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Wednesday, May 24

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.  We reviewed  sample problems for the quiz tomorrow.
2.  You and your partner continued your work on the type of facility that you and your partner to “design,” keeping in mind various environmental changes and improvements that would make the facility more sustainable.
3.  You then worked with your sustainability partner and started creating your graph, chart, diagram, or table to record your data for your action plan for the sustainability project.
Homework:   Complete the action for your sustainability project.  All data should be collected by Thursday.  


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Tuesday, May 23

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 and your partner should have completed your Sustainability Project Contact paper.
2.   I reviewed the due dates for the upcoming weeks (see yesterday’s post).
3.  1-4th hours: we completed our notes on Renewable energy, the types, the advantages and disadvantages.
4.  5-7th hours:  you chose a type of facility that you and a partner would like to “design,” keeping in mind various environmental changes and improvements that would make the facility more sustainable.
Homework:   Don’t forget: Quiz Thursday (Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Advantages and Disadvantages; application of notes and standards to your sustainability project).

 

 


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Monday, May 22

Daily Objectives:

Sustainability Center- Problem-Based Learning
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.
2.  Design Solutions to problems using technology.
3.  Describe the effect humans and other organisms have on the balance of the natural world.
4.  Recognize possible solutions to environmental problems, such as a lack of resources, energy shortages, and pollution.
5.  Identify possible technological advances in recycling, upcycling, conservation of resources, reduction of energy use.
6.  State examples of positive and negative consequences of using renewable energy?
P.EN.M.3  /  P.EN.M.4  /   E.ES.07.11 /   E.ES.M.1 / E.ES.07.41 / E.ES.07.42/  S.RS.07.16  / S.RS.07.17
Today in Class:
1. Sustainability Center- Problem-Based Learning:
 Double-check questions and Action Plans- on Sustainability Center
— who have you contacted– where– type of contact (email, phone– face-to-face?
— How is your Experiment/ Working Model/ Sci. Survey progressing?

a.  Discuss  Contact form – we will complete these tomorrow for the Bell Ringer.

b.  Action plan – Continue to Complete the steps and note the results

2.  Notes: Define Sustainability (1-4th hours)
Positives-  Advantages / Disadvantages Use of Renewable Energies; Types
(1-4th hours)

3.  Search for and state examples of clean energy,  conservation of energy, water and other resources; energy modifications made to buildings to change to more sustainable designs (5th – 7th hours)

Start: Be An Architect:  Design Sustainably — (5th and 7th hours)

Action Set (we will work more on this tomorrow)

 

Calendar for the next 3 weeks in science – dates were discussed (see below)

Homework:  What part of your Sustainability Project Action Plan do you need to complete with your partner today, Tuesday or Wednesday?  All experiments, scientific surveys, working models,… should be done by Thursday, May 25!!!!

 

Upcoming Dates – Note in Your Planners!!

Wednesday, May 24…………….. Complete your Sustainability Project– graph, data table, chart, diagram (method of recording your results and measurable data)

Thursday, May 25………………… All experiments, working model, scientific surveys are due today (all written data should be complete)

Friday, May 26…………………….  1.  All Late / Missing HW for the Trimester is due

                                                     2.  Reward Day for the M-Step  (great job with your hard work, 7th Grade students!

Monday, May 29………………..  No School, Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30……………….  1-4th hours: Re-test Solar Cookers, to illustrate measurable data

                             ………………..  5-7th hours: Google.slides for your Sustainability projects

Wednesday, May 31…………. 1-4th hours: Google.slides for your Sustainability projects

…………. 5-7th hours: set up for the Sustainability projects; practice your talk with your Google.slides

Thursday, June 1 ………………………… 1st-4th hours: set up for the Sustainability projects; practice your talk with your Google.slides  (BLOCK Schedule).   Discuss your Awesome Architecture designs.

 …………………………. Sustainability Showcase, June 1, students arrive at 6:15, stay until 8:00pm.  Parents and Public invited to come between 6:30 and 8:00pm.  Media Center.

Friday, June 2 ……………………………  5th – 7th Hours: BLOCK Schedule.  Discuss your Awesome Architecture designs in class.  Weather Permitting?  One more trial of Solar Cookers, with measurable data.

 

Monday, June  5 ………..Review  review review.

 

Tuesday, June 6  ……….End of Year Assessment.  What do you Remember and Understand?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Thursday, May 18 & Friday, May 19

Daily Objectives:

1. Can you design a working model that uses solar energy and heat transfer?

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:

Thursday – M-Step and Block Schedule:

The M-Step test ran extremely long – after lunch– so we only had a partial 4th hour class at the end of the day.

Friday – Block Schedule:

1.Sustainability teams discussed their Action Plans—  and made more decisions regarding how they were completing these tasks.  Some students finished their scientific surveys, some groups were following up with the data that their community partner / business member helped them with, some created a data table for the data,…  but all groups were working on their action plans.  All Action Plans are due next week Thursday.

2.  Next, you defined Sustainability, and Renewable Energy.  Then you identified the examples of renewable energy and 5th and 7th hours started listing the advantages and disadvantages of using these energy types.  These notes will be posted on my Blog Notes directly after I post this.  1st – 4th hours will take these notes Monday, May 22.

Homework:  Complete more of your Action Plan for the Sustainability Project.  All actions (experiments, scientific surveys, working models,…) are due May 25.

 

 

 


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Wednesday, May 17

Daily Objectives:

1. Can you design a working model that uses solar energy and heat transfer?

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.  We discussed homework associated with the Sustainability Projects.
  2. Solar Cooker –   You and your group took your Solar Cooker model  and we ran some trials outside.  This was a great day to see if you could prove your solar cooker was working.  Did you get your marshmallow to melt?  Did you and your group  have a method that included recording measurable results?  What did you decide would numerically represent your data?  How did you / could you prove that your solar cooker was working faster (more efficient) than other groups’ cookers?

  3. You and your group should have completed page 3 on your Solar Cooker lab sheet.  You should have drawn a chart or table or graph.  You should have answered question #9 together— what modifications would you make to your experiment?
  4. This experiment really challenged your brains, I was surprised.  Many groups did not think about numerically representing the data– and you know it is important to show data that can be proven and compared to others’ data.  I have reminded you of this (last week when you were building and today).  So what do we do when our experiments do not generate the results that we are hoping for?  Make modifications based on our observations and make improvements!
  5. I told classes that we will go outside on another sunny day and run another set of trials— be prepared!  I will not announce the date ahead of time.  Hopefully your group was thinking about what you could do and answered # 9 together.

 

Homework:  Action work on your Sustainability Project!  What plans has your group made to actively engage with your project?  Are you running experimental trials?  Creating a scientific survey to generate data?  Designing a working model or Google.slides to show others, so they may learn about your project?  Which dates have you set up with your partners and community businesses/ adults / others?  All work is due May 25.

 


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Tuesday, May 16

Daily Objectives:  1.  Perform to the best of your ability on the M-Step: put your best effort forth on the Science tests!

2.  7th Hour Science:  Describe Sustainability as a 3-part concept: state examples how one area of sustainability relates to the other two elements. 

 

Today in Class:     Science M-Step!!!  Did you write the know and unknown concepts?  Did you think about the questions and answers carefully?  

1.  Science – 7th Hour:  a.  We discussed the 3 Elements of Sustainability, and you took notes using a diagram of your choice.     b.  You classified examples of topics in sustainability into the 3 Elements.    c.   You defined “renewable energy.”  You described why it is considered to  be “clean” energy and then listed examples of renewable energy.  d.  Your small group also noted advantages of using renewable energy.

{THESE NOTES will be placed onto my Blog Wednesday or Thursday.  Most classes will not have had a chance to complete these notes until then! }   🙂

Homework:  same as Monday ….  2nd Contacts for your Sustainability Project! 

 

 

 


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Monday, May 15

Daily Objectives:

1.  Review Astronomy, Space, and practice science test-taking strategies: “Known – Unknown” list.
2.  Design Solutions to problems using technology.
3.  Describe the effect humans and other organisms have on the balance of the natural world.
Today in Class:
1.  We took our time, and I explained how to tailor the homework assignment to you – to your group   ( –  see below)
2.  Practice problems – using the SmartBoard:  Astronomy – Space – Earth Science Review Questions : how to read the questions and complete a “Known / Unknown ” paper for M-Step testing
3.  Practice problems – Experimental Set-Up questions for testing: practice problems – review
4.  Brain Breaks
Homework:  You should have completed the following in your planner — filled in the blanks according to whom you have contacted, dates of contact, type of contact, and which contacts you needs to still make:
1. 2nd Contact for Sust. Project:  need to contact or already have contacted: ___________?
2.  When did you contact them — or will you contact them today?  After school?  at lunch?  (THIS IS SHOULD BE DONE BY THE END OF TODAY)
3.  How will you contact them?  email?  phone?  in person?
4.  Did you or your partner draw a map or diagram of your location?  or did you print this off?  Do you need to complete this still?