• Weekly Science Plans 

    ***Learning targets will be used instead of objectives. Learning targets are student-centered goals that they should be able to achieve each week. 

     

    Week of 8/26/19

    7th and 8th grade:

    Students are dismissed at 11:20 all week. The majority of time will be spent in homeroom and grade level meetings.

    Students will have time for brief introductions. Periods 4 and 6 (little longer due to lunch) may receive their syllabus on 8/29.

    No homework due this week 

     

    Week of 9/2/19:

    Both grades (7 and 8):

    Learning Targets: 

    I can explain classroom expectations. 

    I will practice classroom procedures.

    I will be able to get to know more about my classmates and teacher. 

    I will discuss the steps of the scientific method.

    I will analyze data and relate different steps of an experiment to different steps of the scientific method. 

     

    Topics covered:

    7th and 8th grade will both complete getting to know your activities, assigned seats will be provided, syllabus and lab contract will be discussed and reviewed, we will continue working on practicing classroom procedures. 

     

    ****Homework:

    Review syllabus signed and return with email information. Due Friday 9/6/19.

    Notebook due Friday 9/6/19. Notebooks will be checked on this day. Students without notebooks will be provided one at this time. 

    Review lab safety contract at home and return document signed. Please note students will be unable to engage in several lab activities if this is not provided. Due Tuesday 9/10/19

    Classroom procedures celebration of learning (quiz) Wednesday 9/11/19

     

    Week of 9/9/19:

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets:

    I will discuss the steps of the scientific method.

    I will analyze data and relate different steps of an experiment to different steps of the scientific method. 

    I can access prior knowledge about various living things

    I can practice proper and safe use of microscopes in the classroom.

     

    Topics Covered:

    We will wrap up work with the scientific method and do a practice experiment that we will relate to the scientific method. We will then start lesson 1 into he Structure and Function text that will examine the students' prior knowledge about living things.

     

    ***Homework:

    Lab Contract due Tuesday 9/10

    Classroom procedures celebration of learning (quiz) Wednesday 9/11/19

    Classroom Procedures HW due Friday 9/13/19 

     

     8th grade:

    Learning Targets:

    I will discuss the steps of the scientific method.

    I will analyze data and relate different steps of an experiment to different steps of the scientific method. 

    I can begin discussing prior knowledge related to matter unit. 

     

    SWBAT begin labs related to the matter unit.

     

    SWBAT identify differences between solids, liquids and gases. 

     

    Topics Covered:

    We will wrap up work with the scientific method and do a practice experiment that we will relate to the scientific method. Students will also discuss prior knowledge about chemistry and complete a KWL and will begin the first lesson from the Matter text. 

     

    ***Homework:

    Lab Contract due Tuesday 9/10

    Classroom procedures celebration of learning (quiz) Wednesday 9/11/19

    Classroom procedures HW due Friday 9/13/19

     

     

    Lesson Plans Week of 9/16/19

    7th grade: 

    Learning Targets:

    I can identify parts of the microscope

    I can identify functions of different parts of the microscope.

    I can practice using and demonstrate proper use of the microscope. 

    I can define cells, organisms, microorganisms, macro organisms, and compound light microscope.  

     

    Topics Covered:

    During this week, we will dive into the parts of the microscope and microscope related activities. We will begin defining various key terms in our notebooks and we will use the microscopes for some basic activities. We will finish the lesson 1 activities for the structure and function text. We will also introduce characteristics and needs that living things share.  

    ***Homework: Research one of the following men: Robert Hooke, Aton Van Leeuwenhoek or Ernst Ruska. Write a paragraph (at least 5 sentences) about what that man did to help contribute to the invention of various microscopes. Be sure you include website used; do not use Wikipedia. Due Friday 9/20/19.  Blank microscope pages available for extra practice prior to quiz. 

    Quiz on microscope safety and parts of microscope Friday 9/20/19. 

     

    8th grade:

    Learning Targets:

    I can identify the differences between the three different states of matter.

    I can identify differences between a pure substance and a mixture. 

    I can discuss the effects of thermal change on an object.

    I can discuss how salt and temperature will affect an object's density. 

     

    Topics Covered:

    We will begin chemistry lab and activities for lesson in the matter text.  We will then begin lesson 2 the nature of matter. In this lesson, we define key terms like atoms and molecules. We will talk about molecule structure and volume. We will also begin talking about physical and chemical properties and changes. 

     

    ***Homework:

    Read and complete "Bent into Shape: Looking at Malleability" due Friday 9/20/19

     

    Lesson Plans Week of 9/23/19

    7th grade: 

    Objectives:

    I can begin identifying different types of cells. 

    I can define and discuss cell theory.

    I will begin defining the roles of different organelles.

    I can and will observe Euglena and Paramecium under the microscope.

     

    Activities:

    During this week students will define several different key terms in their science notebooks. Students will discuss the differences between unicellular and multicellular organisms and Eukaryotic vs. Prokaryotic organism. We will then complete labs for lesson 2 in which students will observe paramecium and euglena. Classes not affected by map testing will begin to work on study island activities. Study Island is an online resource used to help students review previously learned science concepts and learn some new concepts.

     Notebook check #1 will occur this week starting Monday. 

     

    ***Homework:  List 5 living things their structures and purpose for the structure.  For example, a fish has gills to help it obtain oxygen underwater due Friday 9/27/19. 

     

    8th grade:

    Learning Targets:

    I can identify the PH scale and differences amongst acids and bases.

    I can and will test different items for acidity levels.  

    I will observe physical properties of different substances. 

    I can define mass, volume and density. 

