Week of December 10, 2018

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News:

  • GRADES: I have updated the gradebook EXCEPT the water cycle lab activity.  These take a little while to grade, so once graded they will be put in.

Standard:

  • S6E3c: Ask questions to identify and communicate, using graphs and maps, the composition, location, and subsurface topography of the world’s oceans.
  • S6E3d. Analyze and interpret data to create graphic representations of the causes and effects of waves, currents, and tides in Earth’s systems.

Assessments:

  • ocean composition, ocean location, ocean topography formative Thursday December 13
  • ocean waves reading questions formative Friday December 14 (you cannot study, I am assessing how students read science text and answer questions)
  • oceans summative assessment Wednesday December 19

Homework:

Monday  – FInish ocean location, composition, and topography packet

Tuesday  AND Wednesday– STUDY ocean location, composition, and topography for formative assessment Thursday.  Resources in the water tab above to assist you

Thursday AND Friday – work on STUDY GUIDE for summative assessment DUE Monday

Classwork

Monday – Ocean location, composition, topography packet AND practice sheet for all three concepts

Tuesday –Review ocean location and ocean topogrpahy

Wednesday – Finish reviewing ocean topography and review ocean composition

Thursday – Complete ocean location, composition, topogrpahy formative assessment.  Begin reading about waves.

Friday –  Finish ocean waves reading and begin reviewing ocean waves


Week of December 3, 2018

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News:

  • Tutoring Tuesday morning, 8:15am
  • The last summative assessment this nine weeks will be Wednesday December 19

Standard:

  • S6E3b: Plan and carry out an investigation to illustrate the role of the sun’s energy in atmospheric conditions that lead to the cycling of water. (Clarification statement: The water cycle should include evaporation, condensation, precipitation, transpiration, infiltration, groundwater, and runoff.)
  • S6E3c: Ask questions to identify and communicate, using graphs and maps, the composition, location, and subsurface topography of the world’s oceans.

Assessment:

  • Water Cycle Formative Assessment WEDNESDAY 12/5.  Students will be completing an investigation about the water cycle.  The students will begin in class on Monday and finish Wednesday.  The work will be graded as a formative assessment.

Homework:

Monday  – Compete the water cycle quizlet for 15 minutes

Tuesday – No homework

Wednesday – Read page 194 and complete the the “L” of your K-W-L

Thursday – Finish two column notes, if not finished in class.

Friday – Review ocean location, composition, and topography for a graded formative NEXT Wednesday

Classwork

Monday – Water CYcle Investigation Hypothesis

Tuesday –Water Cycle Investigation experiment and analysis questions

Wednesday – FINISH water cycle analysis questions.  Begin engage, explore, and explain for the ocean location assignments

Thursday – Finish Ocean Location information.  Begin engage, explore and explain for ocean composition.

Friday –  Check ocean composition work and begin ocean topopraphy


December Update

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Hello!

I cannot believe we are down to the last few weeks of the second quarter.  I wanted to update you on what is happening in class:

1. Student grades are up to date, except the formative water distribution poster students completed in class yesterday and today.

2. I had to assign homework for the weekend 🙁  I need students to READ pages 163 – 165 and pages 170-173 in their worktext (completing the worktext activities as they go) AND completing research questions 1 and 2 on the water cycle investigation.  I attached the sheet and it is on my blog if students were absent or lost it.  Students need to review the water cycle so Monday and Tuesday they can create a model in class.  I y ou have not done the online textbook you can login here www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531 using the student office 365 email as username and their school computer password as their password.  The text will read it out loud and has other great features.

3. Here is a breakdown of the last few grades.  If a student is struggling in class, they still have time to pull up their grade: (these are tentative dates, they could change by a few days)

  • Water Cycle Investigation Formative assessment (analysis questions from the lab) Tuesday 12/4
  • Ocean Floor, Ocean Composition, Ocean Location formative assessment Tuesday 12/11
  • Ocean Waves Currents and Tides reading assessment Thursday 12/13
  • Ocean Summative Assessment Wednesday 12/19

Have a a great weekend!

Karen


Week of November 26

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News:

  • Tutoring Tuesday morning, 8:15am
  • Grades are up to date in parent / student vue
  • The last summative assessment this nine weeks will be Wednesday December 19
  • At least three more formative assessments will be given before the end of the nine weeks

Standard:

  • S6E3a: Ask questions to determine where water is located on Earth’s surface (oceans, rivers, lakes, swamps, groundwater, aquifers, and ice) and communicate the relative proportion of water at each location.
  • S6E3b: Plan and carry out an investigation to illustrate the role of the sun’s energy in atmospheric conditions that lead to the cycling of water. (Clarification statement: The water cycle should include evaporation, condensation, precipitation, transpiration, infiltration, groundwater, and runoff.)

Assessment:

  • Water Distribution Formative Assessment THURSDAY 11/29.  Students will be completing a flier, using information collected in class.  The flier will be graded, using a checklist.
  • Water Cycle Formative Assessment FRIDAY 11/30.  Students will be completing an investigation about the water cycle.  The students will begin in class on Friday and finish the following Monday.  The work will be graded as a formative assessment.

 

Homework:

Monday  – We cleaned out notebooks today in class.  If you did not finish, please clean out your notebook AND set-up your new notebook.  The following items are in the new notebook and written on a sheet of notebook paper that is your table of contents:

  1. Warm-Up  2. Earth Science Newsletter  3. Lab Safety Contract   4. Science Classroom Scavenger Hunt  5. Water Distribution

Tuesday – Finish the engage and explore sections of water distribution activity, if not finished in class.

