Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.


Weekly Updates
Hi there Math Science students & parents! Please visit this section of my class webpage 
WEEKLY to stay up to date with all things happening in science. Highlights of previous weeks, updates of the week to come, and important dates can all be found here. Should you ever have any questions, comments or concerns please email me at combsa@pwcs.edu.


The Great Debate 

Which is Better: Soap or Hand Sanitizer? 

Well , we have finally reached the end of the year and here is my final post for the school year. For those of you interested, I will be on TEAMS tomorrow (Thursday) during office hours, if your interested in "face-to-face" farewells. And if you're unable to, I wish you the best of luck with 8th grade and beyond!

Be Safe - Stay Well - Take Care

Farewell Image


6/3/2020

                                                                      Welcome to this Wednesday's Science Instructional Time! 
                                                                                          Please read the following information carefully.

Below you will find an instructional activity to review previously taught material and several application activities to choose from.  Please review the instructional activity. Once you have completed the instructional activity, select 1 (one) application activity to complete.

If you have any questions please send Ms. Combs an email.  All of these activities will be available beyond the 10-11:30 AM science instructional time - meaning you have access to them whenever you are able to complete the work. Remember, tomorrow I have office hours from 1:30-3:00 PM. If you find it necessary to have a video call, please email me today, so that we can arrange one during office hours tomorrow.

This week's...
       -Topic:Evolution & Genetic Variation
       -Standard:LS.13

1. Instructional Activity- Watch BOTH!
Directions: Click here to watch the What is Evolution video on YouTube!
                       Click here to watch the What is the Evidence for Evolution video on Youtube!
                       

2. Application Activities (CHOOSE ONE)-

 A. Quizlet Quizlet: 
      - Click here to launch the unit 6 Quizlet
      - When the Quizlet opens, look on the left-hand side and select 'Test' 
      - Answer all questions on the test
      - When you finish, take a screen shot of your score and email your screen shot (score) to Ms. Combs
     - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial


B. NewselaNewsela
      - Login to Clever and select the Newsela app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Read the article titled Supporting the Theory of Evolution
      - Click on the 'Activities' section on the upper right hand side
      - Look for ELA and complete the 'Write' and 'Quiz' sections
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

C. BrainPop Brainpop
      - Login to Clever and select the Brainpop app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Find the assignment titled Natural Selection Assignment
      - Watch the video
      - Complete the movie quiz and challenge activity
      - OPTIONAL Play the game!
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

D. Gizmo Gizmo
       - Login to Clever and select the Gizmo app (Click here for link to Clever!)
       - Login to ExploreLearning - If you don't remember your login information, EMAIL MS. COMBS
       - Launch the Gizmo titled Human Evolution - Skull Analysis
       -Open the student handout here- use this to guide you through the Gizmo simulation
       - Complete the gizmo and answer the  questions below the Gizmo (these questions can only be answered once you've completed the               Gizmo)

       - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

E. Offline Offline Option 
          -Write and Draw. Click here to open the Evolution Write and Draw student handout. Be sure to follow the direction on the handout, write an article that answers all the questions in COMPLETE sentences, and draw your newly discovered organism in its natural habitat. When you finish, take a picture or scan and then upload your work to send in an email to Ms. Combs.

REMEMBER,  ALL ACTIVITIES ARE OPTIONAL. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES LISTED.  ACTIVITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE THEIR ACADEMICS AND ARE REQUIRED PER PWCS PHASE 4/5/6 - CONTINUITY OF LEARNING GUIDELINES.ADDITIONALLY, NO NEW GRADES WILL BE ADDED TO THE GRADE BOOK.  


What's Due:
N/A

Upcoming:
N/A

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5/27/2020

                                                                      Welcome to this Wednesday's Science Instructional Time! 
                                                                                          Please read the following information carefully.

Below you will find an instructional activity to review previously taught material and several application activities to choose from.  Please review the instructional activity. Once you have completed the instructional activity, select 1 (one) application activity to complete.

If you have any questions please send Ms. Combs an email.  All of these activities will be available beyond the 10-11:30 AM science instructional time - meaning you have access to them whenever you are able to complete the work. Remember, tomorrow I have office hours from 1:30-3:00 PM. If you find it necessary to have a video call, please email me today, so that we can arrange one during office hours tomorrow.

This week's...
       -Topic:DNA & Heredity
       -Standard:LS.12

1. Instructional Activity- Watch BOTH!
Directions: Click here to watch the What is DNA video on YouTube!
                       Click here to watch the Genetics Today audio notes!
                       

2. Application Activities (CHOOSE ONE)-

 A. Quizlet Quizlet: 
      - Click here to launch the unit 5 Quizlet
      - When the Quizlet opens, look on the left-hand side and select 'Test' 
      - Answer all questions on the test
      - When you finish, take a screen shot of your score and email your screen shot (score) to Ms. Combs
     - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial


B. NewselaNewsela
      - Login to Clever and select the Newsela app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Read the article titled Introducing Two Cloned Monkeys
      - Click on the 'Activities' section on the upper right hand side
      - Look for ELA and complete the 'Write' and 'Quiz' sections
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

C. BrainPop Brainpop
      - Login to Clever and select the Brainpop app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Find the assignment titled Dolly the Sheep Assignment
      - Watch the video
      - Complete the movie quiz, challenge activity, and vocabulary
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

D. Gizmo Gizmo
       - Login to Clever and select the Gizmo app (Click here for link to Clever!)
       - Login to ExploreLearning - If you don't remember your login information, EMAIL MS. COMBS
       - Launch the Gizmo titled Mouse Genetics (One Trait)
       -Open the student handout here- use this to guide you through the Gizmo simulation
       - Complete the gizmo and answer the  questions below the Gizmo (these questions can only be answered once you've completed the               Gizmo)

       - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

E. Offline Offline Option (two options CHOOSE ONE ONLY!)
          -Complete these Punnett Square practice problems on a separate sheet of paper (or print off the student handout). Click here to open the Punnett Square student handout. When you finish take a picture, scan, or upload your document and send to Ms. Combs.

OR

          -Create a monster! Click here to open the monster genetics student handout. Flip a coin to determine the traits of your monster to fill in the chart. Once your chart is completed, draw a picture of your monster based on the traits you "flipped" for. When you finish take a picture, scan, or upload your document and send to Ms. Combs.

REMEMBER,  ALL ACTIVITIES ARE OPTIONAL. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES LISTED.  ACTIVITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE THEIR ACADEMICS AND ARE REQUIRED PER PWCS PHASE 4/5/6 - CONTINUITY OF LEARNING GUIDELINES.ADDITIONALLY, NO NEW GRADES WILL BE ADDED TO THE GRADE BOOK.  


What's Due:
N/A

Upcoming:
N/A

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5/20/2020

                                                                      Welcome to this Wednesday's Science Instructional Time! 
                                                                                          Please read the following information carefully.

Below you will find an instructional activity to review previously taught material and several application activities to choose from.  Please review the instructional activity. Once you have completed the instructional activity, select 1 (one) application activity to complete.

If you have any questions please send Ms. Combs an email.  All of these activities will be available beyond the 10-11:30 AM science instructional time - meaning you have access to them whenever you are able to complete the work. Remember, tomorrow I have office hours from 1:30-3:00 PM. If you find it necessary to have a video call, please email me today, so that we can arrange one during office hours tomorrow.

This week's...
       -Topic:Cell Growth and Reproduction
       -Standard:LS.2d

1. Instructional Activity- Watch BOTH!
Directions: Click here to watch the Cell Cycle audio notes!
                        Click here to watch a Cell Cycle & Mitosis 3D animation on Youtube!
                       

2. Application Activities (CHOOSE ONE)-

 A. Quizlet Quizlet: 
      - Click here to launch the unit 4 Quizlet
      - When the Quizlet opens, look on the left-hand side and select 'Test' 
      - Answer all questions on the test
      - When you finish, take a screen shot of your score and email your screen shot (score) to Ms. Combs
     - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial


B. NewselaNewsela
      - Login to Clever and select the Newsela app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Read the article titled Elephant Genes are Cancer Killers
      - Click on the 'Activities' section on the upper right hand side
      - Look for ELA and complete the 'Write' and 'Quiz' sections
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

C. BrainPop Brainpop
      - Login to Clever and select the Brainpop app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Find the assignment titled Mitosis Assignment
      - Watch the video
      - Complete the movie quiz AND vocabulary
      - *OPTIONAL* Play the game!
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

D. Gizmo Gizmo
       - Login to Clever and select the Gizmo app (Click here for link to Clever!)
       - Login to ExploreLearning - If you don't remember your login information, EMAIL MS. COMBS
       - Launch the Gizmo titled Cell Division
       -Open the student handout here- use this to guide you through the Gizmo simulation
       - Complete the gizmo and answer the  questions below the Gizmo (these questions can only be answered once you've completed the               Gizmo)

       - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

E. Offline Offline Option 
          -Make your own cell cycle model! Click here to open the cell cycle model instructions and rubric! Choose one of the options listed on the cell model instructions to complete for you independent project. To maximize your learning outcome and review of concepts, be sure to include all elements listed (refer to your rubric for guidance). When you finish, submit a picture or upload your document in an email to Ms. Combs. 