     

    Activities: 

    Students will complete readings and activities from lesson 2 in the matter text. This lesson will be an introduction to atoms and molecules. Students will also do work with the PH scale and complete a lab focusing on testing items for acidity levels.  Notebook check #1 will occur this week starting Monday. 

    Homework: Read "Archimedes’ Crowning Moment" and answer questions. Due Friday 9/27/19

     

     

    Week of 9/30/19

     

    7th grade: 

    Learning Targets:

    I can and will observe and identify differences between plant and animal cells.

    I can investigate cell specialization.

    I will continue practicing using the microscope properly and safely. 

    I will practice creating detailed and accurately labeled scientific illustrations.

     

    Topics Covered:

    During this week, we will continue using the microscopes to carry out a variety of labs and activities. Students will also finish defining key terms related to lesson 2 and will begin investigations into cell specialization. During this week, we will also observe live specimen under the microscope; Euglena and paramecium. 

     

    ***Homework:

    Read "The questions around stem cells" and answer questions. Due Friday 10/4/19. Copies available in class. 

     

    8th grade: 

    Learning Targets:

    I can define density.

    I can identify and test for differences in density between different substances.

    I can use the density formula. 

     

    Topics Covered:

    We will finish activities related to lesson 2 and move onto lesson 3 which will focus on density. We will begin labs, activities key terms and readings related to mass, volume and density. Students will also be introduced to the density formula and begin practicing using the density formula.

     

    ***Homework:

    Read and complete density homework due Friday 10/4/19. Attached to this email. 

    Celebration of learning (quiz) 10/4/19 on items from lessons 1, 2 and 3. 

     

    Week of 10/7/19

    7th grade:

    I can identify different organisms through various levels of development.

    I can examine different cells under the microscope.

    I can identify levels of classification.

    I can explain the concept of cell specialization. 

    I can identify different parts of the plant and animal cells. 

    This week we will work on a few different labs. We look at different organisms through various levels of development and make comparisons through the different levels. We will complete labs and activities related to lesson 2 from structure and function text and begin lesson 3. 

    ***Homework: Euglena Organism Profile. Describe where Euglena can be found and define model organism. Also choose two structures from the Euglena diagram and explain their function. Due Friday 10/11/19. 

     

    Extra credit being offered: Go to you tube. Choose a video about a unicellular organism of your choice. For example, Amoeba, Paramecium, different types of bacteria etc.

    Write 5 facts and the video title. Due Friday 10/11/19. 

    Quiz Tuesday 10/15/19 on lessons 1, 2 and a little bit about parts of the cell.  

     

     

    8th grade: 

    I can continue work on density

    I can identify different phases of matter.

    I can identify different properties associated with different phases of matter. 

    I can explain how substances may change from one phase of matter to another. 

    This week we will wrap up labs and activities related to lesson 3: Density. We will then begin lesson 4 labs, activities, readings and key terms which will discuss different phases of matter. 

    ***Homework "Chemistry of Eating Chocolate" Due Friday 10/11/19. 

    Extra Credit: Watch a you tube video about a famous chemist. Write 5 facts and video title. Possible chemist suggestions: Marie Curie, John Dalton, and Alfred Nobel. You may choose chemists not listed as well. 

     

     

    Week of 10/15/19

    No school Monday 10/14/19

     

    7th grade:

    SWBAT compare and contrast plant, animal and bacterial cell.

    SWBAT discuss levels of classification. 

    SWBAT discuss functions of the different parts of the cell.

     

    This week we will begin talking about the various functions of the different organelles found within the plant and animal cell. We will also look at plant, animal and bacterial cells in more detail and compare and contrast information.  The model cell project (Due Thursday 10/31/19) will be assigned on Tuesday 10/15/19.  We will also review finding and citing quality resources when conducting research. Notebook check #2 will occur this week. 

    ***Homework: Go on YouTube and look up a video about either the bacterial cell, fungi cell or virus. Write 7 facts from the video and the video title. Video should be at least 5 minutes in length. Due Friday 10/18/19. Model Cell Project Due Thursday 10/31/19

    ***Extra Credit: Find a scientific article. Not Wikipedia. Please try to make the article from an .edu, .org or .gov site. Please make sure you include the website use and write 7 facts about the article. Due Friday 10/18/19. 

     

    8th grade:

    SWBAT discuss properties related to different phases of matter. 

    SWBAT identify the building blocks of matter.

    SWBAT define element.

    SWBAT begin identifying various elements.

    SWBAT begin discussion on how to use the periodic table.

    This week we will finish labs, readings and activities related to lesson 4. We will then begin labs, activities, key terms and readings related to lesson 5 "Building Blocks of Matter." This week students will be assigned the elements project on 10/15, the project will be due on Friday 10/25/19.  Notebook check #2 will occur this week. 

    ***Homework: Read "Measuring Temperatures by degrees," answer questions due Friday 10/18/19. Elements Project due Friday 10/25/19. 

    ***Extra Credit: Find a scientific article. Not Wikipedia. Please try to make the article from an .edu, .org or .gov site. Please make sure you include the website use and write 7 facts about the article. Due Friday 10/18/19. 

     

    Week of 10/22/19

      

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets:

    I can compare and contrast the plant, animal and material cells.

    I can demonstrate knowledge of organelle functions through the creation of a model cell.

    I can explain the process of diffusion.

    I can identify osmosis in action through a gummy bear lab. 

     

    We will work on readings, labs and activities related to lesson 3. Lesson 3 will focus on the functions of different cell organelles, differences and similarities among the plant, animal and bacterial cells, diffusion and osmosis.  We will finish the embryo lab, finish lesson 3 key terms from last week, complete a diffusion activity and a gummy bear lab and a power point about the parts of the cell. 

