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Monday, Sept. 11

Essential Questions and Performance Standards:

1. Do I understand how the class guidelines will help me to be successful in science?

2. Can I explain why specific safety guidelines are necessary and will enable me to ensure a safe environment for me and my classmates?

3.  Can I demonstrate how I will apply and analyze the content within the 6th Grade Benchmark Standards for Science?

Today in Class:

1. 6th Grade Science Benchmark Assessment –   This is a sumative assessment, to check recall and understanding.

2.  Most students completed this early, and started the Take Home Task below.

Take Home Tasks:

  1.  Due Wed:  Look at this Lab Safety Cartoon.  Create a T-Chart (demo in class) of “Positives” and “Negatives” Lab Safety examples.  You may refer to your notes.  We started this in class because many of you completed your benchmark assessment early.
  2.  [You do not need to answer questions at the bottom of the comic].

https://www.biologycorner.com/worksheets/safety.html

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Friday, Sept. 8

Essential Questions and Performance Standards:

1. Do I understand how the class guidelines will help me to be successful in science?

2. Can I explain why specific safety guidelines are necessary and will enable me to ensure a safe environment for me and my classmates?

3.  Can I demonstrate how I will apply and analyze the content within the 6th Grade Benchmark Standards for Science?

Today in Class:

1.We completed notes / questions about the Lab Safety Standards in 2 classes.

2. I checked your Lab Safety assignments (assigned Wednesday).  Many students demonstrated that they understood the directions and also could think of specific situations at home that exemplified one of the Lab Safety types (from our notes).  However, quite a few students did not list a specific example from home, a “real world” example to illustrate that you could apply the notes to your world around you.  If you need to make this up, please do this over the weekend and I will re-grade this assignment then.

3.  You started the 6th Grade Benchmark Assessment.  You are taking this assessment to show us (the Science Department) how well you retained the understanding of the science objectives that were taught last year.  This is not  for a grade, but to establish a baseline of what material and information you understand and can apply from the 6th grade standards.  You will complete this Monday (don’t work on this at home).

Homework – Take Home Tasks:

  1.  Make up the Lab Safety assignment – see Wednesday’s post (scroll down) to see the specific example that we given to you).
  2. If you were absent today, please do not try to start the 6th Grade Benchmark Standards Assessment at home.  You will do this Monday-Tues in school next week.

 

 

 


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Thursday, Sept. 7

Essential Question & Performance Standards: 

1. Do I understand how the class guidelines will help me to be successful in science?

2. Can I explain why specific safety guidelines are necessary and will enable me to ensure a safe environment for me and my classmates?

Today in Class:

1.You read the board, “Left to Right,” and used scientific high-order thinking questions  to discuss your homework examples with a partner.

2. You and your “team” brainstormed ideas for each of the lab safety notes, and then answered my questions regarding these types of lab safety.  You wrote your notes in the spaces on the 8-box paper.  Most of the classes completed these notes.  These are on the “Notes for the Unit” page.

Homework : No HW unless you did not complete Wednesday’s assigned work on time.


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Wednesday, Sept. 6

 

Essential Questions:  

 

  • Do I understand where key terms and directions are located in Ms. Kelly’s room?
  • Can I explain how the class guidelines will help me to be successful in 7th Science?
  • Can I explain how the class guidelines will help me to be successful in 7th Science?

 

Performance Standards:  None Today

Disciplinary Core Ideas: None today

Today in Class:

 

  • I showed classes this Blog, how to navigate this site, and why it is important and useful.
  • We moved into our Sept. seating arrangement.
  • We discussed – Phenomena as a starting anchor practice for our class each day.  Then I demonstrated an example of a Phenomena,  and you were to discuss this with a partner making scientific observations and questions.
  • Brainstorming Notes: this is where you and your small group brainstormed – using prior knowledge – some of the types of situations in which you need to consider Safety Guidelines.  You folded a paper 3 times to create an 8-box paper (with 8 rectangular spaces) in order to list 8 (or more) Safety Guidelines.  I listed these on the SmartBoard.
  • If you would like to check your notes, click on the “Notes of the Unit” tab at the top of this page.  I have updated these notes.

 

Take Home Task / Homework:  

Look for Lab Safety Situations at home.  Identify 2 or 3, and state which type of safety situation this is (refer to notes).  
For example: you look around your garage and you see a power drill and power sander.  You list these and then state that this must be a mechanical safety  concern, because a person should be trained to handle and use these tools correctly.   [No- mechanical safety is NOT one of our Lab Safety Guidelines.  This is simply an example!]


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Tuesday, Sept. 5 ~ 1st Day!

Essential Questions:  

  1.  Do I understand where key terms and directions are located in Ms. Kelly’s room?
  2. Can I explain how the class guidelines will help me to be successful in 7th Science?

Performance Standards:  None today

Disciplinary Core Ideas: None today

Today in Class:

  1.  You completed a “Facebook”  profile-type questionnaire  to enable me to get to know you and understand you better 🙂
  2. You gave me a “High 5” sticky note with your idea for the most important Class Guidelines.  I will take the class votes and list the guidelines that most of the students voted for.
  3. We talked and introduced ourselves.  In some classes, we will do more of this tomorrow.
  4. In some classes (we had shortened classes in some hours) we sang “Phenomena!”  Phenomena!

Take Home Tasks:

None today—- but we have Open House at 6:30-8:00pm tonight!

 

 


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Starting Out to Explore and Celebrate Science Together, 2017-2018!

Hi there, Parents, and 7th Grade Students !!!

As we begin our school year in science, I want to share some of the processes and driving forces that will take place, helping us to learn and reach our potential in Seventh Grade Science.  Today,  I would like to explain STEM!

S.T.E.M. = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  We will connect these disciplines in order to understand real-world problems and solve them!  

     The Engineering Process somewhat looks like the “Scientific Method,” but it also emphasizes that the design or engineering process is cyclical, not linear — so we continue to make improvements and run new trials in order to reach the best possible solutions.  We also share and communicate our ideas and experiments and data, in order to help others to learn and also receive feedback.

STEM is about learning through creativity and discovery.  Yes, we will learn and explore different concepts in science.  But the memorization of those concepts is not the goal.  The big picture, the touchdown, the homerun, the ace, the breakaway (yes, I love sports)….. is for you to learn about the concepts and then apply them as you design, plan and create a solution, running experimental trials, evaluating them and share your data.  

Here is a video link that explains and illustrates what a STEM Science classroom looks like. (yes the children are younger than you in some instances, but the methods and processes are the same). 

EiE Spotlight – The Engineering Design Process in Action

 

Have a nice day!  I am excited to have fun and learn with STEM with you!

Ms. Kelly 


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Friday, August 18

Solar Eclipse – Monday August 21st

Just in Case you are looking for information on the solar eclipse, here are a couple links to terrific interactive sites:  Space.com Solar Eclipse Interactive Map

and NASA Eclipse101

Make sure to wear/ use your safety sun glasses (ISO 12312-2 ) if you are going to look up at the sun.  Otherwise, you can view the eclipse by looking at the solar shadow, with a “Pinhole Camera:” Video to Make a Pinhole Camera    or creating a projected image, like this:  Projected Image with a Telescope .

Happy Solar Eclipse!  Enjoy your next couple of weeks 🙂  I am looking forward to the 17/18 School Year!!

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety