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! 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:
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 reviewed for and took the Unit 8 test last week. We started unit 9 - Populations & Communities on Thursday with a set of notes covering limiting factors and social interactions. Friday, we modeled the concept of limiting factors and carrying capacity by watching  a Rabbit Gizmo simulation and by playing the Hungry Bears game. Once again, there was no quiz.

This Week:
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:
N/A

Upcoming:
N/A

3/8/2020

Recap:
Monday we started with owl pellet dissections.  Tuesday - NO SCHOOL. Wednesday through Friday, students learned all about the cycles of matter. Thursday and Friday, students worked on the biogeochemical color by number and  biogeochemical cycles worksheet. If students were unable to complete both activities in class, then it was to be completed for homework and submitted by Monday Mar. 9th. There was no quiz on Friday.

This Week:
On Monday, students will receive their unit 8 study guide and will complete in class. If there is additional class time, students may double check their answers with the answer key and work on any incomplete work. Tuesday we will be playing 2 review games in class - 4 corners and Kahoot. Students will need to have their phones with them for Tuesday's class to play the Kahoot review. On Wednesday, we will be testing. Due to SOL's, we will be testing in Ms. Combs classroom with bubble sheets - BRING A PENCIL! On Thursday, students will begin Unit 9 - Populations and Communities. We will be taking notes on limiting factors and social interactions within populations. On Friday, students will engage in a Gizmo simulation modeling the effects of different limiting factors on a rabbit population. Students will analyze graphs and discuss in groups their thoughts on the different limiting factors. We will conclude class with a game modeling carrying capacity. Once again, NO QUIZ THIS FRIDAY!

What's Due:
Biogeochemical Color by Number due on Monday, 3/9/2020
Biogeochemical Cycles Worksheet due on Monday, 3/9/2020
Study for Unit 8 Test on Wednesday, 3/11/2020


 Upcoming: 
Unit 9 Vocab due on Wednesday, 3/18/2020

Check out our owl pellet dissections!
Most students were able to reconstruct a rodent with the extracted bones!


Core 3 Owl Pellet dissections

3/3/2020

Recap:
We kicked off last week with unit 8 - food chains, food webs, energy pyramids OH MY! We recapped abiotic and biotic factors (most students learned these terms/concepts in 6th grade). We then added onto our biological levels of organization. Early on in the year we learned about how cells make tissues, tissues make up organs, organs work together to make organ systems, and organ systems make up an organ system. Students now know that organisms (of one species) make up a population, populations of many species living in an area create a community, and communities including all the abiotic AND biotic factors create an ecosystem. Later in the school year we will add the final piece to the biological organization. Students engaged in several hands-on activities, including a food web inquiry activity and an energy flow cup lab. These activities reinforced the concept that energy moves from the organism being eaten to the organism that eats it AND that all energy in an ecosystem begins with the sun. As usual we ended the week with a Friday quiz.

This Week:
Monday we start with our owl pellet dissection. Students who submitted all their work by Friday, get an opportunity to reconstruct the meal of an owl to directly observe the concept of a food web in action. Those who were still missing assignments will work on the unit 8 reading guide, reinforcing the concept of the flow of energy through an ecosystem. No school on Tuesday, as schools are serving as voting locations. Wednesday through Friday, students will be learning about the cycles of matter. We will begin with a review of the water cycle, since most students are already familiar with this process. We will then cover the carbon and nitrogen cycles. Students will complete a note packet, that includes a fill in the blank practice, a diagram to complete, and a graphic organizer. If the notes are complete by Thursday, we will use Friday to complete a color by number addressing all the cycles AND coloring a diagram that includes all three cycles. Good news....NO QUIZ THIS FRIDAY! Students should be using this weekend to begin reviewing for their UNIT 8 TEST scheduled for next week Wednesday, Mar. 11. 

