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11/3/16 Second Nine Weeks Project  

Choice #1  The Poster

You will do a half-sheet poster with ten facts and one picture about one of the following topics.
It should all be in your handwriting, including the picture. 
It should be researched either on a computer or a textbook. 
Your choices for topics are
parts of an atom
three variables
levels of the atmosphere and its composition
four phases of matter
compounds, elements, mixtures, and the two types of mixtures
properties of acids and bases and the pH scale
If you are unsure if you have the right thing, I will be glad to help you. 
You will make a 100 if you have a poster that follows all of the directions. 
You will make an 80 if you do not.  
Choice #2 Demonstration
A demonstration is when you demonstrate a scientific principle and then you explain the science behind it. 
You do not use the scientific method.  Basically, it is science show and tell. 
The catch-you can not do the same demonstration as anyone else in your class from last nine weeks or this one. 
Also, you must have something in writing to say about the science behind your demonstration.  
You will make a 100 if you do a good job and know what you are talking about.
You will make an 80 if you do not.
You will make a 105 if you know what you are doing and the class gets to participate with you. 
This project is due on or before Friday, December 2.
If you do not turn in a project, you get two zeros and lose all labs for four and a half weeks.      

8/15/16  

Everyone was given a progress report to get signed today. 

We we will have a test next Tuesday. 


Nine Weeks Project #1 Due September 22  
  • Your Two Choices:
  • You will do a half-sheet poster with ten facts and one picture about one of the following topics.
  • It should all be in your handwriting, including the picture.  
  • Your choices for topics are
    • Assistive and adaptive technology
    • Engineering
    • Bioengineering
    • Adaptations
    • The Scientific Method
    • Biodiversity
    • Kingdoms of Living Things
    • Dichotomous Keys
    • Levels of Classification of Living Things (KPCOFGS)

OR

 You may do a demonstration.  

  • A demonstration is when you demonstrate a scientific principle and then you explain the science behind it.  
  • You do not use the scientific method.  Basically, it is science show and tell.  
  • The catch-you can not do the same demonstration as anyone else in your class.  

1/27/2016  
Congratulations to these students who made a 100 or higher on the heredity test:
Noah Larson
Ashley Foster
 
Congratulations ot these students who made a 100 or higher on the rocks and rock cycle test:
 
Lauren Deere
Braden Massey
Destiney Fisk
Katelyn Deere
Dallas Churchwell
Emery Bevis
Preston Simpson
Tyler Daniel
Blakely Mink
Joseph Carolin
Emily Enoch
Lawrence Lusk
Ethan Smith
Brooklyn Tibbs
Elijah Tittle
Aaron Lewsader
Jaxon Pitts
Paige Wheeler
Patrick Tharpe
Ethan Lamb
Jamie Rogers
Jaylin Campbell
Jarin Hinson
Kassidy Irvine
Bailey Chandler
Gracie Ayers
Jenna McCollum
Noah Larson
 
Impressive work!

1/26/16  

Rock test tomorrow!

Know the three types of rocks and how they become other types of rocks through the rock cycle.  

 


1/5/16  

Parents, please check your child's science binder for paper, dividers, notes, etc. Every student should have thirteen complete lessons in order and should be ready for about ten more. Some binders I have noticed are in great shape while others are gone completely or in terrible shape.  Thank you!

Test Monday!

 


1/4/16 4-H Dates  

4-H dates for 2016:

January 19

February 16

March 8


1/4/16  

Congrats to these students who made a 100 or higher on the nine weeks test:

Will Welch

Kailey Droke

Kaine Glisson

Joseph Carolin

Aaron Lewsader

Kaleb Petty

Ethan Smith

Creek Liberty

Seth Hudson

Noah Larson

Jaxon Pitts 

Jamie Rogers

Bailey Chandler

 

This is an amazing accomplishment! Several other students made high grades also. I am very proud of the hard work it took to make these grades. Way to go!


12/15/15  

4-H dates for 2016:

January 19

February 16

March 8 


12/14/15  

Congrats to these students who made a 100 or higher on the flower parts test:

Alissa Bizzle

Alyssa Sisson

Dalton McGuire

Jenna Pollock

Emily Enoch

Natalie Hall

Joseph Carolin

Aaron Lewsader

Jaron McCutcheon

Creek Liberty

Noah Larson

Ebalee White

Bailey Chandler

Jaxon Pitts

Jamie Rogers

Annsley Johnson

Chase Keeling

Destiney Fisk

Kaleb Petty

Ethan Smith

Zoie Springer


Study Guide for the Second Nine Weeks Test 12/11/15  

Second Nine Weeks Test Study Guide-SCIENCE

Know these things:

 

The eleven organ systems in the human body, their functions, and their main organs.

 

 Plant and animal cells and their organelles and functions. 

 

 The six steps of mitosis by name and image in order.

 

 The five levels of organization of living things and examples of each.  

 

 The difference in osmosis and diffusion and how each one works.  

 

 The formulas and purposes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

 

 The two types of reproduction and examples of asexual.

 

 The parts of a flower used in reproduction.

 

 Use your notes, tests, quizzes, practices in class, vocabulary work, etc. to prepare for this test.  


Nine Weeks Project #2-Due Friday, December 11  

Choice #1

This nine weeks, you will research science degrees/majors.

Choose a college you would like to attend and research the science degrees offered there.

For each degree, you will include-

Classes with the degree

Job options

Interesting information

Identify the one you would like to pursue.

Rubric:

3 degrees-60

4 degrees-70

5 degrees-80

6 degrees-90

7 degrees-100

9 or more-105

Choice #2

You may also choose to do a scientific experiment.

If you do an experiment, you will experiment at home following the steps of the scientific method.

You will document what you do over the course of the nine weeks.  Use pictures, graphs, notes, etc.

No bread mold or colored candles or anything else that is lame.  

An experiment has variables and is not a show and tell or arts and crafts. 

Your grade will be an 80 or 100.  It will be a 105 if there is a “Wow!” factor.

Choice #3

A model.

  • You may make a model of anything from the list of standards for the second nine weeks.  
  • Nothing on the model may be a printout.  
  • Include ten facts in sentence form.
  • Your model should be a reasonable size, and you will take it home when you are done.   
  • Two possible grades-100 or 80.

The Fine Print

Your project may be presented in any format, but no notebook paper is allowed.

No print outs or cakes.  

This is a test grade for 200 points.  

Also remember that if you do not turn in a project, you will miss four and a half weeks of labs.

Due date-Friday, December 11th. 

 


11/30/15  
Test-Wednesday
Missing assignments-due now
Nine weeks projects-due December 11th

11/20/15  
The 7th Grade Team has met with several parents this week, which we are always happy to do!
 
"I never know what's going on!"
"She never brings anything home."
"He always says he doesn't have any homework."
 
Feeling a little lost? There's help!
 
1) Just by being signed up for e-mails, you've already taken the first step! E-mail is the quickest and easiest way for teachers to communicate with you. If you're not getting the weekly newsletter, please be sure to check junk/spam.
 
2) The Remind texts. Signing up for Remind is another way you can contact us or send a message back. We can answer questions through the remind app. If you need sign up information, respond to this message with your student's homeroom and I can send you the sign up information.
 
