Last Week of School!!!

Students and teachers are wearing BLUE Wednesday to celebrate winning the Blue Ribbon Award!  Our students are fantastic!!!

Science with Mrs. Brennan– We are studying brain and spinal injuries.  Student groups are assigned a case study. Tuesday we watched Planet Earth.

Reading with Ms. Bright– We are comparing and contrasting the book and movie The Outsiders.

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– We are studying brain and spinal injuries.  Student groups are assigned a case study. Tuesday we looked under the microscope at the bacteria, fungi, and mold growing in the petri dishes.  We also looked at pond/river water.

Also, I would like to say goodbye to all my students.  I am moving to Florida this summer and will miss all of you!!

Week of May 14-18, 2018

Science with Mrs. Brennan– Monday we reviewed for our test tomorrow on Classification.

Study tools:  Six-Kingdoms-of-Life-Chart-after-fungi-1207lp3-161j92k

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Classification questions key- study guide-yols4f 

Tuesday- test; Wednesday we started a Wanted poster about invasive species.

https://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/resources/lists4states.sh   Thursday 7/17, students worked on and turned in their Invasive Species Wanted Posters.

Reading with Ms. Bright– Monday we added new words to the Vocabulary Art Book, due Friday. We reviewed the plot in The Outsiders and continued reading and tracking signposts. Test on The Outsiders and Root Words on Friday. Tuesday we continued to read.  We discussed the characters in The Outsiders– flat, round, static, dynamic. Wednesday student had time to finish The Outsiders. The novel is on Ms. Bright’s blog for those who haven’t finished.  Students should identify the most important signpost for each chapter, looking for Again and Again moments that reveal a symbol, Words of the Wiser moments- advice from a wiser character. Thursday student worked in Literary Groups d.iscussing symbols and signposts.  Test tomorrow, as well as Vocabulary Art books due

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Science with Mrs. Jacobson- Monday we reviewed for our test tomorrow on Classification.  Study Tools:   Six-Kingdoms-of-Life-Chart-after-fungi-1207lp3-161j92k

Classification questions key- study guide-yols4f

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Tuesday- test.  Wednesday we cleaned out science binders.  Also students swabbed places in the room and put whatever they found into a petri dish.  We will see what will grow. Thursday we played science games through Legends of Learning.

 

 

 

May 7-11, 2018

Letter from Dr. Brink: Please Read

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Science with Mrs. Brennan- Monday we worked with a dichotomous key identifying lizards. Tuesday we did a Fungi webquest and a bacteria virtual lab.  If not finished in class, students can finish at home and turn in by Thursday. Wednesday we watched a Classification video and took notes. Thursday students started working on review questions to use as a study guide for Classification test on Tuesday, 5/15.

Reading with Ms. Bright– All week we are reading The Outsiders and tracking signposts and adding to character map. We have also added to the Vocabulary Art book.

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Friday we took a Reading Inventory in the computer lab.

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– Monday we watched Planet Earth about forests. Tuesday we learned about characteristics of plants and students had a chance to work on their questions. Fungi questions due Thursday. Wednesday we read about Animals, filled in the graphic organizer, and watched a short video about predator/prey adaptations. Thursday we look at live protists under microscopes, then finished the predator/prey video.

Classification Test Study Guide: Classification questions key- study guide-yols4f

 

April 30- May 4, 2018

 

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Science with Mrs. Brennan– Monday we took the SLO Science test. Tuesday students transcribed their answers to their review packet onto a scantron, then worked on Six Kingdom Content Frame and questions which are due tomorrow. Wednesday and Thursday students learned about and worked with dichotomous keys.

Reading with Ms Bright- Monday we added words to the Vocabulary Art Book- dict, scrib/script, and graph/gram. We reviewed the characters, conflict, and setting in The Outsiders. We continued reading and adding signposts. All week we have worked on Vocabulary Art books and read The Outsiders.  By Thursday, student should have read through CH 4.

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– Monday we practiced classifying with dichotomous keys.  Tuesday we started a review packet to prepare for the SLO science test on Thursday.  Wednesday students finished the review packet for a quiz grade and worked on dichotomous keys.  Thursday students took the SLO test for science.

April 23-27, 2018

Science with Mrs. Brennan– Monday we solved a murder mystery using a dichotomous key.  We are starting the Classification Unit. We took notes on Monday. Tuesday we finished the notes and wrote a poem about a kingdom. Wednesday we unraveled Ch 9. Thursday we started a review packet for the Science SLO test (end of course standardized test). Friday we played a review Jeopardy.

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Reading with Ms. Bright– We are paraphrasing and analyzing the poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost before starting the book, The Outsiders. Tuesday we finished the poem; Wednesday we started the novel.  Thursday we will create a character map, describing and showing the relationship between characters. We will start “signposting” important parts of each chapter. Friday we finished Ch 1.

