Today in Science...

June 21, 2017

Last day of school - enjoy the summer

June 20, 2017

Today we...
... enjoyed the day outside with a picnic and games for Bellamy Day

June 19, 2017

Today we...
... wrapped up our ecology unit by watching The Last Stand of Great Bear
June 16, 2017

Today we...
...played two ecology games: Predator - The Forest Food Chain Game and Cool It! Solve  Global Warming and save the Planet

June 15, 2017

Today we...
... showed what we have learned in our ecology unit by taking a quiz

June 14, 2017

Today we...
... modeled energy transfer in an ecosystem
... reviewed energy transfer and answered questions on the back of binder page 6
... discussed limiting factors
... modeled the effect of limiting factors on a deer population by playing the simulation game Oh Deer!

Homework: Ecology Quiz Thursday

June 13, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed what we discovered about animal parasites of man
... watched a PowerPoint presentation about symbiosis and identified the type of symbiotic relationships pictured
... learned about lichens from the following video clip
... examined lichens on branches
... learned about energy transfer and energy pyramids (binder page 6)

Homework: Ecology Quiz Thursday

June 12, 2017
... reviewed Finding Nemo questions
... observed micro-viewer slides  showing some animal parasites of man

Homework: Ecology Quiz Thursday

June 9, 2017

... reviewed relationships uncovered so far in Finding Nemo
...continued the movie looking for examples of the 3 types of symbiosis

Homework: Ecology Quiz Thursday

June 8, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed ecology terms related to relationships in an ecosystem
... watched the first 20 minutes of Finding Nemo, identifying relationships in the marine ecosystem

Homework: Ecology Quiz Thursday

June 7, 2017

Today we...
... Reviewed the levels of organization of organisms and ecosystems
... diagrammed the levels on It's a Frog's World worksheet (binder
page 2)
... discussed food chains and food webs
... completed notes on You Are What You Eat! (binder page 3)
... tried out some online food chain/food web creators

 June 6, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed last night's homework
... cleaned out notebooks
... started an Ecology Unit
... Read Interactions within the Ecosystem
... completed questions 1-9 (binder page 1)

Homework: Check MMS for missing assignments

June 5, 2017

Today we...
... formed groups according to the environment our "beasts" inhabit
... shared beasts with group members
... presented beasts to the class
... found out what catastrophe has occurred in each environment
... discussed adaptations that would be helpful in the new conditions and which beasts would not survive the catastrophe

Homework: Answer Building Beasts questions #1-6

June 2, 2017

Today we...
... showed our knowledge of the theory of evolution by natural selection by taking a quiz
... completed our beasts
... used the standard of excellence (binder page 15) to make sure all parts of the beast project are completed before turning it in

Homework: Complete the Building Beasts assignment.  Be sure to check your work with the Standard of Excellence rubric (binder page 16) 

June 1, 2017

Today we...
...reviewed for tomorrow's evolution quiz
... watched What Is the Evidence for Evolution? by Clearly Stated as a quick review
... looked at and discussed the standard of excellence for the Building Beasts project
... worked on The Beast

Homework:   Use study guide to review for Evolution quiz on Friday

May 31, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed last night's homework
... read the introduction to a Building Beasts project
... began planning the design of the beast based on a series if die rolls
... were reminded to show an understanding of adaptations and how they drive evolution

Homework:   Use study guide to review for Evolution quiz on Friday

May 30, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed how to measure metric length
... measured diagrams of foot bones from the modern horse and its ancestors

Homework: Complete How Do Fossils Show Change.  Use study guide to review for Evolution quiz on Friday.

May 29, 2017  -   Memorial Day

May 26, 2017

Today we...
... completed the Evolution Study Guide
... reviewed all study guide answers

May 25, 2017

Today we...
... had shortened classes (30 minutes)
... began to complete a study guide for the evolution quiz which will be next Friday
... had three 20 minute sessions
-a visiting storyteller, Pam Matson, who shared a fossil story based on the   contributions of Mary Anning
-created poster reflections about the Browne Center
- made thoughtful thank you cards for Browne Center leaders and     chaperones
... had a team meeting explaining Penny wars, sharing comments from Browne Center Reflection Posters

May 24, 2017

Today we...
... went on a field trip to the Browne Center

May 23, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed homework
... revealed the mystery fossil
... completed #9 and 10 Mystery Fossil Bones
... looked at a comparison of Archaeopteryx and  Pterodactyl
... learned about the evolution of the whale and completed notes on From Land to Sea worksheet 

May 22, 2017

Today we...
... worked on a fossil bone mystery
... teams pieced together pictures of bones and tried to envision the organism they were from
... teams discussed possible habitat, diet, and age
... teams drew the organism as they think it may have appeared.

Homework: Mystery Fossil Bones questions # 1 - 8

May 19, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed the How Old Is That Fossil? Questions
... figured out the age of fossils given the number of grams of a radioactive element present originally and the number of grams found within the rock around a fossil
... watched the first 20 minutes of the film What Darwin Never Knew

Homework: none

May 18, 2017

Today we...
... looked at fossils
... watched a slide presentation on radioactive dating
... modeled radioactive dating using dots
... modeled radioactive dating of a woolley mammoth

Homework: none

May 17, 2017

Today we...
... had our first science class in a week!
... reviewed graphing basics
... worked hard to get everyone in the same place - students missing one of the following graphs were given class tie to complete their work - Moth Graph, Funky Monkey graph, Soaring Seeds graph
... students with these assignments turned in evaluated 4 graphs completed by the characters of the novel The Cay
... reviewed The Cay graphs
... revealed the location of the camouflaged chameleons
... took down our Coin Family portraits

Homework: none

May 11, 12, 15, 16

Smarter Balanced testing - no science!

