March 24, 2016

Our study of ecology is now concluded.  We are moving on to basic chemistry- parts of an atom and the periodic table.

Next week we start the AIR testing.  Our schedule will be a little different for Wednesday and Thursday- we will NOT be having regular classes (with the exception of period 5 and period 9 encore classes).  Students will remain with their testing groups and teachers for periods 1-4, 7-8.

The following week- on April 5- we will be taking the science post-test.  This should not be a big problem for students if they were paying attention all school year.  I will post a review kahoot the night before the test.  We will be reviewing for a few minutes each day in class up to the test.


Monday, March 27–  Begin reviewing for the science post-test-  do not panic as you know this material- we’ve really been revisiting it all year!

Tuesday, March 28–  Atoms and periodic table- use google slides to complete a flip page of notes.

Wednesday, March 29- Thursday, March 30– AIR testing for ELA.  Testing in testing groups periods 1-4.  All grade activity periods 7-8.

Friday, March 31–  Back to atoms and periodic table


Bonus:  When was the atom discovered?  By whom?  How?

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updated kahoot links…

Sorry that the last links didn’t work….  give these a try!

 

https://play.kahoot.it/#/?quizId=71ee00af-87d0-48d9-b51f-763a340676b9

https://play.kahoot.it/#/?quizId=ece961b2-77e8-4ed6-a2e7-ecbeabf933a8

 

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March 23, 2017

STUDY tonight for the ecology test tomorrow!  Use quizlet!

 

Here is the kahoot review for ecology- two different kahoots-

symbiosis-  https://create.kahoot.it/#quiz/71ee00af-87d0-48d9-b51f-763a340676b9

population-  https://create.kahoot.it/#quiz/ece961b2-77e8-4ed6-a2e7-ecbeabf933a8

See you tomorrow:)

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March 17, 2017

What a weather week…. again!  Wow!  So much snow in such a short time— just proves the Lake Effect Snow machine was still fired up— too warm this winter to freeze Lake Erie so more lake effect snow.  Usually at this time of the year we are done with lake effect snow.  More evidence that our climate is changing.

We have been focusing on ecology topics through many hands on activities and simulations.  All of these concepts will be tested next Friday.  A study guide is attached to the blog roll.  I highly suggest students use quizlet, read chapters 20-21 in our book and review all worksheets, activities.  The station packets will be returned, graded, on Monday.


HOMEWORK:  population activity due Tuesday, STUDY FOR TEST ALL WEEK

Monday, March 20–  graphing populations activity- due on Tuesday

Tuesday, March 21–  Symbiosis- types of, how it all works, a few notes

Wednesday, March 22– finish up symbiosis- start reviewing

Thursday, March 23–  REVIEW in class!  Kahoot:)

Friday, March 24-  Ecology Test


Bonus:  Find an example of mutualism, commensalism and parasitism-  write a description of how it works for those specific animals for each form of symbiosis.

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March 10, 2017

Another very strange weather week— high winds, temperatures in the 60’s, ending the week with snow and 20’s.  Despite road closures and power outages, we made it to the end of the 3rd quarter!  All grades will be updated and current on Monday— including any bonus points earned.


***HOMEWORK—-  complete ecology stations!  Be ready to turn in on Tuesday!  Complete the population graphing activity Tuesday night- will be collected on Thursday.

Monday, March 13-  NO SCHOOL for students:)

Tuesday, March 14–  TURN IN and discuss ecology stations,  start population graphing assignment-  *complete for homework- due Thursday

Wednesday, March 15–  Population simulations- how do we count populations of animals that move?  Activities and discussion

Thursday, March 16-  All population activities due- discuss, review, pop quiz?  Make sure you understand carrying capacity, limiting factors, how to count populations

Friday, March 17-  Begin symbiosis discussion and notes


Bonus:  How would we be able to accurately estimate the population of deer in Geauga County?  Explain your idea in a well written paragraph.

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March 3, 2017

Hard to believe it is the last week of the 3rd quarter!  There will be just two more graded assignments this quarter and bonus points to be added in to Infinite Campus.  Even harder to believe is this crazy weather we have been having- from 70 and sunny, to tornado warnings, to lake effect snow and 6 inches on the ground.  Wow.

We had a super last two days using the scientific method/engineering concepts to try to make a candy dispenser that gave out only 1 piece at a time.  Lots of success on this junkbox challenge:)


HW-  complete any worksheets not done in class

Monday, March 6–  Food web/autotrophs. heterotrophs, trophic levels- worksheet packet- due on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 7–  Owl Hunt—  keep data and pay attention to limiting factors, carrying capacity- answer questions after this in class activity

Wednesday, March 8–   Ecology stations-  the otter game, fish factors, food web

Thursday, March 9–  complete ecology stations-  review everything learned

Friday, March 10–  End of third quarter!  Population studies

 


No bonus this week as it is the last week of the quarter.

