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

Roger Groom

Science Rocks!

The home stretch - keep your head in the game as there is still a LOT of learning going on. 

8th graders have come to the end of our weather and climate unit, and now we're gearing up for our field trip to Mt. St. Helens, and then on to earthquake building design to wrap up the year.  6th graders have finished with the microscope work, and now will be learning more about how cells work.

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

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:


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HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1. 

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HANDOUTS:
1. 

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DUE:


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HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1. 

 

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:


HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

27 

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

28 

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1. 

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DUE:


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HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1.