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5800 SE Ash St | Portland, OR 97215
Phone: (503) 916-5646 | Fax: (503) 916-2659

Roger Groom

Science Rocks!

Thanks for coming to Back-to-School Night!  Hope it was meaningful for you.  

ALSO, REMEMBER TO TURN IN THE CONFERENCE TIME REQUEST FORM ASAP - they're officially due on Friday, Sept 26, but first to turn in are more likely to get the times they request!


We're in full swing in Science already.  8th graders are in the "Erosion and Deposition" unit and learning about how the Earth's surface changes over time.  6th graders have begun the "Studying People Scientifically" unit and we're working on improving science skills.

CHECK PARENTVUE to see how you child is doing in his/her classes.  Look on the main Mt. Tabor homepage for a link to ParentVUE. 

Just a reminder:  Students really need to bring tape for this class.  Also, for those that need it, I have the textbook available in Spanish on a CD-ROM.  You can borrow it and download to computer at home.

Final note: keep informed of latest Science news by reading Daily Science.  It's a great resource to see how Science plays out in daily lives.  If interested, you can sign up daily e-mails, too.  Click on the link to the image to the left to take you there!



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SCIENCE NOTEBOOKS:  Use the links below to see what the Notebook should look like!  Mac users: if you can't see attachment in Firefox, try Safari.


6th Grade Notebook!

 To be updated soon!



8th Grade Notebook

To be updated soon!



Beginning of Year Paperwork

6th Grade Welcome Letter
8th Grade Welcome Letter
PPS Science Safety Agreement and Signature Page (Para Espanol, haz clic aqui)
Assessment and Behavioral Policies  (Para Espanol, haz clic aqui)
Science Notebook Expectations and Rubric
Quiz Retake and Academic Assignment Revision Policies
Directions on how to access the Online Student Textbook


Also, the new textbooks are online!  Click on the link below and get username and password from the student notebooks. 
SEPUP Textbooks Online or try this link, too:  Online Textbook.   Click on "Student" in the upper right hand corner and then input the username and password given to students at the beginning of the year (which should be on the inside cover of their Notebook!).


Next Generation Science Standards
Here is a link to the NGSS that we'll be transitioning to this year: http://www.nextgenscience.org/three-dimensions 
From this page, you can read all about the three dimensions of Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. 



2014-2015 6th Grade Biology Calendar

As months pass, monthly calendars will be put on the Archived Calendar page (in sidebar to the left).


6th Grade Biology, September 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1

LABOR DAY
2

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

DUE:


TODAY:
Didn't see Period 3 today so spent time with the other classes getting to know a little about the room and we did a textbook scavenger hunt.

HOME EDUCATION
:
None

HANDOUTS:

Welcome Letter



3

DUE:
Beginning of year paperwork - turn in to Period 1 teacher.

TODAY:
We reviewed the Welcome Letter in detail and got students used to some of the processes of the class.  Then, afternoon classes had some time to do some introductions and "get to know ya" activities.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Show Welcome Letter to parents/guardians.

HANDOUTS:
6th Grade Welcome Letter


4

DUE:


TODAY:
We spent the bulk of the period reviewing the PPS Science Safety Agreement.  Students are expected to review it with parents/guardians, and all are supposed to sign the signature page and return them to school.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Review PPS Safety Agreement

HANDOUTS:

PPS Science Safety Agreement
PPS Safety Agreement Signature




5

DUE:
PPS Safety Agreement Parent/Guardian Signature

TODAY:
Students got their 1st Quarter Hall Passes, and we discussed how those work.  Then, we started out Science Notebook.  We taped a couple things in the Appendix: the Notebook Expectations and the Scoring Rubric.  We discussed a bit more about where things are in the room, too, like supplies and such.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Get signature on PPS Safety agreement if not already done

HANDOUTS:
Science Notebook
Notebook Expectations (pink)
Notebook Rubric (pink)
1st Quarter Hall Passes (blue)


8

DUE:


TODAY:
We started with more Notebook work today.  We added more things to the Appendix and the Appendix Table of Contents, and then started the section for our first unit, Studying People Scientifically.  We made the title page, paper pocket, and amended the Table of Contents. 

