Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Monday, December 11, 2017

Today's Quote:




Recap:

Yesterday was not a good day. We got back our FSA Reading retake scores and it was a disappointing realization that many of our testers didn't quite make the cut. I explained to them that at least now we have some good data we can use. It's unfortunate that the State of Florida continues to "tweak" the test leading to confusion and a distinct inability to teach the required skills students need. Trying to pass this test is like trying to hit a bullet with another bullet. I gave all students their scores and a breakdown of the area they need assistance in. Most of them write great essays but have trouble citing textual evidence and crafting their own thoughts into their writing. I will focus on these areas over the remainder of the year and double down on pushing vocabulary. I did point out to several students that were angry they haven't passed that they need to do more to pass the test too and excel. For example, coming to class and falling asleep, not knowing your login. passwords and never participating in the student editing sessions don't really demonstrate your interest in passing a test.
We are almost finished with our discussion of the periodic table and elements. 

Today we continued our discussion of the atom and the periodic table of ELEMENTS. I defined an element as a pure substance formed only of atoms and can be found in the Periodic table. I used examples of pure substances versus alloys and mixtures. Students also got a brief history lesson about gold miners and economic strategies of mine owners. They also learned where the thumbs up symbol came from.
Since there seemed to be much more comprehension, we branched out our discussion to include What defines a period on the table and what are groups or families. Check out this link: Periodic Table made simple. Imagine rows on the periodic table as sentences in a book. Every time you come to the end of a row, you have reached the end of a sentence. The end of the sentence is a periodThere are seven (7) periods on the periodic table. Every element in a period has the same number of shells within the electron cloud. There can only be a MAXIMUM of 7 shells. I used the analogy of a town they might be planning and they place all the important buildings- police, fire, city hall in the center along with all the neutral buildings such as movie theaters, grocery stores, and malls, in the center. This represents the nucleus with the protons (+), neutrons (~). The different shells represent streets in their town all circular. The PERIOD tells them how many streets their town will have.
I then presented the formula 2n2. This tells them the MAXIMUM electron capacity at any given shell. For example, the first shell would be 2(1)2, meaning there can be a maximum number of 2 electrons on the first shell, or following our analogy, 2 houses on the first street. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THERE ARE 2 ELECTRONS THERE Automatically. Let's look at Hydrogen for example:. Hydrogen only has one electron so it only has one "renter" to move into one house. There is still one open house in Hydrogen's Valence shell. Valence, meaning the outmost shell of any given atom. This is the most important shell since it is the one that determines what elements can bond with. We also said that all atoms like to be stable and therefore try to fill all their inner shells before moving to the next one.
We ended the discussion with groups but didn't get to cover it before the bell rang.





Students who correct ALL the mistakes on their returned papers will receive 10 points more. Make your corrections on a separate piece of paper and staple it to the actual paper, turn it in. Example: If you scored a 60 on an assignment and you correct ALL of the mistakes, I will add 10 points to make it a 70.

Entry Task/ Brain Bender:

Imagine two bridges that are exactly alike except that every dimension of one bridge is twice as large as the other.For example, the larger bridge is exactly two times longer, it's structural members are exactly two times thicker, and so forth. Which of the two bridges would be stronger, or would their strength be the same? Explain why.



General Information:



  7 days till Winter Break!...Benchmark testing December 14th & 15th...Kona Ice visit December 13th!...


Study Guides: 


BREAK graphic organizer for Text Based writing. (Intensive English)
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9th Grade  Earth Space Science:

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: How can we use the periodic table to make predictions about an element’s chemical behavior and atomic structure? 
Unit Essential Question: How can valence electrons be used to predict the behavior of chemical compounds?
Unit Essential Question: In what ways can atoms come together to produce different outcomes (products) 
Unit Essential Question: What role do acids and bases play in our daily lives? 

Key Learning Statement:
Students will have a broad understanding that the periodic table is organized by atomic number and chemical properties.

Gravity Lab-  Create your own star system and see how you do as a universe builder.


Homework: 


STEM Sims Logo Digital lab- Chemistry Mixer This lab is being assigned on 12/11/17 and is due by December 15th, 2017

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HS Intensive English

 Class Information and Syllabus


Unit Essential Questions: How can emerging scientific evidence change our thinking?  

Brainstorming Question: Is it possible to make anything completely safe or foolproof?  

Agenda: 



Every student should download and register for a Grammarly account. It's free and from now on all work must be word processed.


Homework: 


Context Clues: Sequence Due 12/6/17 Part 1 was done in class for a class grade.

Context Clues: Sequence Quizlet- 3 activities by Monday/Tuesday Dec 11/12

Saving JJ the Whale: In class timing Due 12/7-8/17 Students read the article in class and were given a words per minute score.

Vocabulary Prep Extended

____________________________________________________________________________________

10th Grade Biology 1

 Class Information and Syllabus


Unit Essential Question: How can we use the periodic table to make predictions about an element’s chemical behavior and atomic structure? 
Unit Essential Question: How can valence electrons be used to predict the behavior of chemical compounds?
Unit Essential Question: In what ways can atoms come together to produce different outcomes (products) 
Unit Essential Question: What role do acids and bases play in our daily lives? 

Key Learning Statement:
Students will have a broad understanding that the periodic table is organized by atomic number and chemical properties.

Vocabulary to know: (Quizlet Link) 



Agenda:


Supporting Video- You are to watch this video ON YOUR OWN TIME!


Homework: 



STEM Sims Logo Digital lab- Chemistry Mixer This lab is being assigned on 12/11/17 and is due by December 15th, 2017


Storm Updates:

No storms pose a risk to the US currently


Check out the Global currents map!


Science Current Events:


Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note-taking apps




Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows








Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday and Friday December 7/8, 2017 (8 days!)

Today's Quote:

Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD)'s portrait.
'If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.'
~ Marvin J. Ashton



Recap:

Yesterday was not a good day. We got back our FSA Reading retake scores and it was a disappointing realization that many of our testers didn't quite make the cut. I explained to them that at least now we have some good data we can use. It's unfortunate that the State of Florida continues to "tweak" the test leading to confusion and a distinct inability to teach the required skills students need. Trying to pass this test is like trying to hit a bullet with another bullet. I gave all students their scores and a breakdown of the area they need assistance in. Most of them write great essays but have trouble citing textual evidence and crafting their own thoughts into their writing. I will focus on these areas over the remainder of the year and double down on pushing vocabulary. I did point out to several students that were angry they haven't passed that they need to do more to pass the test too and excel. For example, coming to class and falling asleep, not knowing your login. passwords and never participating in the student editing sessions don't really demonstrate your interest in passing a test.
We are almost finished with our discussion of the periodic table and elements. 

Today we continued our discussion of the atom and the periodic table of ELEMENTS. I defined an element as a pure substance formed only of atoms and can be found in the Periodic table. I used examples of pure substances versus alloys and mixtures. Students also got a brief history lesson about gold miners and economic strategies of mine owners. They also learned where the thumbs up symbol came from.
Since there seemed to be much more comprehension, we branched out our discussion to include What defines a period on the table and what are groups or families. Check out this link: Periodic Table made simple. Imagine rows on the periodic table as sentences in a book. Every time you come to the end of a row, you have reached the end of a sentence. The end of the sentence is a periodThere are seven (7) periods on the periodic table. Every element in a period has the same number of shells within the electron cloud. There can only be a MAXIMUM of 7 shells. I used the analogy of a town they might be planning and they place all the important buildings- police, fire, city hall in the center along with all the neutral buildings such as movie theaters, grocery stores, and malls, in the center. This represents the nucleus with the protons (+), neutrons (~). The different shells represent streets in their town all circular. The PERIOD tells them how many streets their town will have.
I then presented the formula 2n2. This tells them the MAXIMUM electron capacity at any given shell. For example, the first shell would be 2(1)2, meaning there can be a maximum number of 2 electrons on the first shell, or following our analogy, 2 houses on the first street. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THERE ARE 2 ELECTRONS THERE Automatically. Let's look at Hydrogen for example:. Hydrogen only has one electron so it only has one "renter" to move into one house. There is still one open house in Hydrogen's Valence shell. Valence, meaning the outmost shell of any given atom. This is the most important shell since it is the one that determines what elements can bond with. We also said that all atoms like to be stable and therefore try to fill all their inner shells before moving to the next one.
We ended the discussion with groups but didn't get to cover it before the bell rang.





Students who correct ALL the mistakes on their returned papers will receive 10 points more. Make your corrections on a separate piece of paper and staple it to the actual paper, turn it in. Example: If you scored a 60 on an assignment and you correct ALL of the mistakes, I will add 10 points to make it a 70.

Entry Task/ Brain Bender:

Duncan Drivel was riding a particularly frisky horse when suddenly its bridle came off. As they raced down the road, a screaming Duncan clung to the horse's ears for dear life. Out of the corner of his eye, Duncan saw a car coming, and realizing the horse was completely out of control, he panicked. Flailing his arms about, he accidentally caused the horse to come to an abrupt halt. What could Duncan have done to make the horse stop?



General Information:



  8 days till Winter Break!...Benchmark testing December 14th & 15th...Kona Ice visit December 13th!...


Study Guides: 

HS Study Guide- Biology & Earth Space Science
BREAK graphic organizer for Text Based writing. (Intensive English)
_________________________________________________

9th Grade  Earth Space Science:

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: How can we use the periodic table to make predictions about an element’s chemical behavior and atomic structure? 
Unit Essential Question: How can valence electrons be used to predict the behavior of chemical compounds?
Unit Essential Question: In what ways can atoms come together to produce different outcomes (products) 
Unit Essential Question: What role do acids and bases play in our daily lives? 

Key Learning Statement:
Students will have a broad understanding that the periodic table is organized by atomic number and chemical properties.

Gravity Lab-  Create your own star system and see how you do as a universe builder.


Homework: 

Read the article: The Crazy Russian. Notes are due On Wednesday 11/29/17 (No extensions)


STEM Sims Logo Digital lab- Chemistry Mixer This lab is being assigned on 11/28/17 and is due by December 8th, 2017

________________________________________________________________________________________

HS Intensive English

 Class Information and Syllabus


Unit Essential Questions: How can emerging scientific evidence change our thinking?  

Brainstorming Question: Is it possible to make anything completely safe or foolproof?  

Agenda: 



Every student should download and register for a Grammarly account. It's free and from now on all work must be word processed.


Homework: 


Context Clues: Sequence Due 12/6/17 Part 1 was done in class for a class grade.

Context Clues: Sequence Quizlet- 3 activities by Monday/Tuesday Dec 11/12

Saving JJ the Whale: In class timing Due 12/7-8/17 Students read the article in class and were given a words per minute score.

Vocabulary Prep Extended

____________________________________________________________________________________

10th Grade Biology 1

 Class Information and Syllabus


Unit Essential Question: How can we use the periodic table to make predictions about an element’s chemical behavior and atomic structure? 
Unit Essential Question: How can valence electrons be used to predict the behavior of chemical compounds?
Unit Essential Question: In what ways can atoms come together to produce different outcomes (products) 
Unit Essential Question: What role do acids and bases play in our daily lives? 

Key Learning Statement:
Students will have a broad understanding that the periodic table is organized by atomic number and chemical properties.

Vocabulary to know: (Quizlet Link) 



Agenda:




Supporting Video- You are to watch this video ON YOUR OWN TIME!


Homework: 

Read the article: The Crazy Russian. Notes are due On Wednesday 11/29/17 (No extensions)

STEM Sims Logo Digital lab- Chemistry Mixer This lab is being assigned on 11/28/17 and is due by December 8th, 2017


Video: How living things are classified- view the video and then take notes in the packet provided. For the activity on page six, find a unique plant, animal or bacteria and classify it according to the instructions. Worksheet can be viewed here.

Storm Updates:

No storms pose a risk to the US currently


Check out the Global currents map!


Science Current Events:


Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note-taking apps




Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows








Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wednesday December 6th, 2017

Today's Quote:

Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD)'s portrait.
'Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.'
~ Steve Maraboli




Recap:

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restive and rewarding Fall Break and we're into the homestretch before Winter Break. I graded all of the work I had turned in before Thanksgiving and I have to admit, I was disappointed. I have been moving at a snail's pace making sure we cover everything in depth, but I can't do that going forward. This is high school and you are expected to copy down your own assignments and stay caught up with them. Case in point; less than 20% of my students turned in their STEM SIMS lab on time. Less than an additional 10% took advantage of my Power Hours and an extra week to get them done. Less than 50% of you completed the argumentation essay I asked you to write even though I gave you an additional two weeks to complete the steps. 
Today we continued our discussion of the atom and the periodic table of ELEMENTS. I defined an element as a pure substance formed only of atoms and can be found in the Periodic table. I used examples of pure substances versus alloys and mixtures. Students also got a brief history lesson about gold miners and economic strategies of mine owners. They also learned where the thumbs up symbol came from.
Since there seemed to be much more comprehension, we branched out our discussion to include What defines a period on the table and what are groups or families. Check out this link: Periodic Table made simple. Imagine rows on the periodic table as sentences in a book. Every time you come to the end of a row, you have reached the end of a sentence. The end of the sentence is a periodThere are seven (7) periods on the periodic table. Every element in a period has the same number of shells within the electron cloud. There can only be a MAXIMUM of 7 shells. I used the analogy of a town they might be planning and they place all the important buildings- police, fire, city hall in the center along with all the neutral buildings such as movie theaters, grocery stores, and malls, in the center. This represents the nucleus with the protons (+), neutrons (~). The different shells represent streets in their town all circular. The PERIOD tells them how many streets their town will have.
I then presented the formula 2n2. This tells them the MAXIMUM electron capacity at any given shell. For example, the first shell would be 2(1)2, meaning there can be a maximum number of 2 electrons on the first shell, or following our analogy, 2 houses on the first street. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THERE ARE 2 ELECTRONS THERE Automatically. Let's look at Hydrogen for example:. Hydrogen only has one electron so it only has one "renter" to move into one house. There is still one open house in Hydrogen's Valence shell. Valence, meaning the outmost shell of any given atom. This is the most important shell since it is the one that determines what elements can bond with. We also said that all atoms like to be stable and therefore try to fill all their inner shells before moving to the next one.
We ended the discussion with groups but didn't get to cover it before the bell rang.





Students who correct ALL the mistakes on their returned papers will receive 10 points more. Make your corrections on a separate piece of paper and staple it to the actual paper, turn it in. Example: If you scored a 60 on an assignment and you correct ALL of the mistakes, I will add 10 points to make it a 70.

Entry Task/ Brain Bender:

How many three-cent stamps are in a dozen?



General Information:



  14 days till Winter Break!... All Homework in ALL classes is now 1 week late...Worth 60% Today, ONLY!... Kona Ice visit December 13th!...


Study Guides: 

HS Study Guide- Biology & Earth Space Science
_________________________________________________

9th Grade  Earth Space Science:

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: How can we use the periodic table to make predictions about an element’s chemical behavior and atomic structure? 
Unit Essential Question: How can valence electrons be used to predict the behavior of chemical compounds?
Unit Essential Question: In what ways can atoms come together to produce different outcomes (products) 
Unit Essential Question: What role do acids and bases play in our daily lives? 

Key Learning Statement:
Students will have a broad understanding that the periodic table is organized by atomic number and chemical properties.

Gravity Lab-  Create your own star system and see how you do as a universe builder.




History of the periodic table and atom Pt 2

Supporting Video- You are to watch this video ON YOUR OWN TIME!

Homework: 

Read the article: The Crazy Russian. Notes are due On Wednesday 11/29/17 (No extensions)


STEM Sims Logo Digital lab- Chemistry Mixer This lab is being assigned on 11/28/17 and is due by December 8th, 2017

________________________________________________________________________________________

HS Intensive English

 Class Information and Syllabus


Unit Essential Questions: How can emerging scientific evidence change our thinking?  

Brainstorming Question: Is it possible to make anything completely safe or foolproof?  

Agenda: 



Every student should download and register for a Grammarly account. It's free and from now on all work must be word processed.


Homework: 


Context Clues: Sequence Due 12/6/17 Part 1 was done in class for a class grade.

Context Clues: Sequence Quizlet- 3 activities by Monday/Tuesday Dec 11/12

Saving JJ the Whale: In class timing Due 12/7-8/17 Students read the article in class and were given a words per minute score.

Vocabulary Prep Extended

____________________________________________________________________________________

10th Grade Biology 1

 Class Information and Syllabus


Unit Essential Question: How can we use the periodic table to make predictions about an element’s chemical behavior and atomic structure? 
Unit Essential Question: How can valence electrons be used to predict the behavior of chemical compounds?
Unit Essential Question: In what ways can atoms come together to produce different outcomes (products) 
Unit Essential Question: What role do acids and bases play in our daily lives? 

Key Learning Statement:
Students will have a broad understanding that the periodic table is organized by atomic number and chemical properties.

Vocabulary to know: (Quizlet Link) 



Agenda:




Supporting Video- You are to watch this video ON YOUR OWN TIME!


Homework: 

Read the article: The Crazy Russian. Notes are due On Wednesday 11/29/17 (No extensions)

STEM Sims Logo Digital lab- Chemistry Mixer This lab is being assigned on 11/28/17 and is due by December 8th, 2017


Video: How living things are classified- view the video and then take notes in the packet provided. For the activity on page six, find a unique plant, animal or bacteria and classify it according to the instructions. Worksheet can be viewed here.

Storm Updates:

No storms pose a risk to the US currently



Check out the Global currents map!


Science Current Events:


Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note-taking apps




Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows