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Science Rocks!

BSCS Allergy Video Shoot

One more week until December break.
Keep your heads in the game!
8th graders have a quiz on Monday about what we've learned so far about the Earth and it's interior.   6th graders have started a new unit on Ecology and have learned some very valuable research/citation skills, and are working on observations skills now.

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.



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Online Textbook Info

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!).

Download directions on how to access the Online Student Textbook

Notebooks

6th Grade Notebook

Table of Contents, Appendix, Activities 1 - 8



8th Grade Notebook

To be updated soon!

Next Generation Science Standards

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. 

Announcements

We live in earthquake country, so one step towards preparation is a step in the right direction.  Be prepared - make a family plan and get together some emergency supplies.  Go to www.ShakeOut.org for more information.  Here are some places/links to get more information:

 
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!

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, December 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the Notebook quiz from last week, then finished the movie we started last week, too.  Students took notes from the movie.  Absentees need to get those notes and hopefully watch the movie!

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:



2

DUE:


TODAY:
Students read the background information from Act 73 with some detailed information about introduced species.  They did an example with the substitute, and then had the rest of the time to work.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Make sure you have the Introduced Species Data Sheets done - don't forget the one from Oregon.

HANDOUTS:

3

DUE:
Act 73 Introduced Species Data sheet, complete with 1 Oregon Invasive

TODAY:
We reviewed the work that was done yesterday and clarified expectations for tomorrow's due date.  Then, we started in on Act 74 about observing organisms.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete/revise the summaries from Invasive Species Background Information

HANDOUTS:
Act 74 LT Sheet

4

DUE:
Introduced Species Background Information Notes/Summaries

TODAY:
Super fun day today.  Started with a story about LImu the Blue Turtle and his undersea garden and how an invasive seaweed destroyed the habitat.  Then students brainstormed ways to treat lab animals humanely and made a data table to record observations and inferences on blackworms.  We learned how to use the stereoscopes, and how to handle the worms, and then pairs made their observations.  We'll continue tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:

none

5

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had half the period to continue with their blackworm observations.  Then, we discussed what we saw, and added terminology to it.  Students had to put 3 definitions in their Notebooks.  We briefly discussed the assignment due next week.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Start a rough draft of Act 74, AQ#3

HANDOUTS:

8

DUE:


TODAY:
We discussed the blackworm encyclopedia article in depth.  We looked at an example of a real encyclopedia article about Earthworms which had some similarities that can be used to describe the blackworm, too! 

Then, students had the rest of the time to work on their rough draft.  Any papers that got handed back need to be taped into the correct activity - not just thrown anywhere or left in the regular 3-ring binder.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish the rough draft of the blackworm encyclopedia article

HANDOUTS:
Act 72 Nile Perch grading comments - use these to revise if necessary

9

DUE:


TODAY:
We discussed the handout further detailing the assignment due on Thursday (or Friday).  We also checked out the scoring rubric. 

Then we moved to Activity 75.  Students did the WRU Thinking, read the introduction, and started on the procedure of grouping different organisms by the characteristics.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep working on the blackworm article.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 75 LT sheet (green)
2.  Act 74 Prompt and Scoring Rubric

10

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the reading from yesterday and completed the reading outline.  Then, groups worked to sort their animals cards into groups.  After that, they got actual phylum information and re-sorted their cards and recorded in Notebooks. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep working on final copy of blackworm encyclopedia article and Nile perch revisions

HANDOUTS:

Act 75 Reading Outline

11

DUE:
Act 74, AQ#3 - Encyclopedia article about blackworms based on their observations from last week (can also turn in on Friday)

TODAY:
We worked more on the phylum reorganization and learned some new vocabulary about the levels of classification.  Absentees need to get those notes.  Students also had time to work on the Analysis Questions due next Monday.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish up blackworm observations and Nile perch revisions.

HANDOUTS:

12

DUE:
Act 72 Nile Perch Evidence and Trade-offs Revisions - and FINAL DEADLINE FOR MISSING WORK ON THIS.

TODAY:
We reviewed the study guide for Tuesday's quiz.  Then, we started Act 76 on classifying vertebrates.  Absentees will need to make this up.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Prepare for quiz - make study notes/guide.  Do AQ due on Monday.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Quiz Study Guide
2.  Act 75 Phylum Cards
3.  Act 76 LT sheet (yellow)
4.  Act 76 Vertebrate Classification Prediction chart

15

DUE:
Act 75 AQ#1-4 and Act 75 Learning Target sheet

TODAY:

Students had time to finish Act 76 and do the AQ.  Then, we took a practice quiz to familiarize students with the format of the quiz.

Folks that finished early had a few minutes to study for tomorrow's quiz.

HOME EDUCATION:


HANDOUTS:

16

DUE:
QUIZ!  Covers Ecology Unit Activities 72-77.  Use study guide to help prepare!  NOTE: THE QUIZ WILL NOT COVER ACT 77!

TODAY:
After a quick review of material and how to do a triple Venn diagram, students had the remainder of the period to take the quiz.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Read Act 77 and 78 introductions, define Populations and Food Web, and answer Act 77 AQ#2 and Act 78 AQ#2.  Here is the assignment to download.  

HANDOUTS:
Assignment for tomorrow

17

DUE:
Read Act 77 and 78 introductions, define Populations and Food Web, and answer Act 77 AQ#2 and Act 78 AQ#2. 

