Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Wednesday September 7th, 2016

Today is picture day, No science instruction will take place, so it is up to you to continue on with vocabulary and homework

Today's Quote:


Yesterday was hectic as we tried to get caught up from the weather day and dealt with the necessity of a fire drill to keep people safe. In class, I quickly went over the new vocabulary and told students at all grade levels to begin practicing their words using Quizlet. Many students have already emailed me their final edit of their paragraph and I reminded all classes that I expect these to be word processed and I have made myself available so they can use the computers.

I pointed out that we could not finish the graph and that I had sent a remind to that fact over the weekend. Our data set was still incomplete and I managed to collect two more data points yesterday. If we are still missing one today, we will move forward and just note that in our final report.

We engaged in a brief discussion of what science isn't and I introduced the classes to the Lakota word "wanagi"which loosely translates to ghosts. I pointed out that while I believe in ghosts, no matter how much personal evidence or examples I can give them as to why I believe in ghosts, I can't offer them any real scientific evidence that ghosts are real. We called into question TV shows like Ghost Hunters, where they have all that cool technology to prove the existence of ghosts, yet, it's not real science because their results cannot be replicated with any sort of reliability. Therefore the "science of ghost hunting"is actually a pseudo-science. This lead us into the beginning of a discussion of what constitutes evidence.

Students completed an entry activity called "Doing Science" which can be found on page 93 of the link. This lead to a very informative discussion of student ideas about what is and isn't science. Most of the classes were leaning toward the idea that all scientists must follow the scientific method. While I didn't tell them the correct answer, I asked why they believed this and they said," ït was how we have always been taught- that there is one method that scientists use to keep themselves organized."

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

Architect: 4           Logician: 6           Commander: 3             Debater: 2             Advocate: 17                     Mediator: 22         Protagonist: 6       Campaigner: 24            Logistician: 4       Defender: 6                 Executive: 4         Consul: 14            Virtuoso: 4                   Adventurer: 10      Entrepreneur: 4             Entertainer: 9

Data Set incomplete! ( Missing data from A. Hendrix)

Brain Bender:

John F. Kennedy was the youngest person elected to the presidency. How did it come about that he was the second-youngest to hold this office?


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

1. Turn in the paragraph you edited (make sure YOUR NAME is on it where you did the editing.).

2. Discussion: What is science? What isn't Science? What looks like science, but really isn't science.

3. Graphing using Google Docs.  

How to Use Google Spreadsheet to Make a Graph

4. Discussion of citation and evidence. What is EVIDENCE?

5. The Process of science: Take  SELFIES!

Start with an observation or question.

Establish the question.

Look into the topic.

Formulate a hypothesis (and null hypothesis) (If:then, logical, testable

Investigate the hypothesis

Examine the data- draw conclusions, analysis, perform more trials (how many?)

Share your results (why?)


1.Log into Quizlet and do Vocabulary Set 2. Due Thursday or Friday. Note: your vocabulary test will contain terms from each previous week and will ask you to construct and deconstruct words based on those terms. DO NOT STOP STUDYING PREVIOUS SETS!

2. Create your graph of personalities. Use Google tools or Excel.- Due Thursday and Friday

3. 6th grade graphing w parent help. Due Monday    7th grade graphing w parent help Due Monday    8th grade graphing w parent help Due Monday

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:

Dogs Love To Play, But Why?

The Flooding of America. Why It's Here To Stay.

Anti-bacterial Soaps Deemed Unsafe and Bad For You.

Angry Elves Force Iceland To Uncover Sacred Rock.

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

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