Week of 9/26 to 9/30

A-Day

Period 1, 2, and 3

In class we finished up the Dump and Clump and went outside to think about where water goes on campus, related to the water cycle.

Handout: weatherwalkquestionsweather-climate-dump-n-clump

Homework: finish dump and clump

B-Day

Period 4

In class we finished up the Dump and Clump and went outside to think about where water goes on campus, related to the water cycle.

Handout: weatherwalkquestionsweather-climate-dump-n-clump

Homework: finish dump and clump

Period 2 and 3

In class students completed a pre-assessment showing their knowledge of the water cycle at this time. We then played the “water cycle” game to explore how water moves throughout the water cycle.

Handout: water-cycle-pre-post handoutwatercyclegameflowchart

Homework: None

C-Day

Period 1 and 4

In class students completed a pre-assessment showing their knowledge of the water cycle at this time. We then played the “water cycle” game to explore how water moves throughout the water cycle.

Handout: water-cycle-pre-post handoutwatercyclegameflowchart

Homework: None

Period 3

A picture of a water cycle concept map from the USGS

In class we discussed how the water cycle game is a type of scientific model as well, because it helps us make sense of the water cycle and uses knowledge about the water cycle to make predictions. We then spent time working on analyzing the outcomes of the game. I also handed out a list of terms about the water cycle along with the picture of the water cycle, seen above, from the USGS

Handout: water-cycle-terms

Homework: Study the water cycle terms.

 

Week 3 9/19 to 9/23

A Day – Period 1, 2, and 3

In class we finished up our discussion of the mystery boxes. Students had time in class to work on a final reflection sheet that became homework to complete. We also set up our journals. Here are some journal setup specifics:

  • In general, don’t skip pages and “jump around”, strive to be neat and organized.
  • Do not remove pages from the journal, completed or not.
  • Page 1 – 6 is the “Warm Up” section.
    • Each page of the section is dedicated to one week. I check to see that it is completed on Friday when you work on your check in.
  • After page 6, the “main section” begins called “Notes and Labs”.
    • In this section students should go page by page as they add content, don’t just jump around to random pages.
  • The last 6 pages are a “glossary” section.

HW – Finish Mystery Box Reflection if not done.

mystery-box-reflection

B-Day

Period 4

In class we finished up the mystery box activity

HW – Finish Mystery Box Reflection if not done.

mystery-box-reflection

Period 2 and 3

Lab Safety Expectations Day.

HW – None

C-Day

Period 1 and 4

Lab Safety Expectations Day.

HW – Complete the backside of the “Lab Safety Guidelines” worksheet handed out in class.

Period 3

We continued to discuss lab safety with a little demo called “sewer lice”.  We then began working on our first unit (Weather and Climate) with a brainstorm on the subject called “Dump and Clump”

weather-climate-dump-n-clump

HW – Review the vocabulary for the week and lab safety for a quiz on Friday.

D-Day

Period 1, 2, and 4

We continued to discuss lab safety with a little demo called “sewer lice”.  We then began working on our first unit (Weather and Climate) with a brainstorm on the subject called “Dump and Clump”

weather-climate-dump-n-clump

HW – Review the vocabulary for the week and lab safety for a quiz on Friday.

Week 2 – 9/12 to 9/16

A-Day: Period 1, 2, and 3

In class I went over the class syllabus, students signed up for academy classes, and we finished our “about me and science” magnifying glass.

HW – Share the syllabus with your parents. Have them sign your planner confirming that you have done so.

2015-16-syllabus

B-Day: Period 4, 2, and 3

Period 4: 

In class I went over the class syllabus, students signed up for academy classes, and we finished our “about me and science” magnifying glass.

HW – Share the syllabus with your parents. Have them sign your planner confirming that you have done so.

2015-16-syllabus

Period 2 and 3

In class we worked on Mystery Boxes! We will continue to work on this for the rest of the week.

HW – If you did not get your planner signed confirming that you shared the class syllabus with your parents, please do so.

C and D Day

I was absent from school these two days at jury duty. In my place, the sub had the students work on “mystery boxes”

HW – None

E Day

In class today we continued to explore and share out Mystery Boxes as well as take our first “check-in”, which is my term  for the weekly quiz. Today’s check in was on the different between observation and inference.

Students TURNED IN the mystery box assignment.

HW – Period 1 get signatures that your parents looked over the 2015-16-syllabus. All other periods no HW.

Handouts this week:

mystery-boxes

2015-16-syllabus

WELCOME TO THE 2016 – 2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Week of 9/6 – 9/9

Science Period 1 – 4

In class this week we have been focusing on introductions and basic class routines. Students have completed an “about me and science” magnifying glass. This is a drawing representing the student’s interest in science and engineering. It will be combined with a picture of them (taken in class) and placed up on the wall.

Students also completed an “All About Me” writing assignment where they tell me a little bit about themselves and their interests in science. This is a great way for me to both get to know my students and get an initial idea of their writing strengths. The assignment is completed in class.

I introduced “Plickers” to the students. Here’s more about Plickers: https://plickers.com/

HW – Have science supplies by Friday: Journal (composition book) and science section in a binder for handouts.

Friday 9/9/16

In class students finished up “All About Me”, then we began working on an activity about the Nature of Science called “Mystery Boxes”.

HW –  None