Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Feel The Beat Embedded Task
·* Project Data and Graph was due Nov. 24
·*  Project Report and Poster Board Due Dec. 1
Your project board should be neat and must have (at least) the following information on it:
  • Title
  • Hypothesis (written in "If"...."then".... format)
  • Procedure (may be summarized)
  • Data table and graph
  • Conclusion
  • Graphics

    IF you are confused about Part 2, then read this:
     Two statements on p. 8 sum it up:
 "1. Effect of other variables on Pulse Rate" and
 "2. What other variables might cause the heart to beat faster or slower? You might consider physiological factors [ex: age, height, etc.] or... environmental factors [temperature, lighting, etc.]."

 So, do the same experiment as you did for part I, but change one thing. For example, instead of running, you might choose to jump rope for your activity. Or you might have done your activity indoors in 70-80o F temperatures, and for your second procedure you do the same activity outdoors in 30-40o F weather.

Monday, November 24, 2014

BodyWorks/Cardiovascular Test tomorrow
Today in class we went over the answers to your Study Guide
Review your Study Guide tonight

Feel the Beat Project due on Monday, Dec. 1
If you need help, I am available before school and at lunchtime Tuesday
Available by email on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, on parts of Sunday

Friday, November 21, 2014

Homework tonight:
* Finish the Cardiovascular Test Study Guide, p.3 tonight.
Review the study guide to prepare for Tuesday's test.
     * Feel the Beat package. Your completed data table and graph are due on Monday.  Page 3 was to be filled out by 11/19, so if you didn't already do it, get that done also.
Upcoming Dates:

Feel The Beat Embedded Task

· * Project Data and Graph Due Nov. 24
* * BodyWorks/Cardiovascular Test on Nov. 25
·* Project Report and Poster Board Due Dec. 1

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Homework tonight:
   1. Study the Cardiovascular Test Study Guide, p.1 tonight.
   2. Try to work on page 4 of the Feel the Beat package.  Page 3 was to be filled out last night.  If you didn't already do it, fill out page 3 of the Feel the Beat package.
   Upcoming Dates:

    Feel The Beat Embedded Task

·  *  Project Data and Graph Due Nov. 24
* *  BodyWorks/Cardiovascular Test on Nov. 25
· *   Project Report and Poster Board Due Dec. 1

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Note: deadlines have been moved up:

Feel The Beat Embedded Task
·        Project Due Nov. 24
·        BodyWorks/Cardiovascular Test on Nov. 25 
    Homework tonight: With your partner, fill out page 3 of the Feel the Beat package. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tonight's homework:
In your science notebook, write a Reflection about what we did, and what we learned, in science class today.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Homework for tonight:
15-1 What is the Circulatory System?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tonight's Homework:
Current Event on the article below:

Name _________                                                       Date _________


I.      Giving Credit for Another’s Work: Use a science news article from the past 3 months in a  newspaper, magazine or on the internet.  Staple the article behind this page.

I.                                                       Title:  _______________________________________  Date of article:______    Author: ______________________________  Source: ____________                           _

II.             Vocabulary: Find 3 words that you do not know or that are important to the article.  Circle the words in the article.  Use a dictionary to Define them below:

 1)  ___________________________________________________


2)  ____________________________________________________


3)  ____________________________________________________


III.          Write a summary of the article in your own words.  A summary is:
s a short statement
s about something you’ve read
s that focuses on a main idea, and
s strengthens it with supporting details
s not simply repeating the material you’ve read (Use your own words).

Summarize the attached article in 3 (or more) complete sentences, one on each of the lines numbered below.

1._(Main Idea)____________________________________________________________



2. (Supporting Detail 1)____________________________________________________



3. (Supporting Detail 2)____________________________________________________



Women Can Improve Their Odds Against Heart Disease

Peggy J. Noonan, USA TODAY, October 4, 2014
(edited for brevity and emphasis by Mr. Goldsmith)

"Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined," says Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres, professor of cardiology… spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign.

Heart disease causes one in three women's deaths, killing approximately one woman every minute, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. Ninety percent of us have one or more heart disease risk factors.

Scary? Sure. But there's good news, too. Eighty percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented by controlling risk factors, says the heart association.

Better still, the things we can do to prevent heart disease may also help prevent some cancers — and at the same time improve health overall, says heart disease survivor Charlotte Libov, founder of National Women's Heart Health Day (Feb. 1) and author of books, including A Woman's Guide to Heart Attack …..

In the last 10 years, since the Go Red For Women movement began raising women's awareness of heart disease, there's been a 34 percent decrease in deaths. More than 627,000 women's lives have been saved from cardiovascular diseases, says the AHA. That's 330 lives saved per day.

Researchers have learned that smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity are risk factors for both sexes, but [the last 3] are more potent risks in women, Mieres says. …[Also] pregnancy complications and pre-term births - are "sex specific," or unique to women.……The latest research shows women …. who get less than six hours of sleep a night have higher heart disease risk. Depression doubles the risk of heart attack, death or need for an artery-opening procedure in women age 55 and younger.

