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FOURTH NINE WEEKS

 

June 2 and 3, 2011 --> During the last two days of class, the students 1) completed a 49-point QUIZ covering Chapters 3 and 5 of the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook, 2) constructed solar ovens using a pizza box, black construction paper, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap, and 3) used the pizza box to make Smores from graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows.  I"d like to thank all of the students for a great school year and wish them continued success next year in 8th grade.  Have a safe, relaxing summer!

 

June 1, 2011 --> ALL papers were returned to the students at the beginning of the class period - and the students updated their gradesheets.  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) watched a STREAMING VIDEO titled, "Bill Nye: Energy" and 2) reviewed for tomorrow"s Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 3 and 5 QUIZ.  The students should prepare appropriately for HOMEWORK!

 

May 31, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students finished the "Energy Conversions" POSTER.  ALL posters were due at the END of the class period and worth 27 points!  Any student that was absent yesterday should have the poster completed for TOMORROW.  There is NO HOMEWORK; however, the students may wish to begin preparing for Thursday"s Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 3 and 5 QUIZ.  The QUIZ is worth 49 points and will be the LAST grade of the FOURTH nine weeks.

 

May 27, 2011 --> ALL gradesheets for the fourth nine weeks grading period were due at the beginning of the class period and worth EXTRA CREDIT.  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students started a POSTER on "Energy Conversions," which illustrates the conversion of energy from one type to another.  The students were asked to illustrate and color NINE different energy conversions (potential to kinetic; chemical to kinetic; light to chemical; electrical to light; chemical to electrical; electrical to kinetic; electrical to sound; nuclear to light/thermal; nuclear to electrical).  The students will be given additional class time on Tuesday.  The POSTER is due on Tuesday, May 31st (at the end of the class period) and worth 27 points!  The class should be expecting to complete the last assessment - the Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 3 and 5 QUIZ - next week on Thursday!  It is worth 49 points and will be the FINAL grade for 7th grade Science.

 

May 26, 2011 --> ALL gradesheets for the FOURTH nine weeks grading period are due TOMORROW and worth EXTRA CREDIT!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) reviewed Archimedes", Bernoulli"s, and Pascal"s principles, 2) read section 5-1 "What is Energy" on pages 124-131, and 3) discussed the types of energy and energy conversions.  Besides the gradesheet, there is NO additional HOMEWORK!

 

May 25, 2011 --> No 7th grade Science class today due to the field trip to the Science Center and PNC Park.  The 7th grade Science class will spend the remainder of the school year discussing types of energy and energy conversions.  The final QUIZ of the year is scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd!

 

May 24, 2011 --> Due to an abrupt rain yesterday, the students continued the paper airplane activity today in 7th grade Science.  Although a better example of projectile motion, the students created paper airplanes to demonstrate Bernoulli"s principle.  Following the activity, the students watched a YouTube video on the "Physics of Baseball."  There is NO HOMEWORK for tomorrow due to the 7th grade field trip!

 

May 23, 2011 --> All graded papers were returned at the beginning of the class period and the students updated their gradesheet; we currently have 521 points possible in 7th grade Science.  TODAY in class, the students 1) reviewed the expectations of the 7th grade field trip and 2) constructed and tested paper airplanes to demonstrate Bernoulli"s Principle.  There is NO HOMEWORK for tomorrow!

 

May 19, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students watched a video from the Discovery Channel on "Thrill Rides."  There is NO HOMEWORK this weekend!

 

May 18, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students continued a POSTER titled, "Fluid Principles," which described and illustrated Archimedes", Bernoulli"s, and Pascal"s principles found in the textbook on pages 72, 78, and 82.  Posters were to contain a title, student name, description of each law, and two colored illustrations for each law.  ALL POSTERS were due by the end of the class period and worth 30 points!

 

May 17, 2011 --> At the beginning of the class period, the students received back the 55-point Forces, Motion, and Energy District Assessment and updated their gradesheets.  ALL Science folders are due tomorrow and worth 40 points.  The following items are due:  Chapter 4 vocabulary terms; Section Review questions from pages 99, 105, and 113; and a completed gradesheet.  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students created a POSTER titled, "Fluid Principles," which described and illustrated Archimedes", Bernoulli"s, and Pascal"s principles found in the textbook on pages 72, 78, and 82.  The students will have additional time to work on the poster tomorrow in class.  ALL POSTERS are due by the end of the class period tomorrow and worth 30 points!

 

May 16, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students defined and illustrated vocabulary terms from Chapters 3 and 5 of the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook on pages 66, 72, 78, 124, and 142 including:  fluid, Archimedes" principle, buoyant force, Bernoulli"s principle, Pascal"s principle, kinetic energy, potential energy, mechanical energy, nonrenewable resource, fossil fuel, and renewable resource.  The W/D/I assignment is due TOMORROW and worth 22 points!

