9/27/16

Monday, September 26th & Tuesday, September 27th

Monday, September 26th
In all classes, students completed completed Friday's assignments.

Tuesday, September 27th
Science
Students completed a light & color lab called Paddle Colors. Using colored paddles, students combined the colors to see what colors are made.
Honors Science
Continued working on the Mars WebQuest.


9/21/16

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday September 21, 22, & 23



Science
Students completed the Heat Vocabulary Assessment, Heat Transfer Assessment, and Heat Conductor and Insulator Assessment.

Honors Science

Students completed two convection labs - When Hot Meets Cold  and Water Wars. In hot meets cold, students place a jar of hot water colored red and a jar of cold water covered blue into a container of tap water.  Aluminum foil is placed on top of both.  When the jars are on their side, students punch holes in the foil.  The hot water goes to the top, the cold water falls to the bottom.
In Water Wars, students place clear hot and cold water in test tubes.  Hot colored water is dribbled in the tube with clear cold water.  Cold colored water is dribbled in the test tube with hot water.  Again, the hot water stays at the top and the cold water falls to the bottom.
I will be at a science teachers workshop dealing with the changes in the science core that take place next years over the next two days.  Here's what students will be doing the next two days.

Thursday
Science/Honors Science

Students will watch Bill Nye Light & Color/Light & Optics and complete a worksheet.

Friday

Science/Honors Science
Student will read sections in the light text and complete a worksheet.


9/19/16

Monday, September 19th

Science     
Students made Heat Posters, explaining conduction, convection, and radiation.
Honors Science
Students used the pizza box ovens made on Friday to make S'mores.


9/16/16

Friday, September 16th

Science
We finished our heat unit with a radiation lab - What is the Best Absorber? Students covered three test tubes – one with black paper, one with white paper, and one with aluminum foil.  They placed it in front of a heat lamp for twenty minutes. At the end of twenty minutes, they measured the temperature in each test tube to determine the best absorber.
On Wednesday, September 21st, students will take the heat unit assessment.  Students received a Heat review sheet and study guide to help them study for the test.
Yesterday, student received a Scientific Method review sheet and study guide.Scientific method review sheet and study guide. The assessment will be on Tuesday, September 20th.
Honors Science
Monday, the weather forecast is for temperatures in the 80’s.  Students made pizza box solar energy ovens. They will use them Monday.


9/15/16

Thursday, September 15th

Science
Students completed a heat radiation lab - Surface Color and Effect on Temperature Change. Students covered a Styrofoam cup with black construction paper and left the other white. They placed a cap on the cups and placed a thermometer to check the temperature of each cup. Students placed it in front of a heat lamp for twenty-five minutes.
Honors Science

Students began the Mars WebQuest.

9/14/16

Wednesday, September 14th

Science
Students completed two heat convection labs.
The first was When Hot Meets Cold. Students place two baby food jars, one filled with colored hot water, and the other filled with colored cold water. They place aluminum foil over the top. When it’s “lid” is punched, the hot water rises to the top and the cold water falls to the bottom.
The second was Water Wars. Students partially filled two test tubes with clear hot and cold water. They put hot colored water in the test tube with hot water and cold colored water in the test tube with hot water  They saw the hot water rose to the top and the cold war dropped to the bottom.
Honors Science
Students completed three heat labs.  The first was How Can You Have an Ice Cube Race. Students placed an ice cube in an empty cup and a cup with room temperature water.  They observed the ice cube in the water melted fastest because water is a conductor and air is an insulator.
The second lab was Conduction, Water, Balloon, and Candle. Students put a balloon in a candle flame.  It pops because air doesn’t conduct the heat from the balloon.  They did the same thing with a water balloon. The water conducted the heat away from the balloon and it did not pop. 
The final lab was a convection lab - Paper Spiral. Students cut a spiral out of paper and held it over a candle.  As the heat rose, the paper spiral began to twist, demonstrating hot air rises.
Honors Science
We began our Mars project today. Students watched Universe - The Red Planet and completed a worksheet.