    Notebook check #2 began last week and will be completed this week. Notebook check information is on my website. 

    Homework: Watch a YouTube video about the bacteria cell (at least 5 minutes in length/ if under 5 minutes watch two short videos) write 5 facts and the video title. Due Friday 10/25/19

    ***Model Cell Project due Thursday 10/31/19 (Example project power point and directions attached to this email also on teacher page) 

     

    8th grade: 

    Learning Targets:

    I can define compound. 

    I can identify some elements on the periodic table. 

    I can explain basic placement of elements on the periodic table.

    I can create a model molecule. 

     

    Lesson Plans Week of 10/21

    This week we will work on lesson 5 which will focus on the elements and the periodic table. We will complete various readings and activities centered on the different elements and periodic table construction and placement. Students will also practice building model molecules. Notebook check #2 began last week and will be completed this week. 

    Homework: Read Article "The World's Strongest Element" and answer questions. Due Friday 10/25/19

     

     

    Lesson Plans Week of 10/28/19

    7th grade:

    LT: I can explain the process of diffusion.

    I can demonstrate osmosis.

    I can explain different types of transport across a semipermeable membrane.

    I can explain the functions of different cell organelles. 

    I can define photosynthesis.

    This week we will wrap up lesson 3 items. This will include activities and labs related to diffusion and osmosis. On 10/31 students will bring in their model cell projects. Edible projects will be shared in class on 10/31. If completing students should bring their project to 118 during homeroom. Students bringing an edible project should provide information about ingredients used because of allergy concern. Please avoid nut products. If time allows we will begin lesson 4 activities which will examine photosynthesis and energy flow through ecosystems.

    ***Celebration of learning lesson 3 (quiz) Monday 11/4/19

    ***Model Cell Project due Thursday 10/31/19

    ***Study Island Experimental Design should be completed by start of the day 10/31 for periods 2,3 and 6 (not period 4 as we did not do this in class)

    ***All late work due for marking period 1 due by 10/31. No additional weekly homework assignment for this week.

     

    8th grade:

    LT: I can explain the layout of the periodic table.

    I can draw conclusions about different elements based on their placement in the periodic table. 

    I can identify various elements found in the periodic table.

    I can explain the difference between a compound and an element.

    I can explain the difference between a pure substance and a mixture. 

    This week we will finish lesson 5 labs, activities and readings. Lesson 5 examines the periodic table, the structure of the periodic table and properties of different elements. Lesson 5 also examines the structure of molecules. If time allows we will begin lesson 6, which will examine the difference between pure substances and mixtures. 

    ***Celebration of learning lessons 4 and 5 (quiz) Monday 11/4/19

    ***Element Project will be assigned 10/30 due Friday 11/8/19

    ***Study Island Experimental Design should be completed by start of the day 10/31

    ***All late work due for marking period 1 due by 10/31. No additional weekly homework assignment for this week.

     

     

    Week of 11/4/19

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets: I can define photosynthesis

    I can explain the photosynthesis equation.

    I can identity he role sunlight plays in photosynthesis. 

    I can explain the transfer of energy throughout a food web. 

    I can define producers and consumers. 

     

    Lesson Plans: 

    We will dive into lesson 4 in the Structure and Function Text Lesson 4 will focus on labs and articles related photosynthesis and the transfer of energy throughout a food web. 

    Homework: Read "Autumn Splendor" Answer the question in a paragraph at least 5 sentences, copy of articles available in class. Due Friday11/8/19

    ***Celebration of Learning (QUIZ) Monday 11/4/19 lesson 3: parts of the cell, functions of organelles, diffusion, and osmosis and key terms lesson 4

    ***Notebook Check 3 will occur week of 11/11/19

     

    8th grade:

    Learning Targets:

    I can demonstrate placement of electrons on valance rings.

    I can demonstrate atomic structure.

    I can identify he different between a mixture and pure substance. 

    I can define chromatography.

    I can practice separating mixtures through distillation. 

     

    Lesson Plans:

    This week we will focus on labs, articles and activities related to lesson 6, which will focus on substances vs. mixtures. We will continue examining elements and atomic structure.

    Homework: No new assignment, however Elements Project is Due Friday 11/8/19. Directions attached to this email. 

    ***Celebration of Learning (Quiz) Lessons 4 and 5 Monday 11/4/19. This will focus on key terms, elements vs. compounds, atomic structure, and periodic table. 

    ***Notebook check 3 will occur week of 11/11

     

     

    Week of 11/11/19

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets: I can define photosynthesis

    I can define respiration.

    I can explain the photosynthesis equation.

    I can explain how energy travels through and ecosystem.

    I can identify organisms that are producers and consumers. 

     

    Lesson Plans:

    This week we will continue our work in lesson 4. Students will be able to identify raw materials needed for photosynthesis and products created. We will continue to examine how energy flows through an ecosystem. Students will examine the effects different lighting can have on plant growth. If time permits we will begin lesson 5 which will examine respiration. 

    Notebook Check 3 will occur this week. Please refer to my teacher page under notebook items for information about notebook check 3.

     

    Homework: "Photosynthetic animals: You are what you eat" Read article and answer questions due Friday 11/15/19

    If not completed on 11/8 make sure Study Island Organism Classification Lesson is done by 11/15/19.

    ***Model cell projects are still be accepted for credit. If you have not turned in your project or are missing pieces please bring those in ASAP.

     

    8th grade:

    Learning Targets: I can identify different compounds.

    I can explain the importance of chromatography.

    I can examine different salt and sugar mixtures.

    I can observe molecular structure of sugar and salt molecules.