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– We are starting the Classification Unit. Monday we learned about the seven levels of classification and took notes in a graphic organizer about the six kingdoms. Tuesday we continued filling in the graphic organizer and started working on Classification questions 1-10, due Thursday. Wednesday we learned about protists and filled in notes about that kingdom. Thursday we learned about fungi and checked questions 1-10. Questions 11-17 due Friday.  Friday we had a webquest about Fungi 🙂

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Week of April 16-20, 2018

This week is Milestone testing.  All students will stay with their homeroom classes after testing and complete work from each academic class, assigned by their teachers.  In Science we are working on a genetics project.

April 9-13, 2018

Great video about elephants!!

http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/selection-tuskless-elephants

Science with Mrs. Brennan– Monday we reviewed Evolution. We took notes from a powerpoint. Test on Friday. Tuesday we used a graphic organizer to reduce and arrange the notes. Review questions are due Thursday. Wednesday students were given a study guide which they worked on in class. Thursday we reviewed and Friday was the test.

Reading with Ms. Bright– This week we are working in Literature Groups with Freak the Mighty. Those who were not finished reading worked with Mrs. Myers in the media center.  The complete book is on Ms. Bright’s blog and needs to be finished and signposts recorded.

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– Monday we watched a short video about the evolution of whales. We reviewed Evolution. The test is Friday.  Questions 11-16 are due Wednesday.  We checked 1-10. Tuesday we discussed section 3 of chapter 7 and added to our notes. We discussed many examples of natural selection. Wednesday we gave instructions for a Genetics Project that student will complete next week. Thursday we reviewed and Friday was the test.

 

March 26-30, 2018

Science with Mrs. Brennan-   Monday we cleaned out binders and began the unit on Evolution. We unraveled Ch 7 sections 1 and 2.   Tuesday we took notes of the Five Fingers of Evolution. Wednesday we learned about the Peppered Moths of Manchester. Thursday we watched a short video about the Galapagos Islands/Charles Darwin and did a Natural Selection Lab with beans.

Evolution Vocabulary

Reading with Ms. Bright- Monday we met with our literature groups and assigned roles. Discussion of signposts in Freak the Mighty. Quiz Wednesday on Chapters 11-15. On Wednesday we also continued reading Ch 18-19.  Thursday and Friday we are finishing Freak the Mighty.

Science with Mrs. Jacobson- Monday we cleaned out binders and began the unit on Evolution.  Tuesday we took notes on the Five Fingers of Evolution. Wednesday we had a short lab about Bird Beaks and talked about Charles Darwin. Thursday we took notes on myths about evolution and watched a short video about the Galapagos Islands/Charles Darwin.

Evolution Vocabulary

 

DMS FIELD DAY

2018

May 7th–6th Grade

May 9th–7th Grade

May 11–8th Grade

T-shirt sales began Monday, March 19 and will end on Wednesday, April 11.  New this year, all sales will be online via www.MyPaymentsPlus.com  If you do not already have an account set up, you will need to create one.  (If you pay for lunch online, then you already have an account!)  Find more information and directions on how to create an account on the PE blog http://www.cobblearning.net/dickersonpe/

 

March 19-23, 2018

Science with Mrs. Brennan– Monday we took notes on Genetic Engineering and Selective Breeding and discussed the difference. The powerpoint is on Mrs. Brennan’s blog. Heredity/Genetics test on Friday. Wednesday we started a Monster Genetics Lab. Thursday we are in the computer lab working on a Legends of Learning Review. Study guide answers for test Friday: Brennan-Genetics Study Guide answers-1gikzea

Reading with Ms Bright– Monday we worked on Freak the Mighty Packets.  Quiz Tuesday on Freak the Mighty Ch 6-10). Test Thursday on Freak the Mighty, vocabulary in context; all nine root words, all prefixes, core vocabulary; See Ms. Bright’s blog for review materials. Wednesday we continued with Ch 11 in FTM, discussing signposts. Test Thursday. Friday we read Freak the Mighty, ch 14 and 15, discussing and looking for signposts.

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– Monday we reviewed Genetic terms and worked on questions for section 2. Due Wednesday. The Genetics test is Friday. Tuesday we practiced genetics with Zorks. Wednesday we practiced genetics with Harry Potter and SpongeBob. Review Thursday and test Friday.  Study guide answers:Chapter 5 questions key-1q9ntot

March 12-16, 2018

Science with Mrs. Brennan-  Monday we finished notes of Genetics and created a KIM chart with genetics vocabulary. Tuesday we completed a genetics wheel using our own traits. Wednesday we worked on SpongeBob genetics.

Reading with Ms. Bright– this week we are reading Freak the Mighty looking for Signposts- Aha Moments, Memory Moments, Again and Again Moments, and Contrasts and Contradictions.  The Vocabulary Art book is due by Wednesday.

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– Monday we reviewed terms from Friday’s discussion of genetics. Tuesday we completed a genetics wheel using our own traits. Questions 17-26 are due Wednesday. Wednesday we started on questions 1-10 which are due Friday.

Science notes: 1-Heredity-Notes–1cn4vkl

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