 

May 13, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students completed a 55-point District Assessment covering Chapters 1, 2, and 4 of the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook.  Due to the length of the DA, the students were asked to read an AR book or work on another subject quietly after the test.  Next week, the students will begin working on topics covered in Chapters 3 and 5 of the textbook.  There is NO HOMEWORK this weekend!

 

May 12, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students completed the 34-point Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 4 QUIZ, which covered work, power, machines, and simple machines.  Following the retest, the students reviewed the answers to the quiz and all material covered on tomorrow"s District Assessment.  For HOMEWORK, the students should prepare appropriately for tomorrow"s District Assessment, which covers Chapters 1, 2, and 4 of the textbook.

 

May 11, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students completed a 34-point QUIZ covering Chapter 4 of the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook.  Following the QUIZ, the students were asked to study - with a partner - for Friday"s District Assessment, which covers Chapters 1, 2, and 4 of the textbook - motion, velocity, acceleration, momentum, force, friction, gravity, Newton"s Laws of Motion, work, power, machines, and simple machines.  There is NO HOMEWORK; however, the students should begin preparing for Friday"s 55-point District Assessment.

 

May 10, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students completed the following questions from the Chapter 4 Chapter Review on pages 116 and 117:  1-9, 11, 12, 19, 23, and 24.  Once completed, the students reviewed the answers and were given class time to prepare for tomorrow"s 34-point Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 4 QUIZ covering work, power, mechanical advantage/efficiency, and simple machines.

 

May 9, 2011 --> ALL "Mouse Trap" EXTRA CREDIT Projects were due TODAY at the beginning of the class period and worth (up to) 15 bonus points.  Students that constructed Mouse Traps were asked to share their design and discuss the number/type of Simple Machines.  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) read about Mechanical Efficiency on pages 104 and 105, 2) viewed a PowerPoint presentation on Simple Machines, and 3) started the HOMEWORK assignment.  For HOMEWORK, the students should complete the following questions from the Chapter 4 Section Reviews:  pg. 99 (7), pg. 105 (6, 7, 8), and pg. 113 (9).  The questions should be answered on a sheet on paper inside each student"s folder.  Students should be expecting to complete a Chapter 4 TEST later this week.

 

May 6, 2011 --> ALL "Mouse Trap" POSTERS were due TODAY at the beginning of the class period and worth 40 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students read section 4-2 "What is a Machine" on pages 100-105 and TOOK NOTES on mechanical efficiency; then, the students watched a STREAMING VIDEO on "Simple Machines."  There is NO HOMEWORK; however, all Mouse Trap EXTRA CREDIT Projects are due on MONDAY, May 9th and worth (up to) 15 bonus points!

 

May 5, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students were given one last day to work on the "Mouse Trap" POSTER in the classroom.  Posters should include a title, name/due date, all six simple machines twice, color, labels, captions, and arrows (if necessary).  The "Mouse Trap" POSTER is due TOMORROW and worth 40 points!

 

May 4, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students were visited by Mr. McGuire, guidance counselor, to discuss scheduling for 8th grade classes.  With the remaining time, the students were encouraged to work on their Mouse Trap designs.  The students will be given one additional class period tomorrow to work on the Mouse Trap POSTER; it is due on Friday, May 6th and worth 40 points!  Posters should contain a title, student name/due date, twelve simple machines (each twice), color, labels, and captions.  Also, Mouse Trap EXTRA CREDIT Projects are due on Monday, May 9th and worth (up to) fifteen bonus points!

 

May 3, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students finished Friday"s discussion on Force, Work, and Power.  Following the review, the students continued to create a Mouse Trap design that used all six simple machines twice to safely capture a mouse.  The POSTER should contain a title, student name/due date, a total of twelve simple machines, labels, color, and captions.  The students will be given additional class time tomorrow to work on the poster.  It is due on Friday, May 6th and worth 40 points!  The EXTRA CREDIT Mouse Trap Project is due on Monday, May 9th and worth (up to) 15 bonus points!

 

May 2, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students were asked to use the six simple machines - lever, pulley, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge, and screw - to create a Mouse Trap design (chain reaction of events) that would safely capture a mouse.  Each simple machine was to be used TWICE!  The students were asked to first design the structure on scratch paper; then, to transfer the design onto construction paper.  There is NO HOMEWORK!  The students will be given additional time to work on the poster later this week.

 

April 29, 2011 --> ALL "What is Work?" POSTERS were due at the beginning of the class period and worth 28 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) reviewed the results of the Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 2 EXAM, 2) read section 4-1 "Work and Power" on pages 94-99, 3) took notes on Work, and 4) discussed the six types of simple machines - lever, pulley, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge, and screw.  There is NO HOMEWORK this weekend!  Next week, the students will create a Mouse Trap design using the six simple machines.  They may also create a Mouse Trap structure for EXTRA CREDIT.  Due dates will be announced next week!

