Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We finished the discussion questions on page 16 (from Friday).

3. Students read an article about brain cells called "Brain Cells Take a Break"

4. Students wrote an informational article about what happens to your brain when you sleep. These were collected at the end of class. If you were absent, you WILL be required to do this assignment.

Friday, August 29, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work

2. We watched two videos on the circulatory system.

Brain Pop Video - Circulatory System (email me to ask for the login info so you can watch!)

PBS Learning Media Video - "From the Heart"

3. During the videos, students recorded 5 interesting facts. These notes papers were collected for a grade.

4. We did 5 discussion questions on ISN page 16.

5. We took the quiz on the brain pop video (as a class, was not for a grade).

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Bell Work:

2. We finished the flowchart on ISN page 14.

3. We practiced analogies of levels of organization on ISN page 15.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Students viewed a power point about the levels of organization (cells - tissues - organs - organ systems - organisms)

2. Students took a note-taker during the power point and glued it on page 13.

3. We did ISN checks where students scored a classmate's ISN. Each page (1-10) was worth 10 points. Partial points were awarded for partial completion. Student scores were recorded and will be available for viewing on Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

4. Students made a flowchart of the levels of organization on page 14 of their ISNs.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. We taped the "Cells Alive" activity sheet to ISN page 12.

2. We glued the glossary sheet from Friday to ISN page G1.

3. We went to the computer lab to do practice cell activities. The games can be found on the left side of this page, under the heading "Biology Games".

Friday, August 22, 2014


I was not at school today because I was in Lexington at a science teachers meeting.

Students did the following things in class today:

1. Students finished the assignment from yesterday by using the green science textbook.

2. Students completed a graphic organizer with the week's vocabulary terms about cells.

(Next week, we will add both of these papers to student ISNs.)

3. Students checked ISN pages for completion. If students were absent or did not finish a page, they could update it then. Next week, they will be checked. Read about what goes on each page on yesterday's post.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. We finished the Venn diagram from yesterday on plant cells and animal cells.

2. We updated the Table of Contents by adding "cells unit", which starts on page 7.

3. Students numbered pages 12-20 in their ISNs.

4. We went to the computer lab for an activity on the structure and function of cell parts. Use the following pictures to check your work. Your answers may not be an exact match because mine is simplified and paraphrased. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

3. In classes where time allowed, we did an ISN check. Pages 1-10 were checked for a grade of 100 points. The page had to be completed to get a perfect score. If a page is partially completed, partial points will be given for that page. These grades will be posted on infinite campus ASAP.

The list below shows the contents of each ISN page so far:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. We finished the 2 column notes from class yesterday.

2. We taped the brain pop activity sheet from yesterday to page 9 in the student ISNs.

3. We did a drawing on ISN page 10 to contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

4. We did a Venn diagram on ISN page 11 to contrast plant and animal cells (using prior knowledge as well as the green science book page 73 as a reference).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Brain pop activity sheet (true/false, label a cell diagram, and Venn diagram of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells)

2. We watched the brain pop video again to help complete the activity sheet.

3. Read article about prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells

4. 2 column notes on ISN page 8 (8 questions)

Monday, August 18, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Cells unit pre-test (20 multiple choice questions)

2. Cells cover page in ISN (page 7)

3. Brain Pop Video: Cells

4. Brain Pop Quiz on Cells video

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. We finished discussing the bikini bottom activity from yesterday.

2. We started a new practice sheet with the scientific method. We finished with a few of the examples in class, and will continue tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Students set up a glossary in their ISNs. If you were absent and need help, let me know.

2. We did a practice sheet that reviewed the scientific method.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Here's what we did today:

1. Set up ISNs (7th grade science cover page, table of contents, introduction to science cover page, and numbered pages to 11)

2. We did a power point on the scientific method and students took notes on a note-taker sheet.

3. We glued the note-taker to ISN page 4.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Welcome new Spartans! We are beginning what I know will be another great school year! I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and learning together.

First, for my class you will need the following supplies:

---Composition book (stays in my classroom)

---Pencils (bring every day)

---Paper (bring every day)

---Some type of folder (to keep important science papers in)

---Twistables (bring every day)

You have my email address (you wrote it in your planner), so if you have any questions throughout the year about my class, please feel free to use it.

This week we will be learning about the scientific method. Make sure you come to class every day because we will be using the scientific method all year long in my class!

Make sure you have your supplies and bring them to class. If you are not able to get the supplies requested, please talk with me privately or email me because I have some that were donated at the end of the year last year that I can give you. Slightly used, but still better than nothing! :)

I hope you all enjoy my class this year and learn a lot about our world.