REMEMBER,  ALL ACTIVITIES ARE OPTIONAL. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES LISTED.  ACTIVITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE THEIR ACADEMICS AND ARE REQUIRED PER PWCS PHASE 4/5/6 - CONTINUITY OF LEARNING GUIDELINES.ADDITIONALLY, NO NEW GRADES WILL BE ADDED TO THE GRADE BOOK.  


What's Due:
N/A

Upcoming:
N/A

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5/13/2020

                                                                      Welcome to this Wednesday's Science Instructional Time! 
                                                                                          Please read the following information carefully.

Below you will find an instructional activity to review previously taught material and several application activities to choose from.  Please review the instructional activity. Once you have completed the instructional activity, select 1 (one) application activity to complete.

If you have any questions please send Ms. Combs an email.  All of these activities will be available beyond the 10-11:30 AM science instructional time - meaning you have access to them whenever you are able to complete the work. Remember, tomorrow I have office hours from 1:30-3:00 PM. If you find it necessary to have a video call, please email me today, so that we can arrange one during office hours tomorrow.

This week's...
       -Topic:Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration
       -Standard:LS.5

1. Instructional Activity- Watch BOTH!
Directions: Click here to watch the Photosynthesis audio notes!
                        Click here to watch the Cellular Respiration audio notes!



2. Application Activities (CHOOSE ONE)-

 A. Quizlet Quizlet: 
      - Click here to launch the unit 3 Quizlet
      - When the Quizlet opens, look on the left-hand side and select 'Test' 
      - Answer all questions on the test
      - When you finish, take a screen shot of your score and email your screen shot (score) to Ms. Combs
     - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial


B. NewselaNewsela
      - Login to Clever and select the Newsela app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Read the article titled Why the Earth needs the Amazon
      - Click on the 'Activities' section on the upper right hand side
      - Look for ELA and complete the 'Write' and 'Quiz' sections
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

C. BrainPop Brainpop
      - Login to Clever and select the Brainpop app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Find the assignment titled Photosynthesis Assignment
      - Watch the video
      - Complete the movie quiz AND challenge activity 
      - *OPTIONAL* Play the game!
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

D. Gizmo Gizmo
       - Login to Clever and select the Gizmo app (Click here for link to Clever!)
       - Login to ExploreLearning - If you don't remember your login information, EMAIL MS. COMBS
       - Launch the Gizmo titled Cell Energy Cycle
       -Open the student handout here- use this to guide you through the Gizmo simulation
       - Complete the gizmo and answer the  questions below the Gizmo (these questions can only be answered once you've completed the               Gizmo)

       - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

E. Offline Offline Option 
          -Create your own flowchart depicting the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Draw pictures and show/explain how the processes are related. Be sure to include the following terminology: photosynthesis, cellular respiration, carbon dioxide, water, oxygen, light (sunlight) energy, glucose, ATP, chloroplast, mitochondria, plant cell, and animal cell. Make your flow chart colorful! When you finish, be sure to send a picture of your flowchart to Ms. Combs!

REMEMBER,  ALL ACTIVITIES ARE OPTIONAL. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES LISTED.  ACTIVITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE THEIR ACADEMICS AND ARE REQUIRED PER PWCS PHASE 4/5/6 - CONTINUITY OF LEARNING GUIDELINES.ADDITIONALLY, NO NEW GRADES WILL BE ADDED TO THE GRADE BOOK.  


What's Due:
N/A

Upcoming:
N/A

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5/6/2020

                                                                      Welcome to this Wednesday's Science Instructional Time! 
                                                                                          Please read the following information carefully.

Below you will find an instructional activity to review previously taught material and several application activities to choose from.  Please review the instructional activity. Once you have completed the instructional activity, select 1 (one) application activity to complete.

If you have any questions please send Ms. Combs an email.  All of these activities will be available beyond the 10-11:30 AM science instructional time - meaning you have access to them whenever you are able to complete the work. Remember, tomorrow I have office hours from 1:30-3:00 PM. If you find it necessary to have a video call, please email me today, so that we can arrange one during office hours tomorrow.

This week's...
       -Topic:Life Processes & Cellular Transport
       -Standard:LS.3

1. Instructional Activity- Watch BOTH!
Directions: Click here to review Characteristics of Life by Amoeba Sisters  on Youtube!
                        Click here to watch the Diffusion & Osmosis audio notes!


2. Application Activities (CHOOSE ONE)-

 A. Quizlet Quizlet: 
      - Click here to launch the unit 2 Quizlet
      - When the Quizlet opens, look on the left-hand side and select 'Test' 
      - Answer all questions on the test
      - When you finish, take a screen shot of your score and email your screen shot (score) to Ms. Combs
     - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial


B. NewselaNewsela
      - Login to Clever and select the Newsela app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Read the article titled Criteria for Living Things
      - Click on the 'Activities' section on the upper right hand side
      - Look for ELA and complete the 'Write' and 'Quiz' sections
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

C. BrainPop Brainpop
      - Login to Clever and select the Brainpop app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Find the assignment titled Passive Transport Assignment
      - Watch the video
      - Complete the movie quiz 
      - Complete the vocabulary
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

D. Gizmo Gizmo
       - Login to Clever and select the Gizmo app (Click here for link to Clever!)
       - Login to ExploreLearning - If you don't remember your login information, EMAIL MS. COMBS
       - Launch the Gizmo titled Osmosis
       -Open the student handout here- use this to guide you through the Gizmo simulation
       - Complete the gizmo and answer the  questions below the Gizmo (these questions can only be answered once you've completed the               Gizmo)

       - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

E. Offline Offline Option (Indoor and Outdoor option - select one)
          -MRS. GREN  - Using the student handout, find the listed items around your house or outside and try to identify them as living or non-living while using MRS. GREN. For the staying indoors, use this student handout. For going outdoors, use this student handout. Email your completed chart and any pictures of things you observed Ms. Combs!

REMEMBER,  ALL ACTIVITIES ARE OPTIONAL. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES LISTED.  ACTIVITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE THEIR ACADEMICS AND ARE REQUIRED PER PWCS PHASE 4/5/6 - CONTINUITY OF LEARNING GUIDELINES.ADDITIONALLY, NO NEW GRADES WILL BE ADDED TO THE GRADE BOOK.  


What's Due:
N/A

Upcoming:
Report cards mailed  on Tuesday, 5/5/2020

4/29/2020

                                                                      Welcome to this Wednesday's Science Instructional Time! 
                                                                                          Please read the following information carefully.

Below you will find an instructional activity to review previously taught material and several application activities to choose from.  Please review the instructional activity. Once you have completed the instructional activity, select 1 (one) application activity to complete. 

If you have any questions please send Ms. Combs an email.  All of these activities will be available beyond the 10-11:30 AM science instructional time - meaning you have access to them whenever you are able to complete the work. Remember, tomorrow I have office hours from 1:30-3:00 PM. If you find it necessary to have a video call, please email me today, so that we can arrange one during office hours tomorrow.

This week's...
       -Topic: Cells (structure & organelles), Cell theory
       -Standard: LS.2

1. Instructional Activity- Watch BOTH!
Directions: Click here to review animal and plant cell organelles on Youtube!
                        Click here to watch TED-Ed on the wacky history of cell theory!