 

April 28, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students created a POSTER titled, "What is Work?"; the poster was to contain TEN colored pictures/examples of doing work ... scientifically.  To do work, the force exerted on an object must cause the object to move in the same direction as the applied force.  The pictures were to contain captions and arrows representing the direction of the force and direction of the motion.  ALL posters are due TOMORROW and worth 28 points!

 

April 27, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students completed the 45-point Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 2 EXAM, which covered projectile motion, Newton"s laws of motion, and momentum.  Following the exam, the students defined the sixteen CHAPTER 4 Vocabulary terms - found on pages 94, 100, and 106 - on a piece of notebook paper in their Science folder.  The students should finish defining those terms for HOMEWORK!

 

April 26, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) reviewed the answers to the Chapter 2 Chapter Review questions completed yesterday during class, 2) discussed topics included on tomorrow"s Chapter 2 EXAM, and 3) participated in a Review Game covering projectile motion, Newton"s laws of motion, and momentum.  For HOMEWORK, the students should prepare appropriately for tomorrow"s EXAM.

 

April 25, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) reviewed Newton"s three laws of motion and examples for each law, 2) read section 2-3 "Momentum" on pages 52-55, and 3) completed the following questions from the Chapter 2 Chapter Review on pages 58 and 59:  1-10, 17, 18, and 19.  There is NO HOMEWORK; however, the students should expect to complete the Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 2 EXAM on WEDNESDAY!

 

April 21, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) finished reviewing the answers to the section 2-1 Directed Reading and 2) viewed a PowerPoint presentation on "Newton"s Laws of Motion."  During the PowerPoint, the students were asked to highlight information already on their poster and add new information - especially examples of each law of motion.  There is NO HOMEWORK this weekend!

 

April 20, 2011 --> ALL "Newton"s Laws of Motion" POSTERS were due at the beginning of the class period and worth 30 points!  Also, all Science folders/graded assignments were returned and the students updated their gradesheets.  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students re-read section 2-1 "Gravity and Motion" and reviewed the answers to the Directed Reading completed approximately one week ago.  There is NO HOMEWORK for tomorrow!

 

April 19, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students continued to work on their "Newton"s Laws of Motion" POSTER, which should describe each individual law and provide three colored illustrations for each of the laws of motion.  The information is covered on pages 44-50 of the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook.  The POSTER is due TOMORROW and worth 30 points!

 

April 18, 2011 --> ALL Science folders were due TODAY at the beginning of the class period and worth 37 points!  The following items should have been completed/present in the folders:  Section Review questions from pages 13, 19, and 25; Chapter 2 Vocabulary; Section 2-1 Directed Reading; Gradesheet for the fourth nine weeks; and all other returned assignments.  The students will receive points for completion and neatness.  TODAY in class, the students read Section 2-2 "Newton"s Laws of Motion" on pages 44-50 of the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook and began creating a POSTER for the First, Second, and Third Laws of Motion.  The posters should describe each law of motion AND illustrate (with color) several examples of the law.  The students will continue the poster TOMORROW; it will be due on Wednesday, April 20th and worth 30 points!

 

April 15, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students participated in an Egg Drop Contest, which was held to determine who could build the least massive structure from household items and still allow a raw egg to drop safely from the roof of Harrold Middle School.  The students received 15 points for creation of the structure and EXTRA CREDIT for a safe landing (prorated for mass of the object).  With the remaining class time, the students were asked to complete the section 2-1 Directed Reading that was distributed on Wednesday.  There is NO HOMEWORK this weekend!

 

April 14, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students used household items to build a structure that will allow a raw egg to drop safely from the roof of Harrold Middle School.  The students were permitted to use anything from home, but suggestions included Q-tips, straws, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, cotton balls, Kleenex, paper towel rolls, etc.  The students were NOT permitted to simply package an egg inside of a pre-existing structure like a box or container.  Students will be graded for completion of the assignment, but will also receive EXTRA CREDIT prorated on the mass/weight of their structure and the safe landing of their egg.  The students should complete their structure for HOMEWORK.  Also, the students were asked to please bring a raw egg inside of a Ziploc bag to school tomorrow.  Please DO NOT make a special trip to the grocery store.  Extra eggs and bags will be available tomorrow!

 

April 13, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students completed the 52-point Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 1 EXAM, which covered motion, speed, velocity, acceleration, force, friction, and gravity.  Following the EXAM, the students were asked to define Chapter 2 vocabulary terms from pages 36, 44, and 52 (in their folders) and begin completing the section 2-1 Directed Reading.  There is NO HOMEWORK!  The students do not need to complete the Directed Reading this evening; HOWEVER, the students will begin constructing a structure tomorrow that will allow a raw egg to drop safely from the roof of Harrold Middle School.  Construction will take place tomorrow with a tentative drop date of Friday.  To build the structure, the students should bring household items to school that can be used to create the least massive structure possible that will allow the egg to drop safely.  The students will receive EXTRA CREDIT for mass and having an egg that does not break upon landing/retrieval.

