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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February 3, 2017

Camp information has been passed out to all of the students going to camp.  Paperwork and final payments are due by February 24.  Please email me if you have any questions.

We are beginning a short unit on biogeochemical cycles of life:)  Students will be learning about the water, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen cycle.  At the end of the week students will be building dioramas in class that show the cycles- please save a shoebox and start looking for anything that can be used to build the cycles.

The timing is poor on this but we are also going to have a 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

We are also having our final parent-teacher conferences on Thursday from 3-7 pm in the KMS gym.


HW-  review for a quiz, find materials for 3D cycle build, study for cycle evaluation

Monday, February 6, 2017-  carbon cycle- video and activity

Tuesday, February 7, 2017-  complete carbon cycle activity-  quiz on oxygen, water and carbon cycles

Wednesday, February 8, 2017- Nitrogen Cycle Game!

Thursday, February 9, 2017- Nitrogen cycle- videos and notes

Friday, February 10, 2017-  Review all cycles- prepare for 3D cycle building activity- start building!

Monday, February 13–  BUILD 3 D cycles

Tuesday, February 14-  Valentines Day—-   show diarama’s and explain them-

Wednesday, February 15–  Evaluation on cycles

Thursday, Feb 16- Friday, Feb 17— JUNKBOX CHALLENGE


Bonus:  On your own complete the page in your foldable on phosphorus cycle- show me the completed pages:)

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January 30, 2017

Happy Snow DayS!

Last week we culminated our three month unit on weather by performing Weather Newscasts.  These were a great “test” of what students learned and understood.

We are now moving on to biogeochemical cycles- the water, oxygen, carbon and nitrogen cycles.  Some more hands on activities will help make this topic a bit more exciting.

CAMP—  it is now time to talk camp again!  We will be meeting with all students through science classes to pass out camp forms with a personal reminder of how much is still owed for the trip.  Paperwork and second payment will be due by February 24.


HW- get camp forms filled out and returned-  review notes

Monday, January 30-  Happy Snow Day

Tuesday, January 31-  Happy Snow Day

Wednesday, February 1- CAMP discussion day— get paperwork and instructions on how to fill it all out:)

Thursday, February 2–  abiotic/biotic factors of life- textbook activity- short video clip  Happy Groundhog Day!

Thursday, February 3–   begin cycle unit with oxygen and water cycles

 


Extra credit:  Write a paragraph about groundhog’s day— how did this tradition start?  how is it done now?  Explain what the shadow or lack of shadow means:)  Include any other interesting facts about it.

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January 20, 2017

We had a good week preparing for our weather newscasts which will be performed “live” next week:)  Looking forward to seeing creativity, humor and good science facts in the coming week.


HW-  whatever YOU need to do to get ready for your newscast!

Monday, January 23–  in class- prepare for newscast- practice!

Tuesday, January 24–  presentations:  Bismarck, Seattle

Wednesday, January 25– presentations:  Oklahoma City, Boston

Thursday, January 26– presentations:  Phoenix, Miami

Friday, January 27–  wrap up newscasts- turn in weather books-


Bonus:  Our next unit is on the biogeochemical cycles of Earth.  Draw one of the cycles and label it.

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January 13, 2017

Welcome to weird winter weather…. warm, cold, ice, snow, rain, thunder etc…   And we are almost at the end of our weather unit.  We just finished chapter 3- and students did really well on the test— the best test scores all year- and to quote one student, “Wow- studying in advance really works!”

Chapter 4- on climate- we spent three days in class on climate.  Students need to finish up the google classroom assignment on Climate Change and submit it through google classroom by Tuesday, January 17 at 7 am.

Our culminating project for the weather unit is a group project –  writing and presenting a Weather Newscast.  We will spend two weeks on this project- one week preparing and one week presenting.  Students will get an explanation and worksheets in class on Tuesday, then I will put it up on the blogroll, after I explain:)  There is no need to get together outside of class- this is totally doable in the time given and using google docs to share information.


Homework— finish google classroom by Tuesday at 7 am,  work on YOUR PART of the newscast

Monday, January 16-  No School  (finish and submit your google classroom assignment if not done!)

Tuesday, January 17-  Intro to Newscasts- first work day

Wednesday, January 18- Thursday, January 19-  Work days- in class with chromebooks

Friday, January 20–  In Library— work day-  print scripts, finish up google slides


Bonus:  How is climate change affecting us in Northeast Ohio?  Explain in a paragraph.  Include your source of information.

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January 9, 2017

Study for the test!!!  Use the Kahoot! review here:

https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/e7483dc7-ab6a-4229-a819-65cc2585651c

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January 6, 2017

Great start to third quarter!  We are finishing up chapter 3 with a test on Tuesday— then on to chapter 4.


HW-  study for test on Tuesday!  Complete google classroom assignment over the weekend if two days in class is not enough time.

Monday, January 9-  Finish and discuss review worksheet.  Kahoot!  review

Tuesday, January 10-   Test- chapter 3

Wednesday, January 11- Intro to climate, chapter 4- need to bring books to class!

Thursday, January 12-  Google classroom assignment on climate- climate change

Friday, January 13- Google classroom assignment on climate- climate change *submit on google classroom when completed.


Bonus:  Draw a picture of how lake effect snow happens- include air masses, Lake Erie, and Bainbridge, Ohio.  Include arrows and information.

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