2. Application Activities (CHOOSE ONE)-
 
A. Study Island Study Island:
        -Login to Clever and select the Study Island app (Click here for link to Clever!)
        - Find the assignment titled LS.2 Cell Organelles & Functions
        - Complete the quiz (launch as PRACTICE)

B. NewselaNewsela
      - Login to Clever and select the Newsela app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Read the article titled Cells and How They Work
      - Click on the 'Activities' section on the upper right hand side
      - Look for ELA and complete the 'Write' and 'Quiz' sections
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

C. BrainPop Brainpop
      - Login to Clever and select the Brainpop app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Find the assignment titled Cell Structures Assignment
      - Watch the video
      - Complete the movie quiz 
      - Select EITHER the worksheet OR graphic organizer to complete
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

D. Gizmo Gizmo
       - Login to Clever and select the Gizmo app (Click here for link to Clever!)
       - Login to ExploreLearning - If you don't remember your login information, EMAIL MS. COMBS
       - Launch the Gizmo titled Cell Structure
       -Open the student handout here - use this to guide you through the Gizmo simulation
       - Complete the gizmo and answer the  questions below the Gizmo (these questions can only be answered once you've completed the               Gizmo)

       - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

E. Offline Offline Option (Independent Project)
          -Cell Project -  Click here to open the student handout and choose one of the options to complete for your project on an animal OR plant cell. Use the rubric found on the student handout for further guidance and requirements for completing this independent project.

REMEMBER,  ALL ACTIVITIES ARE OPTIONAL. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES LISTED.  ACTIVITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE THEIR ACADEMICS AND ARE REQUIRED PER PWCS PHASE 4/5/6 - CONTINUITY OF LEARNING GUIDELINES. ADDITIONALLY, NO NEW GRADES WILL BE ADDED TO THE GRADE BOOK.  

What's Due:

N/A

Upcoming:
Report cards mailed  on Tuesday, 5/5/2020

4/22/2020

                                                                      Welcome to this Wednesday's Science Instructional Time! 
                                                                                          Please read the following information carefully.

Below you will find an instructional activity to review previously taught material and several application activities to choose from.  Please review the instructional activity. Once you have completed the instructional activity, select 1 (one) application activity to complete. 

If you have any questions please send Ms. Combs an email.  All of these activities will be available beyond the 10-11:30 AM science instructional time - meaning you have access to them whenever you are able to complete the work. Remember, tomorrow I have office hours from 1:30-3:00 PM. If you find it necessary to have a video call, please email me today, so that we can arrange one during office hours tomorrow.

This week's...
       -Topic: Classification & Dichotomous Keys
       -Standard: LS.4

1. Instructional Activity- Watch BOTH!
Directions: Click here to watch the Amoeba Sisters Classification video YouTube!
                        Click here to watch and review Dichotomous Keys video on YouTube!

2. Application Activities (CHOOSE ONE)-

 A. Quizlet Quizlet: 
      - Click here to launch the unit 7 Quizlet
      - When the Quizlet opens, look on the left-hand side and select 'Test' 
      - Answer all questions on the test
      - When you finish, take a screen shot of your score and email your screen shot (score) to Ms. Combs
     - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

B. NewselaNewsela
      - Login to Clever and select the Newsela app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Read the article titled Classification of Living Organisms
      - Click on the 'Activities' section on the upper right hand side
      - Look for ELA and complete the 'Write' and 'Quiz' sections
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

C. BrainPop Brainpop
      - Login to Clever and select the Brainpop app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Find the assignment titled Six Kingdoms Assignment
      - Watch the video
      - Complete the movie quiz and worksheet
      - OPTIONAL - Play the game for fun!
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

D. Gizmo Gizmo
       - Login to Clever and select the Gizmo app (Click here for link to Clever!)
       - Login to ExploreLearning - If you don't remember your login information, EMAIL MS. COMBS
       - Launch the Gizmo titled Dichotomous Keys
       -Open the student handout here - use this to guide you through the Gizmo simulation
       - Complete the gizmo and answer the 5 questions below the Gizmo (these questions can only be answered once you've completed the               Gizmo)

       - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

E. Offline Offline Option (choose 1 - either the outdoor OR indoor activity)
          -Outdoors: Grab a camera or a sketchbook and go outside. Take a picture, sketch and/or collect samples of 8-10 different plants. When you're finished gathering your samples, create a dichotomous key! If you don't know the actual names of the plants, be creative and create your own. Click here to open the student handout. The student handout can be used as a reference while constructing your own dichotomous key. Email me a copy of your completed dichotomous key, along with any sketches or pictures of the lovely Spring time specimens you analyzed.

        -Indoors: Do you have a book shelf in your house that needs reorganizing? Perhaps a kitchen  "junk drawer" that's got a little out of hand? Maybe your bedroom is a bit chaotic and overdue for a tidying? If none of those ideas are available to you, ask your parents - I'm sure your handy dandy organizing skills would be perfect for sorting and folding laundry! While completing one of these tasks, using the items available (at least 8-10 items) try to construct a dichotomous key. Click here to open the student handout.  The student handout can be used as a reference while constructing your own dichotomous key. Email me a copy of your completed dichotomous key.


REMEMBER,  ALL ACTIVITIES ARE OPTIONAL. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES LIST. ACTIVITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE THEIR ACADEMICS AND ARE REQUIRED PER PWCS PHASE 4 - CONTINUITY OF LEARNING GUIDELINES.

What's Due:
Missing work, retake tests, and make-up tests are due by TOMORROW Thursday, 4/23/2020

Upcoming:
End of Quarter 3 on THIS Friday, 4/24/2020

4/15/2020

                                                                      Welcome to this Wednesday's Science Instructional Time! 
                                                                                          Please read the following information carefully.

Below you will find an instructional activity to review previously taught material and several application activities to choose from.      Please review the instructional activity. Once you have completed the instructional activity, select 1 (one) application activity to complete. 

If you have any questions please send Ms. Combs an email.  All of these activities will be available beyond the 10-11:30 AM science instructional time - meaning you have access to them whenever you are able to complete the work. Remember, tomorrow I have office hours from 1:30-3:00 PM. If you find it necessary to have a video call, please email me today, so that we can arrange one during office hours tomorrow.

This week's...
       -Topic: Energy Flow in Ecosystems (Food Chains)
       -Standard: LS.6

1. Instructional Activity-
Directions: Click here to listen and view the audio notes to review Energy Flow in Ecosystems.


2. Application Activities (CHOOSE ONE)-

 A. Quizlet Quizlet: 
      - Click here to launch the unit 8 Quizlet
      - When the Quizlet opens, look on the left-hand side and select 'Test' 
      - Answer all questions on the test
      - When you finish, take a screen shot of your score and email your screen shot (score) to Ms. Combs
     - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

B. NewselaNewsela
      - Login to Clever and select the Newsela app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Read the article 
      - Click on the 'Activities' section on the right hand side
      - Look for science and complete the 'Write' and 'Quiz' sections
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

C. BrainPop Brainpop
      - Login to Clever and select the Brainpop app (Click here for link to Clever!)
      - Watch the video
      - Complete the movie quiz and worksheet
      - OPTIONAL - Play the game for fun!
      - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

D. Gizmo Gizmo
       - Login to Clever and select the Gizmo app (Click here for link to Clever!)
       - Login to ExploreLearning - If you don't remember your login information, EMAIL MS. COMBS
       - Open the student handout here - use this to guide you through the Gizmo simulation
       - Complete the gizmo and answer the 4 questions below the Gizmo (these questions can only be answered once you've completed the               Gizmo)

       - If you have any issues, click here for a tutorial

REMEMBER,  ALL ACTIVITIES ARE OPTIONAL. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES LIST. ACTIVITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE THEIR ACADEMICS AND ARE REQUIRED PER PWCS PHASE 4 - CONTINUITY OF LEARNING GUIDELINES.

What's Due:
Missing work, retake tests, and make-up tests are due by Thursday, 4/23/2020

Upcoming:
End of Quarter 3 on Friday, 4/24/2020

4/13/2020

Hi there!

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Per the Prince William COVID-19 guidelines, we are now entering phase 4 of continuity of learning. Phase 4 begins April 14th to April 24th. During this phase, the following will occur:

  • 3rdQuarter
    • Students may improve their quarter 3 grades by turning in any missing assignments, completing missing tests, and retaking tests with low scores. Per this policy, only quarter 3 grades can be improved and work from ONLY quarter 3 can be submitted. Quarter 3 grades will be finalized on April 24th. All work MUST be submitted by 5 PM on April 23rd
    • According to PWCS, report cards will be mailed on May 4th. This will be the final report card for the 2019-2020 school year. 
    • No new content will be taught. All instruction will be review of previously taught material and ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE OPTIONAL.
  • Instructional Time
    • Beginning April 15thevery Wednesday is the instructional time for science from 10-11:30 AM. During this time, students will have the opportunity to review major concepts and will be able to select from a variety of practice activities. During this time, I will also be available to provide feedback and further guidance. If students are not able to do work at that specific time, it will remain available to complete at your convenience.
    • Wednesday Instructional Activities will be found in the Weekly Updates section of my teacher webpage. 
    • Students will be provided an instructional activity (CK-12 or viewing/listening to an audio recorded notes). Instructional activities should not last longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. 
    • Students will then select from an assortment of different application activities to practice content. Application activities may be in the form of Gizmo simulations, Quizlet tests, Newsela articles, Brainpop activities.

