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

Roger Groom

Science Rocks!

The last week!  Keep your focus - we've got projects to complete! 

8th graders had a great time on our field trip to Mt. St. Helens, and we're in the last project about testing an earthquake-proof building!  The earthquake shake table test is on Tuesday!!!  6th graders are into their last project as well, and are seeing how eggs can be used as models of cells.  See the picture below for the eggs after they've been put in colored Powerade!  Diffusion and osmosis in action . . .

 

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

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 Life Science, May 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
4

DUE:


TODAY:
Students got back a bunch of papers to put back in their Notebooks.  Then, we moved on to Act 36 and talked about microbes (definition in Notebook).  They got a tutorial on how to make labelled microscope slides, and then had the rest of the period to begin looking for, observing, and drawing microbes. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for Microscope Quiz

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 36 Microscope Drawing Template

5

DUE:
QUIZ:  Covers microscope parts, use, and must demonstrate correct technique

TODAY:
Students took the quiz, and then had time to work on the Act 35 LT sheet and the microbe work on the microscopes.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish Act 35 LT sheet

HANDOUTS:
1. 

6 

DUE:
Act 35 LT sheet

TODAY:
First, we reviewed the microscope quiz from yesterday.  Then, students got a handout and rubric of how they're going to get scored on their final microscope drawing.  We reviewed that, and then students had the rest of the period to work on the 'scopes!  The sheet we're using now is the practice sheet and they have to get checked off on that before they start on their final.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Microscope Final Drawing Rubric (blue)

7 

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had the entire period to work on the microscopes.  They need to show me the practice sheet and get okayed on that first before they start on their final. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

8 

DUE:


TODAY:
Another FULL day to work on microscope drawings. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep looking at stuff online if you need to label parts.  DO NOT just copy something from the internet. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

11 

DUE:
Final Microscope Drawing - due at the end of the period.  Use blue rubric to make sure you've done it right.

TODAY:
Last day to work on final microscope drawing.  We stopped with 15 minutes left to do self-assessment and answer a final reflection question: what was the coolest thing you saw with the microscopes, and why.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish up any last minute labeling.  Anyone not done needs to come in before/after school (with arrangements), or during Advisory.

HANDOUTS:
1.  none new

12 

DUE:


TODAY:
Students, in preparation for a lab on Thursday, read Activity 42, taking a closer look at cells.  Students did a warm-up question, set up their Notebook, and worked on a reading outline. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the reading outline and Act 42, AQ#1, 2, and 6.

HANDOUTS:

1.  Act 42 LT sheet (blue)

2.  Act 42 Reading Outline


13

DUE:


TODAY:
Students finally got back their Act 91 Fossil Footprint work. They had a handout to explain the abbreviations. Students that didn't do it, or that need to revise had time to do it.  Next in order of priority was any left over work on the microscopes, then then Act 42 reading outline and AQ. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 42 Reading Outline
Act 42 AQ#1, 2, 6

HANDOUTS:
Activity 91 reprints:
1.  Footprint Scene
2.  Brainstormed Hypotheses
3.  Revised Act 91 Analysis handout
4.  Act 91 Grading Comments
14 

DUE:
Act 42 Reading Outline
Act 42 AQ#1, 2, 6


TODAY:
We started the cell lab.  Students learned how to make cheek cell and elodea cell slides, and then had the remainder of time to work on the lab. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 38 Cell Lab Sheet

15 

DUE:


TODAY:
Guest Teacher Today

Students learned how to make onion skin slides, and then had the remainder of the period to continue from yesterday and to do the onion skin.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Think about the AQ for the Cell Lab 

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

18 

DUE:
Act 91 Fossil Footprints (2nd chance) or Revisions

TODAY:
Students got some papers back and we talked about the cell drawings.  Students can revise if they would like.

Then they had the remainder of the day to finish their slide diagrams.  Today is the last day of in-class microscope work.  Students done with the drawings had time to start on the Analysis Questions.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish Cell lab and AQ

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

19 

DUE:


TODAY:
Guest Teacher today

Students started Activity 37 about the history of the germ theory.  They did a WRU Thinking and read the Background Information.  Then, they read the Activity and worked on a timeline of how we learned about cells and diseases.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 Complete Act 38 Cell Lab!

