Monday, September 29, 2014

Homework:
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
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Monday, 9/15/14 - Homework tonight for
(disregard the date above):

Answer the following question as a Reflection:
1. What new things have you learned about the human body in this activity?

Answering as a "Reflection" means that you:
* think about what the question asks you to answer;
* write your own answer in at least 3 well-formed, complete sentences;
* On the back of your notes from today,
* in your science notebook.

Also, you should 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.

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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Homework; Write 5 STAR note questions. STAR note questions:
1. are written in the skinny column next to the notes taken in class;
2. start with a 'W' word ("who", "what", "when", "where", "why", or "how");
3. end with a questions mark (?); and
4. ask about something in the notes, or better yet, can be answered in the notes.

Monday, September 8, 2014

9/8/14 - Tonight's homework for Periods 1, 2 & 3 is to write a reflection on the back of the notes from the Save Fred activity.  The subject of your Reflection is to write about three things that you learned in class today. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Only periods 1 & 4 were assigned homework: Laboratory Nightmare. Review the drawn pictures, answer the questions on the  back.  Turn in tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

9/3/14 -
Homework for periods 4 and 1: write one STAR note question.  Questions must begin with a "W" word (who, what, where, when, why or how) and end with a question mark. They should be numbered, written in the skinny column, and be answered with information from the notes on the same or preceding page. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome to my blog!  I'll be teaching 7th grade again this year.  Some of you may be confused that my link to the school webpage shows that I am teaching 6th Grade, but it will be updated soon!  

I'm looking forward to meeting all of my new 7th Grade students, and getting re-acquainted with all of those students I taught last year in 6th Grade science, Robotics, or our Egypt Interdisciplinary Unit! 

Parents: watch this space for updates.  Almost every day for the last several years, I have used this blog to let students (and parents) know their homework assignments.  There are also announcements about upcoming school events and educational opportunities such as sign ups for Remind (formerly Remind101).  So you may want to bookmark this page just to check what homework your child is doing for my science class.  Parents, I look forward to meeting you or seeing you again.  We have Open Schools Night scheduled for Thursday, October 9.  I hope to have 100% of my students' caregivers attend Open Schools night this year! If you can think of any suggestions that will make it possible for you to attend, please let me know.  

Meanwhile, please sign up for www.Remind.com to have 1-way text message reminders of important class events (such as notification of field trip permission slips, progress report or report card releases, upcoming tests or projects) and selected school events.
Here's how to sign up for my Remind texts.  Use your cell phone to dial (203) 684-5174.  If your student is in my:
Enjoy the rest of summer vacation!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I hope you're all enjoying summer vacation. 

Just for fun, here's a picture of one cool cat:
See you in September! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

This year's Science Final Exam will be given on June 11. We have spent 3 days in class reviewing for the final.

Homework for tonight is to finish answering your Review Sheet and study the information on your Review Sheet.

Answers for the Ecology portion of the District's Review Sheet are shown below:

Grade 6 Honors Science Final Review 2014


Ecology (final section - all others have been worked on and reviewed in class)
Key Vocabulary
o Invasive Speciesspecies outside of its normal range.
o Photosynthesischloroplasts in plant cells use sun’s energy to break down       water & CO2, make O2 and sugar (their own food).         
o Consumer - Organism that must eat other organisms to obtain energy
o Producer–make their own food through photosynthesis. Ex: phytoplankton
o Decomposerbreak down dead organisms and waste into nutrients.  Without decomposers, those nutrients don't get recycled.
o Classificationorganize living things based on physical structures & origin (genetic similarities).
o Ecosystem - INTERACTION BETWEEN COMMUNITIES OF LIVING THINGS AND THE NONLIVING ENVIRONMENT

Analysis questions:
o What are the differences between consumers, producers, and 
    decomposers?
·        Producers make (produce) their own food with photosynthesis; ex: grass, phytoplankton, pear trees; carrots; palm trees.
·        Consumers eat other organisms to get energy; ex: wolves, tigers; and
·        Decomposers break down dead organisms and waste. Ex: mushrooms, fungi, bacteria, worms.
o What are the effects of an introduced species in a new area?
Introduced species:
  • can cause harm and/or good in new habitat, such as:
  • often have no predators in a new area, so 
  • they out-compete existing organisms for food & resources (sunlight, water); 
  • drive other species into extinction;  
  • grow bodies or population more quickly than native species;
  • mess up the habitat indirectly, ex: Nile Perch caused Algal blooms and dead zones in Lake Victoria.   
  • but also can provide food & shelter or other resources (shade, etc.). 