TODAY:
We reviewed the quiz today.  We also looked at the revision/correction form.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Revise/correct quiz if below Proficient

HANDOUTS:
Quiz Correction Form

18

DUE:


TODAY:
Students did a review of Act 78 and talked about food webs and the flow of energy.  Then, students had a good portion of time to work on the reading outline from Act 79.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Work an additional 20-30 minutes on the reading outline.

HANDOUTS:
Act 79 Reading Outline


19

DUE:
QUIZ:  Covers Act 77-79

TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


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, December 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1

DUE:


TODAY:
Students did an activity where they had to figure out what was inside a "mystery object" using all sorts of clues.  We transferred this knowledge to understanding about the inside of the Earth.  We watched a short animation about how seismic waves work, and then looked at the activity they're doing tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Act 4 AQ and LT

HANDOUTS:
Mystery objects



2

DUE:
Act 4 AQ (from small handout) - do in Notebook, and Act 4 LT sheet

TODAY:
Students did the Hidden Layers activity where they had to use clues to determine the layers of the Earth, their consistencies, and their thicknesses. 

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:
Earth's Hidden Layers

3

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed some information about seismic waves, and watched a short animation about how they behave inside Earth.  Then, they had some time to start working on the reading packet of the details about Earth's interior.  They used a reading outline to guide their thinking.

HOME EDUCATION
:
30 minutes of working on Act 5 Earth's Interior reading and reading outline

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 5 Earth Interior reading packet
2.  Act 5 Reading Outline

4

DUE:
Act 32 Engineering Design Revisions


TODAY:
Students had 15 minutes to continue working on the reading and reading outline from yesterday.  Then, we spent a good chunk of time explaining and demonstrating things about the Earth's interior using silly putty and Big Hunk candy bars!  Absentees need to see those demos and get the notes added to diagrams in the reading packet.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish reading outline

HANDOUTS:
none today

5

DUE:


TODAY:
We began by making observations about eggs and apples, both the outside and the inside, and compared those notes to what we know about the Earth's interior.  We did some class demos, and then groups had eggs and apples to observe.  We also reviewed the scoring guide on writing a persuasive Evidence and Trade-offs about which model of the Earth is better, an apple or an egg.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Start working on Apple/Egg comparison.

HANDOUTS:
Egg/Apple/Earth Comparison Prompt and Scoring Guide

8

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had a good chunk of time to keep working on their Apple/Egg/Earth comparison.  When done, they were to do the AQ from Act 5 (these were posted so absentees need to get those from me).  Do the LT from Act 5, too.

Then, we started Act 6 on convection.  We watched an online demo and did the WRU Thinking.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep working on Apple/Egg/Earth comparson

HANDOUTS:
Act 6 LT sheet (yellow)

9

DUE:


TODAY:
Fun day today.  We watched a couple more online animations of how heat transfer works.  We discussed and took notes on the difference between thermal energy and heat.  Finally, we discussed the 3 different methods of heat transfer by cooking popcorn in 3 different methods!  Students took notes on these and so absentees need to get those.  Absentees need to get those notes!

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish AQ for Act 5 and LT

HANDOUTS:

10

DUE:
Act 5 AQ and LT

TODAY:
Students had the whole day to do the Convection Lab.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish the Apple/Egg/Earth comparison due tomorrow.

HANDOUTS:
none

11

DUE:
Apple/Egg/Earth Comparison - Academic - use Scoring Rubric from last week

TODAY:
Students did a pre-assessment of the work that was due today.  Then, we did a cool magic demo of different densities of liquids and set up another awesome demo with hot cocoa powder that unfortunately didn't work.  We discussed the lab from yesterday and students have to do the Conclusion questions before tomorrow. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the Conclusion Questions from the Convection Lab

HANDOUTS:
Hot chocolate!  And a marshmallow!

12

DUE:
Convection Lab Conclusion Questions in Notebook

TODAY:
We reviewed the analysis questions from last night, and drew a couple more diagrams, and then students had the rest of the period to prepare a 5x8 card they can use during the quiz on Monday.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Prepare for the quiz on Monday!

HANDOUTS:

15

DUE:
QUIZ:  Covers Plate Tectonics Unit so far - Activity 1 - 6.  Important Academic grade.  Can use a 5x8 'cheat sheet' during the quiz.

TODAY:
Students had the whole day to take the quiz.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
quiz
16

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the quiz from yesterday, and then started in on Act 7 about seafloor spreading as the key that Wegener needed to explain continental drift.  Students used a CD-ROM and an outline to guide them.  Absentees need to come and work with the CD during Advisory.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 7 LT Sheet
2.  Act 7 CD-ROM outline

17

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had the entire period to continue the CD-ROM about seafloor spreading.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:

18

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had time to finish the Intermediate part and to do the Advanced part of the CD-ROM about seafloor spreading.  After discussions and follow-up, students had time to work on the Analysis Questions. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Act 7 AQ#1-3


1.  What was the significance of the discovery of seafloor spreading and paleomagnetism to our understanding of continental drift?

2.  Which type of evidence is the easiest to understand?

3.  How would you explain paleomagnetism to a 4th grader?

HANDOUTS:
Act 7 Advanced Reading Outline (green)

19

DUE:
Apple/Egg/Earth Revisions and final deadline for latework

TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS: