Week of May 15, 2017

Welcome Back from DC!

  • This week we will wrap up our final unit by reviewing and taking a quiz. Fourth quarter notebook check will be on Tuesday.
  • DC project presentations are on Wednesday
  • Survivor Science starts on Thursday

It is hard to believe that the year is coming to a close. Make sure to do your best on the last few assignment and finish strong!

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Week of May 8, 2017


Monday 5/8-you will continue to work with DC prep groups on your DC Digital Experience project.

Tuesday 5/9: DC Bound

Be at KIS by 7:15 AM with a lunch and a “bus bag.” All other packed items will go below the bus until you arrive at the hotel in the afternoon.

Wednesday 5/10: Spending the day in DC

Thursday 5/11: Spending the day in DC

Friday 5/12: Off to Gettysburg and then homeward bound

Safe travels…have a great time…see you on Monday, May 15th!

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Week of April 3rd

We have so much going on this week…hold onto your hats…

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  • Monday-ELA testing, day #2
  • Tuesday-All free body practice diagrams due AYE
  • Wednesday-Motion and Forces Summative; gravity
  • Thursday-Concept Reviews due AYE; gravity
  • Friday-gravity; enjoy spring break, see  you on april 18th

So what is gravity?

How about a ride in the Vomit Comet?

What? How can they hit the ground at the same time?

Astronauts tested out the ideas about gravity on the Moon.

We can do this on Earth, if we create a vacuum.

Mr. Rellinger drops a bowling ball and a piece of paper! Click on the link to watch!!!

So we all know that gravity acts vertically, did you know it also acts horizontally, between objects?

Let’s check out this  PHet simulation.

How do mass and weight differ? What would your “mass” weigh on other celestial objects?

Let’s try this out and see. Exploratorium

A last look at gravity from two perspectives:

Week of March 27th, 2017

This week, we move onto forces and free body diagrams.


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Freebody diagrams are diagrams used to show the relative magnitude and direction of all forces acting upon an object in a given situation.

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Continue to check the weekly agenda. Between field trips and testing dates, there are lots of things to keep track of.

Notice: First physics assessment is on Wednesday, April 5th.

Week of March 13-17, 2017

We are wrapping up 3rd quarter and our study of life science. We will turn our attention to the final unit of the year, physics.

With snow days on Tuesday and Wednesday, there have to be some adjustments to the schedule.

  1. Life Science test in on Thursday.
  2. Grades are due by noon on Friday so the 3rd quarter notebook check will not make it onto 3rd quarter grades. Therefore, we will hold off and do the notebook check on Monday.
  3. Friday-Meet in the Betty Patton Room

We won’t have time to watch this Cosmos episode, but if the mood strikes you…it is good!

You have been given many options for vocabulary study this year. For the final 36 vocabulary terms, choose a way to work and study with the terms that is best for you.

Here is the quizlet link for practicing.

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Week of March 6-10, 2017

BREAKING NEWS-due to the unexpected day off, our schedule for the week will be pushed one day. Rock Pocket Mouse should be done and ready to discuss on Friday. Bring devices for KAHOOT. Test will be Tuesday and notebook check on Wednesday.

This week’s focus is on Darwin and the ideas of Natural Selection.

We have a busy week with a vocab/notecard check, vocabulary quiz, Rock Pocket Mouse activity, and a Life Science Summative.

Try this Modes of Selection simulation. This is a flash type file and seems to work inconsistently on devices.

Here is another link that gives some more background.

This is the last week of the quarter and the notebook table of contents will go out mid-week for a check next Tuesday.

Want to play KAHOOT: use this link

Watch for big ideas here…

Week of February 27 to March 3, 2017

This week we will be working with “Mendel’s Magic Ratio” by looking at our smiley faces and the fruit flies. We will wrap up genetics and heredity with a look at pedigrees.

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Up next-Darwin and his ideas

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  • When two heterozygous parents are crossed, the resulting offspring’s phenotypes show the dominant trait three times more than the recessive trait.
  • What traits are advantageous to the continuation of a species? We will investigate.

Week of February 20, 2017

During this four day week, we will continue to investigate heredity and genetics with some in class activities. We are also eagerly awaiting the arrival of the F2 generation of Drosophila Melanogaster.

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Video Recap

Our big ideas for the week are:

  • Focusing on using the vocabulary for genetics and heredity
  • Monohybrid genetic crosses (P1 through F2)
  • Seeing the importance of the genetic variation that is a result of meiosis and fertilization (sexual reproduction)