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

Monday, October 6, 2014

6 - 10 October (Week 5)

Hopefully you enjoyed your long weekend! This week Life Science will prepare for their first test as well as introducing microscopes and cells. Physical Science will be busy wrapping up their Airplane DYOE as well as diving into the differences between chemical and physical properties.

Many students forgot to turn in their Science Article Summaries. If you didn't turn it in, follow the redo guidelines found in the Grading Policies hand out for each class. (Life Science Grading Policies, Physical Science Grading Policies)

Life Science
Day 1: Parts of Microscopes, Intro Cells
Day 2: Plan an Experiment Practice, RC 2: Target Skills WS
Day 3: TB Reading, Microscope Lab
Day 4: Test 1 (Closed Book Sample, Open Book Sample), Microscope Games

Physical Science
Day 1: SOO Notes, LWA Practice, Work on DYOE Experiment Packet (Blank Packet, Sample Packet)
Day 2: TB Reading, Work on DYOE Experiment Packet 
Day 3: TB Reading, MVD Lab
Day 4: Quiz 2 (Length, Width, Area), SOO Demo, Chemical vs. Physical Lab

Monday, September 29, 2014

29 September - 1 October (Week 4)

This week both classes will be working on article summaries. Life Science students will also be starting microscopes and cells while Physical Science students will be continuing their Airplane DYOE. Enjoy the short week and long weekend! Be sure to check PowerSchool for any missing assignments to catch up on over the long weekend!

Life Science
Day 1: Article Summary (Guidelines Worksheet)
Day 2: Microscope Notes, Reading Check 1, Intro Cells

Physical Science
Day 1: Article Summary (Guidelines Worksheet)
Day 2: TB reading, DYOE Airplane Contest (Blank PacketSample Packet)

Physical Science Airplane DYOE Timeline

  • This week: Airplane Contest, Finish packet except figures
  • Monday, October 6 & Tuesday, October 7: Finish figures
  • Wednesday, October 8: DYOE Packet Due
  • Wednesday, October 15: DYOE Packets graded & returned (hopefully)--make corrections if needed
  • Monday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 18: Type DYOE Report (hopefully, I can't schedule the computer lab until the 15th)
  • Thursday, October 23 (Per. 6 & 7) or Friday, October 24 (Per. 5): DYOE Peer Review
  • Monday, October 27: Revise DYOE Report--Report due End of Period



22-26 September (Week 3)

My son was sick last week so I missed Monday and forgot to post the weekly agenda. Sorry! This is what we did!

Life Science
Day 1: R&R 7th Grade Activity
Day 2: Reading Check 1
Day 3: TB Reading, Measurement Notes, Measurement Lab
Day 4: "In a Heartbeat" Lab, Finish Measurement Lab

Physical Science
Day 1: LWA Lab
Day 2: TB reading, Metric Review
Day 3: TB reading, DYOE Experiment Day
Day 4: DYOE Experiment Day, Finish LWA Lab

Friday, September 12, 2014

15 - 19 September (Week 2)

What a great first week! Week 2 should be just as awesome as both classes will be starting larger projects applying the scientific method. Life Science will start their height experiment which will be  a year long adventure. Physical Science will start their Airplane DYOE which will be a semester long experiment.

Remember: You should be studying at least 5 minutes a night so that you can do well on your quizzes (Physical Science) or tests (Life Science.) For life science, print a sample test off of this website and start filling it in. For physical science, memorize the notes in your learning record and start practicing with your sample quizzes. For both groups, tell your parents what you learned each day counts.

Life Science
Day 1: Start Height Experiment (Height Experiment Background Worksheet), Intro Life Science
Day 2: Experiment 1: Mobius Strips
Day 3: Target Skills WS 1, Measurement Lab
Day 4: Height Experiment Research

Physical Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (What Did I Read WS), Airplane DYOE--Research Day (Blank Packet, Sample Packet)
Day 2: Textbook Reading, Airplane DYOE--Planning Day
Day 3: Textbook Reading, SOO Demo, Metric Memory
Day 4: Scientific Method Review, Measuring LWA Lab, Magazine Figures