  • Office Hours
    • Beginning April 16thevery ThursdayI will be offering office hours from 1:30-3:00 PM. During this time, students and parents may reach out with questions and concerns. If a phone or video is necessary, please email me earlier in the week so we can schedule to meet during office hours.

Starting this Wednesday, April 15th, I will be posting weekly updates on Wednesday now, instead of Mondays.  Please email me any questions or concerns at combsa@pwcs.edu.


4/06/2020

Recap:
Last weeks CK-12/Brainpop End of Year Review will covered the following topics:
      -LS.12 DNA & Heredity
      -LS.13 Evolution & Genetic Variation

This Week:
Rippon Spring Break Message

What's Due:
N/A

Upcoming:
N/A

3/30/2020

Recap:
Last weeks CK-12/Brainpop End of Year Review will covered the following topics:
      -LS.4 Classification of Living Things
      -LS.5 Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration
      -LS.6 Energy Flow & Cycles of Matter (food chains, energy pyramid, ecosystem organization, carbon/water/nitrogen cycles)

This Week:
Use CK-12 OR Brainpop to complete review activities for this week! 
                           -Please go to the Useful Links section of my teacher webpage to access CK-12 and to get your class code.
                                -Access Brainpop through your clever account - this way you will see the assigned activities.


You DO NOT have to complete both the CK-12 assignments and Brainpop assignments - you choose which one you'd prefer to review with.

This weeks CK-12/Brainpop End of Year Review will cover the following topics:
      -LS.12 DNA & Heredity
      -LS.13 Evolution & Genetic Variation
     
As always, you have access to all notes, quizlets, and other materials from previous units on my teacher webpage. Please use as necessary.

What's Due:
N/A

Upcoming:
N/A

3/23/2020

Recap: 
Students should have completed their Unit 8 test by now.
Last weeks CK-12 End of Year Review will covered the following topics:

      -LS.1 Scientific Method
      -LS.2 Cell theory, Cell organelles, Cell cycle, Mitosis
      -LS.3 Characteristics of Life/Life Processes, Diffusion, Active Transport

This Week:
Use CK-12 OR Brainpop to complete review activities for this week! 
                           -Please go to the Useful Links section of my teacher webpage to access CK-12 and to get your class code.
                                -Access Brainpop through your clever account - this way you will see the assigned activities.


You DO NOT have to complete both the CK-12 assignments and Brainpop assignments - you choose which one you'd prefer to review with.

This weeks CK-12/Brainpop End of Year Review will cover the following topics:
      -LS.4 Classification of Living Things
      -LS.5 Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration
      -LS.6 Energy Flow & Cycles of Matter (food chains, energy pyramid, ecosystem organization, carbon/water/nitrogen cycles)

As always, you have access to all notes, quizlets, and other materials from previous units on my teacher webpage. Please use as necessary.

What's Due:
N/A

Upcoming:
N/A

3/15/2020

Recap:
Students got their unit 8 study guide. The answer key for the unit 8 study guide is uploaded in the Files & Docs section on Ms. Combs teacher webpage (in Unit 8 - Energy Flow & Cycles of Matter folder). An email was sent out earlier this week with several attachments - students, please be sure to complete the Ecosystems Reading & Writing activity, Energy Flow & Create a Food web handout, and BOTH handouts on the biogeochemical cycles. Additionally, we discovered that due to COVID-19, we are out of school until April 14th. 

This Week:
Due to school closure, Math Science students will need to take the unit 8 test at home. This is on an honor system that you will take the test WITHOUT the use of notes, as we do in class. Please check your email for the naiku test code. You will have until Sunday, Mar. 22nd to take your test.

Click here when you are ready to take your unit 8 test.

Lastly, given that we will be out of school for at least a month I wanted to provide learning opportunities to those who are interested. I do not expect you to teach yourself new content and will instead provide weekly opportunities to review past content. This will ultimately help you be prepared for your end of the year cumulative test. Parents - while I cannot force students to participate in these activities, I strongly encourage students take this month off as a great opportunity to practice and review old content. For each topic, you will need to read the passage, watch a video, answer review questions, and if you'd like, take the practice quiz. New topics will be added every Sunday.

This weeks CK-12 End of Year Review will cover the following topics:
      -LS.1 Scientific Method
      -LS.2 Cell theory, Cell organelles, Cell cycle, Mitosis
      -LS.3 Characteristics of Life/Life Processes, Diffusion, Active Transport

Please go to the Quick Links section of my teacher webpage to access CK-12 and to get your class code.

As always, you have access to all notes, quizlets, and other materials from previous units on my teacher webpage. Please use as necessary.

What's Due:
Take Unit 8 test by Sunday, 3/22/2020

Upcoming:
N/A
JJacob Sci Fair

3/8/2020

Recap:
Students presented their human body system stations and previewed the major body systems. Students completed their note packet, exit tickets at every station, and took their class created quiz to wrap up the enrichment unit. We concluded Friday by watching a Bill Nye video on Bones and Muscles. Students received their unit 8 note packet on Wednesday. Students will need to have these notes completed by Monday, Mar. 9th.

This Week:
This week students will be starting their very VERY short and fast unit on Ecosystem Dynamics. Students will be learning about how energy flows (food chains, webs and energy pyramids) through an ecosystem and how matter (water, carbon, and nitrogen) cycles through as well. Monday we will start off class with a fun "Whodunnit" Mystery reviewing abiotic and biotic factors. We will spend the rest of class completing an ecosystems reading and writing activity as well as an ecology review handout. Tuesday, students will participate in an engaging ecosystems cup lab modeling food chains, webs and energy pyramids. Wednesday, we will complete our cycles of matter notes. Thursday, we will practice our cycles of matter by completing a color by number activity and coloring a diagram that shows all cycles in one image. On Friday, we will end with out usual quiz following with the unit 8 study guide.

Please keep in mind that this unit is very SHORT and FAST! If you find yourself struggling with concepts addressed in class please be sure to reach out to Ms. Combs and ask for help!

The unit 8 test is scheduled for next week Wednesday, Mar. 18th.

What's Due:
Unit 8 Ecosystem & Energy Flow notes due on Monday, 3/9/2020
Study for Ecosystems quiz on Friday, 3/13/2020
Body Systems Brainpop due on Friday, 3/13/2020

Upcoming:
Unit 8 Test on Wednesday, 3/18/2020

3/3/2020

Recap:
Students worked in their selected groups to become experts on a designated human body system.

This Week:
Students will be cycling through the different body systems to complete their note packet. Now, they will visit other groups presentation stations to answer all questions in their note packet, complete the manipulative activity, and answer questions on an exit ticket. There is no school on Tuesday. Students will receive their unit 8 notes on Wednesday and will need to complete these by next week Monday. On Friday, students will take a quiz covering the human body systems - all expert groups contributed in the making of this quiz by submitting 2 quiz questions addressing their specific body system. 

What's Due:
Body Systems quiz on Friday, 3/6/2020
Body Systems Brainpop due on Friday, 3/6/2020

Upcoming:
Unit 8 Ecosystem & Energy Flow notes due on Monday, 3/9/2020

Unit 8 Test on Wednesday, 3/18/2020

2/23/2020

Recap:
Monday was President's Day! Students used this week to prepare for their test. We spent Tuesday and Wednesday working through unit 7 review stations . Thursday students with a completed study guide continued reviewing by playing a board game. Those without completed study guides continued working to complete their study guide and then completed supplemental activities to further review for their test. The week ended with students taking their unit 7 test.

This Week:
Students will be starting their 2 week enrichment activity on Human Anatomy and Body Systems! Students will get an opportunity to be teachers as they spend this week investigating and becoming experts on a specific body system. They will work in groups to create a a body system station - including a presentation, a manipulative (hands-on activity), and an exit ticket. Students will hold each other accountable to complete their work by completing a daily work log. Students will need to submit any materials that need to be printed by Thursday, Feb. 27th, so that there is time for them to prep their stations on Friday.

Should you lose any of the materials you will receive on Monday, please check out the Human Body Systems Enrichment Folder in the files and document section of the teacher webpage.

Retakes for the unit 7 test will be this week BEFORE and AFTER SCHOOL on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, Feb. 27th (before school at 7 and after school until 4:30). Retake forms will be given out on Monday.

