Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 14th, 2017

Today's Quote:

'The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.'
~ Rabindranath Tagore

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6th graders Handed in their finished Musical Plates web quest and were reminded that their seismograph models were due in class Wednesday. We showcased a really nice model that was brought in by a student yesterday. After that, we began our talk on mountain building by watching a video clip and pausing to discuss terms and clarify ideas. We will finish the notes today.

7th grade Began the power point over the human reproductive system. I pointed out that the purpose of sexual reproduction is to get your genes into the future and ensure genetic diversity. We then began covering the female reproductive system amid many questions. We will continue the discussion and notes today with the goal of beginning the frog dissection on Thursday and Friday

8th graders watched a short video clip on how to calculate objects in free fall and the three equation needed to make these computations. Initially, students let the equations freak them out, but as the explanations progressed, they seemed to be catching on. We will work through several more problems like this today.

NOTE: egg landers final drop will be postponed until next Tuesday so every student can participate, including those who are on the Washington Trip this week.

Brain Bender:

Sid Graham was working for a large construction company that was very concerned about employee theft. Someone tipped the company that Graham was the man to watch. Each night, he passed through the security gate with a wheelbarrow full of scrap lumber, discarded electrical wires, and chunks of concrete. The security guards checked the contents daily, but could find nothing of value. What was Graham stealing?


(This should be written in your planner every day)
Vocabulary Builder word list

Turn in vocabulary list before the bell so I can get your list back to you to study!
CON-with, togetherconcur, concede, CONSCRIPT
COM-, COR-, COL-together, with, veryCOMPRISE, corrode, collateral
CONTRA-againstcontradict, controversy, contravene
COUNTER-againstcounterfeit, counterclockwise
DE-down, down from, off, utterlydeformed, defoliate, descend, depress
DEMI-half, partly belongs todemisemiquaver, demigod
DIS-, DI-, DIF-apart, in different directionsDIGRESS, divorce, dispute, DISCERN
DU-, DUO-twoduet, duplicate
EM- EN-in, intoembrace, enclose
EX-, E-, EF-, EC-out, out of, from, awayEXTOL, event, expel, evade, ELUCIDATE
Continue with 2 lessons in IXL- Due Friday

7th Grade- Human Reproduction lecture Human Reproductive System. Notes will be turned in on Tuesday

8th grade- 

Motion Webquest Discuss sections 2 and 3 
Create your own universe- Gravity Lab

Solving a problem in freefall.

Solve the following problem for homework. Be sure to DAP and use the 5 step method:

Wil-E-Coyote drops a bowling ball off a cliff to try to catch the Roadrunner. The cliff is 132m high.
 A. How long does it take the ball to fall to the ground? _________________ 
B. What is its impact velocity? _________________ 
C. How far does it fall in the first 3.0 seconds? _________________
 D. How fast is it going at the end of 3.0 seconds? _________________
 E. How long would it take the same ball to fall if the cliff was on the moon (g = 1.63 m/s2 )?

6th grade- Turn in Musical plates project

Periods 1 &2 

Periods 3 & 5 

Mountain building- take notes

Periods 4 & 6 
Take notes over these videos:

Egg Lander Pricing list: As we discussed in class, businesses must balance their choice in production materials with the goal of making a profit. Everyone wants to use the BEST materials, but everyone ALSO wants to make a profit. What happens is, you have to make trade-offs. Choosing alternative materials allows you to ensure quality and safety while still maintaining a healthy profit margin. This is a RISK you take in business. We are going to apply an element of this risk to your egg landers.
The fine print:
  1. You may work individually or as partners.
  2. You must form a corporate name.
  3. You will purchase ALL materials for your egg lander vehicle. (I may have some of them in the class, but I cannot supply everyone, everything) I will supply one "eggstronaut" to each individual or partner group.
  4. You must use the following "risk" points guide when purchasing materials:
  5. If you manage to successfully land your vehicle with your eggstronaut intact and within the target zone, you will get all of your RISK grade points back.
  6. As payment, you will also receive one "get out of test free" card, usable on any regular class test or quiz.
  7. The landing zone: you must land within the target zone. Two grade points will be subtracted from your overall total for every .5 meters outside the target zone. In the real world, precision and accuracy are extremely important and costly in both time and money if they are not part of the constraints of any project.
Materials cost sheet:
        Item purchased:                                                                            Grade point spent:
Food products (Peanut butter, Marshmallow cream excluded)      20pts
Consult with an expert                                                                       15 pts/10 min
Tissue paper (like you wrap gifts in)                                                10pt/2 sheets
Legos                                                                                                   1 pt per Lego
Styrofoam anything                                                                           10pt/2 items
Bubble wrap                                                                                       10pt/3 square inches
Aluminum foil                                                                                     10pt/ 3 square inches
Cotton balls/batting                                                                           10pts/5 each or 1 snack bag                                                                                                                   loosely packed
Sponges                                                                                              10pts/3 square inches
2- liter bottle or plastic bottles                                                          5 pts
drinking straws (10)                                                                           5 pts
Popsicle sticks (10)                                                                            5pts
Small boxes (1)                                                                                   5pts
AC filter media   5cm x 5cm square                                                  5 pts
Ziplock or plastic bags 1 each                                                           2pts
Papertowels each                                                                                2pts
balloons each                                                                                       2pts
sand/soil per 5 g                                                                                   2pts
grocery bags paper or plastic each                                                    2pts
newspaper                                                                                             2 pts per sheet
rubber bands 5 each                                                                             2 pts
hot glue                                                                                                 2pts/stick
Index cards                                                                                           2pts/5
string                                                                                                     2pts/ft
coffee filters                                                                                          2pts each
Scotch tape                                                                                           1 pt/foot
Heavy tapes- duct, packing- reinforced, book binder                                  10pt/foot

Speed and acceleration Notes

Parachute Egg Lander Goals:

  1. Be able to understand Newton's Law of Gravitation and how to apply it.
  2. Know Newton's three laws and how they apply to everyday life.
  3. Be able to describe the motion of a two and three-dimensional object
  4. Show proficiency in designing and building a device capable of landing an egg safely on the ground and calculate how much force it would experience if dropped on Mars.

6th Grade Honor's Earth Space Science:

6th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Earth’s Structure and Changes Over Time

Unit Essential Question: How do the processes of the rock cycle and human activities alter the surface of Earth over time? 
How do the processes of the rock cycle and human activities alter the surface of Earth over time?
Key Learning Statement: The shape of the land changes over time through two major processes, both natural and manmade.  Natural changes occur through weathering, erosion, and deposition which are agents of the rock cycle.  Manmade changes occur through deforestation, urbanization, desertification, air, land, water quality, and change in flow and pollution of water.  

Chapters 10 and 6 in the textbook. If you are out sick, you are expected to read these chapters and if you miss a lab day, you will need to do the chapter section reviews, "Try this"problems and math practice questions for credit.

Homework: IXL nightly

7th Grade Honors Life Science

7th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Human Body
Unit Essential Question: How are the systems of the human body organized so that they work together to maintain homeostasis?

Key Learning Statement: The body is made up of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.  These systems have different functions, working together to maintain homeostasis, and protect against pathogens. 


Biodigital Human App

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. 


Work on egg lander-


Science Current Events:

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

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