August 31-Sept 4


This week we are learning about sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.  We will begin a study guide on Thursday.

Rock Notes



7TH GRADE- We are starting The Cycles of Matter which includes the Water Cycle, the Nitrogen Cycle, and the Carbon Cycle.

Cycles of Matter Notes

Water Cycle – the movement of water between the oceans, atmosphere, land, and living things;

Evaporation- sun’s heat causes water to change from liquid to vapor                                          condensation- water vapor cools and returns to a liquid state                                                      , precipitation – water that falls from the atmosphere to the land (rain, sleet, snow, hail)         transpiration- process in which plants release a large amount of water vapor

Carbon Cycle – The exchange of carbon between the environment and living things;   Photosynthesis- plants use carbon dioxide in the air to make sugars. Animals get carbon by eating plants.  Fungi and bacteria return water and carbon dioxide to the environment by decomposing organic matter. Fire in an environment also returns carbon to the atmosphere.

Decomposition – The breakdown of substances into simpler molecules

Combustion – the burning of a substance

Photosynthesis – process in which some organisms use sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water to make food.

Respiration – the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between living cells and their environment; includes breathing and cellular respiration

Nitrogen Cycle – the movement of nitrogen between the environment and living things.   Nitrogen helps build protein and DNA for new cells. Nitrogen moves from the air to the soil through lightning, by decomposition, and by rain.  Decomposers release nitrogen from the dead organisms they eat.  Plants take it up from the soil through their roots.  Animals get it by eating plants.  Nitrogen gets back in the air through bacteria in soil, decomposing animals and plants, and fire.

Nitrogen Cycle                                                                                                                                                                                                                     



Ms. Tuttle’s Class

We are continuing with our study of minerals.  The test is on Tuesday 25th.

Here is the Study Guide.minerals test study guide

Minerals Notes: Mineral Notes Test Tuesday

Mineral Webquest- see Ms. Tuttle’s blog for link.


Ms. Sussman’s Class

We are working on biotic and abiotic features of ecosystems.  Five Flap Info foldable due Tuesday.


Ms. Jacobson’s Class

ch 18 notes- Jacobson/Ock

Test next Tuesday on Ch 18

We have been working on the study guide in class–here is a copy:

Jacobson-Chapter_18_Study_Guide (2)


AUGUST 10-14

6th Grade Earth Science

In Ms. Tuttle’s class, we have learned safety rules and have had fun doing labs.  We have learned about mass, volume, and density. Today we formed hypotheses about whether certain fruits and vegetables will float or sink in water. We have a quiz Friday over Safety, the Scientific Method, and Mass, Density, and Volume

Prepare for your quiz Friday  This is a helpful review sheet.


7th Grade Life Science

In 7th grade, we learned about lab safety and the scientific method.  We have learned the six characteristics of living things:

Living things need

1.  Energy

They have

2. Cells

3. DNA

They do:

4. Reproduce

5. Respond

6. Grow

Ms. Sussman’s class drew comic strips and did a penny lab. We will do the earthworm lab Thursday. We have a quiz Friday on the Scientific Method and Safety Rules.

Helpful review sheet:  Sussman Quiz Review. Check yourself:Review Answers

Ms. Jacobson’s class had a lab with Earthworms!! We also did a lab with tea bags. We have learned about organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and biospheres.

Friday Notes on CH 18

ch 18 notes- Jacobson