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Science Rocks!

Great day at Mt. St. Helens!


6th Graders are now fully into Cell Biology and Disease and are moving into the details of the building blocks of life - the cell.  8th graders are into Meteorology (Weather and Atmosphere), which is perfect to do with the changing weather of Spring.  We're going to do some debriefing of the St. Helen's trip, and then wrap up the year with factors influencing weather and climate.

On the weather note with sun coming back into the picture, take care to avoid sunburns!  May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month and here is a great campaign aimed at teens regarding melanoma from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance!

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 still need to have 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!

Life Science, Activities 1 - 7 (includes Table of Contents and Appendix Table of Contents)
Life Science, Activities 8 - 10
Life Science, Ecology Unit, Activities 72 - 79 (includes updated Table of Contents, Appendix Table of Contents, and Appendix)


8th Grade Notebook

Earth Science, Erosion and Deposition Unit, Activities 24 - 35 (includes Table of Contents, Appendix Table of Contents, and Appendix)
Earth Science, Plate Tectonics Unit, Activities 36 - 48



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!).


2013-2014 6th Grade Biology Calendar

Older calendars are in the Archived Calendar page (in sidebar to the left) 

  

6th Grade Life Science May 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We met in the computer lab today to talk more about the procedure, get some hints, and then groups had time to think and make a plan for their procedure. 

Home Education:
Continue working on procedure

Handouts:
- Algae-Fertilizer Designing the Investigation hints


6

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
After some discussion about how the supplies would work, groups set up their containers for the algae-fertilizer lab. 

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

7

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We discussed how to start collecting data and making data tables.  Students got a handout with hints, and then groups had time to make their data tables, color scales, and make their initial observations.

Home Education:
Keep tweaking Procedure and Framing.

Handouts:
-

8

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We reviewed some key aspectgs of the Framing section that's due next Monday.  Then, students had the entire period for any of these things:  Continue working/tweaking Framing, Designing, or more time for observations.

Home Education:
Finalize Framing section (due on Monday)

Handouts:
- Comments on Framing

9

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We took a break from the hard work and watched one segment of an amazing new series by David Attenborough called Life.  Students took notes on key ideas and turned in.

Home Education:
Finalize Framing section (due on Monday)

Handouts:
- Cornell notes page

12

DUE: Framing Section Final Copy - includes Background Information, Research Question, and Hypothesis) (scored with Framing Scoring Guide)

Today's Lesson:
Students did a self-assessment of their Framing section.  Folks that aren't finished really need to get that done.  The work isn't going to get done by itself!  Ask questions if you're stuck, please.  Then, students made more observations on their algae containers. 

Finally, we started looking at Act 38 which we'll do tomorrow.

Home Education:
Complete any latework on the Framing section, and continue fine-tuning the Procedure section.

Handouts:
- Act 38 LT/RT (yellow)

13

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We started by reviewing differences between plant and animal cells, and then we did a great lab where we looked at our cheek cells and drew them.

Home Education:
Finish Designing section

Handouts:
- Act 38 lab sheet

14

DUE:
Designing Section Final Copy - includes Variables, Materials, and Procedure (scored with Designing Scoring Guide)

Today's Lesson:
Students did a self-assessment of their Designing section.

Then, we continued the lab and looked at Onion cells and drew them.  Those that did not complete the cheek cells yesterday also need to draw those.

Home Education:

Handouts:
- none

15

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We did the last part of the Plant/Animal cell lab and looked at Elodea under the microscope and drew it. 

Students then had time to do their algae observations.

Home Education:
Start work on AQ for Plant/Animal cell lab.

Handouts:
- none

16

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Last day to have on the microscopes to get drawings of plant and animal cells done.  Students could then make observations on their algae and/or complete the analysis questions for the plant/animal cell lab.

Home Education:
Work on analysis questions for Plant/Animal cell lab.

Handouts:
- none

19

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Today was the last day to make algae observations, and students made one final detailed observation for use in the analysis.  Then, they had more time to complete the Analysis Questions from the Plant/Animal Cell lab that's due tomorrow.  Those that finished those early had a bit of study hall time.

Home Education:
Complete Plant/Animal Cell Lab Sheet and Analysis Questions.  Academic assignment scored with UC Scoring Guide.

Handouts:
- none

20

DUE:
Plant/Animal Cell Lab Sheet and Analysis Questions.  Academic assignment scored with UC Scoring Guide.

Today's Lesson:
Students did a self-assessment of their work, and then we watched a fantastic video narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson about "How Life Began" to discuss the scientific evidence of just how cells came about.  Students took notes.

Home Education:
none!

