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Science 2017/18

Sea Urchins

Wheels and axles and LEGOS!! We will continue to look at differences between fixed and separate axles and problem solve

Ready to put our knowledge of electromagnets to use.  Stay tuned for this week's project!

Explosions, mishaps, soda spray.....it was all fun and educational.  Next week, we finalize our conclusions and design our science fair board.

We used class time to finalize our question, hypothesis and designed our experiments.  Next week, the experimenting begins!

1/30 We started our science fair project working with the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment and asking new questions to make it our own.

1/23/18

We talked about the upcoming science fair and did an exercise to come up with project ideas.  Students practiced their building skills by making catapults

1/9/18

We talked about the responsibilities that students have at Ocean Alternative and played Minefield.  Then, we reviewed measuring angles with a protractor and went on a scavenger hunt for clues to solve a puzzle.

 

HW:

Angle Measurement

12/19 We made homemade compasses and continued our learning about angles, how to use a protractor, and cardinal directions.  We took map directions and went on a hunt to find a treasure!

 

HW

Finish measuring the angles on the class paper (put in boxes) or available in office

12/12  Compasses, cardinal directions, finding places on a map, degrees of a circle, using a protractor, using a compass to find directions.  

 

Homework:

Cardinal Directions on Compass.pdf(Also, Put in your mailbox)

12/5  We learned that hanging magnets will face towards Earth's magnetic north pole.  We used compasses to find hidden magnets.

 

Homework: Put in your mailbox

11/28  We continued our study of magnetism and learned about the magnetic flux and poles, the attraction and repulsion of magnets and started an experiment measuring how the space between magnets affects the force between them. We finished the lab and learned about the parts of a graph and how to use a graph to predict data.  Homework was sent home and is available in the office.

11/14  We continued our study of magnetism and learned about the magnetic flux and poles, the attraction and repulsion of magnets and started an experiment measuring how the space between magnets affects the force between them. Homework was sent home and is available in the office.

11/7 We started our unit on Magnetism and Electricity by exploring with magnets, testing materials to see what materials would stick to magnets, and learning about magnetic fields.

 

Homework is to answer the questions on the back of the lab sheet we did in class.

10/31   We practiced our measurement skills in our Pumpkin Science activity.  Then we got to decorate our pumpkin!  Next week, we will start the Electricity and Magnetism unit.

10/24  We held an Invention Convention where all the scientists shared their spacecraft designs they created last week.  We talked about the metric system and why scientists like to use it rather than our English system.  Then, we practiced measuring materials to create a mystery substance.

10/17 Students created space crafts that would collect samples from Planet Oobleck without getting stuck in the non-newtonian fluid.  Next week, students will share their projects and we will explore chromatography.

10/10 We started a discussion about our 3 agreements: Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible.  We took a tour of different areas of the campus and talked about ways to be safe in each area.  We played "Up and Over".  We watched another video that told us about neuroscience research that shows that making mistakes also makes our brains grow.  Students learned about some inventions that were created because of people's mistakes - Post It Notes and Liquid Paper.   Then students experimented with a non-Newtonian fluid.

10/3  We watched a video that told us about neuroscience research that shows that tackling challenging problems makes our brains grow. Students were then challenged to make a potato and toothpick tower at least 12 inches tall and that stands for at least 30 seconds.  Our brains grew!!

GROUPERS

4/18 We learned about blood types, antigens, antibodies and the genetics behind it all.  We determined the blood type of 4 samples of synthetic blood.

4/11 Circulatory System and dissecting hearts.  

2/14/18

We looked at the results of the Diffusion Lab after the second week. We learned about diffusion, osmosis and active transport and related it to our egg lab. Then, we worked with our partners on the Human Body System Project.

2/7/18

We looked at the results of the Diffusion Lab after the first week. We saw that the egg dissolved and some of the vinegar went into the egg. Then the eggs were put in corn syrup and will sit for another week. Then, we worked with our partners on the Human Body System Project.

 

HW:

Work on the Systems Project

Human Body Systems Assignment (online)

 

1/31/18

Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology.  We went over the results of the Deadly Picnic, too!

 

HW: Human Body Systems Worksheet

Human Body Systems assignment on Google Classroom

1/24/18

We talked about the upcoming science fair and did an exercise to come up with project ideas.  Students became CSI agents to determine the "The Deadly Picnic" culprit.

 

HW:

Genetics Worksheet

Link to previous weeks

Hey Groupers!  Here is the Google Classroom link.  Class Code: 337618

 

1/10/18

We continued our study of genetics and learned how to determine the probability of genetic outcomes using Punnett Squares.  We also learned about genotypes and phenotypes and how to determine them.

 

HW:

Genetics Project

12/20 We learned about another type of cell division, meiosis, that ends with gametes necessary in reproduction.  We started to look at the probability of different trait combinations and saw that the actual results don't always match the predicted.  

 

HW: Mendel and Genetics (on Google Classroom)

12/13  We learned about DNA replication and the amazing cell division called mitosis.  Then the first class did a probability activity and the second class extracted DNA from strawberries.

 

Mitosis HW

12/6  We started our study of genetics and DNA

 

Homework:

DNA (on Google Classroom)

11/29  We completed an activity modeling Photosynthesis and Cellular respiration, looked at the results of a photosynthesis lab we started before the break, and enjoyed the yumminess of sucrose.

 

Homework:

Photosynthesis reading & questions - available in Google Classroom and hard copy in your box at school

11/15  We learned the remaining organelles of plant and animal cells and looked at onion cells, tomato skin cells, and anacharis cells under the microscope.  We also set up our photosynthesis lab we will complete after break.

 

HW: Cells Part 2 (Google Classroom)

There is alternative paper homework available in the office

11/8 We learned about cell organelles and looked at onion cells under the microscope to identify its parts. Students also learned how to make their own slides and the benefit of staining the slides.

 

HW:

Cell - Part 1

10/25 We reviewed protists and the characteristics of the kingdom.  We brought the microscopes out, learned how to use them effectively, and looked at live protists up to 400 times their actual size!

 

HW:

Virus & Protists (will be posted on Friday)

10/18 We reviewed classification and the three domains of living things and more specifically Archae and Bacteria.  We, also, compared prokaryote vs eukaryote cells.  We were then grossed out at the bacteria samples we collected the week before from different areas of campus. Eww!

 

HW:

1) More Characteristics of Living Things- Archae & Bacteria

2) Grouper Science Camp -Yosemite

10/11 We reviewed the questions from last week's lab and started our list of life's characteristics and needs.  Student's completed Ben's Corner Supermarket activity to show the daunting task of trying to classify all living things.  The three domains of the classification system was introduced and we set up the bacteria lab to continue next week.  Students became zombies in our virus activity.

 

HW:

1) Characteristics of Living Things/Prokaryote & Eukaryote

2) Grouper Science Camp -Yosemite

10/4 Our first day we talked about the characteristics & needs of living things.  Next week, we will talk about the classification of living things and start our study of bacteria.

 

Homework:

Go to Google Classroom

 

1) Answer questions from the lab we did in class

2) Classification of living things (video & questions)