To stay on top of your heart health, know your target numbers, says Libov. Make sure your blood pressure and cholesterol fall within normal range, and keep a close eye on triglycerides. "….Also, find out about your family history, which accounts for about 20 percent of heart disease risk. If a family member had a heart attack, stroke, bypass, stent or other major heart problem or procedure, your risk may be higher.

Treatments can help you recover if you have a heart attack, but once a heart attack has happened,we can't regenerate the muscle that's been damaged.  Not long ago, heart disease was considered “a man's disease”.  We just didn't think younger women could get sick with heart disease but I think now the medical community is much more aware.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Had a test today
so no homework
I'm sure that's okay
don't go berserk!

Don't forget --- Check out latest tweets on the Robotics Club

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We have a test tomorrow.
Homework for tonight: Answer the remaining questions on your Study Guide, and study the quesitons and answers to prepare for tomorrow's test.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

We have a test on Thursday. 
Homework for tonight: Answer at least half of the questions on your Study Guide.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Homework for Tonight:
"What Kind of Joint is This?" - Read and answer questions.  Hint: for question 4, ask yourself which joints can be used to cover up the internal organs (Lungs, heart, intestines, brain, etc.).

Dont' forget: Unit test on Thursday 10/30

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Homework tonight: Thigh Bone's Connected to the ...... Read and Answer Questions.
Want to see our students in action?  Check out our classroom Twitter page:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tonight's homework: Periods 1, 2, and 3 have a skeleton sheet:
1. Cut it out
2. Attach it to a separate piece of paper using tape, glue, etc.
3. Label only the bones that you KNOW (we'll do some more in class tomorrrow).

Period 4 - no homework

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hey guys -
Homework is a REFLECTION on the skeleton. 
Answer the question: how does the structure of bone help the function of bone?
Minimum 3 sentences, write it in your science notebook on back of the notes for the Support System lesson.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

10/20/14 -
Homework for periods 4, 1, 2:
13-3  What is the Skeletal System? Read and answer questions.

Aloha! - For students who can't make it in, here are class notes from this week so far (yes, there are mistakes in the note-taking signals, so if in doubt, copy it if you have your notebook:
Date: Oct. 17-21, 2014
Topic: Support System: Bones, Joints & Muscles
Objective: TSW:                                               
  • explore the structure and function of bones, joints and muscles;
  • observe or perform dissection of a chicken wing;
  • read about how bones & muscles in the human body in different joints work as levers.
Global Context: Identities & Relationships                        
IBPC: Balanced  (understand physical balance to achieve personal well-being)
Inquiry Question: How can understanding body systems help global health?
ATL cluster: Affective skills: How can you manage your own state of mind?
Key words: Write key words in notes, write words & definitions in vocab section at back of your ISN:

  • Cartilage - tough, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at joints, and makes up other parts of the body. Ex: larynx, outside parts of ears
  • Growth plates - Growth plates are areas of developing cartilage tissue near the ends of long bones, where growth occurs. Growth plates regulate and help determine the length and shape of the mature bone.
  • bones - hardened connective tissue that forms the skeleton in most vertebrates; living tissue made of bone cells surrounded by minerals containing calcium and phosphate. 5 types
    • contract - shorten or bunch up
    • joints - junction between 2 or more bones, usually allowing some movement.
    • muscles- tissues made up of cells specialized for movement
    • relax- lengthen or unbunch
    • lever - long object that pivots around a fulcrum or resting point.
    • ligament- band of dense connective tissue that bridges and connects bones in a joint.
    • tendons- band of dense tissue that connects muscle to bone.


1. Read text, pp. B-31 to B-37 on the SEPUP e-book. Fill out "Bone Function" sheet.

2. Pass back (mid col, 2d desk) Anticipation Guides from yesterday. Answer AQs 1-7 from p. B-37 on back of "Bone Function" sheet. In your answer to AQ 5,6, be sure to refer to the Joint type you picked from Table 2 on p. B-35.

3. Bring your homework up to me when called.

4. Reflection: Is the structure of bone changed by the function of the bone? Explain with an example.

Products: w/s13-3, Anti-Guide + Q1, Function sheet with AQs + Reflection

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Robotics Club, then got a flu shot, so this is a late post.

Tonight, answer questions 1-5 on the handout that we read in class: Liver Functions, CCSS Reading and Science.  Period 3- your class did not read the handout, so you will write a Reflection in your science notebook: Describe 3 things you learned about the liver in class today.

Also, finish Questions from "Activity 15: Digestion - An Absorbing Tale, Science and Literacy". These can be done tonight and turned in tomorrow, or you can turn the complete set in on Monday.

Experimenting with Twitter!  Check out to see our Robotics Club hard at work! Send me a comment on the blog or Twitter or email to let me know if anyone will check it out if I put some fun stuff on Twitter.  Should I show a slice of students' everyday work at school?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Study for vocab quiz.  Vocab Quiz will be on the following terms:

1. absorb / Absorption
2. Digestive System -
a. mouth and teeth
b. esophagus
c. stomach
d. small intestines
e. large intestines
f. rectum
g. anus
h. chemical suppliers: pancreas and liver
3. Independent variable
4. Dependent variable

Terms 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be matching terms with definitions; you will be asked to name the organs of the digestive system by filling in blanks.

