Topic: Ode to Elements

Students continued to work on Ode to Elements

Homework: Finish background notes if not done.


Topic: The Elements

I had a sub today. Students began an assignment called “Ode to an Element”. Here’s an overview: Ode to Elements

HOMEWORK: At leas 5 notes on your Ode to Element Notes


Topic: Molecular Model of Water

WARM UP: Notes on the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jwAGWky98c

WATER CLOSE READING NOTES: Work time to finish reading notes on water.

HOMEWORK: Finish Notes making sure you do the following:

  • Underline important information. BRIEFLY Summarize on the side these important points.
  • Record questions in the margin. Put a ? Symbol by the text where the question came up.
  • Create at least one visual for each paragraph.
  • RECORD a 3-sentence summary at the end.

ALSO: Get explain to someone in your household about water as a polar molecule. Get them to sign your planner affirming that you did this.


Topic: What makes water unique

WARM UP: Write down three strategies for determining the meaning of a word you don’t understand when reading a science text.

CLOSE READING: We read back over the article about water, this time focusing on words we did not understand and attempting to define them.



Our counselor Toni Snapp directed students through completing a goal setting sheet to get ready for conference. The system the students used is called “Naviance.” It can be accessed on the Athey Creek webpage (side bar on the left of the page).


Topic: Researching What Makes Water A Unique Molecule

WARM UP: Atom Parts Warm Up

CLOSE READING NOTES: I modeled and then students began the process of “close reading” about water molecules. Close reading is a strategy found by education researchers to greatly improve the ability for students to pull from text essential information, identify the purpose and intent of the author, and recall content later on. I do not have a digital copy of the reading, extra copies can be provided in class.




Topic: Developing Models to Explain Surface Tension in Water

WARM UP: Students were given a drawing of a drop of water on a penny. Their task is to create a model of how they think the water can build up on the penny.

VOCAB GAME: The rest of the period was spent reinforcing all the new vocabulary we are learning:

Atom, electron, proton, neutron, element, matter, molecule, nucleus, proton, quark, solid, liquid, gas, phases of matter, surface tension.

HOMEWORK: Complete Bill Nye Video Notes if not done yet (see previous posts).

9/27/17 – Early Release Day

Today: Open-Ended Project Brainstorm

Today we paused our day to day learning to launch a year-long independent research project. Students brainstormed ideas. We will revisit this during future early releases as well as throughout the year when we find little bits of extra time here and there.


Topic: Bill Nye Atoms and Molecules

We watched Bill Nye Atoms:

Worksheet: BillNyeAtoms

Homework: Finish video worksheet if not done.


Topic: Intro to Matter

WARM  UP: Watch the video below. Record observations and questions related to how water striders use surface tension of water.

READING NOTES: In  class students worked on finishing their reading notes on Intro to Matter: Middle School Chem Reading_Intro to Matter

Copy of ACS_MidSchoolChem_Chapt_1

LAB WORKSHEET: Students completed and turned in their lab worksheet from Friday.

HOMEWORK: Finish the reading notes and lab worksheet if not