May 10, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed Soaring Seeds questions
... looked at a diagram showing the main parts of a flower
... located structures in real flowers
... diagrammed and labelled a flower (students missing work were asked to complete missing assignments instead of observing real flowers)
... reviewed how to make a graph
... began graphing averages from Soaring Seeds lab

Homework: Complete Soaring Seeds graph - due next Wednesday
May 9, 2017

Today we...
... performed a Soaring Seeds activity in the lab
... tested 6 different seed wing shapes as well as a torn leaf and recorded the amount of time it remained airborne

Homework: Answer Soaring Seeds questions # 1 - 4 to analyze the potential for seed dispersal

May 8, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed the process of pollination and seed formation
... looked at a plant video to notice how seeds disperse in preparation for tomorrow's lab activity

Homework: none

May 5, 2017

Today we...
... answered Funky Monkey questions # 1-8
... sketched a new environment in which a chosen Funky Monkey variation will be successful
... watched the IMAX film Galapagos to see what inspired Darwin

Homework: none

May 4, 2017

Today we..
... reviewed natural selection by playing an online game with bugs and birds
... reviewed the meaning of survival of the fittest by envisioning the chameleons we placed around the classroom if the classroom suddenly became filled with soot (we imagined a mini Industrial Revolution in the classroom
... simulated evolution by natural selection by collecting data during a  Funky Monkey game

Homework: Complete a double bar graph using the Funky Monkey data

May 3, 2017

Today we...
... took a look at characteristic animal behaviors that affect successful reproduction 
... BIrd Song -  

BBC Lyre bird sings for mate ... Bird Mating Dances

Mating dances of birds part 1

Part 2

BBC western grebe dance

Flamingo dance ... Bower Displays

Bower bird
... learned how birds create sound without vocal cords
... students were challenged to plan a way to entice other students to join them at their table by incorporating music (no vocalization allowed,) dance and display
...  shared  plan for enticement
... reviewed structural, behavioral, and physiological adaptations of animals by watching an adaptation powerpoint

Homework: none

May 2, 2017
Today we...
... had shortened classes due to an assembly
... reviewed the classic case of industrial melanism
... made a graph comparing the population of light and dark moths over a 10 year period

Homework: Answer the question at the bottom of your graph. Write complete sentences.

May 1, 2017
Today we...
... reviewed what we have learned so far about evolution by creating a paper word wall using words that come to mind when we think about evolution (each table made their word wall in the same color marker)
...  groups then travelled around the room to each word wall, adding arrows with phrases explaining how the words are related
... groups returned to their enhanced word wall and read the connections, sharing their favorite or most meaningful connection with the class
... students referred to an online game, Who Wants to Live a Million Years, to complete a short section of notes on natural selection (on the bottom half of Camouflaged Chameleons paper)
... students played Who Wants to Live a Million Years?

Homework: none

April 21, 2017

Today we...
watched the Nova video Masters of Disguise and learned about the adaptations of cuttlefish
... discussed the cuttlefish experiment
... made connections to information learned in our study of genetics and evolution

Homework: None. Enjoy your spring vacation!

April 20, 2017

Today we...
... took the Evolution Vocabulary quiz
... stalked chameleon prey in the classroom
... reflected on types of camouflage that were most/least successful at hiding in the classroom

Homework: none

April 19, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed for tomorrow's quiz
... reviewed types and advantages of camouflage
... simulated camouflage in animals by designing a chameleon so that it can be camouflaged somewhere in the classroom 

Homework: Quiz Thursday - study Changes over Time - binder page 2

April 18, 2017

Today we...
... completed and discussed # 5-9 May the Best Beak Win
... looked at an example of an essay answer for # 10 May the Best Beak Win
... looked at slides highlighting types of camouflage found in organisms
... completed Masters of Disguise including a chart of types of camouflage with examples

Homework: Quiz Thursday - study Changes over Time - binder page 2

April 17, 2017

Today we...
... discussed results from Friday's activity, May the Best Beak Win
... groups collaborated to answer questions # 1-4 of May the Best Beak Win
... Watched the BBC video Evolution, Things You Need to Know
... completed questions related to the video on the back of binder page 3, Mutation Nation

Homework: Quiz Thursday - study Changes over Time - binder page 2

April 14, 2017

Today we...
... answered question 4, 5, and 6 Changes over Time
... completed scaffold worksheet Mutation Nation
... modeled birds feeding on 4 different types of food with 4 different types of beaks

April 13, 2017

Today we...
... used cardboard moths and bark backgrounds to model natural selection
... reflected on this activity and related it to what can happen in the natural environment

Homework: Complete questions 1 - 5 Natural Selection in Action

April 12, 2017

Today we...
... read Changes over Time, highlighting vocabulary with one color and important facts with another color
... completed a vocabulary chart for the important terms from today's reading

Homework:  Complete vocabulary chart and answer questions 2 and 3 on the Changes over Time worksheet

April 11, 2017

Today we...
... did a little "speed visiting" to discuss and record answers to the other 9 questions from yesterday's video (students focused on answering only 1 question while watching the video)
... discussed the experiments highlighted in Dogs Decoded with dogs ability to read human emotions, humans ability to identify dogs emotions based on barks,  raising wolf pups like dog puppies, breeding foxes for aggression/tameness
... read Evolution, Changes Over Time
... as we read, students were guided to underlined definitions in one color and important information in another color

Homework:  Complete Changes Over Time Questions #1, 2, and 3 

April 10, 2017

Today we...
... learned the meanings of the terms nurture, nature, evolution, and genome
... watched the Nova video Dogs Decoded, each table focused on answering one question about the experiments highlighted in the video

Homework: none

April 7, 2017

Today we...
... continued reading the GE salmon or GE mosquito articles
... reviewed the pros and cons found in the article and formed a personal opinion and claim
... created a C.E.R. based on information from the article
... participated in a debate supporting / opposing genetically engineered mosquitoes or salmon (teams prepared a short presentation, rebuttal, response, and summary)

