MAY 18, 2018

CAMP WAS AMAZING!!!!  The students had such a wonderful time and did so well this week at camp.  I am looking forward to reading all the journals:)  I am sure as time goes on you will hear stories and share stories- but for now- take a hot bath and a good nap!  Camp is nonstop fun and can take a while to readjust to home life.

The last week of school:

Monday and Tuesday–  our last Junkbox Challenge- (I will provide the junk)- start taking things home from your locker:)

Wednesday–  camp slide show day-  please take everything home from your locker:)

Thursdayperiod 1- regular schedule-  final locker clean out- then go to period 2 class- to wait for the bus to Fun-N-Stuff... where we will have fun, and stuff!  Bring a lunch or money for food.

It has been a WONDERFUL school year!  Thanks for a great year!!

Ms. Burton

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It is almost CAMP TIME!  At this point students have met their counselors and know their groups and what should happen on Monday.  A link to the equipment list and drop off/pick up info is on the main page of the Kenston website.

 A few points to review:

 

  • Drop off is Monday at the bus loop (by the tennis courts) between 8-8:30 am.  PARENTS need to drop off medication to the nurse located in the cafeteria.   Parents MUST come in to the cafeteria side door by the FRONT PARKING LOT to drop off medications.  No one will be allowed to go through the back or side doors and through the halls to go to the cafeteria.

 

 

  • Students need a PEANUT FREE LUNCH for the first day.— no other food is allowed at camp.   We eat a lot and no one goes hungry.
  • No electronics allowed.
  • We will tweet all the time— sign up for a twitter account and search for #kenstonkms  or #kms7thgradecamp.  We will be tweeting out a lot of pictures every day- do not worry if you do not see your child on every tweet- we will definitely let you know if there is a problem!
  •  PICK UP— the luggage u-haul arrives back to school about 12:30 pm— we could use some PARENT HELP with unloading and organizing the camp supplies and luggage.  IF you can come and help it would be greatly appreciated.  The student buses will arrive at 1 pm- if we are unloaded and ready for the kids to come then the pick up goes much quicker!

 

WE are looking forward to another amazing week at 7th grade camp!

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May 10, 2018

 

It is almost CAMP TIME!  At this point students have met their counselors and know their groups and what should happen on Monday.  A link to the equipment list and detailed drop off/pick up info is on the main page of the Kenston website.

A few points to review:

  1. Drop off is Monday at the bus loop (by the tennis courts) between 8-8:30 am.
  2. PARENTS need to drop off medication to the nurse located in the cafeteria.
  3. Students need a PEANUT FREE LUNCH for the first day.— no other food is allowed at camp.   We eat a lot and no one goes hungry.
  4. No electronics allowed.
  5. We will tweet all the time— sign up for a twitter account and search for #kenstonkms  or #kms7thgradecamp.  We will be tweeting out a lot of pictures every day- do not worry if you do not see your child on every tweet- we will definitely let you know if there is a problem!
  6.  PICK UP— the luggage u-haul arrives back to school about 12:30 pm— we could use some PARENT HELP with unloading and organizing the camp supplies and luggage.  IF you can come and help it would be greatly appreciated.  The student buses will arrive at 1 pm- if we are unloaded and ready for the kids to come then the pick up goes much quicker!

WE are looking forward to another amazing week at 7th grade camp!

 

 

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April 27, 2018

And just like that… the year is almost over!  Here is our schedule until the end of the school year.  We have a few assignments left so work hard until the end!  It’s been a challenging but wonderful year.

Monday, April 30-   data collecting- test for potential 8th grade honors science class- work on posters

Tuesday, May 1-  Kahoot- quizlet live review for Periodic Table test

Wednesday, May 2- Periodic table test-  60 points

Thursday, May 3- present and turn in the Wanted posters!  80 points

Friday, May 4- dichotomous key activity

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Monday, May 7- breakout box for math

Tuesday, May 8-Wednesday, May 9-  Math testing

Thursday, May 10- Friday, May 11- camp prep- meet counselors etc.

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Monday, May 14-Friday, May 18-  CAMP!  Journals due AT camp- 50 points


Monday, May 21–  Junkbox challenge

Tuesday, May 22– Junkbox challenge

Wednesday, May 23– hopefully- video from camp:)

Thursday, May 24–  LAST DAY-  Trip to Fun-n-Stuff

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April 20, 2018

Hopefully we are seeing the start of spring!  The rest of this school year will fly by… enjoy all the fun at the end of 7th grade!

Camp groups have been chosen and turned in.  Cabin lists will be posted and a “meet the counselor” meeting will happen after all the state testing is over right before we go to camp.  Camp supply lists and more information can be found on my website under “blogroll” or on the student’s google classroom.

This week coming up is our state ELA test.  On test days, Tuesday and Wednesday, students will not have their regular classes and homework should be light.


Monday, April 23-   ELA review- breakout box challenge!  Earn raffle tickets for prizes if you can break out of the box.

Tuesday, April 24-  Wednesday, April 25-   Period 2-3-  stay in period 2 class- watch the video Hidden Figures- worksheet and discuss (worksheets due to science class on Thursday)

Thursday, April 26-  Discuss and turn in Hidden Figures worksheet from test days.  Begin Element Wanted Poster activity on chromebooks

Friday, April 27-  Continue researching and working on Element Wanted Poster.

Upcoming:  One more workday on posters- review for chemistry test- Final chemistry concept test-  Wednesday, May 2- posters due May 3.  Math testing- May 8-9.


Bonus:  Look around your house at regular household cleaners.  Do some research and list two different household cleaners and what their CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS are….   (do not experiment with them!).  For instance, tap water is H2O.

