9/30/16

Friday, September 30th

Science
Students completed a light reflection lab - It's a Reflection. It was a two-part activity. The first demonstrated the law of reflection. They pointed a laser pointer at a given angle, hit a mirror, and measured the angle of the reflected light.  The second part had students using a hinged mirror. They placed both mirrors at a given angle and placed a ball in front.  They counted how many images were formed at each angle.
Students received the Light Unit Review and Study Guide. The light unit assessment is scheduled for Thursday, October 6th. The completed study guide is to be returned on Thursday.
Honors Science
Student completed a heat radiation lab - The Best Absorber. Students wrapped three test tubes, one in black paper, one in white paper, and one in aluminum foil.  They then shined a heat lamp on them for twenty minutes, determining which test tube absorbed the most heat.


9/29/16

Thursday, September 29th

Science
Students completed two light and color labs. The first was Filtering Light. Students looked at red, blue, and brown M&Ms using a red, blue, and color filter.  They saw how the filters allowed certain colors through and blocked others.
The other lab was Color Spinners. Students colored “disc” slices red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. When the disc was spun, they could see how the color was affected by spinning.
Honors Science
Students finished working on the Mars WebQuest.


9/28/16

Wednesday, September 28th

Science
Students completed two light & color labs. The first was How Does Primary-Colored Light Affect What You See? Students were given white, red, blue, and green paper. They observed the paper with red, blue, and green filters to see how the color of the paper was affected. The second lab was What Color Is It? Students were given five puff balls (red, green, blue, yellow, and violet). They observed them with red, green, blue, yellow, and violet filters to see how their color was affected by the filters.
Honors Science
Students completed a heat radiation lab - Heat Absorption Lab. Students took two dark-colored wash cloths.  They placed a thermometer in each. One was wash cloth was placed under a heat lamp and the other was not.  They measured temperatures every five minutes to see how the heat lamp affected heat absorption.


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.