August 28

Finalizing Biome Vacation Packages..due Sept. 2

Peer ReviewToday students completed a peer review of another group’s biome vacation package website. Students idenitified aspects that were missing, postive points, and areas which need furhter development. Groups need to look over their peer reviews and make corrections to their website as needed. Time was provided in class today work in groups. There will no additional class time provided to work on the task.

We also spent a few minutes idenitifying tools that can be used to prepare for Friday’s biome quiz. Be sure to review all warm up questions (pink sheet), notebook items #6 – 12, and vocabulary notecards.

Homework:

Biome Quiz is Friday…8/29. Study your notes, response page, vocabulary, and webquest

All aquatic ecosystem inquiry report revisions are due tomorrow 8/29, if you wish to improve your grade.

All biome vacation packages are due September 2nd.

Temperate Grassland will be presenting on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd make sure the website, commerical, and 3-D product is ready.

August 27

Biomes Around the World Vacation Get-a-way

File:World-travel.jpgToday students worked in the classroom on their biome travel packages.   Be sure to use your rubrics in creating your products. Travel Agency Biome Website Assignment2014 Travel Agency Biome Website Ruric2014    You need to make sure all the requirements are expressed in your final products in a creative way.

The Website, commercial, and 3-D item is due Tuesday, September 4th.

Tomorrow we will be reviewing other students travel packages to provide feedback.

Homework:

Work on the biome project and communicate using Edmodo to your peers what you accomplished this evening and what your goals are for tomorrow.

Biome Quiz is Friday…8/29. Study your notes, response page, and webquest

All aquatic ecosystem inquiry report revisions are due Friday…8/29!

August 26

Biome Adventures

travelStudents spent another day in the PC Lab working on their Biome Vacation Package using Weebly website designer.  Be sure to use your rubrics in creating your products. Travel Agency Biome Website Assignment2014 Travel Agency Biome Website Ruric2014    You need to make sure all the requirements are expressed in your final products in a creative way. Peer review of websites will take place Thursday.

Tomorrow we will be in the classroom, this is a great day yo work on 3-D items, be sure to bring all your material. I will also have the laptops so that you can work on your websites and commercials as well. 

Homework:

Work on the biome project and communicate using Edmodo to your peers what you accomplished this evening and what your goals are for tomorrow.

Biome Quiz is Friday…8/29. Study your notes, response page, and webquest

All aquatic ecosystem inquiry report revisions are due Friday…8/29!

August 25

Biome Vacation Packages

Passport-map-travel-Today students spent time in the PC Lab to work on their Biome Vacation Package using Weebly website designer.  Be sure to use your rubrics in creating your products. Travel Agency Biome Website Assignment2014  Travel Agency Biome Website Ruric2014    You need to make sure all the requirements are expressed in your final products in a creative way. Peer review of websites will take place Thursday.

I set up Edmodo sub groups for you to communicate with your groups about the design and progress of your project. Please communicate and collaborate with your group often. If you do not know how to access your group to communicate, please let me know immediately.

Homework:

Work on the biome project and communicate using Edmodo to your peers what you accomplished this evening and what your goals are for tomorrow.

Biome Quiz is Friday…8/29.

All aquatic ecosystem inquiry report revisions are due Friday…8/29!

August 22

Climatographs

Today students practiced reading and interpreting data from a climate graph to determine the biome. If you were absent or need a review, watch the video  below about Climate Graphs. Use this link to practice:Climatograph practice
 

Homework: 

Complete Webquest…due Monday   See attached: Major Land Biomes Internet Lab

Work on website, use the log-in that the teacher supplied –  unless you added yourself as an author in class today, then you can use your own log-in that you created (your email and password)

Biome QUIZ – Friday, Aug. 29th.  The quiz will be over environmental organization, abiotic and biotic factors, climatographs, and the characteristics of the land and aquatic biomes.

August 21

WLPE Travel Agency: Exploring the World’s Ecosystems

Problem: It has long been said that travel “broadens the mind”. Now new evidence proves that jumping on a plane will not only make you smarter, but more open-minded and creative (John Lehrer, 2010). At WLPE travel agency, our founders have gone to great lengths to discover the unknown, immerse themselves in extraordinary places, encounter new cultures, and investigate nature firsthand. The same philosophy applies to our trips. We strive to create authentic and meaningful travel experiences that bring you to wonders both hidden and celebrated around the globe. Our founders sought to understand “the world and all that’s in it.” Our trips aim to do just that: to inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the wonders of our planet. In an attempt to bring awareness to the world’s diversity and boost the tourist economy, teams have been hired to design vacation packages to different parts of the world.

Your task is to design a travel package for a specific biome incorporating specific characteristics of the location and a tour package that captures the essence of the ecosystemt o be published in the form of a webpage, create a marketing campaign, and  in addition, the agency has asked you to construct at least one of the following to support your travel package: a sample suitcase packed with necessary travel items specifically designed to support your stay in this biome, a visual diorama or model showcasing your biome and its characteristics, or use your imagination and build something representative of your biome (with approval). 