 

April 12, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) completed the section 1-4 PowerPoint presentation on gravity, mass, and weight, 2) completed questions 1-10, 12, 16, and 18 from the Chapter 1 Chapter Review on pages 28 and 29, and 3) reviewed motion, speed, velocity, acceleration, force, friction, and gravity for Auction Dollars.  TOMORROW, the students will complete the 52-point Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 1 EXAM, which covers the aforementioned topics.  The students should prepare appropriately for HOMEWORK!

 

April 11, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) watched a STREAMING VIDEO titled, "Getting to Know: Gravity," 2) viewed a PowerPoint presentation on section 1-4 of the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook, and 3) compared weights on a website titled, "Weights on Other Worlds."  There is NO HOMEWORK!  The students should be expecting to complete a Chapter 1 EXAM on Wednesday, April 13th!  More information will be provided tomorrow.

 

April 8, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students watched "Sports Science" videos on YouTube that presented the production of force in martial arts, football, and basketball; then, the students viewed a PowerPoint presentation on "Friction."  For HOMEWORK, the students should answer the following Section Review questions on a new sheet of paper in their Science folder: pg. 13 (4, 5), pg. 19 (7, 9), and pg. 25 (10).

 

April 7, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students participated in a "Tug-of-War" tournament to demonstrate balanced and unbalanced forces AND begin a discussion of friction/gravity.  If time permitted, the students viewed a PowerPoint presentation on "Friction."  For HOMEWORK, the students should answer the following Section Review questions on a new sheet of paper in their Science folder:  pg. 13 (4, 5), pg. 19 (7, 9), and pg. 25 (10).

 

April 6, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) received back the "Force, Friction, and Gravity" POSTER and updated their gradesheet, 2) corrected yesterday"s "Open-Poster" QUIZ covering the aforementioned topics, and 3) viewed a PowerPoint presentation on "Force."  There is NO HOMEWORK for tomorrow!

 

April 5, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students used their "Force, Friction, and Gravity" POSTER to complete a 30-point QUIZ on sections 1-2, 1-3, and 1-4 of the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook.  At the end of the period, BOTH the poster and quiz were collected; each assignment is a 30-point grade.  There is NO HOMEWORK for tomorrow!

 

April 4, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students were given one additional class period to complete the "Force, Friction, and Gravity" POSTER, which was started in class last Thursday.  The students should describe and illustrate (with color) the three topics covered on pages 10-24 of the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook.  The POSTER is due TOMORROW and worth 30 points!  Also tomorrow, the students will be given an "Open-Poster" QUIZ covering Force, Friction, and Gravity to assess the quality of each student"s poster.

 

April 1, 2011 --> ALL Science folders - containing Forces, Motion, and Energy Chapter 1 Vocabulary, section 1-1 Directed Reading, and answers to question on page 9 - were due at the beginning of the class period and worth 33 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students created a POSTER that described and illustrated the three remaining Chapter 1 topics (Force, Friction, and Gravity), which are covered in the textbook on pages 10-24.  The students will have one additional class period to work on the poster.  It is due on Tuesday, April 5th and worth 30 points!

 

 

 

THIRD NINE WEEKS

 

March 31, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students finished the Forces, Motion, and Energy 1-1 PowerPoint presentation on "Measuring Motion."  Then, the students began creating a POSTER on "Force, Friction, and Gravity."  Over the next two class periods, the students will create a POSTER that describes and illustrates the three remaining Chapter 1 topics, which are covered in the textbook on pages 10-24.  At this point, the poster DOES NOT need to be completed for HOMEWORK; however, all Science folders containing Chapter 1 vocabulary, the 1-1 Directed Reading, and Section Review questions from page 9 WILL be collected TOMORROW!

 

March 30, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) received back gradesheets for the THIRD nine weeks grading period, 2) finished yesterday"s "Sport Science" YouTube videos on speed, velocity, and acceleration, and 3) started a PowerPoint presentation on Forces, Motion, and Energy section 1-1 "Measuring Motion."  For HOMEWORK, the students should complete the following questions from the 1-1 Section Review in their Science folder:  page 9 (4, 6, 7, 10).  The assignment will be collected on Friday with the remainder of items in their Science folder.

 

March 29, 2011 --> ALL gradesheets for the THIRD nine weeks were due TODAY and worth (up to) FIVE bonus points.  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) finished defining vocabulary terms from pages 4, 10, 14, and 20 of the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook, 2) read section 1-1 "Measuring Motion" on pages 4-9, and 3) completed a Directed Reading for the section.  Following the book work, the students watched "Sport Science" videos from YouTube covering speed, velocity, and acceleration in football, softball, snow tubing, and basketball.  There is NO HOMEWORK for tomorrow!

 

March 28, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students received back the ECS Chapter 3 W/D/I assignment, which was submitted last Wednesday.  Due to the tornado-related cancellations last week, we will NOT complete a quiz or text on Chapter 3 of the ECS textbook; instead, today, we moved directly into the Forces, Motion, and Energy textbook.  Today in class, the students defined all Chapter 1 vocabulary terms, read section 1-1, and started a Directed Reading for the section.  For the fourth nine weeks, the students will be required to keep all assignments in a folder - with the folder being submitted periodically for a grade.  For HOMEWORK, the students should finalize their gradesheet for the THIRD nine weeks.  It is due TOMORROW and worth EXTRA CREDIT!

 

March 23, 2011 --> ALL Earth"s Changing Surface Chapter 3 W/D/I Vocabulary was due TODAY at the beginning of the class period and worth 36 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students reviewed potential topics for Friday"s Chapter 3 QUIZ; then, watched a STREAMING VIDEO titled, "Forces in the Environment: Erosion."  There is NO HOMEWORK!  The students will be completing a QUIZ on Chapter 3 of the textbook on Friday!

 

March 22, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students reviewed key concepts covered in Chapter 3 of the Earth"s Changing Surface textbook; then, the students were given the remainder of the class period to continue yesterday"s W/D/I vocabulary assignment.  The students are to define and illustrate 18 teacher-selected vocabulary terms from Chapter 3 of the textbook including shoreline, wave train, surf, sea arches, sea caves, sandbar, saltation, deflation, loess, slip face, glacier, cirques, arêtes, till, moraines, landslides, lahar, and creep.  The assignment is due on Wednesday, March 23rd and worth 36 points!  On Friday, the students will complete a QUIZ covering Chapter 3 of the ECS textbook, which will cover mainly vocabulary.  We will then begin the final textbook of the school year - Forces, Motion, and Energy.

 

March 21, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) read Earth"s Changing Surface section 3-4 "The Effect of Gravity on Erosion and Deposition" on pages 78-81, 2) completed and reviewed a Directed Reading handout for the section, and 3) started a W/D/I vocabulary assignment for Chapter 3.  The students are to define and illustrate 18 teacher-selected vocabulary terms from Chapter 3 of the textbook including shoreline, wave train, surf, sea arches, sea caves, sandbar, saltation, deflation, loess, slip face, glacier, cirques, arêtes, till, moraines, landslides, lahar, and creep.  The assignment is due on Wednesday, March 23rd and worth 36 points!  On Friday, the students will complete a QUIZ covering Chapter 3 of the ECS textbook, which will cover mainly vocabulary.  We will then begin the final textbook of the school year - Forces, Motion, and Energy.

 

March 18, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) received back the 42-point Earth"s Changing Surface Chapter 2 QUIZ, 2) reviewed answers to the section 3-2 Directed Reading, 3) read section 3-3 "Erosion and Deposition by Ice" on pages 72-77, and 4) completed a Directed Reading for the section.  There is NO HOMEWORK this weekend!

 

March 16 and 17, 2011 --> Science classes will not meet on Wednesday, March 16th and Thursday, March 17th due to PSSA Testing.  Classes will resume on Friday, March 18th!

 

March 15, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students reviewed yesterday"s Directed Reading, which covered "Shoreline Erosion and Deposition."  Following the review, the students were asked to read Earth"s Changing Surface 3-2 "Wind Erosion and Deposition" on pages 68-71 and complete a Directed Reading for the section.  With all remaining time, the students discussed and watch updates of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  There is NO HOMEWORK this week due to PSSA testing!

 

March 14, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students completed a 42-point QUIZ on Chapter 2 of the Earth"s Changing Surface textbook (mechanical, chemical, and differential weathering; soil; and erosion).  Following the QUIZ, the students were asked to read section 3-1 "Shoreline Erosion and Deposition" on pages 62-67 and complete the Directed Reading handout.  There is NO HOMEWORK for tomorrow!

 

March 11, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students read Earth"s Changing Surface 2-4 "Soil Conservation" on pages 48-51 and took notes on preventing erosion; then, the students completed and reviewed the following questions from the Chapter 2 Chapter Review on pages 54 and 55:  4-11, 18, 19, and 22.  The students will complete a QUIZ on Chapter 2 of the ECS textbook on MONDAY; they should prepare appropriately for HOMEWORK!

 

March 10, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) received graded papers and updated their gradesheets, 2) discussed placement in 8th grade Science, 3) reviewed the answers to the ECS 2-3 Directed Reading, and 4) watched a STREAMING VIDEO titled, "Getting to Know:  Soil."  TOMORROW, the students will cover section 2-4 "Soil Conservation."  There is NO HOMEWORK!

