Lesson Plans Week of January 8 – 12, 2018

Hello all and welcome to the new year! This will be a really short post as our internet from home is down for some reason today and I’m typing this at Water St. Coffee!

We are starting week 19 of the school year and week 4 of the marking period which ends on Jan 26th.

This week both my 7th and 8th grade classes will continue exploring their respective Project Lead The Way topics–7th grade is Energy and the Environment, 8th grade is Medical Detectives. On Monday, however, we will review our classroom and building procedures and expectations. We will practice 3 procedures specifically–entering the room, think-pair-share, and exiting the room. All students will do a “walk through” of their ISJ to re-familiarize themselves with the work we have accomplished so far and write a reflection on 2017 as we prepare to move purposefully into 2018! Let’s do this thing!!

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Lesson Plans Week of Dec 18 – 22, 2017

This week before our Winter Break is Milwood Spirit Week– each day has a different theme for students to participate in:

Monday – Hat Day, Tuesday – Mismatch Day, Wednesday – Twin Day, Thursday – Sports Team, Friday – Lancer Day. Also, there will be a Tier 1 “Snowball Dance” after school on Thursday from 2:45 to 4:30. Friday we will be on Assembly schedule for a Tier 1 Assembly.

Both my 8th and 7th grade science students will continue with their PLTW units this week, except on Friday when we will engage in some very fun Christmas-themed Stem Projects that will hone their understanding of Engineering Design.

 

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Lesson Plans Week of Dec. 4 – 22, 2017

Science 8: This week we will wrap up the Chemistry Unit and begin Project Lead The Way Medical Detectives. It is the beginning of a new marking period so we will also have a new seating chart, review classroom and lab expectations as well as write a reflection on the first trimester in the ISJ.

Monday

C4.2A Name Simple binary compounds using their formulas, C4.2B Given the name, write the formula of simple binary compounds. 

Warm – up : Science Term of the Week

Lesson Question – How do you name a compound?

Lesson Title “Binary Compounds and Chemical Formulas”

Tuesday

C5.2B Distinguish between chemical and physical changes in terms of the properties of the reactants and products

Warm – up: Science Video Journal of the Week

Lesson Question: How does matter change?

Lesson Title: “Chemical and Physical Changes” Students will go to the Wet Lab to complete 8 Lab Station rotations to explore chemical and physical changes. They will observe endothermic and exothermic reactions and take lab notes in their ISJ.

Homework: Study Guide for Chemistry Unit Assessment on Thursday

Wednesday

Warm – up: Growth Mindset Bell-Ringer

Lesson Question: What are my understandings and learning from the Chemistry Unit?

Lesson Title: “Review for Chemistry Unit Assessment” Students will use their completed Study Guide to quiz each other in preparation for the Unit Assessment on Thursday. The second half of the hour students will compete in teams in Chemistry Jeopardy.

Thursday

Warm-Up: Science Speak Discussion

Lesson Question: I can demonstrate my understanding of Chemistry by completing the Chemistry Unit Assessment on Illuminate. Students will begin their Unit Cover Page in their ISJ for the next Unit — Project Lead The Way, Medical Detectives.

Lesson: Students will complete the Chemistry Unit Assessment on Chromebooks in Illuminate.

Homework: Complete your Cover Page and AHA Connections Pages in ISJ

Friday

Warm-Up: Science Joke of the Week

Lesson Questions for PLTW Medical Detectives:  1)How can patient health be evaluated in a variety of ways, including collecting a patient’s medical history and testing vital signs? 2) What is an epidemic and how does it spread? 3) How do medical professionals use sequential, logical processes to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients? 4) How do health care professionals and scientists investigate medical mysteries?

