Friday, December 19, 2014


Today was reward and remediation day at ECMS, so we did not have any science assignments.

Have a Merry Christmas! I'll see you all on January 5th! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. Bell Work papers from Dec. 8-18 were collected today for a grade.

3. Water cycle diagrams were returned to students.

4. We started talking about the rock cycle by accessing prior knowledge. As a class, we brainstormed a list of terms that might be related to the rock cycle.

5. We analyzed the rock cycle diagram in the textbook.

6. Students watched the Brain Pop video about the rock cycle.

7. We took the quiz as a class.

8. Some classes did a diagram of the rock cycle.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We watched the carbon cycle brain pop video at the beginning of class.

3. We took the quiz from the video (the classes who did not take it yesterday).

4. Students completed the brain pop activity sheet.

5. We moved onto the rock cycle with a discussion about terms students remember that are related to the rock cycle.

6. We watched the brain pop video about the rock cycle (only in some classes).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We finished the water cycle diagrams by coloring them. These were collected in class today.

3. We moved into the next lesson about the carbon cycle by watching a brain pop video. During the video, students wrote down 3 interesting facts about the carbon cycle.

4. We took the brain pop quiz about the carbon cycle.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. Elbow Partner Discussion: What do you know about the water cycle? What are the different parts of it?

3. We watched a brain pop video about the water cycle and took the quiz.

4. We read page 437 in the orange science book about the water cycle.

5. Diagram the water cycle, and include the 5 parts: evaporation, condensation, precipitation, transpiration, runoff.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. Students were notified if they were missing assignments.

3. Students did a storyboard reflection of their project, answering the question "What would you do differently if you could re-build your penguin dwelling?"

4. We had a class discussion about reflections, talking about what materials and designs were most effective at keeping the heat out of the igloo.

5. Students were shown their score on the "Save the Penguins" pre-test.

6. Students took the post-test on clickers and received their scores.

7. We compared the pre-test scores with the post-test scores.

8. At the end of class, we did a unit reflection about things we learned, favorite parts, least favorite parts, and suggestions for improvements.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. Students updated their story boards with any adjustments they made to their initial budget/design.

3. We put the penguin dwellings in the hot box for 20 minutes and measured the ice cubes masses after the "sun" had been shining on them. The ice cube with the largest mass was the winner.

----- 2nd period - Haley, Jazmen, Lakole, and Madison

----- 4th period - Allison, Graycee, Emily, Phyllisia, and Shelby

----- 5th period - Haley, Hannah, Hope, Shayla, and Karen

----- 7th period - Madeline, Connor, Tyler, Jacob

4. Students viewed a power point on innovating building materials and took notes in a t-chart format on their story boards (this was shown during the 20 minutes the igloos were in the hot box).

Pictures from Save the Penguins:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. Student groups finished budgets and sketches.

3. We added the budget and sketch to individual student storyboards.

4. Students used play money to buy supplies at the "Igloo Depot" for their penguin dwellings.

5. Students constructed their dwellings to try and keep their penguins (ice cubes) from melting.

Designs will be tested Wednesday!