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April 13, 2018

Students have earned wonderful grades on their science post-test, which tests what was learned this year in class.  The next few weeks will go by quickly.  We are finishing up our basic chemistry/periodic table unit with some quizzes (#1-20 on the periodic table- students need to know name- spelled correctly, symbol and atomic number) and a short element research assignment.  This is our last unit of science concepts and we do not have a textbook.  Students should keep and use all notes, worksheets to review.

We will be talking about and choosing camp groups this week.  There is always a lot of drama associated with this but it always works out well in the end.  Students choose a group of 4-6 students and turn in the group list to me.  Then the camp staff combines groups to fill cabins and make activity groups.  Final cabin assignments and activity groups will not be posted until after the math state test the week before camp.  At the time the lists are posted students will meet their camp counselors.  We are looking forward to another wonderful year at camp!


HW-  learn the elements #1-20 on the periodic table for the quizzes

Monday, April 16-  periodic table review worksheet- activity

Tuesday, April 17-  google classroom assignment from 4/13 due by 7 am-  review activities

Wednesday, April 18-  Camp group talks- group paperwork passed out-  Quiz on #1-10 on the periodic table

Thursday, April 19-  More practice on periodic table- chem review

Friday, April 20-  Quiz on #1-20 on the periodic table  *camp groups due


Bonus:  Besides the quizlet, periodic games (on google classroom) and the periodic table song- find another techy way to study for the quizzes on line.  Send me the link and why you think it is helpful.

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April 6, 2018

Good job this week reviewing for the ecology test and post-test.  We are now in the testing time of the school year.  Students will take a post-test in Science and Social Studies in their classrooms.  ELA test (April 24-25) and Math test (May 8-9) will change the schedule of those days.  All of these tests are important and students need to take them seriously.  Unfortunately, there is no getting away from tests- so the more students practice these testing situations, the better they will be when it comes time for more high stake tests-driver’s test, ACT/SAT tests, college exams, etc.

Camp information:  We will meet through science classes to discuss camp groups on Wednesday, April 18- students will get all information at that time.  Cabin lists, counselor assignments and camp group meetings will take place after all the testing is over.  Please do not allow camp concerns to be all consuming.  Focus on school work first- camp issues always work themselves out.

Hopefully we will see some spring time weather soon!


Monday, April 9-  begin periodic table notes-  review for post-test

Tuesday, April 10- – notes on periodic table- review for post-test

Wednesday, April 11-  more discussion/notes on periodic table- review for post-test

Thursday, April 12-  kahoot- quizlet live review for post-test

Friday, April 13– take the post-test:)


Bonus opportunity:  Do some research on snow fall in the Cleveland area- what is the latest date (month, day, year)  in the spring/summer when we had more than 1 inch of snow fall?

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March 23, 2018

Happy Spring!

As spring break starts, please use this time to relax, get some fresh air and sunshine and have some fun without your devices!!  Safe travels if you are going anywhere…  for those of us staying home- plan some local fun!

When we get back from break it will be crunch time until the end of school!  We will have an ecology test on April 6- then start our last unit on the periodic tables.  Our science post-test will be on April 20.   State Testing- ELA- April 24,25   Math- May 8-9.

Camp!  We will pick groups after the ELA state test is over- no drama:)  Camp is May 14-18, 2018.  All camp information is on my website.


Monday, April 2-  No school

Tuesday, April 3- Welcome back!  Practice for post-test on google forms- chromebooks

Wednesday, April 4-  wake up the brain cells- review activities for ecology test- remember concepts learned:)

Thursday, April 5- kahoot review for ecology test

Friday, April 6-  Ecology Test  (study guide passed out in class and attached here in the blogroll)


Bonus:  Look around your house, neighborhood or the woods for spring wildflowers.  Do a little research- what is the wildflower called?  where does it like to grow?  Draw a picture and name the wildflower you found.

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March 16, 2018

What a great week working on ecology concepts with engaging activities.  We played owl hunt, the otter game, made food pyramids and food webs, played the limiting factors fish game and watched a documentary on the reintroduction of the wolves to Yellowstone.  Phew!

Next week we will be adding more activities that will help us graph and count populations to figure out carrying capacities and biotic potentials.


HW-  complete any activity worksheet not done in class

Monday, March 19-  10 minutes to complete stations- turn in- Discuss results from ecology stations-  Carrying Capacity worksheet

Tuesday, March 20-  How do we count populations?  Population Sampling Activity

Wednesday, March 21-  Review population sampling activity- begin symbiosis

Thursday, March 22-  Symbiosis continuation-

Friday, March 23-  Ecology activities wrap up-  test will be April 6.

***SPRING Break starts after school!  See you all back here on April 3!


Bonus:  What are 5 sure signs of spring?  Write a list out and tell me if you’ve seen any of these signs.  Predict- what is the last date we will see snow??

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March 9, 2018

Happy Snow Day!

Reminder- no school on Monday- teachers have a professional development/workday.

Great job on biogeochemical cycles!  Moving on to our ecology unit.  The worksheet we completed in class on Thursday are notes and reference for this unit.  We will be doing a variety of activities to learn about the ecology concepts.


Monday, March 12- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 13-  Return of the Wolves to Yellowstone documentary and questions

Wednesday, March 14-  Ecology stations – activities and games

Thursday, March 15-  Food web and Owl Hunt activity

Friday, March 16-  Complete ecology stations- activities and games


Bonus:  Besides Yellowstone National Park, research other parks where wolves have been reintroduced.  Write a paragraph about that process and include sources of information.

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