCULATOR COULD RESULT IN THE DOCKING OF SOME POINTS SINCE YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR CLASS!!!!

Friday, May 9

Friday, May 9

Students will be filling out vocabulary notecards for section 6-2 in their textbooks. They will also be practicing using some of the formulas we have recently learned. There is no assignment over the weekend (unless they dont finish the above in class).

Thursday, May 8

Thursday, May 8

Students will be watching a video on force and motion today. They will be filling out a viewing guide as they watch the video. There is no homework assignment.

Tuesday, May 6

Thursday, May 8

Students are working on a lab in which they how mass has an effect on gravitational pull. It is a two day lab that will be due on Thursday, May 8.

Monday, May 5

Wednesday, May 7

We are practicing using some of our force and motion formulas in class. We are also reading together section 6-2, pages 154-159. Students are receiving the worksheet over this section. It is due on Wednesday, May 7.

Friday, May 2

Monday, May 5

Students are practicing how to find speed in class. They are also completing a worksheet over section 6-1, pages 148-152, in their text books. The worksheet is due on Monday, May 5.

Tuesday, April 29-Thursday, May 1

Monday, May 5

Students will be working together to gather data for our speed and acceleration lab. We will be working together in the hallway at our speedway to time how long it takes our racecar to travel a 5-meter track. We will then be making calculations of its speed and making a graph to show our data. There will be several questions that need to be answered as a follow-up to our lab work. The entire lab will be due by Monday, May 5.

Monday, April 28

 

Students are being introduced to our force and motion unit today. We are doing an activity by creating a half pipe with paper and using a marble to observe how fast and far it moves as it rolls down and back up the other side of the paper. We are also reading pages 148-150 together in our textbooks. There is no homework assignment.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 21

STUDENTS NEED A SNACK FOR AN ACTIVITY IN SCIENCE CLASS. THEY JUST NEED ENOUGH FOR THEMSELVES. THE SNACK CAN BE A DRINK. YES, THEY CAN BRING BOTH A SNACK AND A DRINK IF THEY WOULD LIKE.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25

 

CHAPTER 16 TEST! Study guides will be handed out by April 18.

Wednesday, April 23

Thursday, April 24

We will be using these two days to review for the chapter 16 test.

Monday, April 21

Monday, April 28

Students are making their own dichotomous key with the snacks they brought into class today. They will also have class time tomorrow to work on this. It will be due on Monday, April 28 but students can hand it in early if they finish.

Thursday, April 17

Monday, April 21

Students are completing a lab in class today in which they use a dichotomous key to classify some preserved animals into phyla. There are three questions which follow the lab that need to be answered when they come into class on Monday, April 21. THE CHAPTER 16 STUDY GUIDE WAS HANDED OUT IN CLASS TODAY. IF A STUDENT SHOWS ME THEIR COMPLETED STUDY GUIDE THEY GET A COMPLETED, TYPED COPY OF MY STUDY GUIDE.

Wednesday, April 16

Thursday, April 17

Students are completing the lab on page 467 in their textbooks. They are completing this in their science lab books. It is due on Thursday, April 17.

Tuesday, April 15

Wednesday, April 16

Students are reading section 16-3, pages 462-466, in their textbooks and completing a worksheet over the reading. The worksheet is due on Wednesday, April 16.

Monday, April 14

 

Students are learning how to use a dichotomous key (a list of characteristics used for identification purposes) to identify 11 different types of candy. (They really enjoy this lab!) Students will be making their own key later in class so it is important they understand how to use one of these keys. There is no assignment for homework.

Tuesday, April 8

Friday, April 11

Students who scored below 69% on their chapter 15 science test can make corrections to their test for extra points. They will need to come in after school any day between Tuesday, April 8 and Friday, April 11 to do this.

Friday, April 11

Monday, April 14

Students are reading section 16-2, pages 457-459, in class today. They are completing a worksheet that goes with the reading. The worksheet is due Monday, April 14.

Thursday, April 10

Friday, April 11

We are starting a lab together in class today in which students classify six different imaginary animals based on their external features. There are several follow-up questions to the lab which students will need to answer on their own. This lab is due on Friday, April 11.

Wednesday, April 9

Thursday, April 10

Students will be reading section 16-1, pages 452-455, in their textbooks. They will complete a worksheet over their reading, which is due on Thursday, April 10.

