Today we reviewed to get our minds back on genetics. We together graded our 2 directed reading on DNA and you were given a pink study guide.
I also provided 2 opportunities for extra credit (crossword and Punnett square practice) See me for copies!
ACADEMIC HABITS MONDAY 4/9
Today I took all my classes to the media center to allow everyone to have a book prior to milestones. We will start back with our reading logs tomorrow (Tuesday)
We then read the myth about Prometheus and his gift of fire to the mortals. We will continue with this story tomorrow and complete the blue margin questions for the story by the end of class on Tuesday.
LIFE SCIENCE: We completed the Body Systems Unit Test today. I was super proud of my classes! Excited to be starting our new unit on Monday…GENETICS!!
ACADEMIC HABITS: We took a quiz over Author’s Purpose and used the remainder of the class for SSR. Have a great weekend!
LIFE SCIENCE THURSDAY MARCH 1
Today we reviewed our study guide and discussed questions to help everyone on the test. Please study tonight. I am posting the answers to the study guide and a review jeopardy game that was played in MAV Block today. I know you will do awesome! Please review all postings from my blog for this unit for review activities and games to make sure you are going to score your best on the test!
Today we played a sorting game with 12 different mini passages that we had to sort into P.I.E. (author’s purpose)
Tomorrow we are having an author’s purpose quiz/activity and SSR the remainder of the class.
LIFE SCIENCE WEDNESDAY FEB 28
Today was our catch up day to complete any missing assignments and to make sure we completed our nervous system directed reading. Please utilize my MAV Block tomorrow as a study session for the test on Friday. Can you believe it is already March?!?!?
Remember we are going back as far as cell organization all the way through the body systems we covered in class.
ACADEMIC HABITS WEDNESDAY FEB 28
Today we finished our STARS workbook pages on Author’s Purpose and had time to look at some other text examples. Tomorrow we will practice with some new manipulatives on determining the author’s purpose. Remember to be bringing a novel to class everyday and that you need to save your graphic novels for SSR Fridays!!
LIFE SCIENCE TUESDAY FEB 27
Today we looked at “Lambert’s Brain” our really cool sheep brain and we were able to locate the cerebrum, cerebellum, and brain stem. We watched Bill Nye Brains and completed our video quiz. Please complete the directed reading for the nervous system. See yesterday’s blog entry for a copy and the link to the online textbook.
ACADEMIC HABITS TUESDAY FEB 27
LIFE SCIENCE MONDAY FEB 26
This week we will be finishing our unit on the body systems. We are working on the nervous system and the endocrine system. I am attaching both the power points I will be using this week in class for you to fill in your guided notes. I will be giving you a study guide that you will be able to work on and study all week for our unit test on Friday March 2 over all this unit on the body systems. Please review all my blogs from this unit for review material.
Directed Readings for this week: Using online textbook Online Textbook Link username: buffington18 password:science
Today we took our open book quiz over Digestion, Respiration and Cardiovascular systems. Have a relaxing break and come back ready to finish up the body systems!
ACADEMIC HABITS FRIDAY FEB 16
Today we took the Pre-test for our next 3 strategies (authors purpose, using figurative language and summarizing)
For the remainder of class we will be continuing on with our SSR. All reading logs should be turned in today for this week!!
LIFE SCIENCE THURSDAY FEB 15
Use the kahoot link below to open on your computer and then log in with your device to play. Also visit all the links I posted this week as review and you will do fabulous on the quiz tomorrow!!
Science Kahoot to use to study for Friday’s quiz>>>>>>> Kahoot Review
ACADEMIC HABITS THURSDAY FEB 15
Today we took the post test for strategies 7-9 (word meaning in context, making inferences and fact vs opinion) They were recorded into I-respond and we will take the pre test for strategies 10-12 tomorrow following that with SSR so bring something fun to read.
Today we read for 10 minutes and completed the next section of our reading log. Our quiz today will be over fact vs. opinion.
We still have the post test tomorrow over Word Meaning in Context, Inferencing, and Fact vs. Opinion.
Friday will be our Pre-test over our next 3 strategies and SSR for the remainder of class. Please bring a reading material of your choice for Friday.
LIFE SCIENCE TUESDAY FEB. 13
Today we reviewed the answers to the take home assignment which was to complete the directed reading over the cardiovascular system. We then took at look at Bill Nye discussing the importance of the heart. You worked with your table mates to make sure you agreed upon the answers.
We have our Quiz this Friday over Digestion, Respiration and Cardiovascular. It IS open notes so I hope you have been keeping up and have everything clicked in to your science binder.
Here is a link to the youtube version of Bill Nye that we watched today. Remember there are several Bill Nye episodes on Netflix if you have an account.
Extra Credit Video below: List as many facts as you can about the heart from the video
ACADEMIC HABITS TUESDAY FEB 13
Today we are reviewing fact versus opinion. We are using the STARS workbook to complete this for our quiz tomorrow. Please review and make sure you can tell which one of the following is a fact and which one is an opinion.
1.The Family Guy is not appropriate to watch during school.
