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Summer 2017

Daily Objectives:  

Look for Science – In All You Do!!!

If you are looking at this Blog this summer, you might be looking for something to do!

Here is my “science”  list:

  1.  Read, Read, Read!  This is one of the best ways to increase your vocabulary, build your understanding and comprehension, and build a better appreciation for the world around you.  Every great teacher will tell you that they can spot the readers in their classes— it is that evident and clear!  And it really will make a positive difference in your ability to perform in your classes.
  2.  Get outside and experience the world around you!  It does not matter if you are in your backyard, at the beach and Lake Michigan, hiking on a trail in the woods, pulling weeds in your family’s garden, walking around town, camping with the fam, or exploring someplace you have never been…..  although some of those places are more fun than others!  Get outside!  Look at the amazing life around you!  Microscopic, macroscopic, plants, animals, insects, birds, fungi,… it is simply amazing and just waiting for YOU!
  3. Observe with a scientist’s eyes!  Question what you see!  Can you design an experiment with the situations in front of you?  Why are things the way they are?  Wonderment is a powerful learning tool.
  4. Ask someone a question and really listen to their answer.  We can learn sooooooo much from each other.  You build your knowledge base just by gaining information you have learned from other cool people like yourself!
  5. Which kind of service project or service learning can you do for another?  This is still science (everything is science!), but it is science that serves others.    It creates a great feeling (for you and the other person) and helps you to mature into the kind of person that others would like to team up with on those science projects and experiments. 🙂  Group skills are keys to success in group projects.
  6. Discover a few new websites that are fun and interesting and can teach you something new!  What do you like about them?  Share them with a parent and a friend or two.
  7. Get some serious exercise– walking, hiking, running, shoot some hoops, dancing, practice dribbling and kicking a soccer ball, practice your volleyball or tennis serving form, play catch – baseball and softball, swim, rollerblade— get active with whatever makes you feel happy!  Move those muscles and bones, challenge your heart to pump a bit more (human body connection — see where I am going?)!  
  8. Rest your brain- get some good sleep and relaxation!  I know, I need to pay attention to this one.  Meditate, do some yoga, perform some long, slow stretches…. give yourself permission to slow down now and then.
  9. Take care of your environment and look for ways to improve your surroundings.  Can you reduce the amount of energy you are using?  Can you recycle a bit more and reduce the amount of trash you are creating?  Can you help someone understand the difference between climate and weather?   How about trying to reduce the amount of water you use daily?  Look for ways different businesses and companies around you are doing their part to be “green” and sustainable– and then tell them you appreciate their efforts!
  10.   Tell yourself daily that you are a fantastic and wonderful person!  Because you are!

Then get outside and do these things all over again!   Remember, science is not only in the classroom!  Get out there and discover!  Have fun!  Because science is really all about discovery and fun experiences!!

One of my favorite places: Longs Peak, Chasm Lake Hike, Rocky Mountains

 


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Monday, June 5

Daily Objective:  Demonstrate 70% (or better) understanding of the 7th Grade State of Michigan Science objectives and standards.

 

Today in Class:  

  1. Announcements:  a.  Please take your solar cooker home!     b.  The Sustainability Project Google.slide presentation were graded (woohoo!!!) over the weekend.  If you did not receive a grade, you did not submit / share this with me.     c.  I will grade Solar Cookers Lab WS next.
  2.  You started the first half of the 7th Grade Science Benchmarks Assessment.  This assessment should show you and me how much of the 7th science benchmarks and objectives that you can remember and understand.  This is not an assessment to be recorded as a grade.  It is a way for the science teachers to evaluate our students (how much are you learning, do you need to study and review over the summer) and to help the teachers understand what we need to do to teach more effectively.   You will take the rest of the assessment tomorrow.

 

Homework:  No Homework.  Enjoy the solar energy and make sure you do not absorb too much  electromagnetic radiation !  

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Thursday -Friday, June 2

Daily Objectives:

1. Describe the origins of pollution in the atmosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere, (car exhaust, industrial emissions, acid rain, and natural sources), and how pollution impacts habitats, climatic change, threatens or endangers species.

3. Design Solutions to problems using technology.

4.  Describe the effect humans and other organisms have on the balance of the natural world.

5.  Recognize possible solutions to environmental problems, such as a lack of resources, energy shortages,  energy that produces pollution,…

P.EN.M.3 /  P.EN.M.4 /  E.ES.07.11 /  E.ES.M.1/  E.ES.07.41 / E.ES.07.42 / E.ES.07.41 /E.ES.07.42

 

Sorry this was not posted earlier— The Sustainability Showcase was a huge priority for me – and for all of you students!

BLOCK SCHEDULE….  TODAY IN CLASS:

1.Thursday – prep for the Sustainability Showcase.!  Students practiced their presentations and made final changes.

2.  Thursday and Friday:  Review of the Unit Topics for the Year!

Scientific Method; The Cell & Microbiology; Genetics & Heredity; Waves and Energy; Chemistry; Weather & Atmosphere; Environmental Science and Sustainability

The end-of-the-year assessment should show that you have progressed and learned much in these areas.  You should review the topics over the weekend (homework).

3.  Green Architecture Designs – complete some fun designs from last week.

Homework:  Review of the Unit Topics for the Year!   Scientific Method; The Cell & Microbiology; Genetics & Heredity; Waves and Energy; Chemistry; Weather & Atmosphere; Environmental Science and Sustainability.  Review the topics over the weekend (30 – 40 minutes of review)

The Sustainability Showcase was a terrific success!  Congrats to all of you students who worked so hard for the past 5 weeks!  You demonstrated that you learned so much and that you understand the importance of making a positive difference in your community, by partnering with others as you worked on your sustainable projects!  I am really proud of you!

 

 

 

 


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Wednesday, May 31

Daily Objectives:

1. Describe the origins of pollution in the atmosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere, (car exhaust, industrial emissions, acid rain, and natural sources), and how pollution impacts habitats, climatic change, threatens or endangers species.

3. Design Solutions to problems using technology.

4.  Describe the effect humans and other organisms have on the balance of the natural world.

5.  Recognize possible solutions to environmental problems, such as a lack of resources, energy shortages,  energy that produces pollution,…

P.EN.M.3 /  P.EN.M.4 /  E.ES.07.11 /  E.ES.M.1/  E.ES.07.41 / E.ES.07.42 / E.ES.07.41 /E.ES.07.42

Today in Class:

1. Students in Hours 1, 2, and 4 completed summary questions on their solar cookers. 

You  then worked on your Google.slides presentation for the Sustainability Showcase project.  See guidelines below.  Remember, this is NOT an essay–  it is a slide show presentation to showcase your project, your actions that you and your partner took to solve an environmental problem.

2.  Hour 3: Awards Ceremony.  I did remind you that you need to work on your HW — Google.slides — for the Sustainability Project.

3.  Hours 5 and 7: You worked on your Google.slides presentation for the Sustainability Showcase project.  See guidelines below.  Remember, this is NOT an essay–  it is a slide show presentation to showcase your project, your actions that you and your partner took to solve an environmental problem.  

Guidelines for the Sustainability Showcase Google.slides
Slide 1: Project Title; student names

Slide 2: Environmental Problem OR Purpose Statement OR Focus of the Project.  [1-2 sentences, larger font]

Slides 3-4-5-……. Picture- Slides: slides with your photos documenting your actions and experiments and working models….  These slides should have a title or label (but you do not need to write paragraphs!).  If you use photos from the internet, make sure to note URL’s- state your references.

Slides 6-7—….  Graphs?  Data Tables?  Charts?  Diagrams?  Maps?  Make sure you have a title, labels, correct capitalization, correct units, ….

Last slide or two:  Summary of the project, or conclusion of your experiment.  What did you learn and how did you partner with the community?  Keep these slides short, clear, and to the point.  1-2 sentences.

 

Homework:  Complete your Google.slides presentation  (15-20 minutes?)


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Tuesday, May 30

Daily Objectives:

1. Run tests for a working model that uses solar energy and heat transfer.  Record measurable data to prove that your model had an increase in thermal energy.

2. Describe the origins of pollution in the atmosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere, (car exhaust, industrial emissions, acid rain, and natural sources), and how pollution impacts habitats, climatic change, threatens or endangers species.

3. Design Solutions to problems using technology.

4.  Describe the effect humans and other organisms have on the balance of the natural world.

5.  Recognize possible solutions to environmental problems, such as a lack of resources, energy shortages,  energy that produces pollution,…

P.EN.M.3 /  P.EN.M.4 /  E.ES.07.11 /  E.ES.M.1/  E.ES.07.41 / E.ES.07.42 / E.ES.07.41 /E.ES.07.42

 

Today in Class:

1. Any Sustainability group that did not yet send out their “Invite” for the Sustainability Showcase was asked to complete this action as a Bell Ringer.  All groups should have invited and thanked the adults who partnered with them and helped them as they worked on their action/experiment/working model/scientific survey.

2.  Second Trials: Solar Cookers—  your group should have made modifications to test your solar cooker and prove that heat transfer did occur and that your solar cooker was indeed working.  Did you and your partner make the necessary changes and demonstrate understanding of the topics and the scientific process?

3.  5th and 7th Hours worked on their solar cooker trials a short time, so that they could start their Google.slides to get ready for Thursday night’s showcase.  (Block Schedule Thursday – so 5th and 7th hours do not have class Thursday).

Homework: Prepare for the Sustainability Showcase —-> This Thursday evening!!!  All ‘action work’ for your project should have been completed by last week Thursday.

 

 

 

 


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Friday, May 26

Reward Day: M- Step

Thank you to all of the students who worked so very hard on the M-Step: Science, Math, and Language Arts.  You really demonstrated your dedication to performing your best on these important tests!  The 7th Grade Teachers are very proud of your efforts and we hope you had a great day Friday: learning about the original “rocket boys” with “October Sky,”  building your balloon rockets, and participating in our Field Day.


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Thursday, May 25

Daily Objectives:

1.  Identify positive and negative consequences of using renewable energy
2.  Identify environmentally friendly designs that would improve the sustainability of a facility.  Students match “architectural” designs with their goals for the facility.
2. Describe the origins of pollution in the atmosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere, (car exhaust, industrial emissions, acid rain, and natural sources), and how pollution impacts habitats, climatic change, threatens or endangers species.
3.  Design Solutions to problems using technology.
P.EN.M.3  /  P.EN.M.4  /   E.ES.07.11 /   E.ES.M.1 / E.ES.07.41 / E.ES.07.42 / E.ES.07.41 / E.ES.07.42
Today in Class:
1.  You were asked to review the objectives for the day (on the board).  Then you were to look over your Sustainability  Project, to  prepare for the quiz.
 
2.  Sustainability  & Renewable Energy Quiz
 
3.  You then worked with your Sustainability Project partner as you completed your graph, chart, diagram, or table to record your data for your action plan for the Sustainability Project.
Homework: All data should be recorded on a presentation quality, hand-drawn or online graph, chart, table, diagram, map … by next week Tuesday.  If you and your partner do not have this done yet – finish it up tonight!