Friday, May 15, 2015

18 - 22 May (Week 34)

Projects are done! (Hopefully...) Hurray! Just in time for the 2nd annual Moscow Middle School World Expo! Click the picture below for a link to the Facebook event. Height Experiments, Cell Posters, and various other work will be on display in room 118 for Life Science Students. DYOE Posters and various other work will be on display in room 119 for Physical Science. Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/383387271864850/

Also, just two weeks until the redo deadline of May 29th! As May 29th is our school Reward Activity Day (Various activities for 7th grade & Silverwood for 8th grade), you should aim to turn in any redoes by May 28th. You must schedule any quiz redoes by this Friday, May 22nd.

Life Science
Day 1: Using Your Senses Activity, What's in a Scene Activity
Day 2: Test 6 (Closed Book Sample, Open Book Sample)
Day 3: Plants Video, Expo Prep
Day 4: Start Ecosystem Activity

Physical Science
Day 1: Electromagnet Lab (Quiz Reading Journal Part 2 due today)
Day 2: Circuits Lab (Quiz Reading Journal Part 3 due today-Assignment Guidelines, Notes/Sample Quiz WS)
Day 3: Quiz 16 (Electricity), Types & Properties of Waves
Day 4: Spectroscope/Color Lab, Expo Prep/Presentations

Monday, May 11, 2015

11 - 15 May (Week 33)

We survived our 3 weeks of "A" days and testing! One more test for 7th graders and then we'll be done for the year! Hurray!

Due to our testing, I pushed back our Life Science test until next week. It will be Tuesday, May 19th so be ready! (a.k.a STUDY!) This week, we'll continue our study of the diversity of life by finishing up our Bread Mold Lab, exploring animals, and improving our observation skills. Physical Science will continue to study electricity and electromagnetism.

Life Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (10 minutes-somewhere around p. 142), Finish Experiment 5: Bread Mold
Day 2: Science ISAT (Meet in the LCC)
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Animal Basics, Fantasy Animals
Day 4: Reading Check 10, Finish Fantasy Animals, Using Your Senses Activity

Physical Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (15 minutes, working on Quiz Reading Journal Part 2, should be through p. 634, Due Monday), Finish DYOE Poster (Due Friday)
Day 2: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Video: Mad Electricity
Day 3: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Video: Mad Electricity, Electromagnet Lab
Day 4: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Circuits Lab

Friday, May 1, 2015

4 - 8 May (Week 32)

Life Science will continue studying the diversity of life through a variety of hands on activities this week. We will be working with fungi and with flowers. It should be a fun adventure!

During your week of testing, we'll be learning about electricity through a lab and then working on our DYOE Posters. These posters are essentially DYOE Reports (which were returned last week) glued onto poster board in a pleasing manner. During the testing, most of my 8th graders will alternate days with class and days with testing with everyone being in class Friday. We will have one more poster work day next Monday (5/11) and then the posters will be due next Wednesday (5/13). Remember your goal: if everyone turns a poster in on time then you get to choose your science reward activity! So, get your work done and then help each other with theirs! Also, by next Monday (5/11), you should have read through p. 634 of your textbook assignment in order to be ready to turn the assignment in on time next Friday (5/15).

Life Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (10 minutes, starting p. 84), Experiment 5: Bread Mold Part 1
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10. minutes), Mushroom dissection
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10. minutes, Intro Plants/Animals
Day 4: Textbook Reading (10. minutes), Flower dissection 
Day 5:  Experiment 5: Bread Mold Part 2

Physical Science
Day 1: Testing or Static Electricity Lab (Meet in the classroom)
Day 2: Testing or Static Electricity Lab (Meet in the classroom)
Day 3: Testing or Fixing Reports (Meet in the library)
Day 4: Testing or Fixing Reports (Meet in the library)
Day 5: DYOE Poster (Meet in the classroom)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

27 April - 1 May (Week 31)

Life Science is in their week of testing so we're working on our Height Experiment Posters. These posters are essentially their Height Experiment Reports (which were returned last week) and Height Experiment Figures glued onto poster board in a pleasing manner. During the testing, most of my 7th graders will alternate days with class and days with testing with everyone being in class Friday. The first day will focus on fixing any mistakes in our reports and figures so that we can get higher scores on them (if needed). The second day will focus on gluing items onto our poster boards. The posters will then be due on Monday, just in case you need some time over the weekend to finish the project. (Note: Most 4th period students will have about twice as much time as everyone else since most testing should be done by 4th period.)

Physical Science will continue working on their current reading journal, wrap up our study of heat and temperature, then start electromagnetism. DYOE Reports will be returned by Wednesday. You should start fixing your reports because next week is your testing week which will follow the same plan as Life Science did this week. (See the paragraph above.)

