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Roger Groom

Science Rocks!

Third Quarter Midterms - right around the corner. 
Keep up with work, use planners, check my website, and show some positive learning gains over 2nd quarter.  8th graders are writing up their data and analysis, due Wednesday.  6th graders are coming closer to the end of the very fun and informative unit on Genetics, and they'll be coming home with a vial of their DNA on Tuesday! 

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  -  Newly Updated as of Jan 16!

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 for Sale!
Super cool new design for the 2015 Earth Day T-shirt.  Students can order through me in Science class.  They'll even be personalized with Mt. Tabor Middle School!


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, February 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2

DUE:


TODAY:
Students continued the Planet Earth video we started last week.  They took notes on specific types of adaptations depicted in the video.  Absentees should check in with me about what to do.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none 

HANDOUTS:
1. 



3 

DUE:


TODAY:
We started Act 58 about a breeding program for a hypothetical organism.  Students took some notes on vocab (absentees need to get that from a friend or my Notebook), and then responded to the Stopping to Think questions as we went through the reading. Absentees can do those as they move through the reading in Act 58.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Act 57 LT sheet

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 58 LT sheet
2.  Quarter 3 HALL PASSES (Absentees need to get this!)


4

DUE:
Act 57 LT Sheet (pink)

TODAY:
Students continued with Act 58 and tried to come up with a model to show how genes are passed from parents to offspring.  They took notes on what they learned, and came up with 'rules' of how genes are passed on.  Absentees need to get the handout and do the modeling when they return - it's a hands-on activity.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 59 Critter Hypothesis Models


5

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the activity from yesterday and wrote down the 'rules' of how genes are passed down (AQ#2).  Absentees need to get those.  Then, we moved on to Act 59, did the WRU Thinking, read the introductions, and learned a lot of new vocabulary. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 59 LT sheet
2. Act 59 Vocabulary
 


6

DUE:


TODAY:
We used all the vocabulary we learned yesterday and students flipped coins to determine the characteristics of critter offspring.  We tallied group and class results to look for patterns. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for Monday's quiz 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 59 Data Sheet

9

DUE:
Quiz on Vocab and Math from Act 58-59.

TODAY:
We first did Act 59 AQ#1 together.  Then, students took a short quiz, and then had the rest of the time of the period to do the analysis questions due tomorrow. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 59, AQ#2, 4, 5, 6, 7 in Notebook.  #7 will be a rough draft in the Notebook to become an Academic grade later.   Also do Act 59 LT sheet.

HANDOUTS:
1. Quiz sheet
 

10

DUE:
Act 59, AQ#2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and Act 59 LT sheet

TODAY:
We discussed an interesting article about airborne particles, and then reviewed the quiz from yesterday.  We had the bulk of the period devoted to Activity 60 about Mendel.  We did the first bit of the reading together, saw a few PPT slides absentees should see, and then students had the remainder of the period to continue the reading outline and do the analysis questions. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish reading outline - both sides

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 60 LT sheet
2. Act 60 Reading Outline
 

11

DUE:
Act 60 Reading Outline, both sides

TODAY:
Today was an important day where we reviewed all the AQ from Act 59 and 60.  Lots of issues noticed when home education was being checked, so took the day to solidify understanding.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 60 LT Sheet

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

12

DUE:
Act 60 LT sheet

TODAY:
We discussed the Earth Day t-shirt order, and then went right into Activity 61.  We did the reading, took a bunch of notes/wrote definitions for vocab (absentees need to get that!), and then learned how to do Punnett Squares.  We modeled it, then practiced.  Students have a couple practice problems to try tonight.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the back side of the Punnett Square practice sheet.

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 61 LT Sheet (white)
2. Act 61 Punnett Squares, Step by Step
 

13

DUE:
Punnett Square Practice Sheet (back side)

TODAY:
We reviewed vocab learned yesterday, reviewed the practice sheet from yesterday, and then did another practice sheet with slightly more complicated question stems for Punnett Squares.  Really fun!

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the practice sheet from today and do Act 61, AQ#1-4

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 61 Punnett Square Practice Problems
 

16

HOLIDAY
 

17

DUE:
Punnett Square practice sheet from Friday and Act 61, AQ#1-4


TODAY:
We talked a bit about Act 62 but we will cycle back to that after Act 63.  We began Act 63 by looking at comparative sizes of different things - very cool online animation - Coffee to Carbon.  Check it out.  Then, after doing a couple pre-reading strategies, students had time to work on the reading outline.

HOME EDUCATION
:
  Complete Act 61 AQ!!!

