4/30/14

Wednesday, April 30th

Today, all five classes completed sound labs.  The first was Tuning Fork Observations Students compared two different sized tuning forks (the larger one had the lower pitch; the smaller one had the higher pitch).  The placed a tuning fork on their desks and placed their ear on the desk.  They were able to hear the tuning fork through the solid desk.  The final activity was to place the tuning fork in water.  The next lab was Straw SoundsStudents made kazoos using straws.  This demonstrates vibration and sound.  The final lab was Making a Bee Hummer (click here for more information).


4/29/14

Tuesday, April 29th

We began our final unit today, the principles of sound.  We began with the sound lecture. Students watched What is Sound and completed a worksheet.
Honor's Science - Students completed two refraction labs.  The first was The Incredible Reappearing PennyStudent place a penny in a bowl.  They move to a position where they can’t see the penny.  Water is slowly poured into the bowl, and, through refraction, the penny reappears.  The other refraction lab was It's Bent.  This is a two-part activity.  The first part explores the question Does the amount of water affect refraction?  Students fill four cups with different amounts of water, place a straw in each cup, and observe the results.  The other part explored the question Does the thickness of the liquid affect refraction?  Students have a cup full of water, cooking oil, shampoo, and corn syrup.  A straw is placed in each cup and students observe the result.

4/28/14

Monday, April 28th

Student completed two refraction labs.  The first was The Incredible Reappearing PennyStudent place a penny in a bowl.  They move to a position where they can’t see the penny.  Water is slowly poured into the bowl, and, through refraction, the penny reappears.  The other refraction lab was It's Bent.  This is a two-part activity.  The first part explores the question Does the amount of water affect refraction?  Students fill four cups with different amounts of water, place a straw in each cup, and observe the results.  The other part explored the question Does the thickness of the liquid affect refraction?  Students have a cup full of water, cooking oil, shampoo, and corn syrup.  A straw is placed in each cup and students observe the result.
Honor's Science – Students completed two reflection labs.  The first was It's a ReflectionUsing a protractor, mirror, and laser pointer, students shine the laser at different angles.  This demonstrates that the angles are equal.  The other was Experimenting With ReflectionStudents set up a target.  They then take three mirrors and bounce the laser off the three mirrors to hit the target.  Then, two groups got together and repeated the process, only they had to use six mirrors.


4/26/14

Friday, April 25th

Students completed light labs today.  The first was It's a Reflection. Using a protractor, mirror, and laser pointer, students bounced the laser off a mirror at different angles.  The laser would bounce off at the same angle.  This demonstrates the law of reflection The second lab was Experimenting with ReflectionStudents set up a target and arrange three mirrors in a way they can bounce the laser off each mirror and hit the target.  The final lab was Why is the Sky Blue. Students placed twelve drops of milk in a jar of water.  They shine a flashlight through it.  The light in the water takes on a bluish tint.  This demonstrates how the sky is blue because blue light is reflected off of molecules and particles in the atmosphere.
Honors Science – Students completed light labs.  The first was Paddle Colors. They took colored paddles, put two together, and shined light through them.  They identified the color the two paddles made.  The next lab was Adding ColorsStudents combined the three primary colors of light (red, blue, and green) to see what colors they form.  The final lab was Primary ColorsStudents shined (one at a time) white, red, blue, and green light on red, blue, green, and white construction paper to see what colors were produced.


4/24/14

Wednesday, April 23rd & Thursday, April 24th

Wednesday, students began working on a light worksheet - Decoding Secret MessagesStudents color pictures based on a color key.  Then, using a red and green filter, they “decode” the word or picture.  Students finished the assignment today.  Students also watched Bill Nye – Light & Optics.
Honor's Science – Wednesday, students completed two convection labs – Foiled Again and When Hot Meets ColdFoiled again had students make a paper spiral and attached it to a stick.  They lit a candle and held the spiral over the flame.  Rising hot air makes the spiral turn.  When hot meets cold demonstrated that, in tap water, hot water rises and cold-water falls to the bottom.  Students see this using colored water – red for hot and blue for cold.  Today, students completed a Conduction/Convection Quiz. We had the Light Lecture and students watched Bill Nye - Light & Color.


4/22/14

Tuesday, April 22nd

Students worked on light labs.  The first was Adding Colors. Students combine red light with green light and blue light and see the results.  The second lab was Primary ColorsStudents shine white light, red light, blue light, and green light on a white sheet of paper, a blue sheet of paper, a green sheet of paper, and a red sheet of paper and see the results.  They began Decoding Secret Messages. Students color five pictures according to a key.  After they are done, they will use a red and green filter to identify the word or picture.
Honor's Science – Students worked on heat labs.  The first was the Ice Cube RaceStudents placed an ice cube in an empty cup and a cup with room temperature water to see which melts first.  (The ice cube in the water does because water is a conductor and air is an insulator.)  The next lab was the Water Balloon and Candle. Students place a water balloon in a candle flame and observe what happens.  (Water conducts the heat from the rubber balloon, so the balloon does not pop.)  The final lab was Who's the Conductor. Students place warm water in a metal can, Styrofoam cup, paper cup, plastic cup, and glass cup.  They identify which were conductors and which were insulators.


