7th Science Rocks!


February 24

Plastic Water Bottle Resources:

Fact Posters:



January 27:  Protected and Endangered Species—CLOSE -UP!!

John Ball Zoo- this was a great E-Team Session!

You were introduced to some cool animals and the Zoo specialist, Ms. Polanco talked about the issues surrounding endangered, threatened and protected animal species.

Some of the animals that you were able to see, touch and learn about:

A Chinchilla,  a Wood Turtle, an Eastern Screech Owl, Butler’s Garter Snake…  Thanks to John Ball Zoo and their Traveling Zoo Program!


January 13:  Ocean Acidification

  1.  You should have completed your Google.slides and your posters, explaining and illustrating your Endangered Species.

2.  Next, you watched a couple of short videos that explained what is happening with our oceans, and why our oceans have become more acidic. We related these changes to Global Climate Change.  We then completed an experiment with a weak acid, vinegar, which will be an ongoing experiment.



December 9: Endangered Species

1.  I shared many different photos of animal (mammals, frogs, reptiles, birds, insects,…) with you.  Each of you decided on a species  that is endangered, protected or threatened.

2. Next, you decided how you would like to promote – advertise- create positive connections – for your endangered species.  Some students decided to make a flyer; others decided to make a poster; some want to make a Google.slides; others had different ideas.

3.  Students began to research their endangered species, accumulating facts for #2.



November 11: Ocean Plastic Problems…..

  1. First:……  you made guesses about the plastic bags and plastic pieces shown to you – What are they made up of (petroleum)?  What do they resemble in the ocean (jellyfish, fish)?
  2. The plastic pieces were from a beach in Hawaii, from an Environmental Team that cleans the beach with school children.
  3. Second:  you looked at lotion under 40x power!  Woah!  Did you see that glitter made up of those microplastics?!  This is a problem due to the fish and other organisms that ingest the tiny plastics in the water.  We talked about the choices – to not purchase soaps, lotions, hand sanitizers, toothpastes that have microbeads and microplastics in them.

4.  You checked out one of these sites to offer solutions:

A.Microplastics ‘pose toxic threat to marine biodiversity’ 

B.  Know What’s In Your Face Wash: Why Illinois Banned Microbeads

C.  Fusing Plastic Bags


5.  We talked about one way to illustrate a problem – to get another person’s attention- to create a “Word Art” using Tagul.  I made one word art and showed you how- then you made your own.



Ideas for Themes this year:

*Endangered Species 
*Zoo Environments 
*Allergies Related to Chemicals and Changes in the Environment 

*Water Pollution & Clean Water 
*Use Less Resources 
* “Green Buildings and Design” 
*Rate Businesses for their Green Initiatives

*Beach Clean-Up 
*Saving Energy 
*Organic Foods and Fair Trade Products

*Clean Energy, like wind turbines, solar power 
*De-forestation – Amazon rainforest
*battery recycling – rechargeable batteries

*energy efficient heaters, radiators – don’t waste energy
*reduce excess water waste 
*plastic trash bags
*movie night 

*choose toys, school supplies – made of recycled materials
*energy efficient lights
*look for plants that require low-water 
*use natural paints, less chemicals

*compost piles and barrels
*water bottles – reuseable
*extreme weather , especially due to Global Climate Change  


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