What's Due:
Body Systems Station materials due on Thursday, 2/27/2020
Body Systems Brainpop due on Friday, 2/28/2020

2/15/2020

Recap:
Students learned all about the animal phyla  - Arthopods, Annelids, Chordates, Cnidarians, Echinoderms, Mollusks, Poriferans, and Platyhelminths.   Monday and Tuesday were spent rotating through several interactive note stations addressing the 8 animal phyla and while completing their notes, students were also engaged in viewing actual specimens for each phyla and videos. Additionally, on Monday and Tuesday, students continued practicing their dichotomous key skills and completed a color by number. On Wednesday, students completed a classification practice handout and worked on any missing work to ensure they could participate in Thursday's earthworm dissections. On Thursday, students participated in perhaps their most hands-on lab yet - Earthworm Dissections! Students who were still missing work were given an alternative textbook activity to complete after they completed all missing work. Friday ended with a quiz on the animal phyla and dichotomous keys. Students also received their unit 7 study guide to complete this weekend and study for their upcoming test!

This Week:
Monday is President's Day! On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will be completing Unit 7 review stations to prepare their test this Friday! On Thursday, students with completed study guides will be playing a review board game. Those without completed study guides will either continue working on their study guide or will receive a new study guide to complete. The Unit 7 Classification Test is this Friday! Students should be reviewing their notes, study guides, and returned work all week long to be prepared for the test.

Nature Bridge money and/or forms are due this week Tuesday, Feb. 18th!

Highlights for this week - Unit 7 Test FRIDAY!

What's Due:
Nature Bridge forms/money due on Tuesday, 2/18/2020

Upcoming:

Unit 7 Test on Friday, 2/21/2020 


Check out our earthworm dissections from this Thursday!

Students practiced their classification skills while engaging in a very hands-on lab working with an organism  from the Annelida phylum!


Earthworm Dissections

2/11/2020

Recap:
Students learned all about the plant phyla  - conifers, angiosperms, mosses and ferns.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we met in the library to complete part 1 of the Ecosystem Project. On Friday, students took a quiz covering plant phyla and domains and kingdoms.

This Week:
Monday and Tuesday this week, students will be working through the 8 animal phyla interactive stations. At each stations, students have real (seriously, they're really REAL!) examples of each phyla and  a laptop to watch videos corresponding to each phyla (this links are also accessible through my Useful Links, should you want to view them at home). On Monday, while half the class works on 4 of the 8 animal phyla, the other half will practice dichotomous keys - and then the class rotates, so everyone has had an opportunity to complete both the stations and practice dichotomous keys. On Tuesday, students will complete the last 4 animal phyla stations and then rotate to complete a classification color by number activity. Color by numbers are due this Friday (2/14) if they are not completed by the end of class. And YES, you must have the picture colored on the back.  Wednesday, students will complete a unit practice activity - practicing all concepts covered thus far. M/S students will also try their hand at creating their own dichotomous key and trading with a partner to test their dichotomous key.

Thursday is..... EARTHWORM DISSECTION DAY! Those unable to participate in the actual dissection will be offered the virtual dissection and sent to library to complete it there. Students wanting to participate in the dissection MUST have all missing work submitted by THIS WEDNESDAY (2/12).

We end the week with our usual Friday quiz. This week's quiz material will be the 8 animal phyla, their major characteristics, and dichotomous keys. They will also receive their unit 7 study guide.  Nature Bridge money and/or forms are due next week Monday, Feb. 17th!

Highlights for this week - Quiz #3 - Animal Phyla & Dichotomous Key

What's Due:
Any missing work due on Wednesday, 2/12/2020 (IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN EARTHWORM DISSECTIONS)
Nature Bridge forms/money due on Monday, 2/17/2020

Upcoming:

Quiz #2 on
 Friday, 2/14/2020
Unit 7 Test on Friday, 2/21/2020  

2020 Combs SciFair Winners

2/3/2020

Recap:
Last week, students began unit 7  - Classification of Living Things! Students learned about the levels of classification and created a mnemonic device to help them remember the order. Ask you child what DKPCOFGS stands for...We learned about binomial nomenclature a two-name classification system that Carolus Linnaeus created to unify scientists and their ability to discuss living things. We ended the week with a quiz on the levels of classification.

This Week:
Students will be learning about the plant phyla  - conifers, angiosperms, mosses and ferns...Oh my! Students will engage in an interactive note stations where they will complete their foldable while toughing and smelling physical samples of the four plant phyla. Students will also sketch each sample in their foldable. On Tuesday, students will be investigating the anatomy of a flower. Students will work in pairs to dissect a flower. On Wednesday and Thursday, we will meet in the library to begin our Ecosystem Project. Students will start part 1 of their project where they will research a specific organism in their selected ecosystem. While they will have two class periods to complete this, the activity is due Friday, Feb. 7th. On Friday, students will end the week with their weekly quiz covering plant phyla, domains and kingdoms.

Highlights for this week - 
Quiz #2 - Plant Phyla & Domain and Kingdoms
Science Fair Awards Ceremony this Wednesday!

What's Due:
Ecosystem Project due on Friday, 2/7/2020 

Upcoming:

Quiz #2 on
 Friday, 2/7/2020 

1/21/2020

Recap:
Last week, On Monday, students modeled natural selection during our Battle of the Beaks lab. Students practiced their forensic anthropology skills at the Q?rius lab! Students spent 2 days working through the Evidence of Evolution review stations. Friday, we started our week of enrichment with an Antibiotic Resistance STEM Case - students will be working as CDC pathologists investigating the spread of an antibacterial resistant strain of bacteria.

This Week:
Students will continue working on their Antibiotic Resistance STEM Case. Depending on time, students may create a presentation covering a modern bacteria that shows antibacterial resistance or participate in antibiotic resistance simulation lab. Students received their study guides last Friday and should be studying all this week for their test THIS FRIDAY, Jan. 24th.

Highlights for this week -
Science Symposium is Thursday, Jan. 23rd from 6-7 pm! Doors will open at 5:45 for students to find their projects and check-in with their science teachers.
Unit 6 test is Friday, Jan. 24th.
Incentive day is also this Friday!


For students who completed a SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT ONLY: If you and your parents signed a BLUE form agreeing to your participation in the school wide science fair, you will have additional time to make edits to your board to ensure it's ready for judging on Jan. 31st. You will NOT attend the Jan. 31st judging session, however you will attend the awards ceremony on Feb. 5th. 

Lastly, the end of 2nd quarter is rapidly approaching. Please be sure that any missing work is turned in by Wednesday, Jan. 22!

What's Due:
Any and ALL missing work  due on Wednesday, 1/22/2020 

Upcoming:

Unit 6 Test on
 Friday, 1/24/2020 

1/17/2020

Recap:
For the last two weeks, we have been covering all things Evolution. Last week we learned about Charles Darwin and his exploration of the Galapagos Islands.  We also demoed natural selection by playing a Gizmo simulation. This simulation allowed the students to be a bird and they were on the hunt for moths on light and dark colored trees. We analyzed the data collected and saw that the moths that were better suited for their environment survived and those that did not died. Students were then given the opportunity to design a 'Ripponus sciencus' butterfly - a butterfly that camouflages well in Rippon science classrooms.

This Week:

On Monday, students got a chance to be a "bird" for a day, yet again while they modeled natural selection during our Battle of the Beaks lab. On Tuesday, we went the Q?rius lab, where students got a chance to experience being forensic anthropologists! On Wednesday and Thursday, students completed Evidence of Evolution review stations - one of the stations involved organizing real fossils according to the geologic timeline! Today, we started our week of enrichment with an Antibacterial Resistance STEM Case - students will be working as CDC pathologists investigating the spread of an antibacterial resistant strain of bacteria.

Additionally, ALL Science Symposium projects should be turned in. Students have been given the opportunity to take their boards home this weekend to make the  necessary and FINAL adjustments to improve their grade. 

Lastly, the end of 2nd quarter is rapidly approaching. Please be sure that any missing work is turned in by Wednesday, Jan. 22!

What's Due:
Any and ALL missing work  due on Wednesday, 1/22/2020 

Upcoming:

Unit 6 Test on
 Friday, 1/24/2020 

12/9/19

Recap - Week #15:
Last week students learned all about their traits. Students completed heredity and Punnett square notes, participated in a class trait inventory (graphing lab), and began practicing their skills at Punnett squares.

Additionally, students found out if they have been accepted or waitlisted for the Nature Bridge program last week!!! Parents be on a look out for a follow up email regarding your child's Nature Bridge application status.