See attached directions: Travel Agency Biome Website Assignment2014 and rubric: Travel Agency Biome Website Ruric2014

Here are some examples from last years students:  Travel Website Student Examples

Today students turned in their Aquatic Ecosystems Inquiry Report. I did not have time in class today to check note cards, but be sure to have them tomorrow. I will check first thing tomorrow during warm-up/response page question  time. 

Homework:  Complete Webquest…due Monday   See attached: Major Land Biomes Internet Lab

Work on website, use the log-in that the teacher supplied –  unless you added yourself as an author in class today, then you can use your own log-in that you created (your email and password)

 

August 20

Characterisitics and Climatic Factors of Biomes

click for a larger view Today students began exploring Land Biomes. We watched a brief video discussing factors which determine climate and noted these factors in our notebooks on page 10.

Students were then provided with an option to begin working on a webquest to learn about the various land biomes or work in their Aquatic PBL groups to finish up theri inquiry reports.  

Major Land Biomes Internet Lab Webquest: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibits/biomes/index.php

 A great resource video for the Aquatic Ecosystem Task iin case you our looking for somoe more supportive evidence (Thanks to Whitney W.):

https://screen.yahoo.com/army-corps-engineers-releases-water-222933952.html

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/army-corps-of-engineers-fully-releases-locks-to-prevent-lake-okeechobee-flooding/1d0nncxti?cpkey=1f6a36d4-89f0-463b-aee2-f7c9cc7035f7%257c%257c%257c%257c

Homework:

Aquatic Ecosystems Inquiry Report – due Thursday (tomorrow)

Notecard check – due Thursday

Biome Webquest – due Monday

 

August 19

How is the Corps’ water release program in South Florida affecting the aquatic ecosystems?

Satellite View of the Swampland around Southern Lake Okeechobee Photographic PrintStudents organized into their PBL groups and  collaborated to compose a report that details the different types of ecosystems affected by the release, how they are affected by the Okeechobee water release program, the advantages and disadvantages of releasing the water, whether or not the Corp should continue to release the water from the Lake Okeechobee, and solutions to the problems that could be created to due this decision. Although you are collaborating, each student is responsible for writing their own report.

Homework: Vocabulary terms: climate, climatograph, biological diversity, conifer, evergreen, deciduous, permafrost, and tree line.  Notecards due Thursday.

Continue working on your PBL report…due Thursday.

August 18

Aquatic Ecosystems PBL

Today students received their graded Edmodo rubrics and lab safety quiz corrections. All grades are up to date. Please check synergy to determine your progress. 

Students organized into their PBL groups and began sharing research. Students took turns explaining their individual research and then collaborated to compose a report that details the different types of ecosystems and how they are affected by the Okeechobee water release program. We will continue working in groups tomorrow to determine if the Corp should or should not continue to release the water from the lake and solutions to the problems that could be created to due this decision. 

Homework: Vocabulary terms: climate, climatograph, biological diversity, conifer, evergreen, deciduous, permafrost, and tree line.  Notecards due Thursday. 

Continue researching and working on your PBL report…due Thursday. 

 

August 17

Media Center Changes…please read

Welcome back, friends! I hope everyone had a great summer break and read lots of great stuff! We’ve got lots of big changes going on this school year & I want to tell you about one of them now:

The Media Center will now be offering a limited number of first come, first served passes for our study hall period.

  • Students may pick up a study hall pass from the study hall monitors starting at 8:00 each morning, but the media center will not open until 8:20.
  • The media center will open at 8:20 M-F.
  • Students may not pick up more than one pass (This means that students can’t save passes for their friends).
  • Once the study hall passes are gone, no more students will be able to attend study hall in the media center.
  • Students will now sign into the media center during study hall on a paper sign in sheet at the circulation desk.
  • Students should remember that the number 1 most important rule of the media center is RESPECT. Respect for other students working, respect for equipment & resources, and respect for faculty & staff. Students who violate this rule will be sent back to the theater.
  • Students without the paper passes will be sent back to study hall in the theater.

Computer Study Hall Passes (Blue)

  • Up to 3o passes available each morning*
  • Study hall computer passes are numbered. Students will use the computer that corresponds with the number on their pass.

Non-Computer Study Hall Passes (Yellow)

  • Up to 20 passes available each morning*
  • These passes are for students checking out books, studying in small groups, working on homework, tutoring each other, working on special projects…

Disclaimers:

  • *Teachers may reserve a block of computers for their classes to come in early to work on projects. This will limit the amount of computer passes available.
  • The media center reserves the right to send students back to study hall for any reason
  • The media center reserves the right to close during study hall period so that Mrs. Harpin & Mrs. Chambless may attend important faculty meetings. Closures will be announced in advance when possible.