3) ParentVue. Formerly Parent Portal, we have a way for you to see your student's grades online! All classes can be seen online, and you can also see student missing assignments. Please respond to this message with the name of your student if I need to get you sign up information.
 
4) Renaissance Place. Ask your student to log into Renaissance Place. You can see how many objectives your student has mastered and how many AR tests they have taken. Each teacher has slightly different requirements for AM/AR - please check with them if you're not sure what your student needs to be doing.
 
5) At home practice. All 7th grade students have accounts on MobyMax - this reviews the Reading/Language Arts standards and is great practice for the students. It includes grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and reading skills. Students can also work on iReady online, which is Math. Students need to be working on AM and reading AR daily. If they're caught up, MobyMax/iReady are great for extra practice.
 
Finally, teachers offer other options for you to stay on top of things. E-mail that teacher and ask if there's anything else you can do, if you're concerned. Ms. Gibson uses Class Dojo, Mrs. Hudson has an online component to her class, and I can forward e-mails/texts to the right teacher if I'm not the one you need.
 
Student success is our number one priority, and we want to make it as easy as we can to help you. Parent involvement is a huge indicator of student success, and working together can make that happen.
 
Megan Barker
Three Oaks Middle School
7th Grade Reading/Language Arts

11/18/15  
We finished up the diffusion and osmosis egg lab today, and it was a very good lab. The students did an outstanding job working and answering questions about the process.
 
We finished that lab just in time for the cell unit test today. Grades will go out tomorrow. Class averages are improving! A Friday test will be Friday for those who made an 80 or lower. Bring in a note and study!
 
Missing work is posted on the door just inside the classroom. I accept missing assignments and give full credit as long as those assignments are turned in. If you are unsure if your child has a missing assignment or not, check Parent Vue or email me, and I can let you know.

11/15/15  

Weekend homework was a vocab crossword. If it is a little tough, we can work on it in the computer lab tomorrow. It will be due at the end of class. 

 

Test Wednesday over the cell unit. 


11/10/15  

Cell unit test next Wednesday, November 18th. It will cover

Diffusion/osmosis-students have a quiz to review

Levels of organization-a test

Organ systems-a test

Mitosis/meiosis-a test

Cell organelles-a test


11/5/15  

Hooray! These folks made a 100 or above on the mitosis test:

Seth Edwards

Natalie Hall

Zoie Springer

Victoria Smith

Joseph Carolin

Emma Junior

Addison Griffin

Brooklyn Tibbs

Ashley Foster

Creek Liberty

Isaiah Ivory

Jaxon Pitts

Seth Hudson

Lawrence Lusk

 

Great work!


10/30/15  

It was another great week in science! We have finished notes on mitosis and meiosis, and we will test on Wednesday. 

Nine weeks projects were assigned this week and may be turned in anytime between now and December 11th.

We have 4-H on November 10th.  


10/27/15  

The Model Options for the Second Nine Weeks Projects:

  • The eleven organ systems in the human body, their functions, and their main organs.
  • Plant and animal cells and their organelles and functions. 
  • Mitosis… 
  • The formulas and purposes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
  • The two types of reproduction and examples of asexual.
  • The parts of a flower used in reproduction.
  • How to use a Punnet square to determine the possibility of traits.
  • How to identify a mineral.
  • The difference in a mineral and a rock.
  • The rock cycle and the three types of rock it creates.
  • The layers of the earth-composition and physical.
  • How earthquakes, mountains, volcanos, and sea-floor spreading occur.

10/20/15  

Way to go! These students made a 100 or higher on the organ systems test from Lesson 7:

Kristen Farley

Lauren Deere

Katelyn Dorse

Hayden Scroggins

Lawrence Lusk

Kailey Droke

Elijah Tittle

Aaron Lewsader

Jaron McCutcheon

Isaiah Ivory

Zoie Springer

Jamie Rogers

Joseph Carolin 

Kaleb Petty

Ethan Smith

Brooklyn Tibbs

Bailey Chandler

Jane-Bradlee Forsythe

Ethan Lamb

Chloe Fowler

Sara Markham

Jaylin Campbell

Paige Wheeler

Jarin Hinson

Ebalee White

Cameron Lennox

Trevor Wise

Seth Edwards

Sara Ryan

 

Great job!

 

 


10/19/15  

This week, we will conclude our look at cells in Lesson 8.  This lesson is mostly a review from last year.  We will test on this lesson either Thursday or Friday.

We have 4-H on Tuesday.  Students need to bring in a can of pet food and a piggy bank for the contest.  

We have a Friday test on Friday for the organ systems test.  

Let's make it another great week!


10/12/15  

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great fall break!

 

This week we will be identifying the organ systems and their organs and functions. We have a test on this skill Thursday.  


Vocab List for 10/2/15  

Vocab review! What fun! This review will be due on Friday.  If you use your class time wisely, you should be able to finish most of it in class.  If not, it is your first ever seventh grade science homework!  You may use the glossary in your binder, the internet, your notes, your memory, a dictionary, or anything else to help you briefly identify these terms that you have seen/will see this year.  They are two points each.  

Dependent Variable

Independent Variable  

Controlled Variable

Mitosis

Meiosis

Interphase

Prophase

Metaphase

Anaphase

Cytokinesis

Gamete

Cell Wall

Cell Membrane

Animal Cell

Plant Cell

Cellular Respiration

Photosynthesis

Graduated Cylinder

Organelles

Circle Graph

Hypothesis

Bias

Levels of Organization

Tissues

ER

osmosis 

diffusion

chromosome

nucleolus 

ribosomes 

prokaryotic 

eukaryotic 

vacuole 

style

stigma

pollen

filament

seed

germination

asexual

ovary

skeletal

endocrine

digestive

integumentary

circulatory

respiratory

urinary

muscular

reproductive

immune

nervous

 


10/1/15  

Congratulations to these students who made a 100 or above on the nine weeks test:

Seth Edwards

Kaleb Petty

Joseph Carolin

Amazing!


Study Guide for the First Nine Weeks Test #2  

Science Study Guide #2

  • The nucleus of the cell contains genetic material, or directions for physical traits, on the chromosomes.
  • The mitochondria makes energy for the cell. 
  • Lysosomes contain digestive proteins.  
  • Plants cells contain chloroplasts and large vacuoles.  The vacuoles are larger than animal cells and are found in the center of the cell.  
  • The lungs exchange gases with the circulatory system.  
  • Cytoplasm is jelly-like substance that fills the cells and supports the organelles.  
  • The vacuole is the storage organelle of a cell. In a plant cell, the plant will droop when the vacuole is empty.  
  • The circulatory system supplies body cells with nutrients. 
  • The integumentary system prevents bacteria from entering the body.
  • The digestive system produces solid waste. 
  • Plant cells are eukaryotic cells.  
  • The nucleolus produces ribosomes.  
  • Photosynthesis takes place in the chloroplast.  
  • The endoplasmic reticulum is usually very close to the nucleus in an animal cell.  

9/24/15  

Congrats to these students who made a 100 or higher on the Lesson 7 quiz:

John Edwards

Ethan Layne 

Lauren Deere 

Tyler Harlow 

Lynn Davis

Braden Massey 

Drake Palmer 

Gracie Phillips

Molly Stephens 

Hunter Walton 

Chase Kneeling

Legend Sipes

Javelin McAlister

Grayson Walton

Cody Pierce

Hayden Scroggins 

Kennedy Blackwood

Andrew Haynes 

Katelyn Dorse

Kashton Collins

Holden Haynes

Kristen Farley

Carolyn Hudgins

Allison Midgett

Skyler Walton

Cody Frazier

Trevor Wise

Tryston King

Alyssa Sisson

Blakely Mink

Ashley Foster

Ethan Smith

Victoria Smith

Kailey Droke

Benjamin Marbery

Creek Liberty

Elijah Tittle

Lainey Armstrong

Addison Griffin

Isaiah Ivory

Attaya Lafayette

Gracie Ayers

Ebalee White

Emily Enoch

Zoie Springer

Joseph Carolin

Kaleb Petty

Samantha Burnham 

Jaron McCutcheon

Tyler Daniel

Kaytlan Mascroft

Seth Hudson

Jarin Hinson

Jeffrey Wood

Jane-Bradlee Forsythe

Ethan Lamb

Paige Wheeler

Jamie Rogers

Sara Markham

Chloe Fowler

Jordan Anderson

Jaylin Campbell

Taylor Robinson

Jenna McCollum

And three people who did not write a name on the quiz. 

 

Great job, everyone!

 

 


9/23/15  

Today was a good day. We passed around one brain and four hearts. Some kids LOVED it, and some did not care for them. It was fun to watch both kinds of reactions! I bet what we did today is something they will always remember either way.

Everyone got a dissection contract today with the special rules for that lab. Please return that before fall break. 

Quiz tomorrow and then we will work on our study guides!


9/22/15  

All of the powerpoints on this website have been updated to pdf.  Hopefully, this will make it easier to use them to study at home.  


9/21/15  

This week:

Study guides for the nine weeks test are going home today. The test is next Monday. 

We will have a quiz Thursday over the levels of organization of living things. That quiz will not include the eleven organ systems. We will come back to that part of the lesson after fall break.

We will be dissecting after fall break. Dissecting contracts will go home Wednesday and will need to be signed and returned. 

I am looking forward to another great week in seventh grade science!


9/17/15  

Friday test tomorrow on the Unit 1 test.  Projects are due tomorrow.  No late projects will be accepted.  


9/16/15  

Congratulations to these students for making a 100 or higher on the Unit 1 Test!

Tyler Daniel
Joseph Carolin
Jaxon Pitts
Jaron McCutcheon
Elijah Tittle
Zoie Springer

Way to go!


9/16/15  

Well, the Unit 1 Test is done! Scores ranged from awesome to not so hot. Friday tests will be this Friday for a second chance to make an 80. Study the same study materials-quizzes, notes, the pretest, and the review power point.

Projects are due Friday, and I am so very impressed with how good the ones I have seen are! Everyone is doing a great job!


9/15/15-Test and Project Grades  

Since all tests and projects count for 200 points, they are recorded twice in the gradebook.  

If your student did not score 80 or above on the Unit One Test, the test will be regiven on Friday.  Your child needs to study and bring me a note that states he/she studied for the test the second time.  It must be signed by a parent or responsible adult (not forged in the hallway).  If your child retakes the test and makes higher the second time, the grade will be changed up to an 80.  

Please email me if you have any questions about the test (or anything else).  I am trying to keep you as informed as possible.  I would be glad to help you out!  


9/11/15  

*Test on Lessons 1 to 6 on Tuesday, September 15 for these homerooms: Hudson, Barker, Daniel, Adams.  

*Test on Lessons 1 to 6 on Wednesday, September 16 for these homerooms: Gibson and Norrid.

*Science nine weeks test on Monday, September 28th.

*Nine weeks projects are due Friday, September 18th.   


9/11/15  

Seventh Grade Science First Nine Weeks Test Study Guide

 

Test Date-Monday, September 28th.  This test will cover Lessons 1 to 8.  

The test is thirty-three questions long. 

 

You should be able to-

 

Examine an experiment and identify the variables. Lesson 1-quiz

 

 Select tools needed for scientific experimentation.  Lesson 2-quiz

 

 Interpret a graph and/or chart. Lesson 3-quiz

 

 Identify bias, cause and effect, and experimental error in an experiment.  Lesson 4-quiz

 

 Identify the tools and procedures needed to test the design features of a prototype; Evaluate a protocol to determine if the engineering design process was successfully applied; Distinguish between the intended benefits and the unintended consequences of a new technology. Lesson 5

 

Differentiate between adaptive and assistive engineered products (e.g., food, biofuels, medicines, integrated pest management). Lesson 6-Quiz on Lessons 5 and 6 

 

 There is a unit test on all six (Lessons 1-6) of these lessons.  You should also be able to-

 

 Explain the levels of organization of living things. Lesson 5-test

 

Identify the organelles in a cell and explain the function of the organelle. Lesson 6-test

 


9/9/15  

Due to the TCAP celebration, tomorrow's science quiz for sixth and seventh blocks only will be postponed until Monday, and Tuesday's test will be on Wednesday. Those two classes are Norrid's and Gibson's homerooms. 


9/9/15  

Quiz tomorrow on Lessons 5 and 6. 


9/4/15  

It was another fun week in seventh grade science! Today, we did the marble ramp lab using the technological design process. Although it was a very difficult concept, everyone got to experience the process engineers use to solve problems.

Next week, we will move on to types of engineering, and we will have a quiz Thursday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I think we have done some really good work this year, and I know I am ready for a good three day weekend. See everyone on Tuesday!


9/2/15  

These seventh graders made a 100 or above on the Lesson 4 quiz today:
Matthew Sawyer
Katelyn Dorse
Will Welch
Isaiah Ivory
Emily Enoch
Lawrence Lusk
Joseph Carolin
Zoie Springer
Brooklyn Tibbs
Creek Liberty
Victoria Smith
Kaine Glisson
Jaron McCutcheon
Blakely Mink
Tyler Daniel
Bailey Chandler
Annsley Johnson
Jaxon Pitts
Jamie Rogers

Amazing work! Way to go!


8/31/15  

Good day in the computer lab today! Students worked on notes for future lessons and also had some time to work on their nine weeks projects.

Tentative dates for upcoming quizzes and tests:

Quiz on Lesson 4-Wednesday 9/2

Quiz on Lessons 5 and 6-Thursday 9/10

Test (200 points) on Lessons  1 to 6-Tuesday 9/15 

Nine weeks projects are due 9/18


8/30/15  

I hope everyone has had a great weekend! 

This week, we will have a lab on Lesson 4 on conclusions and bias, have a quiz on Lesson 4, and begin technology and engineering. 

When we finish the lessons on technology and engineering, we will test over all lessons so far. I am trying to time it so that test will not be Fair Week. 

Looking forward to another great week!


8/27/15  

Way to go to these students who made a 100 or higher on today's quiz on Lesson 3:

 

Lynn Davis

Destiney Fisk

Ellen Fowler

Joseph Carolin

Zoie Springer

Elijah Tittle

Aaron Lewsader

Ebalee White

Paige Wheeler

Jamie Rogers

Gracie Ayers

 

Way to go!

