Powerschools was not available this weekend. I will be adding the following grades this week-atmosphere stations-week 1, interpreting data quiz-week 2, air pressure homework-week 2, and air composition lab-week 2.
Homework: watch and submit the water cycle brainpop. Complete the layers of the atmosphere graph. Although density and altitude are properties of air and extremely important in understanding why the Earth has weather. Temperature is the dominate variable that is used to classify/define which atmospheric layer is being discussed.
This week 7/1 students will have be completing a NASA webquest Monday-Thursday via google classroom. Additional enrichment activities will be offered to students who finish the webquest before class ends on Thursday-water cycle rap dance, water cycle art, water cycle crossword/kahoot. At the completion of each water cycle webquest section students will complete a "checking for understanding" question.
Friday 7/1 students will be taking a quiz that covers properties of air and the water cycle. Suggested study resources-the 3 weather variable video-temperature, pressure, and density (located in google classroom). Water cycle brainpop review quiz questions and summary video in this week's NASA webquest.
Complete questions 1-6 on How does atmospheric pressure affect the weather worksheet.
Use temperature/weather simulation to improve your understanding of how this weather variable affects daily conditions https://socratic.org/questions/how-does-temperature-affect-the-atmosphere-and-cause-weather.
Go to the weather underground website. Find temperature, air pressure in inches and dewpoint for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday- https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/nc/raleigh. Enter the found data into the National Weather Service density calculator https://www.weather.gov/epz/wxcalc_densityaltitude to explore how these variables cause their affect.
Most of this week's homework will reflect integrity with lesson follow through. The written HW is due on Friday 10/13. (This week's homework/classwork is essential to understanding the lessons 2nd quarter-PLEASE MAKE PERSONAL INVESTMENT)
Powerschools has been updated with 3 grades-Earth's atmosphere BP, Personalized study guide based on self identified areas of need, and Friday's 10 question quiz on Earth's atmosphere.
Pride points in science this week were "awarded" to several students for: dedication to the quality completion of their station work using collaboration/critical thinking/effective communication. Excellence in the completion of their personal study guide-locating and using new resources: NASA, National Geographic, Discovery Ed..etc. Proactive investment in the week's content by finishing and submitting brainpop assignment Monday.
Friday's interpreting data quiz has all needed answers on the test. Students need to use given information to determine correct answers. The questions are all application and require strong critical thinking skills.
Welcome back-2nd quarter science focuses on Earth's atmosphere and weather.
Homework week of 10/2
Watch, take the graded quiz, submit your score to email@example.com for the brainpop entitled Earth's atmosphere by Friday October 6th. Study the brainpop-excellent short effective resource on the Earth's atmosphere. Create a personal one page study guide on atmosphere powerpoint in science google classroom. Study guide is due on Friday 10/6.
Listed below are the Wake County academic expectations regarding 2nd quarter proficiency indicators. Beside each expectation is the week(s) we will covering the material. The format for class will be the same this quarter-Monday/Tuesday direct instruction, this quarter via google classroom, Wednesday/Thursday 8 mini stations/labs, and Friday a quiz or test to assess learning. Each week there will be at least 2 homework assignments posted to weebly on Sunday and due on Friday. I am planning on two unit tests, two interpreting data quizzes, a 2nd quarter project on severe weather-storms (test grade), 2 informal quizzes, and a benchmark.
Each week I use smartblock to work with each class an additional session. Generally, Monday will be 7th period, Tuesday is 3rd, Wednesday 1st, Thursday 8th and Friday is set aside for students keeping an interactive science journal. Track in week the smartblock schedule will be different. Weekly schedules are posted outside the classroom door on Monday.
7.E.1.1 Compare the composition, properties and structure of Earth’s atmosphere to include: mixtures of gases and differences in temperature and pressure within layers-Week of 10/2 and 10/9. Informal atmosphere quiz 10/6. Interpreting data quiz on Friday 10/13.
7.E.1.2 Explain how the cycling of water in and out of the atmosphere and atmospheric conditions relate to the weather patterns on Earth-Week of 10/16. Informal water cycling quiz on 10/20
7.E.1.3 Explain the relationship between the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries of storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and other weather conditions that may result-Week of 10/23 and 10/30. Unit test on atmosphere/weather factors 10/27
7.E.1.4 Predict weather conditions and patterns based on information obtained from: weather data collected from direct observations and measurement (wind speed and direction, air temperature, humidity and air pressure); weather maps, satellites and radar; cloud shapes and types and associated elevation-Week of 10/30 and 11/6. Informal weather factor quiz 11/3 and 11/9 Interpreting data weather factors
7.E.1.5 Explain the influence of convection, global winds and the jet stream on weather and climatic conditions. Week of 11/13 Unit test on predicting weather 11/17
2nd quarter science benchmark Monday November 20th
Week of 11/27 2nd quarter severe weather project-in class time offered on Monday 11/27, Tuesday 11/28 and Wednesday 11/29. Thursday 11/30 semester review game-severe weather project due. Friday 11/30 team day
7.E.1.6 Conclude that the good health of humans requires: monitoring of the atmosphere, maintaining air quality and stewardship-covered with a homework assignment
Thursday 7/1 students will take the 7th grade first quarter benchmark that will evaluate their understanding of the following 1 quarter learning objectives
Students will be able to:
Power schools has been updated with Bill Nye simple machine homework. Additionally, the classwork score for week six stations has been added. This week I will be adding a classwork grade for week 5. Many students struggled to complete an accurate graph for their hotwheel speed lab. Setting up a graph-x axis intervals, y axis intervals, and plotting coordinate pairs based on real data is an important part of hands on science.
