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Science Rocks!

Happy New Year!
  Hope you had a relaxing break.  8th graders are still in the thick of Geology and are discussing volcanoes.  6th graders are on to a new unit, Genetics.  Tons of fun!

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

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, January 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5 

DUE
:


TODAY:
Students got back a bunch of papers, including current grade reports, and then had a few minutes to clean up their Notebooks for Ecology.  Then, we prepared the Notebook to start the Genetics unit tomorrow.  Absentees need to come in Advisory to check my Notebook.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Continue fixing up Notebook if it needs it.

HANDOUTS:
Paper pocket - pink

6

DUE:


TODAY:
We first did a 4-minute quickwrite on Genetics/DNA (absentees need to do this).  After some discussions about those, we read the unit intro and Act 54 intro, then started in on the procedure of looking at human characteristics and traits. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Ecology Quiz revisions

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 54 Learning Target sheet (yellow)
2  Vocabulary sheet (blue)
3.  Human Traits: Class Results

7

DUE:
Ecology Quiz (Act 72-76) REVISIONS - Use revision/correction form provided.

TODAY:
We jumped into Act 54 and continued gathering class data on body characteristics, including height, armspan, and the ability to taste PTC.  There is a great article about tasting PTC on the SEPUP Biology links and info page above.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Blackworm revisions

HANDOUTS:
none

8

DUE:
Act 74 Blackworm Article REVISIONS (and final deadline for missing work on this).  Highlight changes and attach original.

TODAY:
We started out by brainstorming all the things to include in a bar graph, and then students were assigned different genetic characteristics to graph and given time to do so.  What was not finished in class, but be done by tomorrow for posters to be put up in the halls.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete Act 54 graph

HANDOUTS:
Act 54 Graphing Grid

9

DUE:
Act 54 Graph

TODAY:
Groups put their posters together for displaying the variation of genetic characteristics.  Absentees will fill in the gaps on the posters when they return.  We discussed the reasons for variations and talked the Nature vs. Nurture argument.  Students took some notes on this before we discussed and worked on the Analysis Questions.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 54 AQ #1-4 and Learning Target sheet

HANDOUTS:
Act 54 AQ#1 chart

12

DUE:
Act 54 AQ#1-4
Act 54 Learning Target sheet

TODAY:
We started right in on Act 55 and discussed how plants make seeds to reproduce.  Students put some diagrams in their Notebooks on the process.  Then, we read the intro and defined a couple words.  Finally, we discussed the seed predictions that are due tomorrow.  Absentees need to get some of this info. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Predict the outcomes of how some seeds will grow given their parents and grandparents. 

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 55 LT sheet (blue)
2.  Act 55 Seed Prediction (half page)

13

DUE:
Act 55 Seed Predictions (both front and back of sheet)

TODAY:
We reviewed the predictions and discussed some of them.  Then, groups set up a clear dish and a black dish and make an observation table in their Notebooks. 

Then, we started in on Act 56, did the LT sheet, and did and discussed the WRU Thinking.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
Act 56 LT sheet (green)

14

DUE:


TODAY:
We discussed the new Understanding Concepts Scoring Guide that will be used for Activity 56.  We added a couple small notes to it, so absentees need to get those notes!  We then continued with Act 56 and had some intense discussions about genetic testing.  Students then read something and had to come up with a list of advantages and disadvantages of genetic testing.

HOME EDUCATION
:
clean up Notebook

HANDOUTS:
1. Act 54 How Do Your Genes Fit Video Questions
2. Understanding Concepts Scoring Guide (blue - put in Appendix)

15

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had a few minutes in their groups to review the advantages and disadvantages of genetic testing, along with questions they'd ask Joe's doctor.  Then, they watched a short video about Marfan's Syndrome.  The link to the video is on the SEPUP Biology Links and Info page above.  Students completed the video question sheet as they went along.

Then, students had time to work on AQ#3 in rough draft form.  This will be due next Wednesday.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Continue working on AQ#3.  Final draft due next week.

HANDOUTS:
none

16

DUE:
Notebook Quiz

TODAY:
We started with the Notebook Quiz.  When finished, students had time to work on Act 56 AQ#1,2,4,6 in their Notebooks. 

The last thing students did was water their seeds before the long weekend.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep working on AQ# 1,2,4, and 6 in Notebook, and AQ#3 as a final copy is due next Wednesday.

