Unfortunately, there have been some connectivity issues with PowerSchool this week that are still currently unresolved. Because of this, I cannot connect to our online gradebook to update grades. If you see a grade "--" for the Video Transcript activity, that is because I attempted to enter grades but they did not save. I appreciate your patience with this technical difficulty. As soon as the issues have been resolved, grades will be updated. Current grades that need to be entered before interims next week: 1) any retakes of the waves test [these were due today], 2) the sound/hearing homework packet from last week, 3) the video transcript activity from last week [again *sigh*], 4) the Space Intro Webquest on Google Classroom [due today, but some students asked to turn it in on Sunday because they didn't get it finished], and 5) the vocabulary quiz that we are taking today. Thank you!
Below are the two presentations you need for our space into webquest. Please review each one carefully and fill in the guided notes handout as you go. Take your time. If you have any questions about the information that is presented, please don't hesitate to ask! :)
This week we are starting our final unit about space. Celebrate! We are working on our vocabulary list in our notebooks today and tomorrow using the iPads and Discovery Education. Just like in the previous units, students are making a three column chart in their notebooks for their words. The first column is simply the word, in the second column they either draw a picture or give an example, and in the last column they write the definition in their own words. The list from CMAPP is below, but we will be adding some words to this list as we go.
We will have a vocabulary quiz at the end of this week!
Vocabulary: season, solstice, equinox, waning (moon), waxing (moon), tides, solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, umbra, penumbra, axis of rotation, rotation, revolution, spin off, probe, space shuttle, rocket, Apollo, satellite, space station, lander, flyby, orbiter, Hubble, Kepler, atmosphere, CO2 cycle, gravity, greenhouse effect
Today in class we are going over the test that we took on Friday so that students have a chance to review and ask questions in case they'd like to retake the test. Then we are starting our notes on sound waves. This is the last objective for the waves unit. We will have a quiz on Friday. Once they are finished with the quiz, students will be allowed to retake the test in class on Friday. This is the only class time that will be dedicated to retakes. Otherwise, students will have to either come during homeroom or schedule a day that they can stay after school with me to retake their test.
Resources we are using this week:
Tomorrow we will be having our test on the different types of waves, their properties, and how they enable us to see. We finished working on the study guide today in class and we went over the answer key at the end of class, but in case you were absent or weren't able to catch one of the answers, please see the answer key below.
We will be having a test on Friday that will cover the first two objectives of the waves unit. Concepts that will be covered in this test are: vocabulary, properties of waves, different types of waves (both mechanical and electromagnetic), heat transfer, and the structure of the eye. The study guide that students will be given tomorrow is attached below. All of the answers can be found within their notes. If they missed a section of their notes or you can't find the answer in their notes, feel free to use the presentations in the recent posts to help you complete the study guide. Study hard, and good luck! :)
There will be a quiz tomorrow on the structure of the eye and functions of the different parts of the eye. Your child should have a labeled diagram and notes in their notebook to study from.
cornea, lens, aqueous humor, pupil, iris, sclera, vitreous humor, optic nerve, blind spot, retina, tapetum
Hope everyone enjoyed their break! We have started off our week with a review of the electromagnetic spectrum and how we see. TOMORROW we will be doing the sheep eye dissection! We have taken notes on a few different videos this week, and even had Mrs. Dextre as a teacher Monday to lead us through a lab about the similarities between cameras and the human eye. When I was out yesterday, students worked on the "Human Eye" article below, and it was to be completed for homework if not finished during class time and is DUE TOMORROW. They need to annotate the text and use it to answer the comprehension questions. The crossword is not part of the grade- it was just for extra vocabulary practice if they finished early.
Reminder for the LAB tomorrow: Students need to come dressed appropriately. This means they MUST have on long pants, short sleeves (or long sleeves that can be pushed up), NO jewelry on the wrists or fingers and NO long necklaces or lanyards, and closed-toe shoes. Also, if your child has long hair it MUST be tied back. We will also use aprons and goggles for this lab which must be worn at all times. It might be a good idea to wear old clothes tomorrow, just in case. If your child is not dressed appropriately OR breaks any of the lab safety rules even one time, they will be sent to another classroom with an alternate assignment to complete, as this is a MAJOR grade.
Coming up next week:
- Structure & Function of the eye QUIZ Tuesday
- Waves objective 1 & 2 TEST Friday
**A study guide for the test will be given out next week, but in the meantime please review resources below as well as any video/class notes in your child's notebook. The Bill Nye video we watched was called "Light and Color" and the BrainPop video we watched is simply called "Eyes."
For some of our projects this year, I will be asking for parent volunteers. If you already know that you would like to volunteer in the future, please contact me. Otherwise, the need for parent volunteers will be included in the weekly update. Thank you! :)