FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020~Happy Valentine’s Day!

Activator:  Take 5!  Study with your table team for your quiz!

Classwork:  Today in science students took their “Intro to Ecology Quiz” and worked on their “Levels of Ecology Posters” for the remainder of class.  These posters are due by the end of class.  If students completed their posters early, they began taking Cornell Notes over how energy is transferred via food chains and food webs in an ecosystem.

HOMEWORK:  None!  Enjoy your February Break!

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Activator:  Ecology review!

Classwork:  Today in science we reviewed what we have been learning so far about ecology:  biotic & abiotic factors, the levels of ecology, biomes and the difference between a habitat and a niche.  Then, students had the rest of time in class to work on their “Levels of Ecology” poster.

HOMEWORK:  Intro to Ecology Quiz tomorrow!  Levels of Ecology poster due by the end of class.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020

ACTIVATOR:  Complete the 1/2 sheet ecology review from the corner of my desk.

CLASSWORK:  Today in science we reviewed biotic and abiotic factors along with the levels of ecology.  Students worked on researching their organism and beginning the rough draft for their Levels of Ecology poster.

HOMEWORK:  Introduction to Ecology Notes & Lesson Review (pg. 357) due tomorrow.  Ecology quiz on Friday and Levels of Ecology Poster due by the end of class on Friday!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020

ACTIVATOR:  Complete questions 1-3 (Engage Your Brain & Active Reading) on pg. 347 of your student work text.

CLASSWORK:  Today in science we discussed biotic and abiotic factors.  Students took their “Introduction to Ecology” focused notes and worked on the Lesson Review on pg. 357.  Several students began researching an organism for their levels of Ecology poster.

HOMEWORK:  Intro to Ecology Focused Notes & Lesson Review, pg. 357 should be completed by Wednesday.  Intro to Ecology Quiz on Friday—study your notes!  Levels of Ecology poster due by the end of class on Friday.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020

ACTIVATOR:  Take the formative assessment probe, “No More Plants” off of the corner of my desk. Read, state your claim and explain your reasoning behind your claim.  Be prepared to share!

CLASSWORK:  Today in science we began our Ecology Unit!  We discussed the “No More Plants” formative assessment probe and watched “The Lorax”.  Students will work on discussion questions with their partner in class tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:  None!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

ACTIVATOR:  Take 5!  Study with your table team for the test!

CLASSWORK:  Today in science students took their “Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection Test”.  Then students completed and turned in any of the following labs that we have been working on in class:  Peppered Moth, Rock Pocket Mouse and Bird Beak.

HOMEWORK:  None!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020

ACTIVATOR:  Take the “Stated Clearly: Evidence for Evolution” video guide off of the corner of my desk & quietly read the questions over to yourself.

CLASSWORK:  Today in science we watched a brief video over the evidence of evolution.  Students answered questions and we went over the answers together in class.  Then students played Kahoot! to review for our test.

HOMEWORK:  Test tomorrow!  Study your notes!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020

Activator:  Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection Crossword Puzzle.  You may complete with your table!

Classwork:  Today in science we reviewed key terms from our evolution unit.  Then students checked their “Evidence of Evolution Focused Notes” with mine and made any necessary corrections.  Some classes started the “Stated Clearly–What is the Evidence for Evolution?” video w/notes and other classes did not.

Evidence of Evolution Focused Notes

Evidence of Evolution Cornell Notes 2019 (This is the link for the PowerPoint for the Focused Notes!)

HOMEWORK:  Any lab write-up that you have not completed (Rock Pocket Mouse, Peppered Moth Simulation, Bird Beak Lab) please complete and turn in by Wednesday.  The Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection Test is on Wednesday.  Study your notes!

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020

Activator:  Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection Crossword Puzzle.

Classwork:  Today in science students got caught up on a variety of assignments.  Students worked on one or more of the following:

a.  Peppered Moth Simulation~Turn in

b.  Bird Beak Adaptations Lab~Turn in

c.  Evidence of Evolution Focused Notes

d.  BrainPOP Enrichment activities

HOMEWORK:  Evidence of Evolution notes are due Monday!  Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection Test is on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.  Study your notes!

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020

Activator:  Complete the back of the Charles Darwin BrainPOP Quiz from yesterday!

Classwork:  Today in science we discussed Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution through natural selection.  We focused on the finches he studied and how they differed not only from the mainland to the islands but from island to island.  Students participated in the bird beak simulation where they used various “beaks” (spoons, tweezers, hairclips, binder clips & clothespins) to pick up various “foods” (rubber bands, beans, paper clips & toothpicks).  Students had an opportunity to try to pick up “food” with each “beak”, recording their data.  Students began answering the lab questions but they will finish them in class tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:  Test on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 over the theory of evolution through natural selection and the evidence of evolution.  Students need to use their notes as their study guide!