 

March 9, 2011 --> ALL "Mechanical vs. Chemical Weathering" POSTERS were due at the beginning of the class period and worth 20 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) reviewed Mechanical and Chemical Weathering, 2) read ECS 2-2 "Rates of Weathering" on pages 38-41 as a class, 3) read ECS 2-3 "From Bedrock to Soil" on pages 42-47, and 4) completed a Directed Reaction for section 2-3.  There is NO HOMEWORK; Directed Readings should have been completed in class.

 

March 8, 2011 --> Last night"s HOMEWORK assignment – Earth"s Changing Surface Chapter 2 W/D/I Vocabulary - was due at the beginning of the class period and worth 30 points.  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students created a POSTER that illustrated and described “Mechanical Weathering vs. Chemical Weathering," which is covered in the Earth"s Changing Surface textbook on pages 32-37.  The POSTER is due TOMORROW and worth 20 points!

 

March 7, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) viewed footage of Kilauea"s eruption on March 6th [yesterday], 2) finished their one-minute speeches covering recent Earthquake or Volcano research, and 3) started [or continued] the Chapter 2 W/D/I assignment given on Friday.  For HOMEWORK, the students should define and illustrate (W/D/I) the 15 vocabulary terms in Chapter 2 of the Earth"s Changing Surface textbook found on pages 32, 38, 42, and 48.  The W/D/I assignment is due TOMORROW and worth 30 points!

 

March 4, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) received the results of yesterday"s Inside the Relentless Earth District Assessment #2, 2) exchanged that textbook for the new book, Earth"s Changing Surface, and 3) presented information from their Earthquake/Volcano Research to the class in the form of a one-minute speech.  The students received EXTRA CREDIT for sharing their information with the class.  For HOMEWORK, the students should define and illustrate (W/D/I) the 15 vocabulary terms in Chapter 2 of the Earth"s Changing Surface textbook found on pages 32, 38, 42, and 48.  The students WILL be given additional time to work on the assignment on Monday.  The W/D/I is due on Tuesday, March 8th and worth 30 points!

 

March 3, 2011 --> At the beginning of the class period, the students received back their Earthquake/Volcano Report and Tuesday"s Chapter 5 and 6 EXAM; we currently have 339 points possible in 7th grade Science.  TODAY in class, the students completed a 24-point District Assessment that covered Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook.  Following the DA, the students were asked to summarize their Earthquake/Volcano Report onto a notecard.  The students will be using those notecards to present a one-minute speech to their classmates.  For HOMEWORK, the students should finish their notecard and practice their one-minute speech.

 

March 2, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students adding baking soda and vinegar to their Paper Mache Volcanoes to simulate a volcanic eruption.  Following the activity, the students played a REVIEW GAME covering Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook (Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes).  TOMORROW, the students will complete a 24-point DISTRICT ASSESSMENT covering those chapters of the textbook.  The students should prepare appropriately for HOMEWORK!

 

March 1, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students completed the 75-point Inside the Relentless Earth Chapter 5 and 6 EXAM, which covered Earthquakes and Volcanoes.  Following the EXAM, the students were asked to review Chapter 4 on Plate Tectonics as preparation for the upcoming District Assessment.  There is NO HOMEWORK!  Tomorrow, the students will mix baking soda and vinegar in their previously-created Paper Mache Volcanoes to simulate a volcanic eruption.  On Thursday, the students will complete a 24-point DISTRICT ASSESSMENT covering Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook.

 

February 28, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students reviewed material covered on tomorrow"s 75-point Inside the Relentless Earth Chapter 5 and 6 EXAM and participated in a student-created Jeopardy Review Game on "Volcanoes."  For HOMEWORK, the students should prepare appropriately for tomorrow"s test.  Students should study their W/D/I, fill-in-the-blank outlines, posters, quizzes, and section/chapter review questions from Chapters 5 and 6 - Earthquakes and Volcanoes.

 

February 25, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students viewed a PowerPoint presentation for Chapter 6 of the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook on "Volcanoes."  The students were asked to add information to the fill-in-the-blank outlines completed and notes taken previously.  Following the PowerPoint presentation, the students were given quiet study time to begin preparing for next week"s test.  On Tuesday, the students will complete an EXAM covering Chapters 5 and 6 of the textbook - "Earthquakes and Volcanoes."  On Monday, the students will participate in a review game.  The students should begin preparing for the EXAM this weekend!

 

February 24, 2011 --> Chapter Review answers from questions 1-16 and 19 on pages 174 and 175 of the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook were due at the beginning of the class period and worth 17 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students were given the opportunity to go to the library to finish their one-page report on an assigned Earthquake/Volcano OR work with Ms. Kline to finish the associated bibliography.  For all students that were previously completed, they were given time to prepare for the upcoming Chapter 5 and 6 EXAM; then, the students reviewed some of the answers to the Chapter 6 Chapter Review completed last night for homework.  There is NO HOMEWORK this evening!  Tomorrow, the students will view a PowerPoint presentation on Chapter 6, "Volcanoes."  On Monday, the students will participate in a REVIEW GAME.  The ItRE Chapter 5 and 6 EXAM is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 1st.

 

February 23, 2011 --> ALL research products (one-page typed report, rough draft, bibliography, and blue/green note papers) were due TODAY at the beginning of the class period and worth 100 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) received graded papers and updated their gradesheets, 2) were give a list of incomplete assignments, and 3) completed the following questions from the Chapter 6 Chapter Review on pages 174 and 175: 1-16 and 19.  The Chapter Review question assignment is to be completed for HOMEWORK!

 

February 15, 16, 17, 18, and 21, 2011 --> This week in 7th grade Science, the students will be researching a famous earthquake OR volcanic eruption using the reference books and computers in the Library.  The students will research on Tuesday and Wednesday; they should write all facts and source information on the colored paper provided in the Library.  A rough draft of a one-page report is due on Thursday.  Ms. Kline, librarian, will also instruct the students on writing a bibliography on Thursday.  The students will be given time on Friday and next Monday to type their report.  By the end of class next Monday, the students must submit a one-page typed report, typed bibliography, rough draft, and research papers for a grade.  Including a one-minute presentation to occur at some point in the future, the research project is worth 100 points!

 

February 14, 2011 --> ALL "Paper Mache Volcanoes" were due TODAY at the beginning of the class period and worth (up to) 15 BONUS POINTS!  This week in 7th grade Science, the students will be researching a famous earthquake OR volcanic eruption using the reference books and computers in the Library.  The students will research on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; they should write all facts and source information on the colored paper provided in the Library.  A rough draft of a one-page report is due on Thursday.  Ms. Kline will instruct the students on writing a bibliography also on Thursday.  The students will be given time on Friday and next Monday to type their report.  By the end of class next Monday, the students must submit a one-page typed report, typed bibliography, rough draft, and research papers for a grade.  Including a one-minute presentation to occur at some point in the future, the research project is worth 100 points!

 

February 11, 2011 --> Last night"s HOMEWORK assignment from pages 161, 165, and 171 was due TODAY at the beginning of the class period and worth 13 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) summarized information covered in section 6-1, 2) read pages 162-171 in the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook, 3) took notes on sections 6-2 and 6-3, and 4) discussed next weeks earthquake/volcano research project.  There is NO HOMEWORK this weekend; however, the students can create a Paper Mache Volcano for EXTRA CREDIT.  The assignment was given LAST FRIDAY!

 

February 10, 2011 --> ALL "Three Types of Volcanoes" POSTERS were due TODAY at the beginning of the class period and worth 25 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) received back graded papers and updated their gradesheets, 2) reviewed information on the 6-1 FIB outline and the three types of volcanoes, and 3) read sections 2-2 and 2-3 on pages 162-171 of the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook.  For HOMEWORK, the students should complete the following questions from the Chapter 6 Section Reviews:  pg. 161 (#5), pg. 165 (#5), and pg. 171 (5 and 6).  The assignment is due TOMORROW and worth 13 points!

 

February 9, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students continued the "Three Types of Volcanoes" POSTER and "Natural Disasters" STREAMING VIDEO, both of which were started yesterday.  For the POSTER, the students were asked to illustrate, color, and describe the three types of volcanoes covered on page 163.  It is due TOMORROW and worth 25 points.  Also, the students may also be working on the Paper Mache Volcano assignment, which is due on Monday, February 14th and worth (up to) 15 BONUS POINTS!

 

February 8, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students started a POSTER titled, "Three Types of Volcanoes."  Using the material from page 163 of the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook, the students were asked to illustrate, color, and describe the three types of volcanoes.  The POSTER will be due on Thursday, February 10th and worth 25 points.  Also today, the students started a STREAMING VIDEO titled, "Natural Disasters," which presented the destructive force of volcanoes.  There is NO HOMEWORK; the students will continue the POSTER tomorrow.  For EXTRA CREDIT, the students can construct a Paper Mache Volcano; instructions were distributed last Friday.  The project is due on Monday, February 14th and worth (up to) 15 BONUS POINTS!

 

February 7, 2011 --> ALL Inside the Relentless Earth Chapter 6 W/D/I Vocabulary assignments were due TODAY and worth 16 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) discussed the Paper Mache Volcano EXTRA CREDIT assignment - due on Monday, February 14th, 2) read section 6-1 "Volcanic Eruptions" on pages 156-161, 3) completed a fill-in-the-blank outline for the section, and 4) started a STREAMING VIDEO titled, "Mountains of Fire."  There is NO HOMEWORK for tomorrow!