Tuesday, April 8

Wednesday, April 9

We are working on a lab together today in which we put different shapes into groups called kingdoms, phylums, and classes. The assignment is to take one of the groups of shapes and come up with your own way of dividing and naming them . It is due on Wednesday.

Monday, April 7

 

We will be starting our chapter on Classification today. Students will be putting together puzzles and we will discuss the strategies they used. There is no homework assignment.

Wednesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 27

 

Chapter 15 science test will be on these days. Students will receive a study guide to prepare for the test about a week prior to the test.

Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25

 

Review for the chapter 15 Test.

Thursday, March 20

 

No regular science class today. Students participated in the Seder Meal, the weather presentation from Mr. Winters, and the Living Stations of the Cross.

Wednesday, March 19

 

WORK DAY! Students have time in class to work on their Cell Headlines (due Tuesday, March 25) and their chapter 15 study guide. The test is Wednesday, March 26!

Tuesday, March 18

Wednesday, March 19

Students are reading pages 440-445 in their textbook and completing a worksheet over the reading. The worksheet is due Wednesday, March 19.

In addition, students are receiving the STUDY GUIDE for chapter 15 to prepare for the test next week. The study guide is NOT an assignment but I HIGHLY suggest students complete it. If they do and they show it to me in class, I will give them a completed, typed copy of my study guide, which was written directly from the test.

Monday, March 17

Tuesday, March 25

CELL HEADLINESStudents are drawing a picture of an animal cell (using page. 432 in their text or their Cell City packet) and labeling these parts: cell membrane, nucleus, cytoplasm, endoplasmic reticulum, ribosome, Golgi body, mitochondria, lysosome, and vacuole. Students then need to use newspapers or magazines to find words or phrases that describe the function of these parts. They will cut them out and place them on their drawing near the parts. Students MAY NOT cut out individual letters to create words or type and print words using the computer. The words MUST come from newspapers or magazines. This assignment will be due on Tuesday, March 25.

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Monday, March 17

STUDENTS NEED MAGAZINES AND/OR NEWSPAPERS FOR AN ACTIVITY WE WILL START IN CLASS ON THIS DAY.

Friday, March 14

 

We started to share our cell cities in class today and will finish on Monday. No homework.

Thursday, March 13

 

We are finishing up our cell cities in class today. We will quickly share them in class on Friday.

Wednesday, March 12

 

Students are taking the microscope quiz in class today. With the rest of class time they continue to work on their cell cities.

Tuesday, March 11

 

Students are using the information gathered from the webquest to now create a city that includes structures that have similar functions of the organelles in a cell. This is a group project that will include the creation of a blueprint for their city. We hope to have this done by Friday. REMEMBER: Microscope quiz is tomorrow. You need magazines or newspapers for class.

Friday, March 7 and Monday, March 10

 

Students are working in the computer lab today on a cell webquest. They are linking to pre-determined sites to gather information about cells, their structures, and the functions of those structures. There is no assignment over the weekend.

Thursday, March 6

Friday, March 7

We are looking at plant/onion cells and animal/cheek cells under the microscope today. Students are drawing what they see in their lab books and labeling some parts. Students have also drawn a Venn diagram in their lab books so they can compare and contrast the two kinds of cells. This should be done when they come to class on Friday. Worksheet over section 15-2 is also due Friday.

Wednesday, March 5

Friday, March 7

Students will begin to read section 15-2, pages 430-438, in class today. There are several vocabulary words in this section and I am encouraging students to make notecards for these words. They also have a worksheet to complete and this will be due on Friday, March 7.

Tuesday, March 4

Tuesday, March 4

Today in class we went over the microscope lab from yesterday. We also viewed a model of an animal cell and discussed the parts of the cell and their functions. On Wednesday, March 12 there will be a short quiz in class over the parts of the microscope. Students should study the front of the lab we checked today in class to prepare for the quiz.

Monday, March 3

Tuesday, March 4

Students are completing a lab today in which they learn how to use the microscopes we have in the classroom. The questions for the lab are due on Tuesday, March 4, when we will go over them in class.

Friday, Feb. 29

Tuesday, March 4

We are reading section 15-1, pages 422-426, in class today. Students have a worksheet to complete over the reading. It is due by Tuesday, March 4. REMEMBER: Foldable is due on Monday, March 3 and it counts as a test grade. DO NOT TURN IT IN LATE FOR HALF CREDIT!!!!

