Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday May 27

Students had to use their description as evidence for me to identify their marbles.   Most realize quickly that their written descriptions are not very good when it comes to idendifying specific marbles (or idendifying any object in science). 

The following work is due no later than tomorrow, Tuesday May 28!!

     1. "Reading Charts and Graphs"  questions (acutally due today!)
     2.  Marble Lab sheet
     3.  Human Anatomy/ Animals clue search puzzle (word search does not have to be complete but extra credit will be given for comletion)

Monday May 26

No School -- Memorial Day

Monday, May 19, 2014

Friday May 24

Short schedule due to Band Program

Students continue with "lost your Marble" activity.  Below is a brief description of what the students are doing in this activity.


I use a simple marble observation lab to introduce physical characteristics. First, students investigate marbles by measuring two different aspects – mass and the distance around the middle. They use their data to make predictions before moving on to "adopt" a marble. For this part, students pick out their "favorite" marble and are allowed time to get to know their marble.

 The students should make a list of identifying features, such as length, girth, mass, color variations, noticeable flaws, etc. They should also draw a picture of their marble from different views (top and bottom). They are not allowed to damage their marble, otherwise known as marble abuse!

 When everyone is finished, I have them dump them all into one box. I challenge them find their marble and prove it is their marble based on the information they listed on the worksheet. A humorous note: I always have a few students who aim to choose the "perfect marble" and I let them do so. By the end of the activity, they realize that their choice of perfection makes it harder to identify their marble!

Thursday May 22

Short schedule due to Band Program

Ok, so I posted that we would start the Marble activity but due to the short schedule, we ran out of time in first period.  Soooooo . . . we watched a video on camoflage and mimicry and students had to list which animal was using camoflage or mimicry and what special adaptation they had to help them survive or catch their prey.  Hopefully we can start the marble activity successfully tomorrow.

Students will start their activity "lost your Marble".  Students will use identifying features of marbles through their science skill of observation through quantitative and qualitative data.  They will collect this data and chart it in class today then they will continue with their second part tomorrow.

Wednesday May 21

Any pollution activities turned in today will be given a late grade.  They were due yesterday!!

We will be starting a worksheet on reading charts and graphs.  Students worked on this in class today and can continue with it as they finish their "Lost their Marbles" activity they will start tomorrow.

The reading charts and graph sheets are due on Tuesday, May 27!!

Tuesday May 20

Short schedule today due to the Orchestra program.

Students should turn in their pollution activity using skittles.  It is due today!!!!

In this activity, the students will be given a baggie of skittles that will represent a water sample. The skittles represent pollutants in the water with each color representing sediments (purple), pesticides (red), fertilizers (green), oil and gas (yellow), and toxic waste (orange). They will graph their data and try to determine the activity that has indirectly affected their watershed or basin based on the pollutants they found in their water sample.

Monday May 19

Short schedule today due to the Choir program.

Students will continue their pollution activity using skittles.  It is due at the beginning of class tomorrow!!

In this activity, the students will be given a baggie of skittles that will represent a water sample. The skittles represent pollutants in the water with each color representing sediments (purple), pesticides (red), fertilizers (green), oil and gas (yellow), and toxic waste (orange). They will graph their data and try to determine the activity that has indirectly affected their watershed or basin based on the pollutants they found in their water sample.