Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tuesday September 20th, 2016

Today's Quote:

'Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. 
That's the problem.”
~ A.A. Milne


Yesterday students began our lab over conversion factors with a discussion of how we came up with the two dominant systems used in science. I started with this image:

I pointed out that the reason this image is so funny is because this is actually how the English or Imperial system of measurement began. Kings who assumed the throne would have their foot measured and that became the standard of measure for the entire kingdom. When a new king (or Queen) took the throne the system would change. This is why, when traveling, you will find buildings and castles that are hugely different in size and design. The system was standardized so that confusion would not complicate things. We now have the metric system which is also referred to as the System Internationale. It has been standardized worldwide with the exception of 'Murica where we just like to complicate things. (seriously- it's sheer stubbornness that we don't switch over.) In this system it is easy to convert unit. For example, if I know that there are 10 millimeters in a centimeter and centi means 100, then there are 100 centimeters in a meter and kilo means 1000, so there are 1000 meters in a kilometer. The problem is, that we need to be able to convert from the English system the US uses to the S system used in the rest of the world. Why? Let's say you're walking down the street in France and your shoes magically disappear off your feet. If you went to buy shoes you would be surprised to find sizes like 20, 30, 40, etc. If you couldn't convert your size 10 kicks to the SI system, you'd be stuck trying on shoes all day! After we discussed this we began working on our conversion lab. We worked thorugh the first part after we calculated the MOE ( % error). Student learned how to convert centimeteres to inches and inches to centimeters.

Brain Bender:

How high would you have to count before you would use the letter "A" in the English language spelling of a whole number?


(This should be written in your planner every day)

 1. I will be out this afternoon, (not by choice) for an in-service. Those students will either work on their lab or depending on who the sub is, work on the test using the Chromebooks.

2. Lab safety Rap 


End of unit exam. This went live at 4:00pm yesterday and is due on Wednesday at 11:59 pm

Kids today got to hold and see Anubis, the baby squirrel I rescued. He is not out of the woods yet, but he is eating and his eyes are now open. 

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:

Dinosaurs May Have Cooed and Not Roared.

The Best Graph of Global Climate Teperatures Ever!

Watch the Evolution of Bacteria In Just 10 Days!

Gigantic Sinkhole Opens dropping Over 200 Million Gallons of radioactive Wastewater into the Floridan Aquifer.

Do Animals Possess a Soul?

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

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