    I can examine properties of different substances.

    I can define distillation. 

     

    Lesson Plans:

    This week we will continue labs and readings related to lesson 6. Lesson 6 examines elements, compounds and mixtures. If time allows we will begin key terms for lesson 7 "Reacting Chemically." 

     

    Notebook Check 3 will occur this week. Please refer to my teacher page under notebook items for information about notebook check 3.

    Homework: "Making Metals by Mistake" read and answer questions due Friday 11/15/19

    If not completed on 11/8 make sure Study Island Elements, Compounds and Mixtures lesson is completed by 11/15/19

    ***Elements Projects are still being accepted for credit.

     

     

    Week of 11/18/19

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets: 

    I can identify different parts of the leaf and the function of each part.

    I can identify materials needed for respiration. 

    I can identify products needed for respiration.

    I can compare and contrast the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. 

     

    Lesson Plans:

    Today students did work relating to the parts of the leaf. As the week progresses we will finish that work and wrap up with photosynthesis and begin labs and activities for respiration. 

     

    Homework: Cloze Reading about Photosynthesis due Friday 11/22 copies were distributed today

     

    8th grade: 

    I can explain the difference between distillation and filtration. 

    I can define chemical reaction.

    I can define chemical change.

    I can describe different types of chemical bonds. 

     

    Lesson Plans:

    Today we wrapped up some work with lesson 6 examining distillation vs. filtration vs. boiling. Tomorrow we will begin lesson 7 which will focus on chemical changes.

     

    Homework: 

    -Go on YouTube watch a video about chemical bonds. Write 5 facts and video title. Due Friday 11/22/19

    -Study Island Lesson Cells (should have been a review from last year) due by start of day 11/22 if not completed in class on 11/15. 

     

    Late work:

    I encourage parents and students please check grades on Eschol. If you/ your student are missing items its not too late. I am still accepting several late items include Model Cell Project (7th grade) and Elements Project (8th grade.)

     

     

    Week of 11/25/19

    7th grade:

    I can describe photosynthesis and respiration

    I can identify products of photosynthesis and respiration.

    I can identify at least one producer, consumer, predator and prey while watching Planet Earth.

     

    Wrap up lessons 4 and 5 photosynthesis/respiration. 

    If Study Island Cells was not completed Friday that must be complete by the start of the day Friday 11/29. If you were absent please make sure it’s completed at home. 

    No weekly homework to be assigned this week.

    Notebook check 4 will begin the week of 12/2/19

    Quiz Tuesday 12/3/19 Lessons 4 and 5(may push back date a day or two)

     

    8th grade:

    I can analyze a chemical reaction.

    I can identify reactants and products in a chemical reaction. 

    I can identify at least one producer, consumer, predator and prey while watching Planet Earth.

     

    Wrap up lesson 7 and information about chemical bonds.

    If Study Island Chemical Reactions was not completed Friday that must be complete by the start of the day Friday 11/29. If you were absent please make sure it’s completed at home. 

    No weekly homework to be assigned this week.

    Notebook check 4 will begin the week of 12/2/19

    Quiz Tuesday 12/3/19 Lessons 6 and 7 and some review of all chemistry lessons. Study key terms. After this we will move onto space. 

    (May push quiz date back slightly, more info to follow in next email) 

     

     

    Week of 12/2/19

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets:

    I can define respiration.

    I can identify products of respiration.

    I can describe two different types of fermentation.

    I can compare and contrast photosynthesis and respiration. 

    I can use Study Island to review various scientific concepts. 

     

    Lesson Plans:

    This week we will wrap up lesson 5 topics, which focuses on cellular respiration and fermentation.  We will take a quiz on Thursday and then work on Study Island on Thursday

     

    Homework: "Exercising to Extremes" Due Friday 12/6/19 (copies in class)

    Celebration of Learning (quiz) Thursday 12/5/19 on lesson 4/5 (photosynthesis, energy transfer, food webs, cellular respiration and fermentation.) I was overly optimistic about how much we would cover during conferences which is why I pushed the quiz back from Tuesday 12/3 to Thursday 12/5.

     

    Notebook check 4 will begin at the end of this week. Please check website for details.

     

    Frog dissection is coming update; date to still is determined. 

    Possible dates: 12/13 or one day the week of 12/16. Stay posted for more details. A form will be sent out later on that is an excusal form; you would only complete this form if you absolutely do not want your student participating in the dissection. 

     

    8th grade:

    Learning Targets: 

    I can identify reactants and products in a chemical reaction.

    I can explain different types of chemical bonds.

    I can explain what occurs to matter during chemical reactions.

    I can describe how to make penicillin. 

    I can use Study Island to review various scientific concepts. 

     

    Lesson Plans:

    Wrap up Matter text. This will involve jumping around through lessons 8, 9 and 10. These lessons will focus on chemical reactions, matter transfer during chemical reactions, and how to make penicillin. Quiz on Thursday and Study Island on Friday. 

     

    Celebration of Learning (quiz) Thursday 12/5/19. This was pushed back from 12/3. This quiz will mostly focus on lessons 6, 7, 8/9 chemical bonds and a review of previously learned material for matter unit. Since this will cover lots of different topics students may use their notebooks for the duration of the quiz. The notebook can serve as the study guide, if a student has lost their notebook they should go on my website and focus on getting the different key term information. 

     

    Notebook Check 4 will begin at the end of this week; please refer to my website for a list of items needed.

     

    Homework: "Cold Weather Chemistry" due Friday 12/6/19 (copies in class)

     

    Week of 12/9/19

    7th grade:

    LT: I can define organ systems.

    I can examine the structure of different organ systems. 

