Sunday, November 12, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 11/13-11/17


Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...

Dates to Remember:

  • Charity Fair: December 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

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Classroom News

Reminder: RocketLit has started for all grades. Remember that you can re-take it as many times as you need until Friday at 2:30. Once grades are on Schoolloop they are final.


5th Science
This week we start off by analyzing how natural events can disrupt the fragile equilibrium in an ecosystem. We then move on to different types of relationships between organisms in an ecosystem. As we work through these activities, remember that Mr. Cuttatree is thinking about cutting down thousands of trees in the Costa Rican rainforest. start thinking about what you will tell him.

6th Science
You continue to work on your eco-house project. Remember that your build is due on Friday, so you must start construction ASAP. Bring your materials and pay attention to those details.

7th Science
This week you will receive your plants so you can run your preliminary tests. Craft your proceedure, and try out your solution. Make sure you can back everything up and take pictures of what happens. Your newscast is due at the end of the week.

8th Science
This week it is all about creating your FLUXX cards. Keep your focus so that we can have a FLUXX marathon on Friday.

8th Engineering
Your Exploravision project is almost at an end. Read the specifics for your submission on the Exploravision page and make sure that you are complying with all those pesky details. Craft your abstract and be ready to "hit the button" on Friday.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 11/06-11/09

Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...

Dates to Remember:

  • rent Information Meeting: Nov. 8, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • No School in Observance of Veterans Day: Nov. 10.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo.


Classroom News

Reminder: RocketLit has started for all grades. Remember that you can re-take it as many times as you need until Friday at 2:30. Once grades are on Schoolloop they are final.


5th Science
We continue our exploration of how organisms depend on one another for survival. We dig deeply into food chaing and food webs studying what happens in different ecosystems as we add and take away predators.

6th Science
You continue to work on your eco-house project.By now, you know what green aspects you want to add to make your house eco-friendly and are starting to build your house. Remember to keep your materials list updated as you work and think about the function of each of your materials.

7th Science
There has been great chemical spill in our city. It will be your job to "Clean It Up" as you put your knowledge of chemistry to the test. Will the city survive? It is entirely up to you.

8th Science
I have been talking to some of you about developing a science mod for one of my favorite games. This week you will be introduced to the FLUXX project and begin creating paired cocnepts as you craft your own deck to play in class.

8th Engineering
You all have comments in your past and present document. read them and make the necessary corrections before you continue with your plan. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 10/30-11/03

Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...

Dates to Remember:

  • End of Term 2: November 3, 2017
  • Parent Information Meeting: Nov. 8, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo.


Classroom News

Reminder: RocketLit has started for all grades. Remember that you can re-take it as many times as you need until Friday at 2:30. Once grades are on Schoolloop they are final.


5th Science
This week it is all about food chains and food webs. We will start by identifying types of organisms, and construct several models that help explain how all organisms are connected.

6th Science
We start out the week elarning from each otehr as you present your Climate Change project. You will the take on the role of architects as you prepare for the eco-House challenge

7th Science
We continue our explorations on types of reactions. We will have a couple of labs that will allow you to deepen your understanding of bonds as well as the uses of chemical reactions to identify substances. Be ready to shar your knowledge of acids and bases by the end of the week.

8th Science
You will continue your work on youre evolution project. I cannot wait to see all the different organsism you came up with.

8th Engineering
You all have comments in your past and present document. read them and make the necessary corrections before you continue with your plan. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 10/23-10/27

Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...

Dates to Remember:

  • End of Term 2: November 3, 2017
  • Parent Information Meeting: Nov. 8, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo.


Classroom News

Reminder: RocketLit has started for all grades. Remember that you can re-take it as many times as you need until Friday at 2:30. Once grades are on Schoolloop they are final.


5th Science
This week you will be introduced to the fabled Mr. Cuttatree as we begin our unit on interdependence of organisms. We will start by discussing photosynthesis and dig don to just how plants make their own food. we will also begin to cover the idea of how much energy is available to other organisms.

6th Science
You will continue with your Climate Change product. Remember that you are trying to convince people to "change their ways". You have done the research, it is time to develop a compelling product to teach others about how climate change is affecting the world we live in.

7th Science
Now that we know how atoms are rearranged in a chemical equation, it is time to see those effects. we will have a series of labs that will allow you to observe the changes in matter. We will form precipitates, discuss endo and exothermic reactions and change the rate of a reaction. Your balancing skills will be put to the test as we talk about types of chemical reactions. It is not going to be easy, but I promise you it will be fun.

