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

Monday, March 30, 2015

30 March - 2 April (Week 27)

Welcome to the last week of 3rd quarter! Only one more quarter to go! So far, I've seen wonderful work and beautiful growth (learning) throughout my classes. We've had a lot of adventures and I look forward to one more quarter of fun!

An important note, I will be out of town Wednesday afternoon, April 1st through Monday, April 6th. This seems like a long time but I will only be missing two days of classes with each period. The work completed during this time has already been started and will count towards 4th quarter so you can ask me any questions about them when I return.

Life Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Introduction to the 6 Kingdoms
Day 2: Jeopardy
Day 3: Reading Check 8 (Assignment Guidelines), Height Experiment Final Figures (Assignment Guidelines, Diagram WS, Table WS, Chart WS, Line Graph WS), Classification Memory Tricks

Physical Science
Day 1: Intro to Newton's Laws
Day 2: Jeopardy
Day 3: DYOE Peer Review (Instruction Sheet), Finish Hot Wheels Lab, Newton's Laws Posters

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

23 - 27 March (Week 26)

I hope you had a wonderful break! As we near the end of 3rd quarter (where has the year gone?!), remember the redo deadline is this Friday, March 27th. Be sure to follow the redo guidelines for your grade level (8th Grading Policies, 7th Grading Policies). All quizzes and test redoes must be scheduled by Wednesday, March 25th. (DON'T FORGET THE GUIDELINES!) Redo forms for assignments can be found in the classroom by the turn in boxes.

Also, as we wrap up 3rd quarter and move into 4th, we'll also start wrapping up our projects. Over the next couple of months, Life Science will be finishing their Height Experiment by documenting their findings in reports as well as making posters. Physical Science will also write reports and create posters documenting their individual DYOEs. All of these will be displayed at the 2nd annual MMS World Expo on May 22nd. Please mark your calendars and plan on coming!

Finally, along with these projects, Life Science will continue to study the diversity of life including an brief introduction to each of the 6 kingdoms of life. Physical Science will continue to study motion including Newton's Laws of Motion before moving on to study heat, electromagnetism, and waves.

Life Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (10 min., be through p. 33 by Day 4), Height Experiment Report Prep (Results Paragraph WS, Discussion Paragraph WS)
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10 min.), Intro 6 Kingdoms
Day 3: Type Height Experiment Final Report (Meet in the Library, Final Report Guidelines, Due by April 2nd)
Day 4: Bacteria Video, Reading Check 8 (Assignment Guidelines), Finish Classification Memory Tricks

Physical Science
Day 1: LR Notes p. 7, Forces Practice Worksheets, Speed/Velocity/Acceleration WS
Day 2: DYOE Report Preparation, Start Hot Wheels Lab
Day 3: Type DYOE Report (Meet in the Library, DYOE Report Guidelines, Due by April 2nd)
Day 4: Quiz 12: Forces, Hot Wheels Lab

Friday, March 6, 2015

9 - 13 March (Week 25)

In Life Science, we'll wrap up our discussion defining life and the needs of life then we'll start learning about how we classify life. In Physical Science, we'll continue learning about forces as well as begin to tie them to motion.

Life Science
Day 1: Textbook Reading (10 minutes starting on page 14), Life Needs
Day 2: Textbook Reading (10 min.), Classification Activity
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10 min.), Dichotomous Keys
Day 4: Textbook Reading (10 min.), Intro the 6 Kingdoms, Classification Posters

Physical Science
Day 1: DYOE Reading Journal (Assignment Guidelines--Due Friday), Forces Worksheets
Day 2: DYOE Reading Journal (Assignment Guidelines), Forces/Motion Lab
Day 3: DYOE Reading Journal (Assignment Guidelines), Continue Forces/Motion Lab
Day 4: DYOE Reading Journal (Assignment Guidelines), Learning Record Notes p. 7, Vector Worksheet, Video

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2 - 6 March (Week 24)

Life Science is continuing to study the characteristics of life as well as completing our final measurement for our height experiment. (6 months flew by!) In Physical Science, we're finishing our DYOEs as well as reviewing the basics of forces.

Life Science
Day 1: Reading Check 7 (Assignment Guidelines)  
Day 2: Final Growth Chart Check, Reading Check 7 (Assignment Guidelines)  
Day 3: Textbook Reading (10 minutes--finish RC7), Characteristics of Life Review, Write Article Summaries (Due Friday)
Day 4: Textbook Reading (10 minutes), Nonliving vs. Living, Classification Activity, Needs of Life 

Physical Science
Day 1:  DYOE Reading Journal (Assignment Guidelines), DYOE Experiment Packet
Day 2: DYOE Reading Journal (Assignment Guidelines), DYOE Experiment Packet
Day 3: DYOE Reading Journal (Assignment Guidelines), LR Notes p. 5, Review Forces, Net Force/Weight Worksheet
Day 4: High School Registration w/ the counselors