o Give examples of Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers in an aquatic food web.        P= phytoplankton, sea weed; C= zooplankton, fish, seals, whales.   D= crabs, shrimp, worms, bacteria, some fish (ex: catfish).
o What are the major differences between plant and animals?
Plants are producers with the power of photosynthesis; Animals are consumers, sometimes decomposers.  Most animals move freely and breathe in oxygen; plants do not move and breathe in CO2.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

   Ecology Unit Test is tomorrow.  Finish your study guide tonight and read it over.   Be sure to bring it with you tomorrow for credit.  Answers shown below include many questions we did not cover in class.

     Ecology Study Guide 
1.What is an introduced species? Define and give an example:

       Species now found outside of their normal range. 
Ex: zebra Musselmussel


2. Are introduced species bad? Why or why not? Consider 
what could happen  if you released the following animals into 
the wild:

  a. your house cat


         BAD: could wipe other species from their habitat 
(disease, competition, hunt and kill), cruelty – could die 
from hunger or predators or disease or accident.


         GOOD:  easy way out (LAZY); could be food for 
consumers in the habitat


b. your Burmese Python


            Same, much more effective at killing all other 
animals


3. What factors influence the survival of any introduced 
species? Name at least 3:


     Adequate prey (food), water, climate, (temperature),  
shelter , competitors, predators in new habitat.


4. James, a boy from Kenya, spoke about the Nile Perch & 
results/ consequences (both intended & unintended) of 
introducing the species. Describe:

  a. Three advantages of introducing Nile Perch into Lake 
Victoria:

        More jobs, money, and fish (food)


  b. Three disadvantages of introducing Nile Perch into Lake 
Victoria:


     Loss of independent small businesses, wiped out 
smaller fish species (Cichlids), perch overpopulated, 
more competition, fewer kinds of fish, and wrecked the 
food chain, allowed algal blooms.


  c. Knowing what we know now, if you had had the choice, 
would you have introduced the Nile Perch into Lake 
Victoria?  Write about a trade-off (compare at least one 
advantage and at least one disadvantage to make that 
choice

5. What is Ecology?

    Study of relationships between living organisms &  the physical environment.


6. What does classification show and what factors is classification base on? See p. E-19

Grouping organisms based on relationships between similar organisms, based on genetic makeup and similar physical structures.


 7. What  is an Invertebrate?  Animal without a spinal cord or backbone


8. Classification Levels:   A. ex: domains contain 5 Kingdoms;                   

                                            B. Kingdoms contain 35 phyla

                                            C.  Phyla contain many classes

                                            D. classes contain many Genuses

                                            E. Genuses contain many species

9. What is a species? Define & give an example:

        Species - level of biological classification made up of organisms or populations capable of interbreeding. Ex: homo sapiens; brown snake.


10. Explain photosynthesis, including: 

a.Who does it? (role)

      Producers

b.Who does it? (which kingdom)?

           Plants

c.What are the starting materials (inputs or reactants)?

             CO2 + H2O + sunlight

d. What are the ending materials (outputs or products)?

             food (sugar) + O2

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Field Day was great! 

Please complete your Ecology Study guide for homework tonight.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Please complete the first half of your Ecology Study guide for homework tonight.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Homework: 5/28 - Work on your Introduced Species Project, plan to complete it so the final project can be turned in on Friday.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Homework tonight:
All classes: Rough Draft of your Introduced Species Project is due tomorrow (5/28). Your Report is due on Friday. Remember, your project will earn a zero (0) if you turn it in without a bibliography.
Also ( Periods 1, 2 & 6): Answer Analysis Questions 5, 6, and 7 from p. E-65 (activity 83) in your science notebooks.

Extra credit Opportunities (on SPP - maximum time investment: 1/2 hour):
1. Describe how a tropical rain forest biome is different from a grasslands biome . Example:Hawaii vs.North Dakota.  Construct a Venn diagram or write one paragraph. Double e.c. if you briefly cite your specific research sources, even if you only take notes.
2. Use the classification practice found at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/classifying-life.html and record all classification levels for all 3 organisms.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

5/21/14- Homework tonight: work on your Introduced Species Project.  Draft report is due tomorrow, but due to scheduling changes, I will extend that to Tuesday May 27.  Final Report with images and sources is due Thursday May 29.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Homework:
12-2 What Are Food Chains and Food Webs?
plus Introduced Species Project work

Don't forget: Saturday May 17th - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Soundwaters: Make A Difference Day at the Cove

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Homework:
12-1 What Are Producers and Consumers?
plus Introduced Species Project work

Don't forget: Saturday May 17th - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Soundwaters Make A Difference Day at the Cove

Monday, May 12, 2014

Homework for tonight:
Period 1 and 2 classes: Make your Food Web - show at least 3 foods that you like to eat, where they come from, what they consume, and what consumers or predators might compete for the same food items.
Period 5 & 6 classes -  This same homework is due from you on Wednesday along with tomorrow's homework. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Work on Introduced Species Projects tonight. 
All classes: research notes plus sources (2 or more), except Period 2 must also sign up tomorrow for their choices of Introduced Species  to research. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Period 5 - reflection - write 3 sentences on what you learned in class today.
Period 6, 1, 2 - You should be researching your Introduced species project. 
Students who did not take homework sheet home must do the "Producers and consumers" homework tonight and turn it in tomorrow.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Homework: Producers and Consumers worksheet: Using the Word Bank, fill in the blanks to complete the sentences. Also, Choose an Introduced Species to write on the sign up sheet if you haven't already. Research notes WITH SOURCES due at the end of this week. Sources means you must write down the name of the books, magazines, websites where you got the information.

I'm here at Study Hall (voluntary) with 16 students who are here to do homework.  Not only do they have a somewhat quiet place to do homework, study or research, but they also get a snack, extra credit, and access to an I-pad on which to research their Introduced Species project.

Also read about Element # 117, newly made and confirmed by data: http://www.slashgear.com/science-adding-new-element-117-to-periodic-table-05327644/
 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday Homework: Plant vs. Animal (pt. 1) - Students should read text, then fill in the blanks on the other side of the page, using the Word Bank.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Update 4/25/14- This homework is due on MOnday from my 6th period class.
All periods except Period 6 are excused from homework tonight.

Period 6 homework:
1.  Copy the following definitions into your science notebook vocab section.  You will need to show this to me in class tomorrow:


Ecologists – scientists who study 
relationships between organisms and 
environments.
Evidence – reproducible data or other 
information that is helpful in forming a
 conclusion supported by data.
trade-offs-  Any desired outcome (or 
advantage) that must be given up when one option is chosen over another during a
decision-making process.  Compromise 
decision  when each choice involves both advantages and disadvantages.  

2. In your science notes, please write at least one paragraph about the differences between the old definition and the new one.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Period 6 and 1 classes were assigned to write a Reflection on a Separate Piece of  Paper. As members of an IB community, we try to be Reflective, which means we:
"...GIVE THOUGHTFUL CONSIDERATION TO OUR OWN LEARNING AND EXPERIENCE....
...ARE ABLE TO ASSESS AND UNDERSTAND OUR STRENGTHS AND LIMITATIONS ....
...TO SUPPORT OUR LEARNING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. "

Write 3 sentences about a time when you were Reflective. For example, was there a time when you looked back and thought about how you could improve something that you'd done, like how you wrote a paper, or how you answered a test question?   
 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tonight's homework:
Current Event: Frog Study Receives National Geographic's 7000th Research Grant.  Read the article and answer questions.
If you did not get the article, then read the article on line at :
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/05/0509_grantmilestone.html
Then answer the following questions:
Name___________________________________    Date_________
Current Event Form A
1. title of Article: _____________
2. Author's Name: _______________
3. Source (what website, newspaper or magazine published it)? __________________________
4. Date of Article: ______________________________________
5. Summary - read the article, and using complete written sentences, briefly:
a. Focus on the main idea (what is important in the article):
b. Strengthen it with supporting details (3 or more):
c. USE YOUR OWN WORDS!!!!!! Just repeating what the author wrote will get you a 0.
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