Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Today's Quote:

"We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea." ~Thich Nhat Hanh


We hit the ground running for the second nine weeks with a new seating chart to change up working in class. I spent a few minutes reviewing the rules and responsibilities of the class and school and then we dove right in at all three grade levels. In 6th grade students were introduced to atoms and molecules and the differences between them. I pointed out that atoms are the building blocks of EVERYTHING and are much smaller than cells, which are the building blocks of LIVING things. Atoms are the smallest particle you can have of any element on the periodic table and if you go sub-atomic,  you no longer have an atom. At the sub- atomic level we have protons and neutrons found in the nucleus of the atom, and electrons orbiting the nucleus in the electron cloud. Protons have a + charge and Neutrons are NEUTRAL. Both these particles are roughly the same ass. Electrons on the other hand, are tiny (1/1837th the mass) of an individual proton or neutron. Examples of atoms could be O (oxygen), Au (gold), or N (nitrogen). While atoms are the smallest unit of an element you can have they do vary in size becoming larger as you move down the periodic table.

Molecules, on the other hand, are 2 or more atoms joined together chemically. They are composed of atoms and scientists look at them two ways; with the chemical formula CO2 and the chemical structure. O=C=O. The forumal tells us the number of atoms in the molecule. 1 carbon atom, and 2 oxygen atoms, while the structure shows us how they look and how they will bond and interact with other things. There is a special type of molecule called a macromolecule and these are very large. As an example, we used glucose- C6H12O6 with a structure of :

In 7th grade we started talking about the organelles within the cell. We spoke about undifferentiated cells called STEM cells and watched a brief video of cellular division forming a blastocyst

We just started into the structure of the cellular membrane when the bell rang.

In 8th grade

Brain bender:

Professor Quantum was in the far north gathering evidence on climatic changes caused by the "greenhouse effect". Quantum relayed his findings to the nearest base by shortwave radio. During one radio conversation, Quantum reported the temperature as minus 40 degrees. "Is that Celcius or Fahrenheit?"responded the radiomam. "I couldn't care less which way you record it."replied Quantum. Why would professor quantum have such a cavalier attitude to scientific data?


(This should be written in your planner every day)
Homework to the basket before the bell rings!

  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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