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Roger Groom

Science Rocks!

October 16 was the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill!  Be prepared - make a family plan and get together some emergency supplies.  We live in earthquake country, so one step towards preparation is a step in the right direction.  Go to www.ShakeOut.org for more information.  Here are some places/links to get more information:

American Red Cross
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
Emergency Kit preparation from Ready.Gov



You should have received a notice about your scheduled conference time.  If not, contact the school asap.
  PLEASE LET YOUR CONFERENCING TEACHER KNOW IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION/INTERPRETATION SERVICES.  Si requiere interprete durante su conferencia por favor contacte al maestro/a con la cual tiene su conferencia.


We're in full swing in Science already.  8th graders are nearing the end of the "Erosion and Deposition" unit and will be doing a good-size write-up of Act 32.  6th graders are still in the "Studying People Scientifically" unit and we're working on improving science skills.  We have a write-up about Activity 8: Data Toss due soon!

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 really need to bring 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! - NEWLY UPDATED (as of 10/2/14)

 Table of Contents, Appendix, Activities 1 - 8



8th Grade Notebook

To be updated soon!



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!).


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. 



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, October 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  
 
1

DUE:


TODAY:
Students got back their Saving Fred Designs and we talked about that.  We further discussed revising the work and how to do that.  The deadline for revisions is next Monday.  Students also got a handout for how to do the headings on their paper which they put in their Appendix (Page A8).  Finally we reviewed what they had done for Act 8.

They have a Notebook Quiz on Friday where they have to show they're keeping up with their Notebook.

HOME EDUCATION
:
none

HANDOUTS:
1.  Saving Fred Grading Comments
2.  Academic Assignment Paper Heading Format (pink half-sheet to put in Appendix)


2

DUE:


TODAY:
We did the Analysis Questions from Part A of Activity 8.  We discussed #1, 2, 3, and 5 and had a bunch of class time to complete those.  If students didn't finish in the time provided, they need to do so outside of class.

Then, we learned some key vocabulary for Part B.  Absentees absolutely need to get the definitions for Manipulated, Responding, and Controlled Variables!!

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish any AQ that wasn't done in class.

HANDOUTS:
none


3

DUE:
Notebook Quiz!  (Academic grade)

TODAY:
After hearing a little philosophy about reducing anxiety in quiz/test situations, students had a good chunk of time to take the Notebook Quiz. When finished, they were to highlight the headings, vocab, and analysis questions in their Notebooks.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish any Saving Fred Revisions

HANDOUTS:
Notebook Quiz - absentees NEED to come in during Advisory to take the quiz


6

DUE:
Saving Fred Design Revisions (follow guidelines - attach original and highlight all revisions)

TODAY:
We reviewed Friday's Notebook Quiz, discussed the Pellagra Evidence and Trade-offs assignment that was handed back (revisions due Wednesday), and kids that revised Saving Fred Design turned that in.

Then, students partnered up to come up with a question to test.  They used an outline to map out their design.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Revise the Pellagra Evidence and Trade-offs.

HANDOUTS:
1.  Grading Comments from Pellagra
2.  Act 8 Plan B Proposal

7

DUE:


TODAY:
Students put a handout of the Revision Policy in their Appendix.  Then, they got a handout that explains what they'll need to do for their Design for their Data Toss experiment.  We reviewed that, and then followed up with how to make a data table (again using the Experiment Write-Up direction sheet).  Then, partners/groups had time to complete the Plan B proposal sheet from yesterday and make their data table.  Note, this is different from a graph!  Students should have a place to record their data BEFORE they start to gather data.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Work more on the data table.

HANDOUTS:

1.  Activity 8 Data Toss Experiment Write-Up Directions

2.  Academic Assignment Revision Policy (lavender half sheet)

8

DUE:
Act 2 AQ#6 Pellagra Evidence and Trade-offs Revisions (attach original and highlight changes on new copy) - Academic grade  (can also turn in on 10/14)

Ideally, they'll also have a data table done by today for data collection.


TODAY:
We further discussed how to properly due Learning Target Sheets and students had time in class to work on the one for Act 7 for further practice.  Then, students had an opportunity to see what the final product of their data toss experiment write-up will look like.  We discussed elements of what makes data tables and graphs good.  We ended with students having time with their partners to work more on the data tables.  These need to be finalized and ready to fill in next Tuesday when we do the data collection!

HOME EDUCATION
:
Make a final data table ready to fill in next Tuesday.  Use the Inquiry Report handout from yesterday to make sure you have everything on your data table!

HANDOUTS:
Examples of student reports - need to see me if you want to see them.
9

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had more time to work on their Data Toss Data Tables.  Then, they worked on some Science skills and had to analyze an experimental design on colored potatoes.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the Data Toss data table, complete the Colored Potatoes sheet

HANDOUTS:
Inquiry Practice - Colored Potatoes
10     NO SCHOOL

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13

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had more skills to practice on data tables.  They were to make data tables from unorganized data, and then graph the results.

Those that finished early were to start working on their Data Toss procedure for their question that they're testing tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finalize Data Toss data table

HANDOUTS:
Data Table Practice


14

DUE:
Act 2 AQ#6 Pellagra Evidence and Trade-offs Revisions (attach original and highlight changes on new copy) - Academic grade  (can also turn in on 10/8)

ALSO DUE:  Final ready-to-fill-in Data Table for Act 8 Data Toss


TODAY:
Bit of a mix-up today so we didn't move forward with data collection - will have to do tomorrow.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:
none
15

DUE:
DATA TABLE for DATA TOSS PART B - EACH student must have a place to record data FOR AT LEAST 3 different volunteers! 

TODAY:
We started by clarifying directions on what to do for Colored Potatoes and Data Table Practice sheets. 

Then, students were supposed to have final data tables ready to fill in today.  Those that were done had time to start data collection.

HOME EDUCATION
:
FINISH THOSE DATA TABLES!!!!!!!  ALL data MUST be collected during class tomorrow or you will have to do it outside of class.

HANDOUTS:
none
16

DUE:
1.  Colored Potatoes Sheet - complete whole thing WITH A DATA TABLE (had nearly a whole period last week for this)

2.  Data Table Practice Sheet - had a whole period for this on Monday.  Clarification - make a DATA TABLE, NOT a graph of the data.  Read directions carefully.

TODAY:
We hit 'pause' on the Data Toss to discuss the Great ShakeOut and earthquake preparedness.  I showed my emergency supply kit and entertained all sorts of questions about EQ preparedness and safety.  I encouraged all students to discuss any family emergency plans with their parents. 

A couple periods had some time to collect some data for the data toss. 

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete any latework on data tables.

HANDOUTS:
none
17

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had the entire day to collect data.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Collect any data that wasn't completed in class.  Students need to have at least 3 people to do their test.  More than that is preferable.

HANDOUTS:
none
20

DUE:
ALL Data Toss data must be completed before class.

LOTS of missing Colored Potatoes and Data Table Practice sheets!!!

TODAY:
The focus of today was calculating and graphing the averages for the Data Toss data.  We went through a handout and an example of how to make a table to calculate and show the averages.  Then, we went through how to make the average graph, again using a handout to show how to do it.  Students had time in class to do both things.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish average data and calculation table, and average graph.

HANDOUTS:
How to Make a Great Graph (pink) - put in Appendix on page A10.


21

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HANDOUTS:
Collecting and Presenting Data Scoring Guide
22

DUE:
Final draft of Data Toss Data Tables and Graphs - Academic grade scored with Collecting and Presenting Data Scoring Guide

TODAY:


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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, October 2014
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  
 
1

DUE:
Act 30 Video Outline

TODAY:
We talked for a bit about the Notebook Quiz on Friday.  Students got a bunch of papers back to put in their Notebooks.  Then, we watched the final few minutes of the Katrina movie and discussed what was happening to New Orleans.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Start looking over the Notebook carefully.

HANDOUTS:
none (just the stuff that got passed back)


2

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed the study guide and brainstormed how to study.  It's not just reading - do the AQ, summarize each activity's content, re-write vocabulary, and make sure you can do all the Learning Targets.

From there, we went on to Act 31 - did the WRU, brainstormed on variables, and then did the first part of the Procedure.  We'll finish tomorrow after the NB quiz.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Prepare for Notebook Quiz and take some time preparing for quiz next Monday.  Reading alone doesn't cut it!

