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    I wish everyone a wonderful and safe summer. Take care of yourselves and your families. Explore your passions, make good habits and accomplish all that you dream. Mrs. Armstrrong
    Posted by armstrem  On Jun 22, 2020 at 6:16 AM
      
    This week will be our last week of school. I cannot believe the time has flown this quickly. All assignments must be submitted by Tuesday June 9th. The last weeks assignment is to work on a different topic provided by the museum. I have provided instructions in my Files and Documents folder. Thursday I will host our last Zoom. I will email the access information closer to the date. Please have any items from your passion project you would like to share.  I look forward to seeing you. Have a great summer!
    Posted by armstrem  On Jun 04, 2020 at 8:19 AM
      
    Hello Everyone. I cannot believe we have just two weeks of school left.  I am excited about this week’s activity. This week we are focusing on the first unit of the year, It was on how to be scientist. You will have a PowerPoint as a review of the basics for standards 1-4. Then, unlike weeks past you will have only one choice, but it is the part I am excited about. You are going to be doing a virtual science experience through the Natural History Museum of Utah.  You will have opportunities to work with real evidence, acting like real scientists and even hear from some scientists what they do for a living. This week everyone will be taking the same class and working on the same parts.  Next week you will have an opportunity to choose from the remaining activities. I hope you find the activities as interesting as I did.  I wish you the best. Please email me if you have any questions.
    Posted by armstrem  On Jun 01, 2020 at 6:30 AM
      
    Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Thank you to all the families that have members who have faught for us in the past and have moved on.  This week we are looking at evolution.  One of the key concepts of this unit was discovering how natural selection worked.  The other key concept was looking into the proof that scientists use to support their claim on the theory of Evolution.  For this week’s activities, again first watch the background PowerPoint as a refresher as well as extension of what we learned.  Then you will have three choices. The first is a bunny activity, the second is a cricket comic on evolution.  The third is a lab that you look at a spreadsheet of real data collected on remains of the different organisms over time. You will learn how to take that data and place it in a more usable data table and then answer a question about biodiversity.  Biodiversity is a term that represents how different all the life forms are on earth as well as how many. I look forward to hearing about your experiences.  Have a great week!
    Posted by armstrem  On May 26, 2020 at 6:23 AM
      
    Hello Everyone!  This week we are working on cell transport.  There is a PowerPoint and a word document called Cell Transport Background.  Please look over both before choosing a project this week.  We have three options for you and all of them are labs. One using an egg, one using a carrot and one completely virtual.  Discuss with your parents before you choose. We will also be having another Kahoot this week.  I am not quite ready to have you all on Canvas, but I will share with you some hints that I learned. Again, I will email out the link and passwords so that you can join. I look forward to hearing about your experiences.  Have a great week!
    Posted by armstrem  On May 11, 2020 at 11:05 AM
      
    Hello, everybody!  Here is a copy of what I posted on Teams this week: 8th Grade: Good morning! I'm thinking about what to keep going with this week, and originally I was going to assign an exploration to you all but most of you have not yet completed the activity from last week.  If you did, I sent you feedback and I'm loving the projects you've created!  So here's the deal:   If you completed last week's project, start a new EXPLORATION this week.  Choose a project type you haven't done yet, go to the Assignments tab, and find the Exploration assignment for that type.     If you did not complete last week's project, that should be your focus.  Email it to me when it's complete.  And remember, the checklists and rubrics are in the tab above labeled "Checklists & Rubrics." Use the checklist to guide you and use the rubric to double-check that it has everything it needs. 6th and 7th Grade: In lieu of assigning a project or activity this week, I'm going to be hosting a game during Office Hours on Friday!  We'll be playing a game called Lie Swatter!  (In Lie Swatter, players are given a fact and must quickly decide if it’s True or a Lie. Get it wrong and the bug gets squashed! But get it right…and the bug also gets squashed, but you get points. Up to 100 players can drop in and out at any time, even after the game has already started.)   Meet me on Zoom on Friday to play a game with us! 6th grade: 12:00; 7th grade: 12:30   In the meantime, here are some more NearPod codes for practicing your typing skills: JKL Keys: NQBUT J to H Keys: ATNVY F to G Keys: OQVIS (Optional) Home Row Practice: ZCNAW ***Zoom links and codes/passwords are on each class's Teams page for privacy
    Posted by krausln  On May 06, 2020 at 8:15 AM
      
    May the 4th be with you today and this week.  The activities this week are about the levels of organization in life, starting from cell up to Organism.  We were about to start the discussion on how this can be expanded to population and then all the way up to biosphere (the earth where we live). These activities will not go that far but you are welcome to challange yourself to figure this out.  There are two main options for this week.  One option is a foldable that you can paste into your notebook when you are done.  The second option is a mobile.  I drew and colored the example and you can see it posted in the Files and Documents folders.  In addition, we have posted the SkipBio Cell Organization edition that you can play with your family and count as your time. Please email me if you have any questions.  There will not be a Zoom this week. Reminder your 3rd Quarter Grades will be sent out on the 5th.  Take care of your selves.
    Posted by armstrem  On May 04, 2020 at 7:40 AM
      
    Check out the Happy Numbers Website information under the math folder - you're going to really like this page.  Have fun with it! Happy Numbers where carefully scaffolded lessons build a strong math foundation
    Posted by seymoutx  On Apr 29, 2020 at 9:43 AM
      
    Due to low participation in the video Zoom office hours, I'm changing the format.  It's been getting awkward when I'm just sitting there staring at myself for an hour and a half!  I've had a handful of you each time, so thanks for stopping in!   From now on, Office Hours are on Fridays from 12-1:30, but instead of being on Zoom they will be via email.  If I need to walk you through something, we can always meet up via video chat.  However, the new email format just means that I'll be glued to my computer for that hour and a half so I'll be able to answer questions immediately.  You may also utilize the "Chat" feature here on Teams, as I'll be checking that as well.   Please let me know if you have any questions!  And, as always, you are welcome to email me outside of those times as well!
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 29, 2020 at 7:35 AM
      
    This week, I posted announcements about my chance in Office Hours format, so please be sure to read those. For this week, this was what was posted on Teams for all students: 8th Graders:  Last week, I gave everybody the task of choosing a new project type and getting to work.  Just like in school, I'm giving you two weeks to complete the project.  When you're done, you can just email it to me!  I'm excited to see what you all come up with!   For more details, just take a look at what I posted last week. 6th and 7th Graders: This week's lesson focuses on a skill: Touch Typing!  You'll go through a series of Nearpods that will introduce the skill of Touch Typing and then give you opportunities to practice.  At the end, you can submit a reflection.    Nearpod: The Importance of Touch Typing - CODE: EJXYD  Nearpod: Proper Posture While Typing - CODE: YWCKD  Nearpod: Learning ASDF Keys - CODE: HWFVD  (Optional) Nearpod: Learning JKL Keys - CODE: NQBUT  When finished, practice your typing skills by going to the "Assignments" tab here and going to the "Typing Reflection" assignment. Optional: also post a reflection on Flipgrid: https://flipgrid.com/ceb1ff4b
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 29, 2020 at 7:34 AM
      
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