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

Roger Groom

Science Rocks!

Off to Outdoor School!  See you in a week!  While here, students will have required classwork.

We've completed the Earth in Space material with the 8th graders.  JMP 8th graders will be off to Japan for a couple weeks and folks that will be here will begin our study of climate.  6th graders have completed our unit on Evolution and after Outdoor School it will be on to Cell Biology and Disease - a great and fun way to end the year.

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  - last update 1/16/15

Table of Contents, Appendix, Activities 1 - 8
Activity 10
Ecology Unit, Act 72 - 79
Genetics Unit, Act 54 - 56
Appendix as of 1/16/15


8th Grade Notebook

To be updated soon!  Really, it's coming soon, I promise.

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

Earth Day T-Shirts are HERE!
Super cool new design for the 2015 Earth Day T-shirt.  Shirts are personalized with Mt. Tabor Middle School!  Wear them on APRIL 22 - EARTH DAY!  Even better, take them to Outdoor School and wear them with pride!


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 Life Science, April 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 
 
1

DUE:
Activity 91 Footprint Analysis from Procedure Part B - Academic Assignment scored using AIR Scoring Guide

TODAY:
Students first did a self-assessment of Act 91.  Then we discussed background information for Act 95 before diving into Act 96.  We went through the procedure directions, and then did a modeling activity that was really fun!

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish latework for Act 91. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 95 Background Information
2.  Act 96 LT Sheet
3.  Forkbird Population Data Sheet
 

2

DUE:


TODAY:
We hit 'pause' on Act 96 because I was gone for the afternoon.  We moved on to Act 97.  We did an Anticipation Guide, did a couple pre-reading strategies, and then students used a reading outline to guide them through the reading.  There will be a short quiz covering the material next Monday.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Continue working on Act 97 Reading outline

HANDOUTS:

1.  Act 97 LT sheet (salmon)
2.  Act 97 Anticipation Guide
3.  Act 97 Reading Outline

 
3

DUE:


TODAY:
We continued the lab from Activity 96, gathered class data, and began graphing it.  We'll finish graphing on Monday.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Continue working on Act 97 Reading outline 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 96 Class Data Graph paper
 

6

DUE:
QUIZ: Act 97 - No notebook on this one!  POSTPONED UNTIL TOMORROW

TODAY:
Guest Teacher today

We watched Planet Earth - Deserts - and looked for adaptations and how they help the organisms survive.  Notes on these were put in the Notebook.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for quiz tomorrow

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

7

DUE:
QUIZ: Act 97 - No notebook on this one!

TODAY:
We talked about Ezra's cool skin shed - one complete roll of skin!  So cool. 

Then, we took the Act 97 quiz and then had a big chunk of quiet work time to complete all the stuff that's due!

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 96 Graph
Act 96 AQ#2-7


HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 97 Quiz
 

8

DUE:
Act 96 Graph
Act 96 AQ#2-7


TODAY:
We talked about the upcoming quiz and spent a lot of time talking about how to make an effective cheat sheet and reviewing the study guide.   USE THIS! 

Then, we reviewed the quiz from yesterday, and students had a chunk of time to start studying and start preparing for the quiz.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 97 Reading Outline
Act 97 AQ#2


HANDOUTS:
1.  5x8 sheet
2.  Evolution Quiz Study Guide
 

9

DUE:
Act 97 Reading Outline
Act 97 AQ#2


TODAY:
Students highlighted their 3rd Quarter grade report to look for patterns.  Then, we spent a bulk of the period reviewing and adding to the Analysis Questions from Act 96 - some great questions about evolution and how it works.  Any leftover time was given to preparing more of the cheat sheet and studying.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Prepare cheat sheet and continue studying for evolution quiz on Monday. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  none
 

10

NO SCHOOL
13

DUE:
Evolution Quiz, Act 89-97
Can use 'cheat sheet'.
Rules: hand-written, no cheat sheet = no revision opportunity

TODAY:
Students had the whole period to take the quiz.  When finished, they could do the LT sheets for Act 96 and 97. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Act 96 and 97 LT sheets

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

14

DUE:
Turn in either Act 96 OR Acg 97 LT sheet (whichever is better)

TODAY:
Guest Teacher today

Students prepped their Notebook for the next unit, Cell Biology and Disease.  Then, using a question sheet to guide thinking, students watched an amazing Blue Planet video about the Open Ocean.  They had to look for different ecological relationships and adaptations.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:
1. Open Ocean Video Question Sheet
 

15

DUE:


TODAY:
We had a bunch of announcements about a variety of things, and discussed the plans for the next couple weeks.  Then, we watched a bit more of the Open Ocean video.

HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
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DUE:


TODAY:
Students took a survey about Science for Outdoor School.  Then, we watched the remainder of the Blue Planet video about the "Open Ocean" and then students had a big chunk of time to finish the questions about the video.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish video question sheet

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

17

DUE:
Open Ocean Video Question Sheet

TODAY:
We finished the cuttlefish NOVA video.  So, so incredibly cool.  A nice way to honor the Day of Silence.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Have fun at Outdoor School!!!

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

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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 and Space Science, April 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 
 
1

DUE:


TODAY:
We did more of the practice test, discussed answers, and took a few notes. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP AND EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST TOMORROW!

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

2

DUE:


TODAY:
STATE SCIENCE TEST

Those that finish early can work on revisions due tomorrow

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

3

DUE:
Act 73 AQ#1, 4 revisions and EQ Machine Lab revisions

TODAY:
STATE SCIENCE TEST

Those that finish early can work on missing work or cleaning up their Notebook

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

6

DUE:


TODAY:
Guest Teacher today

Students watched and took Cornell Notes on a fantastic NOVA series called Origins.  Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates.  The episode we watched was "The Earth is Born".  It had some very current information on how the moon was formed.

HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1.
 

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DUE:


TODAY:
Students had to write a paragraph about how the Moon was formed.  Then, we did the AQ from Act 80 about moon phases, and finally we ended the day talking about eclipses.  We watched an amazing video, and then they wrote a summary of how solar eclipses work in their Notebook.

HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1.
 

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DUE:


TODAY:
We finished our discussion of eclipses.  Students took notes and did drawings on a handout, and watched a bunch of animations and short clips about eclipses. 

Then, we started our discussion of Act 82 on tides and discussed a bit about what they are.  More tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 80/81 Extension-Eclipses handout
2.  Act 82 LT sheet (yellow)
3.  Act 82 Data Sheet
 

9

DUE:


TODAY:
We started by highlighting 3rd quarter grade reports to look for patterns.  Then, we continued with Act 82 on Tides.  Students followed the procedure, and we analyzed the results and watched a couple short animations and videos to try to help understand the process.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Prepare for quiz on next Tuesday.  It's closed book!

HANDOUTS:
1.  none
 

10

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13

DUE:


TODAY:
We for new seating charts and played review charades to prepare for the quiz tomorrow.  Then, we did part of the procedure of Act 83 looking at different types of calendars.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Get ready for tomorrow's quiz!

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

14

DUE:
Moon Quiz - Covers Act 79-92.  CLOSED NOTES

TODAY:
Students had the period to work on the quiz.  If they finished early they could work on AQ#1-4 for Act 83.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 83, AQ#1-4

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

15

DUE:


TODAY:
We spent some time with announcements for the next week, then started in on an amazing movie about the first astronauts to go to the moon.  Thank you, President Kennedy!

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish Act 83, AQ#1-4


HANDOUTS:
1.
 

16

DUE:
Act 83, AQ#1-4

TODAY:
Today we had a guest speaker in to do a presentation about climate change.  Students took notes on a reflection sheet that's due tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish reflection sheet

HANDOUTS:
1.  Pemberton Climate Change Notes
 

17

DUE:
Pemberton Climate Change Notes/Reflection

TODAY:
We reviewed the Moon quiz from Tuesday.  Students have until next Tuesday to to complete the correction form. 

Then, to honor the Day of Silence, we watched the rest of the "In the Shadow of the Moon" video.

HOME EDUCATION
:
JMP - have a fantastic time in Japan!!!

HANDOUTS:
1. none
 

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DUE:
Moon Quiz Corrections - attach original

JMP - you can turn this in upon your return.

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