Homework: check MMS for missing assignments. Grades close 4/10

April 6, 2017

Today we...
... reflected on yesterday's genetically engineered tomato simulation by answering the question, "Would you be willing to eat ketchup made from these genetically modified tomatoes?"
... looked at a PowerPoint highlighting 2 global problems - world hunger and zika virus
... students selected to focus on one issue - genetic modification of salmon or mosquitoes, selected a classroom article about the topic, and underlined pros and cons in the article with different colors (as modeled yesterday) 

Homework: check MMS for missing assignments. Grades close 4/10

April 5, 2017

Today we...
... discussed the first half of the article read yesterday
... watched a video clip explaining gene editing with CRISPR Cas-9
... read the second half of yesterday's article in pairs, under-lining facts that could be pro or con genetic engineering
... students combined ideas to create 2 CER's on the board as models responding to the question "Is genetic engineering beneficial or harmful?" - one CER claiming genetic engineering is beneficial, the other claiming genetic engineering is harmful
... simulated genetic engineering a plant resistant to a certain insect

April 4, 2017

Today we...
... learned about genetic engineering by discussing a PowerPoint presentation
... watched a video clip about genetically engineered meat
... identified genetic engineering  pros and cons as we read page 1 of the NY Times article Open Season Is Seen in Gene Editing of Animals (students underlined pros and cons using 2 different colored pencils)
March 31, 2017

Homework: none

April 3, 2017

Today we...
... performed a lab extracting DNA from strawberries

Homework: Complete My Fruit Is Alive? questions from lab

March 31, 2017
Today we...
... tested ourselves for the ability to taste PTC
... completed a performance task that reflected how well we can apply our knowledge of genetics to our ability to taste/not taste PTC

Homework: Complete orange PTC performance task if you did not finish it in class

March 30, 2017

Today we...
... took the Pedigree Quiz
... watched a TedED talk about dislexia  (Fish in a Tree novel)
...looked at a font created for dislexics

Homework: none

March 29, 2017

Today we... 
... reviewed the 2 cases from Family Puzzles
... reviewed for tomorrow's quiz by watching The Amoeba Sisters explain Pedigrees
... looked at the Nicholas and Alexandra pedigree involving hemophilia
... created a pedigree for color-blindness

Homework: Pedigree quiz tomorrow

March 28, 2017

Today we...
...reviewed basic pedigrees by examining pedigrees in a PowerPoint
.. worked in teams to solve two family puzzles using pedigrees

Homework: Pedigree Quiz Thursday

March 27, 2017

Today we...
...were introduced to genetic pedigree diagrams
... learned the basic symbols used in a pedigree
... examined a pedigree for dimples and Tay-Sachs disease

Homework: none

March 23 and 24, 2017

Today we...
... modeled the way genetic mutations may affect proteins and may affect the function of an organism (Mutations: The Potential Power of a Small Change)
... students select a protein, create a mutation in the genetic code and offer a possible outcome of this change
... Organism diagrams due Monday 

Homework:Organism diagrams due Monday if not completed in class

March 22, 2017

Today we...
... had 40 minute periods due to band and chorus rehearsal
... reviewed last night's homework
... reviewed protein synthesis
From DNA to Protein
... discussed how protein synthesis is related to yesterday's DNA Speaks to Me activity
... groups read about one of 4 genetic disorders (textbook page 151) and shared what they learned with the class
... groups presentations were  supported with a genetic disorder PowerPoint

Homework: none

March 21, 2017

Today we...
... completed our DNA Speaks to Me activity
...  reviewed the sentences created by interpreting the genetic code
... learned the meaning of the term mutation
... watched a video clip Mutations: The Potential Power of a Small Change

Homework:  Answer questions #2 - 7 DNA Speaks to Me 

March 20, 2017

Today we...
...  divided into teams of 3 - 4 students
...  shared what each team already knows about protein and DNA
...  watched a short video about protein synthesis
From DNA to Protein
... modeled protein synthesis by group members taking on the roles of DNA, mRNA, tRNA, and amino acid translator
...  formed sentences (protein) by assembling amino acids (words) using various sequences of DNA 

Homework: none

March 17, 2017

Today we...
 ...examined genetics in the world of one particular species - dogs
... reviewed traits, the process of inheritance, population changes over generations
... watched a portion of the Nova Movie Dogs and More Dogs

Homework: none

March 16, 2016    Surprise Bellamy day!

Today we... 
... while chorus students were in a special workshop, the rest of the team divided into 2 groups - a make-up work group and a group exploring Heracles/Hercules myths
... it was a productive and educational day for all 

Homework: none

March 15, 2017        2 Hour Delay

Today we... 
... reviewed protein
... learned the basic structure of DNA (A Twisted Tale)
... watched 2 short videos
What Is a Gene?
What Is DNA and How Does It Work?

Homework: none

March 14, 2017        Snow day!

March 13, 2017

Today we...
... completed "What Is a Protein?" binder page 16
... discussed how proteins are made and the role proteins play in our bodies
... watched 2 motor neuron animations

Homework: none

March 10, 2017

Today we...
... showed knowledge of creating Punnett Squares by answering some genetics problems using characters from Bikini Bottoms
... completed Coin Family Genetics project
... hung coin family portraits in the hallway creating an unusual display of human genetics

Homework: none

March 9, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed interpreting Punnett Square Word problems (binder page 15)
... talked through Punnett Square problems first as a whole class, then as a table group, pairs and individually
... discussed the plan for determining the traits of offspring
... continued yesterday's project by determining traits for an offspring of 2 coin people
... began working on coin child portrait

Homework: Complete Punnett Square Practice side 2 (binder page 15)
Be ready to show that you know how to make Punnett Squares 

March 8, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed how to make Punnett Squares
... listed qualities of families in preparation for creating families with our coin people
... Determined matches for our coin people
... learned how to determine the potential physical traits of offspring
... began making Punnett Squares using coin people parents

Homework: none

March 7, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed homework from last night
... practiced investigating heredity by reviewing the student tutorials for Punnett Squares and Blood Types and Heredity on the following website:
... completed Who's Your Daddy Novice and Intermediate problems from this website

Homework: none

March 6, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed what we already know about genetics by observing pictures of  a famous TV family and a real life family
... reviewed genetics terms using examples from our "coin People" portraits
... learned some new terminology summarized on the back of binder page 9
... learned how to make Punnett Squares
... began working on Punnett Square examples on the back of binder page 11

Homework: Complete all Punnett Squares on the back of page 11

February 25 - March 5, 2017 - School Vacation!

