October 16 – 20

We finished our Field Trip Presentations this week. They were fantastic!

So proud of you all for your fine work in adapting to our new surroundings!  We had a great week!  Here’s what we have planned for next week:

Prepare for Astronomy Test on Thursday, October 19th.  Notes Graded October 20th.

Monday:  No School

Tuesday:  Review of tides and eclipses.  Organization of Science Notes.  Use pages at the end of Chapter One as guides for review along with your notes.  Remember, the text is online.  We’ve started to review a bit in class, but don’t wait to prepare.  Study a little each night this week.

Wednesday:  Review for Astronomy test.  We’ll use Kahoot and with other review activities.

Thursday:  Astronomy Unit Test

Friday:  Notes will be Graded.


Please notice I’ve changed the Moon Phase Paragraph due date to MONDAY

We’ve experienced a very unusual school week and I just want to say how much I appreciate how wonderful you all have been in following our emergency procedures and making sure all went smoothly.  You are awesome!  The end of the quarter is right around the corner.  We won’t have time for the quiz scheduled for Friday, but I’d like you to complete the Moon Phase Writing assignment posted on Google Classroom.  Be sure you use the vocabulary words in sentences that show me you understand each word.  If you use the word several times in the paragraph, only highlight the word once where you have best shown understanding of its meaning.  Read the directions on the assignment carefully and submit your paragraph on a Google Doc by Monday.  Enjoy your long weekend. Mrs. F.  PS. Don’t forget you can access the text book from this website by going to the top left corner where it says Pearson Science Text.

I just learned that you will not have school Monday so I am changing the due date of the Moon Phase Paragraph to Monday.  Please be sure you submit your paragraph on or before Monday.  Follow the directions on Google Classroom carefully.  Have a great weekend.

EXTRA CREDIT (10 possible points):   Eclipse Poster (copy or ledger sized paper is fine)  Draw a diagram (no cut & paste) using color pencils or markers showing how a lunar eclipse occurs.  Neatly label each part of your diagram.  Write at least 2 sentences in your own words explaining how a lunar eclipse occurs.  Draw a diagram (no cut & paste) using color pencils or markers showing how a solar eclipse occurs.  Neatly label each part of your diagram.  Write at least 2 sentences in your own words explaining how a solar eclipse occurs.

October 2nd – 6th

Moon and Gravity Quiz on Friday, 10/5

Movement of Earth in Space Chapter Test:  Friday, 10/13.

Monday 10/2: Scheduled Student Field Trip Presentations.  Ms. Burton will introduce you to 7th Grade Camp information during your Science class.

Tuesday 10/3:  Scheduled Student Field Trip Presentations.  We’ll complete a Gizmo simulation to become familiar with the names and phases of the moon.

Wednesday 10/4:  Scheduled Student Field Trip Presentations.  We’ll complete a writing assignment using a rubric posted in Google Classroom.

Thursday 10/5:  Scheduled Student Field Trip Presentations.  We’ll also review lunar and solar eclipses along with neap and spring tides.

Friday 10/6:  Scheduled Student Field Trip Presentations.  We’ll finish up our discussion of spring and neap tides.    Moon and Gravity Quiz. 

Movement of Earth in Space Chapter Test:  Friday, 10/13.  Begin to review and prepare now!


September 25 -29

Field trip presentations have been terrific!  Lots of good science being shared as a result of your field trips.  We look forward to more in the coming two weeks.

Monday:  Field Trip Presentations.  We will review our studies of movements of the earth and moon around the sun and take a 10 question quiz over these concepts.  Please review all notes we wrote in class, along with the Gizmo activity.

Tuesday: Student  Field Trip Presentations. We will explore the difference between weight and mass, and the impact mass has on gravity.

Wednesday:  Student Field Trip Presentations.We’ll use a Gizmo simulation to explore what the phases of the moon look like and why they occur.

Thursday:  Student Field Trip Presentations.  We’ll continue our study of phases of the moon.

Friday:  Student Field Trip Presentations.  We’ll review mass, gravity, and phases of the moon.


September 18th – September 22nd


What a pleasure it was to meet so many of your parents during conferences.  However, don’t forget you are in the driver’s seat of your education!  It’s your decision to be responsible for assignments, review, organize, etc.

This week I’m excited to introduce you to a new computer simulation program!  We piloted the Gizmo Explore Learning program late last spring, but now we have the full program available to us.  This week we’ll expand our studies of the earth, moon and sun using these simulations.  I think you’ll enjoy how the they bring a new dimension to our learning strategies.

Speaking of learning strategies:

  1.  Please visit this website at least twice a week.  Once early in the week to see what’s coming, and once later in the week to remember to come prepared for various activities.
  2. Please revisit your text/notes every evening for 10-12 minutes.  You must spend time with this information to build meaning.  It’s too much information to leave until your review before the test or quiz.
  3. Remember, your best study tool is to stay focused during our 50 minutes together.  It’s very hard to replace those minutes.

Monday:  Student Field Trip Presentations.  View slide presentation on movement of the Earth and moon around the sun.  Explore rotation, revolution, length of shadows and how movement of our planet affects what we experience here on Earth.  We’ll discuss and take some notes.  This information is on pages 6-13 in your text.

Tuesday:  Student Field Trip Presentations.  We’ll focus on how the angle of incidence of the sun’s rays on earth affect our seasons through demonstrations, a slide presentation and notes.

Wednesday:  Student Field Trip Presentations.  Gizmo Explore Learning Simulations: Earth, Moon and Sun.  We’ll explore concepts of earth in space through observation, collection of data, and drawing conclusions based on evidence.

Thursday:   Field Trip Presentations.  Gizmo Explore Learning Simulations: Seasons.  We’ll explore the change of seasons through observation of the movement and tilt of the earth, measurement of the angles of incidence of the sun resulting from the earth’s tilt, and drawing conclusions from our graphed data.

Friday:  Field Trip Presentations.  You and your classmates will present short review information about topics we’ve studied this week and we’ll have a brief quiz over such ideas as rotation, revolution, solstices, causes of day/night, seasons, and shadow lengths.

September 11 – 15

Classes did a wonderful job experimenting to test their Cement Composite hypotheses.  We controlled constant variables and recorded data on our independent variable.  I look forward to reading your lab reports this week!

Monday 9/11:   QUIZ covering Independent/Dependent/Constant Variables, Control, Density, and Scientific Method.  Review your notes and the Review Tool we covered in class.  For more review click this Kahoot link:  Kahoot Review   Notes Graded today.  Be sure to check top left link to Science Notes: Clip It In.  Loose notes will not be graded.

Tuesday 9/12:  Cement Composite Lab Report will be collected.  Review each page for neatness, spelling, and completion.  We will begin enjoying Field Trip Presentations by those students who have signed up for this week.  I’m looking forward to these!  Introduction to Astronomy Unit with a COSMOS video clip.

Wednesday 9/13:  I’ll hand back and we’ll review your Density/Variables/ Scientific Method Quiz.  Astronomy Pre-Test.  You will receive your text for the Astronomy Unit and we’ll begin an exploration of “Earth in Space” using Section One of the text in class.  Bring your earbuds tomorrow for use with Chromebooks.

Thursday 9/14:   Bring your earbuds today for use with Chromebooks.  We will explore some astronomy concepts through a series of mini-videos on Chromebooks.  Parent/Teacher Conference Night 3:00 – 7:00.

Friday 9/15:  We’ll use our textbooks and a slide presentation to build understanding of Section One vocabulary terms.  

9/4-9/8 Hope you enjoyed a great Labor Day Weekend!

Terrific lab work last week!  Science teams did a great job, from making bowls of cement and changing the density of bread, to calculating the density of water and clay.  Students worked together using science lab protocol,  measured various properties using different tools, and recorded data with correct use of units.  Excellent teamwork!  Let’s get ready for the weeks ahead.

Be sure to check the Extra Credit opportunity about Hurricane Harvey posted on the Assessment/Homework page.  Please notice the Quiz posted for MONDAY, SEPT. 11th covering: Independent/Dependent/Constant Variables, Control, Density, and Scientific Method.  Notes Due Monday.  See Monday, 9/11 posting for details.

Monday 9/4:  Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday 9/5: Review Scientific Method and begin composition of Hypothesis and Procedures for Cement Composite Activity.  We will apply our knowledge of independent, dependent, and constant variables to this lesson.

Wednesday 9/6: Execute the procedures we designed on Tuesday to test the cement bowls in our Cement Composite Activity.  Collect data.  Review Scientific Method and density.

Thursday 9/7:  Review independent, dependent, and constant variables.  Construct graph from the data collected Wednesday in our Cement Composite Activity.  Bring device for Kahoot tomorrow.

Friday 9/8: Kahoot review for quiz on Monday covering: Independent/Dependent/Constant Variables, Control, Density, and Scientific Method.    Begin composition of Conclusion Paragraph for our Cement Composite Activity using the outline provided in the packet.

Monday, 9/11:  Quiz over Independent/Dependent/Constant Variables, Control, Density, and Scientific Method.  NOTES DUE:  Be sure your notes are CLIPPED IN and organized using the link on the top left corner of my homepage.  No loose notes will be graded.

Week of 8/28 – 9/1

Every class did a fantastic job working on the Observation/Inference Iodine Lab! Teamwork, lab safety, and laboratory processes, were all very impressive.  Well done!  As we move forward with research and written work remember the three things we discussed this week:  1. Summarize in your OWN words.  2.  Don’t start a response with the pronoun “it.”  3. Explain how and why something is occurring.  Remember, “because” is a magic word!

Monday:  Introduction to Dependent and Independent Variables and Controls.  We’ll make cement bowls for an upcoming experiment.

Tuesday:  We’ll explore through drama and experimentation how density of an object can be changed.  Hurricane Harvey swept Texas.  What can we learn about hurricanes?

Wednesday:  We’ll use dependent and independent variables in our experimentation with density using water and clay.

Thursday: We’ll wrap up our water and clay experiment and may have time to begin our Cement Composite and The Scientific Method exploration.

Friday:  No School!  Long weekend ahead, enjoy!  Could be a good time to complete your Science Field Trip Assignment.  

Extra Credit:  

A.  Draw a diagram on a map or explain the path Hurricane Harvey took. (3 pts.)

B.  Explain where Hurricane Harvey started and how the strength of the storm changed (use weather terminology) as it moved along its path. (4 pts.)  

C. Explain how a storm surge forms, what it is, and how it affected people in Texas. (3 pts.)  

D.  List your sources. (Must have for extra credit points)

Final Due Date:  Wednesday, September 6th


A Full Week of 7th Grade! 8/21-8/25

Checking out the Geauga Observatory Park Celebration on Saturday. Could be a great free field trip visit for you.

Scientists at work!

Welcome back!  You’re off to a great start, you have your science notebook, you know how to open that cranky locker, and you’re starting the first full week of school! If you haven’t shown your parents the purple “Million Word” paper and the yellow “Science Field Trip” paper, do so today.   We have a great week of science ahead.  Just look…

Monday:  We’ll continue our investigation of how a solar eclipse occurs and view the solar eclipse live from the NASA website.  Remember, never look at the sun!  Special glasses are available but without them, you could lose your eyesight.  Not worth it!!  We’ll also take the science pre-test.

Tuesday: Our focus will be on the scientific processes of qualitative and quantitative observations and inferences.  We will also begin an exploration of lab safety procedures.

Wednesday:  We’ll apply our knowledge of qualitative and quantitative observations and inferences to the solar eclipse.  We will also continue our exploration of lab safety.

Thursday:  Time to apply our knowledge of qualitative and quantitative observations and inferences as well as lab safety to a lab experiment!  We will conduct an Iodine Lab.

Friday:  A brief quiz will assess your understanding of Qualitative and Quantitative Observations and Inferences along with Lab Safety.  We’ll also make bowls of cement in preparation for our next experiment.

Welcome to 7th Grade Science!


Hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer!  Be sure to visit my website often. You will find out what’s happening in class, long term assignments, links to various sites, and Extra Credit opportunities!  You will organize a Science Notebook and each required page will also be recorded on my site.  Check out the Homework/Assessment tab for assigned projects and test or quiz dates.  For example, this first week you will receive information about a Million Word assignment (for your parents!), a Field Trip assignment to enjoy with your family, and a Movie assignment due 3rd quarter.  I look forward to enjoying a wonder-filled year of science with you!

Have a fantastic 7th Grade year!

Thursday:  Density Experiment

Friday:  Science class orientation, student and parent handouts, and eclipse introduction.  Please bring a clip binder for science by Monday.  It does not have to be new!  Use an old one you may have around the house.  It must be at least 1 inch in width.