Handouts:
- none

21

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We finished the movie and note-taking we started yesterday.  (Period 3 went to see Battle of the Books)

Home Education:
none

Handouts:
- none

22

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Students got back their Designing Sections today, and there is a fair amount of revising necessary.  I'm looking at this as a great learning experience.  We discussed a lot of things that should be avoided, and things to include.  Students received a handout with grading abbreviations and comments about the Designing revisions.  Students had about 1/2 the period to begin work on those revisions.  Some groups started cleaning up their beakers.

Home Education:
Start work on revisions!

Handouts:
- Grading comments on Designing Section

23

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Students had the period to work on Framing and Designing revisions.  Unfortunately we could not get any computer time, so the hand-written revisions will have to be added to digital versions outside of class time.

We also briefly talked about their results.

Home Education:
Keep working on revisions.

Handouts:
-

26  NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY

DUE:

Today's Lesson:

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

27

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We started Act 37 about the how the Cell Theory and the Germ Theory of Disease were developed.  We started completing the timeline and had some great discussions about the reading.

Home Education:
Finish any revisions

Handouts:
- Act 37 Germ Theory Timeline
- Act 37 LT/RT

28

DUE:
Algae Framing and Designing Revisions.  There is a form to complete if doing revisions, changes have to be highlighted, and the original version must be attached.

Today's Lesson:
We continued our discussion of Act 37.

Home Education:
Finish revisions if not completed

Handouts:
-

29

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We finished Act 37 with the reading and filling in the timeline.  Then, students watched a short video on the Wacky History of the Cell Theory before answering AQ #1-3.

Home Education:
Act 37 Q#1-3

Handouts:
-

30

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We did the Background Information reading to add a bit more detail to the Germ Theory.  Then, we started on Act 40 and set up an experiment with an egg as a model of the cell.  Students made observations and a hypothesis before seeing a demonstration to show that exhaled air is different then inhaled!

Home Education:
Complete Act 37, AQ#1-3 (due Monday)

Handouts:
-

 

6th Grade Life Science June 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 

DUE:
Act 37 AQ#1-3 (in Notebook)

Today's Lesson:
We set up a lab showing that yeast create a gas, and went back to that at the end of the lesson.  In between, we worked on the 'eggsperiment' and we put our now de-shelled eggs into a different liquid.  Students had to make observations and hypotheses. 

Home Education:
Begin work on Plant/Animal cell lab revisions.

Handouts:
- none


3

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Students made observations of their eggs, and then put them in a different liquid. Absentees should check with their partners to see what they missed. 

Then, we filled out the first page of an outline about cellular respiration.  Absentees should get that info from a partner, or from me during Advisory.

Home Education:
Work on plant/animal lab revisions.

Handouts:
- Act 39 Reading Outline

4

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We made final observations on the eggs - beautiful colors!  Then, we did a summary analysis and made meaning of our observations.  We took notes on new vocab on an outline.  We also discussed the plan for the rest of the year. 

Home Education:
Finish revisions due tomorrow, start cleaning up the Notebook for Student Led Conferences.

Handouts:
- Act 40 Diffusion/Osmosis Outline

5

DUE:
Plant/Animal Cell Lab Revisions (this is the cheek, onion, elodea lab)

Today's Lesson:
Today was Portfolio preparation day.  Everyone walked around with a big Portfolio Folder to compile work from all classes.  In Science, students got a Portfolio Entry Sheet to fill out about their Notebooks and an assignment of their choice.  Absentees NEED to see me to get that form and hints on how to fill it out. 

Home Education:
Complete the Portfolio Entry Sheet!!!
Finalize algae data due tomorrow

Handouts:
- Quiz (Act 37-42) Study Guide
- Portfolio Entry Sheet (lavender - get that from ME!)

6

DUE:
Be ready to discuss and turn in algae data!

Today's Lesson:
We finished our analysis of egg data.  We discussed, at length, diffusion and osmosis.  We went through the outline they got on Wednesday, adding lots to it, and used it to explain what was happening to the egg.  We watched an animation of how it happens, and then a music video all about it!  Find those links on the SEPUP Life Science Info page to upper left. 

Then, in Period 2 and 3 (Period 1 had the parade) reviewed their algae data and made some conclusions about it. 

Home Education:
Study for next week's quiz!

Handouts:
- Algae-Fertilizer Analyzing Template

9

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We talked about the algae data analysis for a bit.  Then, we highlighted grade reports so students can see what their standing is right now.  Then, we went into the parts of a cell.  Students got a handout to help guide them through the presentation.  We watched a great song video about the parts, too!  See the Life Science Links and Info page for the link.  Finally, students learned a whole set of dance moves to help learn the parts of a cell, and their functions.

Home Education:
Study for the quiz on Wednesday!

Handouts:
- PPT slides

10

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We finished the PPT about cell organelles and functions, and then had some time to review some of the terminology for the quiz tomorrow.

Home Education:
Study for the quiz!  Use the study guide!

Handouts:
-

11

DUE:
QUIZ:  Covers Act 37-42  (Last Academic grade for the quarter - no revisions on this one . . .)

There will also be a few questions about the Science Notebook.

Today's Lesson:

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

12
STUDENT LED CONFERENCES
13
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

2013-2014 8th Grade Earth and Space Science Calendar

Older calendars are in Archived Calendars (separate page in upper left sidebar)




8th Grade Earth/Space Science May 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5

DUE:
Rough draft of Designing (Variables, Materials, Procedure) and complete data table to use for lab.

Today's Lesson:
Groups set up their lab and collected data.  Folks that didn't have their data table ready have to come in on their own time to do the lab within the next 2 days during Advisory or after school.

Home Education:
Finalize Framing section - due tomorrow

Handouts:
-


6

DUE:
Final Copy of Framing Section (Background, Research Question, Hypothesis) - Academic Grade and State Work Sample

Today's Lesson:
With the data collected, students made graphs to compare the sand and water for heating and cooling.  For those that were done with the Framing, they did a self-assessment of their work.

Home Education:
Complete the graph for analysis tomorrow.

Handouts:
- graph paper

7

DUE:
Heating Earth's Surfaces graph completed

Today's Lesson:
We moved on to the Analyzing and Interpreting Results section.  Students looked at their data in combination with a hint sheet of things to consider.  The rest of the period was work time to do the Analysis.

Home Education:
Work more on the Analyzing section - try to complete both the Data Analysis and the Conclusions sections.

Handouts:
- Analyzing and Interpreting Results Hint Sheet (can find link to this on Inquiry Information and Downloads page to upper left)

8

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Final day of in-class computer time to work on Heating Earth's Surfaces inquiry write-up. 

Home Education:
Complete Designing section (due Monday)

Handouts:
-

9

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We took a well-earned break and watched a great PBS video about Tornadoes.  Astute students will recognize the connection between the current lab and the video . . .

Home Education:
Complete Designing section (due Monday)

Handouts:
- Cornell notes page

12

DUE:
Designing the Investigation Final Copy (variables, materials, procedure) - scored with Designing Scoring Rubric in Appendix

Today's Lesson:
Students that had completed the work did a self-evaluation of the Designing section. 

Then we moved on to Act 56 about Ocean Temperatures.  Students color-coded maps, and did Procedure Steps #1 and 5 in their Notebooks.

Home Education:
Complete Analyzing Section due on Wed.

Handouts:
- Act 56 LT/RT (pink)
- World Map with ocean temps (4 different maps - absentees need to see me)

13

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Groups put together a poster of the world's ocean temps and discussed patterns.  We watched an animation of historical ocean temps and discussed more observations.  We finished Act 56 by doing AQ#2 and 4 in the Notebook (along with LT/RT).

We started in on Act 57 as an intro for what we're doing tomorrow.  Students did an Anticipation Guide to gauge their current understanding.

Home Education:
Complete Data and Analyzing sections

Handouts:
- Act 57 LT/RT
- Act 57 Anticipation Guide

14

DUE:
Analyzing and Interpreting Results Section Final Copy Due (Data Analysis, Conclusions, Error Analysis, and Future Directions)

Today's Lesson:
Students did a self-evaluation of the two sections due today. 

Then, we continued with Act 57, and did the reading, stopping now and then to show an animation and discuss.

.

Home Education:
none

Handouts:
- Act 57 Intra-Act Discussion Sheet

15

DUE:
Act 57, AQ#3, 4

Today's Lesson:
We did the Intra-Act Discussion sheet, and students had time to do AQ#3 and 4 in their Notebooks

Home Education:
Finish Act 57 AQ#3, 4 in Notebooks

Handouts:
-

16

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Students did Act 58 - a reading summarizing the key points about factors that influence climate.  There was an outline to use for the reading, and they had to do AQ#4 in their Notebooks.

Home Education:
Complete the reading outline and AQ#4

Handouts:
- Act 58 reading outline

19

DUE:
Should have done by end of period (finish outside of class if you don't):  Act 58 Reading Outline, AQ#4, LT/RT

Today's Lesson:
Students had even more time on Act 58 to complete the reading outline, AQ#4, and the LT/RT.  Students not done with the inquiry could also work on that if they finished the work on Act 58.

We also spent the last 20 minutes watching a fantastic analysis of the formation of the Grand Canyon as a lead-in to some of the erosion and deposition topics to review for next week's St. Helens trip.

Home Education:
Complete Act 58 Reading Outline, AQ#4, and LT/RT

Handouts:
- Act 58 LT/RT (yellow)

20

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We finished the video about the formation of the Grand Canyon.  Very interesting evidence and lots of good questions.  Students took notes.  Absentees (including Band students) should check in about what notes they should have.

Home Education:
Finish anything from Act 58 that isn't done.

Handouts:
- none (used Notebook for notes)

21

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We reviewed the quiz study guide and Act 58 and had a demonstration about the "Rain Shadow" or "Orographic" effect that is so clearly shown in Oregon.  We barely started in on Act 59.

Here is the Answer Key to Act 58 Reading Outline.

Home Education:
Have read Act 59 and 60 before tomorrow.

Handouts:
- Quiz Study Guide

22

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We took some notes for Act 59 about solute, solvent, and solution.  Then we moved to Act 60 about states of matter of water.  We quickly reviewed the basics they learned in Elementary school, and then learned new information specific to weather.  We had some great demos measuring humidity,  cloud formation (that was fun!!), and sublimation of dry-ice.

Home Education:
Study for tomorrow's quiz!!!  use the study guide.

Handouts:
- Act 60 Notes and Demo outline

23

DUE:
QUIZ:  Covers Act 50-60 (Academic)

Today's Lesson:
We did some last minute review, and then students had the whole period for the quiz.

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

26  NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY

DUE:

Today's Lesson:

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

27

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We talked about Cruz for a long time.  Then, we discussed some of the logistics and schedule for the St. Helens trip.

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

28

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We looked more at the expectations for the field trip and got a peek at the packet to do tomorrow.  We watched a coupe short videos of lahars and pyroclastic flors.  We made observations and took notes on different igneous rocks.

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

29

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens

Home Education:

Handouts:
- Mt. St. Helens Field Trip Packet

30

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We reviewed exactly what pages are expected from the packet, and then made thank you cards for the chaperones and Ranger Terry.

Home Education:
Packet and thank yous due at the end of next Tuesday.

Handouts:
-

 
8th Grade Earth/Space Science June 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
After reviewing the Weather Quiz, students had the rest of the day to work on their St. Helens packet.  Half of the class had time on the dissecting scopes to look at sand samples, and we'll swap out tomorrow.

Home Education:
Work more on the MSH Packet!!

Handouts:
-


3

DUE:
Mt. St. Helens Packet (Academic grade) and Thank You cards - due at the end of the period.

Today's Lesson:
Students had the entire period to complete the MSH packet.  It was turned in at the end of the period.  Absentees should check with me about due dates.  There are lots of resources available in the room.

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

4

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Students had a couple reflection questions about Mt. St. Helens they had to turn in: 

1.  What are the 4 most important things you learned with the MSH field trip and packet? 
2.  What are 3 interesting things that you learned? 
3.  Draw a picture of the image that most comes to mind about the field trip.

ABSENTEES NEED TO DO THIS.

Then, we watched a slide show from the field trip, and talked about some of the cool things in the pictures. 

We quickly discussed Act 61 about groundwater infiltration, and then labeled a diagram of the water cycle for Act 62.  ABSENTEES need to get caught up on all that.  It will be information to use on the concept map for the final weather project next week.

Home Education:
Revisions of Inquiry, Quiz Revisions

Handouts:
- Did the reflection on a half sheet.

5

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We had rapid fire activities today - we reviewed Act 61 for folks that were absent today, then talked about what Act 62 was about - the water cycle.  Most students, from the pre-assessment, had a solid understanding of the water cycle, so we just reviewed key terms.  Then, on to Act 63 and we tried the syringe challenge, and predicted percentages of gasses in the air before learning and discussing the actual percentages.  Finally, we moved on to Act 64 about the layers of the atmosphere.  We looked, as a class, at the interactive SEPUP activity (see link on the SEPUP Earth Science Info page at upper left), and answered AQ#1 - 2 in class, and students have to have #3 completed before tomorrow.  They have a handout to help answer the question.

Home Education:
Complete Act 64, AQ#1-3 in Notebook

Handouts:
- Act 64 LT/RT (yellow)
- Act 64 Background Information

6

DUE:
Weather Quiz Revisions
Act 64, AQ#1-3

Today's Lesson:
We reviewed the AQ to Act 64, and discussed the handout.  We labeled the ozone layer and discussed how to interpret the graph on the handout.  Then, we did Act 65 and looked at how the atmosphere has changed over time, and the gases and percents changed.  We read the Background Information for Act 65 and highlighted key facts.

We ended the period watching a movie about how Earth's temperature has changed over time, and how we know that by studying natural archives.  We will continue the movie on Monday.

Home Education:
Study for next week's quiz

Handouts:
- Act 65 LT/RT (green)
- Act 65 Background Information

9

DUE:

Today's Lesson:

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

10

DUE:

Today's Lesson:

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

11

DUE:
Final Weather Concept Map  (last Academic grade of quarter!)

Today's Lesson:

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

12
CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS
13
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL