Sunday, March 29, 2015

Science News 03/30-04/03

5th and 8th do not forget about Zondle. The easiest way to study for your CST! 
The expectation is that you play at least two games a day.

For the first time in Blog history, one grade level (8th grade) won a doughnut party. Congratulations!

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5th Grade: Electricity

MS-PS3-2. Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.
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.

This week you will build your own electrical invention. Remember that I provide the batteries, wire and lights, but you must provide any other materials you need. Your working invention is due on Friday and will only be graded if accompanied by the write-up (Items 2-5 in the project page).  
BirdBrainScience reading: "Your space neighborhood"

6th Grade: Biomes
  • MS-ESS3.A: Natural Resources Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.

You will continue to work on your Biomes project. Your website is due on Friday, and remember you will be graded as individuals and as a team. Since it is the end of the term, late/incomplete work cannot be considered for grading. Make sure you review the rubric early!
BirdBrainScience reading: "Earth: The Feature Presentation"

7th Grade: Evolution

  • LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
  • LS4.B: Natural Selection

  • LS4.C: Adaptation

This week we will mostly work with fossils, and how they provide evidence for evolution. We will analyze the fossil record, and dig into the past. Are we really all related?
BirdBrainScience reading: "Hippopotamuses"

8th Grade: Forces and Motion

  • For any pair of interacting objects, the force exerted by the first object on the second object is equal in strength to the force that the second object exerts on the first, but in the opposite direction (Newton’s third law). (MS-PS2-1)
  • The motion of an object is determined by the sum of the forces acting on it; if the total force on the object is not zero, its motion will change. The greater the mass of the object, the greater the force needed to achieve the same change in motion. For any given object, a larger force causes a larger change in motion. (MS-PS2-2)

This is the final stretch for our motion and forces unit. You will continue to work on your rollercoasters, making sure you complete all the requirements. You will have a chance to decorate your coaster and run any final trials you need before presenting your work on Friday (due date). If you are working on the alternate assignment, it is also due on Friday. Since this is the end of the term, late/incomplete work cannot be considered for grading.
BirdBrainScience reading: "How far to the next star?"

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This is the final week of the term. Make sure you have completed all your work.

There will be no school the week of April 6-10. 5th and 8th graders, you will come back to only a couple of weeks until testing. Take this break as an opportunity to study.

Monday April 13, all of AdVENTURE will be going to the Levi stadium field trip. It promises to be a great day for all

Thursday April 16, AdVENTURE 7th graders will have the last professional filming. You have done such a wonderful job, and I just wanted to make sure you know that the film crew is very appreciative of all your efforts.

This week I am available Tuesday,  Wednesday and Friday. 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.

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