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 63 Reading Outline
 

18

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the AQ from Act 61and discussed key points.  Then, we moved to Act 63 and discussed cell division, called mitosis. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Part A of Act 63 Reading Outline

HANDOUTS:
1. none
 

19

DUE:
Act 63 Reading Outline, Part A

TODAY:
Today we had a great day and watched 4 short animations/vidoes about DNA and how it works.  We took a handful of notes, and then students had time to work further on Part B and C of the reading outline.  What didn't get done in class needs to get done before tomorrow.  Absentees need to watch those videos on the SEPUP Life Science Info and Links page above.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete part B of the Reading Outline, and take notes on Part C in the Notebook. 

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 63 Learning Target sheet (lavender)
 

20

DUE:
Act 63 Reading Outline, Part B and C (in Notebook)

TODAY:
We reviewed the reading outline and showed a couple pictures to explain things.  Absentees should get the notes they missed.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 Study for quiz on Monday

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

23

DUE:
QUIZ:  Covers just Act 63, closed Notebook

TODAY:
 We took the quiz, and then quickly reviewed the data from the seed experiments.  Then, we started Act 65 and began looking at different ways that traits can be passed on.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 65 LT sheet (blue)
 

24

DUE:


TODAY:
Partners did coin tossing to determine the traits of Ocean and Lucy's kid.  From the alleles received, they figured out the phenotype.  With time left, students began working on AQ#2-6.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 65, AQ#2-6 (due Thursday)

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 65 Critter Cross Data sheet
2.  Act 58-65 Study Guide
 

25

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had more Punnett square practice on incomplete dominance.  Then, they had the remainder of the day to either work on their cheat sheet or on the AQ that are due tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

26

DUE:
Act 65, AQ#2-6 in Notebook

TODAY:
Students built their critters today, and then did AQ#7 and 8 in class.  Folks that had left over time could continue to work on the cheat sheet for Monday's quiz.

ANSWERS TO ANALYSIS QUESTIONS #2-8

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep working on cheat sheet and study for Monday's quiz

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

27

DUE:


TODAY:
Field trip to the ballet. Hopefully students that had any genetics questions asked me! 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for Monday's quiz

HANDOUTS:
1.
 


 

6th Grade Life Science, March 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2

DUE:
QUIZ:  Covers Genetics Activities 58 - 65.  Use the study guide to prepare.  Students are allowed a 5x8 card to bring in during the quiz (rather than the Notebook - this will encourage reviewing and preparing for the quiz ahead of time!)

TODAY:
After a chance to ask last minute questions, students had the entire period to complete the quiz.  Folks that finished early had time to work on a rough draft of a DNA acrostic poem that will be due later this week.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 


3

DUE:


TODAY:


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HANDOUTS:
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20

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1. 


SPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK!
30

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1. 

31

DUE:


TODAY:


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/Space Science, February 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2

DUE:


TODAY:
Students watched a video on volcanic hazards.  Due to some technical difficulties they didn't finish the entire video, but will finish tomorrow.  There was an outline to complete as we watched the video.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 11 Understanding Volcanic Hazards questions



3 

DUE:


TODAY:
We finished watching the hazard movie, and then watched a bit of the reducing risk segment.  We reviewed the answers to the question sheet.

Then we started Act 12 on rocks.  We did and discussed the WRU thinking question, and then started on the reading using a reading outline (Act 19 in the textbook)

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Act 11 LT sheet

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 12 LT sheet
2.  Act 12 Reading Outline


4

DUE:
Act 11 LT sheet - you'll probably have to continue on a separate sheet of paper.

TODAY:
Students continued with the reading and completed the reading outline.  They got to observe some of the rocks mentioned in the reading.  Then, with time remaining, students started an activity on identifying rocks based on their characteristics.  Absentees will have to do that activity and get caught up on the reading.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none 

HANDOUTS:
1.  none


5

DUE:


TODAY:
Students all re-tried the rock identification activity to look for characteristics of the rocks that give clues to their formation.  They took notes on what to look for.  Folks that were gone yesterday were supposed to have continued with the reading activity (Act 19 from the textbook) and finish it tonight.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish Act 19 reading and outline

HANDOUTS:
1. none
 


6

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the reading and looked at a few more examples of rocks to solidify some understanding of how they are formed.  Then, we did a rock matrix (cycle) activity where everyone became a rock particle and traveled through time and space to become different types of rocks.  They used a handout to record their journey.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for quiz - make 5x8 card to use during the quiz.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 12 Rock Matrix sheet

9

DUE:
QUIZ:  Covers Act 11 and 12 on Volcanoes and Rocks.  Students can come with 5x8 card.

TODAY:
After a review of the rock matrix, students had the remainder of the day to take the quiz.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

10

DUE:


TODAY:
We moved right in to Activity 13 on Geologic time.  We watched a short video and got a lot of vocab and definitions under our belt.  Absentees need to get that information. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 13 LT sheet
2. Act 13 Geologic timeline
 

11

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed some information from the video, took a few more notes and watched another video, and then ended the day with a geologic event sorting activity.