Life Science
Day 1: Testing or Fixing Height Experiment Reports and Figures (Meet in the Library)
Day 2: Testing or Fixing Height Experiment Reports and Figures (Meet in the Library)
Day 3: Testing or Height Experiment Poster (Meet in the Classroom)
Day 4: Testing or Height Experiment Poster (Meet in the Classroom) 
Day 5: Experiment 5: Bread Mold Part 1

Physical Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (15 minutes, Quiz Reading Journal Part 2), Transformation of Energy
Day 2: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Video: Race to Absolute Zero

Day 3: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Video: Race to Absolute Zero
Day 4: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Video: Race to Absolute Zero
Day 5: Quiz 15 (Transformation of Energy), LR Notes p. 13, Intro Electromagnetism

Saturday, April 18, 2015

20 - 24 April (Week 30)

As we enter our three weeks of testing at the middle school, remember that although we don't have homeroom, you are welcome to visit after school and in spare moments to get help on your assignments and redo quizzes/tests. Each class has a different testing week. During each grade level's testing week we will be putting together our posters for our experiments (Height Experiment or DYOE) which is basically taking our report and organizing it to make it look good on a poster board. We will then display these posters at the MMS World Expo. To make this an easy week, you want to make sure you finished your report for these experiments so that you are prepared. Also, we need POSTER BOARD. For Life Science, each student needs a piece of poster board. Physical Science students may choose to work in your experiment groups so you will need one piece of poster board per group.

Life Science will wrap up micro-organisms this week and shift into studying fungi. Physical Science will continue studying Newton's Laws and heat.

Life Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (10 minutes--Reading Journal 9), Finish Experiment 4: Bacteria
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10 minutes--Reading Journal 9),Video: Protists, Intro Protists
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10 minutes--Reading Journal 9, due today), Pond Water Lab
Day 4: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Video: Fungi, Intro Fungi
Day 5: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Experiment 5: Bread Mold 

Physical Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (15 minutes, start Quiz Reading Journal Part 2), Newton's Laws Posters
Day 2: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Newton's Laws Starter, PhET simulation: States of Matter
Day 3: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Newton's Laws Starter, PhET simulation: Energy Changes
Day 4: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Newton's Laws Starter, Heat Transfer Lab Part 1
Day 5: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Heat Transfer Lab Part 2 & 3

Friday, April 10, 2015

13 - 17 April (Week 29)

Assignments have been pouring in: make sure none of yours are missing! Life Science, I posted the samples for your final test of the year, Test 6. Be sure to check them out!

This week Life Science will shift to studying bacteria and then begin studying protists. Physical Science will complete their Article Summaries, continue studying Newton's Laws, and shift into learning about heat and temperature.

Life Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Intro Bacteria, Experiment 4: Bacteria Day 1
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Experiment 4: Bacteria Day 2
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10 minutes),Video: Bacteria, Bacterial Roles, Intro Viruses
Day 4: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Video: Protists, Intro Protists, Microscope Games

Physical Science
Day 1: Science Article Summary Prep Work
Day 2: Science Article Summary Type (Meet in the Library--Due Friday, April 17th)
Day 3: Newton's Laws Practice Problem 1, Learning Record Notes p. 11, Video: Conquest of Cold
Day 4: Textbook Reading (15 minutes), Newton's Laws Practice Problem 2, Video: Conquest of Cold

Monday, April 6, 2015

6 - 10 April (Week 28)

First, my news: I've accepted a teaching position teaching 8th Grade Integrated Science and 9th Grade Biology at Joel P. Jensen Middle School in West Jordan, Utah. As the Moscow area has been my home for most of my life and I have loved working with all of you at Moscow Middle School, it was a very difficult decision to move. But I feel a need to move my sons and myself closer to family which primarily resides in Utah and California. So, although I'll miss you all, it's time for new adventures! I'll finish out the school year here and then start my new job in the fall.

Next, it's 4th quarter! Only a couple more months left in the school year. We've learned so much this year and I'm excited as we learn a little more. After taking a test this week on classification basics, Life Science will continue studying the diversity of life through briefly exploring each kingdom of life. We will end the year with a unit on ecology. Physical Science will wrap up our study of the motion, briefly explore concepts of heat and temperature, study electromagnetism, and end the year by briefly exploring waves. So many exciting things to learn!

Life Science
Day 1: 8th Grade Registration w/ Mr. Hespelt, Finish work from last week & study for Test 5
Day 2: Test 5 Review, Introduction to Viruses
Day 3: Test 5 (Closed Book Sample, Open Book Sample)
Day 4: Video

Physical Science
Day 1: Finish work from last week, Newton's Laws Posters
Day 2: Learning Record Notes p. 9, Speed/Velocity/Acceleration Review Worksheets, Newton's Laws Posters
Day 3: Quiz Reading Journal Part 1, Newton's Laws Lab
Day 4: Quiz 13 (Motion), Newton's Laws Practice Problems, Video: Understanding Car Crashes