February 24, 2017

Today we...
... showed knowledge of genetics vocabulary by taking a quiz
... completed the portrait of a "coin person" with traits determined by Wednesday's activity
...students who finished early created extra coin people needed for a special upcoming project.

Homework: Enjoy your vacation!

February 23, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed genetics vocabulary
... completed side 1 of Genetics Practice Problems, reviewing heterozygous, heterozygous, genotype and phenotype
... continued to work on the portrait of a person whose traits were determined in yesterday's activity

Homework: Genetics Vocabulary quiz tomorrow 

February 22, 2017

Today we...
... completed our genetics vocabulary page for the terms genotype, phenotype, and carrier
... learned that humans have 23 pair of chromosomes, 22 pair are numbered 1 - 22, females also have 2 X chromosomes and males have XY chromosomes

... looked at a chart of human variations

... used coin flips to determine genotypes and the chart to determine phenotype

... began to create a portrait using the variations determined
Homework: Genetics Vocabulary Quiz Friday

February 21, 2017

Today we...
...showed our knowledge of the 7 Genetics vocab words studied last night 
...reflected on the reasons we know these terms or what we can do to improve our knowledge of the genetics vocabulary
... reviewed yesterday's Generations of Traits activity
...continued this activity modelling how dominant/recessive alleles, blending alleles, and mutations are passed through 3 generations

 Answer Generations of Traits questions. Write complete sentences and explain your answers.

February 20, 2017

Today we...
...added the definitions homozygous and heterozygous to our genetics vocabulary (binder page 7)
... used glass beads to simulate the passing of traits through three generations of "gingerbread people"
... reviewed the 7 vocabulary words we have learned so far in genetics

Homework: Study genetics vocabulary (7 vocab terms from binder page 7)

February 17, 2017

Today we...
... completed our vocabulary chart (binder page 7) for the terms allele, dominant allele, and recessive allele
... reviewed these terms and shared ideas for putting the definitions from the textbook into our own words
... moved from one side of the room to the other to survey which traits -dominant or recessive (from Wednesday's Exploring Dominant and Recessive Traits) were most common among classmates
...looked at diagrams on pages 684 - 687 to look at human development and the difference between identical and fraternal twins

Homework: none

February 16, 2017 Snow Day! 

February 15, 2017

Today we...
... took a few minutes at the beginning of class to make up quizzes and complete missing work
... students had an option to "pay it forward" and prepare gene strips for next year's 7th graders
... compared dog portraits and pondered the probability of 2 dogs having identical DNA
... looked at some pictures of a real family of corgis
... discussed the fact that genes and environment both affect physical features
... completed a trait survey on ourselves and learned a basic code we will be using when studying genetics

Homework: none

February 14, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed mitosis and meiosis
... looked at the genes on human chromosome 19
... completed a dog trait activity to make a model of a dog's chromosome
... students with al work up to date completed a portrait based on the genes on the dog chromosome
... students with missing assignments had time to complete these in class and will do the dog portrait for homework

Homework: Complete dog portrait
check MMS for missing assignments

February 13, 2017  Snow day!

February 10, 2017 (delayed opening)

Today we...
 ... turned in last night's homework - Venn diagram showing mitosis and meiosis
... reviewed mitosis and meiosis by watching the following short video
... showed understanding of mitosis and meiosis with a short quiz
... completed a vocabulary chart for the words chromosome and gene

Homework: none

February 9, 2017 Snow day!

February 8, 2017 (delayed opening)

Today we...
... compared mitosis and meiosis
... completed binder page 6, How Do Cells Divide?

Homework: create a Venn diagram comparing /contrasting mitosis and meiosis

February 7, 2017 Snow day!

February 6, 2017

Today we...
... discussed binary fission, mitosis, and meiosis
... colored the chromosomes in diagrams of each process
watched a YouTube video of Baylor University students modeling mitosis
... discussed how we could model this process better than the university students
... planned a model of each process using colored bandanas to represent chromosomes

Homework: none

February 3, 2017

Today we...
... completed a class survey showing the day of the week each student was born on
... showed skills of bar graphing to make a bar graph showing the results of the survey
... looked at a chart showing size of an average  human embryo / fetus at different stages of development
... showed skills of line graphing by showing human embryo / fetus length each month over a 9 month period
...took a quiz covering sexual and asexual reproduction

Homework: none

February 2, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed asexual and sexual reproduction
... continued working on yesterday's activities
... self-evaluated graphs showing the gestation period of 5 mammals

Homework: Quiz tomorrow on asexual and sexual reproduction. Be prepared to make a bar graph and a line graph.

February 1, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed graphing
... half the class practiced graphing by making a graph showing the gestation period of 5 mammals
... half the class observed human fetal development using micro-viewers

Homework: none

January 31, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed what we have already learned about asexual and sexual reproduction
... reviewed how to make bar graphs and line graphs
... practiced graphing by making a line graph showing the the change in bacteria population over 8 generations using data collected in yesterday's activity

Homework: none

January 30, 2017

Today we...
... were introduced to genetics - the study of heredity
... simulated bacterial reproduction
... took notes from a PowerPoint comparing asexual and sexual reproduction

Homework: Bacteria Everywhere - answer 3 questions

January 27, 2017

Today we...
...enjoyed a 7th grade poetry day

Homework: none

January 26, 2017

Today we...
... selected a claim based on yesterday's scenario with Queenie and Arthur Garcia.
... found one piece of evidence with reasoning to support the claim
... created a list on the board as we shared the evidence and reasoning
... looked for more evidence and reasoning to add to our list
... read the story, "The Case of the Missing Meatballs" and filled in a claim, evidence, and reasoning worksheet
... shared ideas from these CERs.