HANDOUTS:
1.  Quiz Study Guide
2.  Act 31 LT sheet (yellow)
3. Act 31 Data Table


3

DUE:
Notebook Quiz - Academic grade

TODAY:
Students took the quiz, then added information to their Site Evidence Charts from Act 24.  Then, groups finished the data collection portion of Act 31.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Study for the quiz on Monday.  Use the study skills noted from yesterday's discussion.

HANDOUTS:
Notebook Quiz


6

DUE:
QUIZ - Act 24 - 30 - Academic Grade.  Use the Study Guide to prepare.

TODAY:
Students had the whole period to work on the quiz.  When done, they did the AQ from Act 31.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 31: Procedure #10, AQ #3, 5, LT Sheet

HANDOUTS:
Quiz

7

DUE:
Act 31: Procedure #10, AQ #3, 5, LT Sheet

TODAY:
We reviewed the Notebook Quiz from last Friday, and the content quiz from yesterday.

Then, we reviewed the AQ from Act 31 that they did yesterday and made comparisons between Act 31 lab and Boomtown's soil types.

Students are to use the Reading Topics page to take notes and include diagrams on the first page of the reading.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Complete the first page of reading with notes/diagrams (using the Reading Topics to guide you)

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 33 LT sheet (yellow)
2.  Act 33 Reading Topics
8

DUE:


TODAY:
We did the WRU thinking for Act 33 and discussed it, and then students had the remainder of the period to finish taking notes/diagrams on the reading from Act 33.  A good job on this will pay off greatly when doing the lab write-up for next week's lab.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish Act 33 Note-taking

HANDOUTS:
none
9

DUE:
Act 33 Notes must be completed!!

TODAY:
Students reviewed some of the information from their notes, and then worked on AQ #1-3 in their Notebooks.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Finish Act 33 AQ#1-3

HANDOUTS:

10

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13

DUE:


TODAY:
Students did the first part of Act 34 and gathered evidence from the whole unit on the geology of the Marsh and the Cliffs.  If they finished early, there were to start working on the Geologist's Report

HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:



14

DUE:


TODAY:
We reviewed AQ #1 and 2 from Act 33, and then we got onto a discussion about river morphology and how rivers change their courses over time.  We did some work on the big stream table for that.  Then, students had to write-up their understanding of river course changing and turn that in.

HOME EDUCATION
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HANDOUTS:

15

DUE:


TODAY:
Students had time to work on Act 34 Geologist Report after we watched a short video on how meandering rivers form oxbow lakes. Here's the link

HOME EDUCATION
:
Act 33 LT sheet

HANDOUTS:
1.  Act 34 LT sheet (blue)
2.  Recognizing Evidence Scoring Guide (for Geologist report) - put in Appendix
3.  Diagrams of how oxbow lakes form
16

DUE:
Act 33 LT sheet

TODAY:
Seeing as though today is the Great Oregon ShakeOut, we went through what was in my emergency kit.  Then we had a big earthquake and fire drill.  Nearly 26 million people participated in it worldwide. 

When we got back, students had the remainder of the period to work on Act 34 geologist report.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Continue working on Act 34 Geologist Report - due next week.

HANDOUTS:
none


17

DUE:


TODAY:
We started in on Activity 32 - did the WRU Thinking, discussed it, and then discussed the procedure.  Students did part A today and then they'll do a couple modifications of Part A before doing Part B next week.  All the information from Act 32 will be put into a larger report due soon.

HOME EDUCATION
:
Continue working on Act 34 Geologist Report - due next week.

HANDOUTS:
Act 32 LT
20

DUE:


TODAY:
Students carried out procedures and collected data for part A' (beach erosion), part A'' (beach/cliff erosion), and part B (cliff with seawall).  They also got the Engineering Design packet that they'll be using for the rest of the week.

HOME EDUCATION
:


HANDOUTS:
Act 32: Engineering Design Packet


21

DUE:
Act 34 Geologist Report - Academic grade, using Recognizing Evidence scoring guide - due in pen/typed on separate sheet of paper.

TODAY:


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28

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29

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