HANDOUTS:


19

HOLIDAY

20

DUE:
Act 56, AQ1, 2, 4, 6 in Notebook

TODAY:
We reviewed the Notebook Quiz from Friday, and then groups brainstormed on how to make quality observations.  We discussed those and put them in our Notebook with Activity 55.  Absentees need to get those and put them in the right place.  Then, groups made observations of their seeds and recorded them.  Finally, a couple periods did a very quick into to Act 57 on Reproduction. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish Act 56, AQ#3

HANDOUTS:
Act 57 Learning Target (pink)

21

DUE:
Act 56, AQ#3 on Marfan's Syndrome. Final copy in pen or typed, on a separate sheet of paper.  Scored with Understanding Concepts Scoring Guide

TODAY:
Quick day today!  Students who had completed the Marfan's Syndrome assignment (AQ#3) did a self-assessment.   We followed that up with a review of the Study Guide for Friday's Quiz.  Then, we went right into Act 57 about Reproduction.  We did some reading, discussed the WRU Thinking, added some notes (absentees need to get these!), and started on the reading outline.  We will finish tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the first side of the Reading Outline

HANDOUTS:
Act 57 Reading Outline
Quiz Study Guide

22

DUE:
Act 57 Reading Outline completed - first side only!

TODAY:
We reviewed Act 56 Analysis Questions first.  Then, groups made observations on their seeds and we discussed some of the results.  Finally, we reviewed asexual reproduction and the first page of the reading outline.  We watched a couple videos of cool bacteria growth, too!  Check them out on the SEPUP Biology LInks and Info page above.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Pretend the quiz is tomorrow and study - use the study guide!!

HANDOUTS:

none

23

DUE:
Quiz - covers Act 54-57.  Academic grade.  Students can use their Notebook during the quiz.  MOVED TO TUESDAY!

TODAY:
We reviewed some of the asexual reproduction information from yesterday and then added some new types on the reading outline.  Then, we moved to sexual reproduction and took a lot of little notes on the outline to discuss how it works. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Keep preparing for next week's quiz, and there are lots that need to finish up Act 56, AQ#3

HANDOUTS:
none

26

DUE:


TODAY:
We made a final observation of our seeds.  We reviewed asexual reproduction, watched a few videos on sexual reproduction (links to videos above on SEPUP Biology Links and Info page), and then took notes on different types of twins.  Here is a pdf of the notes we took!

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for quiz tomorrow!

HANDOUTS:
Act 57: Reproduction Diagrams
27

DUE:
Quiz - covers Act 54-57.  Academic grade.  Students can use their Notebook during the quiz. (had to move this again due to an earthquake drill on Monday)

TODAY:
After last minute questions, student had the entire period to take the quiz.


HOME EDUCATION
:
Relax!

HANDOUTS:
Quiz

28

DUE:


TODAY:
We discussed Marfan revisions, and then we reviewed yesterday's quiz so students could revise before end of the quarter tomorrow.  We also discussed cloning and some very interesting ethical aspects of what we can do with genetics nowadays.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Revisions

HANDOUTS:
none

29   -  LAST DAY OF 2ND QUARTER

DUE:
Act 56 AQ#3 Marfan Syndrome revisions

Genetics Quiz revisions

TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:

30

NO SCHOOL

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, January 2015
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5 

DUE
:


TODAY:
Students got back a few papers to put in their Notebooks.  Then, the newly formed groups had to make a concept map as a way to review what we've done so far.  This was done to prepare for the big ideas of Plate Tectonics that are coming up.

HOME EDUCATION
:
If you're feeling lost and don't remember what we did before break, GO BACK AND REVIEW YOUR NOTEBOOK!

HANDOUTS:
none today

6

DUE:


TODAY:
We did some review of Plate Tectonics before students had some time to complete Act 8 LT sheet.  Then, we started Act 9 (which is Act 44 in the textbook) where students had to follow the procedure and plot volcano and earthquake locations to delineate plate boundaries.  If you were on Dawson's field trip, you need to do that activity.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 8 LT sheet
2.  Act 9 LT sheet
3.  Act 9 Boundary Map

7

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had a few minutes to work further on Act 9 (Act 44 in the book).  Then, we switched gears and watched a great computer program (SeismicEruption - you can download it onto PCs - free!) and answered a bunch of questions about it.  Great way to show plate boundaries.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Absentees need to watch this video of the Seismic Eruption computer modeling program we watched today.

HANDOUTS:
Act 9 Seismic Eruption Program

8

DUE:
Act 9 AQ/LT sheet

TODAY:
We reviewed some of the information about direction of plate motions, and then spent some time calculating how far tectonic plates have moved over different amounts of time. 

Absentees, especially those on the field trip, need to review that information.  Here is a link to the map after we marked it up.

