12.14.16 E Day

Science  All Periods

In class I showed a demonstration about heat transfer within a tank of water warmed from below by candles and cooled on top with ice. Here’s a good video of the process:

HOMEWORK: Finish Heat Transfer Reading Notes (see previous post for links)

HANDOUTS: heat-transfer-vocabulary

COMING UP: Check in on Friday on Heat Transfer. Know radiation, conduction, and convection.


Science Period 1, 4, and 3

In class we finished up  watching a Bill Nye episode on heat transfer. Here is a link to the video:

The following  notes sheet was completed while watching the video: bill_nye_heat_video

We then discussed the back side of the notes sheet, where we made connections between the concepts learned in the video and a lava lamp. Here’s some more info on how a lava lamp works: http://home.howstuffworks.com/lava-lamp1.htm

  • Radiation – light bulb radiates heat which warms the metal base
  • Conduction – metal base touches the glass jar holding the wax and water solution
  • Convection – warmed wax becomes less dense and rises.
  • Conduction – warmed wax touches the top of the lamp, loosing heat energy to the metal top.
  • Convection – cooled wax at the top falls back down, pushing up warm wax as it goes.
  • Radiation – the metal at the top of the lava lamp radiates heat into the environment.

HOMEWORK PERIOD 1 and  4 – Return to your “Home Heat Transfer Meal” assignment and highlight where radiation, conduction, and convection happened. Use different colors for each. This assignment is on the backside of: popcorn-heat-transfer

HOMEWORK PERIOD 3 – Complete “Home Heat Transfer Meal” if not done. Complete reading  notes on “The Transfer of Heat Energy” – heat-transfer-notes-sheet Website for completing this assignment:




Science  Period 1, 2, 3, and 4

In class we learned about the three types of heat transfer involved in popcorn popping. We then ate popcorn and watched a Bill Nye video on heat.

HW – Backside of popcorn-heat-transfer. To help, here is some info about heat transfer in the kitchen: http://www.scienceofcooking.com/how-is-heat-transferred-in-cooking.html 

12/6/16 B-Day

Science Period 4

In class students finished their test started on Friday, began working on their Heat Transfer notes, and began working on the “City Weather Data” project using google classroom.

HW – None.

Science Period 2 and 3

In class students spent most of the period working on the “City Weather Data” project in partners using Google Classroom.

Period 2 HW – fill out ocean currents on your map. Use the website link on Google Classroom. You DO NOT need to name the currents, just draw in the currents on the map and label or color code if they are warm or cold currents.

Period 3 HW – none.

12/5/16 A-Day

Science Period 1, 2, and 3

In class students had a chance to finish up the test started on Friday. We then began reading and notes on heat transfer. Period 1 and 2 had time to select a city for the “City Weather Data” activity. Period 3 will do it tomorrow.

HW – None



In class we did a reading activity for the launch of the book “Martin Marten”. Science fair related, project proposals are past due after today. GET THEM TO ME ASAP!

12.1.16 D-Day


In class we discussed how water vapor rises into the air and how clouds form. Follow this link for lots of good information on the concept:




I then showed cloud in a bottle, where I made a cloud IN THE CLASSROOM! If you missed it, this video covers the same idea:

Finally we finished up our poster presentations.

TOMORROW – Test on Properties of Air.


Study Guide with Answers: