Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Science Fair Project 2.0

It's time to dive in to finding our answers and solving problems on our own. 

Here's the link to all the latest information on the science project...

Friday, September 2, 2016

Thinking Like a Scientist!

This week we have been introduced to some of the skills that scientists use:
 making observations and inferences!
We have taken our Safety Quiz and will be ready for more exciting investigations next week!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How the Brain Works

Today we are getting to know our learning styles, a little bit more about our brain, and how it works. Use the sidebar on my website to navigate to your assignment today, Nervous System Basics.

Friday, August 19, 2016

supplies for 2016-2017


If you are checking out what's coming up in class, then I like you already!

For your scientists' notebook, you have a choice of a 3 ring binder that's 1 inch thick, or a big spiral notebook. Keep your science notebook just for science. We'll be recording our observations and ideas in there with lots of color and pizzaz!
The list of supplies for success includes:
a thin (1 inch), 3-ring science binder or a big (8 1/2" X 11") spiral notebook with at least 100 pages of binder paper ,
a couple (2) of pens and pencils,
a pencil sharpener (preferably with a shavings guard),
glue sticks
a highlighter and
4 different colored pencils or markers (no permanent markers)

earbuds so that you can listen to videos, tutorials, etc. on your own.
tape, scissors, tissues, hand sanitizer, 
and a good attitude! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Moving to Google Classroom

By popular demand, most assignments have been moved directly into Google Classroom. Check it out!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Astronomy Test

We are concluding out trip through the Universe with another mind-blowing video, What is Space?
After you take your astronomy test, which is open-note, please do the following:

  1. pick up a chemistry review packet for homework this weekend.
  2. watch the video and answer the video review questions that I loaded into Google Classroom.
  3. organize your notebook
  4. complete the end of unit reflection in your notebook.
  5. Have a good weekend!

Thursday, March 3, 2016


We began with using reference points to write directions to our lockers and spent a week learning the math associated with calculating the speed of various objects, velocity, and acceleration. 

We made free-body diagrams to illustrate the effects of forces on motion, too.  We designed our own friction labs to develop some "rules" for understanding the relationship between the factors that affect the sliding friction force on objects. 

So, this week we are ready to master Newton's Laws of Motion and apply them to building our mouse-trap powered cars.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Chapter 6 & 7 Review Game: Jousting!

Try to unseat your rival with better test questions that you make from chapter 6 or 7! Yes, of course there are prizes!  The test is tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Acids and Bases in Solutions

Today: We are pH testing a variety of substances using litmus paper and cabbage juice indicator solution.

Finish taking your notes on the properties of acids and bases in your notebook.  Turn in your note taking guide from textbook p.268-279.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Due Today: Messin' with Mixtures lab

Use your Cornell Notes on Solutions and Solubility (text p.256-267) to help you identify the solutes and solvents in the lab and check with your table partner. 

Today, we will review the properties of mixtures and identify various household items as colloids, suspensions, or solutions.  Be prepared to defend your claim with observable evidence! 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Elements, Compounds, Mixtures, Solutions, and Molecules

EQ: How are the properties of matter used to separate different substances in mixtures and solutions?

Log in to Google Classroom.  After examining the jar. Draw a diagram on IAN p.128.

Make a table and list of each of the materials it contains.  Describe the properties of each and the technique you would use to separate each unique substance.  Organize your notes on IAN p.129

Summarize by answering the Essential Question.

We are learning about the difference between mixtures and solutions.  Take notes on the illustrated sheet.

Next, we are reviewing how to read chemical formulas and counting atoms in molecules.  Illustrate the atoms that make up each molecule in on p.130.  Reading the formulas and balancing chemical equations will be next on p.131.