• Weekly Science Plans 

    ***Learning targets will be used instead of objectives. Learning tagets 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.

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

    No homewoork 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 you activites, assigned seats will be provided, syllabus and lab contract will be discussed and reviewed, we will continue working on practicng 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 activites 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 which we will relate to the scientific method. We will then start lesson 1 int he Structure and Function text which 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 which 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, macroorganisms, 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 Leewenhoek 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 wikepedia. 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. 

     

    Topcis 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 organsms and Eukaryotic vs. Prokayotic orgnaism.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 activites. 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 activites 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's 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 organismof your choice.For example Ameoba, Paramecium, different types of bacteria etc.

    Wrtie 5 fact 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, 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 Tueday 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 wikepedia. Please try to make the artice 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 relatedto different phases of matter. 

    SWBAT identify the building blocks of matter.

    SWBAT define element.

    SWBAT begin idenitifying various elements.

    SWBAT begin discussion on howto use the periodic table.

    This week we will finish labs, readings and activites related to lesson 4. We willthen begin labs, activites, key terms and readings relatedto 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 wikepedia. Please try to make the artice 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. 

     

     *****************************************************Below are plans from last year********************************************

    Week of 10/22/18

    7th grade:

    SWBAT compare and contrast the plant, animal and bacterial cells.

    SWBAT identify functions of various cell organelles. 

    SWBAT describe process of diffusion.

    This week in 7th grade science we will really examine the plant, animal and bacterial cells. We will highlight similarities and differences among the three different types of cells. We will also examine the functions of the differnt organelles in the cells. This will be very useful for the model cell project that is due on 10/31/19. Towards the end of the week we will begin activities about diffusion and osmosis.  

    Homework: Go on youtube. Type in diffusion. Select one of the videos. Should be at least 3:30 minutes in the length. You may select a video that talks about other methods of cell transport in addition to diffusion as well. Write 7 facts and the video title. Due Friday 10/26/18

     

    8th grade:

    SWBAT define barometer.

    SWBAT createa barometer.

    SWBAT investigate air pressure and the affects of air pressure on weather.

    The week we will talk more about different types of wind and the affect of the wind. We will talk about rade winds, easterlies and westerlies. We will then go on to explore air pressure and conduct investigations and read aritcles related to air pressure and cloud formation. 

    Homework: Read "The Atmosphere: A multilayered blanket of air." Answer the discussion questions and write the 5 different layers of the atmosphere in order and include a one sentence description about each layer. Due Friday 10/25/18

     

    SWBAT conitnue investigating the water cycle. 

    SWBAT  investigate how warm and cool air moves.

    SWBAT idenitfy different air masses.

    This week we will continue investigating the water cycle. We will then use various investigations to expand on the water cycle by looking at how warm and cool air moves. We will expand on that more by begining discussion about various air masses. 

    Assignments:

    NOTEBOOK CHECK 2 will be completed this week. See notebook items icon. 

    Air mass Homework due Friday 10/12/18. (Answer questions, define air masses, label and describe the four different types of air masses.) 

     

     

     

    Week of 10/29/18

    7th grade:

    SWBAT define functions of various cell organelles.

    SWBAT demonstrate knowledge of parts of the plant or animal cell.

    SWBAT define diffusion

    SWBAT define photosynthsis.

    We will wrap up our chapter dealing with cell organelles and their functions. Students will turn in their model cell project on 10/31/18 and will have the chance to share the projects in class. Some classes will then move onto diffusion while others move onto photosynthesis. 

    ***No homework this week

    ***Quiz on functions of cell organelles will be Friday 11/2/18

    ***All late work must be turned in by Thursday 11/1/18.

     

    8th grade:

    SWBAT create a barometer.

    SWBAT complete more activities related to air pressure.

    This week in 8th grade science we will finish actvities and articles related to air pressure and wind movement. 

    Homework: Toricelli article and summary due Friday 11/2/18

    Quiz Friday 11/2/18 on lessons 3 and 4. 

    Week of 11/5/18

    7th grade:

    SWBAT idenitfy products of photosynthesis.