    I can observe different types of tissues in plants and animals. 

    I can explain how organisms obtain energy.

    I can analyze levels of organization in animals and plants.

     

    We will begin lesson 6: Levels of Organization.  This week we will work on key terms, activities and reading about the structural organization of plants and animals. 

    Homework: Study Island: Living Systems Due 12/13/19

    Extra Credit: Watch a YouTube video about the nervous system. Write 5 facts and the video title due 12/13/19.

     

    Frog Dissection: There may be a delay in dissection, may occur after break. We are currently working on obtaining more frogs for dissection; more information will follow once I can provide a more specific date.

     

    8th grade:

    LT: I can define galaxy.

    I can discuss prior knowledge about space. 

    I can examine the phases of the moon.

    I can define electromagnetic spectrum.

     

    This week 8th grade is beginning our space unit. This week will enough lessons, activities and readings that relate to accessing prior knowledge about space. 

     

    Homework: Study Island: Universe Due 12/13/19

    Extra Credit: Watch a YouTube video about the discovery of antibiotics. Write 5 facts and the video title due 12/13/19.

     

    Week of 12/16/19

    7th grade: 

    I can research different organ systems found within the human body.

    I can define evolution.

    I can explain how a common ancestor may affect organisms. 

    I can analyze the role of organs and organ systems in both plant and animals. 

     

    This week we will finish lesson 6 and the Structure and Function text. Students are working on a research project in which they are researching an organ system in the human body. They began research today in class and will finish tomorrow, on Wednesday they will be sharing their findings with their classmates. 

    Frogs: More frogs have been ordered! Unfortunately, there were not enough for all four 7th grade science teachers to do the dissection before break so I agreed to wait until the new order of frogs arrive which will be sometime after break. So, we will continue to move on to the next text. When the frogs arrive, I will send out information about the date for dissection and we will go back and do the dissection.  There will be no summative assessment for the Structure and Function unit since students have taken many exams throughout the unit. 

     

    Homework: No new assignment this week. Please check home access center and get missed work turned in.

    Extra Credit: Watch a video about the nervous system write 5 facts and the video title due by 12/20. This is the same extra credit from last week. Students, if you need some extra credit please see me I would gladly provide an additional assignment. 

     

    8th grade:

    I can compare and contrast the size and distance of other planets with the size and distance of Earth.

    I can examine the positions of the Earth, moon and Sun. 

    I can define Gregorian calendar.

    I can model the sun/Earth/moon system. 

    We will really dive into space this week. We will focus on lesson 1 activities and readings, which will focus on the Sun/Earth/Moon System.

    Homework: No new assignment this week. Please check home access center and get missed work turned in.

    Extra Credit: Watch a video about the discovery of antibiotics write 5 facts and the video title due by 12/20. This is the same extra credit from last week. Students, if you need some extra credit please see me I would gladly provide an additional assignment. 

     

     

    Week of 1/2/20

     

    7th grade:

    I can review classroom expectations.

    I can review concepts related to a common ancestor and evolution. 

    I can use Study Island to review concepts from 6th grade. 

    Complete Cloze reading evolution sheet and any related activities/readings, review classroom expectations for the New Year.

    Homework: Study Island Force and Motion will be completed in class on 1/3. If not finished in class students have until 1/10 to complete for credit. 

     

    8th grade: 

    I can review classroom expectations.

    I can review concepts related to the sun/Earth/moon system. 

    I can use Study Island to review concepts from 6th grade. 

    Complete Cloze reading evolution sheet and any related activities/readings, review classroom expectations for the New Year.

    Homework: Study Island Force and Motion will be completed in class on 1/3. If not finished in class students have until 1/10 to complete for credit. 

     

     

    Week of 1/6/20

    7th grade:

    I can examine bone structure of different organisms. 

    I can identify what I already know about heredity. 

    I can plant Wisconsin fast plants for later examination. 

    I can examine the size and shape of different cells.

    I can analyze similarities among parents and offspring.

    We will finish 6.5 from structure and function text and move onto the Heredity and Molecular Machines text. We will begin lessons, labs and readings related to lesson 1 which will be an introduction to heredity. 

    Homework: Study Island Force and Motion will be completed in class on 1/3. If not finished in class students have until 1/10 to complete for credit. 

    Read article "The adolescent brain" and answer related questions. Due Friday 1/10/20 (Copies of article will be distributed in class on Monday 1/6)

      

    8th grade:

    I can identify patterns in the lunar cycle. 

    I can define lunar phases.

    I can examine the different phases of the moon.

    I can discuss the positions of the Earth/Moon and sun during different lunar phases.

    Complete activities, labs lessons and readings related to lesson 2 "Lunar Phases." 

    Homework: Study Island Force and Motion will be completed in class on 1/3. If not finished in class students have until 1/10 to complete for credit. 

    Read "How to view the sun safely" answer questions due Friday 1/10/20 (Copies of article will be distributed in class on Monday 1/6)

     

    Week of 1/13/20

     

    Both grades:

    -All late work and extra credit for marking period 2 is due Wednesday 1/15/20 no late work/extra credit will be accepted after 1/15/20. If you are absent on 1/15/20 you must email me pictures of late work/extra credit by the end of the day 1/15/20 in order to have the work accepted. 

    -Notebook check 5 will be completed this week and will go on marking period 2. Info for Notebook Check 5 on teacher webpage. 

     

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets:

    I can examine the value of model organisms in the classroom. 

    I can analyze similarities among parents and offspring. 

    I can define asexual reproduction.

    I can identify two different types of asexual reproduction. 

    I can compare and contrast asexual and sexual reproduction. 

     

    Lesson plans:

    We will complete investigation 1.6 in which students will analyze similarities among parents and offspring by looking at different card sets of various organisms. Students will read an article about model organisms and will discuss model organisms within our classroom. We will then begin lesson 3. Lesson 3 will examine asexual vs. sexual reproduction.

    *Frogs have not yet arrived once I know more information I will email about a date for frog dissection

    *No additional homework assignment this week.

    *Periods 2,3 and 4 I will not be in the classroom and will be at the BHMS library Thursday for Learning Target Training. There will be an assignment that will be collected at the end of class. This will be an assignment students should be able to easily complete on their own. It will go on the 2nd marking period and will not be accepted after class on Thursday. So please ensure you use your class time wisely. Absent students will be excused so the absent does not count for or against them. 

     

    8th grade:

    Learning Targets: 

    I can examine Earth/moon and sun positions during different lunar phases. 

    I can explore the moons influence on the tides.

    I can examine tidal data. 

    I can analyze tidal data.

    I can define neap tides.

     

    Lesson Plans: Wrap up activities related to lesson 2, which focus on the lunar phases. Move onto lesson 3 which consists of labs that examine the influence the moon has on the tides. 

    Homework: Make sure Study Island "Organisms Interactions/Adaptations and Biodiversity" is complete by this Friday 1/17/20. 

    No additional homework this week.

    *Celebration of Learning Wednesday 1/22/20 on Lessons 1, 2 and 3 (Earth/Moon/Sun System, lunar phases, tidal data)

     

     

    Week of 1/21/20

    7th grade:

    I can examine similarities between parent and offspring.

    I can discuss zebra fish reproduction.

    I can examine cellular reproduction.

     

    Lesson Plans:

    Finish lesson 3 that discusses different methods of reproduction. Finish investigation 1.6. Begin lesson 4, which examines cellular division and the various steps of the cell cycle. 

     

    Homework: Dolly the sheep article read and answer questions. This will be distributed tomorrow and due Monday 1/27/20, however a few bonus points will be provided if turned in by Friday 1/24/20

     

    Frogs are on their way! Frog Dissection will occur on Wednesday 2/5/20. If this is a conflict with an already scheduled BHMS event please let me know. 

     

    8th grade: 

    I can examine lunar influence on the tide. 

    I can discuss information about Jupiter's moon. 

    I can review topics related to the Earth/Moon and sun system and the lunar phases.

     

    Lesson Plans: Complete lesson 3 which discusses the moon's influence on the tides. 

    Homework: Complete "Marching to the beat of the tides" HW this will be tomorrow and due Monday 1/27/20, however a few bonus points will be provided if turned in by Friday 1/24/20.

    ***Celebration of learning pushed back one day to Thursday 1/23/20

     

     

    Week of 1/27/20

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets: I can examine the different phases of the cell cycle.

    I can explain what occurs during different phases of the cell cycle.

    I can draw a diagram of the cell cycle. 

    I can examine cell cycle in progress by observing onion bulbs and/or looking at online materials. 

    I can use study island to review previously learned concepts.

     

    Plans: This week we will continue our work on lesson 4 which deals with activities, readings and labs related to the cell cycle. On Friday, we will complete a study island lesson in class. Remember if not completed in class students are given a week to complete the assignment on their own. 

    Homework: go on YouTube type in Gregory Mendel, write 5 facts and the video title Due Friday 1/31/20

     

    Quiz: Monday 2/3/20 on asexual and sexual reproduction, cell cycle, key terms lesson 1,3 and 4 from genes text

     

    Frogs: Frog dissection will occur on Wednesday 2/5/20. Tuesday 2/4/20 will be review of expectations and dissection prep. Period 4 is still working on earning the privilege to dissect, if they do not a separate email will be sent for those students and it will be offered as an after-school activity for that class.  

     

    8th grade:

    Learning Targets: I can define solar eclipse.

    I can define lunar eclipse.

    I can examine positions of Earth/Moon and sun during different eclipses.

    I can explain the difference between a total and partial eclipse. 

    I can analyze my prior experience with eclipses.

    I can use Study Island to review previously learned concepts. 

     

    Plans: Complete labs, readings and activities related to lesson 4, which are all about eclipses. On Friday, we will complete a study island lesson. Please remember this is review to help with the 8th grade science PSSA's. 

     

    Homework: Study Island Science and Society lesson due Friday 1/31/20

    Eclipse article and questions due Friday 1/31/20 (copies will be provided in class tomorrow) 

     

     

    Week of 2/3/20

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets: 

    I can review topics about asexual reproduction, sexual reproduction and the cell cycle. 

    I can review expectations for frog dissection.

    I can dissect a frog in order to study the organs. 

    I can define meiosis.

    I can examine the different phases of meiosis. 

    I can explain cancer formation in cells. 

     

    Lesson Plans: Students will start the week with a quiz and then Tuesday and Wednesday will focus on frog dissection. Tuesday will be a discussion of expectations for dissection and we will watch a video demonstrating dissection. On Wednesday, we will complete frog dissection. We will finish the week by working on meiosis and talking about out cancer cells forms. 

    Notebook Check 6 this week, please check teacher page for needed items. 

     

    Homework: Study Island Genetics and Heredity Lesson must be done by Friday 2/7/20 if not completed in class on Friday 1/31. 

    No additional homework assignment for this week. 

    Quiz: Monday 2/3/20 on lessons 1,3, 4. Be familiar with key terms, asexual vs. sexual reproduction, binary fission and budding and the cell cycle. 

     

    8th grade:

    Learning Targets: 

    I can discuss the history of solar eclipses throughout the decades. 