Thursday, Feb. 28

Friday, Feb. 29

Students are making observations about three kinds of magnifiers today. They are looking at newsprint through a drop of water, through a loop filled with water, and through a magnifying lens. Students are recording observations in their lab books. In addition, we are watching an introductory video about microscopes. The assignment is to answer these three questions in their lab books: What did we do?, Why did we do it?, and What did I learn? These will be checked on Friday, Feb. 29.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Monday, March 3

Students worked on their foldables for the weather final in class today. Tomorrow we start a new unit! The foldables are due on Monday, March 3. REMEMBER: Extra credit weather work sheets are due by Friday, Feb. 29.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Monday, March 3

Students are taking an oral quiz today using their front wheel and the notes they took in their lab books over the severe weather presentations. IN ADDITION, students are getting the final weather assignment, which will count as a test grade. Students are making what is called a foldable and will be writing in it information about specific weather topics. Directions are given in class as well as a rubric for grading. The foldable will be due on Monday, March 3. Students will have class time on Wednesday, Feb. 27 to work on this but then will need to complete it on their own time.

Monday, Feb. 25

Wednesday, Feb. 27

We went over our cloud lab in class today. Students also received back their energy transfer quizzes with final grades. Students read in their textbooks about weather maps and forecasting and are completing some worksheets using weather maps. These are due on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Friday, Feb. 22

Friday, Feb. 29

Students shared their posters and presentations in class today. There were also some extra credit weather worksheets available. These will be due by next Friday, Feb. 29. If a student didnt pick one up today, they will be able to get them in the classroom next week.

 

Friday, Feb. 22

Due to ANOTHER late start on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and shortened class times, the poster presentations will now be on Friday, Feb. 22. Students will have class time on Thursday, Feb. 21 to finish their preparations.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20

THE EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENT THAT GOES WITH THE BOOK CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS IS STILL DUE ON WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20!

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Thursday, Feb. 21

Due to the snow day and late start today, students will have today in class and Wednesday to continue to prepare their severe weather posters and presentations. These will be shared in class on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Wednesday, Feb. 20

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY!!!

We read the story Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs at the start of class today. For extra credit students can draw a picture similar to one from the book that shows some kind of food raining down, along with a description of the forecast. (For example, they might say After a brief shower of orange juice, low clouds of sunny-side up eggs will move in followed by pieces of toast. This will be followed by a raining down of milk. Have fun and be creative!!! Drawing paper is provided in the classroom. This will be due on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Lab groups are being assigned a type of severe weather to research. Groups will design a poster with their information (a rubric was given in class so students know what information to gather) and will then present their poster to the rest of the class on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Students need several sources for their information so you might find them using the Internet at home to get the information.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Thursday, Feb. 14

Students are making a wheel of information today about fronts. We will be working on this in class on Wednesday also. The finished product will be due on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Monday, Feb. 11

Monday, Feb. 11

Students are constructing a front finder in class to help them understand how fronts affect our weather. We will finish making these in class on Tuesday.

Friday, Feb. 8

Monday, Feb. 11

Students participated in a lab today in which we created clouds in a bottle. They have several questions to answer. These will be due on Monday, Feb. 11.

ALSO: Quiz corrections are now due on Monday, Feb. 11. Dont forget to get a parent signature for corrections to count!

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Tuesday, Feb. 5

We are doing an activity today which relates temperature and dew point to stickiness. This is an in class activity. Quizzes are being handed back today. Students can make corrections if their grade was 79% or lower. These corrections, along with a parent signature, are due no later than Friday, Feb. 8.

Monday, Feb. 4

Monday, Feb. 4

We are doing an activity in class today where students will find the dew point in our class room using water, ice, and a thermometer (all in a cup!). There is no assignment.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Friday, Feb. 8

Students will see their quiz scores from the energy transfer quiz. If a student received a score of 79% or less and want to increase their score, they MUST have their quiz signed by a parent and they must make corrections to the test. These corrections will be due by Friday, Feb. 8.

Monday, Jan. 28

Monday, Feb. 4

We will be working on several activities about wind at the start of this week. (We have a messed-up schedule this week due to Catholic Schools Week and other, extra activities that are planned!) All work that is assigned will be due on Monday, Feb. 4.