    SWBAT idenitfy photosynthesis equation.

    SWBAT idenitfy raw materials needed for photosynthesis to occur. 

    This week we will contniue reading articles about photosynthesis, defining key terms related to photosynthesis and conducting activities related to photosynthesis. 

    Periods 2 and 3 will also wrap up osmosis lab.

    Homework due Friday 11/9: Photosynthetic animals read the article and answer the discussion questions. 

     

    8th grade:

    SWBAT idenitfy movement of ocean currents.

    SWBAT idenitfy the importance of understanding ocean currents.

    SWBAT explain how ocean currents and climate are intertwined.

    We will read articles, define key terms and conduct activites related to ocean currents. We will also continue with the weather forecasting contest.

    Homework due Friday 11/9: Mapping Ocean currents, read article and answer discussion questions. 

    Week of 11/12/18

    7th grade:
    SWBAT define photosynthesis.
    SWBAT idenitfy raw materials need for and products produced by photosynthesis.
    This week we will continue engaging in activities, labs and articles related to photosynthesis. 
    Homework: Watch a youtube video about photosynthesis. It should be between 5 and 15 minutes in length. Write 5 facts about the video and the photosynthesis equation. Also include title and link for video.
     
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT indetify the importance of ocean currents.
    SWBAT demonstrate ocean currents in a lab.
    SWBAT explain how ocean currents and climate is intertwined. 
    This week we will continue engaging in activities, labs and articles related to ocean currents.
    Homework: Watch a youtube video about ocean currents. It should be between 5 and 15 minutes in length. Write 5 facts about the video and the photosynthesis equation. Also include title and link for video.
     
    Week of 11/19/18
    This week in science class we will have limited time due to the conference schedule and shorten week. We will spend the time finishing up somethings not completed from this past week. Any extra time will be spent watching science videos and documentaries for example Blue Planet. No homework is assigned for either grade this week.  Last week's homework the videos and facts are still being accepted for credit; if it was not turned in Friday please turn it in this week.
    Notebook check 4 started last week will continue this week and be completed the week after Thanksgiving. 
     
    Week of 11/26/18
     
    7th grade: 
    SWBAT explore details of photosynthesis.
    SWBAT define respiration
    SWBAT identify products of photosynthesis. 
     
    Complete photosynthesis labs and articles; begin respiration section. 
    Homework due Friday 11/30 read about venus fly trap, write 5 facts/5 sentence summary and compare venus fly trap to emerald green see slug.
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT identify locations of warm and cool currents. 
    SWBAT identify the purpose of warm vs. cool currents.
    SWBAT define surface current. 
     
    Complete lessons and activites about currents. Celebration of learning about lesson 5 will be Friday 11/30/18.
    Homework: Read El Nino ativle and complete discussion questions due Friday 11/30/18 
     
    Week of 12/3/18
    7th grade:
    SWBAT define respiration.
    SWBAT identify raw materials needed for respiration to occur. 
    SWBAT identifiy products of respiration.
    Complete labs and activites related to respiration. 
    Homework: Exercising to the Extremes due 12/7
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT discuss information about storms.
    SWBAT identify areas most prone to storms. 
    Complete labs and activites related to storms. Hurricane project due 12/11. 
    Week of 12/10/18
     
    7th grade:
    SWBAT dissect frogs.
    SWBAT finish actviites related to respiration.
    SWBAT idenitfy levels of organization in multicellular organisms.
    Complete activities related to respiration. Complete frog dissection.
    No homework. 
    Extra credit: Watch youtube video on the circulatory systems. Write 5 sentences and the title of video watched. Due Firday 12/14
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT idenitfy areas of storm formation.
    SWBAT identify different storms
    Share hurricane reports. Finish storm activites and labs
    No homework
    Extra credit youtube video about hail formation. Write a 5 sentence description of hail formation. You may include pictures. Due Friday 12/14
     
    Week of 12/17/18
    7th grade:
    SWBAT define evolution.
    SWBAT talk about similarities amongst different organisms' development. 
    SWBAT disuss multicellular organization. 
    This week we will work on activites discussing structure for multicellular organisms. 
    No homework this week. Work on missed assignments see Ms. Carchidi for more information. 
    ***Periods 2 and 3 photosynthesis celebration of leaning Tuesday 12/18
    EXTRA CREDIT: Due 12/21 Watch youtube video on the circulatory systems. Write 5 sentences and the title of video watched.
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT define vortex.
    SWBAT discuss where tornadoes are most likely in the U.S.
    SWBAT simulate tornado movement.
    This week we will finish activites related to storms and if time permits begin the unit on predicting weather. 
    No homework this week. Work on missed assignments see Ms. Carchidi for more information. 
    Extra credit youtube video about hail formation. Write a 5 sentence description of hail formation. You may include pictures Due 12/21. 
     
    Week of 1/2/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT review classroom expectations.
    SWBAT  compare and contrast similarities among organisms. 
    SWBAT idenitfy changes in organisms over time.
    Review classroom expectations and get new assigned seats for the enw year. Contniue reading articles and investigations related to evolution and structures of multicellular organisms.
    Complete investigiation 6.5 and Read article "Changes over time" and answer related questions. 
    Homework: Classroom expectations review sheet due Firday 1/4/19. science expectation hw
     
    8th grade: 
    SWBAT review classroom expectations.
    SWBAT review informatin about storms. 
    SWBAT discuss ways to predict weather.
    Review classroom expectations and get new assigned seats for the enw year.Finish reading articles related to storm. Begin articles and labs related to precting weather.
    Homework: Classroom expectations review sheet due Firday 1/4/19. science expectation hw
     
    Week of 1/7/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT define neurotransmitters. 
    SWBAT define cell cycle.
    SWBAT explain the functions of different parts in the nervous systems.
    Read article "The Amazing Body" and complete corresponding key terms and questions. Then complete gettings tarted activites for less 7, Investigations 7.1 and 7.2 and read about the nervous system and complete summative assessment for Structure and Function unit. 
    **** Celebreation of Learning! (Quiz) Structure and Function Friday 1/11/19. 
    Homework: Read article about the "Adolecent Brain" define key terms and answer questions. Due Friday 1/11/19. 
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT review strategies used for predicting weather.
    SWBAT discuss strategies used to track severe storms. 
    Finish labs and readings related to predicting weather and severe storms. 
    Homework: Article "John henry father of weather predicting" and answer discussion questions. Due Friday 1/11/19.
     
    Week of 1/14/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT review prior knoweldge related to genetics.
    SWBAT plant wisconsin fast plants.
    SWBAT look at variation amongst plants and zebra fish.
    Students will complete labs and articles related to accessing prior knoweldge about genetics. Students will also set up the Wisconsin Fast Plants which will be used throughout this unit. 
    Homework: Read "Dolly the Sheep" article deinfe key term (clone) and answer discussion questions due Friday 1/18/19. 
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT discuss differences in climate.
    SWBAT discuss natural climate change.
    SWBAT discuss human impact on climate change.
    Finish labs and readings related to climate and climate change.
    ***Celebration of Learning! (Quiz) Weather Friday 1/18/19
    Homework: Read" What makes climates different in different parts of the world" and answer discussion questions. Due Friday 1/18/19
     
    Week of 1/21/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT review characteristics of model organisms.
    SWBAT examine reproduction of Wisconsin Fast Plants
    SWBAT label parts of the flower. 
    Finish lesson 1 activites in "Genes and Moleculr Machines" text. Chapter 2 is mainly focussed ont he parts of the cell, given our extenisive coverage of this earlier int heyear we will skip. This week we will begin lesson 3 about types of reproduction. 
    Homework: Read "Supermodels on Linden Drive" and answer discussion questions. Due Friday 1/25/19
     
    8th grade: 
    SWBAT review prior knoweldge related to space unit.
    SWBAT discuss scale as related to space topics.
    SWBAT discuss sun-earth-moon system.
    Complete pre-assessments lessons for the space unit and begin lesson 1. The pre-assessment lesson will be a good review of prior knoweldge about space. It will also serve as a good introduction to various cultures and how space in perceived and importance of scale. 
    Homework: Youtube a video about pluto. Include 5 facts and discuss weather you believe Pluto is a planet and why. Include video title used. 
     
    Week of 1/28/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT define genetic diversity. 
    SWBAT discuss genetic variation.
    SWBAT discuss causes of genetic variation. 
    We will finish lesson 3 reproduction and  skip ahead to lesson 8 and complete activites and acticles related to variation. 
    Homework: Youtube a video on biodiversity. Write 5 facts and video title. Due Friday 2/1/19
     
    8th grade
    SWBAT discuss importance of sun-earth-moon system.
    SWBAT define geocentric.
    SWBAT define heliocentric.
    SWBAT define revoloution. 
    We will finish labs and readings related to lesson 1 "Calendar in the sky: Sun-Earth-Moon system."
    Homework: Read article "Viewing the Sun Safely." answer discussion questions due Friday 2/1/19.  
     
    Week of 2/4/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT define natural selection.
    SWBAT discuss changes in a species over time.
    SWBAT define evolution.
    SWBAT explain the importance of genetic variation. 
    We will finish labs and artivles related to lesson 8, "Variation." We will begin lesson 9 "Selection." Here we will read articles related to Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin. We will also complete labs related to natural selection and evolution. 
    Homework: Read article "Your best friends Genes" and answer discussion questions. Due Friday 2/8/19. 
     
    8th grade: 
    SWBAT identify the phases in the lunar cycle.
    SWBAT indeifty difference in the phases of the Lunar cycle. 
    SWBAT idenitfy impact of lunar phases on Earth.
    Complete lesson 1 readings and activites and bein lesson 2 "Lunar Phases."
    For Lesson 2 we will complete labs and readings related to lunar phases.
    Homework: Youtube video on lunar phases. Write 5 facts and video title. 
     
     
    Week of 2/11/19 
    7th grade:
    SWBAT demonstrate prior knowledge via a summative quiz.
    SWBAT define evolution.
    SWBAT analyze contributions of Charles Darwin. 
    Complete labs and articles related to lesson 9 "Selection."
    ***Celebreation of Learning Quiz Thursday 2/14/19 This will cover lessons 1,3,8 and 9 for the "Genes and Molecular Machines" text with aheavy focus on lessons 8 and 9: Variation, Evolution and Natural Selection. 
    Homework:  No homework this week.
     
     
    8th grade: 
    SWBAT idenitfy phases of the lunar cycle.
    SWBAT indentify the impact of the moon on the tides. 
    SWBAT idenitify relationship of gravity between moon and Earth.
    SWBAT define tides. 
    This week we will finish labs and articles related to lesson 2 and will begin lesson 3. Lesson 3 will have activites that will examine the impact of gravitiy on the tides and how it relates to lunar phases. 
    Homework: Read "Marching to the beat of the tides" answer discussion questions Due Thursday 2/14/19. 
     
     Week of 2/18/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT define cell cycle.
    SWBAT idenitfy different stages of the cell cycle.
    SWBAT analyze different stages of the cell cycle. 
    This week students will begin lesosn 4 and complete labs and articles related to the cell cycle and mitosis. Some informatin from another text wll also be used to help increase information provided about the cell cycle. 
    Homework: Youtube a video on Charles Darwin. Write 5 facts and video title.
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT indentify the impact of the moon on the tides. 
    SWBAT idenitify relationship of gravity between moon and Earth.
    SWBAT discuss impact of moon and tides on animal behavior. 
    SWBAT review lessons 1, 2 and 3.
     This week we will wrap up articles and activites related to lesson 3 examining the impact of moon, gravity and tides.
    ***Celebration of Learning on lessons 1, 2 and 3 space will be Friday 2/22/19. 
    Homework: Moon mini project Due Tuesday 2/26/19. 
    Choose a moon of a different planet in the Milky Way. For example Mars, Jupiter, Saturn etc. 
    Include title of moon, 5 facts about the moon, the planet the moon orbits and how it may affect the planet it orbits. 
    Include at least one website used. 
     
    Week of 2/25/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT analyze stages of the cell cycle.
    SWBAT relate mitosis and meiosis.
    SWBAT identify the outcome of meiosis. 
    This week students will complete lesson 4 and begin labs and articles related to lesson 5. To start off lesson 5 we will begin discussing Gregor Mendel and using a few sections from another textbook to help provide extra support. 
    Homwork: you tube a video on mitosis. Write 5 facts and video title. Due Friday 3/1/19. 
    ***Project assigned this week Due Wednesday 3/13/19.
    Cancer research project.
    Choose 3 different types of cancer. 
    Include at least 5 symptoms for each cancer, at least one type of treatment for each cancer, and description of each cancer. Use at least 3 different sources. 
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT define lunar eclipse.
    SWBAT define solar eclipse. 
    SWBAT idnitfy difference between total and partial lunar eclipse. 
    SWBAT idnitfy difference between total and partial solar eclipse. 
    This week we will work on Lesson 4 "Lunar and Solar Eclipses." We will complete labs and readings about lunar and solar eclipses.
    Homework: Read" Using Eclipses to Study Solar Wind." Answer discussion questions due Friday 3/1/19. 
     
     
    Week of 3/4/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT idenitfy the contributions of Gregor Mendel.
    SWBAT practice using punnett squares. 
    SWBAT define heterozygous and homozygous. 
    This week we will continue labs and readings related to Gregor Mendel and the probability in genetics and the use of punnett squares. 
    Homework: Read "Heredity Passing it On" and answer corresponding questions. Due Friday 3/8/19. 
    Cancer research project due 3/13/19.
    Choose 3 different types of cancer. 
    Include at least 5 symptoms for each cancer, at least one type of treatment for each cancer, and description of each cancer. Use at least 3 different sources. 
     
    8th grade
    SWBAT finish discussions related to eclipses.
    SWBAT idenitfy the cause of Earth's seasons.
    SWBAT explain the importance of Earth's tilt.
    SWBAT explain how different areas are affected by Earth's Seasons.
    Finish lesson 4 labs and articles and jump into lesson 5's discussion and activites about Earth's tilt and seasons. 
    Homework: 
    No homework. Extra Credit Choose one of Earth's four seasons. Conduct research on the season and write 7 facts about the season. Be sure to include whent he season is present in the northern hemisphere vs. southern hemisphere. Include website used. Due Friday 3/8/19
     
     
     
    Week of 3/11/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT pracice using punnett squares.
    SWBAT use punnett squares to predict offspring outcome. 
    This week we will wrap up the discussion of probability and heredity. We will finish practice using punnett squares.
     
     
    Cancer research project due 3/13/19.
    Choose 3 different types of cancer. 
    Include at least 5 symptoms for each cancer, at least one type of treatment for each cancer, and description of each cancer. Use at least 3 different sources.
    Extra credit: 
    Watch a youtube video about Gregor Mendel and his experiments with pea plants. Write 5 facts and the video title. 
    8th grade:
    SWBAT discuss steller proportions.
    SWBAT identify the number of moons that Jupiter has.
    SWBAT identify different characteristics of Jupiter's moons.
     
    Complete labs and articles related to lesson 5 reason for the seasons and begin lesson 6 "Stellar Proportions" and complete mini lesson about Jupiter's moon.
    ***Celebrations of Learning phases of the moon, tides, and eclipses Wednesday 3/13/19
    Homework: Read "Gallileo's Discoveries" and answer discussion questions. Due Friday 3/15/19.  
     
    Week of 3/18/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT identify importance of DNA.
    SWBAT identify patterns in DNA nucleic bases. 
    SWBAT create model of DNA molecule. 
    This week we will finish work with punnett squares, discuss meiosis and begin DNA discussions. 
    ***Celebration of Learning: Punnett Square quiz Friday 3/22/19
     
    Homework: Punnett square practice Due Friday 3/22/19
     
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT idenitfy gravity impact on different solar bodies within the universe. 
    SWBAT define gravitational instability.
    SWBAT idenitify importance of time-space continuum.
    This week we will work on labs and readings related to lessons 6 and 7  stellar properties and grativational influence. 
    Homework: Read "Mission Saturn" answer discussion questions Due Friday 3/22/19. 
     
    Week of 3/25/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT discuss the process of meiosis. 
    SWBAT will be able to use knowledge of punnett square to design a dragon family.
    SWBAT begin work with DNA.
    Students will complete a sketch of the phases of meiosis. They will examine phase of meiosis under the microscope. They will also use knowledge of dominant and recessive traits and punnett squares to design a dragon family. If time permits we will begin lesson 6 DNA. 
     
    Homework:
    Go on youtube type in "What is DNA" write 5 facts and the video title. 
     
    8th grade: 
    SWBAT define space-time continuum. 
    SWBAT discuss how gravity affects planatary orbit. 
    SWBAT discuss different exoplanets. 
    This week we will work on lessons 7 and 8 talking about the space-time continuum and talk about how gravity can affect planetary orbit. 
    Homework:
    Exoplanet research sheet due Monday 4/1/19
     
     
     
    Week of 4/1/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT discuss how genetic mutations occur.
    SWBAT idenitfy different types and causes for genetic mutations.
    SWBAT discuss role and impact of human manipulation on traits.
    SWBAT discuss how traits are  controlled by DNA.
    SWBAT define Human Genome Project. 
    This week we will finish lessons related to lesson 6 and will begin lesson 10, "Human Manipulation." We will also discuss a lettle bit about genetic disorders. 
     
    Homework:
    Choose a genetic disorder and conduct research.Write a short paper (2 paragraphs) about the disorder you chose. Be sure to include how its caused, symptoms, and treatment. Include any websites used. This will be a homework grade.
    ***Celebration of Learning: DNA, human manipulation, and meiosis  4/5/19
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT discuss information related to water on Mars.
    SWBAT discuss difficuties related to space travel.
    This week we will complete activities, labs and articles realted to lessons 9 and 10 and wrap up the space unit. 
    Homework:
    Exoplanet worksheet assigned last week Due 4/1/19 
    Article "Looking at Mars and Earth" and related questions will be assigned 4/1/19 and due 4/5/19. 
    ***Celebration of learning on lessons 5 to 10 on Friday 4/5/19. 
     
    Week of 4/8/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT discuss prior knoweldge related to ecosystems. 
    SWBAT define habitats.
    SWBAT discuss how different organisms have different habitats.
    Begin lesson 1; pond creation will wait until after sping break.
    Also begin lesson 2 with discussion and examination on animal habitats. 
    Homework:
    Read "For  the Benefits of Both"  define key term: ecological engineering and answer discussion questions. Due Friday 4/12/19. 
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT review science concepts via use of a PSSA review packet. 
    Students will work on PSSA review packets. We will discuss answers as a class and answer questions students may have about the material.
    Homework: No homework this week. Extra Credit: youtube a video about exoplanets surrounding Trappist 1. Write 5 facts and video title.
     
    Week of 4/15/19
    Spring Break! Do something nice for someone! 
     
     
     
     Week of 4/22/19
     
    7th grade:
    SWBAT define habitats.
    SWBAT discuss different types of habitats.
    SWBAT begin observations on classroom ecosystem (constructed pond.)
    SWBAT participate in Earth Day Activites. 
    Earth Day activites on Monday and then continue lessons, activites and readings related to lesson 2. Look at lesson 1 and examine and observe the organisms in the classroom pond. 
     
    Homework:
    If not finished in class complete Earth Day Flyer.  
     
     8th grade:
    SWBAT review for science PSSA. 
    PSSA prep packet. 
    No homework
     Week of 4/29/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT contniue work with ponds and making observations.
    SWBAT will be able to discuss the importance of resources.
    SWBAT discuss how many organisms an ecossytem can support.
    SWBAT contniue discussing different types of ecosystems. 
    Wrap up lesson 1 activites. Beign lesson 3 labs, readings and activites. 
    Homework: Read "African Watering Holes" and answer questions. 
     
    8th grade
    SWBAT begin discussing prior knoweldge related to matter unit. 
    SWBAT begin labs related to the matter unit.
    SWBAT idenitfy differences between solids, liquids and gases. 
    This week we will begin using the text "Matter and its Interactions." Students will complete introductory labs and readings. 
    Homework:
    Read "Where did Matter Come From" and answer questions. 
     
    Week of 5/6/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT discuss rain forest ecosystems. 
    SWBAT idenitfy the outcomes of the water cycle, nitrogen cycle and carbon cycle. 
    SWBAT contniue pond observations.
    Continue lesson 3 activities. Begin lesson 4 discussions about cycles in the ecosystem. 
     
    Homework: 
    Read Fertilizer Dilemma and answer questions. 
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT idenitfy differences between solids, liquids and gases. 
    SWBAT idenitfy chemical and physical properties of matter. 
    SWBAT define atoms. 
    Start lesson 1 labs and activites. Being lesson 2. In lesson 2 we will discuss atoms and molecules and properties of matter. 
    Homework: Read "Alchemy Into Chemistry" and answer questions.
     
    Week of 5/13/19
     
    7th grade:
    SWBAT idenitfy the outcomes of the water cycle, nitrogen cycle and carbon cycle. 
    SWBAT contniue pond observations.
    Finish with lab 4 actviites, labs and articles about different cycles withing ecosystems. 
    Homework:
    Ecosystem Research Project
    Choose an ecosystem:
    Examples 
    -Rain Forsest       -Decidious forest
    -Boreal Forest      -Tropical Island
    -Deserts              -Grasslands
    -Great Plains        -Mountain
    -Coral Reef           -Freshwater
    -Salt Water           -Deep Ocean
    Create a post card. This can be done on a sheet of computer paper. One one side Include a picture of what your ecosystem would look like. (This may be drawn or printed; if printed it should be in color. Hand drawn should also be in color.)
    On the other side of the paper write information about your ecosystem. Include animals and plants found there, climate, and different types of relationships among organisms within the ecosystem. Also identify producers, consumers, and decomposers within your ecosystem. 
    There should be at least 10 facts about your ecosystem that includes the above information. 
    Due Thursday 5/23/19
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT discuss the PH scale and acids and bases.
    SWBAT conduct PH testing of various items. 
    SWBAT define density.
    Wrap up lesson 2 activites and labs. Begin lesson 3 labs and activites. 
    Homework:
    Read "Archimede's Crowning Moment" and answer questions. 
     
    Week of 5/20/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT explain how nitrogen flows through an ecosystem.
    SWBAT identify different interactions among living things.
    SWBAT provide examples of different symbiotic relationships.
    We will work on lesson 6 activites and readings and key terms. Lesson 6 will focus on interactions amoung living things.
    We will also contniue examining different ecosystems and we will work on information related to the nitrogen cycle. 
    Ecosystems Project is Due Thursday 5/23/19. Students may due an additional project on a 2nd ecosystem for extra credit also due 5/23. 
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT identify acids ands bases.
    SWBAT discuss what the PH scale measures.
    SWBAt define density. 
    Continue lesson 2 activites and begin lesson 3 activites.
    Celebration of Learning Wednesday 5/29 on lessons 1,2 and 3 from the matter unit. 
    Homework: Chemistry of Chocolate and related questions due Thursday 5/23 
    Extra Credit: Choose any of he 118 elements. Watch a you tube video about the element. Write 5 facts. This is due Thurssday 5/23. 
     
