Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Monday, March 27, 2017

Today's Quote:

'World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.' ~ Dalai Lama


In 8th grade classes We began our discussion of forms of energy, but we didn't get very far. Classes got their new seating charts and we reviewed several of the areas they were weak in according to the DBMA  FCAT Facts in a Flash.
7th grade classes began our in-depth discussion of Mendelian genetics and they got really excited as we started talking about how traits come to be physical expressions on the body. We also spent time reviewing the areas they are weak in according to their DBMA test results.
6th grades spent time reviewing the areas they were weak in according to their DBMA results. Following that we dove into a discussion of the Inner planets in the solar system. Students are still having problems identifying their own sun as a star named Sol, so I attempted to clarify this misconception.


1. A student calculated the density of two sample masses of copper pennies by dividing the mass of the pennies by the volume of the pennies. The student recorded his data in the table below, but forgot to record the volume of the 400-gram sample.   
What is the approximate volume of the 400-gram sample of pennies? 
A. 1 cm 3 
B. 36 cm 3 
C. 45 cm 3 
D. 56 cm 3

2. When a pizza is put into a hot oven it undergoes a change. How is the heat from the oven changing the pizza? 

3. Which organ helps the body maintain a constant temperature by releasing water and heat? 


Sam Slug got out of jail and pushed his car to the St. James Place Hotel. When he arrived he realized he was bankrupt. How could this financial disaster be explained?


STEAM Sims: Multicolored Dice  Username: Allisont Student < Case sensitive>  Password: HorizonSTEAM
STEAM Sims: Solar Cells    Username: Allisont Student < Case sensitive>  Password: HorizonSTEAM
6th grade-  The Solar System
STEAM Sims: Weather   Username: Allisont Student < Case sensitive>  Password: HorizonSTEAM

HOMEWORK ALL GRADES: IXL two targeted lessons using your benchmark


7TH Grade:

                                                                  Watch the video and take notes!

UNIT/ORGANIZING PRINCIPLE: Heredity and Reproduction PACING: 6 weeks 
Benchmarks SC.7.L.16.1 Understand and explain that every organism requires a set of instructions that specifies its traits, that this hereditary information (DNA) contains genes located in the chromosomes of each cell, and that heredity is the passage of these instructions from one generation to another.
 SC.7.L.16.2 Determine the probabilities for genotype and phenotype combinations using Punnett Squares and pedigrees.
 SC.7.L.16.3 Compare and contrast the general processes of sexual reproduction requiring meiosis and asexual reproduction requiring mitosis.
 SC.7.L.16.4 Recognize and explore the impact of biotechnology (cloning, genetic engineering, artificial selection) on the individual, society, and the environment.

SC.7.N.1.5 Describe the methods used in the pursuit of a scientific explanation as seen in different fields of science such as biology, geology, and physics.
 SC.7.N.3.2 Identify the benefits and limitations of the use of scientific models.
 HE.7.C.1.7 Describe how heredity can affect personal health.

SC.912.L.16.2 Discuss observed inheritance patterns caused by various models of inheritance, including dominant, recessive, codominant, sexlinked, polygenic, and multiple alleles.

SC.912.L.16.14 Describe the cell cycle, including the process of mitosis.  Explain the role of mitosis in the formation of new cells and its importance in maintaining chromosome number during asexual reproduction.

SC.912.L.16.16 Describe the process of meiosis, including independent assortment and crossing over.  Explain how reduction division results in the formation of haploid gametes or spores. 


 Watch the video and take notes!

Benchmarks SC.912.P.10.1 – Differentiate among the various forms of energy and recognize that they can be transformed from one form to others. 
SC.912.P.10.2 – Explore the Law of Conservation of Energy by differentiating among open, closed, and isolated systems and explain that the total energy in an isolated system is a conserved quantity. 
SC.912.P.10.4 – Describe heat as the energy transferred by convection, conduction, and radiation, and explain the connection of heat to change in temperature or states of matter.  
SC.912.P.10.5 – Relate temperature to the average molecular kinetic energy. 
SC.9.12P.10.6-Create and interpret potential energy diagrams, for example: chemical reactions, orbits around a central body, motion of a pendulum (also covered in Changes of Matter and in Energy). 
SC.912.P.10.11 – Explain and compare nuclear reactions (radioactive decay, fission and fusion), the energy changes associated with them and their associated safety issues. 
SC.912.P.10.12 – Differentiate between chemical and nuclear reactions. 
SC.912.P.10.14 – Differentiate among conductors, semiconductors and insulators. 
SC.912.P.12.11 – Describe phase transitions in terms of kinetic molecular theory. 
SC.7.P.11.4 – Observe and describe that heat flows in predictable ways, moving from warmer objects to cooler ones until they reach the same temperature. 

you MUST have your rocket here, in class by March 10th, 2017

What's inside our solar system?- Write your answers in your COW under today's date.

Watch Video and Take Notes!

Homework over Spring Break and the week after: Keep a Moon Journal! Every night, make an entry in your COW diagramming what the moon looks like. This will be due the day we return to school

UNIT/ORGANIZING PRINCIPLE: Astronomy (The Solar System) PACING: 3 Weeks

Benchmarks SC.8.E.5.4 Explore the Law of Universal Gravitation by explaining the role that gravity plays in the formation of planets, stars, and solar systems and in determining their motions. SC.8.E.5.7 Compare and contrast the properties of objects in the Solar System including the Sun, planets, and moons to those of Earth, such as gravitational force, distance from the Sun, speed, movement, temperature, and atmospheric conditions.  SC.8.E.5.8 Compare various historical models of the Solar System, including geocentric and heliocentric. 

SC.8.E.5.9 Explain the impact of objects in space on each other including: 1. the Sun on the Earth including seasons and gravitational attraction 2. the Moon on the Earth, including phases, tides, and eclipses, and the relative position of each body. 

SC.8.E.5.10 Assess how technology is essential to science for such purposes as access to outer space and other remote locations, sample collection, measurement, data collection and storage, computation, and communication of information. 

SC.8.E.5.12 Summarize the effects of space exploration on the economy and culture of Florida. (Not assessed on FCAT) 

SC.6.N.2.2 Explain that scientific knowledge is durable because it is open to change as new evidence or interpretations are encountered. 

SC.6.N.2.3 Recognize that scientists who make contributions to scientific knowledge come from all kinds of backgrounds and possess varied talents, interests, and goals. 

SC.6.N.3.2 Recognize and explain that a scientific law is a description of specific relationship under given conditions in the natural world.  Thus, scientific laws are different from societal laws. 

SC.6.N.3.4 Identify the roles of models in the context of the sixth grade science benchmarks. 

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