Wednesday – Finish the explain section of the water distribution activity, if not finished in class.

Thursday – No homework

Friday – No homework

 

Classwork

Monday – Clean out notebooks.   Set – up new notebook.  Engage question writing of water distribution activity

Tuesday – FINISH engage and explore section of Water Distribution activity.  Begin the explain section.

Wednesday – FINISH the engage, explore and explain sections of Water Distribution activity.

Thursday – Water Distribution formative assessment flier

Friday –  Water Cycle model performance task



Storm Extension

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Create a hurricane website

Aim a hurricane website

Predict the type of tornado   use this website to change aspects of a tornado, and then determine the cateogory of tornado based on the destruction

Extreme weather simulator  Click on the storms to learn about disastrous storms in history.  Click on the link to the left to simulate different storms.

Create a tornado

Weather SImulation Mix air masses, learn about ocean currents, and then determine what kind of weather will be coming

Save a city from disasters   Learn about weather and what disasters can be coming, decide how much money to spend to keep the city safe

Hurricane and sea surface temperature


Week of November 12, 2018

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News:

  • No tutoring this week, I have a meeting Tuesday morning.
  • Students got information today on the Color Battle fundraiser.

Standard:

  • S6E4d Construct an explanation of the relationship between air pressure, fronts, and air masses and meteorological events such as tornadoes and thunderstorms.
  • S6E4e Analyze and interpret weather data to explain the effects of moisture evaporating from the ocean on weather patterns and weather events such as hurricanes.

Assessment:

  • Unit 3b Summative Assessment Tuesday and Wednesday 11/13 and 11/14.
    • Students should be able to construct an explanation of the relationship between air pressure, fronts, and air masses and meteorological events such as tornadoes and thunderstorms.
    • There will be NO retake as students may use their notes, students had a practice with the formative assessment so they could clear up any mistakes before the assessment that counts 60 % of their grade, students will be given a graphic organizer to assist with their writing, students will be given a rubric before they start writing so they know how they will be graded, and students will have two class periods to complete.

Homework:

Monday  – review air masses, air pressure, weather fronts, and storms for the summative assessment tomorrow

Tuesday and Wednesday – No homework

Thursday – No homework

Friday – No homework, enjoy your break!

Classwork:

Monday – Review how thunderstorms and tornadoes form

Tuesday – Unit 3b Summative Assessment

Wednesday – Unit 3b Summative Assessment

Thursday – Hurricane data analysis activity

Friday –  Hurricane data analysis activity


Weather Formative Assessment Correct Answer

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Students completed a writing formative assessment on Wednesday / Thursday of this week.  I wanted to give students their grades and assignments back quickly so they can learn from them before the summative assessment on Tuesday of next week.  Grading almost 160 writing assignments in one night did not allow me time to give personal feedback.  To resolve this and so students can learn where they missed, I am attaching two exemplary formative assessment answers.  This was what I would say is a great answer, please use it to analyze your formative assessment and learn from it.  Formative assessments were handed back today (Friday).  KEY – Weather Formative     Answer Slaton Weather Formative


November 5, 2018

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Standard:

  • S6E4d Construct an explanation of the relationship between air pressure, fronts, and air masses and meteorological events such as tornadoes and thunderstorms.

Assessment:

  • Air masses and weather fronts formative assessment Wednesday November 7, 2018
    • Students should be able to CONSTRUCT AN EXPLANATION of the relationship between air pressure, fronts, and air masses

Homework:

Monday  and Tuesday –  Air Masses, Air Pressure, and Weather Fronts Practice worksheet DUE Wednesday.  Use page 87 from the Exploration packet we completed in class last week to help you with air masses.  You can also use the diagram on the Air Masses page above.  Use the rest of the exploration packet for weather fronts and air pressure.  Review for formative assessment.  See above for what will be on the assessment.

Wednesday – No homework

Thursday – If not finished in class, read page 308, 312- 313 and complete questions 5, 11 – 14 and page 319 #13 and 14 to learn how thunderstorms and tornadoes form

Friday – Review thunderstorms and tornadoes for a summative assessment next week.

Classwork:

Monday – Unit 3A Summative Retake AND Air Masses and Weather Fronts Practice

Tuesday – No School

Wednesday – Review air masses and fronts.  Air pressure, air masses, and weather fronts formative assessment

Thursday – Thunderstorms and tornadoes. Read page 308, 312- 313 and complete questions 5, 11 – 14 to learn how thunderstorms and tornadoes form

Friday –  Thunderstorms and tornadoes diagrams


Updates November 2, 2018

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  1. FYI – Parents/Guardians – We are looking for used board games/card games/puzzles to have at school when we have indoor Hawk Time.  If you have any that your family doesn’t use anymore, please send them in to Mrs. Heaberg.  Thank you so much.
  2. Science grades are up to date.  The retake for the Unit 3A assessment is MONDAY in class.  Here is the remediation sheet.  Students MUST complete the remediation sheet, with a parent signature, and bring it to class on Monday.  If the remediation is NOT completed, the student cannot take the assessment. Remediation Unit 3A
  3. Formative Assessment for air pressure, air masses, weather fronts on Wednesday 11/7/18.