Homework: none

January 25, 2017

Today we... 
... cleaned out our binders
... turned in missing work
... took part in an experiment by watching a short commercial called "My dad is a space alien" and completing a CER form without any previous experience with this form
... watched a short powerpoint explaining the terms claim, evidence, and reasoning
... looked at a scenario questioning whether a death was accidental or intentional
...formed groups to discuss the evidence in this scenario

Homework: none

January 24, 2017

Today we...
...had a snow day!

Homework: Check MMS for missing assignments.  Grades close 1/24/17

January 23, 2017

Today we...
...had a day off for Teacher Workshop

Homework: Check MMS for missing assignments.  Grades close 1/24/17

January 20, 2017

Today we...
... listened to the presentation of the memory tests
... watched a short powerpoint about concussions
... listened as groups presented their concussion article summaries
... students missing major assignments worked on these in class

Homework: Check MMS for missing assignments.  Grades close 1/24/17

January 19, 2017

Today we...
... worked in teams of 2 and read articles related to current topics concerning concussions
...took notes to prepare to present information from the articles to the class
...recorded 5 power words and definitions from each article
...students working on memory experiments used this time to prepare their presentation
...students  missing major assignments worked on these during class time rather than read concussion articles

Homework: Check MMS for missing assignments.  Grades close 1/24/17

January 17 and 18, 2017

Today we...
... had a substitute teacher
...learned about the great diversity of fish and insect life by watching Life Videos and answering questions related to the videos

January 16, 2017

Today we...
... did not come to school
... celebrated Martin Luther King Day

January 13, 2017

Today we ...
... reviewed questions from yesterday's lab
... compared line graphs and bar graphs with examples in a powerpoint
... discussed how take a bar graph
... used the data from yesterday's lab to create a bar graph showing average response to auditory, visual, and tactile stimuli

Homework: none

January 12, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed the meaning of the terms stimulus and response
... performed a lab to determine which type of stimulus is processed faster - sight, sound, or touch
... recorded results in a data table and answered questions related to this activity

Homework: Brain and Learning info-graphic due tomorrow.

January 10 -11, 2017

Today we...

... reviewed the requirements for the Learning Info-graphic
... discussed characteristics of effective titles and appropriate facts and graphics
... continued to work on the info-graphic
... students working on individual memory experiments were given information about how to share their results

Homework: Wednesday will be the last day to work on info-graphics in class. Info-graphics should be turned in by Friday.

January 9, 2017

Today we...
... critiqued several infographics from a google slide presentation to understand how to make our learning infographics better
...continued working on our infographic in class
...continued the memory experiment from Friday

Homework: Wednesday will be the last day to work on infographics in class. Infographics should be turned in by Friday.

January 6, 2017

Today we...
... began to work on our info-graphics
... students had the choice to serve as "test subjects" in the memory study designed by some groups of students

Homework: Info-graphic due Wednesday

January 5, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed last night's homework
... discussed requirements for the info-graphic about the brain and learning (due next Wednesday)
... took notes about the brain and learning by watching the following short videos:

... began a rough draft showing our plan for the info-graphic
... some students worked on setting up a memory study

Homework: none

January 4, 2017

Today we...
... reviewed last night's homework
... read You Can Grow Your Intelligence
... took guided notes on this article
... some students began to design a memory study to answer the question, Does the way information is presented affect memory?

Homework: Complete the 6 Guided Questions for You can Grow Your Intelligence

January 3, 2017

Today we...
... tried to solve a simple math problem with a slide rule and found that we were unsuccessful due to inexperience (experience enhances learning)
...completed a Train Your Brain activity, reinforcing the fact that experience enhances learning
... read and discussed half of an article from Scholastic called Wiring Your Brain
... some students were given the opportunity to review lab directions and decide if they would be interested in designing a memory study

Homework: Complete 5 questions from Train Your Brain activity

December 22, 2016

Today we... 
... had 30 minute classes
... decorated a bag for our spider plants
... completed missing assignments from 2106
...foldable brochure was collected today

Homework: Please complete your foldable brochure if you did not finish in class.

Homework: none

December 21, 2016

Today we...
... potted our baby spider plants
... continued working on the fold-able brochure

December 20, 2016

Today we...
... took the quiz on the nervous system
... received instructions and rubric for creating a Levels of Organization fold-able brochure
... began working on the fold-able brochure

Homework: none

December 19, 2016

Today we...
... reviewed how neurons transmit messages
... students described or acted out a scene involving one type of neuroreceptor
... reviewed for tomorrow's quiz
... watcher the video Brain Power by Discovery

Homework: Nervous System quiz tomorrow. Study notes we reviewed in class today.

December 16, 2016

Today we...
... said goodbye to our wonderful intern, Ms. B.
... checked last night's homework
... recorded a skill learned or something we are struggling to understand and attached this to a picture of a brain, then related this to neuroplasticity 
... discussed various ways to study and how these techniques work to help form memories
... rotated through 7 memory stations -short term memory from neuroscience for kids, matching game, Simon, hidden objects (2 minutes of observation,) power memory game on a smart phone, and 2 stations where students reflected

Homework: none. Nervous System quiz on Tuesday

December 15, 2016

Today we...
... completed a message transmission flow chart
... reviewed the terms synapse, neuron, neurotransmitter and dendrites as we observed a diagram of a neuron on the smart board
... used groups of 5 students to model the receptors and neurons from the flow chart for various scenarios (students created a scenario for each of the senses) Tennis balls were the neurotransmitters
...watched a brief video -Brain plasticity - The Story of Jody, a girl who recovered from a hemispherectomy, showing the plasticity of the brain
... students worked in groups to describe the meaning of brain plasticity, brains ability to rewire itself
... students examined a picture of a path through a meadow, and the same path with an obstruction, and shared ideas about how to get around the obstruction . Groups discussed how this related to neuroplasticity
... introduced the idea of synaptic pruning and rewiring the brain by looking at a slide of brain neurons at birth, age 7 and age 15
...observed an optical illusion of "moving" gears and discussed as a group how make the brain see the image as not moving (how we trained the brain)
... answered a series of brain teasers

Homework: Neuroplasticity worksheet

December 14, 2016

.. watched a short TED talk, Insight into the Teenage Brain
... discussed video
... used a powerpoint to take guided notes on the nervous system, focusing on different types of neurons, what happens at a synapse, and types of receptors

Homework: none

December 13, 2016

Today we...
... reflected on how we use our nervous systems
... looked back at Friday's meditation and discussed how meditating affects the brain
... examined a picture of the brain and noted the functions of the various parts of the brain
... participated in an activity timing how long it takes  to send tactile messages from one student to another as we sat in a circle
... discussed the process of input, integration, and output
... created 2 scenarios showing input, integration, and output

Homework: Complete Input, Integration, and Output worksheet

December 12, 2016

Snow day!

December 9, 2016

Today we...
...followed the instructions on   http// and practiced meditating ... learned how an MRI works and had a glimpse of Dr. Lazar's research study
... acted out an interview with Dr. Lazar
... reflected on today's lesson by completing an exit ticket

December 8, 2016

Today we... 
... took a quiz on the Energy Group of organ systems
... went on a virtual field trip of the brain and recorded information about the parts of the brain and how neurons transmit messages
...students missing work completed their assignments before taking the virtual field trip 

December 7, 2016

Today we...
... created a Venn diagram for the excretory and digestive systems
... played an energy groups simulation where students, acting as red blood cells, "picked up and dropped off" molecules used in cellular respiration as they travelled between body systems
... discussed how 7 different medical problems affected the production of energy for cellular respiration.

Homework: Quiz on energy group of organ systems tomorrow

December 6, 2016

Today we... 
... reviewed the digestive system chart created in class yesterday
... watched the Magic School Bus For Lunch episode to review the digestive system

Homework: Quiz on the energy group of organ systems Thursday

December 5, 2016

Today we...
... reviewed what we have learned about the contributions of the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, and the excretory to energy in the human body
... used our hands and a piece of string to model the difference in surface area between a closed hand and an open hand (this relates the the large amount of surface area inside the lungs and intestines, allowing for increased area for absorption)
... examined digestive organs in the large human body model
... referred to the Science-saurus book in the classroom to complete a digestive system structure/function chart
... watched a short digestive system review from Crash course in Biology

Homework:  Quiz on the energy group of organ systems moved to Thursday

December 2, 2016

Today we...
....reviewed the cardiovascular system 
.... colored a diagram of the heart and a diagram showing circulation throughout the body using color to indicate oxygen rich and oxygen poor blood
... examined the excretory system in a human model 
... took notes on the excretory system while viewing a powerpoint
... labelled a diagram of the excretory system and completed a chart indicating the major organs involved in excretion

Homework:  Complete the coloring of the two cardiovascular system diagrams 
Quiz on the energy group of organ systems next Wednesday

December 1, 2016

Today we...
... completed an investigation observing the effects of activity on breathing rate and heart rate

Homework: Complete bar graph and questions from today's lab

November 30, 2016

Today we...
... worked in groups to read an article about one of the following respiratory problems - cystic fibrosis, bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema, asthma, and influenza
... groups created an information poster
... students copied notes on these 6 respiratory problems during a gallery walk

Homework: none

November 29, 2016

Today we...
...were introduced to the respiratory system by examining a classroom model
...took notes on this system while watching a powerpoint

Homework: none

November 28, 2016

Today we... 
... learned how body systems work together by viewing the Discovery movie Strength

Homework: none

November 22, 2016

Today we...
... took the skeletal and muscle systems quiz 
... reflected on things to be thankful for this holiday season
... began rooting baby spider plants in the spirit of passing on appreciation for others

Homework: none

November 21, 2016

Today we...
... dissected a chicken wing
... identified muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints
... explored movement

Homework: Skeletal and Muscular system quiz Tuesday. Use binder pages 17 and 18 as a study guide.

November 18, 2016

Today we...
... discussed Monday's chicken wing dissection
... watched a dissection video
... reviewed for Tuesday's quiz

Homework: Skeletal and Muscular system quiz Tuesday. Use binder pages 17 and 18 as a study guide.

November 17, 2016

Today we...
... analyzed the results of yesterday's muscle fatigue activity
... took notes using a muscular system powerpoint
... reviewed the skeletal and muscular systems

Homework: Skeletal and Muscular system quiz Tuesday. Use binder pages 17 and 18 as a study guide.

November 16, 2016

Today we...
.. .did jumping jacks and listed all the muscles involved
... organized these muscles into groups - skeletal, smooth and cardiac
... performed a repeated exercise to explore muscle fatigue
... graphed the results of this activity

Homework: Skeletal and Muscular system quiz Tuesday

November 15, 2016

Today we...
... watched a PowerPoint about the human skeletal system
...took notes about the function and structure of bones and joints
...rotated through 6 stations exploring the skeletal system

Homework: none

November 14, 2016

Today we...
... watched the Amoeba Sisters video, "Eleven Body Systems"
... completed notes about the 11 major body systems
... designed  a scenario involving a variety of body systems

Homework: none

November 10, 2016

Today we...
Had student led conferences

November 9, 2016

Today we...
... completed a quiz on  Levels of Organization and Animal Tissues

Homework: none

November 8, 2016

Today we...
... rotated through 6 learning stations created by our student teacher, Ms. Beardsworth, as a review for tomorrow's quiz

Homework: Levels of Organization and Animal Tissues Quiz tomorrow

November 7, 2016

Today we...
...completed our reflection for Student Led Conferences

Homework: Levels of Organization and Animal Tissues Quiz next Wednesday

November 4, 2016

Today we...
...completed birds!

Homework: Levels of Organization and Animal Tissues Quiz next Wednesday

November 3, 2016

Today we...
...completed a worksheet reviewing levels of organization and animal tissues
... students not finishing yesterday's micro-viewer work had time to complete the assignment
... students worked on final drafts of their birds

Homework: Levels of Organization and Animal Tissues Quiz next Wednesday

November 2, 2016

Today we...
... turned in completed Cheek Cell Labs
... used micro - viewers to explore animal tissues
... discussed how to complete the Austin's Butterfly and Bellamy Birds Reflection

Homework: Complete Austin's Butterfly and Bellamy Birds Reflection

November 1, 2016

Today we...
... discussed the types of tissue found in our cheeks
... examined a sample of cells from the epithelial tissue inside our cheeks

Homework: Complete Cheek Cell Lab questions

October 31, 2016

Today we...
... met Bellamy Science student teacher, Ms. Beardsworth, who will be assisting in science classes through December
... used train tracks to model the 5 levels of organization of mute-cellular organisms
... took notes about tissues from a PowerPoint presentation
... used remaining time to work on the bird diagrams

Homework: Please share the green letter introducing Ms. Beardsworth with your parents.

October 27 - 28

Today we...
... continued the process of perseverance, critique, and revision in mining to improve the quality of our bird sketches

Homework: Check MMS. Grades close on Tuesday, November 1st.

October 26, 2016

Today we...
.... students choosing to re-take the photosynthesis/ cellular respiration
had the opportunity to do so
... discussed meaningful, precise, kind feedback
... continued to work on the drafts of an Audubon bird

Homework: none

October 25 , 2016

Today we...
... reviewed for the photosynthesis/cellular respiration re-test
... continued to work on our bird sketches

Homework: none

October 24, 2016

Today we...
...discussed observing and drawing with scientific accuracy
... looked at photos of Audubon's elephant folio
... discussed Audubon's controversial sketch of mockingbirds
... discussed the value of multiple drafts and accepting helpful critique of one's work
... watched a video called Austin's butterfly (critique and feedback)
... selected an Audubon bird print and began a first draft

Homework: None. Interested students may re-take the photosynthesis and respiration quiz this Wednesday

October 21, 2016

Today we...
... took the photosynthesis and cellular respiration quiz
... completed the molecular model simulation if needed

Homework: none

October 20, 2016

Today we...
... reviewed for tomorrow's quiz by completing a compare/ contrast diagram and looking at a diagram showing the flow of energy  the recycling of atoms and  through the processes of photosynthesis and respiration (binder page 13)
... returned to the lab to complete the  molecular model simulation showing the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration

Homework: Photosynthesis and Respiration quiz tomorrow. Study your binder notes, especially page 13.

October 19, 2016

Today we...
... reviewed the number of atoms in the reactants and products of photosynthesis and respiration
... discussed how this represents the recycling of atoms
... looked at a photosynthesis/ respiration diagram and noted that although atoms are recycled, energy is not recycled
... used a molecular model kit to simulate the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration

Homework:  Respiration Section Summary # 1 - 12 (binder page 12)
Photosynthesis and respiration quiz Friday

October 18, 2016

Today we...
... filled in notes about cellular respiration as we watched a powerpoint
... labelled the process of cellular respiration using a giant mitochondrion
... completed an acrostic poem about photosynthesis or respiration

Homework: Photosynthesis and respiration quiz Friday

October 17, 2016

Today we...
... reviewed the results of Friday's chromatography
... discussed why leaves change color in the fall
... students used 20 minutes to complete work from binder pages 7 and 9
... used paper atoms to model the process of photosynthesis

Homework: Please complete # 1- 8 of Photosynthesis Section Summary (binder page 10)

October 14, 2016

Today we...
... showed what we knew about the symbols used in the formula for photosynthesis
... used the process of paper chromatography to separate out the pigments found in lettuce and spinach leaves
... completes a review of the two stages of photosynthesis (binder page 7)

Homework: none

October 13, 2016

Today we...
... read the comments on our cell projects
... organized and reviewed our science binders
... took notes as we watched a powerpoint about photosynthesis
... looked at the chemical equation for photosynthesis and compared it to the equation for cellular respiration
... recorded the atomic symbols for carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen as well as the molecular formulas for water, carbon dioxide, oxygen molecule, and glucose.
... watched a short video on photosynthesis

Homework: Know the meaning of the atomic symbols and molecular formulas on page 8 in your science binder

October 12, 2016

Today we...
... took the quiz on cell structure
... toured the cell projects in the science lab
... used sticky notes to add a positive comment to the projects

Homework: none

October 11, 2016

Today we...
... received a study guide for tomorrow's quiz
... added labelled diagrams of a leaf cell, cheek cell, onion cell, and cork cell to the study guide
... set up our cell projects in the science lab in preparation for tomorrow's gallery walk
... played a review game 

Homework: Study for quiz on organelles. Review binder pages 4, 5, and 6

October 3-6, 2016

Today we...
... continued working on cell projects
... conferenced with students missing assignments - class time was given to get these assignments completed
...made a cell model using orange jello and other "interesting" kitchen items
... created posters showing how the parts of the cell contribute to the function of the whole cell

Homework: Spend 15 - 20 minutes on the part of the cell project you committed to completing tonight
Projects due Tuesday, October 11
Cell quiz Wednesday, October 12

September 30, 2016

Today we...
... reviewed the project plans designed for homework
... worked on cell projects
... projects due Tuesday, October 11
... cell quiz Wednesday, October 12

Homework: Spend 15 - 20 minutes on the part of the cell project you committed to completing tonight

September 29, 2016

Today we...
... reviewed what we have learned by completing an Organelle review paper
... reviewed the organization of our science notebook so far
... looked over our onion labs from yesterday for completion and quality and turned them in
...looked over our Cell Structure micro- viewers for completion and quality and turned them in
... discussed how to complete the Cell Project Planning Guide and looked at an example 
... played a cell organelle review game with fly swatters

Homework: Complete the Cell Project Planning Guide.   Bring any materials you may need to work on the cell project to class tomorrow

September 28, 2016

Today we...
... continued gathering information about cell organelles by working on the Cell Structure micro-viewers
... looked at photos of onion plants, comparing cell organelles found in the leaves and the onion bulb
... imagined viewing these photos through the eyes of Audubon and shared the details that could be included in a sketch of the cells
... examined cells from an onion bulb by using the microscopes
...added iodine stain to make organelles more visible
... sketched the unstained and stained cells with attention to detail

Homework: Complete the onion lab questions

September 27, 2016

Today we...
...shared ideas about the cell project
...examined Audubon prints to see how attention to detail in a scientific drawing conveys information
... looked at the Cell Structure micro-viewer slides through the eyes of Audubon and made detailed cell diagrams

Homework: none

September 26, 2016

Today we...
... reviewed the Cell Organelle Graphic Organizer from Friday
... read a handout stating the options for a cell project
... used micro-viewers to look at cell structure and began to  answer questions and complete diagrams about the cells depicted

Homework:  Choose your cell project

September 23, 2016

Today we...
... learned that cells actually have "small organs" inside
... read pages 60 - 61 in the life science book
... looked at the the diagram of the organelles inside plant and animal cells -pages 64-65
... filled in a cell organelle graphic organizer using book pages 60-63 and page 66 as a resource

Homework: none

September 22, 2016

Today we...
... took the 6 characteristics of living things and applied what what we have learned to a new situation - explaining what a car is not a living thing 
... identified 3 reasons why a car is not living and wrote a postcard to Marty the Martian explaining this fact in detail

Homework: Complete postcard to Marty

September 21, 2016

Today we...
    *reviewed the 6 characteristics of living things
    *discussed how to make a good quality scientific drawing
    *used microscopes to look for evidence of cells in an onion, human blood, and epithelium.

Homework: none

September 20, 2016

Today we...
*reviewed the basic characteristics of living things
*displayed some examples of each characteristic
*experimented with our eyes to notice reaction to a stimulus
*learned the meaning of the term homeostasis
*looked at an infographic showing the needs of living things
*used our living things notes to create an infographic about the 6 characteristics of living things (on the back of binder page 2)

Homework: Complete infographic that we began in class

September 19, 2016

Today we...
*reviewed the expectations for keeping an organized science binder
*evaluated our own notebooks according to these expectations
*decoded the message "Knot haul grate mine stink a light" and discussed the fact that we all have great human minds and we need to embrace the diversity of ideas shared as we collaborate in science
* collaborated in small groups to create a list of characteristics of living things

Homework: Check MMS to make sure all assignments have been turned in

September 16, 2016

Today we...
*took the microscope quiz
*shared interviews from yesterday

Homework: None

September 15, 2016

Today we...
*reviewed parts and functions of the microscope
*labelled microscope diagram
*created a key and used this key to color in microscope parts
*conducted interviews from an activity done the first week of school

Homework: Study for microscope quiz

September 14, 2016

Today we...
*reviewed Microscope Application questions #1 and #2
* previewed homework questions #3 and #4 and discussed potential answers
* looked at the letter "e" with our microscopes and completed lab questions

Homework:  Microscope Application Questions # 1 and 2 (binder page 7)
Microscope quiz Friday.

September 13, 2016

Today we...
    *learned that the cell is the smallest unit of life
    *discussed how we will use the microscope to view cells
    *learned the meaning of the term field of view and how the field of view changes as magnification changes
    *discussed how to make a technical drawing in science and expressed the idea that quality is more important than quality
     * practiced microscope skills in the lab by examining 4 items using all 3 objective lenses

Homework:  Microscope Application Questions # 1 and 2 (binder page 7)
Microscope quiz Friday.

September 12, 2016

Today we...
    * examined a simple and a compound microscope
    * completed a structure/function chart for the simple microscope
    * explored the use of the pointer in the eyepiece, the various objectives, and the diaphragm

Homework: Review the Microscope Parts and Function worksheet completed in class

September 9, 2016

Today we...
    *learned the meaning of the terms qualitative and quantitative observations
    * looked at a set of footprints and collected evidence by making observations
    * made inferences based on the observations

Homework: Make sure the 4 pages of science notes are numbered, complete, and organized.

September 8, 2016

Today we...
    * Discussed how we used the scientific method to save Fred
    * had time to complete the Save Fred worksheet
    * reviewed the terms observation and inference
    * used observation and inference skills to solve a mystery cube
    * exchanged our interview worksheets with another person in the class by having a "snowball fight"

Homework: Complete Save Fred

September 7, 2016

Today we...
    * turned in our lab safety contracts
    *reviewed what we have learned about collaboration and the scientific method
    * used what we have learned to solve the challenging problem, "Only You Can Help to Save Fred"
No homework

September 6, 2016

Today we...

* learned how to navigate the white board sections - standard, today we will, warm up, and  homework 
* set up notebooks with a Table of Contents page
* reviewed class expectations and signed the Bellamy Science Pledge
* watched a PowerPoint to learn basic safety in the science lab
* read a story about a Bikini Bottom lab and underlined all of the safety rules that were broken

Homework: ask a parent/ guardian to sign  Bellamy Science paper and Lab Safety Contract
September 1, 2016

Today we...
  *played a game to see if we could learn all of the student names in our   class in only 50 minutes
*played a "lightning round" to see if we learned all of the names
No homework

August 31, 2016


Today we... 
*discussed our focus for the year - life science
*looked at cuttings of purple loose strife - "the purple menace" we will   study in the spring when it is not in flower (we wanted to examine the                 purple flowers)
*looked at cattails - a native plant whose habitat is being invaded by "the  purple menace"
*discussed the meaning and importance of collaboration in science
*made name cards 
No homework