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 37 LT sheet
2.  Act 37 Background Information and Timeline

20 

DUE:
Act 38 Cell Lab and Analysis Questions

TODAY:
A continuation of yesterday's reading about the Germ Theory.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

21 

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the timeline handout, and then watched a couple great animations about the "Wacky Theory of the Cell Theory" and the cell parts rap song. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish any outstanding microscope work

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

22 

DUE:
Microscope Drawing Revisions (include original)

TODAY:
Due to so many kids missing class due to Band practice, today was a catch-up day.  Students did Act 37 AQ#3, the Act 37 LT sheet, and then they could finish any remaining work on the Cell Lab using computer sites. 

Once done with all that they could take some quality time to organize and clean up their Notebook.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 37, AQ#3 and LT sheet
Organize and clean-up Notebook

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

25 - HOLIDAY


26 

DUE:


TODAY:
We set up an experiment with an egg to model how a cell behaves.  Then, we read Act 39 and completed the first side of a reading outline about cellular respiration. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.  5x8 card to use for cheat sheet for Friday's quiz.
2.  Act 39 Handout

27 

DUE:


TODAY:
Guest Teacher today

Groups changed the vinegar for their eggs, and then made observations.  They also were supposed to draw what happened in the yeast/test tube/balloon demonstration from yesterday.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep working on cheat sheet for quiz on Friday

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 37-42 Quiz Study Guide

28 

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the Study Guide, followed by a practice clicker quiz.  Students then took notes on respiration and photosynthesis and how they compare.  Then, groups switched their eggs to water.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for quiz, and prepare cheat sheet

HANDOUTS:
1. 

29 

DUE:
QUIZ - Covers Act 37-42 (sorry this got posted so late - kids should have it in their planners).  5x8 cheat sheet okay to use during quiz.

TODAY:
After a bit of review, students had the whole period to take the quiz.

When they finished, they read some background information about diffusion and osmosis in order to answer a few questions in preparation for the eggsperiment data collection next week.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 40 Eggsperiment Background
2.  Diffusion/Osmosis reading (class set)

 

6th Grade Life Science, June 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the Cells Quiz and discussed grading comments on the Cells Lab.  Use the handout to see what abbreviations mean and suggestions on revisions.

The bulk of the day was spent writing reflections on the Science Notebook and one Academic assignment for the Student Led Conference Portfolio.  Absentees need to come see me during Advisory to get the brainstorming and directions on how to complete the form.


HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish Portfolio reflection form (yellow)

HANDOUTS:
1.  Grading comments for Act 38 Cell lab (1/2 sheet)
2. Portfolio Entry Sheet (yellow)

2

DUE:


TODAY:
Guest Teacher today

Students watched a couple short animations/videos on diffusion and osmosis as background information for the eggsperiment.  They reviewed the handout from last week comparing the two.  Then, they made observations on the liquid they're putting the egg into next before doing so.  In their Notebooks, they predicted what will happen with those new liquids.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:
1.  (Act 40 Background Information - from last week)

3 

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the diffusion and osmosis from yesterday, and then we reviewed the whole reason why we're doing the eggsperiment - to model a cell. 

We went through the Framing packet, and then students had time to begin writing the Background Information.  The background is like an introduction to a paper - it's a way to explain to any reader what they need to know to understand the experiment. Use the packet to help guide your writing.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Work for another 20 minutes on the Background. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Eggsperiment Framing Packet

4 

DUE:
Eggsperiment Framing Background

TODAY:
A busy day!  We reviewed diffusion and osmosis for the band students that were absent yesterday (and extra time on that for Period 8 because they missed Tues and Wed).  Then, we worked on the Eggsperiment packet and did the variables, the Research Question, and the hypotheses.  Students were to use what they learned about diffusion and osmosis to predict what will happen to the egg.

Then, after hypotheses were done, we checked out the eggs and discussed what was happening.  Osmosis!  Corn syrup is too big to cross the membrane, so water and vinegar from the cell move out and form a watery layer on top of the corn syrup!  Very cool.






Then, we put the egg into a colored Powerade solution to see what will happen next . . .

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep working on Background if necessary, and continue making hypotheses with explanations for the next liquids (colored Powerade, maple syrup)

HANDOUTS:
1.  same packet as yesterday

5 

DUE:
Revisions on Cells Quiz - use Quiz Correction Form

Revisions on Cells Lab (do new cell drawings, and re-write any AQ you need to revise) - attach original

Eggsperiment Packet (if done by end of today)

TODAY:
We made educated hypotheses on what would happen in the colored Powerade. Once done with that, we made observations on the eggs and liquid, and then put in maple syrup for the weekend.  Final thing was to make a detailed prediction of the egg and liquid with the maple syrup.

Pictures from colored Powerade!
















HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Eggsperiment Packet

HANDOUTS:
1. 

8 

DUE:
Eggsperiment Packet (JMP students will turn in tomorrow)

TODAY:
We made observations on our disgusting eggs (warm room, sugary liquids, fungus galore!), and then washed out the beakers.  Then, we discussed what we learned from the experiment and about what moves where!

See pics below!



















HOME EDUCATION:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

9 

DUE:
Notebook Quiz

TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

10

Student Led Conferences
11 Last Day

Field Trip
SUMMER!!!

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, May 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
4

DUE:


TODAY:
Students worked further on their group's categorization of climate change information cards.  Then, they had to make summary statements about their categories and pick the 3 most important graphs and explain them.  Students should work further on those tonight.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Work further on explanations of the categories.

HANDOUTS:
1.  none (just an OH about the process)

5

DUE:


TODAY:
Groups had additional time to work on their summaries.  Then, they broke up into groups based on interest.  Each group has a 'sector' to review about how climate change affects it.  Goal today was to read, highlight, and annotate their sector report. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish up Climate Info Card Category Summaries and Graphs

HANDOUTS:
1.  Sector reports

6 

DUE:


TODAY:
Welcome back JMP.  JMP students worked on the Climate Packet and associated outline.

The rest broke up into their groups and were given the task to read their sector report and hightlight/take notes.  With time and if others finished, they could start the conversations about what they'd like to teach the class about their sector.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Climate Info Card Category Summaries and Graphs

HANDOUTS:
1. 

7 

DUE:
Climate Info Card Category Summaries and Graphs

TODAY:
JMP continued on the climate packets.

Groups got together and started the process of figuring out what they'd like to present.  Students took notes and discussed ideas for a lesson. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Folks need to read and know their sector report!  JMP needs to spend at least 20 minutes working on the climate packet.

HANDOUTS:
1. 

8 

DUE:
Should have finished reading the Sector reports.

TODAY:
JMP should have finished the climate packet, and then they did the Climate Info Cards activity and sorted them into categories. 

Sector groups continued making plans for their posters and lessons.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Each student should have a plan on what they need to do for their group project.  Be ready to put together on Monday.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Hints on posters and lessons

11 

DUE:


TODAY:
JMP students had the whole day to do the Climate Card Activity and put them into categories. 

The sector report groups had the entire day to work with their group to plan their presentation.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep working on sector report presentation.

HANDOUTS:
1. 

12 

DUE:


TODAY:
JMP students had to finish the summaries of the categories for the climate cards.

Sector Report groups had today as the last day to hammer out their presentation.  They need to have a lesson plan and their handout completed for copying. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finalize and practice presentation!

HANDOUTS:
1. 

13

DUE:
JMP:  Climate Card Category Summaries and Graphs

Sector Groups:  Have entire presentation (lesson plan, handout, poster) completed and ready to present.

TODAY:
Student presentations of Agriculture and Water sectors.  Audience asked and answered questions along with the presentations.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finalize and practice presentation! 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

14 

DUE:


TODAY:
More presentations on Energy and Human Health. 
Audience asked and answered questions along with the presentations.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

15 

DUE:


TODAY:
Guest Teacher

Student presentations on Society and Ecosystems. 
Audience asked and answered questions along with the presentations.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

18 

DUE:


TODAY:
We finished the last sector presentation on Transportation and then reviewed the blue guidelines page and rubric for instructions on how to write their paper.  They had some time to start organizing their work.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Sector Climate Impact Evidence and Trade-offs Guidelines, Outline, and Rubrics

19 

DUE:


TODAY:
Guest Teacher today.

