March 19th – March 23rd

Students determine the size of an animal population by working together on a Mark/Recapture Lab.

We had a great week of science as we completed an owl simulation, worked on a water purification lab, and explored the amazing transformation of Yellowstone National Park as a result of the reintroduction of wolves!

Science Ecology Test:  Friday, April 6th  

Monday, March 19th:   An Internet Safety Expert, Jesse Weinberger will make a presentation to 7th Grade Team Justice.  We will finish each of the Ecology Stations and review our work.

Tuesday, March 20th:  We will explore Trophic Pyramids and the characteristics of each trophic level, along with Food Webs, and Exponential Growth.

Wednesday, March 21st:  Our focus today will be on the Carrying Capacity of an ecosystem through the use of an otter population simulation and graphs.

Thursday, March 22nd:  We will begin our study of Symbiotic Relationships.

Friday, March 23rd:  We will continue our study of Symbiotic Relationships and examine some amazing examples from nature.

Enjoy a wonderful, refreshing Spring Break!

March 12th – 16th

Students examine the results of the water purification system they designed.

Monday, 3/12:  No classes for students

Tuesday, 3/13:  Welcome to the final quarter of 7th Grade.  Let’s make it a terrific 4th Quarter!   After finishing up our Water Purification Experiment, we’ll review the homework sheet that was due on Friday.  We’ll take notes on trophic levels and construct a food web.  Homework:  Read Chapter 21: Section 1

Wednesday, 3/14: The wolves of Yellowstone National Park will show us how disrupting a food web can alter an ecosystem and the populations within it.

Thursday, 3/15:  A presentation on internet safety will occur during 2nd and 3rd period.  Limiting factors of a population will be illustrated in an Owl Hunt activity.

Friday, 3/16:    Various activity stations will build our understanding of competition, carrying capacity, and food webs in different ecosystems.

Mini Animal Extra Credit, Due 3/22 (6 possible points) :  Choose ONE of the following mini-animals: Marmoset monkey, Jerboa, Pygmy hippo, Ruby-Throated hummingbird, Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel. 

Write a short paragraph explain where the animal lives, how it has adapted to its environment, an interesting fact you learned, and a food chain containing your mini-animal.  

March 5th – 9th

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Enjoy the 3-day weekend but don’t forget to prepare for our Biogeochemical Test!  We will postpone it until Wednesday, March 7th because of the snow day. Study using your text, your notes, your purple Unit Review Sheet, and the many excellent, short YouTube videos available on the cycles.  We viewed a few in class but there are many good ones to help you.  FIND THE KAHOOT REVIEW HERE.

This is the last week of the 3rd quarter so it is important that you check your Infinite Campus status and speak to me if necessary.  Please bring in a strong water or juice bottle (about 500 – 1,000 mL) for Wednesday.  Some of the flavored water bottles would be perfect as they are a bit stronger than typical water bottles. 2 liter bottles are a little too big for this activity, but they could work.

Monday, March 5:  KMS guidance counselors will be speaking to you about your 8th grade schedules!  Yes, you are that close!  Teams that haven’t yet presented will complete Biogeochemical Presentations.

Tuesday, March 6:  We will review for the test using Kahoot,  I’ll have chrome books available.

Wednesday, March 7: Biogeochemical Test today using Edulastic platform.  Bring all Science materials to class. Be sure to have your larger (500-1,000 mL), strong water/juice bottle today.  Your purple Unit Review Sheet will be collected today.  Be sure to bring it to class completed. You may begin reading Chapter 20, Section 3 in class and finish for homework.  

Thursday, March 8:   We will begin our Ecology Study today.  Possible reading check over Chapter 20, Section 3.  We’ve learned that biotic and abiotic features of an ecosystem are interconnected so we will conduct a few water purification experiments.

Friday, March 9:  Finish water purification experiments.  End of 3rd quarter, 7th grade!

Monday, March 12:  No School – Teacher Professional/Work Day

February 26th – March 2nd

The Hydrological Cycle Comes to LIfe!

Revised Test Date:  Tuesday, March 6th.  Start to review using the Lesson Target Sheet and your flip chart.  A good PHOSPHORUS CYCLE study tool is this YouTube: Phosphorus Cycle YouTube

Monday 2/26:   Biogeochemical 3-D Presentation Outline  We’ll start constructing a diorama of the biogeochemical cycles.  Bring in small items that can help you depict parts of each cycle such as cotton, small toy vehicles, etc.  Please don’t buy items.  I have magazine pictures, glue, scissors, index cards and colored paper.

Tuesday 2/27:  We’ll complete the construction of your biogeochemical cycle dioramas and start presenting to the class.

Wednesday 2/28:  Teams will finish presenting dioramas to the class and review the carbon cycle.

Thursday 3/1:  We’ll review the cycles with a focus on the Nitrogen Cycle.

Friday 3/2:  We’ll use Kahoot to review Chapter 20 and the Biogeochemical Cycles.

Monday 3/5:  The guidance counselor will talk to you about scheduling your 8th grade schedule.  The remaining time will be used to review for the test on Tuesday.

Tuesday 3/6:  Biogeochemical Test over Sections 1 & 2 of Chapter 20.


February 19th – February 23rd

Students learned a lot about pH and its impact on ocean life and land foliage as well as their teeth!!  Using the pH scale and indicator strips, students measured the pH level of many common substances.

Monday, 2/19:  President’s Day –  No School Today!

Tuesday, 2/20:  We will study the carbon and oxygen cycles today while we review the water cycle and all it’s many reservoirs and flows.  You will need to review these various cycles at home to notice similarities and differences in each.

Wednesday, 2/21:  The nitrogen cycle is a bit more complicated than the other cycles.  We will investigate this cycle today by viewing and drawing diagrams, labeling, and discussing the stages, and viewing clarifying video clips.  You will need to review this information in your notes at home in order to build meaning around our classroom activities.

Thursday, 2/22:  We’ll spend today’s class time revisiting and reviewing the cycles we’ve discussed so far.  We’ll also spend a brief time on the key parts of the phosphorous cycle.  We’ll begin to plan the construction of a biogeochemical diorama.

Friday, 2/23:  An online Gizmo computer simulation will allow us to manipulate the variables that affect the carbon cycle and follow a carbon atom through the lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere.

Looking Ahead:  Bring in materials for your Biogeochemical Cycle Diorama as you will be constructing them in class on Monday.  QUIZ on WEDNESDAY.  BIOGEOCHEMICAL TEST is currently scheduled for FRIDAY, March 2nd.


(Up to 8 points)  Draw and label a diagram showing how a wind turbine is structured.  Write a sentence explaining what happens at each point inside the hub to create a paragraph.  Due on or before 2/26

(Up to 5 points)  Complete our in-class Cool Climate Expedition on line activity.  Remember, the EPA site is altered so you can only reach it by typing the words in the search bar.



Week of February 12 – 16

Cara Fagerholm plays in the snow!


Monday, 2/12:  We’ll explore the biotic and abiotic features of an ecosystem as we prepare to study biogeochemical cycles.  We’ll also finish our exploration of the various climate regions of the world using our on-line Climate Expedition.  Read pages 713 and 714 for Tuesday.  Be prepared for a Reading Check. 

Tuesday, 2/13:  We’ll define and explore the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere.  We’ll construct an organizer for each of the chemical cycles and focus on the hydrosphere.

 Wednesday, 2/14:  HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!  Acid rain and the pH of the oceans is making an impact on the earth’s ecosystems.  But what is pH, and what is the difference between acids and bases.  Time for an experiment to find out!

Thursday, 2/15: We’ll finish our pH experiment and continue our examination of the hydrosphere.

EXTRA CREDIT:  (Up to 8 points)  Draw and label a diagram showing how a wind turbine is structured.  Write a paragraph explaining what happens at each point.

Friday, 2/16:  Teacher’s Professional Meeting Day


February 5 – February 9

A hike to Ansel’s Cave at Westwoods and my own front yard remind me how amazing plant and animal adaptations are in the temperate zone!  We are pretty adaptable around here!