For preparation to learn about wind, students should read pages 350-355 in their textbooks.

Friday, Jan. 25

Friday, Jan. 25

Open note and worksheet quiz over energy transfer (radiation, conduction, and convection).

Thursday, Jan. 24

 

Thursday, Jan. 24`

We are reviewing what students need to know and have for the quiz over energy transfer on Friday. Students will be allowed to use their lab books and any of their worksheets that we have completed during this concept. (Hint: Going to the Foss website listed to the right might be helpful to review for the quiz! In the control room click on Matter and Energy and then select Heat and Energy.)

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Thursday, Jan. 24

Students are completing a worksheet over the convection chamber they observed on Monday in class. This is due on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Monday, Jan. 21

Tuesday, Jan. 22

We are going over Fridays lab in class today. Students are introduced to convection as a form of energy transfer and are observing a convection chamber as a model of what happens in our atmosphere. There is no assignment.

Friday, Jan. 18

Monday, Jan. 21

Students are to complete the lab sheet they started in class today when we tested how temperature affects density. This is due Monday at the start of class.

Thursday, Jan. 17

 

We are checking our sheet that is due today and summarizing density. We are also preparing for our lab tomorrow in which we will see if the temperature of water affects its density. There is no assignment tonight.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

Thursday, Jan. 17

Students are working on a sheet in which they need to use the formula of mass divided by volume to find density. This sheet needs to be completed when they come to class on Thursday.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

 

Due to the short classes yesterday with early dismissal, we are still working on layering our four liquids. There is no homework assignment.

Friday, Jan. 11 and Monday, Jan. 14

 

Students are completing an activity in which they layer different colored salt solutions. While they work they will record their attempts and successes. There is no assignment.

Thursday, Jan. 10

 

Students are doing a final activity with conduction today. There is no assignment. REMEMBER: Extra credit is due tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Wed, Jan. 9

Students need to complete the sheet titled, Heat Conduction for class tomorrow. We will go over this in class.

Jan. 8

Jan. 11

EXTRA CREDIT

Students will create a graph showing the high and low temperatures for the first week of 2008. The temperature data is in our classroom, as well as the graph paper and a suggestion of how to set up the graph. This will be due by Friday, Jan. 11. It is worth 25 extra credit points.

Jan. 7-9

 

Students will be doing several activities which illustrate the transfer of energy called conduction.

Friday, Jan. 4

 

Students participated in a class discussion today that involved the results of our graphs from yesterday, radiant energy, radiation, and differential heating. Students also watched a multi-media explanation of radiation and read how a thermometer works. Students have an extra credit challenge to find via the Internet how long it takes the suns energy to reach us. Students need to print their answer from the Internet and bring them to class by Monday, Jan. 7. No assignment.

Jan. 2-3

Jan. 4

Students will be using temperature data taken from different surfaces (air, sand, soil, and water) to graph how the surface affects the heating and cooling. Students will be graphing their data. On the back of the graph students need to write 5 correct statements that can be made from the information in the graph. This will be due on Friday, Jan. 4.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Thursday, Dec. 20

Students will continue to work on the quiz they started on Wednesday. Due to the Band and Choir Tour on Friday there will not be regular core classes. There is no science homework over Christmas break. Merry Christmas to all. See you next year!

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Open note quiz over seasons.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Tuesday, Dec. 18

We are continuing our discussion on solar angles and beam spreading today, recording some information in our lab books. BE SURE TO BRING ALL WORKSHEETS AND YOUR LAB BOOK TO CLASS ON WEDNESDAY. YOU WILL BE TAKING AN OPEN NOTE QUIZ OVER SEASONS!

Monday, Dec. 17

Mon, Dec. 17

Today we are discussing solar angles and beam spreading in class. There are two demonstrations I will be sharing with students. There is no homework assignment.

Friday, Dec. 14

Friday, Dec. 14

We are summarizing the data from our graphs today. Students are also correcting three fictional students misconceptions about why we have seasons on a worksheet completed in class. There is no homework assignment.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Friday, Dec. 14

Students will be gathering data today and putting it into a data table. With this information they will be creating a LINE graph (latitude is on the bottom/X axis and hours of daylight is on the side/Y axis) that shows the hours of daylight at specific locations in the northern hemisphere. This graph is due on Friday, Dec. 14.