From there, we moved to the Policy Letter (see the above link).  We will review this carefully in class before students review with parents and get a parent/guardian signature. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
1. Academic and Behavioral Policy Letter
2. Paper pocket (green)
3. NGSS SEP and CC (lavender)


9

DUE:


TODAY:
Whew!  We finished talking about the all important Policy Letter. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Discuss the Policy Letter with parents/guardians and get parent/guardian signature.

HANDOUTS:
none today


10

DUE:
Policy Letter Parent/Guardian Signature

TODAY:
(Sorry didn't update yesterday - it was my daugher's birthday . . .)

First, I showed all students this website and all the resources available.  Then, we set up the Notebook for Activity 1 and learned how to arrange and tape Notebook handouts.  We did the WRU Thinking about different problems, and then started on the Anticipation Guide.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none (besides getting Policy Letter signature if you didn't last night)

HANDOUTS:
Act 1 Learning Target sheet (blue)
Anticipation Guide (yellow)


11

DUE:


TODAY:
After finishing the Anticipation Guide, students were confronted with a problem of "Saving Fred".  They had to work in partners, and after successfully saving Fred, they have to write up a step-by-step procedure, complete with materials list and diagrams, of they method they used.  Folks that finished early had time in class to start on writing their procedure.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete rough draft of the Procedure (with materials and diagrams) of how partners saved Fred.

HANDOUTS:
none


12

DUE:
Act 1: Saving Fred Procedure Rough Draft

TODAY:
We talked about the Designing Scoring Guide, and then focused on getting feedback on the Procedure Rough Drafts for Saving Fred.  Students provided positive and constructive feedback of peer work in a safe, efficient manner. 

Students have some work to do over the weekend, discussed below.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Review/read the Designing Scoring Guide (new to the Appendix).  They are to look up any words they don't know.  Then, on a separate sheet of paper (i.e. not in the Notebook) they are to come up with at least 3 questions and at least 3 comments/observations about the Scoring Guide.  We will discuss these on Monday. 

HANDOUTS:
Designing the Investigation Scoring Guide (lavender) - put as Page A6 in the Appendix of the Notebook, and don't forget to update the Appendix Table of Contents!


15

DUE:
At least 3 comments/observations and at least 3 questions about the Designing Scoring Guide (done on a separate sheet of paper to turn in)

TODAY:
Due to my absence in the afternoon, we hit "Pause" on Act 1 and moved to Act 2 about the discovery of the cause of a disease called pellagra.  We set up the Notebook, did a couple warm-up questions, and then watched and discussed a short video.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none (or do work that was due today - don't forget the Lateslip!)

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 2 LT sheet (green)
2.  Pellagra video notes


16

DUE:


TODAY:
As a class we went over student questions and observations about the Designing Scoring Guide.  Then, we discussed a handout about suggestions to improve the final copy of the Saving Fred Design.  We even looked at some former student work to help.

We also discussed the whole issue of solving problems in Science - that there isn't just one way to do things.  Students had a few minutes in class to do Analysis Questions #4 and 5 in their Notebooks.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep working on Saving Fred Design Final Copy

HANDOUTS:
Saving Fred Final Design Suggestions


17

DUE:


TODAY:
I reviewed any last minute questions about the Saving Fred Design due tomorrow.  Then, we went over how to complete a Learning Target sheet and everyone did the LT sheet for Activity 1 together.  Finally, we reviewed some of the notes from the pellagra video from Monday.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the Saving Fred Design (separate sheet of paper, pen or typed)

HANDOUTS:
none


18

DUE:
Final Copy of Saving Fred "Design" - Academic grade, scored with the Designing Scoring Guide

TODAY:
Students did a self-assessment of their Saving Fred Design.  Folks that didn't have it done were supposed to get a lateslip and write the directions of how to do the self-assessment so they could do it before they turned in their final copy.

Then, we went back to Activity 2 and discussed the pellagra movie notes.  We distinguished between observations and inferences, completed a sheet on that, and then discussed some Analysis Questions.  Students have to do AQ# 1, 2, and 6 in their Notebooks.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Activity 2, AQ # 1, 2, 6 (remember to write in full sentences, reflect the question in the answer, and skip lines between answers.

