Saturday, August 29, 2015

News 08/31-09/04

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Dates to Remember:

  • Back to School Night (parents only) - September 3, @ 6:00 p.m.
  • AdV Parent Information Mtng - September 16 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • AdV Student Exhibition Night - October 21 @ 5:00 p.m.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo and/or sign up for after school help. This week I am only available Wednesday until 3:30 p.m.

Classroom News

All science classes have begun weekly blogs. Blogs are due Sunday at midnight. You can expect me to begin grading Monday at 8:00 a.m.
  • Fifth graders are only working with two components right now (image and summary). Click here for a full credit example from one of your classmates.
  • Sixth and seventh graders must have the three components (image, summary and science practices). Click here for a full credit example from one of your classmates.
If you are unsure about how to avoid a zero for your weekly blog, watch this video tutorial that explains what you need to do. Link to tutorial:

If you are attempting to open your rubric for an assignment or blog post on Edmodo, and it does not seem to work, watch this video tutorial that walks you through how to look at the rubric. Link to tutorial:

5th Science

This week you will do your first experiment! We will work together to learn to write a lab report as we explore the Mystery of the "Double Stuffed Oreo cookies". With that information in hand, you will take a brief quiz on Wednesday. You will learn how to write a Lab Report, and then begin drafting your Letter to the Board of Education. Can you convince them to save science?

6th Science
Can you imagine creating your own experiment? As you come up with ideas, you will learn how to write a lab report, and yes, conduct your very own experiment to answer an interesting question that you come up with. You will record your findings in your first Lab Report. On Wednesday, you will take a quiz on the Scientific method. Towards the end of the week you will begin working towards creating a Scientific Method Cartoon.

7th Science
You chose your scientists last week. This week you will work on your Scientist Wanted poster as you practice your research skills. Make sure you keep your sources updated using the CITE-IT rubric! You will present your posters on Tuesday, September 8.

8th Engineering

This week you will discover the Engineering Design Process (EDP) by watching engineers go about their business. This will lead into your first Engineering Design Challenge where you will come up with ideas to safeguard people from head injuries. Submit your purchase order by Friday so you can build your prototype next week.