What's Due:
Owl Pellet Lab or Reading Guide due on Friday, 3/6/2020

Upcoming:

Unit 8 Test on Friday, 3/11/2020 

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:
We are starting unit 8 this week! Students will be learning all about the flow of energy within an ecosystem and the cycles of matter. On Monday, we will start off with a fun "whodunnit" activity where students will review the concepts of abiotic and biotic factors while trying to solve a mystery case. After the whodunnit activity, students will complete their Ecosystem Organization notes. On Tuesday, students will work in groups to engage in an inquiry activity learning how energy passes from one organism to the next and will complete an ecosystem reading and writing activity afterwards. On Wednesday, we will start class with Energy Flow notes, following with a ecology review/create a food web practice activity. On Thursday, students will participate in one of my favorite labs - Ecosystem Cup lab! Students will use a set of cups labeled with various Virginia land and marine ecosystems to model food chains, webs, and an energy pyramid to reinforce how energy moves through an ecosystem from organism to organism. We will wrap up the week a quiz covering the topics we addressed all week - abiotic/biotic factors, food chains/web, ecosystem organization - followed with time to complete any work that was left unfinished this week. Any and all missing work needs to be completed and submitted by the end of class on Friday, Feb. 28th to participate in the owl pellet dissection lab on Monday, Feb. 2nd!

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:
Unit 8 Vocab due on Friday, 2/28/2020
Ecosystem reading & writing due on Friday, 2/28/2020
Ecology Review/ Create a Food Web due on Friday, 2/28/2020
Study for QUIZ  on Friday, 2/28/2020

Upcoming:

Quiz #1 (abiotic/biotic, food web/chain, ecosystem organization) on Friday, 2/28/2020 
Owl Pellet dissection (all missing work needs to be submitted by 2/28 to participate) on Monday, 3/2/2020 

Unit 8 Test on Friday, 3/11/2020 

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 

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. .

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  

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 and domains and kingdoms.

Highlights for this week - Quiz #2 - Plant Phyla & Domain and Kingdoms

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

Upcoming:

Quiz #2 on
 Friday, 2/7/2020 

1/22/2020

Recap:
Last week, students got a chance to be archaeologists while they pieced together bones on in imaginative fossil dig site. We worked through a natural selection review worksheet that covered the concept of natural selection and provided practice of unit vocabulary. Students spent 2 days completing their Evidence of Evolution stations to review for their quiz and test. We finished the week with our regularly scheduled Friday quiz and students received their unit 6 study guides.

This Week:
Students with completed study guides participated in a board game review and those without completed study guides were given additional class time to complete it. We are modeling natural selection again this week by being a "bird." Students will select different "beaks" and try their hand at collecting the most food possible - those with the best beak to collect food will survive to pass on their traits while those with poorly suited beaks will perish.  Students received their study guides last Friday and should be studying all this week for their test THIS FRIDAY, Jan. 24th.

The Unit 6 test grade will be applied to third quarter, NOT second quarter due to insufficient time to do retakes. Retakes fir the unit 6 test will be scheduled for next week and students (and their parents) will be notified if they are eligible for a retake.

Highlights for this week - 
Unit 6 test is Friday, Jan. 24th. 
Incentive day is also this Friday!


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 archaeologists while they pieced together bones on in imaginative fossil dig site . We learned the due to the nature of science, sometimes there isn't a clear answer. On Tuesday, we worked through a natural selection review worksheet that covered the concept of natural selection and provided practice of unit vocabulary. 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 took our second and final quiz for this unit and started our Unit 6 study guide. 

Students MUST have their completed Unit 6 student guide with them on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in order to participate in the review board game. Those that do not have their study  guide completed or have lost their study guide, will work to complete their study guide in class.


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 Monohybrid Mice activity. Some students may have received an alternative textbook activity that will replace the grade of the monohybrid mice activity. On Tuesday we will finish up the monohybrid mice activity (or textbook work) and complete the mystery drawing pungent square practice. Wednesday, students will play a Punnett Square Grudgeball review game and conclude class with...you guessed it, more Punnett square practice. Thursday, students will create a creature by flipping a coin for traits, all while reviewing inherited versus acquired traits. On Friday, students will take a quiz on Punnett squares and will take the last set of notes for the unit covering Genetic Technology.

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 
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).

