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March 16, 2018
by Mrs. Holshouser

Science Week of 3/19

Monday: Survivor STEM begins.  “How can we survive and adapt to natural disasters?”  Day 1 Research your tribe’s disaster and investigate the effects it leaves behind.  Use the Disaster Data Sheet.  Be thinking of your prototype design that could help victims of this weather event.  Share the timeline of the lifestraw prototype and innovations.  Turn in any finished totem poles.

Tuesday: Turn in final totem poles.  Go through the Prototype Planner with real world inventions with Science Scope Magazines.  Complete the 5 steps of the engineering design process.

Wednesday: Complete your own tribe’s Prototype Planner and materials list.  Materials due Thursday for most points on your totem!

Thursday: Organize Materials for Monday.  Reward Challenge.  Review Engineering Design PPT template and Shark Tank Solar Cooking.

Friday: Drought Proofing Australia with STEM Design.  Immunity Challenge.

Disaster Survivor Science presentation-qgcc4o

STEM Standards of Practice HO-1xs6v63

What is the Design Process-2hbz88g

March 9, 2018
by Mrs. Holshouser

Science Week of 3/12

Upcoming Dates:

Early Release Wed 3/14

STEM Design prototype Monday 3/26


Problem Based Learning, “What are the Reasons for the Seasons?” An introduction to space science.  Each day students will complete primary and secondary source investigations, video lessons, and hands on investigations.  On Tuesday they will receive a homework packet and on Wednesday they will complete an open note assessment of understanding.  This will be their last grade of the 3rd 9 weeks.

PBL seasons Science

Thursday: Review/Reinforce the concepts of rotation vs. revolution Ch.20.4.  Hw: review ws

Friday: Finish mini lab and introduce science capstone project for the next 2 weeks.




March 5, 2018
by Mrs. Holshouser

Science Week of 3/5

Upcoming Dates: 

Weather Unit Test 3/8

Early Release Day & end of 9 weeks: 3/14

Monday: Weather Instrument 16.3 and Severe Weather Review 16.4.  HW: Severe weather guided reading.

Tuesday: Enrichment on weather map skills reading (4 air masses, 4 fronts, global/local winds) HW: Study your Ch.16 notes/study guide in your HSN.

Wednesday: Reteach student questions, Kahoot Review, Begin Textbook practice test p.510-511.  HW: Finish #1-22 CW on textbook review p.510.

Thursday: Weather Unit Test

Friday: The Cosmos.  Surviving and adapting in the exosphere!


February 24, 2018
by Mrs. Holshouser

Science Week of 2/26

Upcoming Dates: The Atmosphere Unit Test Thursday 3/8

Monday: Ch.16, sect1 Review: Water in the air- techterms, humidity, saturation, 3 basic clouds.  Reinact levels of humidity and draw illustrations.  PPT & closed notes.

Tuesday: Ch.16.2 PPT and visual organizers.  4 types of air masses that affect the US and 4 types of weather fronts.

Cold fronts and warm fronts anchor chart for weather and weather mapsWeather symbols anchor chart

Wednesday-Friday: Stem station rotations! HW: Finish your daily station research.

Rotation 1) Ch.16.3, severe weather webquest. First: Research causes, effects, warning systems for survival).

All 3 types of severe weather:

Tornado hurricane animation:

Tornado  safety and scale:

Hurricane safety and scale:

Describe 3 types of Lightening:


Lightening safety:

Next, complete your severe weather brainpops and quizzes.  Write your grades next to your name.

Finally, Complete an enrichment activity, if time: Mini-lab-Making Lightening.


Rotation 2) 16.4 Publisher based brochure.   Research weather tools using Ch.16, section 4 and present your information using a weather brochure template located here: Weather-Brochure-Template-publisher-OR use can use this: weather brochure template 2-PPT version.  Print your copy here or at home.  Save to your 365 account.  If time, complete the enrichment activity: Weather map investigations: Practice reading a weather map and  Illustrate your own weather broadcast.

Rotation 3) Land & Air Heat Capacity Lab incorporating mathematics and graphing change over time.  While you are collecting data for your lab, work on your global & local winds review worksheet!


16.2 Air Masses and Fronts PPT


Ch16 sec 3&4-Review PPT

Ch16 Section3 Guided Worksheet-


HeatingCapacityofLandandAir Lab



February 9, 2018
by Mrs. Holshouser

Science Week of 2/12

Upcoming Dates:

Ch.15 Quiz on Thursday 2/15

2/17 Winter Break

Monday: Ch.15.2- Atmosphere Heating.  Global Warming- Man-made or Natural? Heat transfer demo.  HW:  Begin Chapter Review WS due Wednesday!

Tuesday: Ch15.3- Global Wind Patterns.  PPT and Closed Notes. HW: Finish chapter review WS.

Wednesday: Check the Chapter Review Worksheet.  Ch15.3  Local Winds.  PPT and visual organizers in the HSN. HW: Study for chapter quiz.


Thursday: Ch.15 Quiz and Land/Air Capacity Lab. HW: Finish lab if needed.

Friday: Bill Nye Wind & Intro to Ch.16.1, Water in the Air.


15.2 heating notes-

15.2 heating-PPT

15.3 Winds closed notes

15.3 Winds-PPT

February 3, 2018
by Mrs. Holshouser

Science Week of 2/5

Upcoming Dates:

Progress reports have been posted on parentvue/studentvue.  Please look for missing assignments!

Chapter 15 quiz (sections 1-4) on Thursday Feb. 15th.

Monday: Ch.15, section1 KWL overview and Bill Nye Atmosphere Basics.  HW: Finish Friday’s 15.1 reading and WS if you did not over the weekend!

**If you need to make up the Unit test or Ch.13 quiz, you must come to the Help Session Tuesday at 8:15.  If you need to work on remediation (received less than a 70 on the unit 4 test) PLEASE come to the help session to work on the remediation packet.  It is due this Friday- Check StudentVue for your grades!

Tuesday: Properties of Air and Atmosphere Webquest. HW: Finish webquest

Online Lesson Plan:

  1. Brainpop and online quiz.


3) TheAtmosphere-webquest hard copy

4. Brainpop and online quiz. Print your answers!

Wednesday-Thursday:Hand back Unit 4 test assessments- Not sure how the short answer and test was graded? This is the rubric we used to explain the process in class. Double click to make it larger!

Mystery Matter Magic Show!  Teacher demos and station investigations on properties of air.

Friday: Station overview and 15.1 PPT.

Hotlinks for the week:

15.1 guided ws-Friday/Monday HW

Air Pressure 15.1-PPT



MysteryMatterDataSheet2018 Stationn Investigations


January 26, 2018
by Mrs. Holshouser

Science Week of 1/29

Important Dates:

Unit 4 Test Thursday 2/1

Modified Schedule Friday 2/2

Monday: 14.1 review, Introduce 14.2  PPT & 2-column notes.  Surface ocean currents vs. Deep ocean currents flowchart and their effect on climate. Review with a visual organizer on currents. HW: 1/2 sheet with textbook

Tuesday: Check half sheet.  Hand out second study guide for Unit 4 test.  14.3 PPT and 2 column notes.  Wind and Wave action. HW: Complete study guide

Wednesday: Review Day and Immunity Challenge.  HW: review both study guides and techterms.

Thursday: Unit 4 test

Friday: What is a gas? Packet and Research Ch 15 section 1   Guided Worksheet

Hotlinks for the Week:

14.3 Wind/Waves PPT Tuesday

14.4 tide PPT Wednesday

ch. 14, sec 2 Currents and Climate-PPT Monday

ONLevel jeopardy review-Wednesday

Password oceans-tech term review Wednesday

Study Guide for Water Cycle and Ocean Topography Test-Beginning of the week

Unit 4 Main Ideas – SGuide Wednesday

January 22, 2018
by Mrs. Holshouser

Science Week of 1/22-1/26

Monday: 13.1 Review sheet.  Finish 13.1 notes on characteristics of oceans from Tuesday and begin 13.2  closed notes from our online textbook.  HW: AC enrichment packet on the ocean flo0r- due Wednesday!

