Monday, September 26, 2016

26 - 30 September (Week 6)

Can you believe how fast September is flying by? As we reach the end of the month, Earth Science will be focusing on the evidence for the Big Bang which is rooted in electromagnetic waves. Biology will be wrapping up their current study of organs & organ systems by working on an organ systems project. It will be awesome!

Earth Science
Monday: Habitable Zone (Proxima b) Discussion, Electromagnetic Waves Notes (St. 1.2.d, 1.1.b, Mini-Quiz 20)
Tuesday: Reading Time 3: Summarize, E-M Waves Concepts (St. 1.1.b, St. 1.1.f, Mini-Quiz 21)
Wednesday: Reading Time 3: Summarize, Spectroscope Lab (St. 1.1.b, St. 1.1.f, Mini-Quiz 22)
Thursday: Reading Time 3: Summarize, Spectroscope Lab (St. 1.1.b, St. 1.1.f, Mini-Quiz 23)
Friday: Big Bang Evidence in General (St. 1.1.b, St. 1.1.f) (5 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE)

Biology 
Monday: Flower as an Electric Conductor?, Anatomy Races (St. 3.1.a, Mini-Quiz 20)
Tuesday: Reading Time 3: Summarize, Anatomy Races, Organ Systems Poster (St. 3.1.a, St. 3.2.a-b, Mini-Quiz 21)
Wednesday: Reading Time 3: Summarize, Organ Systems Poster (St. 3.2.a-b, Mini-Quiz 22)
Thursday: Reading Time 3: Summarize, Organ Systems Poster, (St. 3.2.a-b, Mini-Quiz 23)
Friday: Organ Systems Poster (St. 3.2.a-b) (5 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE)

Monday, September 19, 2016

19 - 22 September (Week 5)

Hurray for another week of science! Can you believe a month of school has already flown by? We've learned so much and I'm having so much fun! This week, Earth Science will shift from introducing some core concepts for our Earth & Society standard (Standard 5) to focusing on our Astronomy standard (Standard 1). Biology is continuing to study Organs & Organ Systems (Standard 3) but will shift from studying individual organs to studying how their organ systems.

Meanwhile, this week is midterms and parent-teacher conferences. Students: Invite your parents so that they can get to know me a little bit, the classroom, etc. so that they can help you out. Parents: I hope you're able to come so that you can see a little more of your child's life and have the resources necessary to help them be successful. Hope to see you all there!

Earth Science
Monday: Natural Resources Discussion, Finish Graphing Skills Gizmo, Start Big Bang Evidence WS (St. 5.2, St. 1.1.b, Mini-Quiz 16)
Tuesday: Reading Time--Word/Sentence/Paragraph Summaries (St. 1.1.b, Mini-Quiz 17)
Wednesday: Reading Time--Word/Sentence/Paragraph Summaries, Big Bang Video (St. 1.1.f, St. 1.1.b, Mini-Quiz 18)
Thursday: Reading Time--Word/Sentence/Paragraph Summaries, Big Bang Evidence--Electromagnetic Radiation (4 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE) (St. 1.1.b, St. 1.1.e, Mini-Quiz 19)

Biology
Monday: Natural Resources Discussion, Finish Graphing Skills Gizmo, (St. 3.1.a, Mini-Quiz 16)
Tuesday: Reading Time--Word/Sentence/Paragraph Summaries, Anatomy Games Races, BBC Interactive Body (St. 3.2.b, Mini-Quiz 17)
Wednesday: Reading Time--Word/Sentence/Paragraph Summaries, Anatomy Games Races, BBC Interactive Body (St. 3.2.b, Mini-Quiz 18)
Thursday: Reading Time--Word/Sentence/Paragraph Summaries, Anatomy Games Races, BBC Interactive Body (4 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE) (St. 3.2.b, Mini-Quiz 19)

Monday, September 12, 2016

12 - 16 September (Week 4)

Out sick with a bad sore throat. Be sure to study for your Vocabulary Test! I may be absent again tomorrow but plan on being there Wednesday. Be ready for your test!

Earth Science
Monday: Natural Resources Notes WS, Feedback Loops WS (St. 5.1, St. 5.2, Mini-Quiz 12)
Tuesday: Reading Time (Picture Reading)-Due Friday, Vocabulary Crosswords (St. 1, St. 5, Mini-Quiz 13)
Wednesday: Vocabulary Test 1, Set up Gizmo (Explore Learning) accounts (St. 1, St. 5, Test = No Study Time)
Thursday: Finish SLO Pre-Tests (St. 2-4, Mini-Quiz 14)
Friday: Gizmo Graphing Assignment (4 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE, All Standards, Mini-Quiz 15)

Biology
Monday: Anatomy Packet & Games (St. 3.1, Mini-Quiz 12)
Tuesday: Reading Time (Picture Reading)-Due Friday, Vocabulary Crosswords (St. 2, St. 3, Mini-Quiz 13)
Wednesday: Vocabulary Test 1, Set up Gizmo (Explore Learning) accounts (St. 2, St. 3, Test = No Study Time)
Thursday: Finish SLO Pre-Tests (St. 1, St. 4-5, Mini-Quiz 14)
Friday: Gizmo Graphing Assignment (4 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE, All Standards, Mini-Quiz 15)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

6 - 9 September (Week 3)

Hopefully you had a wonderful three day weekend! This week we will dive further into the content as we reinforce what we learned last week and add new details. Earth Science will continue to look at Earth's spheres and tie in natural resources. In Biology, we'll deepen our understanding of the characteristics of life then start studying human organ systems.

