Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Monday August 21, 2016

Today's Quote:


WOW! Thursday and Friday were chock full O'Learning!

First, student set up their vocabulary notebooks in their COWS and we added a few first words. As described in our opening lessons all week, I will primarily teach vocabulary by breaking words down into their prefix, root, and suffix. This is the best way for students to grow their vocabulary, and if they do this all year, I guarantee they will show more than a years growth in science vocabulary. I pointed out this is necessary becasue science has so many highly technical words that it's impossible to teach them all using a method  (whole word learning) designed for the English classroom. I reminded all students that if they come across a word in the readings they do not recognize, the should flip to the appropriate section of their vocabulary notebook and add it to that section. 

Following the set up of their notebooks I handed out their "Science Cheat Sheets". These are a set of quick reference cards for all three grade levels and cover most of the basic Big Ideas in middle school science.

Students then got out their Chromebooks and got down to the nitty- gritty of figuring out exactly who they are. Students discovered their personalized personality type. Their Multiple Intelligence profile, and their Learning styles inventory and wrote all of these down in their syllabus to share with their parents and each other. They were reminded to use this information as they completed their paragraph to share today. An Overview of this information can be found on the bottom of today's blog- post, but each student got a personalized report.

I will be passing out letters for student to take home to their parents today. If you want your child to have a paper textbook at home, then YOU MUST sign the letter and check the box for a book. Once I get the letter back I will send home textbooks. Every child has access to an online electronic text and can get to it by following the instructions below.

 To use the online book, follow these steps:

Log in to your student desktop
Go to your course schedule
Find the subject you want to work in
Click the link for electronic texts.
If you do not have internet access or you are a kinesthetic/tactile learner you should have a paper textbook. Letters will be sent home to parents to request a paper textbook. You MUST bring the letter back signed for a book to be issued. As soon as I have user name and passwords for kids, I will give them to students to write down.

A Dozen Important Brain Based Concepts

Entry Task/ Brain Bender:

(This should be written in your agenda, every day!)

Be prepared to share your paragraph with the class. 

Graphing exercise based on personality types


Put your paragraph into the basket BEFORE the bell rings. I will go through them and ask people to read theirs.


There is no homework this evening

6th Grade Honor's Earth Space Science:

6th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question:
What are the basic ideas behind the process of science?
Key Learning Statement:
Science is a process based upon observational and experimental studies using scientific methods to develop or explore scientific theories or laws. 

7th Grade Honors Life Science

7th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: What methods do scientists use to answer questions and solve problems in the natural world? 
Key Learning Statement: Scientific inquiry involves forming a testable hypothesis and developing a valid investigation using scientific skills and tools to determine if the hypothesis is supported or not supported.  Data from scientific investigations helps scientists explain natural events through the use of scientific theories and scientific laws.  

8th Grade Honors Physical Science

Unit Essential Question: What is required to carry out a valid scientific investigation?  
Key Learning Statement: A valid scientific investigation uses prior knowledge, observations, and empirical evidence to test a hypothesis and draw conclusions that must be validated through repetition and replication. 

Science Current Events:

Modern Migration Patterns Are Changing Due to Climate. See Them Visually Now.

NASA Makes All It's Scientific Research Available FOR FREE!

These Lakes Forming In Antarctica Have Scientists Worried. 

Meet The Animal That Lives For 11,000 Years.

Scientists Levitate A golf Ball Sized Object Using Sound Waves.

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note taking apps

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

How To Predict Your Future From Your Personality Type.

Personality Types:

These will show you the general categories and their traits. Your individual report will show you YOUR percentages of introvert/extrovert. risk. non-risk taking, etc.

The Analysts

The Architect                             
The Logician             
The Commander
The Debater

The Diplomats

The Advocate                                                
The Mediator                           
 The Protagonist
The Campaigner

The Sentinel

The Consul                        The Executive                             The Defender

The Explorers

The Entertainer                     The Entrepreneur                         The Adventurer

The Virtuoso

Your Multiple Intelligence meanings:

Visual-Spatial - think in terms of physical space, as do architects and sailors. Very aware of their environments. They like to draw, do jigsaw puzzles, read maps, daydream. They can be taught through drawings, verbal and physical imagery. Tools include models, graphics, charts, photographs, drawings, 3-D modeling, video, videoconferencing, television, multimedia, texts with pictures/charts/graphs.
Bodily-kinesthetic - use the body effectively, like a dancer or a surgeon. Keen sense of body awareness. They like movement, making things, touching. They communicate well through body language and be taught through physical activity, hands-on learning, acting out, role playing. Tools include equipment and real objects.
Musical - show sensitivity to rhythm and sound. They love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They may study better with music in the background. They can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, tapping out time. Tools include musical instruments, music, radio, stereo, CD-ROM, multimedia.
Interpersonal - understanding, interacting with others. These students learn through interaction. They have many friends, empathy for others, street smarts. They can be taught through group activities, seminars, dialogues. Tools include the telephone, audio conferencing, time and attention from the instructor, video conferencing, writing, computer conferencing, E-mail.
Intrapersonal - understanding one's own interests, goals. These learners tend to shy away from others. They're in tune with their inner feelings; they have wisdom, intuition and motivation, as well as a strong will, confidence and opinions. They can be taught through independent study and introspection. Tools include books, creative materials, diaries, privacy and time. They are the most independent of the learners.
Verbal/Linguistic - using words effectively. These learners have highly developed auditory skills and often think in words. They like reading, playing word games, making up poetry or stories. They can be taught by encouraging them to say and see words, read books together. Tools include computers, games, multimedia, books, tape recorders, and lecture.
Logical -Mathematical - reasoning, calculating. Think conceptually, abstractly and are able to see and explore patterns and relationships. They like to experiment, solve puzzles, ask cosmic questions. They can be taught through logic games, investigations, mysteries. They need to learn and form concepts before they can deal with details.
Naturalistic intelligence- refers to the ability to identify and distinguish among different types of plants, animals, and weather formations found in the natural world. The are most comfortable in a natural setting.

Your Learning Styles Inventory:

  • Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Learning from a computer is a visual style.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music. You learn primarily by listening to something.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch. You prefer to be moving and touching things while you learn.

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