Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Monday, August 29, 2016

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Today's Quote:


Today we finally got into the graphing presentation as students lead the discussion after learning how to use the SmartBoard. We started off by teaching students how to remember that the X axis is ALWAYS the horizontal one ( the one laying down) and the Y- axis is always the vertical one. (standing up) I told them that I remember the X- axis, because I see dead people. While this sounds strange, I asked them what a dead person does and they said they lay down. I then asked them how they know it's dead and not just sleeping, (referring to the stick figure I wrote on the board). They said that, in cartoons, they are usually dead if they have X's on their eyes, so I drew two X's. There you have it! The X- axis is the one that lays down because Ï see dead people. I then asked the classes where the Z axis is. After several attempts and hearing their misconceptions, I pointed out that to see the Z axis we would have to pretend the SmartBoard wasn't mounted on the wall, but instead was mounted in the middle of the class. The Z- axis allows us to begin to graph a 3-dimensional world so it is the axis that originates at the intersection of the X and Y axis but runs out into the class and behind the SmartBoard.

After that, I pointed out that in science, the Independent variable (test) is ALWAYS represented on the X- axis. and the Dependent variable (outcome) is always represented on the Y-axis. We then went on to say that when constructing a good graph title it will always follow the formula, Y vs X. If I were testing the effects of an amount of fertilizer on plant growth. The amount of fertilizer is my Independent variable- because I am changing the amounts and the plant growth is the dependent variable. A good graph title then would be (Y vs X) The Growth Of Plants Over The Amount Of Fertilizer Applied.

Students also pointed out that there must be an accurate title on each axis as well as the units the values are measured in. Students pointed out that the values must have regularly spaced intervals (literally "the space between values"). In other words, you could not start off counting by two's and then switch to fives. Students also remembered that graphs don't always have to start at zero.

Required Dataset for graph: ( All classes included in counts) 

Architect:                         Logician:                   Commander:             Debater:                         Advocate:                        Mediator:                  Protagonist:              Campaigner: 21         Logistician:                      Defender:                 Executive:                  Consul:                           Virtuoso:                          Adventurer:             Entrepreneur:             Entertainer: 9

Data Set incomplete!

Brain Bender:

Dan Manly was visiting his hometown when an old friend called out, "Hey Dan, how have you been? It must be 15 years since we last saw each other."

"At least that,"replied Dan. "I've been keeping well, but tell me about yourself." Dan's friend answered, "I'm married now, but to someone that you wouldn't know. By the way, this is my daughter." Dan looked down at the little girl and asked her name. "It's the same as my mother's, "the little girl replied. "Then I bet your name is Susan, "said Dan. How could he know this?


(This should be written in your planner every day)
Graphing Basics PowerPoint- student lead discussion- continue on from Scatter plot

1. Quizlet vocabulary should be completed for a grade.

2. Show me your paragraph and then exchange it with another student for editing tonight. (If you e-mailed it to me come see me to get it e-mailed back to you

Shots From the Class!


1. Quizlet vocabulary should be completed for a grade.

2. Show me your paragraph and then exchange it with another student for editing tonight. (If you e-mailed it to me come see me to get it e-mailed back to you. You are to edit your friend's paragraph - Due Thursday and Friday.

3. The Quizlet Vocabulary test will go live at 6:00PM and be open till 12:00am. Do it in this time.

4. Read the following article to further clarify information on graphing. Article explaining graphing differences between math and science. This MAY be on your upcoming test.

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:

BE PREPARED! Latest Track as of Tuesday Morning 4am

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note taking apps

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

Where Did Words Come From?

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 Sentinels

The Consul 
The Defender
The Logistician

The Explorers
The Entertainer
The Entrepreneur                         
The Adventurer

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. A 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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