Tuesday: Review 13.2 with a visual organizer and complete trial/reward challenges.  Begin 13.5 on Ocean Pollution.  HW: study ocean floor techterms from closed notes and packet.  Ch.13.1,13.2. 13.5 quiz Friday!

Wednesday:  check HW, Sink or Float Lab investigation.  HW: Finish 13.5 ws from Tuesday, with Ocean Pollution.

Thursday: The Great Garbage Patch, and the effects of 14.1 Surface vs. Ocean Currents.  HW: Study your ch.13 techterms.

Friday: Ch.13 quiz/Immunity Challenge.  Clozed notes and graphic organizer on 14.1 currents.  14.2 Currents and Climate.

Hot links for the week:

oceanfloorbetterdiagram Tuesday

Oceans13.2-PPT   Chap13Sect2TwoColumn-Notes

Ch.13 section 5-guided worksheet

Brainpop Bouyancy and class quiz Wednesday

Sink or Float Lab will be made up on Wednesday help sessions!

Chap14Sect1TwoColumn Thursday

14.1 currents- PPT Thursday

great garbage patch- oil spills PPT Thursday

Chapter 13 Quiz – study guide

Ch. 14, sec 2 Currents and Climate-Friday

Chap14Sect2TwoColumn Friday

Current Map Friday

Currents flowchart-Friday




January 12, 2018
by Mrs. Holshouser

Science Week of 1/16-1/19

Upcoming Dates:

1/24 Ch.13 quiz

1/30 Unit 4 Test

Tuesday: Check our Oceans of Knowledge Classwork from Friday!  AnticipationGuide, OceanofKnowledge-class packet.   Begin Researching a little deeper with Ch.13, section 1! Characteristics of Oceans.  HW: Yellow and Green periods: Finish your ocean maps diagram!!!     Oceans13.1-PPT lesson Chap13Sect1TwoColumn-Notes

Wednesday and Thursday: All classes, if you have your HSN, please Finish your ocean maps diagram!!!     Also, open the attached PPT from Tuesday on 13.1 and click and print any remaining 2 column notes we did not finish in class.  All classes should complete the second page of notes or it will become homework on the weekend.

Friday: Read and do Ch.13, section 2.  The Ocean Floor.  PPT and closed notes, visual diagramming.  Chap13Sect2TwoColumn-Notes    oceanfloordiagram   Oceans13.2-PPT lesson


December 21, 2017
by Mrs. Holshouser

Science weeks of 1/8-1/12

Upcoming Dates:

Report Cards will be posted online at the end of the day on Friday, January 5th.

1/23 Ch.13 Quiz

1/30 Unit 4 Test

**Don’t forget to bring in a set of 5 donations, if you can, for our Ultimate survival package in January** Donations are optional, but they earn five points on your tribe’s totem poles!  ex. small toys, packaged food goodies, gift cards, creative, goodie bags, fun treats to fill your prize package after 6 weeks of hard work!


Science Court: Mini-PBL. “Real World connections- The Water Cycle”

1/9Tuesday: Science Court: Mini-PBL. “Real World connections- The Water Cycle”  HW: none

1/10 Wednesday: All in a Liquid lab in-class grade. Investigate your PBL and Apply what you know about physical properties of the unique liquid, “water”!  Tech terms: adhesion and surface tension. HW: 11.2&3 guided review WS

1/11 Thursday:  Check homework.  Immunity Challenge: Clouds!  Complete PBL and investigation grade assessment. HW: Finish your persuasive business letter and illustrated design to Pip Petterson’s Pipes.  Use this PPT to review your content and your assignment is on the last 3 slides.

Mini PBL – Science court water cycle

1/12 Friday: Classwork grade: Intro to Oceans, Ch.14.  Anticipation Guide & Research. Finish for homework if needed.

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