HANDOUTS:
none


19

DUE:


TODAY:
(sorry for the late entry - I was out on Friday) 

Students reviewed the new Evidence and Trade-offs Scoring Guide, and looked at a handout of the work to do.  Students had time to work on the Analysis Questions, and what wasn't done should be done outside of class.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Act 2 AQ #1, 2, and 6 in Notebooks.  #6 will be a rough draft for now but will become a final draft by next Friday.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Evidence and Trade-offs Scoring Rubric (yellow)
2.  Act 2 Pellagra AQ#6


22

DUE:
Act 2, AQ #1, 2, 6 in Notebook

TODAY:
We reviewing any outstanding issues from last week, and further discussed what an "Evidence and Trade-offs" assignment looks like.  We read a student example and used the Scoring Guide.  Then, we used the "Clickers" - a means of formative assessment that we'll use throughout the year. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
none (unless not done with last week's work)

HANDOUTS:
none


23

DUE:


TODAY:
We spent a bulk of the day on Activity 4 about clinical trials.  We looked at some cool medical products that have gone through clinical trials, and then took notes from the reading in Act 4.  Students listened intently to the passages, then groups brainstormed on the two or three main ideas.  Students need to access the book outside of class to finish the note-taking.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish taking notes from pages A-16 and A-17 in Act 24

HANDOUTS:
Act 4 LT sheet (pink)


24

DUE:
Notes from Act 4 reading

TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:



25

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:



26

DUE:
Act 2 AQ #6 Final Copy - Evidence and Trade-offs about Dr. Goldberger's decision

TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:



29

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:



30

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:



  
  
  

  

 

2013-2014 8th Grade Earth and Space Science Calendar

As months pass, monthly calendars will be put on the Archived Calendar page (in sidebar to the left).


8th Grade Earth/Space Science, September 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1

LABOR DAY
2

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

DUE:


TODAY:
Students were introduced to the class a bit, and we read and discussed an article about funding for earthquake preparedness in Oregon.  Then, we briefly discussed the Welcome Letter and Safety Agreement.  It is expected that students will review those papers with their parents/guardians.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Review Safety Agreement and Welcome Letter with parents/guardians

HANDOUTS:
PPS Science Safety Agreement
PPS Safety Agreement Signature
Welcome Letter
Science Notebook


3

DUE:
Earthquake Funding Article: 3 questions and 3 "Ah-ha's" 

TODAY:
We finished discussing the Welcome Letter and then we did a great pre-reading strategy to better understand the Policy Letter.  We reviewed that in detail and will continue tomorrow.

We also put the online book url address, login name, and password into the Science Notebook! 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Show parents the Welcome Letter
Complete the EQ funding article

HANDOUTS:
Student Verification Forms (VERY IMPORTANT)
Science Class Policy Letter

1st Quarter Hall Passes


4

DUE:


TODAY:
We finished the Assessment and Behavioral Policy Handout and students are to review that with parents/guardians tonight.  Then, we spent some time putting things in the Notebook Appendix, and finally we did a "get to know you" activity to help build the community in here.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Review Policy Letter at home

HANDOUTS:
List of student names


5

DUE:
PPS Safety Agreement Signature
Assessment and Behavioral Policies Signature

TODAY:
We reviewed the Notebook Expectations and taped that, the PPS Safety Agreement, and the list of Student Names into the Appendix of the Notebook.  I showed students this website so they know what's on it, and then we set up the Notebook for the first unit and first Activity.  Finally, students had a few minutes to interview each other as a way to build the community.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Get all signatures that are outstanding
Finish EQ article questions and 'ah-has'

HANDOUTS:
Notebook Expectations (pink)
Notebook Scoring Rubric (pink)


8

DUE:


TODAY:
We quickly reviewed some "Groom Room" rules for a final check-in about procedural stuff.  Then, we set up the Notebook a bit to prepare for the first Activity, and then students had about 15 minutes to explain how they think the surface of the Earth changes.  Groups discussed ideas and built upon them.  Finally, we ended with a few minutes of students interviewing each other.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Start reviewing for Notebook/Policy Quiz on Wednesday.