This upcoming week our unit of study will focus on electricity moving through electrical circuits-series/parallel. Monday-simple machine assessment, 7th grade. Tuesday-direct teacher instruction on electrical circuits-series/parallel. Wednesday/Thursday students will rotate through stations on electrical circuits and cumulative review of motion, Newton’s laws, forces. Friday students will begin working on their end of quarter physic project. In class time for the project will be offered Friday 9/1-Wednesday 9/6. Students can work in partner pairs with parent permission.
This week's homework is an outstanding electricity/electrical circuit video less than 10mins long. Watch the video, pause after each minute and create a personal study guide. I would suggest keywords, examples and illustrations all be included to support your understanding of this week’s unit.
***if link is not working for you.....type into google hila science video electricity you tube
Power schools has been updated with Force brainpop/Newton's laws homework and force test taken Friday. Later this week the score for week six stations will be added.
This upcoming week our unit of study will focus on how force is used by machines. Monday we will have direct instruction-notes of six simple machines. Tuesday we will do whole group activities related to the six simple machines. Wednesday/Thursday students will rotate through stations on the six simple machine, one review/enrichment station on 8 types of forces and a momentum lab. Friday students will have a test on what has been learned through out the week.
This week's homework is a Bill Nye video on simple machines. See link below. https://safeshare.tv/x/ss59979082b833b The video will be an excellent way to review/re mediate/study. Please set aside 30-40 minutes of time when you can focus on the video details-examples and explanations.
All classes will be doing stations on Wednesday/Thursday. The stations will focus on content already covered, review/reinforcement. The new content focus for this week will be Newton's laws of motion and forces. Monday/Tuesday 7/1 students will be doing a webquest on Newton's laws of motion. Friday there will be an assessment Forces.
This week 7/1 students need to watch, STUDY, and then complete-submit the classic quiz for the Newton's laws of motion brainpop and Forces brainpop. When prompted send your classic quiz results to firstname.lastname@example.org
MANY 7/1 students are waiting until the end of the week to do their science homework. It looses its effectiveness when done at the last minute. I post Sunday and collect Friday so everyone can complete the work when they have quality time/focused time. Test and quiz score will improve if homework is used as out of school instruction.
While having my Saturday morning coffee- cup moving relative to my stationary deck and table-reference points, I GREATLY enjoyed reading ALL the quality assignments done and turned in by most 7/1 students!:)-thank you for your dedication, perseverance, and personal standards of excellence. We will continue to work on motion details in the coming weeks.
This week most 7/1 science classes will have students leaders. I am excited to see each classroom community exhibiting and recognizing one another for PRIDE excellence! To those selected by their peers to be the first classroom leaders-congratulations.
This week's homework will review and reinforce the motion graph notes on Monday. The motion graph collaboration on Tuesday. The 8 motion stations on Wednesday/Thursday and the motion unit test on Friday.
Science homework: Watch the following video on graphing motion. https://safeshare.tv/x/cQO_JklUsgs
Create the motion graph explained in the video on a sheet of notebook paper. Use the same colors shown. Next to each line segment write down what type of motion is taking place.
***use graph paper
***use a ruler for straight lines
***use the entire space for a neat-easy to read study tool
Power schools has been updated with Kinetic and Potential energy unit test. If a student scores low I look to see if he or she is using all in school and out of school "tools". If a student is using all resources, seeking help, and is engaged in all classwork, I look for additional layers of teacher support.
This week we will begin studying motion. Monday/Tuesday will be direct teacher instruction. Wednesday/Thursday classes with either continue with direct teacher instruction or participate in 8 activity stations. It is my hope that all classes and all students will exhibit the self control needed for stations.
Friday August 4th students will have their second interpreting data quiz on motion. This particular assessment looks at person's ability to use given information.
Science homework due this upcoming Friday 8/4. Watch the short, but very important video on reference points. When studying motion you have to be able to identify and use reference points. Since the video is very short, please make plans to watch if several times. After watching the video find an object in your surrounding-inside or outside and describe it's motion in comparison to a reference point you select. You will need to write out a paragraph summary of your thoughts-descriptors. An well done assignment should be about a 10-15 sentences in length. Please exhibit your best language art skills.
The second week of science was again very productive. Students explored kinetic and potential energy by participating in a series of 8 stations that required writing, drawing, organizing, watching/listening, and reading. Station work requires all students to demonstrate self-discipline and maturity as they rotate to each location-some classes are needing direct instruction on PRIDE expectations related to this lesson format. I will continue to review expectations and post behavior expectations for each location.
I am enjoying reading the movie trailer indexcards-thanks to all who invested time in the assignment!
7/1 students took their first interpreting data quiz Friday 7/21-scores are in powerschool. Friday 7/28 all 7/1 will have their first science unit test on kinetic/potential energy and energy transfers/transformations.
Science homework this week:
Watch the Bill Nye the science guy energy video that can be found on you tube. The video reviews, reinforces, and is an enjoyable way to prepare for Friday's unit test. While watching the video you will need to complete the video study guide-I will hand out on Monday. The video is about 30 minutes long. This video and the stations we will be doing this week will prepare you for the unit test. Yes, there are many ways to "take shortcuts-DON'T. Find 40 minutes between today-Sunday and Thursday to sitdown, focus, watch, listen and complete your work with attention to quality and excellence.
Video URL: https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5972264dc6b66
***Science homework will almost always post to weebly on Sunday and is due by Friday. Since work posts on Sunday and you have several days to find and make time for science success, due dates and grading is firm.