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Roger Groom

Science Rocks!

 Parents/Guardians: please encourage your children to do ALL their work.


6th Graders are moving to the final unit of the year - Cell Biology and Disease.  It's a good one!  8th graders are moving on to Meteorology (Weather and Atmosphere), which is perfect to do with the changing weather of Spring.


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 April 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 
1

DUE:
Act 91 Fossil Footprints - make them up on the 1/2 sheet

Today's Lesson:
We reviewed the great ideas that students had for the fossil footprints.  Then, we did Act 92 on the Geologic Timescale.  We used the big one in the room, and then partners worked with cards to put them in order and add them to their handout.

Home Education:
Act 91 LT/RT

Handouts:
- Act 92 LT/RT
- Geologic Timeline

2

DUE:
Act 91 LT/RT

Today's Lesson:
Students got a bunch of papers to put in their Notebooks, and we finished our discussion of the Geologic Timeline by looking at Carl Sagan's "Cosmic Calendar".  We ended class by doing Activity 93 quickly and learned about the Law of Superposition and how it helps to learn about fossils.

Home Education:
none

Handouts:
- Act 91 Fossil and Geological Event timecards
- Act 94 LT/RT

3

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
We did most of Activity 94 about Lamarck's and Darwin's ideas of how evolution happens.  We did a role play, did some vocabulary, and students have a Venn diagram to do tonight.

Home Education:
Act 94 Venn Diagram of Lamarck and Darwin

Handouts:
- Act 94 Vocabulary (half sheet)
- Act 94 Meeting of the Minds handout (Venn diagram on back)

4

DUE:
QUIZ - moved to next week!  Covers Evolution (Act 89 - 94)

Act 94 Venn Diagram of Lamarck and Darwin

Today's Lesson:
We reviewed info from Act 94 by doing the Meeting of the Minds handout from yesterday.  Then, we read the introduction to Act 95 about ways that organisms can survive to reproduce.  Finally, we moved to Act 96 and did a really fun activity to show how variation within a species can lead to changes over time. 

Home Education:
Read Act 97 and do the Stopping to Think Questions in your Notebook.  This is a GREAT review of the material in the Evolution unit and will help a LOT with next week's quiz.

Handouts:
- Act 96 LT/RT (pink)
- Act 96 Vocab sheet (1/2 sheet)
- Act 96 Forkbird Population data table

7

DUE:
Read Act 97 and do the Stopping to Think Questions in your Notebook.  This is a GREAT review of the material in the Evolution unit and will help a LOT with tomorrow's quiz.

Today's Lesson:
We reviewed the Venn diagram from Activity 94, then reviewed the data from Act 96 and discussed how variation can eventually cause a new species to develop.  We did the Anticipation Guide for Act 97 as a review of the reading that was assigned over the weekend.  Finally, we reviewed the study guide for the quiz tomorrow.  As a final review, we watched a great short TEDEd video about evolution

Home Education:
Prepare for the quiz tomorrow!  Review the readings, take notes, and use the study guide!

Handouts:
- Act 94 Venn Diagram 'Answer" Key
- Act 97 Anticipation Guide
- Quiz Study Guide

8

DUE:
Evolution Quiz (for kids going to ODS Wed - Fri)

Today's Lesson:
Students had all day to take the quiz. 

Home Education:
Have fun at ODS!!!

Handouts:
-

9

DUE:

Read Act 97 and do the Stopping to Think Questions in your Notebook.  This is a GREAT review of the material in the Evolution unit and will help a LOT with tomorrow's quiz

Today's Lesson:
Same as Monday's!

Home Education:

Handouts:
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- Act 94 Venn Diagram 'Answer" Key
- Act 97 Anticipation Guide
- Quiz Study Guide

10

DUE:
Evolution Quiz (for kids going to ODS Sun - Tues)

Today's Lesson:
Same as Tuesday's!

Home Education:
Enjoy the long weekend

Handouts:
-

11 - NO SCHOOL
14

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Students turned in their old hall passes for a prize raffle.  Then, we reviewed the Evolution quiz from last week.  Then, we highlighted the 3rd Quarter Grade Reports for parent signatures.

Home Education:
Parent/Guardian Signatures on Grade Reports

Handouts:
- Grade reports

15

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Students got their new hall passes, and then setup Notebooks for the next unit, Cell Biology and Disease.  Absentees need to do that asap.  Then, after a quickwrite of the topic Cells and/or Disease, we talked about the parts of a microscope.  Students need to know all the parts by tomorrow!

Home Education:
Memorize microscope parts

Handouts:
- 4th Quarter Hall Passes
- Microscope Parts and E Lab

16

DUE:
Memorize microscope parts

Today's Lesson:
We had a really quick quiz on the microscope parts, and then discussed and took notes on the 'Laws' of using the microscope.

Home Education:
none

Handouts:
- Quiz sheet

17

DUE:
Parent Comment and Signature on 4th Quarter Grade Reports

Today's Lesson:
We worked on the "E" lab on the microscopes.  Students learned the expectations of microscope work, and really practiced drawing what they see, not what they think they see.  It's a skill we'll practice.

Home Education:
none

Handouts:
- none (continued on sheet from Tuesday

18

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Students finished up on the E lab, and then got to look at different water sources for microbes (either moving or non-moving things).  They were to draw what they saw on a Microscope Drawing Template using the skills they learned about drawing.

Home Education:
Bring water from a local pond/stream

Handouts:
- Act 36: Microscope Drawings

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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 April 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 
1

DUE:
Act 90 Procedure #6 (for those that didn't do it before Break)

Night Sky Observations

Today's Lesson:
We did a final look at planetary size comparisons with a physical model using different types of nuts, marbles, peppercorns, and pinheads.  Then, we watched a great short clip of Bill Nye and his planetary scale.

Then, we did Act 92 about the sun.  We started with a comparison of sun sizes (ours is relatively average) and did a reading and took notes.  Absentees need to get those notes for the quiz on Friday!

Home Education:
Act 92 AQ2, 5 and LT/RT

Handouts:
-   Act 92 LT/RT (pink)

2

DUE:
Act 92 AQ# 2, 6 and LT/RT

Today's Lesson:
We discussed the recent EQ in Chile, then we finished the notes on the Sun.  Finally, students had a bit of make-up time for planetary scale drawings or to do the AQ that were due today.

Home Education:
Study for quiz

Handouts:
- Act 92 Background Information

3

DUE:
Moved to Friday

Today's Lesson:
Students got a lot of papers back today, and some new ones, too.  We read some Background Information about the Sun, and then reviewed the study guide for the quiz tomorrow.  Students that didn't do a good job with Act 88 space object classification had time to revise their work.  We watched a fantastically done video produced by the History Channel about the Big Bag - very engaging.

Home Education:
Study for the quiz - NO RETAKES

Handouts:
- Act 92 The Sun Background Information
- Act 85-92 Quiz Study Guide

4

DUE:
Exploring Space Quiz - covers Act 85 - 92.  Last Academic grade for quarter - no retakes!

Today's Lesson:
After some last minute review, students had the whole period to complete the quiz. 

Those that finished early read Act 95 and 96 about gravitational forces that will help with the State test next week.

Home Education:

Handouts:
- Quiz

7

DUE:
All LATEWORK/REVISIONS due.

Today's Lesson:
We reviewed the quiz from Friday.  Students that didn't show proficiency (less than a 3) should revise the quiz.  They must have all Effort work in first. 

Then, we did a few questions on the State Practice Test and discussed some of the answers.

Home Education:
Review Notebook from this year and any paperwork from previous years.  I also suggested they read Act 95 and 96 about Gravity for test prep.

Handouts:
- Just stuff passed back

8

DUE:
Space Quiz Revisions!

Today's Lesson:
We took the rest of the State Practice test and took notes to use as review of some of the older concepts.

Home Education:
GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP AND EAT A HEALTHY LUNCH!

Handouts:
-

9

DUE:
STATE TESTING

Today's Lesson:
We did State Testing all period.  Those that finished early had time to do other stuff.

Home Education:
GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP AND EAT A HEALTHY LUNCH!

Handouts:
-

10

DUE:
Mt. St. Helens Field Trip Permission Slip and Transportation Cost

STATE TESTING

Today's Lesson:
Continuation of State Testing.  Those that finished early (and there were many) had a big chunk of time to work on other things.

Home Education:

Handouts:
-

11 - NO SCHOOL
14

DUE:

Today's Lesson:
Students got their new hall passes, got their scores on the state science test, and highlighted 4th quarter grade reports.  We also set up the Notebook to be ready for the next unit on Weather and Atmosphere.  Finally, we signed thank you cards for generous donations for Mt. St. Helens.

Home Education:
Get Parent/Guardian comment and signature on 4th Quarter Grade Reports

Get Notebook ready for next unit - clean-up, highlight, table of contents, etc.

Handouts:
- 4th Quarter Hall Passes
- Grade Reports

15

DUE:
Get Notebook ready for next unit.

Today's Lesson:
We had a wonderful presentation by former teacher Marv Pemberton about climate change.  Students have a reflection sheet to fill out by tomorrow.

Home Education:
Climate Change Presentation Reflection

Handouts:
- Climate Change Presentation by Marv Pemberton

16

DUE:
Climate Change Presentation Reflection

Today's Lesson:
We spent a few minutes discussing some very inappropriate things written on the thank you cards to the businesses that donated a lot of money to Mt. Tabor.  Then, students did a pre-assessment of weather.

Home Education:
GET SIGNATURE/COMMENT ON GRADE REPORT

Handouts:
- Weather Pre-Assessment

17

DUE:
Parent/Guardian comment and signature on 4th Quarter Grade Reports

Today's Lesson:
New seats today.  We did all of Activity 50 today.  Started with brainstormed list of weather-related words, did the Intra-Act sheet where students agreed or disagreed with a series of statements, and then we read a story.  Students had to do Procedure Step #4 in their Notebooks, along with AQ 1-4 (due tomorrow)

Home Education:
Act 50, AQ #1-4

Handouts:
- Act 50 LT/RT (blue)
- Intra Act Discussion Sheet
- Careers in Weather and Atmosphere (yellow)

18

DUE:
Act 50, AQ#1-4

Today's Lesson:
Students finished watching the "Beyond the Big Bang" movie we started a bit back.  They had to take notes on some of the things they found interesting.

Home Education:

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