Lesson Title: “What Is A Medical Detective?” Lesson 1: What Is a Medical Detective?
Students will discover how healthcare professionals act as medical detectives in identifying, treating, and preventing injury and illness in their patients. Students examine patient medical histories and investigate how these histories guide medical detectives to the correct diagnosis and treatment of a particular illness. Students also investigate and collect vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature. Finally, students
research pathogens involved in food borne illness and act as medical detectives in diagnosing and proposing a treatment plan for a patient with a mystery illness.

Students will take a pre-test to determine what they already know about medical processes and the medical profession. Students will be given the Key Terms vocabulary and begin to define the terms in their ISJ pages.


Science 7:  This week we will continue with PLTW “Energy and the Environment” Lesson 3.3 Making An Impact. It is the beginning of a new marking period so we will also have a new seating chart, review classroom and lab expectations as well as write a reflection on the first trimester in the ISJ.

Here are the standards we will address for this section of the PLTW Unit:

MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

 MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

MS-PS3-5 Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

MS-PS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.

MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

 MS-ETS1-3Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

 MS-ETS1-4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

Monday

Warm – up : Science Term of the Week

Lesson Question: How does an individual person make an impact on the environment?

Lesson Title: Lesson 3.3 “Making An Impact”, Students begin activity 3.3.1 on Chromebooks; students will identify ways to calculate how much water their family is using and look at ways it can be reduced.

Tuesday

Warm – up: Science Video Journal of the Week

Lesson Question: What is a Product Life Cycle and why is it important to energy conservation?

Lesson: “What is a Product Life Cycle” presentation. Students will begin Activity 3.3.2 on Chromebooks to research their product’s life cycle and get ready to present it to the class.

Homework: Students bring in their home water bill information (or their best estimates of daily average water usage per person)

Wednesday

Warm – up: Growth Mindset Bell-Ringer

Lesson Question: What do we know about recycling in our community?

Lesson: “Integrated Waste Management”. Students will listen to the presentation to learn the 7 steps of integrated waste management. Student groups and teacher will discuss how these work in our community. Students will watch the following video, then complete activity 3.3.3 “I Made A Difference.”

Thursday

Warm-Up: Science Speak Discussion

Lesson Question: What kinds of careers in sustainable engineering are there and how are these connected to our planet’s need for environmentally sustainable solutions?

Lesson:

  • Students use the internet to complete activity 3.3.4 “Recycle City” using Chromebooks at https://www3.epa.gov/recyclecity/
  • Students will complete Activity 3.3.5 “Heat Transfer Pre-Assessment”

Homework: Look around your home to find examples of 10 things that help us stay warm in the winter  (5) and cool in the summer (5). 

Friday

Warm-Up: Science Joke of the Week

Lesson Question: What kinds of materials insulate and conduct heat the best?

Lesson: Activity 3.3.6 “Heat Transfer”. Students will go to the WetLab and experiment with different materials to learn about heat transfer. Students will complete worksheet 3.3.6 and begin discussion about the creation of their penguin dwellings for next week.

 

 

 

 

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Lesson Plans Week of Nov. 27th – Dec. 1, 2017

Welcome Back from Thanksgiving break. I hope you all had a restful 5 days with your friends and families.  We have another short week this week -no school on Friday (Dec. 1) due to the end of the trimester.

Science 8:

This week and next we will wrap up our Chemistry unit. Our Unit assessment will be on Thursday, December 7th. Right after that we begin our Project Lead The Way “Medical Detectives” unit. Students will learn how medical professionals use sequential, logical processes to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients.  I am hoping to have a few guest speakers come to our classroom to talk about what this looks like in their professions in the medical field.

Science 7:

This week we will be starting our 7th Grade Project Lead The Way Unit “Energy and the Environment.”  Students will be investigating the topic of heat transfer, and this will culminate in the design of a Penguin Dwelling–just in time, too, as I hear our true Michigan winter is on its way to us!

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Lesson Plans Week of Nov. 20th , 2017

Well Milwoodians:

We arrive at Thanksgiving week and we have much to be thankful for. We are thankful for our Milwood Middle School Community– our parents, teachers, administrators, coaches, support staff, para-educators, security team, breakfast and lunch providers and custodians. All of us work together daily to ensure that our students are safe, warm, well-fed, rested and ready to learn to their greatest potential! We all wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving break and hope you enjoy your precious time with family.