Your class also has to answer questions on the CCSS - Digestion sheet. For those classes assigned to only answer questions on page 1, you will answer for homework on Thursday night in addition to other homework. 

If you need to review the text to answer the questions, please check the information sheet given to your parent(s) on Open Schools Night, or go to the link on the right called new SEPUP e-book. User name is Stamford678 and the password is student.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Homework for Tuesday evening:
Periods 4, 1, 2:  On CCSS sheet, answer questions 1 and 2 (shown below).
Period 3: Answer question 1 on the Talking Drawing(shown below). . 

Name:                                                                                                                                                  Date:

Activity 15: Digestion – An Absorbing Tale

CCSS _ Science & Literacy


Opening: Answer question #1 on the worksheet Talking Drawing: Digestion.






Procedure: Answer the following questions as you read the text.


1)      Using the information provided in the section Food Breakdown, compare and contrast mechanical and chemical breakdown of food and provide an example of each.

Talking Drawing: Digestion

©2009 The Regents of the University of California

1.  Close your eyes and think about what happens when you eat a burrito. Now

open your eyes and draw what you imagined. Label any parts of the digestive

system that help digest the food or help the body get nutrients from the food.

Explain what happens at each step of the way.


Citing information from the text, explain why we rely on mucus.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Homework for Period 1 only:
The organs of the digestive system include: (fill in the blanks)
__________ with _____________, _____________, _____________, _______ ______________, ______ _____________, _______, ______.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

No homework tonight!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Homework tonight (10/6): you have a worksheet called "18-3 WHat are Reflexes?". 

Also, prepare for your vocab quiz tomorrow on the following terms. 
  1. function
  2. structure -
  3. model
  4. cell
  5. tissue -
  6. organ -
  7. organ system -
  8. Variables-
  9. Levels of Organization: (smallest to biggest)
  10. Nervous system

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Homework tonight (10/2):   To prepare for your vocab quiz on Tuesday, copy (or print) the following terms.  Then, find the definition for each term.  Copy the definition next to it's term.

  1. function
  2. structure -
  3. model
  4. cell
  5. tissue -
  6. organ -
  7. organ system -
  8. Variables-
  9. Levels of Organization(smallest to biggest)
  10. Nervous system

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

No homework tonight.

Tomorrow is photo day.  Dress well!

Vocab quiz on Tuesday based on the following terms:

  1. function
  2. structure -
  3. model
  4. cell
  5. tissue -
  6. organ -
  7. organ system -
  8. Variables-
  9. Organ Systems
  10. Nervous system

Monday, September 29, 2014

all classes write a Reflection (minimum 3 sentences) in your science notebook on what you've learned about:
Period 2- variables

Period 3, 4, 1 - sensitivity and how there are differences between how we feel using our sense of touch

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Homework: Read and Answer Questions on worksheet 18-1 What is the Nervous System?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Homework tonight:
Worksheet 2-2 What are cells?
Answer all circled questions on the worksheet or on a separate piece of paper (NOT in your science notebook). Be sure to read and answer the question on PEOPLE IN SCIENCE: Cell Biologists!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lesson: What's Happening Inside?

Homework for periods 1, 2, and 3 is to answer questions on the handout given out at lunch. If you did not get the handout, or lost it, the questions to answer are:

2. What questions did you ask yourself and your teammates about organ location, structure, or function?

3. What other questions do you have about organs in the human body?

Homework for period 4 is to answer questions on worksheet 13-2 What are Organs and Organ Systems?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hi Sorry for the late post! 

Homework for periods 1, 2, and 3 is to answer questions on worksheet 13-2 What are Organs and Organ Systems?

No homework for Period 4.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Study for your vocabulary quiz coming up on Wednesday on the following vocabulary words:

Hypothesis- A testable prediction; a possible explanation for observations,facts, or events, that may be tested, verified, or answered by further investigation.

Scientific Methods- Processes scientists use to test ideas or scientific hypotheses, including: develop questions; observe evidence; collect, record and analyze data; and draw conclusions. Scientists may use only some steps, or put them in different order, depending on resources and methods available.

ethics- principles to guide decisions based on whether something is morally right or just.  In other words, ways to help us decide if something is right or wrong, ex: helping others who can't do something important for themselves - right or wrong?; ex: racism- right or wrong?

evidence- Information that is helpful in forming a conclusion supported by data.

inference- A conclusion based on evidence.

observation-Any description or measurement taken in by the senses or instruments.

trade-offs - Giving up one advantage or disadvantage to get another.

How do you study for a quiz?  Try:
1. read the words and definitions over at least 3 times while thinking about what each word means;
2. make flash cards (Extra credit if you show them to me tomorrow);
3. quiz yourself
4. Have a friend or family member quiz you
5. rewrite the words and definitions
6. Make and memorize mental pictures of each part of the definition.
7. Make and memorize a memory trick.  Ex: ICE means Inference is Conclusion on Evidence