Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We updated ISNs by adding the food chain diagram to page 42 and the vocabulary wheel to page 43.

3. Students turned in their video analysis paragraphs from yesterday's lesson.

4. We finished the lab from yesterday. Student charts should be completed and their graphs are due tomorrow.

5. We took a clicker quiz (10 questions) on ecology terms.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We watched a video about how introducing wolves into Yosemite affected all the other organisms in the ecosystem.

3. After the video, students responded to the following question and then shared their opinions with a partner: Analyze how introducing wolves back into Yosemite affected the ecosystem there.

4. We did a lab where students investigated the predator-prey relationship. We will finish and discuss the lab activity tomorrow in class.

5. Students received their DEA animal code names.

We will have a quiz on ecology terms tomorrow.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We taped the Brain Pop sheet from Friday to ISN page 41.

3. Food chain diagrams were collected and graded today.

4. Students used the green science textbooks to complete a vocabulary wheel (graphic organizer).

5. Students did an energy flow chart, adding information about each level of the food chain (definitions, characteristics, examples, sketches, etc.)

The vocab wheel/energy flow chart was completed by most students during class time. Those who did not finished were asked to finish the rest at home and bring in to class tomorrow completed.

Friday, October 17, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work - after we did today's questions, the bell work sheets were collected. If you were absent, bring your paper to me on Monday.

2. Students did a t-chart about what they already knew about producers and consumers and we had a quick review before the lesson.

3. We watched a brain pop video about food chains.

4. Students completed a brain pop activity sheet using information from the video.

5. Students started their food chain drawings. The drawings are due Monday. They are to be done on the yellow half-sheet that was given to them in class today. The assignment is worth 20 points, and must include:

---5 arrows in the correct direction of energy flow (1 point each)
---5 drawings (1 point each)
---5 labels: producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, tertiary consumer, and decomposer (1 point each)
---5 organism names, such as "grass" or "deer" or "hawk" (1 point each)

The assignment does not need to be colored, but you may choose to do so if you would like to.


If you have time this weekend, play the "Food Chain Game" from the Biology Links section on the left side of this page. It's fun!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We finished the article and graphic organizer on ISN page 40.

3. Students responded to 5 analysis questions about Wednesday's lab activity.

4. We took a 5-question clicker quiz on cellular respiration.

5. Students responded to the following prompt on an exit slip: Explain the process of cellular respiration and then tell why it is important for living things.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We went over the answers to the reinforcement sheet from Yesterday's lesson and taped the paper to ISN page 38.

3. We did a Yeast Lab Investigation to observe cellular respiration. Students recorded information on a chart on ISN page 39.

4. Students read an article about Yeast and recorded 6 interesting facts on a concept map on page 40.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We went over the answers to the assessment questions from yesterday (ISN page 37).

3. We watched a brain pop video on cellular respiration

4. Students read Chapter 12 section 3 in the green textbook (pages 344-348)

5. We did a reinforcement sheet to go with section 3 about obtaining energy in an ecosystem.

6. We took the quiz from the brain pop video on clickers.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We did a cloze reading activity while reading pages 133-135 in the science textbook.

3. Students glued this page to ISN page 36.

4. Students answered the 5 assessment questions from page 135 on ISN page 37.

Friday, October 10, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We finished the second part of our spinach lab that we started yesterday.

3. Students read an article about "Why Leaves Change Color" and answered questions about the article.

4. Students received their 1st 9 weeks science grade. Grade cards will be going home with students next week (near the end of the week).

5. Exit Slip: Record your observations from the lab. What happened? What conclusions can you draw from the experiment?

The Elephants won the jungle! Congrats 7th period! :-) 

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We finished the challenge questions from yesterday on ISN page 35 and we discussed the answers.

3. We read a leaf chromatography article with partners.

4. Students did part 1 of the spinach chromatography lab.

5. At the end of class, students did an exit slip with 3 facts from the article, and 1 question they still have.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We discussed yesterday's exit slip and reviewed student answers.

3. We did an anticipation guide with pages 128-131 in the science textbook. We glued the anticipation guide to page 34.

4. We started the four "photosynthesis challenge questions" on ISN page 35.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We had a brief class discussion about photosynthesis.

3. We watched a Brain Pop video about photosynthesis. See me for the login info if you were absent.

4. We did a vocabulary t-chart on ISN page 33 with terms from the video. (photosynthesis, glucose, xylem, stomata, palisades, spongy cells, chloroplasts, and chlorophyll)

5. We took the brain pop quiz as a class. If you were absent, you can take the review quiz at home.

6. We did an exit slip where students responded to the question: Identify the 3 inputs for photosynthesis and the 2 outputs generated.

7. Students glued an anticipation guide to page 34 and did the "before reading" side.

Monday, October 6, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. Students were notified if they were missing assignments.

3. Students received feedback from graded tests (short answer and extended response)

4. Students received feedback from the ISN checks (from Tuesday last week)

5. Students numbered their ISNs to page 50.

6. We made a cover page on ISN page 32 for our new unit - Energy in Ecosystems

7. Behavior Expectations Review

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. We took the Multiple Choice part of the unit 2 test.

2. Students put their answers in clickers and received immediate feedback on their grade.

3. We did ISN Check #3 over pages 21-30.

Monday, September 29, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Students received their graded bell work from last week.

2. We took the Short Answer and Extended Response part of the unit 2 test.

Our next ISN Check will be Tuesday (tomorrow) over pages 21-30.