9/13/16

Tuesday, September 13th

Science

Students completed three heat labs.  The first was How Can You Have an Ice Cube Race. Students placed an ice cube in an empty cup and a cup with room temperature water.  They observed the ice cube in the water melted fastest because water is a conductor and air is an insulator.
The second lab was Conduction, Water, Balloon, and Candle. Students put a balloon in a candle flame.  It pops because air doesn’t conduct the heat from the balloon.  They did the same thing with a water balloon. The water conducted the heat away from the balloon and it did not pop.
The final lab was a convection lab - Paper Spiral. Students cut a spiral out of paper and held it over a candle.  As the heat rose, the paper spiral began to twist, demonstrating hot air rises.
Honors Science
We began our Mars project today. Students watched Universe - The Red Planet and completed a worksheet.

9/12/16

Monday, September 12th

Students worked on the Heat Vocabulary Booklet (Data sheet). This is to be used to review unit vocabulary assessment at the end of the unit.


9/9/16

Friday, September 9th

Students completed a conduction lab – Who’s the Conductor? Students had five cups.  They were made out of glass, paper, Styrofoam, plastic, and metal. Before beginning the lab, students predicted which cup would be a good heat conductor, average heat conductor, or a poor heat conductor.  After making their prediction, students filled each cup with hot water.  They let it sit for ten minutes. They touched the cup and compared their results with their prediction.
After, students watched MythBusters – Penny Drop.  They looked at the myth could a penny throw a penny off the Empire State Building, could it kill a person.  (It can’t!)

9/8/16

Thursday, September 8th

Today students completed reading the heat section in text and completed the text worksheet.

9/7/16

Wednesday, September 7th

Today, students watched Bill Nye Heat and completed a worksheet while watching the show.
We began reading the heat textbook.  As a part of the reading, I am showing them how to read a text.  I’m telling them what things mean and what to look for (headings, vocabulary words, etc.).

9/6/16

9/1/16

Thursday, September 1st

Students worked on two worksheets.  The first was the Introduction to the Scientific Method worksheet. Students read about an experiment run by Francisco Reid. His experiment helped to disprove the concept of spontaneous generation.
The second worksheet, Identify the Scientific Method worksheet, consisted of 14 statements and students had to identify which part of the scientific method it was.


8/30/16

Tuesday, August 30th

Students began studying the scientific method unit vocabulary.  Students cut out vocabulary cards. They will study these each day at the beginning of class.
They began working on three vocabulary puzzles.  These puzzles will help them become familiar with  the unit vocabulary. 
It is important students learn these terms.  We will use them throughout the year.


6/2/16

Thursday, June 2nd

Science
Students watched Traveler’s Guide to the Planets – Pluto and Beyond.
Honors Science
We were going to make English muffin pizzas with the pizza box ovens.  Unfortunately, it clouded over so students made the pizzas and cooked them in the microwave.


6/1/16

Wednesday, June 1st

Science
Student read Kids Discover - Space Exploration and completed a worksheet.
Honors Science
Made S'Mores using pizza box solar ovens.


5/31/16

Tuesday, May 31st

Students finished the ABC Book (references) today.
Honors Science
Student made pizza box solar ovens.


5/27/16

New Horizons' Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface

Friday, May 27th

Science
Students completed the Bacterial Lab - Bacterial Growth and Antibiotics. They did a Sound Activity - Animal Challenge. Students heard six animals and had to determine if the animal was large or small and was their pitch high or low.  They continued working on Science ABC Book (references).
Honors Science
One of the honor’s student’s father, Mr. Aaron Matheson, was our guest speaker.  He talked about ATK's role in the new Space Launch System.


5/26/16

Thursday, May 26th

Science/Honors Science
Students began a microorganisms lab – Bacterial Growth and Antibiotics. Students placed bacteria on an agar plate.  They were give four small discs – three were three different anti-biotics and one was a plain paper disc.  They placed the discs on the bacteria.  Tomorrow they  will check to see if they have any results.
Microscope activity. Students were given seven different slides of microorganisms.  They drew what they saw in the microscopes and wrote a description.