Science 8:

On Monday we will complete our explorations into predicting chemical reactivity by finishing our Bohr Models and Periodic Table coloring. Both of these work products will be added to the ISJ (Interactive Student Journal). ISJ’s will be left in the room over the Thanksgiving break so that I can provide feedback to students on these very important tools of learning. On Tuesday, we will finish watching the NOVA documentary “Hunting the Elements” and finalizing Lancer Notes.

Science 7:

We are wrapping up our “Off the Grid” Unit this week. Monday we will go over the study guide and we will have a final assessment on Tuesday. When we return from the break, we will begin our Project Lead the Way unit which is an extension of learning about how energy is harnessed and used in our daily lives.

 

 

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Lesson Plans Week of Nov. 13 – 17, 2017

Science 8

Monday there will be a Guest Teacher in my room for 8th grade science as I will be on the Nature Center Field Trip with the Vanguard 7th graders. 8th Graders will watch the very excellent PBS NOVA video called “Hunting the Elements” and there will be a worksheet with questions to fill out as you watch. The rest of the week will be devoted to learning about chemical reactivity and how it can be predicted with understanding of the structure and organization of the Periodic Table. Students will undertake a project to demonstrate their knowledge of one of the elements on the Periodic Table and will share these presentations within their small groups. There will be homework on Tuesday and Thursday (make sure to take one from the red box in the back of the room!) and a Periodic Table quiz on Friday.

Science 7

We will be involved in a very exciting field trip to the Nature Center on Monday! Our team teachers are looking forward to spending this time with our 7th graders outside the classroom– making connections with nature and each other!

For the rest of the week we are continuing our studies in the MiStar unit called “Off the Grid.” I hope your students are talking to you about the many different ways we can capture and transform energy from the world around us to help meet our needs.

Standards addressed-

MS-PS3-1 Motion Energy is properly called kinetic energy; it is proportional to the mass of the moving object and grows with the square of its velocity

Homework is on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

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Lesson Plans Week of 11-6 to 11-10, 2017

Hello Milwoodians!

We are in week 10 and students are very much settled into the rhythm of the school year. This week another progress report will be coming home so you can get a really good look at just where you stand in Science. Please stay on top of all your classwork and homework so that we can move in to our “busy” season with our heads held high with Lancer Pride! Here is what is up for this week:

Science 8:

We begin our Chemistry unit with an exploration around the structure of atoms–and this exploration will be edible! Our essential question is “What is matter?”, so to begin we will need to understand the basics of the smallest unit of matter– the atom.

Here are the standards we’ll address-

C4.8A Identify the location, relative mass and charge for electrons, protons and neutrons.

C4.8B Describe the atom as mostly empty space with an extremely small dense nucleus consisting of the protons and neutrons and an electron cloud surrounding the nucleus.

C4.8C Recognize that protons repel each other and that a strong force needs to be present to keep the nucleus intact.

MS-PS1-4 Gases and liquids are made of molecules or inert atoms that are moving about relative to each other.  In a liquid, the molecules are constantly in contact with others; in a gas they are widely spaced except when they happen to collide. In a solid atoms are closely spaced and may vibrate in position but do not change relative locations

There are lots of ISJ foldables for this unit, so have your scissors and colored pencils sharpened and your glue ready.

There will be Homework on Tuesday and Thursday, and a quiz on Friday!

Science 7:

We are continuing our studies in the MiStar unit called “Off the Grid.” I hope your students are talking to you about the many different ways we can capture and transform energy from the world around us to help meet our needs.

Standards addressed-

MS-PS3-1 Motion Energy is properly called kinetic energy; it is proportional to the mass of the moving object and grows with the square of its velocity

Homework is on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

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