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 
Bikini Bottom Genetics part 1&2 due on Thursday, 12/12/2019 

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).

This Week:

Two day work week and then we're on THANKSGIVING BREAK! On Monday, students will complete a DNA reading and questions activity and then  a Color-By-Number activity.  Those who DO complete all their work on Monday will participate in the DNA structure model lab while working with a partner. Those who do NOT complete their work on Monday will continue with 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 unit 4 project is due Monday - please double check your rubric to ensure your project is complete and accurate. The rubric has been posted in the 'Files & Documents' section and as emailed to both parents and students. Please reference the rubric should you ave questions concerning your project. 

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:
Unit 4 Cell Cycle Project due Monday, 11/18/2019 
Nature Bridge Application (if interested) due Monday, 11/18/2019 

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...

                   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). 

Additionally, PARENTS please check-in with your child this week and discuss the status of their unit 4 project. Students received this last week Wednesday (11/6) and it is due next week Monday (11/18). The document for the project was emailed to parents and students on Wed. 11/6, and is also posted in the files and documents section of my teacher webpage. Projects are meant for students to complete during the unit to prepare for their test - so please don't wait until last minute to complete your project!

What's Due:
Begin reviewing NOW for Cell Cycle Quiz on Friday, 11/15/2019
Unit 4 Cell Cycle Project due Monday, 11/18/2019 
Nature Bridge Application (if interested) due Monday, 11/18/2019 

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. Students and parents of students needing retakes will be informed of their retake eligibility by the end of this week.  We ended the week with a fun pH candy lab (for classes who had students donate candy) and an intro to our next unit for the other classes. 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, however it can also be used to review terms by playing a variety of games. 

On Wednesday, retake forms are due. Any students and parents of students eligible for retakes have been contacted and need to submitted a completed form (complete BOTH front AND back) by Wednesday, Nov. 6th to participate in the before and after school sessions. Retakes are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7th before school (at 7 am) and after school (until 4:30). Students who can not attend on Thursday need to arrange an alternative day to retake.

What's Due:
Unit 3 Retake form (if necessary) due Wednesday, 11/6/2019 
Unit 4 Vocab 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 vocabulary and a fun Halloween lab (for the classes that brought in enough candy).

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 
Unit 4 Vocab 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. 

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. 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 Vocab  due Friday, 10/25/2019 (many of you did NOT turn this in last week)
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

10/14/19

Recap - Week #7:
Last week was all about REVIEW! We spent Monday through Thursday reviewing by playing organelle board games, review stations, and a cool Breakout Box in the library. Friday 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. Additionally, students had to submit a cell project on Wednesday (10/9)...check out the picture below of some of the creative projects turned in! Several students did NOT submit a project and an 'NHI' for a summative grade will severely impact your grade. Please be sure to submit a project soon - better late than never!

                                                         Cell Projects 2019
                                                                                          Above featured works from the following cores/students:
                                                                                                                            Core 1 - Chris & Kiera 
                                                                                      Core 3 - Michelle, Zhane, Wen An, Melissa,  & Kiyas 
                                                                                                                  Core 4 - Skylen and Alyssa

Upcoming:

This week Monday is a Teacher Workday - so, no school for students! We are kicking off Unit 3 (Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration) with a fun leaf lab, examining why leaves change colors in the fall and how this prelates to photosynthesis. Wednesday, we will take notes, label diagrams, and answer reflection questions on photosynthesis. Students will also receive the unit project on Wednesday. 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. On Thursday, students will construct a foldable model of photosynthesis. Students are in luck this Friday - NO QUIZ!!! Our next quiz will be next week Friday (10/25) covering photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

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 
Unit 3 Vocab  due 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:
Last week students learned about all things cell transport...active versus passive and diffusion versus osmosis. We made a foldable to help us remember the Biological Levels of Organization. We discussed specialized cells and their functions found in the human body. We concluded the week with a Friday quiz and began the study guide for our upcoming test.