 


8/27/15  

Everyone did a good job on the Discovery Education test yesterday.  That test gives us a starting point to measure how much students grow and learn over the course of the year.  This list is of the highest students for each class. Since some students made the same score, the number of students is different from class to class.  

Discovery Ed Test A Top Students

First Block 

Preston, Braden, Levi, Cody, Destiney, John, Iann, Matthew

 

Third Block

Kashton, Holden, Zack, Katelyn, Hunter, Rebecca, Carolyn, Chase, Keaton, Kristen, Skylar

 

Fourth Block

Kennedy, Aliyah, Andrew, Quentavis

 

Fifth Block

Prentice, Seth, Kaylee, Jamara, Trevor, Emery, Gabbie, Ellen, Dalton, Sara

 

Sixth Block

Creek*, Ashley, Brooklyn, Elijah, Tryston, Samantha, Joseph, Kaleb, Jaron, Isaiah, Spencer, Kaytlan, Lawrence

 

Seventh Block

Bailey, Seth, Kassidy, Annsley, Ethan, Jaxon, Taylor, Jarin, Paige, Ebalee, Gracie, Attaya, Noah, Sara, Skylar, Harley, Jaylin, Jane-Bradlee, Chloe

*Highest Grade in the Seventh Grade

 


8/26/15  

It was a good day in the computer lab today taking the Discovery Ed test.  

We will have a quiz tomorrow over Lesson 3.  


8/25/15  

Today's M and M lab was AMAZING! I've never had such a great good of lab students. They listen, keep the lab clean, and are responsible. Best of all, they learn-a lot! I love it!

 

We have a quiz on Lesson 3 on organizing data on Thursday.


8/24/15  

These students made a perfect 105 on the Lesson 2 quiz:

 

Mekiah Blackwell

Deegan Cole

Ellie Singleton

Cameron Lennox

Seth Edwards

Kaylee Garcia

Dalton McGuire

Joseph Carolin

Elijah Tittle 

Zoie Springer

Tyler Daniel

Isaiah Ivory

Kaleb Petty

Aaron Lewsader

Victoria Smith

Ethan Smith

Blakely Mink

Ashley Foster

Emma Junior

Spencer Shanklin

Lawrence Lusk

Jamie Rogers

Paige W.

Sara Markham

Ethan Lamb

Dakota Hassell

Attaya Lafayette

Annsley Johnson

Taylor Roberson

Chloe Fowler

Noah Larson

Gracie Ayers

Harley Burkhead

Jarin Hinson

Jordan Anderson

Jaxon Pitts

Skylar Smith

Jane-Bradlee Forsythe

Abigail Sweatt

Javar Caldwell

Landon Allen

Caitlyn Ammons

Lexie Bryson

Grayson Walton

Lynn Davis

Lauren Deere

Molly Stephens

Destiney Fisk

Madison Wilson

Kennedy Blackwood

Ana Pecina

Shane Nicholson

Faith Tirey

Imani Davenport

Kristen Farley

Carolyn Hudgins

Allison Midgett

Natalie Williams

Jakya King

Chris Dunn

Carlee Walton

Hayden Scroggins

Aliyah Bonds

Nathan Brandon

Sara Ryan

Cody Frazier

 

Amazing job! Keep up the great work!


8/20/15  

It was a WILD day in seventh grade science today! We reviewed yesterday's quiz, finished notes, and did the Rock and Marble Lab, all while I tried to teach and clean up after our ten-gallon fishtank started leaking everywhere! After school, it was awesome to watch our TOMS cross country team compete at Dresden. They did great! It was a wild day, and I am one tired science teacher.

 

Tonight, everyone needs to complete the lab by finishing their graphs and conclusions. 

 

Quiz and hopefully a calmer day tomorrow. 


8/20/15  

Science quiz tomorrow on science tools. Next week's quiz has been changed to 8/26. Please pay activity fee if you haven't to fund our labs.


8/19/15  

We took the quiz today on Lesson 1, and once again, our seventh graders really showed out! I am amazed at their grades.

After our quiz, we started Lesson 2. We will quiz on that lesson on Friday.

Shout out these students who made a perfect 105 on today's quiz:
Austin Pridmore
Molly Stephens
Kennedy Blackwood
Ashley Foster
Samantha Burnham
Elijah Tittle
Zoie Springer 
Creek Liberty
Kaleb Petty
Emily Enoch
Natalie Hall
Jaxon Pitts
Attaya Lafayette
Kassidy Irvine
Sara Markham
Jamie Rogers
Dakota Hassell
Gracie Ayers

(Fifth block, I haven't graded your quizzes yet.)


8/18/15  

In our lab today, several students ran out of time and did not get finished. The lab needs to be finished tonight and returned tomorrow. 

 

Also, as you are studying tonight, do not memorize the scientific method. It is on the wall for students to look at. Instead, study the notes and vocab from the lesson. 

 

Please make sure to turn in activity fee money if you have not. Part of that money covers the cost of our labs. You will get your money's worth, I promise!


8/18/15  

Science quiz tomorrow over Lesson 1! Know how to use the scientific method and the three variables.


8/17/15  

We spent the day today in the computer lab. We did a pretest, some physics games, and most classes learned about boogers. Good day. Tomorrow we will practice the scientific method in a lab using pennies. Wednesday is quiz day!


8/17/15  

We have a quiz Wednesday over Lesson 1 and another quiz on Friday over Lesson 2. 

Don't forget to checkout the class Facebook page for extra information.  

Looking forward to another great week!


8/4/15  

It was another great day in seventh grade science! Tomorrow we will go over the first nine weeks projects that will be due September 18th. We are also going to look at the class website on the TOMS page, and we will hopefully finish procedures and policies.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday night!


7/30/15  

Ready to start school? Here we go!

Parents, YOU will have homework on Friday! It will be due on or before Open House on Thursday, August 6th at 5.  


5/15/15  

It is so hard to believe that the school year is almost over! Not too long ago, I knew no one at TOMS, and now it is like a family to me.  I have been very blessed this year, and the staff and especially the students have made this year great!

Speaking of great, I want everyone to do well on the test this Monday.  Several questions on the test will come from the Study Island assignment that I assigned last Monday.  I told every class that the assignment on Study Island would be reassigned for practice and that I wanted everyone to look at it for review.  

To reward those who listened and are committed to doing well, I am going to give an extra five bonus points to anyone who retakes the Study Island this weekend.  Abby and Kaylon, I am giving you both ten points for going above and beyond since you did the review earlier than everyone else.

Feel free to spread the word, and thank you again for a great year in 7th grade science! 


5/13/15  

I have reassigned the Study Island review for 8th grade science.  Please try it again to review for the test that is on Monday.  


Vocabulary #3 from March 9  

 Vocab review-last time! This review will be due on Thursday, April 16. Define each word. You may use your glossary in your binder, the internet, your notes, your memory, a dictionary, or anything else to help you briefly identify these terms that you have seen/heard this year. A definition doesn't count unless it is correct.

 simple machine

screw

wedge

inclined plane

pulley

lever

wheel and axle

fulcrum

force

effort

mass

acceleration

deceleration

speed

amplitude

velocity

motion

1st Law of Motion

2nd Law of Motion

3rd Law of Motion

inertia

net force

reaction

displacement

distance

transverse wave

longitudinal wave

compression

rarefaction

crest

trough

frequency

data

bioengineering

biofuel

performance testing

prototype

risk-benefit analysis

pesticide

solar power

engineer

experimental error

technological design

technology

selectively permeable

species

dependent variable

independent variable

controlled variable

 


4/27/15  

Our big test day is Wednesday! Good luck to everyone.  I know everyone will do well!

