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4/26 Monday: Exploring how information can be sent via optic fibers. Students use Morse code to send messages to another group through an optic fiber.
4/25 Tuesday: Exploring the differences between AM and FM radio waves.
4/26 Wednesday: Return Inv. 3 tests via gmail. There are no retakes, but students may make test corrections. HERE is a handout explaining how test corrections should be done. We also began to work through this online activity: Khan Academy Tutorial Color Science
4/17 Monday: Turn in reading from last week, turn in color investigation from last week
4/18 Tuesday: Completed the Refraction Test Investigation.
Test on Thursday Test Study Guide
Click on the link for the test Letter you were given!
4/12 Wednesday: Continued with EM Spectra Reading; Video "Intro to Electromagnetic Spectrum"
4/13 Thursday: Investigated Color using filters. Handout for the lab is HERE
3/27 Monday: Students are wrapping up our sound investigation: They are completing the PhET Sound Investigation - Handout HERE; adding on to their Waves Word Bank (HERE is the glossary of terms) If time today they can watch these: Ted Ed videos; Sonic Boom and Guitar Video and watch this one too - it's good: The Doppler Effect, Big Bang Theory Style
Tuesday: Began Investigation 3 - Light Waves. Students used lasers and mirror to investigate properties of light - light moves in a straight line called rays and light reflects.
Wednesday: Students investigated the angles that light makes in a mirror - angle of incidence and angle of reflection. They measured these angles and found the relationship between the two angles.
Ted Ed videos; Sonic Boom and Guitar Video and watch this one too - it's good: The Doppler Effect, Big Bang Theory Style The question sheet is HERE
End of quarter catch up for the rest of the period...
Friday: Lazer Maze Games!
3/13 MONDAY: Big note day - SNB notes here NEED SHOEBOX!!
3/14 TUESDAY: Investigating how engineers solve problems - pick up a handout when you come to school
3/15 WEDNESDAY: Reading "TNB" a pdf can be downloaded HERE Complete the reading guide HERE
March 6-10 - Waves Quizlet
3/6 MONDAY: Waves 1st Link Improved Waves 2nd Link (PhET)
3/8 WEDNESDAY: Students investigated how to find the velocity/speed of waves. They used the springs to create waves and then measured amplitude, wavelength and calculated frequency and velocity.
3/9 THURSDAY: Returned to Monday's online simulations The guide for the online simulations is HERE Also, students have homework - the handout for the homework is HERE
3/10 FRIDAY: Today students watched a short video on ocean waves called "The Science of Big Waves." The link for the video is HERE- The video guide is HERE
Information for the week of Feb. 28-March 3
Here are the downloads and links for the final that is scheduled for next Tuesday (2/28/17). I would prefer students just review the key ideas, look through the summary and maybe try the practice test. Please do not "cram" for the final, memorize terms, or make flashcards, etc. Try for one hour of review and see how you do...of course, you can always do more if you need to.
Investigations Summaries - sorry I cut and pasted the investigations out of order...entropy happens.
Info for Feb. 13-17
Monday: Inv 9 Intro - Atoms and Substance Models. Here are the notes NOTES, and here is the handout HANDOUT
Tuesday: Reviewed yesterday; watched How Small is an Atom?
Wednesday: Reviewed chemical reactions - Limewater Investigation
Thursday: Reviewed Limewater Investigation - introduced Chemical Equations and balancing chemical equations
Friday: Completed the Balance Practice Worksheet from yesterday. Check you answers using this site. Chem Balancer Online
Students used PhET Balancing Chemical Equations (Mac Version) (Windows Version) - if they can get 5 stars in all levels they earn a stamp. At home they can screen shot or take pic with phone and show me next week.
Information for the short week of Feb. 8-10
Test on Phase Change this FRIDAY
Practice Quiz #1
Practice Quiz #2 (#2 and #13 are not something you should know.)
ReRead Rock Solid
Information for the week of January 23-27
Here is the youtube link: How Stuff Works: Salt
Information for the week of January 17-20
Tuesday: Complete the reading guide and PhET activity from last week...look at last Thursday and Friday for the links.
Wednesday: Began investigation into Phase Change
Thursday: Investigation 8-1 - Melting Temperatures: students are tasked with finding the melting points of 3 substances
Friday: Quick Quiz (15 Points)...Here are the main points
For the quiz on Friday, You should know the following terms: mixture, solution, solubility, solute, solvent, insoluble and concentration
You should also be able to identify examples of each term…like sugar is a solute while water is a solvent.
You should be able to explain how to separate a mixture of water, insoluble substances, and soluble substances…similar to what we did in class.
You should be able to describe the role of KE in dissolving a solute
You should be able to explain this statement: “A solution can be a mixture, but NOT all mixtures are solutions”
1) Read through your science notebook 2) Re-read How Things Dissolve "How Things Dissolve"
3) Review what you learned with the PhET activity Sugar & Salt Solutions Sugar & Salt Simulation
Information for week of January 9-13
Monday: Introduce Mixture Investigation; brainstormed ways of identifying the mixture substances; Notes on Mixtures & Solutions
Tuesday: Filtered mixture and set up evaporation trays for soluble solution; began reading "How Things Dissolve"
Wednesday: Examined substances from yesterday, compared to 1st quarter science notebooks -
Thursday: CER for this weeks lab; completed the reading guide for "How Things Dissolve" Sugar & Salt Simulation
Friday: Here is the PhET Guide for Sugar & Salt Solutions
Information for the week of January 3-6
Tuesday: Students started working on Investigation 5 test - it is open notebook, lab partner test. If student is absent, talk with Ms Burroughs
Wednesday: Students cont'd/finished working on open notebook test.
Thursday: Begin Inv. 7 - Solutions
Information week of Dec. 12-16
Monday: Internet Safety lesson
Tuesday Completed Calculating Energy Transfer - A & B; notes on calculating calories
Wednesday: Part 1 Engineering Design - Making the perfect coffee mug! - Collecting data
Thursday: Part 2 Engeering Design - Using data, design the perfect mug Wrapped up Part 1 and worked on Heat Practice A&B
Friday: Wrap up
Information for the week of Dec. 5 - 9
Monday: NOVA Absolute Zero
Tuesday: Complete the Energy Transfer Online Assignment; began reading Energy on the Move - students take two-column notes
Information for the week of Nov. 27-Dec2
Monday: Students investigated temperature change when mixing hot and cold water. They created a math formula for calculating temperature final when mixing equal amounts of hot and cold water: Th + Tc/2...temp. of hot water plus temp. of cold water divided by 2. Basically, temperature final is the average when mixing equal amounts of water
Tuesday: Students investigated the energy transfer occurring by placing cold water in a flask inside a beaker of hot water. They recorded temperature of both hot and cold until the temperatures of both waters was the same. They should graph this data for homework.
Wednesday: Students analyzed their graphing from the night before. We took notes (copy here). Students also began planning an investigation to determine the relationship among NRG transferred when using different masses of water at different temperatures.
Thursday: Students carried out their investigation on how mass affect the temperature final of water. Graphing should be done for tomorrow
Friday: Link to FOSS: Absolute Zero
Information for the week of Nov. 21-22
Monday: Returned tests - students completed a test analysis sheet that should be returned tomorrow. Retakes are available, students will need to complete a retake ticket. Retakes begin next Tuesday before/after school.
Information for the week of November 14-18
We will be having a summative test on Investigation 4 on Friday, November 18
1)Investigation 4 Quizlet , 2) Here is a powerpoint with notes we took in class, 3) "Particles in Motion" Reading (pgs 23-27) 4) Cliff Notes Inv.4 5) Cute Eureka video on expansion & contraction 6) Study Guide for Inv 4
Monday: Students turned in OA set #4 and completed the PhET Gas Properties activity
Tuesday: Investigating the heating and cooling of water: Do liquids expand, compress and/or contract like gasses? Here is an online explanation and here
Wednesday: We wrapped up yesterday's investigation heating and cooling liquids...and then looked at heating and cooling a solid. Here is a online multimedia that illustrates.