2. There are fewer panda bears in the world than grizzly bears.
3. Drinking orange juice right after brushing your teeth tastes bad.
4. Justin Bieber deserved to win the Grammy for best new artist.
5. Chicken that has not been properly prepared and cooked may cause salmonella.
LIFE SCIENCE MONDAY FEB. 12
Today we reviewed our quiz answers from the Bill Nye respiration video. Please get with a classmate and make sure you have the correct answers before Friday’s quiz. Next I demonstrated the sheep “pluck” which consisted of the trachea, lungs and heart. You were able to come up in small groups and look, feel and ask questions on the organs. Then the class needed to start working on the Directed reading for the cardiovascular system. This is to be completed for home work using the online textbook for answers. See last week’s blog if you forgot login and password.
Wow we made a lot of poop yesterday! I hoped you had fun learning about the journey of food through our digestive system and all that it goes through. In case you missed it I will post a video of another teacher doing this lab in her class for your viewing pleasure. Today we started our next system which is the respiratory system. We took guided notes along with the powerpoint and started our directed reading. If you did not finish the Urinary System directed reading make sure you finish that. Both are due tomorrow.
Today we reviewed our Making Inferences strategy to prepare for our STARS Assessment tomorrow. We looked at commercials, text and pictures to understand the concept and how it ties in with other strategies. For review see the links below:
Here is one of the commercials:
What did the dog do? How do you know he did it? Why did the dog give the man a bag of chips??
LIFE SCIENCE TUESDAY 2/6
Today we watched the brain pop over the digestive system and watched Bill Nye digestion. Please see me for copies of the quiz sheets that we answered after each video. I will link the videos below. Homework will be to complete the urinary system directed reading with online text book. Your urinary system worksheet must be complete to be able to participate in tomorrows carrot digestion lab. No completed worksheet = no participation in lab!!
Please watch the following movie clip that we watched in class and create a list if inferences that you made while watching it. What do you think was happening in the story? There were no words spoken, how do you know? What is your evidence?
Wow what a great chicken wing lab yesterday! It was a great learning experience. We were able to identify tendons, ligaments and even take a look at some bone marrow. Today we are starting our digestion section of the human body and we did our directed reading in class. Remember it is due on Monday and if you didn’t finish it in class you are expected to complete it using the online textbook at www.hrw.com the username you can use is buffington18 and the password is science.
A sneak peek into next week we have some Bill Nye, Brain Pop, Power point notes, and a carrot lab! Love these labs for this unit. Here is another extra credit option for you: Watch the clip below and write a 2 paragraphs (5-6 sentences each) summary of what you learned.
ACADEMIC HABITS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2
We are working on our drawing conclusions and inference skills this week and next. We were able to enjoy our SSR day on Friday. Please remember Fridays are dedicated reading days for academic habits classes. You are able to bring any type of reading material you enjoy (magazines, graphic novels etc..) on Fridays.
LIFE SCIENCE MONDAY JANUARY 29
Today you needed to have your muscular notes filled in using the powerpoint that I uploaded last week. We reviewed those notes and took a pop quiz over integumentary, skeletal and muscular system. If you did not do well on this quiz, you need to be reviewing your notes every night for about 10 minutes to make sure this information sticks. We will be moving fast through the body systems and I do not want you to fall behind. Remember that we will be doing more outside of class assignments to make up for the snow/ice days and I need you to come to class prepared.
Review this video clip and write down 4 facts. Thurn this in for extra credit Tuesday!!!
ACADEMIC HABITS MONDAY JANUARY 29
Today we started our new weekly reading log (pink this week) You must be bringing a book daily and continue the same book until you finish it. You should not be reading a different book everyday.
We reviewed our topic of context clues and practiced in the STARS workbook to help get us ready for tomorrow’s quiz.
you can watch this review clip to help for tomorrow:
Today we finished our skeleton notes using the power point that I will post below. Tomorrow we will get to watch the Bil Nye episode on bones and muscles and we will complete the muscle power point notes. IF you do not complete them in class, they are included in the power point that I am posting today.
**If you have not turned in all your assignments for this week you will not be able to participate in the chicken wing lab on Monday. You will have to sit in the hallway and complete the assignments you have not turned in.
To complete any of the directed reading I have created a generic login for the online textbook that all my students can use.
Today we were able to get through about 2/3 of the Freak the Mighty movie. We should be able to complete it tomorrow and you will have over the weekend to complete the comparison chart worksheet and explain to me the comparison and contrast of the book and the movie. Any parts of the movie can be watched on youtube if you have missed any days.
Monday we will be taking a formative assessment over context clues using our STARS workbook. I will post all resource links that you can watch to study for this assessment below:
Watch “Finding Word Meaning in Context Video” Introduction to Reading Skills: Use context clues
We started into our body system unit. On Monday we started with the Body Systems warm up sheet and also had a reading called An Insiders Look at the body. We had questions to answer on the back of our Bill Nye Skin video sheet and this needed to be turned in.
Tuesday you worked on 2 directed readings one on the Skeletal system and the other on the Muscular System.
Today we started looking at the formation of bones and how they support us. You have a guided notes page and I am posting the freyer models that you need to have copied into your science binder.