 

February 4, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students completed a 37-point QUIZ covering Chapter 5 of the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook on "Earthquakes."  Following the QUIZ, the students defined and illustrated (W/D/I) the EIGHT vocabulary terms in Chapter 6 of the textbook on pages 156, 162, and 166.  The assignment should be completed for HOMEWORK.  It is due on Monday, February 7th and worth 16 points!  Also today, the students were given the opportunity to construct a paper mache volcano for EXTRA CREDIT; instructions were distributed in class.  The paper mache volcano is due on MONDAY, February 14th and worth (up to) FIFTEEN bonus points!

 

February 3, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) finished a discussion on emergency situations and action plans, 2) viewed a PowerPoint presentation on Chapter 5 of the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook, and 3) completed the following questions from the Chapter 5 CHAPTER REVIEW on pages 148 and 149:  2, 3, 5-10, 11, 12, 17, and 19.  TOMORROW, the students will complete the 37-point Chapter 5 QUIZ, which covers earthquakes (the study of, seismic waves, measurement, magnitude, intensity, hazard, and preparation).  The students should prepare appropriately for HOMEWORK!

 

February 2, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students continued yesterday"s discussion of Emergency Action Plans; each group of students was asked to create a ten-step plan for their selected emergency.  Since earthquakes are not common in this area, the class focused on Weather (tornado, flood, wind, snow), Intruder, Terrorism, and Gas Leaks.  Each group presented it action plan to the class and compared it with district policy.  There is NO HOMEWORK!  Tomorrow, the students will discuss Earthquake Preparation and view a student-created PowerPoint presentation on Chapter 5.  The class will complete a 37-point QUIZ on Chapter 5 on FRIDAY!

 

February 1, 2011 --> ALL "Earthquake Preparation" POSTERS were due TODAY at the beginning of the class period and worth 20 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students discussed emergencies that could occur in the Greater Greensburg area; then, for each emergency, the students generated an emergency action plan and steps necessary for appropriate preparation at Harrold Middle School.  There is NO HOMEWORK for tomorrow!

 

January 31, 2011 --> Last week"s HOMEWORK assignment was returned and reviewed at the beginning of the class period - and the students were asked to update their gradesheet.  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students continued to work on a POSTER that described and illustrated "Earthquake Preparation," which is covered by the Inside the Relentless Earth textbook in section 5-3.  On the POSTER, the students were asked to draw a picture of an earthquake-resistant building; describe mass damper, active tendon system, base isolators, cross braces, and flexible pipes; list things people can do before, during, and after the shaking; and illustrate some things that people can do during an earthquake.  The POSTER should be finished for HOMEWORK!  It is due TOMORROW and worth 20 points!

 

January 28, 2011 --> Last night"s HOMEWORK assignment from pages 135 and 139 was due at the beginning of the class period and worth 21 points!  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students 1) reviewed the Richter and Mercalli Scales for earthquake magnitude and intensity, 2) read section 5-3 "Earthquakes and Society," and 3) started a POSTER on "Earthquake Preparation."  On the POSTER, the students were asked to illustrate and/or describe the ways we can prepare buildings and the community for earthquakes.  The students will continue the POSTER on Monday; it will be due on Tuesday, February 1st.  There is NO HOMEWORK this weekend!

 

January 27, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students finished a STREAMING VIDEO titled, "Haiti"s Killer Quake."  Following the video, the students finished reading section 5-2 "Earthquake Measurement" on pages 138 and 139.  For HOMEWORK, the students should complete the following Chapter 5 Section Review questions using complete-sentence answers:  pg. 135 (4, 5, 10) and pg. 139 (2, 4, 7, 9).  The assignment is due TOMORROW and worth 21 points!

 

January 26, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students reviewed how a seismologist uses a seismogram to locate the epicenter and predict the magnitude of an earthquake.  Following the review, the students started a STREAMING VIDEO titled, "Haiti"s Killer Quake."  The class will finish the video tomorrow.  There is NO HOMEWORK!

 

January 25, 2011 --> TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students used the Internet in computer lab 200 and Virtual Earthquake simulator from sciencecourseware.org to determine the epicenter and magnitude of earthquakes in the Southern California, Japan, and Mexico regions.  At the end of each simulation, the students were able to print a certificate of completion.  The three certificates of completion were due at the END of the class period and worth 15 total points.  This grade will be the first of the THIRD nine weeks!

 

January 24, 2011 --> ALL gradesheets for the SECOND nine weeks grading period were due TODAY at the beginning of the class period and worth EXTRA CREDIT.  TODAY in 7th grade Science, the students used the Internet in computer lab 200 and Virtual Earthquake simulator from sciencecourseware.org to determine the epicenter and magnitude of earthquakes in the San Francisco, Southern California, Japan, and Mexico regions.  The students completed the San Francisco earthquake as a class; then, were asked to complete the other three individually.  At the end of each simulation, the students are able to print a certificate of completion.  The three certificates for the remaining earthquakes are due TOMORROW at the END of the class period and worth 15 total points.  This grade will be the first of the THIRD nine weeks!

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