This Week:

On Monday, students will continue practicing their Punnett square skills while completing the Mystery picture Punnett square activity. On Tuesday we will begin our 2nd quarter enrichment activities - Non-Mendelian Genetics! We will delve deeper into genetics and look at codominance, incomplete dominance, pedigrees, karyotyping, and so much more. Students will receive notes on Tuesday to set a foundation for their 2-day stations activity on Wednesday and Thursday.  On Friday, students will take a quiz on Punnett squares and will watch a movie discussing the advances made in Genetics Technology.

By this point, students should have submitted a rough draft of their science symposium project. I have only received a couple of projects and if students would like feedback and suggestions on their current work, I strongly encourage your submit your rough draft sooner rather than later.

What's Due:
Study for Quiz (Punnett squares) on Friday, 12/13/2019 
Bikini Bottom Genetics part 1&2 due on Friday, 12/13/2019 
Genetic Engineering Notes due on Friday, 12/13/2019 
If applicable, Nature Bridge Documents by Thursday, 12/19/2019

Upcoming:

Unit 5 Test on
 Thursday, 12/19/2019 

12/3/19

Recap - Week #14:
Last week, we had a two day work week were were covered the structure, function, and history of DNA. Hopefully, everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving Break!

This Week:

This week students will be learning all about their traits...by the end of this week your child should be able to tell you all about dominant vs. recessive traits and homozygous vs. heterozygous genotypes. On Monday, we dive deep into the realm of heredity - we spent an entire class period learning about common misconceptions (like how offspring are not simply a "blend" of the parents), we targeted frequently used heredity vocabulary, and we learned a little about the history of genetics. Students also had an opportunity to assess whether traits were inherited acquired, or a combination of both. On Tuesday, students complete a traits inventory activity, where each student determines if they are dominant or recessive for a given trait, they generate a genotype based on their phenotype, and then the class is polled so students can complete their data table. Once all data is collected, as a class we work step by step to then generate a bar graph, showing both the dominant and recessive traits for the class. On Wednesday, students will participate in another trait lab, where they will use pom-poms to show the movement of traits from grandparents to grandchildren. Those who struggled during Tuesday's activity will receive an alternative activity to complete fro Wednesday. On Thursday, students will complete a foldable to help them with next weeks Punnett Squares. Friday, we finally resume our Friday Quiz day! Our quiz this week will cover DNA scientists, DNA striation/function/location, and inherited vs. acquired traits - STUDY UP! After their quiz, students will work as a class to complete the Bikini Bottom Genetics part #1 in class, while part #2 will be left to be completed as homework (due 12/12 - MUST be turned in to participate in Creature Features Heredity Lab). M/S students will also receive Genetic Engineering notes on Friday to be completed at home and are due next week 12/13.

Additionally, students will find out if they have been accepted or waitlisted for the Nature Bridge program this week!!!

What's Due:
Study for Quiz (DNA Scientists and Inherited vs Acquired Traits) on Friday, 12/6/2019 
Science Symposium Rough Draft due on Friday, 12/6/2019 
Bikini Bottom Genetics part 1&2 due on Monday, 12/9/2019 
Genetic Engineering notes due on Friday, 12/13/2019 


Upcoming:

Next Quiz (Punnett Square) on Friday, 12/13/2019 
Unit 5 Test on
 Thursday, 12/19/2019 

11/24/19

Recap - Week #13:
Last week, students completed their Unit 4 test covering the cell cycle and meiosis. Test retakes stared on Thursday and will continue until before school Monday (11/25).  We started Unit 5 covering DNA & Heredity. Some students participated in the DNA inquiry activity, while several others completed their DNA textbook work. Both activities covered the same content, however the presentation of the material was in a different manner. We finished our week with notes covering DNA (history, structure, and function).

Students also submitted part 3 of their Science Symposium project.

This Week:

Two day work week and then we're on THANKSGIVING BREAK! On Monday, students will work in pairs to engage in a lab where they will construct a model of DNA and answer questions about their model. Students will then receive a DNA reading and questions activity and then  a Color-By-Number activity to be completed independently. Those who DO complete all their work on Monday will participate in the DNA paper chains activity  - a festive activity to build winter decorations for the classroom/ hallway, while modeling a DNA molecule....stay tuned for pictures. Those who do NOT complete their work on Monday will finish any incomplete work from Monday and DNA textbook work. Wednesday through Friday...well nothing is planned, except maybe lots of good food and fun with family and friends as we celebrate Thanksgiving! It's hard to believe we are nearly in December!

Students will find out if they were accepted or waitlisted for Nature Bridge sometime following Thanksgiving Break!

What's Due:
Next Quiz (DNA Scientists and Inherited vs Acquired Traits) on Friday, 12/6/2019 
Next Quiz (Punnett Square)) on Friday, 12/13/2019 

Upcoming:
Unit 5 Test on Thursday, 12/19/2019 

11/17/19

Recap - Week #12:
Last week, we started off with Veteran's Day! A big THANK YOU to those who do and have served to protect our country! We continued with our studies on the cell cycle - completing daly activities to practice and review each individual phase of the cell cycle. On Friday, we had a QUIZ covering the cell cycle and the specific phases of mitosis. Since we were unable to complete the review stations/packet on Thursday, students had an extra day to complete this on Friday after their quiz. 4 Corners/4 Centers has been moved to this Monday - to prepare for the test next week Tuesday! 

This Week:

Students interested in Nature Bridge must have their completed form turned in on Monday! Additionally, the Science Symposium part 3 is due this Friday. Please refer to your timeline to see specifically what you need to have completed for your project by Friday.

Our unit 4 TEST is scheduled this week TUESDAY (11/19)! We will be testing in lab 424 for sure this time. The answer key is available to check your answers on your unit 4 study guide. As usual for retakes, students and parents of students eligible for retakes will be emailed by the end of the week. Stay tuned for retake dates...it will definitely be scheduled before Thanksgiving Break...

Monday will be our final review day before the test. We will review by playing a game of 4 Corners/4 Centers and conclude class with a Mitosis board game review. Tuesday is TEST DAY! Wednesday through Thursday, we will begin Unit 5 (DNA & Heredity) with an engaging inquiry lab. No quiz Friday...just notes and a possible EDIBLE LAB!

What's Due:
Nature Bridge Application (if interested) due Monday, 11/18/2019 
Science Symposium part 3  due Friday, 11/22/2019 

Upcoming:

Unit 4 Test on Tuesday, 11/19/2019 

11/9/19

Recap - Week #11:
Last week, we kicked off the new unit with 2 teacher workdays and Touch Base. I really appreciate those who could attend. For those that couldn't but may have lingering questions, concerns or just want to check-in on your student feel free to email me!

We also began our Unit 4 covering the cell cycle. On Wednesday, we went through the entire cell cycle and while completing notes we drew colorful diagrams to help visualize each phase of the cell cycle. We spent Thursday covering INTERPHASE only - we completed a variety of activities to reinforce what occurs during this phase. Students labeled and colored a cell cycle diagram, completed one section of the reading and questions packet, identified and colored cells going through interphase, and submitted an exit ticket regarding interphase. On Friday, we began an in-depth review of mitosis, specifically focussing on PROPHASE & METAPHASE. We did not have our usual Friday quiz...don't worry though a quiz is coming soon...

Students also submitted their part 2 to the science symposium. Parents - there will be a a few INFORMAL GRADES (grades that don't impact their class grade but will let you know if your child submitted their work or not) in the grade book soon. These grades will be for part 1 and part 2 of their science symposium. This is to help keep you in the loop about your child's progress with their project. They should be starting their science symposium projects by now - whether that's conducting their experiment for science fair, building their working prototype of their invention for invention convention, or continuing to research for BBSR - and by starting now, students will avoid the stress of trying to complete their work over Fall and/or Winter break. 

                   NATURE BRIDGE APPLICATIONS WERE GIVEN OUT TO STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING. 
                                                                                      APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MONDAY, NOV. 18TH!


This Week:

We begin this week with Veteran's Day! Enjoy your long weekend and don't forget to thank our military veterans for their service! Tuesday, we will resume mitosis, specifically focussing on ANAPHASE & TELOPHASE. Yet again, students will continue engage in a variety of daily activities to reinforce and review each phase of the cell cycle. Wednesday, we will wrap up the cell cycle with cytokinesis and introduce and compare MEIOSIS to MITOSIS. By Thursday, students should have their reading and questions packet completed if they would like to participate in the unit 4 review stations activity. Those who do not have their reading packet completed will receive an alternative activity to complete independently. On Friday, we have a QUIZ! The quiz will cover the cell cycle and the specific phases of mitosis - STUDY STUDY! We will also play a review game - 4 Corners/4 Centers - to prepare for the test next week Tuesday! To participate in the review game, students must have completed at least 4 review stations on Thursday or the alternative assignment (if necessary). 

What's Due:
Begin reviewing NOW for Cell Cycle Quiz on Friday, 11/15/2019
Nature Bridge Applications (if interested) due  Monday, 11/18/2019
Science Symposium part 3 due Friday, 11/22/2019 

Upcoming:

Unit 4 Test on Tuesday, 11/19/2019 

11/1/19

Recap - Week #10:
Last week, the school counselors and school psychologist presented SOS. Students completed their unit 3 test and overall it appears students have definitely stepped their game from the last test. It seems more students actively participated and perhaps even studied at home! And test scores definitely show it! Great job guys!  Again, this test grade will NOT impact their quarter 1 grades - with not enough time to administer the retake before the end of the quarter, this test grade will be the first quarter 2 grade. I am happy to report there were NO retakes necessary for core 2 at all! Way to go guys!  We ended the week with a fun pH candy lab where students learned about the affects of acidic candy on the teeth and learned how acids can be neutralized by bases...we even got to enjoy a piece of candy to munch on at the end of class. Thank you to the parents who donated candy and ultimately contributed to an awesome learning experience! Friday, we learned all about NatureBridge  - an awesome outdoor learning experience only offered to 7th graders. Due to limited space, students must apply and their 7th grade science teacher will complete a recommendation form. Stay tuned for more details...

Lastly, students submitted their unit 3 projects two weeks ago...and here are some of the highlights. Keep up the great work guys!

                                                   Unit 3 Projects
                         
                                                                                    Featured works from the following students:
                                                                                                       Core 1 - Kiera and Chris
                                                                                                 Core 2 - Ajar, David, and Jodie
                                                                                             Core 3 - Brandon, Kiyas, and Zhane
                                                                                                                  Core 4 - Parker



This Week:

Goodbye October, Hello November! And what better way to kick off a new month and the 2nd quarter then with not one but TWO Teacher Workdays! Students enjoy your Monday and Tuesday off! Parents - don't forget Touch Base is this week, Tuesday from 8-10 am. I am looking forward to meeting with those who can come. 

This week we will officially begin our unit 4 - Cell Growth (the cell cycle). This is another short unit and this unit is filled with tons of new terminology that students not likely to be familiar with. It will be essential that students practice the vocabulary on a regular basis. The unit 4 Quizlet (found in the useful links) would be an excellent source of study material. We typically use Quizlet to complete our vocabulary handouts (in my other classes), however it can also be used to review terms by playing a variety of games. 

Parents - we have a field trip coming up! By now your child should have shown you their field trip packet. This packet contains the prices and field trip forms for all of the 7th grade M/S field trips. On the Q?rius field trip, students will have an opportunity to be forensic anthropologists. It's an awesome hands-on learning experience and by far my favorite field trip to go on. We will only need 3 chaperones maximum (due to limited bus space) for the Q?rius field trip - so, it will be first come, first selected. Don't worry though, there are other field trips to volunteer for this school year.


What's Due:
Unit 4 Notes due Friday, 11/8/2019 
Science Symposium part 2  due Friday, 11/8/2019 

Upcoming:

Touch Base (8-10 am) on Tuesday, 11/5/2019 

10/30/19

Recap - Week #9:
Last week we learned about cellular respiration and how it compares to photosynthesis. We began our review for the Unit 3 test by working through review stations. We ended the week with a quiz covering photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

This Week:

This week we start off with a presentation by the guidance counselors and school psychologist. They will be discussing the Signs of Suicide presentation, which will highlight the signs and harmful behaviors one might display and brings awareness as to how they can help and safely report their peers or themselves if they display these harmful behaviors. Tuesday, we will continue our review with an escape room challenge where students will demonstrate their understanding of the unit content (without using their notes for help) and will work together to answer the questions and decode the puzzles. The winning teams will receive and some incentive day tickets! Wednesday is the dreaded TEST DAY! However, I am confident with all the practice in class, project, review activities, and labs (and with the added help of reviewing at home), that students should do fairly well on this assessment. This test grade will NOT impact their quarter 1 grades - with not enough time to administer the retake before the end of the quarter, this test grade will be the first quarter 2 grade. Students and parents of students needing retakes will be informed of their retake eligibility by the end of this week. The retake forms will be due next week Wednesday (11/6) and the retake is scheduled for next week Thursday (11/7) only (before and after school). We will wrap up the week by beginning the unit 4 notes and a fun Halloween lab.

Science Symposium - the next check-in is due Friday, Nov. 8th. Please refer to your timeline in your science symposium folder to identify what materials are due (it varies based on project).

                       -BBSR: the scientific research (*see folder for more details)
                       -Invention Convention: Invention design & instructions, diagram of invention and picture of invention prototype/model               
                       -Science Fair: EDD, materials and procedures

What's Due:
Any missing work needs to be submitted by Thursday 10/31/2019
Unit 3 Retake form (if necessary) 
due Wednesday, 11/6/2019 
Science Symposium Check-in due Friday, 11/8/2019 
Unit 4 Cell Cycle Notes due Friday, 11/8/2019 
 
Upcoming:
Touch Base (8-10 am) on Tuesday, 11/5/2019 

10/23/19

Recap - Week #8:
Last week we learned about all things related to photosynthesis. We completed notes, labeled diagrams, constructed foldables, and completed a Fruit Loop lab that modeled photosynthesis. Additionally, we wrapped up our background research in the library. 

This Week:

This week we will wrap up Unit 3 with the last bit of notes covering cellular respiration. Students will then create a foldable applying the information using their notes and complete diagrams showing how photosynthesis and cellular respiration create an energy cycle. Students also had an opportunity to complete a photosynthesis Gizmo! We will begin review stations on Wednesday and this should last us until Thursday. Friday is QUIZ DAY and INCENTIVE DAY!!! Students will be quizzed on photosynthesis AND cellular respiration. 

What's Due:
Unit 3 Notes  due THIS  week - MANY OF YOU DID NOT HAVE THESE COMPLETE!
Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration project 
due Friday, 10/25/2019 
Any missing work needs to be submitted by Monday 10/28/2019

Upcoming:
Unit 3 Test 
on Wednesday 10/30

10/15/19

Recap - Week #7:
Last week was all about REVIEW! We spent Monday and Tuesday reviewing by playing organelle board games, review stations, and a cool Breakout Box in the library. Wednesday students took the unit 1 & 2 test - scores are in the gradebook. Students and parents of students will be notified Monday and Tuesday if you are eligible for a retake. Retake forms will be handed out on Tuesday (10/15) and will need to be returned by Thursday (10/17) to stay after school for retakes scheduled for the same day. Students also began their research papers for Science Symposium. Papers are due this week Friday!!!

This Week:
This week to wrap up our background research in the library. After Wednesday, students have spent 4 class periods in the library working on their background research. Parents will be notified by Monday (10/21) if their child did not submit background research. We will be starting our next unit on Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration this week as well. Students should have their Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration notes completed (this was given out after their test last week Wednesday 10/9) by Thursday, and should come ready to class to construct a photosynthesis foldable. This Friday, students will be happy to know that there is NO quiz this week! However, next weeks quiz will cover photosynthesis AND cellular respiration. In place of their quiz, we will be modeling photosynthesis in a Fruit Loop lab, demonstrating the movement of carbon dioxide and water and the formation of water and glucose that occurs within plant cells.

Students will also receive the unit project on Thursday. Students will be making a comic strip, rap, model, etc. detailing the process of photosynthesis and cellular respiration - this will be due a the end of the unit on Friday, Oct. 25th. 

Retake forms will be given out on Tuesday , Oct. 15th. Students need to complete both sides with parent signatures and submit their retake form by Thursday morning to stay after for retakes scheduled for Thursday (10/17) afternoon. Retakes are intended to show mastery and  improve test scores, not to hurt. So, original test scores will only be replaced with retake test scores that are higher.


