Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wednesday October 26th, 2016

Today's Quote:


In 6th grade students engaged in a demonstration of how CO2 affects insolation. We took two demo tanks and set them up on the table and then added a thermometer to each, covered them, and put an infra-red heat lamp on them to represent the sun. We then added some baking soda (NaHCO3) to a cup and then set the cup into one tank. We then added some vinegar (CH3COOH), which is an acid, then covered the tank quickly to trap the CO2 gas being created. In this way we had a control tank representing the normal atmosphere and a test tank representing an atmosphere with extra CO2 in it. Students then took the temperature ever two minutes for a total of 5 observations. We will graph this data today ad draw some conclusions.

7th graders  engaged ina speed round of "Name that Organelle" and realized that many of them need to rewatch the video posted under homework, below. We jumped into our lab and learned how to make a slide using iodine stain and began the onion skin, cheek cell lab. It was really cool, because in one slide from first period we saw new cells being formed from the fresh onion cuts. Students will continue the lab today.

8th-grade classes worked a density problem as an entry task and then attempted to determine if the "rock"they had was worth keeping or tossing away. Once that was done, we began the lab on sinking and floating and students, through table talk, came up with a few new terms like buoyancy. We will continue the lab another time as today they will be on a field trip to West Port HS.

Brain bender:

If a wheel has 64 spokes, how many spaces are there between the spokes? EXplain why?


(This should be written in your planner every day)

7th grade- finish lab

 6th grade- finish climate change notes

8th grade- lab 

  1. 6th grade-climate change
  2. 7th grade-  Onion skin and cheek cell lab

  1. 8th grade- Sinking and Floating 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.


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. 



Science Current Events:

Undead Genes Come Alive After You Die! ZOMBIES!

Geomagnetic Strom Going On Right Now!

How Scientists Successfully Treated a Bat For White Nose Disease

Is It Bad To Hold Your Pee?

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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