HANDOUTS:



9

DUE:


TODAY:
We started with a discussion about their ideas about how the surface of the Earth changed.  Then, we briefly discussed the NGSS handout that we put in the Appendix.  Finally, we started in on Act 24, got some vocab in the Notebook, and set up the data table for tomorrow's work.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for the quiz on Thursday (it was going to be tomorrow)

HANDOUTS:
NGSS SEP & CC (lavender)


10

DUE:


TODAY:
We first discussed some recent news about lava flows in Hawaii, and then got most of Act 24 done.  We made observations, discussed them, and recorded in the NB.  We set up our Site Evidence Charts, and students for their first Analysis Questions to do.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 24, AQ #3, 4 (full sentences, RQA, skip lines)
Study for quiz tomorrow!

HANDOUTS:
Street Map of Boomtown


11

DUE:
Notebook/Policy Quiz (Academic) - moved from Wednesday

TODAY:
We started off with the quiz, and when done students had time to work on the Act 24 LT sheet, and read an interesting article about EQ prediction. 

We worked on the Site Analysis Chart for the Marsh.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the Act 24 LT sheet (front and back)

HANDOUTS:
Istanbul EQ article


12

DUE:
Act 24 LT sheet

TODAY:
We jumped right in to Activity 25.  We did the WRU Thinking, discussed what a topo map is and how to read it, and then did the entire Procedure.  Students will do the Analysis questions on Monday.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the "Evidence Site Charts" for the March, Hillside, and Cliffs from Act 24.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Picture Order Form (pics on Sept 18 - bring $ on that day)
2.  Act 25 Learning Targets (green)


15

DUE:
Act 24 - Completed Site Evidence Charts for the Marsh, Hillside, and Cliffs

TODAY:
We did the AQ in groups for Act 25, discussed them, wrote some vocab definitions in our Notebooks, and then moved on to Act 26.  We only got as far as the WRU Thinking question, and we'll do the procedure tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 25 LT sheet (and complete the work due today if not already finished)

HANDOUTS:
Act 26 LT sheet (pink)


16

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the Notebook/Policy quiz, and then partnerships analyzed data from topo and street maps of Boomtown to look for areas of change and stability.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
none (but used packet of maps)


17

DUE:


TODAY:
We discussed the data gathered yesterday about the street and topo maps.  Then, we made some predictions on which areas would be the most stable.  Students had time to do AQ#3, 4 in their Notebooks, and should do the LT sheet as well.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish work not done in class, and do Act 27 from textbook.  Just follow the straightforward Procedure, and do AQs that follow.  The graphs have already been done for you (see handout)

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 27 LT sheet (lavender)
2.  Act 27 Rainfall Graphs


18

DUE:
Be done with Act 27 Procedure and AQ#1, 4

TODAY:
We discussed Activity 27 and why rainfall is so important to consider when building.  We watched a short video about a landslide in Northwest Portland (scary!!). 

Then we moved to Activity 28.  We did the WRU thinking, and started on the procedure.  Groups didn't have enough time to really complete the procedure, so they'll work on that again tomorrow. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish Act 27 if not done

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 28 LT sheet (yellow)
2.  River Model Drawings (you need 2 of them)

19

DUE:


TODAY:
(sorry for the late entry - I was out today)

Students continued on Act 28 and re-did the procedure from yesterday so they could get a better drawing and an understanding of what's happening.  Today, groups also tested a different type of soil to compare and draw.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
none


22

DUE:


TODAY:
We discussed the results of last Friday's lab on different types of soil erosion in the river models.  Then, students had time to work on the AQ from Act 28 along with the LT sheet.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Act 28 AQ# 3-5 in Notebook, LT sheet

HANDOUTS:
none


23

DUE:
Act 28, AQ #3-5 in Notebook, and Act 28 LT sheet

TODAY:
We looked at the Nile Delta on GoogleEarth and hopefully everyone was astounded by the immensity of such a delta.  Students summarized what we say in the Notebook.  Then, groups worked together to add more to the Building Site Evidence Charts (in Act 24) which we discussed.  Finally, we started Act 29 and did the WRU Thinking.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 29 LT sheet (blue)
2.  Act 29 3-level Reading Guide


24

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:



25

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:



26

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:



29

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:



30

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS: