Monday, November 24, 2014

24 - 26 November (Week 12)

Our quick couple of days before Thanksgiving break should be relatively simple. Life Science will finish up their Materials/Methods Paragraphs while Physical Science will finish up their Element Baby Books.

Life Science
Day 1: Type Height Experiment M/M Paragraphs (Score Sheet), Height Experiment Diagram Rough Draft
Day 2: Finish Height Experiment Diagram Rough Draft, Video

Physical Science
Day 1: TB Reading (10 minutes), Element Baby Book (Instruction Sheet and Worksheet)
Day 2: Finish Reading Journal 4 (Assignment Guidelines and Worksheets), Element Baby Book (Instruction Sheet and Worksheet)

Monday, November 17, 2014

17 - 21 November (Week 11)

This week, Life Science will continue working on their height experiment as well as studying the chemicals of life. They will also work on an article summary as a class since we had trouble the first time around. Physical Science will create an "Element Baby Book" as they continue studying atoms and elements.

Reminder for Physical Science: Your second Science Article Summary is due this Friday. You were required to use an "Invented by Students" article from the October 6, 2014 issue of the Science World magazine. Be sure to proofread individually, with a peer, and with an adult!

Life Science
Day 1: TB Reading (10 min., starting on page 44), Height Experiment M/M Paragraph Guide
Day 2: TB Reading (10 min.), Complex Carbohydrates Lab
Day 3: TB Reading (10 min.), Article Summary (Work as a class), Height Experiment Diagram Rough Draft
Day 4: Type Article Summary and Height Experiment M/M Paragraphs (Score Sheet)

Physical Science
Day 1: TB Reading (10 min.), Isotope Notes, Element Baby Book (Instruction Sheet and Worksheet
Day 2: TB Reading (10 min.), Element Baby Book
Day 3: TB Reading (15 min.), Element Baby Book, Isotopes WS
Day 4: Quiz 6 (Parts of Atoms), Metric Conversions Activity

Monday, November 10, 2014

10 - 14 November (Week 10)

We made it through 1st quarter! It was a wonderful quarter; we learned many things! As we start 2nd quarter, remember to stay on top of assignments. Ask questions right away so, if you need help, you can get help. It's a lot easier to stay caught up than it is to catch up!

Life Science will be taking their second test this week as well as continuing their height experiment by taking another measurement as well as created a diagram. Physical Science is currently focusing on atoms while as finishing up their DYOE Airplane Report.

Life Science
Day 1: TB Reading (10 min.)--Reading Check 3 due Friday
Day 2: TB Reading (10 min.), Measure height on growth chart, Start Height Experiment Diagram Rough Draft
Day 3: Test 2 (Closed Book Sample, Open Book Sample), Work on Diagram Rough Draft
Day 4: Video

Physical Science
Day 1: Picture Close Read (Part of Reading Check 4), DYOE Bar Chart (Part of DYOE Airplane Report)
Day 2: TB Reading (10 min.), DYOE Peer Review, HOT (Quiz 5) Practice
Day 3: TB Reading (20 min.), HOT (Quiz 5) Practice, Adventures of the Periodic Table
Day 4: Quiz 5 (Hypotheses, Observations, Theories), Adventures of the Periodic Table, Notes: Isotopes

Monday, November 3, 2014

3 - 7 November (Week 9)

It's the last week of 1st quarter! Time flies! This week, Life Science will begin to shift from parts of cells to focusing on the organization of an organism. Physical Science will work on the final phases of our Airplane DYOE as well as continuing to learn about the differences between hypotheses, observations, and theories.

The following assignments may still be redone (or turned in if they're currently missing) through the dates shown in parentheses below:
*Life Science: Height Experiment Introduction Paragraphs (Wednesday, 11/5/14); Reading Check 2 (Wednesday, 11/5/14); Cell Poster (Thursday, 11/6/14)
*Physical Science: DYOE Experiment Packet (Tuesday, 11/4/14); Quiz 3: SOO (Schedule by Tuesday, 11/4/14 & retake by Wednesday, 11/5/14); Article Summary 1 (Wednesday, 11/5/14), Reading Journal 3 (Thursday, 11/6/14), Quiz 4: MVD (Schedule by Thursday, 11/6/14 & retake by Friday, 11/7/14)

Be sure to follow the redo guidelines!

Life Science
Day 1: Reading Check 3, Share Cell Posters
Day 2: TB Reading (10 min.), Levels of Organization, Tissue Observations
Day 3: Review Jeopardy
Day 4: TB Reading (10 min.), Earthworm Lab

Physical Science
Day 1: DYOE Paragraph Guides (Intro & Materials/Methods), Chemical vs. Physical Properties Lab
Day 2: Theories, Atom Notes, DYOE Paragraph Guides (Results & Discussion)
Day 3: Review Jeopardy
Day 4: Type DYOE Airplane Report (Requirements & Paragraph GuideSample Report)--Meet in the Library (Printed draft due in class Monday, 11/10/14; final report due Thursday, 11/13/14)

Monday, October 27, 2014

27 - 30 October (Week 8)

This week, Life Science will deepen their understanding of the parts of cells and their functions by creating cell posters in groups. Physical Science will start exploring the properties of matter as well as starting to type their DYOE Airplane Reports which will be due the first week of 2nd quarter.