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February 25, 2017

Camp paperwork and second payment were due on Friday— if you have not already turned it in, please do so on Monday.  We will not worry about camp groups until the end of April:)

We just finished a comprehensive study of the biogeochemical cycles and are moving on to ecology.   This unit will include topics of food web, limiting factors, carrying capacity, population, habitat, symbioisis- building on what was learned in earlier grades.

Our thrice rescheduled junkbox challenge is finally going to happen!  We are building on Thursday and Friday of this week—  remember each group needs:

*One ½ gallon milk carton, cereal box or oatmeal box, 10 straws, 10  index cards, 5 pipe cleaners, 5 paper clips, *Tape, *Small, round candies (at least 50- mm’s, skittles etc- no peanut products)

*means it would be impossible to complete the task without these items


Homework:  finish gizmos for Monday, gather junkbox supplies

Monday, February 27–  turn in gizmos (photosynthesis and food chain)- pick new groups- review tests- discuss junkbox challenge- introduction to next unit-

Tuesday, February 28–  watch the video-  A Legend Returns: The Reintroduction of Wolves to Yellowstone National Park

Wednesday, March 1–  finish watching and discussing the video- turn in worksheet from video

Thursday, March 2- Friday, March 3–  JUNKBOX CHALLENGE


Last bonus of the third quarter:  What animal in Geauga County is overpopulated?  What can/should we do about it?  Write your answer in a paragraph, citing reference if necessary.

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February 17, 2017

TEST on Wednesday.…..    play kahoot—  https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/c904918b-ccc1-4693-8d6d-71a33e2f78f4    check out quizlet.     use the review sheet (in blogroll if you lost it!)

Based on the cycle presentations today some students need to study A LOT!!!

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Monday-    No school  President’s Day

Tuesday-  finish presentations- kahoot if time allows

Wednesday- TEST

Thursday- Friday-  gizmos on photosynthesis and food web


Bonus:  What other cycles are there in the environment besides the water, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles?  Pick one and draw/label it.

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February 14, 2017- Happy Valentine’s Day!

Since the students were so into this building cycles project and needed more time, I had to tweak the schedule a bit….   

The TEST is now on Wednesday, February 22!  Plenty of time to get ready:)

 

HW-  prepare for Cycle presentations on Tuesday, review all cycles for test next Wednesday!   *study guide attached in blogroll

Tuesday, February 14-  Happy Valentines’ Day!  Presentation of cycles- everyone should be able to answer questions about all the cycles in your diorama!    Review for test

Wednesday, February 15-  Chromebooks- activity on carbon cycle

Thursday, February 16-  Chromebooks- complete activity

Friday, February 17-  Presentation of cycles- everyone should be able to answer questions about all the cycles in your diorama!   

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Monday, February 20–  NO SCHOOL–  professional development day for teachers

Tuesday, February 21–  KAHOOT review for biogeochemical cycles test

Wednesday, February 22-  TEST

Thursday, Feb 23- Friday, Feb 24-  JUNKBOX CHALLENGE

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 New date:  Thursday- Friday, February 23-24.

JUNKBOX challenge- Valentine’s Day version- students will need: 

*One ½ gallon milk carton, cereal box or oatmeal box, 10 straws, 10  index cards, 5 pipe cleaners, 5 paper clips, *Tape, *Small, round candies (at least 50)

*means it would be impossible to complete the task without these items


Bonus:  For Valentine’s Day everyone draws a heart shape.  In reality our hearts are not that shape at all.  Research what a real heart looks like- draw it and label the parts.  Turn in your hand drawing (not computer image!).

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February 10, 2017

You should be able to talk about all of the cycles-  water, oxygen, carbon and nitrogen!  Today and Monday we are building 3D versions of the cycles and you need to explain them on Tuesday.  I have rearranged this week’s schedule a bit from last week’s blogpost.

CAMP money and forms due by February 24.  


HW-  prepare for Cycle presentations on Tuesday, review all cycles for test on Friday   *study guide attached in blogroll

Monday,  February 13-  Finish up the 3D cycle dioramas

Tuesday, February 14-  Happy Valentines’ Day!  Presentation of cycles- everyone should be able to answer questions about all the cycles in your diorama!    Review for test

Wednesday, February 15-  Chromebooks- activity on carbon cycle

Thursday, February 16-  Chromebooks- complete activity, review for test

Friday, February 17-   Test on biogeochemical cycles

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 New date:  Thursday- Friday, February 23-24.

JUNKBOX challenge- Valentine’s Day version- students will need: 

*One ½ gallon milk carton, cereal box or oatmeal box, 10 straws, 10  index cards, 5 pipe cleaners, 5 paper clips, *Tape, *Small, round candies (at least 50)

*means it would be impossible to complete the task without these items


Bonus:  For Valentine’s Day everyone draws a heart shape.  In reality our hearts are not that shape at all.  Research what a real heart looks like- draw it and label the parts.  Turn in your hand drawing (not computer image!).

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