Students had the whole day to organize their ideas for the Evidence and Trade-offs paper.  They were given a graphic organizer to do so and were encouraged to look at the posters made for each sector.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Work 20 - 30 minutes on paper

HANDOUTS:
1.  Sector Climate Impact Evidence and Trade-offs Graphic Organizer

20 

DUE:


TODAY:
Guest Teacher today.

Students had the whole period to work on the Evidence and Trade-offs paper.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Work 20 - 30 minutes on paper

HANDOUTS:
1. 

21 

DUE:
Final copy of Sector Climate Impact Evidence and Trade-offs

TODAY:
Students had the whole day to wrap-up their final copy and then do the self-assessment.  Those that had time studied for tomorrow's quiz.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for climate quiz 

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

22 

DUE:
QUIZ:  Covers all Climate and Climate Change material

TODAY:
Students had the whole period to work on the quiz, and when done they could finish up any outstanding work on the Sector Climate Impact Evidence and Trade-offs paper.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete any outstanding work on climate. 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

25 - HOLIDAY


26 

DUE:
Any late Climate work

TODAY:

We reviewed the climate quiz from last week, and then the rest of the day was looking at the MSH Field Trip packet and discussing the trip for tomorrow!


HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

27 

DUE:


TODAY:
Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens.  Students had a packet to complete on the trip.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

28 

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had a bit of time to continue working on their packet if they didn't finish yesterday.  Then, we wrote thank you cards to chaperones (thank you chaperones!) before watching a short slide show of the pics we took yesterday.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish packet and thank you cards.

HANDOUTS:
1. 

29 

DUE:
Thank you cards

MSH Packet due MONDAY.

TODAY:
Students had time to write thank you cards to various people, then a bit more time on the packet, and then we watched a movie with actual footage from the St. Helens eruption. 

Students that are missing the Climate Sector Evidence and Trade-offs paper were told to do that instead of watching the movie.

HOME EDUCATION:

  Complete the MSH Packet and thank you notes

HANDOUTS:
1. 

 

6th Grade Life Science, June 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1

DUE:
MSH Packets and Thank You cards

TODAY:
To prep for the big project, students first gave me suggestions of who they'd like to work with.  Then, we watched a series of short animations and videos to remind us how seismic waves travel and some cool EQ building design models.  Students took some notes on those as they watched.  Finally, I explained what they'd be doing tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
GET THAT MISSING WORK DONE!!!

HANDOUTS:
1.  none

2

DUE:


TODAY:
Students got a bunch of materials and a 'building' that they had to configure in such a way that it would withstand shaking.  Whatever they learn here will aid them in building their 4-story building.

Then, they went through the first part of the EQ Building Design packet, henceforth called SQED: Spaghetti Quake Engineering Design.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the Background Information section of packet

HANDOUTS:
1.  SQED Packet

3 

DUE:
SQED Background Info

TODAY:
We immediately began looking at the SQED packet, and learned the criteria of the building.  Then, groups had the rest of the period to work on planning designs to start building tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Work more on the designs and their pros and cons.

HANDOUTS:
1. 

4 

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had the entire period to purchase supplies and start building!

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep working on the first two sections of the SQED packet.

HANDOUTS:
1. 

5 

DUE:


TODAY:
Entire day to build (minus a short break to hear our AWESOME band coming back from the Glencoe Storybook Parade!)

Students also got grade reports.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Continue working on packet

HANDOUTS:
1. 

8 

DUE:


TODAY:
Last whole day to build that building!  Hope you had enough money to get the supplies you need!



HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish the first two sections of the packet to the best of your ability. 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

9 

DUE:
Spaghetti Quake Earthquake Design Packets DUE!

TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

10

Capstone Presentations
11 Last Day


SUMMER!!!