We are definitely into the “home stretch” for the year and I am encouraging everyone to stay focused and finish strong! Both my 7th and 8th grade will be starting Reproductive Health on Wednesday and we will finish the year with that topic in both grade levels. Students will bring home a completed booklet/worksheets to share with their families – thank you for letting your child participate in this important learning! I hope you have a safe and restful summer!
This is the last week of this shorter marking period (5 weeks instead of 6) and we have a half day on Friday, a.m. schedule.
We will complete Lessons 2 and 3 of the MiSTAR unit on Natural Hazards. There will be no homework assigned this week– it is a Lancer week.
We will complete the Cells Unit this week and get ready for the Post test on Monday, next week. There will be no homework assigned this week– it is a Lancer week.
8th graders will take the M-Step tests for Science and ELA on Tuesday, Hours 1 – 4, so there will only be homework on Tuesday.
This week I plan to have us do Lesson 2 and then begin Lesson 3 of MiStar Natural Hazards. The lesson questions are:
How can we use patterns to reduce the harmful effects of natural hazards? Where do different natural hazards occur?
Students will also be introduced to the Unit Challenge which guides our inquiry throughout the unit.
We will complete the Preparation for the Wisconsin FastPlants on Monday. The rest of the week will be spent completing our Sexual and Asexual reproduction webquest and vocabulary boxes. The post test for Cells, Plants and Photosynthesis is on Friday.
There will be homework on Tuesday and Thursday.
Hello All and Welcome Back!!
I hope you are all rested and ready to return from our “spring” break–the question seems to be “When will spring really get here?” I’m hearing that warmer weather is on the way in a week or so– let’s hope so! Some exciting news for all Science teachers in the district is that we will now be 1:1 on Chromebooks in our Science classrooms!! I believe my Chromebook cart will be delivered this week some time. This is VERY timely as the MiSTAR curriculum requires a LOT of paper copies. I’m hoping to be able to do as much of the student work on Chromebooks in Google Classroom as possible. Here’s what up for us this week:
We will begin the unit called Natural Hazards this week from MiSTAR. I am new to this curriculum so I plan to be flexible about our pacing. As I see it, we will be working on this unit until the end of the 2nd or 3rd week in May. This week I plan for us to get through Lesson 1 and Lesson 2. The lesson Question is :
- How can science and engineering help protect people from natural hazards?
There will be homework on Tuesdays and Thursdays as usual. (UPDATE: there will only be Thursday homework, due to M-Step testing) Remember, homework is due minimally one week from when it is assigned. Late homework will not be accepted after one week from issue per the KPS District policy. This is mainly to cut down on the numbers of papers that get turned in on the last day– remember this is your 9th grade year!
ALL 8TH GRADERS WILL BE TAKING THE M-STEP TEST FOR MATH ON TUESDAY 4/10 DURING HOURS 1-3, SOCIAL STUDIES ON WEDNESDAY 4/11 DURING HOURS 1 – 3, AND ELA AND SCIENCE NEXT TUESDAY 4/17 DURING HOURS 1 – 3.
We will continue our unit on Cells, Plants, and Photosynthesis. On Monday we will plant seeds in preparation for an inquiry lab into the essentials for growth. On Wednesday we will go to the Wetlab to dissect flowers in order to learn the structures involved in sexual reproduction in tulips. Students will take careful notes and drawings in their ISJs. There will be homework on Tuesdays and Thursdays as usual. Remember, homework is due minimally one week from when it is assigned. Late homework will not be accepted after one week from issue per the KPS District policy. This is mainly to cut down on the numbers of papers that get turned in on the last day!
This is a short week; Friday (2-23-18) will be no school for Mid-Winter Break.
We will continue the investigation into the “murder mystery.” Students will put together the last piece of evidence by performing gel electrophoresis on a DNA sample. They will then submit their team’s report as to “who done it!” We will wrap up the short week with a reflection on the Medical Detectives PLTW unit and view a CSI episode to identify as many of the learned techniques as possible.
We begin our Chemistry unit this week! Students will begin with investigations into solids, liquids, and gases. Students will develop and demonstrate models for all three states of matter and share them with the class. Each day will feature a different “mini” lab experience that will challenge the students to think deeply about what they know, and develop questions about what they want to know. We will also begin practicing “civil discourse” so as to be able to immerse ourselves in the scientific argumentation necessary to develop sound conclusions based on observed phenomena.
Homework will be given on Tuesday only.
I hope everyone enjoyed the extended weekend and got a chance to get out there and play in the snow! I want to thank all the parents and families who stopped in to celebrate the accomplishments of their students last Thursday. It was great to be able to let you see the creative things your students are working on in the Science classroom. The 8th graders were very proud to show off their “brains” and the 7th graders their wind turbines. For parents who were unable to come to conferences, remember to touch base with a phone call and keep checking Home Access Center to stay up on your child’s grades. Here’s what’s up this week:
We continue in to the next and last phase of PLTW Medical Detectives. This week the students will be introduced to the field of forensic science where they will solve a staged “murder” by putting many science techniques to use. We will learn about “algor mortis” to determine time of death and how forensics labs isolate and classify DNA evidence left at a crime scene. The formal assessment planned for last Friday (on the parts of a sheep brain) will be given on Tuesday this week.
We will wrap up our design projects for PLTW wind turbines and determine a “grand winner.” We will de-brief the design process and talk about ways to make our design groups work even better in the future. The remainder of the week will be devoted to Olympics – inspired STEM challenges in honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics and to continue to practice working in design groups. The formal assessment planned for last Friday (on the parts of a wind turbine) will be given on Tuesday this week.
Homework will be assigned on Tuesday and Thursday
Welcome back all! Today starts the 2nd week of our 4th marking period. Conferences have been re-scheduled to Thursday, Feb 8th, 1 – 7 p.m. We have a half day, a.m. schedule on that day.
On Monday, Loy Norrix counselors will be in the building scheduling classes for our 8th graders. With any time intervening Monday and on Tuesday we will complete the sheep brain dissections and finalize the lab report for that activity. The rest of the week will be devoted to Medical Detectives PLTW activities that culminate in the extraction of the students’ own DNA!
This week we will concentrate on completing our PLTW wind turbine builds. Much of the actual testing to determine the design team winner will be conducted in the classroom as we are sharing lab space with other science teachers who have been graciously flexible during our illness outbreak and Student Led Conference rescheduling.
Homework will be assigned on Tuesday only this week.