    I can use eclipses to study solar winds. 

    I can define solar radiation.

    I can explain the reasons for the seasons.

     

    Lesson Plans: Complete lesson 4 discussing solar and lunar eclipses. Work on lesson 5 which will discuss the importance of Earth's tilt and the reason for the seasons. 

    Notebook Check 6 this week, please check teacher page for needed items. 

     

    Homework: 

    Study Island Genetics and Heredity Lesson must be done by Friday 2/7/20 if not completed in class on Friday 1/31. 

    Choose either a lunar or solar eclipse that has occurred within the last 20 years. Discuss where the total eclipse was viewable on Earth and where the partial eclipse was viewable on Earth. Be sure to include the date, phase of the moon, length of totality and website used to obtain the information. Due Friday 2/7/20

     

      

    Week of 2/10/20 

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets:

    I can define genes.

    I can examine organisms' phenotype.

    I can analyze relationships between genotypes and phenotypes.

    I can discuss the work of Gregory Mendel.

    I can begin Punnett square practice.

     

    Plans: This week we will dive into lesson 5, which focuses on genetics and the work of Gregory Mendel. In addition to the textbook we have some supplemental text material we will also use. We will begin discussing Punnett squares and practice using Punnett squares. 

     

    Homework: Genetics of Dog Breeding, read the article complete the questions. Due Thursday 2/13/20

    ***Make up frog Dissection: This will be open to students who were absent on the frog dissection day who are interested in doing dissection. This will be held after school date not yet set, will most likely occur in the next few weeks once date is set I will include in email. 

     

    8th grade:

    Learning Targets:

    I can explain the reason for the seasons. 

    I can examine sun and earth positions during different seasons.

    I can discuss how to make a scale model of the solar system. 

    I can practice how to make a hand drawn scale model of the solar system 

     

    Lesson Plans: This week we will continue our work examining earth's tilt and the seasons. We will then get into lesson 6 which will begin to examine the planets in the solar system in more detail. We will begin to discuss how to make a scale model and will begin to try to demonstrate through a drawing. 

     

    Homework: Make sure Study Island Solar System lesson is complete by Friday 2/14/20

    No additional homework this week. Please make sure Beat to Tides HW, Solar Eclipse HW and Solar/Lunar Eclipse Research HW are turned in.

     

     Week of 2/18/20

    7th grade: 

    I can examine the difference between co-dominance and incomplete dominance.

    I can practice using Punnett square.

    I can discuss the relation between heredity and probability.

    I can examine dominant and recessive traits in humans.

     

    This week we will continue our work on Mendelian genetics. We will complete a class survey lab examining dominant and recessive traits. 

    We will then begin talking about the relationship between probability and heredity and begin using Punnett squares.  On Friday, we will work on study island, if not completed in class that will become homework due Friday 2/28/20

     

    Homework: Make sure Dolly the sheep, Gregory Mendel and Dog breeding homework all previously assigned are done. Check teacher page for more info.

    Extra credit: Go on YouTube. Type in discovery of DNA. Write 5 facts and the video title. Due Friday 2/21/20.

     

    8th grade:

    I can create a scale model drawing of the solar system.

    I can discuss various characteristics of different planets.

    I can analyze the difference between inner and outer planets. 

    I can examine the different planets. 

     

    This week we will continue lesson 6, looking at scale models. We will then begin to discuss different planets and Jupiter and its moons. On Friday, we will use computer for either study island or planet research. 

    Homework: No additional homework this week, make sure beat to tides HW, solar eclipse article and lunar/solar eclipse research homework are done. 

    Extra credit: YouTube: Pluto write 5 facts and video title due Friday 2/21/20.

     

     

    Week of 2/24/20

    All grades:

    -Notebook Check 7 will begin this Wed 2/26 and run until Wed 3/4 (Check teacher page for updated notebook info)

    -Celebration of Learning (Quiz) Tuesday 3/3/20.

     

    7th grade:

    Learning Targets: 

    I can practice completing Punnett squares.

    I can use Punnett Square to predict genotype and phenotype information. 

    I can predict the outcome of potential offspring. 

    I can design a dragon representing certain traits. 

     

    Lesson Plans:

    This week in 7th grade we are going to dive deeper into working with Punnett squares. We will really focus on practicing completing Punnett squares and using them to predict offspring phenotype and genotype. Certain periods if time allows will begin a design a dragon activity in which they apply information they have learned about genetics to create a dragon with particular traits ultimately pairing with another dragon to determine potential offspring. 

     

    Quiz: Tuesday 3/3/20 will focus on the following 

    1) Punnett Squares (this will be the majority of the test)

    2)Gregor Mendel information and experiments with pea plants

    3)Comparison of Mitosis and Meiosis 

    Students will be permitted to create a 3 by 5-inch index card to use for assistance during the quiz. In order to have this resource students are expected to have created the index card prior to the day of the quiz. This should be completed at home. 

     

    Homework: Complete Punnett square homework. Due Friday 2/28/20. 

    Study Island Landforms and Geological Processes Due by Friday 2/28/20 if not completed in class on 2/21. 

     

    Extra credit: Still being accepted go on YouTube type in discovery of DNA write 5 facts and the video title. 

     

     

    8th grade:

    I can research information about a chosen planet in our solar system.

    I can create a postcard about a chosen planet in our solar system. 

    I can discuss information about all 8 planets in our solar system.

    I can discuss information about dwarf planets and other parts of our solar system.

     

    Lesson Plan: Use laptops to research a planet of choice and create a postcard with information about the planet. Afterwards take notes about the 8 planets in the solar system and additional information about dwarf planets and the asteroid belt. 