As we near the end of the quarter, don't forget the redo deadline! I accept any redone work or late work UNTIL the redo deadline. For most assignments, this deadline is this Friday, October 31st. (Note: Because there is no school the 31st, all quizzes and tests must be scheduled by Wednesday, October 29th and retaken by Thursday, October 30th. Other assignments may be dropped off Friday morning to my room, if the door is open, or the office.) For Life Science, the Reading Check 2 has a redo deadline of November 3rd and the Height Experiment Introduction has a redo deadline of November 4th. For Physical Science, Reading Journal 3 will have a redo deadline of November 5th and Quiz 4 will have a redo deadline of November 7th.

Parent Teacher conferences are this week. Parents, if you have questions, please come see me with your son or daughter Wednesday between 4 - 7 p.m. in the LCC computer lab in the library. If you're unable to make it during that time frame, please email me (morrisn@msd281.org) to arrange a time to meet either Friday between 8:30-11:30 a.m. (although this time frame may be full depending on the conferences arranged by our school counselors) or the following week. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it to the Thursday afternoon conferences due to family responsibilities.

Life Science
Day 1: Cell Posters (Rubric)
Day 2: Cell Posters
Day 3: Share Cell Posters, Tissue Observations

Physical Science
Day 1: Ch. 2 Sect. 2 Review (p. 58)--Reading Journal 3 Due (Assignment Guidelines), Properties of Matter Video
Day 2: Quiz 4 (Mass, Volume, Density), Parts of a Scientific Paper
Day 3: Type DYOE Report--Meet in the LIBRARY (Rubric, Sample Report)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

20 - 24 October (Week 7)

Hurray for another great week of science! This week Life Science will be exploring parts of cells as well as typing their Introduction paragraphs for their Height Experiment. These paragraphs start the report that we will be gradually completing throughout the year. Physical Science will be continuing to practice basic physical science concepts as well as practicing measuring mass, volume, and density. We will also be diving a little deeper into the properties of matter.

Some important information regarding our first Science Article Summaries: We struggled with them. So, in the case of Life Science, we are modifying the assignment and starting over working on composing one really good summary paragraph. In the case of Physical Science, we took some time Monday to fix mistakes and review proofreading skills.

Also, for parents, we changed our agenda format. Each student should now be writing their science homework in their agenda. We always have homework because we always have quizzes or tests to study for so your son or daughter should always haven't something written in their agenda.

As we near the end of the quarter, don't forget the redo deadline! I accept any redone work or late work UNTIL the redo deadline. For most assignments, this deadline is October 31st. For Life Science, the Height Experiment Introduction has a redo deadline of November 4th and Article Summary 1 (our new one) will have a redo deadline of November 6th. For Physical Science,
Reading Journal 3 will have a redo deadline of November 5th and Quiz 4 will have a redo deadline of November 7th.

Life Science
Day 1: Type Introduction Paragraphs (Paragraph Guide, Score Sheet)--Due Friday
Day 2: TB Reading (10 min.), Parts of Cells
Day 3: Target Skills WS 2, Cheek Cell Lab
Day 4: Cell Poster (Rubric)--Group, in class assignment due Monday at the end of class

Physical Science
Day 1: Fix Article Summary 1
Day 2: TB Reading (10 min.), Hypothese/Observations Practice
Day 3: Volume Lab
Day 4: Quiz 3 (Systems, Order, Organization), Chemical vs. Physical Lab, Properties of Matter Video

Monday, October 13, 2014

13 - 17 October (Week 6)

This week Life science will continue working on their Height Experiment as well as exploring cells. Physical Science will focus on science concepts (systems, order, & organization) as well as science skills (measuring mass & volume). It should be a great week filled with wonderful science!

Life Science
Day 1: Cells Video, Fix Mistakes (Science Summaries, Reading Check 1)
Day 2: Height Experiment--Growth Chart Check 1, Intro Paragraph Guide
Day 3: TB Reading (Reading Check 2), Target Skills WS 2
Day 4: TB Reading (Reading Check 2), Parts of Cells, Work Time

Physical Science
Day 1: TB Reading (10 min.), SOO Practice
Day 2: TB Reading (10 min.), Mass Lab Discussion--LR Notes p. 9, Science Summary/SOO practice time
Day 3: TB Reading (10 min.), LR Notes p. 11, Volume Lab
Day 4: Quiz 3 (Systems, Order, Organization), Chemical vs. Physical Properties Lab