8th Science
We have studied evolution for a couple of weeks. It is time to "show what you know". We start out the week with a quick Mastery Quest. Right after, you will be introduced to our Evolution project. Get yourselves into teams and explore the possibilities. Decide which project is most interesting to you, and get ready to develop thoughtful projects in response.

8th Engineering
You will continue to craft your Exploravision entries. On Monday we will register all teams. This week will take you to the "past" of your technology. Make sure you can discuss the scientific principles behind your technology as well as how it came to be. By Friday, the "past" and "present sections of your entry must be ready!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 10/16-10/20

Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...

Dates to Remember:

  • End of Term 2: November 3, 2017
  • parent Information Meeting: Nov. 8, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo.


Classroom News

Reminder: RocketLit has started for all grades. Remember that you can re-take it as many times as you need until Friday at 2:30. Once grades are on Schoolloop they are final.


5th Science
Our unit on chemistry is just about done. This week you will work on your physical and chemical changes slide deck. You will have one final lab and then use all this knowledge to solve the Matter  Matters mystery. Can you figure out what is in each box? Provide enough evidence and complete your final mastery quest.

6th Science
This week we will work on developing a deep understanding of the effects of climate change. Each of you will be tasked with creating an informational product that analyzes the effects of climate change on different sectors. Gather information and prepare to show what you know.

7th Science
This week it is all about bonds. We know that chemical changes rearrange matter, but just how do we figure out how that matter is rearranged? We will explore ionic bonds and move on to balancing equations as we explore the law of conservation of matter.

8th Science
Now that we have gathered multiple lines of evidence for evolution, it is time to learn how organisms are classified. We will work on cladistics and create cladograms as we put our final touches on the unit and prepare to "evolve humans".

8th Engineering
Exploravision has started. This week it is about brainstorming what you can do for your project. By the end of this week you will not only have selected your team and topic, but you will also have a deep understanding of how your technology currently works.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 10/09-10/13

Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...

Dates to Remember:

  • AdV Student Exhibition Night - October 11 @ 5:00 p.m.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo.


Classroom News

Reminder: RocketLit has started for all grades. Remember that you can re-take it as many times as you need until Friday at 2:30. Once grades are on Schoolloop they are final.


5th Science
This week we continue our exploration of matter. Our efforts will focus on how matter changes in a chemical reaction. A couple of fun labs will help you understand just how new products are created. Be aware of Dr. Popplebots!

6th Science
This week we will focus on Human Impacts. You will create posters that depict how humans have influenced the earth. We will then discuss the greenhouse effect and how humans have changed this delicate balance in nature.

7th Science
Now that you have a deep understanding of how the periodic table works, it is time to begin exploring how atoms in a molecule "work". We will start the week by reviewing how temperature affects matter and then move on to molecules. Remember all those subscripts? It is time to learn more about them as we explore molecules.


8th Science
We continue discussing natural selection, paying close attention to population changes. We will work together to discuss the fossil record and how it provides us with evidence of evolution. Time to look closely for evidence and substantiate our claims based on what we see today.

8th Engineering
We begin the week by preparing for student exhibition night. It is your time to shine and tell us all about what you have been doing. Right after, we will discuss Exploravision entries, and start to think about how the technology we see today has been influenced by society's needs as well as the technology of the past.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 10/02-10/06

Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...

Dates to Remember:

  • 8th grade field trip: 10/06
  • AdV Student Exhibition Night - October 11 @ 5:00 p.m.

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Classroom News

Reminder: RocketLit has started for all grades. Remember that you can re-take it as many times as you need until Friday at 2:30. Once grades are on Schoolloop they are final.


5th Science
This week we will do some research into specific elements. Using the data you collect you will create a fun project that showcases your research skills in a fun way. Are you ready to become the proud parent of an element?

6th Science
As we continue our study of climate change, we will discuss different weather maps and what they can tell us. You will also be tasked with some research into how carbon moves through the lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. How is carbon recycled naturally and what have humans done to change nature's unique balance? These are some of the questions you will be able to answer as you complete the different assignments this week.

7th Science
You will continue to work on your periodic table project. This week I expect your abstracts and tables to be mostly done, ready to present at SEN if you so choose.


8th Science
This week is all about natural selection. What does this actually mean, and how does it drive evolution? These are some of the questions you will be able to answer by the end of the week.

8th Engineering
This week you continue your reverse engineering project. The "take apart" portion is mostly done, and you should begin working in earnest on your manual. do not forget to pay close attention to the different components so that you can complete this project successfully.