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

12

DUE:


TODAY:
We jumped back into the geological event activity, discussed and recorded the data on the geologic timelines they got a couple days ago, and then jumped into a stratigraphic column activity.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Read the Anthropocene article for Act 13.  Summarize and write an opinion piece about how humans appear to be affecting geologic time!

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 13 Anthropocene article
 

13

DUE:

Act 13 Anthropocene Article Summary/Opinion (can also be turned in 2/17)


TODAY:
FIELD TRIP to MT. TABOR!  Super fun time - hope the kids learned as much as much as I enjoyed the day. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete summary and opinion of Anthropocene article

HANDOUTS:
1. Field Trip Packet
 

16

HOLIDAY
 

17

DUE:
Act 13 Anthropocene Article Summary/Opinion (could also have been turned in 2/13)

TODAY:
We reviewed some material from the field trip, and students a bit more time to work on the field trip guide.  These were turned in.  Then, we spent time looking at the satellite map of Portland to show the flood damage to all the volcanic buttes.  We switched gears and students finished up the stratigraphy activity we started last Thursday.  Absentees need to make this up!  AQ were assigned and are due tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Act 13, AQ#3 (from small handout), and do LT sheet

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 13 AQ (quarter-sheet)
 

18

DUE:
Activity 13, AQ#1-3, LT

TODAY:
We talked about some cool rocks from Hawaii, and then moved to Act 14 about Earthquakes.  We did the WRU Thinking, discussed it, and spoke about how rocks can bend.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 14 LT sheet
2. 8th Grade Picture Form
 

19

DUE:


TODAY:
We did an activity where students had to predict how different sticks would break in connection to earthquakes.  Absentees need to do the lab on their own to gather data.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
1. none
 

20

DUE:
LAST DAY FOR FOOD DRIVE DONATIONS!

TODAY:
We spent a bit more time looking at the data from yesterday.  Then, students got to play on the Earthquake Machine to see how it works.  Students were supposed to look at strengths and weaknesses of the model when compared to studying EQs.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the first part of the handout on strengths and weaknesses of the EQ Machine. 

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 14 EQ Machine Lab sheet
 

23

DUE:


TODAY:
We watched a few short video/animations about EQ processes and how the EQ Machine works.  Then, students were asked to think more about what variables they could change and measure with the model.  Groups were supposed to come up with an MV and RV they would like to test.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:
1. Act 14 EQ Machine Lab, second sheet
 

24

DUE:


TODAY:
Groups further refined their variables and completed their experiment sheet.  Then, they set up the lab and some groups began testing and collecting data. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

25

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had the entire period to collect data from their "Earthquake Machine".

HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1.
 

26

DUE:


TODAY:
Students again had the entire day to do the following:

Finish collecting data
Start making graph
Start analysis
Start making cheat sheet for Monday's quiz.

HOME EDUCATION:
Start studying and preparing cheat sheet for Monday's quiz.

HANDOUTS:
1. Blank 5x8 card
 

27

DUE:


TODAY:
Today we reviewed basics of data tables and graphs.  Then, we discussed the analysis outline that students can use when doing their final analysis of their data. 

We spent the majority of the data relating their EQ Machine test to how it models real world EQs and what we learned groups learned from their data collection.  There were some amazing patterns between the different groups!

Finally, students a small chunk of time to work on some aspect of the EQ Machine lab.

Here is the entire packet for the EQ Machine Lab.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for Monday's quiz on Earth's timeline and earthquakes.

HANDOUTS:
1. Making Data Tables (green) - put in Appendix on page A9.
2. Making Great Graphs (pink) - put in Appendix on page A10.
3. EQ Machine Analysis Outline
4. EQ Machine Scoring Guide
 




8th Grade Earth/Space Science, March 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2

DUE:
QUIZ:  Covers Act 13-14, and the field trip to Mt. Tabor (NOT open Notebook - students should prepare a 5x8 'cheat sheet')

TODAY:
After a chance to ask last minute questions, students had the entire period to complete the quiz.  Folks that finished early had time to work on their EQ Machine Lab write-up.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Continue working on EQ machine lab that's due on Wednesday.

HANDOUTS:
1. 


3

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

4

DUE:
EQ Machine Lab Handouts, Data Table, Graphs, and Analysis.  Two Academic grades coming from this assignment.

TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

5

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1. 

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DUE:


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HANDOUTS:
1. 

9

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DUE
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HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1. 

20

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1. 


SPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK!
30

DUE:


TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:
 

HANDOUTS:
1. 

31

DUE:


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HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:
1.