Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Monday October 24th, 2016

Today's Quote:


In 6th grade we used the demonstration table to model the water cycle for the classes. Students described how the cycle worked while watching clouds form within our model and then saw those same clouds begin to cool and fall as rain. The one question that came up was, how do rain drops form? I pointed out that water vapor molecules are much too small to form into larger drops and have to have a nucleation point. These points are microscopic bits of dust and smoke or other pollutants in the atmosphere that allow water vapor a site to gather and form into larger drops. From the USGS website: "For precipitation to happen, first tiny water droplets must condense on even tinier dust, salt, or smoke particles, which act as a nucleus. Water droplets may grow as a result of additional condensation of water vapor when the particles collide. "  The USGS site is an excellent reference source. 

In 7th grade, students worked on solving a mystery; how did Mrs. Kruse fall down the stairs and cut her hand? Students became forensic scientists at the scene collecting evidence and then analyzed the unknown materials found to determine if it was plant or animal cells. Students also got to practice their knowledge of the cell by going to the white board and writing in terms. This exercise demonstrated that they NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME STUDYING!

8th grade students learned how to manipulate parts of a scientific formula using the triangle formulas sheet. I gave them the 5 step problem-solving method and reminded them that, when they complete a problem, I expect to see all 5 steps written out neatly on their paper FOR EACH PROBLEM.  This allows me to go back through their work and pinpoint where they made mistakes. The 5 step method is:

1. Identify and write down the formula you will use.

2. Identify their known and unknown variables and write them down including the units!

3. Plug their variables into the formula, including the units!

4. Solve the problem and make sure they have the correct units!

5. Circle the answer with the units!


You have a cube composed of an unknown metallic substance and it has a mass, determined by using a scale, of 35.7g. By measuring the length (cm) x width (cm) x height (cm) of the cube using a ruler, you determine the cube has a volume of 17.6 ml3. You want to determine the Density of this cube.

Step 1 Density (g/ml3)=Mass(g)/Volume (ml3)

Step 2 D= ?  M= 35.7g    V= 17.6 ml3

Step 3 D= 35.7g/17.6ml3

Step 4 D=2.028g/ml3 rounded to 3 sig fig (significant figures) the answer is:

Step 5 D= 2.03g/ml3  Circled

Following this, students engaged in a practice lab where they measured cubes and then we began using the indirect method for determining the volume of an object that has an irregular shape. While this method works, it is less accurate. What are some of the sources of the inaccuracies? 

 All classes were reminded that they would have a test on Monday.

Brain bender:

Clara Kaufmann has the uncanny ability to be able to listen to the radio, carry on a conversation, or even watch TV while reading a book. One night Clara was watching TV while reading a book when suddenly the power went out. Her husband, unable to find any candles, decided to go to bed. However, Clara kept reading, even though the room was completely dark. How could she continue to read?


(This should be written in your planner every day)

All grade levels have a test today

7th grade test:  When you are done, bring me your computer with your score still showing.

6th grade test: When you are done, bring me your computer with your score still showing

8th grade test: When you are done, bring me your computer with your score still showing

  1. 6th grade-The water cycle 
    1. Differences between atoms and molecules
  2. 7th grade-  Onion skin and cheek cell lab
  3. 8th grade- Density exploration lab

6th Grade Honor's Earth Space Science:

6th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Weather and Atmosphere:
Unit Essential Question: How do the relationships among the five spheres affect life on Earth
How do the relationships among the five spheres affect life on Earth? 
Key Learning Statement: The atmosphere is layered and within these layers are weather patterns that affect life and are caused by interactions among spheres. Water is constantly being recycled through the spheres.  Heat transfer affects the development of weather. 


Watch the video on the water cycle

Draw and label a color diagram of the water cycle. Make sure to use the following terms: Cloud, Condensation, Precipitation, transportation,evaporation, runoff, Aquifer, plants/trees, oceans- Due Thursday and Friday

7th Grade Honors Life Science

7th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Cell Structure and Function
Unit Essential Question: How has technology enhanced our understanding of cells? 

Key Learning Statement: As microscope technology advances, scientists understanding of cells is changing. Scientists continue to grow in their understanding of how a cell's structure and function are related to help maintain homeostasis.


Complete at least 4 activities on Cell Organelles and their functions in Quizlet- Due Thursday or Friday

Watch the video on cell organelles:

8th Grade Honors Physical Science

8th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Properties of Matter
Unit Essential Question: What determines the properties of matter? 
Key Learning Statement: The atom is the basic unit of matter.  The structure, motion, arrangement and energy of the atom determine the properties of matter. 


Complete at least 4 activities in Quizlet on Elements, Compounds and Mixtures- Due Thursday or Friday

Watch the video and take the quiz at the end. 


Science Current Events:

Scientists Accidentally Discover Method for Turning Atmospheric CO2 Into Ethanol

A Super Strong Silk That Conducts Electricity

Two New Rooms Discovered in The Great Pyramid!

What the US Will Look Like When Your Poor Kids Get Older

Marine Mammals Grieve For Their Dead 

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

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