As we move through Chapter 4, we are learning about factors that affect temperature and precipitation.  As we explore six major climate regions we will also investigate causes for long term and short term climate changes.  Click on this link for Chapter 4 Learning Targets. 

Monday,  2/5:  Today is the due date for those temperature and climate zone maps assigned last Thursday.  We’ll start a climate graphing activity in class that will give us insights into averages and climate patterns.   Be sure your notes are in order for our Notebook Check tomorrow. 

Tuesday, 2/6:   Science Notes Check/Grade Be sure the city graphing part of the Cool Climate activity is done when you come to class.  You need to answer the 6 questions together as a team today.  Time to draw conclusions from our graphing activity.  We’ll use the graphs made yesterday to review concepts and draw conclusions.  Tonight please read text pages 130 – 134 for homework.  Learn about causes for long term changes in climate. 

Wednesday, 2/7:  Open Packet Quiz over Cool Climate Graphing Activity  After the brief quiz, we’ll use our Chapter 4 Slides to take notes over long and short term climate changes.  We’ll also investigate changes in our ozone layer.  

Thursday, 2/8:  An on-line Climate Change Expedition will give us the chance to calculate our own carbon footprint as well as visit various climate regions and examine the effects of global warming in each.

Friday, 2/9: We’ll have a 2nd day of Chromebook work as we finish up our Climate Change Expedition.  You will complete an Open-Note Quiz on Edulastic over Chapter 4.

Week of January 29 – February 2nd

After all your work researching, recording, and scripting your newscasts, the time has come to present!  Be sure you have one high-lighted hard copy to give to me the day of your scheduled presentation.   Practice your script using eye contact, voice inflection, correctly pronounced vocabulary, and voice projection.

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Monday 1/29:  Scheduled groups will present Weather Newscasts.  Homework:  Read about the main factors that influence temperature on text pages 109 – 111.  Be able to list and discuss on Tuesday.  

Tuesday 1/30:  Scheduled groups will present Weather Newscasts.  Homework:  Read about factors that affect precipitation on text pages 112 – 113.  Be able to list and discuss on Wednesday.

Wednesday 1/31:  Scheduled groups will present Weather Newscasts.  In Class and Homework:  Identify precipitation and temperature of six major climate regions using text pages 118 – 127.  

Thursday 2/1:  Complete Newscasts and exploration of climate regions.  Use the following link to view the Climate Slideshow we are using. CLIMATE SLIDESHOW.  

Friday 2/2:  7th Grade Camp Information!  You will receive all necessary forms and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Have You Seen the News?

Enjoyed the Cleveland Zoo Rain Forest this weekend!  Capybara are the largest rodents in the world, reaching up to 150 lbs.!


You have made terrific strides since the beginning of the school year!  Your Science Show Assignment reflected many carefully composed summaries, facts, and recommendations.  I enjoyed reading each one!

Now I look forward to seeing your knowledge and creativity tapped in our Weather Newscast Assignment.  I’m excited to see you work together in teams in order to present your own newscast, complete with commercials, to the class!  Find the assignment link here:  Weather Newscast Assignment

Monday, 1/22:  Using Chromebooks, your team will share and color code one Google document from which your team will work and submit to me for review. You will also create one Google Slide presentation and share it with me.  Using the assignment guide packet in your notes, you will use Chromebooks to carefully research a topic.  Homework:  Work on Newscast Presentation!

Tuesday, 1/23:  We will meet in the KMS library to finish up our research and begin composing a script for your newscast.  Homework:  Work on Newscast Presentation!

Wednesday, 1/24:  Back in our classroom, we will identify graphics, maps, music, etc. to enhance your Google Slide Presentation and continue work on your script.  Progress Check on Script and Slide Show  Homework:  Work on Newscast Presentation!

Thursday, 1/25:  Time to consider costumes, and start practicing.  You will submit a hard copy of your script to me.  Homework:  Work on Newscast Presentation!

Friday, 1/26:  Finishing touches, rehearsals, and any refining changes will be made.  Use your assignment guide packet to review requirements for each part of the newscast and prepare to present next week!  Homework:  Work on Newscast Presentation!