     

    Quiz: Tuesday 3/3/20 This celebration of learning (quiz) will cover the following information:

    1) Stellar proportions about the planets size in diameter and distance from the sun

    2) Specific information about the 8 planets and various dwarf planets and other objects in our solar system. 

    3) Information about inner vs. outer planets 

    4) Information about Earth's tilt and reason for the seasons. 

    This quiz will be note heavy and students will be permitted to use notebooks only.  

     

    Homework: Read and complete questions for "Wet like Earth" article due Friday 2/28/20

    Study Island Landforms and Geological Processes Due by Friday 2/28/20 if not completed in class on 2/21

     

    Extra credit: Is still being accepted go on YouTube type in Pluto write 5 facts and the video title. 

     

    Week of 3/2/20

    Both grades: Quiz tomorrow!!! periods 3 and 6 should have their note card ready if they want to use it. Other periods should make sure they have the note items they were told they can use. Periods 7th and 8th that is their notebooks. Periods 2 and 4 that include their punnett square note sheet, review page and notebook. 

    Notebook check 7 will wrap up tomorrow and Wednesday. 

     

    7th grade: 

    Learning Targets:

    I can review concepts about dominant and recessive. 

    I can review concepts related to punnett squares.

    I can complete punnett squares.

    I can design a dragon with particular phenotypes and genotypes.

    I can begin discussing DNA structure. 

     

    Lesson Plans: Today, students should have completed a reading about general information regarding trait inheritance and another reading that review dominant and recessive alleles. Tomorrow, students will take a quiz that will cover information about punnett squares, which includes phenotype and genotype, mitosis's. meiosis, Mendel and his pea plants. Students should also know the terms heterozygous, homozygous, co-dominance and incomplete dominance. Key terms from lesson 5 can assist with this. As the week progresses we will put our knowledge about phenotypes and genotypes into practice by designing a dragon with certain traits. If time allows we will begin discussing DNA.  On Friday we will work on Study Island. 

     

    Homework:  "Inheritance-not just dominant and recessive." read and answer questions. It will be assigned tomorrow 3/3/20 and due Friday 3/6/20

     

    8th grade:

    Learning Targets: 

    I can discuss information about the planet Mercury.

    I can review information about the planets in our solar system. 

    I can explain what an exoplanet is.

    I can examine different exoplanets.

    I can define surface gravity.

     

    Lesson Plans: 

    Today students should have worked on two readings one about asteroids and another about Mercury. These readings hold have been a brief review for tomorrow's quiz. Tomorrow students will take their quiz. This will primarily focus on the different planets, scale model, reason for the seasons and maybe a questions about asteroids related to today's reading.  As the week progresses we will begin lesson 7 which will examine gravity. We will also begin to discuss exoplanets. 

     

    Homework: Read "Mission: Jupiter" answer questions. This will be assigned tomorrow 3/3/20 and due Friday 3/6/20.

     

     

     

    Week of 3/9/20

     

      

    Both grades: Notebook check 7 is now late, if you have a 0 and have items to bring the score up please see me.

    Study island Energy Flow through ecosystems due Friday 3/13/20 if not completed in class this past Friday 3/6. Remember study island is a lab grade! 

    Students make make corrections to their quiz from last week. 7th grade received their quizzes back today, 8th grade will get their graded quizzes back ASAP. 

     

    7th grade: 

    I can define DNA.

    I can explain the DNA structure.

    I can make a DNA model molecule.

    I can identify which base pairs with in a DNA molecule. 

    I can explain the process of protein synthesis 

     

    Lesson Plans: This week we will dive into lesson 6 "DNA to trait." This will examine how DNA codes for different proteins to help display different traits. Today, we worked on key terms related to this section. This week we will really talk a lot about DNA and students will use pipe cleaners and beads to make their own model DNA molecule. We will close the week by talking about the process of photosynthesis. 

     

    Homework: Read "Stem Cells" Answer the one question on the back (at least 5 sentences) due Friday 3/13/20.

     

    8th grade:

    I can define the space-time continuum.

    I can define exoplanet.

    I can describe different types of exoplanets. 

    I can describe surface gravity. 

    I identify methods for locating exoplanets. 

     

    Lesson Plans: We will work on lesson 7 this week and begin lesson 8 if time allows. Lesson 7 and 8 both have a focus on gravity and lesson 7 will also examine the space time continuum. In addition, we will spend sometime this week talking about exoplanets (planets that orbit other stars besides the sun.) We will close on Friday with a study island lesson.

    Homework: Go to Trappist.one. Click on about. Read all of the about section and watch both videos in the about section. Write 7 facts. Due Friday 3/13/20. Link for Trappist.one

     

    Lesson Plans Week of 3.16.20 and 3.23.20

    Due to the covid 19 crisis we are providing non mandatory virtual learning.

    Please sign into schoology to access these assignments. Assignments are posted for Friday 3/20 to Friday 3/27

     

    7th grade learning targets:

    I can examine the steps of protein synthesis.

    I can explain the importance of proteins.

    I can identify how mutations are created.

    I can examine the influence that proteins have on traits.

    I can research a specific genetic disorder.

    I can create a research paper about a specific genetic disorder.

     

     

    8th grade learning targets:

    I can examine missions to Saturn.

    I can identify Newton’s three laws.

    I can examine information about Neptune, Uranus and beyond.

    I can examine information about Earth.

    I can compare and contrast information about Mars and Earth.

    I can analyze challenges to living in space.

     

    Both grades: No homework

     

    Lesson Plans for week of 3/30/20 to week of 6/8/20

    Please refer to schoology for assignment information for the remainder of the 19-20 school year