Then, we started in on Activity 10 about Understanding Plate Boundaries.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:
1. Act 10 LT sheet (purple)
2.  Act 10 Computer Simulation Observations

9

DUE:


TODAY:
We met in the computer lab and worked on a computer simulation of what happens at different types of boundaries.  Students worked with an outline to guide through the simulation where they made observations.  Then, we watched a couple animations about diverging and converging plates before Ms. Galen came to talk to the class about the upcoming field trip to Marshall HS.  Both the computer simulation and the animations are linked on the SEPUP Geology Links and Info page above.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish the computer simulation sheet

HANDOUTS:
none today

12

DUE:
Act 10 Computer Simulation sheet completed

TODAY:
We reviewed the key parts from the computer simulation, and then moved on to Part B of Act 10 - modeling plate boundaries with Milky Way bars.  Students had to model, draw, and explain the different types of boundaries.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 10 Analysis Question sheet

HANDOUTS:
1.  Plate Boundaries
2.  Act 10 Analysis Questions

13

DUE:


TODAY:
We worked with Oreos for further modeling of plate boundaries and completed the Milky Way sheet from yesterday.  Then, we moved on to a PPT about where the boundaries exist on the planet.  Students took notes on a handout.

Students were also asked to come up with different food models to explain how boundaries work.  They may need to go the store . . . :-)  Try the accretion model . . . yum.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Start working on the 5x8 cheat sheet to use during the quiz.

HANDOUTS:
Act 10: Plate Boundary Diagrams

14

DUE:
Act 10 Analysis Question sheet

TODAY:
Students first had a few minutes to review Act 1-6 to get that information set in their minds to prepare for the quiz on Friday.  Then, we discussed the answers to the Act 10 AQ sheet - important information!  Finally, we went through a lot more of the Plate Boundary PPT and took notes on the outline.

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

HANDOUTS:
none

15

DUE:


TODAY:
Students saw the last few slides from the Boundary Types PPT, and they took a few more notes on the outline.  Then, students had the remainder of the period to keep working on the 'cheat sheet' they could use during the quiz.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for the quiz tomorrow!  Keep working on the cheat sheet.

HANDOUTS:


16

DUE:
Plate Tectonics Quiz (Act 7 - 10)  Students can have a 5x8 "cheat sheet" to use during the quiz. Students that don't prepare a cheat sheet lose the opportunity to revise their quiz.

TODAY:


HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:


19

HOLIDAY

20

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the quiz from Friday.  Absentees need to get the correct answers.  Then, students had time to begin work on a reflection of the unit so far.  In it, they are comparing their pre-unit knowledge to how they've done on the two quizzes so far.  This needs to be completed by tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish the Reflection

HANDOUTS:
Geology Unit reflection, Activities 1-10

21

DUE:
Geology Unit reflection, Activities 1-10

TODAY:
Students spent the short period doing a pre-assessment of the next few activities about volcanoes and earthquakes.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
Activity 11-17 Pre-Assessment

22

DUE:


TODAY:
We started in on Act 11 about volcanoes.  We started with a WRU Thinking question and discussed it.  Then, we did Act 37 from the textbook about volcanic eruptions.  Students did the lab and made observations.  We'll follow up tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete quiz revisions

HANDOUTS:
Act 11 Learning Target (green)

23

DUE:
Quiz Revisions (from Act 7-10)

TODAY:
We discussed some of the results from yesterday's lab.  Students took some notes and looked at different types of volcanic rocks.  They did Act 37 AQ#1, 2, and 4 in their Notebooks.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:
none

26

DUE:


TODAY:
We started right in some notes that we didn't finish last week.  Then, we moved on a PPT about volcanoes and how they erupt.  We looked at some examples of rocks, and did some quick lab activities to show how viscosity and volatiles affect eruptions.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:
none

27

DUE:


TODAY:
We had a quick little on-demand assessment of understanding about volcanoes so far.  Then, we continued on the volcano PowerPoint and discussed the 3 major types of volcanoes and took notes on them.  Lots of animations, pictures, and good discussions.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Review the Volcano outline so far

HANDOUTS:
none
28

DUE:


TODAY:
We completed the Volcano PPT and taking notes on the outline.  We discussed lava plateaus, calderas (really cool demo with that one), and hot spot volcanism.  Lots of animations, pictures, and explanations to try and clarify ideas.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Review the volcano outline

HANDOUTS:
none

29  
Last Day of Quarter

NAEP Assessment

DUE:


TODAY:
Students got and highlighted grade reports from 2nd quarter.  Then those that were not involved in the NAEP assessment stayed behind and watched an intriguing video about volcanoes and their power and danger.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:

30
NO SCHOOL