Thursday, June 2nd

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.


Wednesday, June 1st

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


Tuesday, May 31st

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


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

Friday, May 27th

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.


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.


Wednesday, May 25th

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


Tuesday, May 24th

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. .


Monday, May 23rd

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Friday, May 6th

Today we reviewed for the upcoming SAGE test.  Students watched Bill Nye - Asteroids and Comets and completed worksheet.
Students worked on a seasons vocabulary crossword puzzle (vocabulary & key).
Students worked on three of vocabulary puzzles – science vocabulary I crossword puzzle (vocabulary & key), science vocabulary II crossword puzzle (vocabulary & key), and science vocabulary III crossword puzzle (vocabulary & key).


Thursday, May 5th

Students read the sound text section on sound and completed a worksheet.
Students also completed a sound lab - Tuning Fork Observations. Students used two tuning forks to demonstrate pitch and vibrations.


Wednesday, May 4th

We completed the light unit today.  Students took the two light assessments (reflection and refraction).
We began the sound unit with the sound lecture and notes.


Tuesday, May 3rd

Today was the all-day pentathlon. Because so many students were participating, today students watched an episode of When We Left Earth – A Home in Space.   It presented information about the repair of Hubble as well as the beginning of the International Space Station. Students completed worksheet while watching the episode.


Monday, May 2nd

Students completed a light lab – It's Bent II. Students were given four different liquids – water, cooking oil, shampoo, and corn syrup. Their task was to determine if the thickness of the liquid affected refraction.
Seasons review - Science Court DVD and worksheet.


Friday, April 29th

Students watched Using Light and completed worksheet.
Student completed two light labs - The Amazing Reappearing Penny. Students placed a penny in a bowl, moved to a position where they couldn’t see it. Water was slowly poured into the bowl. Through refraction, students saw the penny “reappear.” The second light lab was It's Bent I. Students placed differing amounts of water in cups. A straw was placed in each cup. Students were to determine if the amount of water affected refraction.


Thursday, April 28th

We will be taking the light unit assessment on Wednesday, May 4th. Students received the light review booklet and light study guide.
Students completed two light labs. The first was The Zig-Zag of Reflectors. Students were given five mirrors. They were to set them up and bounce a laser pointer off the mirrors and hit a 3x5 card held by a group member.
The second was - How Does Primary Colored Light Affect What You See? Students shined a white, blue, red, and green light on a sheet of white, blue, red, and green paper. They recorded what they saw.


Wednesday, April 27th

Students took a light quiz today.  After the quiz they read sections of the light text and completed a worksheet.


Tuesday, April 26th

Students completed a light and color activity - Decoding Secret Messages. Students were given five “color-by-number” pictures.  After they were colored, they used different color filters to identify words or pictures in each picture.


Friday, April 22nd

Students completed a heat transfer quiz. They also completed two light labs.
The first was It's a Reflection. The purpose of the lab was to demonstrate the law of reflection.  It states the angle of incidence = the angle of reflection.  Students shined a laser pointer at a mirror from different angles to verify the angles are the same.  They also examined how the angle of two mirrors affects the number of images in the mirrors.  (The larger the angle, the more images.) 

The second was Reflective Surfaces. Students shined light off of different surfaces to see how smooth or rough a surface is affects reflection.  They found the rougher the surface, the less reflection.


First No-Hitter Pitched Tonight

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta pitched the first no-hitter of the season and his second career no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds.  Cubs won 16-0.

Congratulations to Jake Arrieta for an outstanding performance!

Wednesday, April 20th & Thursday, April 21st.

Wednesday, April 20th
Students watched Bill Nye - Light & Color & Light & Optics and completed a worksheet.
Thursday, April 21st

Students completed two light labs. The first was Adding Color. Students combined flashlight with red light, blue light, and green light to learn red, green, and blue light make white. The second was Why is the Sky Blue?  Students shined a flashlight into a jar with milky water.  It demonstrated how light is reflected by particles in the atmosphere by light being bounced of particles in the milky water.


Monday, April 18th

Students completed two convection labs.  The first was When Hot Meets Cold. Students filled two baby food jars with hot water colored red and cold water colored blue. The jars were covered with aluminum foil and placed in a container of tap water.  A hole was punched in the foil.  They were to observe the hot water rise and the cold water fall to the bottom.
The second lab was Water Wars. Students place clear hot water in a test tube and clear cold water in another test tube.  They dribbled hot water colored red in the cold water test tube and cold water colored blue in the warm water.  They were to observe the hot water in the cold water rose to the top.  The cold water colored blue in the hot water fell to the bottom of the test tube.

Tuesday, April 19th

Today we began the principles of light unit with the light lecture and notes.

Students will take the heat unit assessment on Monday, April 25th. Students received the Heat Review Booklet and Heat Study Guide.


Friday, April 15th

In preparing for the upcoming SAGE test, students took a science review assessment. This covered the units studied before the microorganisms unit.  I will be using results from the assessment to plan review lessons.
After, students watched MythBusters – Mega Movie Myths.


Thursday, April 14th

Students completed a conduction lab - Conduction With Water Balloon and Candle. In this lab, students placed a balloon filled with air in a flame.  It pops because air is a bad conductor of heat. They place a water balloon in a flame. Nothing happens because water conducts the heat away from the balloon before it can burst.
They also completed a heat transfer lab - Where is the Heat Going? A bag with hot water was placed in ice water.  This demonstrated heat moves from hot to cold.