Thursday: Reviewed Response Sheet; Kahoots Game Review; Homework is to complete the reading guide for "Particles in Motion" Reading
Information for the week of November 4-7
(Remember 1/2 day Thursday & no school Friday)
This week will be exploring/investigating gas properties even more. Students will use a website call PhET Interactive Simulations to manipulate the variables that affect the behaviour of gases: temperature, pressure & volume.
Information for the week of October 31 - November 4
Here are a couple of videos that show some demos I did last week in class
Particles in Motion Reading...this would be very helpful for students to read through at home if they are feeling not sure of concepts in class!!
Monday: Watched BNSG - Pressure
Tuesday: Heating and cooling air investigation Here is a helpful article regarding heating and cooling of air
Wednesday: 1/2 day
Thursday: Continued with heating and cooling air investigation
Friday: Final presentations of heating and cooling air - Notes on Kinetic Energy (KE)
Information for the week of October 24 - 28
Monday: We revisited the blue and gray cube we investigated last week. Today we used a bubble from bubble wrap in our closed syringe system. Here is a copy of the notes we took for the Bubble Investigation, and here is a copy of the reading that goes with the Cube & Bubble Investigation.
Information for the week of October 17-21
Here is a list of concepts that students should be expected to know and explain by Friday for a quiz on Investigation 3
Here are my Cliff Notes for Investigation 3 - Kind of designed for parents but students might find it helpful.
This week students are focusing on the behavior of gases.
Monday we played around with closed syringe systems and made observations on what happens when students pushed and pulled on the syringe plunger.
Tuesday - students turned in their Element Block and used the FOSS website to model the air in a syringe. Here is the website link - username: msb3rd password: Bacon123 Here is the guide sheet for this activity.
Wednesday - Reviewed yesterday's online activity. Wrote definitions for the words compress, expand, pressure, force - students completed this response sheet. Here is the air notes powerpoint I showed in class.
Information for the week of Oct. 11 - 14
To wrap up the Periodic Table Investigation, each student is in charge of making a 15cm X 15 cm element block for our big periodic table in the hallway. Here is the handout for research and requirements. And, here are several great websites to help with the research: The Elements Jefferson Lab
This Project is due Tuesday, October 18...however, I suggest students complete it sooner rather than later!!
Students started investigating energy and matter this week. We started with an uncommon phenomena - the tanker car implosion. Students must use only evidence they have collected from investigations in class to explain how this phenomena occurs. Here is the handout explaining the goals and challenge.
Information for the week of October 3 -7
This week students will be investigating the Periodic Table of the Elements. For Friday, students will need to be able to tell me the atomic number, element symbol and element name for the first 15 elements AND if they want an A will need to know 5 more of their choice.
Tuesday: Element Reading Guide and here are the pages from the Chemical Interaction Textbook: The Elements and here is Page 15
Here are some online tools to help with getting to know the PToE
Information for the week of September 26-30
This week students will be completing their investigation into the unknown mixture. Last week they focused on physical properties, this week they will focus on chemical properties. They will be performing confirmation and evaporation tests on at least 6 mixtures to determine which combination is the most likely match to the unknown mixture. I will add assignments through the week as we progress.
Students should be sure their white substance data chart is complete and checked off!! Here is a pdf of the white substance information.( pdf to find the uses for each of the white substances)
Tuesday/Wednesday depending on time: ReRun Form - students will use this form to think about and reflect on what we have been doing, why, and what we have found out.
Information for the week of September 19-23
This week students are using the properties of substances to identify the two substances in an unknown mixture. Most of the work for this week occurs in class as they will be doing hands on investigations. Students should be checking skyward to be sure they have completed last weeks assignments: Lab Safety Scenarios and the Lab Safety Assignment
Students should be completing a "White Substance Chart" The first 4 columns are completed in class, some students may need to finish the "uses" column. They can use this pdf to find the uses for each of the white substances
Information for the week of Sept. 12-1
Students are working on understanding the science lab safety rules. Unfortunately, I will be out of the class Wed. - Friday. Students will have a lab safety assignment and will work on that in class.
There will be a quiz on the lab safety assignment on Friday!!
Information for the week of Sept. 7-9
Students will be receiving the following handouts this week. Both the parent letter and the safety contract should be signed by a parent/guardian