What's Due:
Unit 1 & 2 Test Retake form (if applicable)  due Thursday, 10/17/2019 
Completed Photosynthesis + Cellular Respiration Notes on 
Thursday, 10/17/2019 

Science Symposium: Title page + Background Research on 
 Friday, 10/18/2019 
Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration project due Friday, 10/25/2019 
Any missing work 
needs to be submitted by Monday 10/28/2019

10/6/19

Recap - Week #6:
This week students learned about all things cellular transport...active versus passive and diffusion and osmosis. We studied the cell membrane and the various components and functions. Wednesday, students received their study guide for their first science test. We observed a demonstration of osmosis - how does iodine affect starch in a semi-permeable membrane (Ziploc bag)?  Thursday, students determined that the temperature of water directly effects the rate of diffusion...as the water temperature increases, so does the rate of diffusion. Friday, we wrapped up with a quiz covering Cell Transport and Specialized Cells. 

This Week:
This week is all about REVIEW! We will be spending Monday, we will review by completing unit 2 review stations covering cellular transport, levels of organization and life processes. Tuesday we will be meeting in the library to review by participating in a Breakout Box session covering all things cell theory. Wednesday we will be taking the unit 1 & 2 test. Students and parents of students needing to retake will be notified Wednesday (10/11) afternoon. Starting Thursday (10/10) through Wednesday (10/16), we will be meeting in the library to begin our second week of enrichment. Math Science students will be beginning their research paper for their Science Symposium project. All students should have completed and submitted a formal proposal by Monday (10/7).

We are done learning new content for Unit 1 & 2 and our first test is coming up - THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY 10/9!! STUDENTS SHOULD BE REVIEWING !!!!

What's Due:

Review for Unit 1 & 2 test next  Wednesday, 10/9/2019 

10/2/19

Recap - Week #5:
Last week students had the opportunity to practice their microscope skills to view animal cells and their organelles! Drawing inspiration from Leeuwenhoek, we also observed water from a nearby pond and saw "animalcules" wiggling around - some even saw insect larvae! Tuesday , after finishing our lab, we  constructed a Biological Levels of Organization foldable addressing how life is organized from the smallest cell to the largest organism. On Wednesday, students about the role of specialized cells in the human body. We used an inquiry activity to model how the structure of a cell can tell you its function - even if you don't know what cell you're looking at! Thursday and Friday, students worked with the sub to continue practicing the levels of organization and began their reading of cellular transport. We ended the week with a quiz covering cell organelles and functions.

This Week:
This week students have spent time learning about cellular transport - how things move across a (selectively) semi-permeable membrane. On Monday, students constructed an Active versus Passive Transport foldable addressing the different forms of active transport and passive transport. Tuesday, students learned about the components of a cell membrane and colored their own diagram of the cell membrane. Wednesday, students will receive their study guide for their first science test (we will continue to work in this in class for the rest of the week, but students should be taking this home to complete and review as well). We also will observe a demonstration of osmosis - how does iodine affect starch in a semi-permeable membrane (Ziploc bag)?  Thursday, students will complete a diffusion lab investigating how the temperature of water affects the rate of diffusion. Friday, we will end with a quiz covering Cell Transport and Specialized Cells. 

We are just about done learning new content for Unit 1 & 2 and our first test is coming up - NEXT WEEK WEDNESDAY 10/9!! STUDENTS SHOULD BE REVIEWING !!!!
What's Due:
Begin reviewing on Wed/Thurs for Cell Transport and Specialized Cells Quiz on Friday 10/4/2019
Begin reviewing for Unit 1 & 2 test next  Wednesday, 10/9/2019 

9/23/18

Recap - Week #4:
Last week we built a timeline of notable scientists and their significant contributions to the cell theory. Students learned about the vital role the microscope played in the development of the cell theory.  Most students were able to successfully log into Gizmos and explore different cell types while using a digital microscope. On Thursday, students received their notes on plant and animal cells and Friday we discovered the difference between prokaryotic and eukaryotic...do you remember?? Students wrapped up the week with quiz #2. How well did you do? Check out the gradebook  to see your grade!

Upcoming:
This week we will be working with microscopes and animal cell type slides...oh my! Drawing inspiration from Leeuwenhoek, we will also get an opportunity to observe water from a nearby pond and hopefully see some "animalcules" wiggling around. Students will learn the levels of organization of life...starting with a single cell and working our way up to a fully functioning organism. Students will delve into the world of specialized cell types and observe how the shape of a cell affects the function of a cell. Although I will be away on Thursday and Friday, learning must continue on. Students will complete a reading and question activity about the levels of organization as well as begin learning about the different types of cellular transport. The quiz this Friday will cover cell organelles and functions.

What's Due:
Eukaryotic Cell Organelle Chart  due Friday, 9/27/2019 
Begin reviewing on Wed/Thurs for Cell Organelle and Function Quiz on Friday 9/27/2019
Diffusion & Osmosis notes 
due Monday, 9/30/2019

9/13/18

Recap - Week #3:
From Back to School Night to Friday the 13th...we've survived our first full week of school! It was great seeing all the parents and students who attended Back to School Night. 

This week we determined what makes things alive or not, by analyzing different organisms and applying MRS. GREN. Students got to observe things like yeast, sewer lice, and mill worms while assessing if it truly was a living thing. Students planned for their upcoming plant lab - a lab where the class voted and selected our variables for the experiment. How will the amount or type of water affect the growth of a plant? How will changing the amount of light affect the height of a a plant? Only time will tell...
 Students wrapped up the week with their first quiz. How well did you do? Check out the gradebook this weekend to see your grade! Additionally, students submitted their initial proposals for Science Symposium.

Upcoming:
This week we will be researching and constructing a timeline of notable scientists and their significant contributions to the cell theory. Students started their activity today and will have all of Monday to complete their timeline- if they use their time wisely, they should be able to complete the timeline by the end of class. If not, the timeline should be taken home to be completed as homework. Tuesday, we'll get to try our hand at a Gizmo - using the microscope to examine different cell types. Hopefully, students have completed their organelle function notes by Wednesday - it will help with our discussion on prokaryotic cells versus eukaryotic cells. Students will also be completing their final proposals for Science Symposium this week and I will have mini in-class conferences with students to discuss the goal of their experiment/invention/research projects. We'll end the week with quiz #2 covering all things cell theory AND labeling a cell diagram - hopefully, students paid attention during the completion of their timeline! 

What's Due:
Completed Cell Organelle & Function Notes due Wednesday, 9/18/2019 
Cell Theory Timeline due Friday, 9/20/2019 
Science Symposium - Final Proposal due Friday, 9/20/2019 
Begin reviewing on Wed/Thurs
 for Cell Theory and Organelle Labeling Quiz on Friday 9/20/2019

9/6/18

Recap - Week #2:
This week, Math Science students had the opportunity to preview the three categories for science symposium. For science fair, students worked through task cards and practice scenarios. For invention convention, students created or improved an existing invention and discussed their modifications and real world applications. For Breaking Barriers in Science, students participated in a jigsaw activity and swapped information about the famous scientist, Louis Pasteur. Today, they completed a cumulative pre-test over ALL the content we will cover this school year. The grade will be in the grade book this weekend, if you're curious...but don't stress over how well you did. This grade is an INFORMATIVE grade - which means it does NOT affect your class grade at all. No worries...no stress.

Upcoming:
This week we will be debating about what makes things alive or not using your completed Characteristics of Life/4 Basic Needs Notes. Students will complete their first science foldable for the school year covering MRS. GREN - a mnemonic to help remember the 7 life processes. We will complete a characteristics of life stations lab and begin our experimental design for an upcoming plant lab. Friday, we'll take our first quiz of the year covering the characteristics of life, 4 basic needs, and 7 life processes of living things. Following our quiz, we will delve into the cell theory.

What's Due:
Completed Characteristics of Life/4 Basic Needs Notes due Tuesday, 9/10/2019
Initial Proposal for Science Symposium 
due Wednesday, 9/11/2019
Begin reviewing on Wed/Thurs for first quiz on Characteristics of Life on Friday 9/13/2019

9/2/18

Recap - First Week:
We had a successful week back to school. Students participated in their first science lab stations for the school year. We worked together to solve the Case of the Missing Candy Jar. Hopefully, now that all final reports have been submitted, we can report back to Dr. McGee and Officer Zamora our findings and catch the thief! They learned a ton of classroom procedures and policies as we discussed the syllabus (can be found in the documents section under First Week). 

Upcoming:
This week we will be setting our notebooks up! You will definitely need your composition notebooks on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd. All week long you will get a preview of your three options for the Science Symposium. By the end of the week, you should have an idea of which project you'd like to complete. We will end the week with a cumulative PRE-TEST. Don't worry though...this test will not affect your grade and will provide insight about what 7th grade science content you already know and showcase what you will be learning this year.

What's Due:
All signed documents - you should have recieved an email regarding a missing syllabus and /or MS contract at this point.
You need to come to class with TWO (2) composition notebooks on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd.