Monday, December 5, 2016

5 - 9 December (Week 16)

What a fun week of learning last week that will continue into this week! Earth Science was studying continental drift and shifted into seafloor spreading which will continue into plate tectonics. This will include some of our favorite topics: earthquakes and volcanoes. In Biology, we had a great time last week learning how to use a microscope, make our own slides using our own samples, and searching for cells. This week, we'll finish up our cell skits then move into learning about mitosis. Should be another great week!

Don't forget to do your study time this week! I WILL "ZAP!" you next week if you don't! TESTS are in TWO WEEKS! Be Ready!

Earth Science
Monday: Seafloor Spreading Model (St. 2.2.c, No study time-finish the model questions, ZAP! if not done)
Tuesday: Reading Time 5, Intro Plate Tectonics, Dynamic Earth/Lithospheric Plates WS (St. 2.2.a,c,e, Mini-Quiz 48)
Wednesday: Reading Time 5, Dynamic Earth/Lithospheric Plates WS (St. 2.2.a,c,e, Mini-Quiz 49)
Thursday: Reading Time 5, Current Earthquakes/Volcanoes
Friday: Mantle Plumes, Earth's Internal Heat (4 days Study Time Due Friday)

Biology
Monday: Protein Synthesis Skits Review WS (ST. 4.3.c, Mini-Quiz 45)
Tuesday: Reading Time 4, Cell Energy Skits (St. 2.2.b, Mini-Quiz 46)
Wednesday: Reading Time 4, Autotroph vs Heterotroph WS (St. 2.2.a, Mini-Quiz 47)
Thursday: Reading Time 4, Mitosis Gizmo, Onion Root Online Lab
Friday: Elements/Molecules of life (4 days Study Time Due Friday)

Monday, November 28, 2016

28 November - 2 December (Week 15)

Welcome back from break! Hope it was awesome! This week Earth Science will shift from studying the interior of the Earth (layers) and start studying continental drift. Biology will wrap up their cell project using the microscopes to make some observations.

Remember some of the things discussed in class today. Earth Science has a vocabulary test tomorrow. Our final test (Earth Science and Biology) for the quarter will be December 20th. You will have a limited time to retake the test (about one week) so you want to be prepared now. Find a way to remember to do your study time. Use your phone (alarms, calendar, reminders lists) or a planner or your hand or have a friend or parent remind you. Any way to make sure you get your work turned in so you're ready. I'm happy to let you come in after school most days to do your study time then. You can do it!

Earth Science
Monday: Reminders, Review Seismic Evidence, Continental Drift (St. 2.1.b-c, St. 2.2.a, Mini-Quiz 45)
Tuesday: Vocab Test 2, Pangaea Gizmo (St. 2, St. 5, Test = No Study Time)
Wednesday: Reading Time 5, Continental Drift Notes, Pangaea Gizmo (St. 2.2.a, Mini-Quiz 46)
Thursday: Reality Town (Some students will miss class-Plate Tectonics Video/Catch Up Time) (No Study Time)
Friday: Seafloor Spreading (St. 2.2.c, Mini-Quiz 47) (2 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE)

Biology
Monday: Octopus Color Discussion, Cell Project Reminders, Microscope Activities (St. 2.3.b-c, Mini-Quiz 42)
Tuesday: Reading Time 4, Present Cell Skits (St. 2.2.b, Mini-Quiz 43)
Wednesday: Microscope Lab (Meet in lab room) (St. 2.3.b-c, Mini-Quiz 44)
Thursday: Microscope Lab/Cell Observations (Meet in lab room) (St. 2.3.b-c, No Study Time)
Friday: Cell Observations (Meet in lab room) (St. 2.3.b-c, No Study Time--Finish reflections portion of lab) (2 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE)

21 - 22 November (Week 14)

No study time. Behind due to my surgery. Hope you enjoyed your break!

Earth Science
Monday: Video (Iceland)
Tuesday: Higher Level Thinking Skills, Fix open book test

Biology
Monday: Video (Birds or Fish or Insects)
Tuesday: Higher Level Thinking Skills, Gizmo Quizzes

Monday, November 14, 2016

14 - 18 November (Week 13)

As a reminder, I will be having foot surgery to remove a neuroma this Wednesday. As a result, I will be gone Wednesday, November 16th through Monday, November 21st. Please be sure to ask questions and turn in any work by tomorrow then to ensure you get the help you need! Meanwhile, if concerned about your grade while I'm gone, be sure to keep up on your current work. One of our biggest problems is focusing on late work and then not turning in our current work. Do the current work first, then fix the late work. To figure out what's missing, check your Skyward account. If all your missing work is in, then fix anything with a low grade. Be sure to check your folder in the classroom to find work that has been returned to you. 

Another tip, study time is clustered by week in the gradebook. Those weeks match the weekly agenda on this website. For example, this week is "Week 13" and the study time quizzes will be part of "Study Time 13". This can help if you miss some study time.

Earth Science
Monday: Seismic Evidence of Layers of the Earth Part 1 (St. 2.1.b-c, Mini-Quiz 40)
Tuesday: Seismic Evidence of Layers of the Earth Part 2 (St. 2.1.b-c, Mini-Quiz 41)
Wednesday: Reading Time 5, Earthquakes 1--Recording Station Gizmo (St. 2.1.b-c, Mini-Quiz 42)
Thursday: Reading Time 5, Plate Tectonics Gizmo (St. 2.3.d, Mini-Quiz 43)
Friday: Earthquakes 2--Determination of Epicenter Gizmo (St. 2.1.b-c, Mini-Quiz 44) (5 days STUDY TIME DUE)

Biology
Monday: Cell Models (St. 3.3.d, Mini-Quiz 37)
Tuesday: Vocabulary Test 2, Microscope Notes (Test = NO STUDY TIME)
Wednesday: Reading Time 4, Prep Scripts (Write Scripts/Prepare Props) (St. 2.2b, St. 4.3c, Mini-Quiz 39, Test IDs)
Thursday: Reading Time 4, Protein Synthesis Gizmo (St. 4.3c, Mini-Quiz 40Test IDs)
Friday: Photosynthesis Lab Gizmo (St. 2.2b, Mini-Quiz 41) (4 days STUDY TIME DUE)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

7 - 11 November (Week 12)

Whew! We are learning so much and it is AWESOME!! Not always fun but definitely awesome and rewarding. :) We struggled a little bit in our descriptions and explanations on our open book tests but we took some time to improve them. Now, Earth Science is shifting into geology. We're starting with vocabulary and will study how scientists classify the layers of the Earth towards the end of the week. Biology is starting their cell project which focuses on a variety of topics including the structure of cells, cell processes, and observing cells. It should be a great week!

My classes have been informed but, as a reminder and to inform parents, I will be having foot surgery to remove a neuroma next Wednesday. As a result, I will be gone Wednesday, November 16th through Friday, November 18th and should return Monday, November 21st. Please be sure to ask questions and turn in any work before then to ensure you get the help you need!

Earth Science
Monday: Reminders (RTI & Grading), Fix Open Book Tests (No study time--fix your test)
Tuesday: Fix/Finish Reading Time 4, Vocabulary Assignment (St. 2, St. 5, Mini-Quiz 36)
Wednesday: Composition vs Physical Properties, Layers of the Earth Posters (St. 2.1.b-c, Mini-Quiz 37)
Thursday: Layers of the Earth Posters (St. 2.1.b-c, Mini-Quiz 38)
Friday: Layers of the Earth Posters (St. 2.1.b-c, Mini-Quiz 39) (3 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE)

Biology
Monday: Reminders (RTI & Grading), Fix Open Book Tests (No study time--fix your test)
Tuesday: Reading Time 4, Intro Cell Project (St. 3.3.d, St. 3.2.b, Mini-Quiz 33)
Wednesday: Reading Time 4, Cell Project: Planning WS--Plan Model (St. 3.3.d, Mini-Quiz 34)
Thursday: Reading Time 4, Cell Project: Planning WS--Plan Model/Skit (St. 3.2.b, Mini-Quiz 35)
Friday: Cell Project: Plan Skit (3 DAYS STUDY TIME DUE) (St. 3.2.b, Mini-Quiz 36)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

31 October - 4 November (Week 11)

Earth Science
Monday: Favorite Planetary Body Discussion, Research for Planet PowerPoint (Worksheet(St. 1.2.d, Study Time: Closed Book Test Prep--Attempt 2)
Tuesday: Create Planet PowerPoint (TemplateCitation Machine)--Due Friday (St. 1.2.d, Study Time: Closed Book Test Prep--Attempt 3--If needed)
Wednesday: How the Earth Was Made: Birth of Earth (Video) (St. 1,2,3,4, Study Time: Closed Book Test Prep--Attempt 4--If needed)
Thursday: Astronomy Test (Closed Book Sample TestOpen Book Test Grading Guide) (St. 1 & St. 5, TEST DAY = NO STUDY TIME)
Friday: Reminders, Fix Open Book Test (No Study Time-Fix Test by Tuesday)

Biology
Monday: Finish video, Grades Info, Vocabulary Assignment (Vocab List 2Worksheet) (St. 2, St. 1, Mini Quiz 30)
Tuesday: Vocabulary Assignment (Vocab List 2Worksheet) (St. 2, St. 1, Mini Quiz 31)
Wednesday: Cell Energy Cycle Gizmo (St. 2.2.b, Mini-Quiz 32)
Thursday: Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration (St. 2.2.b, No Study Time Today)
Friday: Reminders, Fix Open Book Test (No Study Time-Fix Test by Tuesday)

Monday, October 24, 2016

24 - 28 October (Week 10)


Welcome back! Hopefully you had a refreshing break! We're entering our first round of content tests. Biology has their first content test this Wednesday; Earth Science's is next Wednesday. Remember to study to be prepared! Feel free to ask questions and get help. Remember: Don't wait until the last minute!

Earth Science
Monday: Nebular Theory Steps & Evidence Notes (St. 1.1.c, Study Time: Open Book Test Prep #3-4)
Tuesday: Reading Time 4 (due next Monday), Solar System Explorer (St. 1.2.a & c, Study Time: Open Book Test Prep #5 & 7)
Wednesday: Element Formation Graph, Solar System Explorer (St. 1.1.d & 1.2.a & c, Study Time: Open Book Test Prep #6)
Thursday: Life on Earth Notes, Planet Advertisement (St. 1.2.d, Study Time: Closed Book Test Prep--Attempt 1)

Biology
Monday: Cell Theory Notes, Cell Structure Gizmo (St.2.3.b, Study Time 10)
Tuesday: Reading Time 3 (due next Monday), Cell Structure Gizmo, Cell Labeling Games (St.2.3.d, Study Time 10)
Wednesday: Unit 1 Test (CBC Sample Test, OBW Sample Test) (St. 2.3.b &d, 3.1.a-b, 3.2.a &d, TEST DAY = No Study Time)
Thursday: "Life! Plants" Video (Mini-Quiz 29)