February 15

Today in class, students in integrated science began presenting their work for the energy resources project. Presentations will continue tomorrow.

Science 8 went through a crash course review of mitosis and then took a mitosis quiz. Students were then asked to reflect on the following prompt:
“Gametes (egg and sperm cells) have half the DNA of a ‘normal’ cell. A normal cell has 2 copies of every gene. Gametes are made through the process of meiosis.
Why can’t cells make gametes by no replicating and then just dividing through mitosis? Why do we need a separate process?”

HOMEWORK: NONE

February 13

Today in integrated, students worked on their quantitative LOL diagrams and determined their predictions for the Ball Bounce Lab. Five groups have tested, and all have scored in the 90’s! Tomorrow will be another test day, and students have their projects due Wednesday!

Science 8 students spent time editing their de-extinction essays, taking a pre-assessment, and then finishing the mitosis worksheet from Friday.

HOMEWORK: Integrated= Project due Wednesday, Quantitative LOL diagram and ball bounce prediction due by the end of tomorrow.
Science 8= Lab notebooks, De-extinction essay, and mitosis worksheet due tomorrow.

February 8

Today in our two-hour delay, students worked on whiteboarding the first two problems from  Qualitative Energy Storage and Conservation Charts (LOL Diagrams). Yesterday, Students viewed a short video on their google classroom that introduced LOL diagrams, which show energy transfer into and out of a system (WORK). Students will continue to work on this concept and then will develop a lab that they do  to create a prediction based on energy transfer.

Science 8 students shared their work from yesterday on the Investigating Reproductive Strategies activity. Students did a gallery walk today of the work their peers had done, and then determined a “master set” of characteristics of sexually and asexually reproducing organisms.

HOMEWORK: Integrated= Project Due Wednesday
Science 8= Argumentative essay due Monday

February 1

Today in integrated science, students reviewed a short practice problem about a bungee jumper for energy pie charts and then took a 2-question quiz over the concept. Afterwards, students began working on Energy Bar Charts and learning how they are done. We’ll use this information Friday to learn about system flow and energy transfers.

Students in science 8 reviewed the asexual reproduction/replication information from yesterday and wrote some big ideas that they should understand from those concepts. Then students took a look at the sexual reproduction DNA strands they picked up on the way in. Students created random DNA sequences and then copied them through replication (step 1) so that their offspring have DNA and so do the parents.  The DNA is then split (step 2, Meiosis) so that the offspring don’t end up with too much DNA after reproduction. During step 3, they found a partner, and in step 4 (sex) they were able to exchange half of their DNA with their partner. In step 5, they created a genetically unique individual.

HOMEWORK: Integrated = Energy Bar Charts  due Friday in class;  Thursday is a work day for the project; Project due in 2 weeks.
Science 8= Rough Draft of Argumentative Essay on De-extinction due Monday. Thursday is quiz retake over Evolution and Natural Selection Quiz (bring headphones)

January 31

Today in class, students in integrated science worked on a practice problem when they came in. Then we whiteboarded and analyzed problems # 5 and #8 from the Qualitative Energy Pie Charts 1b worksheet. Tomorrow, students will have a quiz over energy pie charts that consists of 2 problems.

Science 8 students today began learning about DNA and replication. We watched a video on DNA  to learn about the complexity and intricacies of how DNA works and what replication does. DNA has many base pairs, and A always matches up with T, C always matches up with G. During replication, one DNA molecule unzips and its 2 halves are used to make 2 identical DNA strands. If it weren’t for replication, your DNA would divide between offspring until there was none left! To finish out the period, we practiced making the base pairs for DNA and creating 2 new strands of DNA from 1 strand through replication.

HOMEWORK: Integrated = Quiz tomorrow over energy pie charts; Thursday is a work day for the project; Project due in about 2 weeks.
Science 8= Rough Draft of Argumentative Essay on De-extinction due Monday. Thursday is quiz retake over Evolution and Natural Selection Quiz (bring headphones)

January 30

Today in integrated science, students reviewed problem 4 from the Qualitative Energy Pie Charts 1b. The lessons from this problem were that elastic PE could be stored only in a compressed or stretched spring, the energy of a system depends on the objects in the system, and the proportionality of energy is important when drawing your pies. Afterwards, students worked on their projects for about 10-15 minutes.

Science 8 students set up their new notebook units on Reproduction and DNA, and then their outlines were checked. They also reviewed their quizzes over natural selection and evolution. A retake of the quiz will occur on Thursday!

HOMEWORK: Integrated = Thursday is a work day for the project; Project due in about 2 weeks.
Science 8= Rough Draft of Argumentative Essay on De-extinction due Monday. Thursday is quiz retake over Evolution and Natural Selection Quiz

January 27

Today in integrated science, students shared their poems about the article they read over roller coasters. Then we debated problem 3 on the Qualitative Energy Pie Charts 1b. Students found that defining their systems was important to determine whether they had their pie charts drawn correctly. The remainder of class was used to plan our Energy Resource Projects (Rubric found in Google Classroom).

Science 8 students had their pre-writes for the Argumentative Essay on De-extinction  checked over (Bringing them back to life (De-extinction)   or  Bringing them back to life (Word)). We identified whether students had all the elements in their pre-writes that they needed for their essays, and we started to turn them into outlines. Students received individual help if they needed it.

HOMEWORK: Integrated = annotate and write a poem for the Roller Coaster article, Due Friday
Science 8= research more on de-extinction. Pre-write for your essay due Friday. Outline due Monday.

 

January 26

Today in integrated science, students worked on Qualitative Energy Pie Charts 1b and then spent some time looking at the rubric for their energy resource project.

Science 8 worked on their eulogies for the extinct animals and then spent some time working on their pre-writes for the Argumentative Essay on De-extinction (( Bringing them back to life (De-extinction)   or  Bringing them back to life (Word)).

HOMEWORK: Integrated = annotate and write a poem for the Roller Coaster article, Due Friday
Science 8= research more on de-extinction. Pre-write for your essay due Friday. Outline due Monday.

January 25

Today in class, integrated science students were asked to present and defend their answers on Qualitative Energy Pie Charts 1a. They also received some time to create their groups for the Alternative Energy project. Students will need to create a product that conveys the following information: 1) How energy is obtained from this source, 2) Pros, 3) Cons, and 4)A recommendation on how to move forward with investing in that energy type (or not).

Science 8 students had their Pro/Con worksheet for their Argumentative Essay on De-extinction checked. ( Bringing them back to life (De-extinction)   or  Bringing them back to life (Word)). After a review of how they could use pathos, ethos, and logos to help in their essays, students then read through a fake eulogy of an extinct organism (assigned in google classroom). Students will be researching some extinct creatures and writing a eulogy/obituary for them today and tomorrow.

HOMEWORK: Integrated = annotate and write a poem for the Roller Coaster article, Due Friday
Science 8= research more on de-extinction. Pre-write for your essay due Friday. Outline due Monday.