Part 2 of our nine weeks project will be assigned on Thursday and due May 8th.  

 


4/7/15  

Any student who did not turn in the vocabulary assignment that was due March 30th may turn it in until this Friday, April 10th.  After that, the grade will be a zero that can not be made up.  


4/6/15  
Optional flower assignment is due Wednesday.
Test on the physical science unit Friday.
Retake of the Laws of Motion test if necessary Friday. Must have a note.
Nine weeks project due the 21st.  

4/1/15  

We will have a test tomorrow on the speed formula and the Laws of Motion. 

The speed formula is Speed=distance / time.  Students will use the formula to solve for speed, distance, or time.  They also need to be able to define velocity, acceleration, deceleration, and the other vocab words from Monday's work in the computer lab.

For the three Laws of Motion, students needs to be able to identify the three laws and identify examples of each.  For example, Sally gets mad at her locker when she can't get it open.  She kicks her locker and breaks her ankle.  That is an example of the third law: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."


3/26/15  

Quiz on the simple machines tomorrow. 

Vocabulary is due Monday.

The first part of the nine weeks project was assigned yesterday.  


Fourth Nine Weeks Science Project-3/25/15  

This nine weeks, we will have two parts due two different times.  Part One is due April 21.  

You will choose one topic.  Then, you will draw (not print out) a picture to match that topic and handwrite a list of ten researched facts that go with the topic.  All of this will go on a half sheet of poster board.  

The topics are

Prototypes

Assistive and adaptive technology

Mitosis

Photosynthesis/Cellular Respiration

Heredity

Minerals

Rock cycle/types of rocks

Simple Machines

Waves-two types and parts

Newton’s Laws of Motion 

Part Two will be assigned after TCAP and will be due May 15.


The Judges' Score-3/24/15  

Our science fair projects from last nine weeks were worth up to 300 points.  200 of those points were included in the grades from last nine weeks.  The last 100 points are the judges' scores.  Most of the judges' scores were very close to the grade that I gave as the first 200 points, but there was a gap in a few of the grades.  To make that score fair, the third grade (the last 100 available points) is the grade from the judges or the grade from me-whichever one was higher.  

Everyone who turned in a project did their very best.  However, not everyone's very best looks the same.  Since the judges do not know my students, I didn't consider it fair to give students a low grade from someone who doesn't know them.  

If you have any questions about a grade or anything else, please email me, and I would be glad to answer any questions you have.  Thank you!

 


The Vocab Review (Just in case the link won't open.)  

 Vocab review-again! This review will be due on Monday. Define each word. You may use your glossary in your binder, the internet, your notes, your memory, a dictionary, or anything else to help you briefly identify these terms that you have seen/heard this year.

 

dependent variable-

independent variable-

controlled variable-

mineral-

luster-

streak-

density-

Mohs scale-

crust-

core-

asthenosphere-

lithosphere-

mantle-

mesosphere-

convection currents-

tectonic plates-

sea-floor spreading-

mountain-

earthquake-

volcano-

fault-

mid-ocean ridge-

hot spot-

subduct-

lava-

plate boundary-

rift valley-

natural resource-

renewable resource-

non-renewable resource-

fossil fuel-

global warming-

pollution-

pollutant-

over-harvesting-

osmosis-

circulatory system-

organ-

organ system-

organelle-

organism-

organic matter-

pistil-

ovary-

rock-

rock cycle-

sediment-

metamorphic rock-

sedimentary rock-

igneous rock-


3/22/15 Vocab Review   

Tomorrow, we will begin a vocab review.  We will work on it just a little in class, and the majority of it should be done outside of class.  This assignment will be due on Monday, March 30.  

This assignment is saved under powerpoints, because I couldn't figure out another way to save it.

 


3/8/15 Third Nine Weeks Test Rescoring  

Last week, I said that students would only get to rescore the nine weeks test if he or she had no missing assignments.  Since we have missed the last three school days due to snow, I am changing my policy:

If a student has no missing assignments, he or she will get to rescore the test, and the second grade after corrections will go in the gradebook as the nine weeks test grade. 

If a student has a missing assignment, he or she will rescore the test, and the two grades will be averaged after corrections and the averaged grade will go in the gradebook as the nine weeks test grade.  

I will accept any makeup work before the test, and I will also be in the cafeteria tomorrow morning for early duty.  I will have the list of missing work and extra copies of the work then.  


What You Need for the Science Fair on Tuesday  

On your tri-fold board, you need these things. Label each one with the words in bold.  These things will be hand-written.   

  • A title for your project
  • Your question- I have this and will give it to you on Monday.
  • Your abstract-I have this too.
  • Your hypothesis-I have this too.
  • Your variables-remember that your independent variable is what you changed from one observation to another or the different items you are testing.  Your dependent variable is your result; it is measurable.  Your controlled variables may be anything that you kept constant during your experiment.  
  • A list of the materials you used including any measurements.  For example, five cups of sugar, one timer, ten eggs, etc. 
  • The procedure you used to perform your experiment.  Use sequential order and include dates here if you can.  Be very, very specific, and include your pictures here.  
  • Your data in chart form-the dependent variable is the y-axis and the independent variable is the x-axis.  Label your numbers: 8 minutes, not just 8.  
  • Conclusion-what you learned from this experiment.  Include if your hypothesis was correct or not.  

You will also be scored on neatness, clarity, and use of images, graphics, tables, and graphs.  

 


Study Guide for the Third Nine Weeks Test  

Your standards for this test on Monday, March 9 are-

 

Lesson 14-Describe and identify the characteristics of minerals.

 

What is a mineral?

 

How do you identify a mineral?

 

Lesson 15-Label a diagram that depicts the three different rock types.

 

How and where are the three types of rocks formed?

 

 

 Identify the major processes that drive the rock cycle.

 

How do each of the three types of rock become other types of rocks?

 

How is the type of rock determined?

 

Know what a rock cycle diagram looks like and what the arrows mean.

 

 Lesson 16-Differentiate among the characteristics of the earth’s layers.

 

What are the physical layers of the earth?

 

What are the composition layers of the earth?

 

Describe each layer of the earth.

 

 

Recognize that lithospheric plates on the scale of continents 

and oceans continually move at rates of centimeters per year.

 

 

Lesson 17-Describe the relationship between plate movements and 

 

earthquakes

 

mountain building

 

volcanoes

 

sea floor spreading

 

Be able to explain how and where each one occurs and what type of crusts are involved.

 

 

Lesson 18-Explain how humans have affected the environment.

Define renewable, non-renewable, resources.

 

 

 

You have a test or a quiz for every lesson.

Remember that if you have any missing work, you will not be able to rescore your test.

Your science fair project is also due Tuesday, March 10.    


3/3/15  

We will have a 100 point quiz tomorrow on Lesson 18.  Most classes finished the notes today, but if not, the lesson is on the website.  

Rain or shine or snow, the science fair project is due Tuesday!


3/2/15  
  • We will have a quiz on Lesson 18 on Wednesday.
  • All students will turn in the three variables for their science fair projects on Friday.  The three variables are independent, dependent, and controlled.  The three variables will be on a clean piece of copy paper. 
  • Any student who needs to retake the test on Lesson 17 will do that on Friday as long as they have a note that says they studied.  
  • My nine weeks test will be Monday. Any students who have missing assignments will not be allowed to scan for missed answers before turning the test in.  
  • All science fair projects are due Tuesday, March 10th.  

2/10/15  

We will test on the events at plate boundaries-Lesson 17- on Thursday.

Everyone should be experimenting in preparation for our science fair.  The project is due March 10th.  


2/2/15  

Everyone has homework tonight.  The assignment is to complete the gummy bear lab from Friday.

By Thursday, everyone should be experimenting for the science fair.  Nothing is due for a while, but trials need to begin this week. 

We will have 4-H on February 18th.

Progress reports go home Monday. 


1/28/15  

All students have a Study Island review due Friday.  


1/22/15  

-Science Fair Winners:

First Place in each of the two divisions (physical and biology) will get all daily grades for the third nine weeks changed to 100 and will get to exempt the fourth nine week science project.

Second Place in each of the two divisions (physical and biology) will get two daily test grades for the third nine weeks changed to 100 (a total of 400 points) and will get to exempt the fourth nine week science project.

Third Place in each of the two divisions (physical and biology) will get one daily test grade for the third nine weeks changed to 100 (a total of 200 points) and will get to exempt the fourth nine week science project.

 -Tomorrow, we will begin Cash for Critters for 4-H.  We will complete boys vs. girls.  The group with the heaviest amount of money will win.  

-Abstracts for the science fair are due Tuesday.  

-We will have a quiz (100 points) on the layers of the earth on Monday. 

 

 


1/20/15 How to Write an Abstract  

1.  Determine which ideas are the main ideas for your science fair project.  They may be processes like melting, items like beans, ideas like temperature, etc.  

2.  Research the main ideas: definitions, examples, relationships, etc.

3. Paraphrase what you find. 

4.  Make a list of your paraphrased findings or write out paragraphs.  Either one is fine, and neither one will affect your grade.  You will write this in your handwriting on any paper but notebook paper.  It should be no more than one page.  How much information you have depends on what your project is about, so again, no affect on your grade.

Keep it simple.  

5.  Turn it in by Tuesday, January 27.   I will keep it and give it back to you for your science fair project later.  If you turn it in, you will make a 100.


1/13/15  

Test tomorrow on the rock cycle!


1/12/15-Sci Fair Info   

Steps of The Scientific Method and The Science Fair

This project is worth 300 points.

The Question-Due on the registration sheet on 1/16

Your science fair project starts with a question. This might be based on an observation you have made or a particular topic that interests you. Think what you hope to discover during your investigation, what question would you like to answer? Your question needs to be about something you can measure and will typically start with words such as what, when, where, how or why, such as, “What happens when I changed/compare/etc.” You will not make a model or do a demonstration. Try to find an interesting and unique topic. Along with turning this in on 1/16, you will write your question and display it with your project at the science fair.

 

Background Research-The Abstract-Due on 1/23

Perform background research on your question. Gathering information now will help prepare you for the next step in the Scientific Method. Find information about your topic in a book or online and paraphrase it. You may make a list of facts or write in paragraphs. This should be no more than one page on copy paper neatly written. Please do not type this.

 

Hypothesis-Due 1/28

Using your background research and current knowledge, make an educated guess that answers your question. Your hypothesis should be a simple statement that expresses what you think will happen. Write this out on a piece of copy paper and date it.

 

Experiment-Begin on or before 2/5

Create a step by step procedure and conduct an experiment that tests your hypothesis. The experiment should be a fair test that changes only one variable while keeping everything else the same. Repeat the experiment a number of times to ensure your original results weren’t an accident. You should have many different independent variables; for example, ten types of soft drinks instead of two. Take pictures as you go to display your work at the science fair.

 

 

Data

Do the math! Collect data and record the progress of your experiment. Document your results with detailed measurements, descriptions and observations in the form of colored charts and graphs. Use metric units: grams, ounces, Celsius, etc.

 

Observations-this is an optional step

Describe the observations you made during your experiment. Include information that could have affected your results such as errors, environmental factors and unexpected surprises.

 

Conclusions-Complete by 3/4

Analyze the data you collected and summarize your results in written form. Answer the question, “What did you learn/discover?” Use your analysis to answer your original question, do the results of your experiment support or oppose your hypothesis?

 

Share your findings-Due 3/10 at TOMS

Present your findings on a tri-fold board. Include with it any relevant materials. Remember that if the judges need to know it, it needs to be on your board. Include your abstract, photos, graphs/charts, materials, etc. Label all the parts of your project (which are the headings on this handout). Include your name on the back of your board. Give your project a title and bring it to school.

 Other Stuff:

  • You do not have to write a bibliography.

  • You do not have to type your information, but it does need to be neatly written on copy or construction paper.

  • As it was written on the science fair letter, parents may guide their children on this project. I do not expect a perfect project. I want to see a seventh grade quality project.

  • All the information for this project is on the class website. http://toms.dyercs.net


1/12/15-Sci Fair Info   

Steps of The Scientific Method and The Science Fair

This project is worth 300 points.

The Question-Due on the registration sheet on 1/16

Your science fair project starts with a question. This might be based on an observation you have made or a particular topic that interests you. Think what you hope to discover during your investigation, what question would you like to answer? Your question needs to be about something you can measure and will typically start with words such as what, when, where, how or why, such as, “What happens when I changed/compare/etc.” You will not make a model or do a demonstration. Try to find an interesting and unique topic. Along with turning this in on 1/16, you will write your question and display it with your project at the science fair.

 

Background Research-The Abstract-Due on 1/23

Perform background research on your question. Gathering information now will help prepare you for the next step in the Scientific Method. Find information about your topic in a book or online and paraphrase it. You may make a list of facts or write in paragraphs. This should be no more than one page on copy paper neatly written. Please do not type this.

 

Hypothesis-Due 1/28

Using your background research and current knowledge, make an educated guess that answers your question. Your hypothesis should be a simple statement that expresses what you think will happen. Write this out on a piece of copy paper and date it.

 

Experiment-Begin on or before 2/5

Create a step by step procedure and conduct an experiment that tests your hypothesis. The experiment should be a fair test that changes only one variable while keeping everything else the same. Repeat the experiment a number of times to ensure your original results weren’t an accident. You should have many different independent variables; for example, ten types of soft drinks instead of two. Take pictures as you go to display your work at the science fair.

 

 

Data

Do the math! Collect data and record the progress of your experiment. Document your results with detailed measurements, descriptions and observations in the form of colored charts and graphs. Use metric units: grams, ounces, Celsius, etc.

 

Observations-this is an optional step

Describe the observations you made during your experiment. Include information that could have affected your results such as errors, environmental factors and unexpected surprises.

 

Conclusions-Complete by 3/4

Analyze the data you collected and summarize your results in written form. Answer the question, “What did you learn/discover?” Use your analysis to answer your original question, do the results of your experiment support or oppose your hypothesis?

 

Share your findings-Due 3/10 at TOMS

Present your findings on a tri-fold board. Include with it any relevant materials. Remember that if the judges need to know it, it needs to be on your board. Include your abstract, photos, graphs/charts, materials, etc. Label all the parts of your project (which are the headings on this handout). Include your name on the back of your board. Give your project a title and bring it to school.

 Other Stuff:

  • You do not have to write a bibliography.

  • You do not have to type your information, but it does need to be neatly written on copy or construction paper.

  • As it was written on the science fair letter, parents may guide their children on this project. I do not expect a perfect project. I want to see a seventh grade quality project.

  • All the information for this project is on the class website. http://toms.dyercs.net


1/1/15  

-Test on the rock cycle and rock lesson on Wednesday.

-Science fair registration is due Friday.

-4-H is next Wednesday. 


1/9/15  

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_guide_index.shtml

This is a good website for science fair information.  


1/7/15  

Parents, I sent home science fair information today.  If you have any questions, please email me, and I will be glad to help.  Thanks!

Lhudson@dyercs.net


1/7/15 Science Fair Registration Form-Homework due 1/23/15  

 

Science Fair Registration Form

This part is to be completed by the student.

 

Name______________________________  

 

The name of my project will be ____________________________________________.

 

Briefly explain your project:

 

 

 

 

 

 

___My project needs an electric outlet.              ___My project involves liquid.

 

 

This part is to be completed by the parent.

 

_____ I have seen the information sheet, the timeline, and the judges’ criteria.

 

_____ I understand that this project is my child’s nine weeks project for science, and that it will count as three test grades for a total of 300 points.  

 

____ I will be able to assist with set up on the afternoon before the science fair, 

Tuesday, March 10 at 3:00PM.

 

____ I will be able to assist with set up on the morning of the science fair, Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00AM.

 

____ I will be able to assist with take down and clean up after the science fair, Friday, March 13 from 3:15 to 4:00.

 

 

PARENT NAME______________________________

 


1/7/15 Science Fair Parent Letter  

Three Oaks Middle School                                                                                             January 7, 2015

Dear Parents and Students, 

Seventh Grade students will have an opportunity to participate in the TOMS Science Fair.  The fair will be held March 11-14, 2014.  You may enter an experiment or invention: 

*Experiment - a display of an explanation of an experiment which follows the scientific method. 

  • Find out the best/worst of one thing.  
  • Answer the question, “What happens when I change..?”  
  • No bread mold, candle colors, etc.  
  • If you do a simple project, do it more than once which makes it a trial. 
  • Models are not experiments.  

  • Invention - a working model which solves a specific problem or makes a job easier to do.  Inventions should test a variable and follow the scientific method. 

Biological and zoological projects are acceptable at the discretion of the student’s teacher.  However, live and preserved specimens may not be displayed at the science fair. 

Science fair winners will be awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention places in each of the above categories. Students who participate can earn up to 300 points for a well prepared and presented science fair project: one grade from the judges’ results and two test grades from Mrs. Hudson.  Students who come in first place in each category will be given five bonus points on their nine weeks test in science for the 3rd Nine Weeks. 

Any science fair committee member (listed below) is available to help you plan and develop your project.  Please email if you need help. 

Science Fair Committee:                                                                                

Mr. David Brooks, Chairperson    Eighth Grade Science Teacher                                      

*Mrs. Lee Hudson               Seventh Grade Science Teacher      Lhudson@dyercs.net                        

Mrs. Brittany Lietherland Sixth Grade Science Teacher

Parents are encouraged to guide students through their scientific endeavor. Remember, a good project is planned and developed over a period of time. No changes in project titles will be accepted after January 23, 2015. This assignment is your third nine weeks science project.



1/7/15 Science Fair Timeline  

TOMS SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT TIMELINE

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* Keep in mind, the dates listed above are relative dates.  Tasks can be completed earlier that the dates indicated above.  However, tasks completed after the dates indicated above will make it harder for a project to be completed on time. Please, try to stay close to the dates indicated above so your project will be completed in a timely manner.  I look for to seeing many GREAT SCIENCE PROJECTS!

 


1/7/15 Third Nine Weeks Standards  

Looking Ahead to the Third Nine Weeks in Science

 

You should be able to do these things:

 

  • Label a diagram that depicts the three different rock types.

  • Identify the major processes that drive the rock cycle.

  • Differentiate among the characteristics of the earth’s three layers.

  • Recognize that lithospheric plates on the scale of continents

and oceans continually move at rates of centimeters per year.

  • Describe the relationship between plate movements and

earthquakes, mountain building, volcanoes, and sea floor

spreading.

 

  • Differentiate between the six simple machines.

  • Determine the amount of force needed to do work using different

simple machines.

  • Apply proper equations to solve basic problems pertaining to

distance, time, speed, and velocity.

  • Identify and explain how Newton’s laws of motion relate to the

movement of objects.

  • Compare and contrast the different parts of a wave.

  • Differentiate between transverse and longitudinal waves in

terms of how they are produced and transmitted.

 

  • Identify the tools and procedures needed to test the design

features of a prototype.

  • Evaluate a protocol to determine if the engineering design

process was successfully applied.

  • Distinguish between the intended benefits and the unintended

consequences of a new technology.

  • Differentiate between adaptive and assistive engineered

products (e.g., food, biofuels, medicines, integrated pest

management).


My Homeroom's Christmas Party  

For my homeroom's Christmas party, everyone is asked to bring a five dollar gift that has been wrapped for Dirty Santa.  


12/18/14  

All students have seen their nine weeks test scores.  Everyone did a fine job.  

I hope everyone has a great Christmas break!


Nine Weeks Test  

The science nine weeks test is Wednesday.  Don't forget to study!


Study Guide for the Nine Weeks Test  

Second Nine Weeks Science Test Study Guide

Know these things:

 

  • The two types of cells and the organelles and their functions of the eukaryotic cell.
  • The levels of organization in living things.
  • The sequence of mitosis.
  • How materials move through diffusion and osmosis.
  • The eleven organ systems in the human body, their functions, and their main organs.
  • The formulas and purposes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
  • The two types of reproduction and examples of asexual.
  • The parts of a flower used in reproduction.
  • How to use a Punnett square to determine the possibility of genotype and phenotype.
  • How to identify a mineral.
  • The difference in a mineral and a rock and the relationship between the two. 

 

This list includes anything on the biology review test plus minerals. Students have the biology test to study with.


12/9/14  

Nine weeks projects are due FRIDAY! 


Second Nine Weeks Projects 12/4/14  

Option #1

This nine weeks, you will research science degrees/majors.

Choose a college you would like to attend, and research the science degrees offered there.

For each degree, you will include-

Classes with the degree

Job options

Interesting information

Identify the one you would like to pursue.

The Rubric:

3 degrees-60

4 degrees-70

5 degrees-80

6 degrees-90

7 degrees-100

9 or more-105

 

Choice #2

You may also choose to do a scientific experiment.

If you do an experiment, you will experiment at home following the steps of the scientific method.

You will document what you do over the course of the nine weeks.  Use pictures, graphs, notes, etc.

No bread mold or colored candles or anything else that is lame.  

An experiment has variables and is not a show and tell or arts and crafts. 

Your grade will be an 80 or 100.  It will be a 105 if there is a “Wow!” factor. 

 

Choice #3

A model.

You may make a model of anything from the list of standards for the second nine weeks.  

Nothing on the model may be a printout.  

Include ten facts in sentence form 

Two possible grades-100 or 80.

 

The Fine Print:

Your project may be presented in any format, but no notebook paper is allowed.

No print outs.  No cakes.  

This is a test grade.  

Also remember that if you do not turn in a project, you will miss four and a half weeks of labs.

Due date-December 12th.


12/3/14  

Everyone should see the results of last week's heredity test today.  The Friday test for the heredity test will be this Friday.

Nine weeks projects are due on the 12th.


11/24/14  

Test tomorrow on heredity! Students need to know the vocabulary-dominant, recessive, allele, homozygous, heterozygous, genotype, and phenotype-as well as how to use a Punnett square.  There will be 21 questions.  


11/20/14  

Any missing work from this first half of the nine weeks will be due Tuesday, November 25.  That may include the vocabulary review that was assigned on November 5 and/or the bean lab that was assigned on November 4.  

*After next Tuesday, I will not accept those two assignments.*  


11/19/14  

We are working on genetics! I hope that maybe our class discussions have sparked some discussions about heredity at home.  The kids have really enjoyed learning how traits are passed from generation to generation.  

We will retake the flowers test on Friday with a Friday test.

We will test next Tuesday on genetics including Punnett squares.  

After Thanksgiving, we will be reviewing biology.  That includes everything from the cell organelle lesson to organ systems to heredity.  


11/11/14  

Happy Veterans' Day!

We have a test tomorrow on the flower parts.  We have one more lesson after this one in biology, and then we will move on to geology.  

4-H is next Wednesday. 


11/10/14  

Test on the flower lesson-Wednesday!


11/5/2014  

Everyone received a vocabulary review today that is due Monday.  

Test on Flowers-Lesson 12 on Tuesday.


11/3/2014  

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is enjoying a nice day off.  

Tomorrow all students will see their grades on the organ systems test from Thursday.  The Friday test for organ systems will be Wednesday of this week, because I will be at a conference Thursday and Friday.  I hope to bring back a lot of new ideas for our classroom from this conference.  

I bragged on everyone last week about how well they did dissecting! That lab was very complicated, time-consuming, and expensive.  I  even went so far as to make a special list of rules for the lab, because I wanted to make sure everything went well and everyone learned as much as possible.  They did a great job! Our seventh graders have learned and matured by leaps and bounds this year, and it is still early in the year.  I am so proud of them! 

Our next unit is on flower parts.  The students have to know the parts of both a flower and a bean and the function of each part.  There is a lot of vocabulary also in this lesson along with two labs.  It is a long lesson that will take a while.  

Have a nice week!

 

 


10/29/14  

Dissecting was a success! I think everyone enjoyed getting to explore the insides of both the squid and the frog. Now, we will review the organ systems and test Thursday. 


10/22/14  

All photosynthesis and cellular respiration test grades were given out yesterday.  The Friday test for this test will be on Thursday.  

Our next lesson will be on the organ systems.  We will be dissecting next week!

 


10/20/14  

The Friday test for the photosynthesis and cellular respiration test will be on Thursday of this week.  


10/20/14  

Some extra information about the science experiment option for the nine weeks project:

-The second option for the nine weeks project is an experiment. An experiment is a test to find an answer.  

-Bread mold and colored-candle burn times are two experiments that are not allowed for the project.  They have been done many, many times before and are not very exciting.  

-Be careful about choosing an experiment from the internet.  Many experiments on the internet are actually demonstrations.  For example, if a student were to take five different brands of bread mold and see which one molds the most, that is an experiment.  If a student were to take five slices of the same brand of bread and soak them in five different liquids and see which one molds the fastest, that is an experiment.  If a student were to take five slices of the same bread and place them in five different locations to see which one molds the least, that is an experiment.  Making a house out of bread, making a bread dartgun, or making bread look like a cell is not an experiment.  

-Be careful about using plant growth as a dependent variable for the experiment, because the plant may not grow fast enough to see a result in nine weeks.  

-Every student in the seventh grade will be participating in the science fair at the end of the year.  If a student chooses an experiment for this nine weeks that can continue over time, that experiment may be used for both this nine weeks project and the science fair.  Only, though, if the data can be collected from now to the end of the year.  

-If an experiment does not sound like fun, seems too confusing, or does not make sense, there are two other options for the project.

-Please let me know if you have any questions, and I will be glad to help.


10/16/14  

We have finished our notes on photosynthesis and cellular respiration.  Looks like we will be ready to test on Monday!


10/15/14  

Link to the photosynthesis Study Jam:

 

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/plants/photosynthesis.htm


10/14/14  

Nine weeks projects were assigned today.

We have started our look at photosynthesis and cellular respiration.  

4-H is October 22.  The piggy bank competition will be on that day.

 


9/28/14  

Our nine weeks test is Tuesday.  Study guides were distributed on Thursday, and all students have quizzes and tests for practice.  Study!

 


9/17/14  

Today, we had 4-H. I was really proud of the students' behavior during these meetings.  They did a great job!

Friday, we will take Friday tests on the plant and animal cells, our nine weeks projects are due, and we will have a test on mitosis.  It is going to be a big day!


9/15/14  

We have been studying mitosis, and we will test on mitosis Thursday.  Mitosis is very, very difficult.  Students need to know the stages of mitosis and be able to explain what is occurring at each stage as well as recognize each stage.  Also, students must be able to put the stages in order.  

We have 4-H Wednesday.

Nine weeks projects are due Friday.  They were assigned on August 6th.  

 


9/9/14  

We have a test on cells tomorrow! The test includes all the organelles on the chart we filled in in class, identifying the organelles, and the functions of the organelles.  

Students need to study their notes (notebook notes and the chart) as well as the sheets we did in class today.

 


9-7-14  

We are completing our look at cells soon, so we will probably test on Lesson 6 Wednesday.  Students need to know the two types of cells and their differences as well as the cell organelles in plant and animal cells and their functions.  Study!

The nine weeks project is due September 19th.  The project is a test grade, and if a project is not turned in, that student also misses the first four and a half weeks of labs next nine weeks.  That will include dissecting, and no one needs to miss that!

 


August 29, 2014  

Everyone took a quiz today on Lesson 5.  The power points on this website have been updated.  We will begin our look at the plant and animal cells on Tuesday.  

Please remember that nine weeks projects are due September 19th.  

 


8-13-14  

Today, we did the Drops on a Penny lab to practice the scientific method.  We will have a quiz on Lesson 1 tomorrow.


8-11-14  

All classes took a quiz on Friday.  If your child did not see his/her grade today, it should be shown to them tomorrow.  

 


August 4, 2014  

Today, most of our classes finished the procedures of the classroom.  Next, we are looking at science safety and the three types of variables in scientific inquiry.  Our first nine weeks project will be assigned Wednesday, and we are scheduled to have a quiz on Friday.

It has been a great beginning to a great school year!


July 28, 2014  

The supplies needed for my class are a binder, tabs, and paper.  We will do projects throughout the year that will require other materials that are up to the student.  A tri-fold board will be needed at the end of the year.