5/25/16

Wednesday, May 25th

Science
Students continued working on the Science ABC Book (references).
Honors Science
Students completed a sound lab - Bee Hummer. For more information, click here.

5/24/16

Tuesday, May 24th

Science
Student continued working on the Science ABC Book (references).
Honors Science
Mr. Frenzel brought in his Ruben's Tube today. Activities were done with the Ruben’s Tube. .

5/23/16

Monday, May 23rd

Science
Students were assigned to make a science ABC Book (references). They will  be working on the assignment for the next few days.
Honors Science
Watched MythBusters - Ming Dynasty Astronaut and completed a worksheet.


5/19/16

Thursday, May 19th

During the microorganisms unit, we did not have enough time to do a couple of labs. One was The Spice of Life. We did this today. Students were given an agar plate with bacteria. Half of the plate was covered with spice. The purpose is to determine which spices affect bacteria.
Students completed two sound labs - Straw Sounds and Sound Sandwich (click here for more information).
Students made a “kazoo” out of a straw. This demonstrated sound and vibrations. Next, they blew on their straw “kazoo” and cut off part of the straw. This demonstrated pitch – as the straw got shorter, the pitch got higher.
For sound sandwich, students used two large craft sticks, a thick rubber band, two small pieces of a straw, and two small rubber band. Click here for more information about the sound sandwich.


5/17/16

Tuesday, May 17th



Today, students completed a sound quiz. They next listened to four Pulse of the Planet podcasts dealing with  how sound is used in the natural world (Ants and Caterpillars, BATS - Use of Sound, Dwarf Minke Whales-Star Wars Sound, and Sound Analysis) and completed a worksheet (transcript). Their final worksheets was Space Sounds.

5/16/16

Monday, May 16th

Students completed three sound labs. The first was Plucker Up. Students placed a string tied onto a paperclip into a cup. They put the cup up to their ear and plucked the string. They changed the length of the string with their fingers. This demonstrated pitch.
The second was King Gong. Students tied a string to two cups. A hanger was hung on the string. A group member tapped the hanger and they heard sound through the two cups. This demonstrated vibrations and sound.
The third was Party Line. Students connected two cup together, pulled them tight, and talked to each other. The third person in the group tied a third cup, pulled all three tight, and talked to each other. The fourth person in the group tied a fourth cup, pulled all four tight, and talked to each other.


5/11/16

Thursday & Friday, May 12th & 13th

Students competed the state SAGE test.

Wednesday, May 11th

Students worked on size and scale of the universe review worksheets.  They completed a background reading and worksheet, a worksheet where they put ten different objects in the universe in order from the smallest to the largest – Smallest to Largest. They also completed the Interstellar Trip Planner.
The last activity was student completing a Solar System graphic organizer and data sheet.


5/10/16

Tuesday, May 10th

We continued our review for the SAGE test Thursday.  Students completed a reading and worksheet – Earth-Sun Geometry reading and worksheet. They also completed a seasons graphic organizer and fact sheet.
They also completed a comets, meteors, and asteroids graphic organizer and fact sheet.


5/9/16

Monday, May 9th

Student continued their review for the SAGE test Thursday. They worked on microorganisms puzzles and graphic organizers. (They used this microorganisms fact sheet while working on the assignments.)
Microorganisms Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle I.
Microorganisms Vocabulary Cross Word Puzzle II.
(Vocab Puzzle I keyVocab Puzzle II key)
Made three microorganisms graphic organizers (Protist Graphic Organizer, Algae, Protist, & Fungi Graphic Organizer, and Bacteria Shapes Graphic OrganizerGraphic Organizer Instruction Sheet).
Today was the first Transit of Mercury in ten years. A transit occurs when Mercury, the Earth, and the Sun are in alignment. You can see the shadow of Mercury move across the Sun. Students had a chance to observe parts of it.