Don't forget to complete your weekly study time. Benjamin Franklin's reminder: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." We have a vocabulary test next week. If used correctly, your study time will help you prepare for the test. Even if you don't take them, I suggest looking at the mini-quizzes this week to see what the format will be for the test questions. If you complete something other than a quiz, remember to tie in the standards.

Earth Science
Tuesday: Discussion (Standards & Study Time), Earth Sphere's Memory Trick (St. 5.1.a, Mini-Quiz 8)
Wednesday: Reading Time: Picture Reading, Earth Sphere's Memory Trick (Due Monday by 3 p.m.) (St. 5.1.a, St. 1, Mini-Quiz 9)
Thursday: Reading Time: Picture Reading, Natural Resource Project (St. 5.2, St. 1, Mini-Quiz 10)
Friday: Natural Resource Project (4 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE, St. 5.2, Mini-Quiz 11)

Biology
Tuesday: Discussion (Standards & Study Time), Characteristics of Life Memory Trick (St. 2, St. 3, Mini-Quiz 8)
Wednesday: Reading Time: Picture Reading, Characteristics of Life  Memory Trick (Due Monday by 3 p.m.) (St. 2, St. 3, Mini-Quiz 9)
Thursday: Reading Time: Picture Reading, Anatomy Packet & Games (St. 3.1, St. 2, Mini-Quiz 10)
Friday: Anatomy Packet & Games (4 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE, St. 3.1.a, Mini-Quiz 11)

Monday, August 29, 2016

29 August - 2 September (Week 2)

Awesome job for week 1! We reviewed class rules, objectives, and how the class works. We learned so much through our first Study Time assignment. Remember, it was only worth 1 point so, if you struggled with it, you can easily fix your grade through this week's two 5 point assignments (Study Time & Reading Time.) I've been very impressed that you've been reading the instructions on the skeleton's whiteboard as you walk in. We also have had some great discussions. Keep it up!

Our big focus this week is introducing and memorizing our vocabulary words and definitions. These words are essential as we study topics throughout the current unit and the year. Towards the end of the week, we will start working on our first projects as well.

Earth Science
Monday: Discussion Starter (Grand Canyon), Vocabulary Race (St. 5.1.b, Mini-Quiz 3)
Tuesday: Reading Assignment 1 (Vocab List, Inferring Word Meaning WS), Clock Partner Sheets (St. 1, St. 5, Mini Quiz 4)
Wednesday: Reading Assignment 1 (Inferring Word Meaning WS), Vocab Definitions, Emergency Info (St. 1, St. 5, Mini-Quiz 5)
Thursday: Vocab Charades, Earth's Spheres Video (St. 1, St. 5, Mini-Quiz 6)
Friday: Study Time/Questions, Earth's Spheres Video/Examples (5 STUDY DAYS due) (St. 5, Mini-Quiz 7)

Biology
Monday: Discussion Starter ("The Blob" & Dying Sea Otters), Vocabulary Race (St. 5.1.b, Mini-Quiz 3)
Tuesday: Reading Assignment 1 (Vocab List, Inferring Word Meaning WS), Clock Partner Sheets (St. 2, St. 3, Mini Quiz 4)
Wednesday: Reading Assignment 1 (Inferring Word Meaning WS), Vocab Definitions, Emergency Info (St. 2, St. 3, Mini-Quiz 5)
Thursday: Vocab Charades, Characteristics of Life (St. 2, St. 3, Mini-Quiz 6)
Friday: Study Time/Questions, Characteristics of Life (5 STUDY DAYS due) (St. 2, St. 3, Mini-Quiz 7)

Monday, August 22, 2016

23 - 26 August (Week 1)

Welcome to Ms. Morris' science classes at Joel P. Jensen Middle School! Are you excited for what is sure to be an awesome school year?! I am! We have many wonderful topics to explore. In Earth Science, these topics include astronomy, geology, meteorology, hydrology, and the relationship between Earth and society. In biology, topics we will study include ecology, cells, organs & organ systems, genetics, and evolution. Each day is sure to be a grand adventure if you come prepared to learn!

Some things to remember:

  1. Don't forget to check out your class tab on this website. It includes all of the important papers that your received in class throughout the week. Remember to turn in your signed rules sheet/disclosure by Monday, August 29th.
  2. Don't forget to bring your required supplies by Monday, August 29th. These supplies will be kept in the classroom and are essential to make sure you're prepared each day. (SUPPLIES LIST)
  3. Sign up to receive this weekly agenda in your email by typing your email address into the box on the right side of this screen. 
  4. SMILE & HAVE FUN! 


Earth Science
Tuesday: Introductions, Computer Log-In/Class Website (Questionnaire)
Wednesday: SLO Pre-Test (meet in the Media Center)--Not graded
Thursday: Class Basics, Vocabulary Assignment (St. 5.1.a, Mini-Quiz 1)
Friday: Turn in Study Time, Earth Sphere's (1 STUDY DAY due) (St. 5.1.a, Mini-Quiz 2)

Biology
Tuesday: Introductions, Computer Log-In/Class Website
Wednesday: SLO Pre-Test (meet in the Media Center)--Not graded
Thursday: Class Basics, Vocabulary Assignment (St. 3.1.b, St. 1.3.a, Mini-Quiz 1)
Friday: Turn in Study Time, Intro Biology  (1 STUDY DAY due) (St. 3.1.b, St. 1.3.a, Mini-Quiz 2)