Sunday, February 1, 2015

Science News 02/02 - 02/06

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I am now using two different websites to increase science literacy. Every class will have at least one BirdBrain Science reading assignment a week. The score on the quiz will go in the gradebook. NewsELA will be used for interest readings. Every NewsELA quiz score of 100% will give one EC point at the end of the term. 

  • MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. 
  • MS-PS1-3. Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. 
  • MS-PS1-4. Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
We are done with our background research on Matter. We now know what matter is made of, what is the difference between a compound and a mixture, and even how to separate mixtures. We will move on to opening the Mystery Boxes and begin developing our Element baby books. The baby books are due February 12.
ZONDLE Extra Credit Opportunity: Students that create a zondle account this weekend (head over to Edmodo to see the class code), and start studying will receive 5 EC points for each topic mastered at 100%.

6th Grade: River Studies 
  • MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
  • MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.

Most of you have moved on to building the model of your river. Yay! If you have not, you should consider stepping up the pace. By the end of this week, I should be able to see the scripts/storyboards for your documentary. We will begin the presentations for your documentaries on February 12.

7th Grade: Genetics
  • MS-LS3-1.   Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.
  • MS-LS3-2.   Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.

One last lesson on Epigenetics before we move on to our EOU project. You will have an opportunity to decide on an aspect of genetics to focus on, and become the expert for your group. This will be your research week.

8th Grade: Chemistry-Bonding

  • MS-PS1-2 Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. 
  • MS-PS1-4. Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. 

You are finishing up your chemistry projects. Chemical Spill Newscasts and Chemistry for dummies books have to be ready by Friday, February 6th (Due date). Come prepared with props and whatever you need to film as there will not be another opportunity to complete the project.
ZONDLE: Students that average 100% on the last three plays in any given topic earned 5 EC for each.
Zondle EC totals this week :
Valerie- 5
Chris- 35
Nick- 5
Kaitlyn- 40
Anthony- 10
Lauren A- 35
Carlo- 5
Antonio- 5
Trevor- 30
Anna- 15

This week I am only available Tuesday. If you are planning on staying (until 3:30), you must have a specific Science-related issue that needs my help, and sign up on the board by lunch time. If what you need is to work on blogs, you will be asked to go to the library.

Thank you all for returning your Green Intent to return forms. It looks like the vast majority of you is planning to return. Remember that you do not have to do anything else. However, if you have a sibling coming remind your parents to pick up a School of Choice application AND indicate ADVENTURE as the choice.

AdVENTURE Honors Awards - February 11, 2015 
There will be an Honors Assembly for 5th & 6th graders at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Parents are welcome to attend. The 7th & 8th graders will have Honors Night, with the Herman students, at 6:00 p.m. for 7th grade and 7:00 p.m. for 8th grade. All students will be notified if they will be receiving an award.

Make sure you are completing all your work on time. Don't be caught unaware!