4/21/14

Monday, April 21st

Students watched Bill Nye – Light & Color and completed a DVD worksheet.  They also took a short principles of light quiz.
Students completed a light & color lab - Paddle Color.  Using six different colored paddles, they held two together and shined a light through them.  They recorded the color they saw.  They did this for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Honor's Science – We began the heat unit with the Heat lecture. After the lecture, students watched Bill Nye - Heat.

Bill Nye - Light and Color

Bill Nye - Heat
Eureka - Conduction
Eureka - Convection
Eureka - Radiation





4/17/14

Thursday, April 17th

We completed the heat unit today.  Students took the heat unit assessment.  Tomorrow, we begin our light unit.
Honors Science – Today we had the Great Utah ShakeOut. We simulated an earthquake and what we would do if there was an earthquake.  This took up about half the class time.  That meant we did not have time for students to take the microorganisms unit assessment.  We will take that tomorrow.  For the remainder of the time, we watched Mythbusters.


4/16/14

Tuesday, April 15th & Wednesday, April 16th

Tuesday, students completed an activity that demonstrates the movement of heat goes from the hot object to the colder object ( Where is Heat Coming From and Where is It Going?).  They reviewed heat transfer by completing the Heat Transfer Scenes assignment.  Today, we reviewed for the heat unit assessment Thursday.
Honor's Science – Tuesday, students read Kids Discover Microbes and completed a worksheet assignment.  Today we reviewed for the microorganisms, part II unit assessment.


4/14/14

Monday, April 14th

Classes were shortened today because students walked to the high school and watched our school’s play, Aladdin.  Students completed a vocabulary review activity, Vocabulary Crossword Puzzles.
Honor's Science – Students completed two assignments.  The first was What's My Diagnosis?  Students are given symptoms of seven patients.  They used a classification key to diagnose the disease.  The also completed the Microorganisms Timeline. The timeline consisted of identifying when key developments in our knowledge of microorganisms occurred.

4/10/14

Wednesday, April 9th & Thursday, April 10th

Yesterday, students took a conduction/convection quiz to see what they know and understand about heat transfer.  They completed a convection lab – Water Wars. They placed red colored hot water in test tube filled with cold water and blue colored cold water in a test tube filled with hot water.  This demonstrated convection. The hot water (in cold water) moved to the top of the test tube.  The cold water (in the hot water) dropped to the bottom.
Honor's Science – Student completed the Microorganisms Final, Part I.
Student completed a radiation heat transfer lab, Surface Color and Effect on Temperature Change.  Student covered one cup in black construction paper and used one white cup.  They shined a light on the two cups for twenty-five minutes, checking the temperature every five minutes.  This demonstrated the black covered cup absorbed more heat.
Honors Science – Students completed a microorganisms activity - Microbe Mystery BoxStudents identified which foods were made using microorganisms.  They then started working on a Disease Wanted Poster.


4/8/14

Tuesday, April 8th

Students completed two convection labs today.
Convection Lab - Foiled AgainStudents cut out a spiral using foil.  They attached it to a string and hung on a dowel.  They light a candle under the spiral.  The spiral moves because the hot air is rising.
Convection Lab - When Hot Meets Cold. Students fill a container with tap water.  They take two jars, fill one with hot water (colored red) and the other with cold water (colored blue).  They cover the jars with foil and place it in the container.  A hole is punched in the foil.  The hot water rises to the top and the cold water falls to the bottom.
Honor's Science – Students made two graphic organizers.  The first was a four-door graphic organizer containing data about microorganisms.  The other was a three-tab organizer with information about the amoeba, euglena, and paramecium (Microbe Graphic Organizers).

4/7/14

Monday, April 7th

With core testing in a month, we are beginning to do review assignments.  Students completed a Meteoroid/Meteor/Meteorite Review assignment.  They also took a Heat Conduction quiz. Students watched Bill Nye - Energy.
Honor's Science – Students worked on a microbe review worksheet. I hope to give them the first part of the Microorganisms Test on Wednesday.


4/1/14

Tuesday, April 1st

Students completed two conduction labs.  The first was Why Do Plastic and Metal Feel Different? Students were given a cup with plastic beads and a cup with copper beads.  They placed a thermometer in each cup and measured the temperature.  They put their cups in the refrigerator for ten minutes.  At the end of that time, they checked the temperature.  They found that the copper beads were the coldest because metal beads are conductors.
The second lab was Heat Conduction With Water, Balloon, and Candle. Students lit a candle and held a water balloon in the candle’s flame.  The balloon did not pop nor the rubber melt.  This is because the water in the balloon is a conductor of heat.  It pulls the heat away from the rubber, so the rubber holds the water in the balloon.
Honor's Science – Students completed a microorganisms lab - A Yeastly Feast. Students used nine different “foods” to see how the yeast would grow.  At the end of twenty minutes, they identify which “foods” will help yeast grow.

There is no school the next three days for spring break.