    Week of 5/28/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT close up discussions about ecosystems by discussing different biomes. 
    SWBAT discuss reasons organisms compete. 
    SWBAT discuss different types of competetion. 
    This week we will begin by discussing different biomes and doing readings, activites and key terms related to different biomes. We will then begin readinfs related to the effects of invaseive species. We will also work on discussing competition between species and reasons for competition. 
    Homework:Biomes Homework due Thursday 5/30
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT define density
    SWBAT idenitfy how different objects have different densities.
    SWBAT examine different phases of matter. 
    This week we will work on labs in lessons 3 and 4. Students will have a celebration of learning on lessons 1-4 in the matter section on Monday 6/3/19. 
    Homework: Feeling the heat due Thursday 5/30
     
    Week of 6/3/19
    7th grade
    SWBAT close up discussions about ecosystems by discussing different biomes. 
    SWBAT discuss effects of an invasive species.
    SWBAT discuss primary and secondary succession
    SWBAT discuss human impact on different ecosystems. 
    This week we will wrap up activites and readings related to biomes, invasive species, succession and human impact on different ecosystems. 
    Celebration of Learning this Wed 6/5
    Homework: No homework
     
    8th grade
    SWBAT idenitfy how different substances mover from one state of matter to another
    SWBAT research information about different elements. 
    This week students will have a celebration of learning on Tuesday to cover lessons 1, 2 and 3. On Monday will be a brief review for the quiz. The rest of the week we will do some lab works, readings and a mini project on elements. 
    Homework: No homework
     
    Week of 6/10/19
    7th grade:
    SWBAT discuss human impact on ecossytems.
    SWBAT engage in wrap up activites.
    Finish discussin human impact on ecosystems, wrap up the school year. 
    Homework: None
     
    8th grade:
    SWBAT wrap up chemistry unit.
    SWBAT engage in end of the year wrap up activites. 
    Finish work in Chemistry text, wrap up the school year. 
    Homework: None
     

     

    Weather info

    Obj: SWBAT demonstrate prior knowledge about weather and climate systems. 

    Obj: SWBAT create a weather/climate concept map. 

    Students will be able to compelte a scavenger hunt to help them learn how to navigate the textbook. We Complete getting started page, KWL for weather and weather concept map.

    ***Homework "Views from space" ariticle and discussion questions due 9/14/18. 

     

    weather week 2:

    SWBAT predict which parts of Earth cool and warm at different rates

    SWBAT carrying out investigations comparing warming and cooling rates of soil and water. 

    SWBAT define Radiation, heat, conduction, convection, kinetic energy, heat and water vapor. 

    Students will conduct investigation to help examine the difference in heating and cooling rates in water vs. soil. Students will read several articles about Earth's heat and with define several key terms include but not limted to water vapor, atmosphere, greenhouse gasses and conduction.

    ***Homework: There were two major weather events recently. Please choose either Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mangkhut. Research where and when these events occurs, research wind speeds and aftermath. Write at least one paragraph (at least 5 sentences) about the event. Be sure to include the website used for research; do not use wikepedia as your source. 

     

     

    Weather week 3

    SWBAT demonstrate knowledge about Earth's different spheres.

    SWBAT investigate the water cycle.

    SWBAT compare land and water tempertaures over a 24 hour period.

    SWBAT determine the basic conditions under which water moves through the air.

    During this week we will loo at the weather predictions for last week and finish discussions about Earth's different spheres and conduction and convection.Students will also define Atmosphere, Biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, meteorologists, climatologist, oceangraphers. 

    ***Homework: Read" How scientists study the Earth" Answer discussion questions from page 23. Due Friday 9/28/18

     

    Weather week 4

    SWBAT describe the water cycle.

    SWBAT define condensation and evaporation. 

    At the start of the week students will wrap up key terms and reflection page from lesson 2. We will also read an article about the Earth's Heat. Following that we will start our discussion and labs related to the water cycle.

    There will be a quiz Friday 10/5/18 about lessons 1 and 3. 

    ***Homework: "The Water Cycle: From the Sky to the Land and Back Again." Read the article: edfine clouds and transpiration and complete the exit slip question. Due Friday 10/5/18

    ***Quiz Friday on lessons 1 and 2 

     

    weather week 6

    8th grade lesson plans: 

    SWBAT define air pressure.

    SWBAT continue weather forecasting contest. 

    SWBAT review clouds and air masses.

    SWBAT define the function of a barometer. 

    This week we will finish discussing the water cycle and move onto lesson 4: winds and air pressure. Students will begin working on activites that examine colliding air masses and will read articles discuss why the wind blows and how the wind blowing can affect different regions.