This Week:
This week is all about REVIEW! We will be spending Monday, going over the second half of the study guide and playing a quick game of "I have...Who has...?". Tuesday we will be meeting in the library to review by participating in a Breakout Box session covering all things cell theory. Wednesday...CELL PROJECTS ARE DUE!!! Also on Wednesday we will review by completing unit 2 review stations covering cellular transport, levels of organization and life processes. Thursday we will review by playing an organelle board game. We will conclude the week by taking the unit 1 & 2 test in lab 424. Students and parents of students needing to retake will be notified Friday (10/11) afternoon.

We are done learning new content for Unit 1 & 2 and our first test is coming up - THIS FRIDAY 10/11!! 
STUDENTS SHOULD BE REVIEWING  ALL WEEK!!


What's Due:
Cell Project due Wednesday, 10/9/2019 
Review for Unit 1 & 2 test 
 Friday, 10/11/2019 

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! On Wednesday, students created cell analogies, to help them relate cell organelles to everyday things and solidify the functions of each organelle.  Thursday and Friday, students worked with the sub to continue practicing labeling cells, identifying organelle functions, and comparing prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.  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 a Biological Levels of Organization foldable addressing how life is organized from the smallest cell to the largest organism. Tuesday, students practiced their levels of organization skills while learning about specialized cells within the 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! Wednesday and Thursday, we will wrap up cellular transport (osmosis vs. diffusion, active vs. passive).  We also will observe a demonstration of osmosis - how does iodine affect starch in a semi-permeable membrane? Additionally, students will complete a quick 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. Students will also receive their first study guide of the year on Friday as well - STUDY HARD!

We are just about done learning new content for Unit 1 & 2 and our first test is coming up - NEXT WEEK FRIDAY 10/11!! STUDENTS SHOULD BE REVIEWING STARTING THIS WEEKEND AND THROUGHOUT ALL NEXT WEEK!!

What's Due:
Begin reviewing on Wed/Thurs for Cell Transport and Specialized Cells Quiz on Friday 10/4/2019
Cell Project 
due next Wednesday, 10/9/2019 
Begin reviewing for Unit 1 & 2 test next 
 Friday, 10/11/2019 

9/23/19

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. On Wednesday, students will be creating cell analogies, to help them relate cell organelles to everyday things and solidify the functions of each organelle. Although I will be away on Thursday and Friday, learning must continue on. Students will complete practice cell labeling diagrams and prokaryotic/eukaryotic reading activities to prepare for their quiz on Friday. The quiz this Friday will cover cell organelles and functions - be sure you know how to label a cell!

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
Cell Project 
due Friday, 10/9/2019 

9/13/19

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!

Upcoming:
This week we will be researching and constructing a timeline of notable scientists and their significant contributions to the cell theory. Students will have 2 full class periods to complete this activity - if they use their time wisely, they should be able to complete the timeline. If not, the timeline should be taken home to be completed as homework. Wednesday, we'll get to try our hand at a Gizmo - using the microscope to examine different cell types. By Thursday I'm sure you'll be wondering what exactly a cell is...don't worry, we will complete an in depth set of notes identifying and labeling organelles in both plant and animal cells while also learning the corresponding function of each organelle. We'll end the week with quiz #2 covering all things cell theory - hopefully, students paid attention during the completion of their timeline! 

What's Due:
Cell Theory Timeline due Friday, 9/20/2019 
Discovering Cells Questions due Friday, 9/20/2019 
Begin reviewing on Wed/Thurs
 for Cell Theory Quiz on Friday 9/20/2019

9/6/19

Recap - Week #2:
This week students completed the cleaning penny lab - Do you remember which solution cleaned the penny the best? 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 inquiring about what makes things alive or not. We'll be completing notes on Characteristics of Life & the 4 Basic Needs of Living Things. 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.

What's Due:
Unit 1 & 2 Vocab due Friday, 9/13/2019 
Begin reviewing on Wed/Thurs for first quiz on Characteristics of Life on Friday 9/13/2019

9/2/19

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 we will be working through the scientific method...hopefully this will be a refresh of information you've learned in previous years. 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 at this point.
You need to come to class with TWO (2) composition notebooks on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd.