Happy Friday everyone! We completed our first lab today. It will be counted as a MAJOR grade. Your child should have BOTH a completed lab sheet, with all of their data, and a post-lab sheet that they did not yet start. If your child was absent today or lost their sheet and you are able to complete the experiment at home... go for it! I have attached the sheets they need below. They will need to refer back to their notes for help in answering some of the questions of the post-lab. Whatever they did not get finished in class needs to be finished at home.
Important note: If you are trying at home and your child was not in class (or not paying attention), we used one generic soap brand (I picked all up them up at the dollar store) and two name brand soaps. We used the generic as our control and compared the other two to it so see if they really are worth the price.
**Before your child begins, make sure they write a quantifiable hypothesis. This means that it can actually be measured once the data is collected. For example, instead of saying "I think the name brand soap will make better bubbles than the generic brand," say "I think that the name brand soap will make bubbles two times as large as the generic soap bubbles."**
We finished up our notes on the scientific method and lab basics today and are ready for our first lab tomorrow! The attachments below have the notes that were missed as well as the presentation we used to fill them in. Some students had trouble keeping up during class. Please review the notes with your child to make sure that they have everything they need.
Before we get to the Land Beneath Our Feet Unit, we have to know the steps to the scientific method in order to conduct experiments in the future. Please review our notes with your child each night this week so that they are familiar with them by the end of this week. The lab at the end of this week will be counted as the assessment for their understanding of the scientific method and will be counted as a MAJOR grade.
Students will have a safety quiz on Monday. Students must get a passing grade on the safety quiz in order to participate in labs. The quiz will be based on the Safety Contract.
Welcome to a new year at Pine Hollow Middle School! This is also my first year at PHMS and it's my first year at a year-round school. I am excited to be on this adventure with you. In science, we will have five major units and a small introductory unit. You can find out more information about what we will be learning specifically in the "Curriculum Map & Objectives" section.
Some important things to know:
I will be having after school tutoring sessions each week this year once we get into our first unit. There will be a form to fill out if you'd like to have your child attend. Please know that this is a week by week basis depending on need for that specific objective. Keep a look out in the weekly updates (here) for when that will begin. As of right now, it will be on Tuesday afternoons, but that may change due to required staff meetings.
I really do love having parent and family involvement in my classroom! If you would like to volunteer, I'd love to have you! Just send me an e-mail and we can work something out. If you have a science background and would like to co-teach a lesson about what you do, let me know and we can start planning. Even if you don't have a science background, we can still find ways to get you involved if you'd like to be. Extra hands are always needed during experiments and labs!
Students had the option to take an extra credit packet today. This packet contains 62 questions that will help us review for EOGs. There are 3 questions from each standard we have covered this year. This is optional. Please encourage your child to take this opportunity. We are awarding 1% extra credit for every question they get correct toward whichever grade they choose to apply it. For example, if your child earns gets 40 questions correct and they have one minor as a 70% and one as an 80%, they could use 30% of their extra credit to raise the first grade to a 100% and the rest to raise the other grade to a 90%. This is a great opportunity! This will be due 5/
This week we have been trying something new! With our new laptops, we have been working in Google Classroom. I love this website because I am able to restrict access to only students, which means that I am able to post ALL articles/presentations, etc., even if I did not create them myself. Have your child show you tonight what they've been working on. The activity they are working to complete this week is due at the end of class tomorrow. We will also be having an open-note quiz on Monday. This is not "announced", but is written on my board in a very large font. :)
We actually have a little bit of homework today, due Friday. No worries- it is a small assignment to get us thinking about the Space Invaders unit we start tomorrow. Students get to pick one of four options below to read, annotate, and answer comprehension questions. It is important that your child has this work complete by Friday- we will be using it for an activity!
*Some students are able to get finished with it today if they finish their test early or if they completed a project!*
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! :)