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    Last week we had snow delays and school canceled for ice.  This postponed our midterm until this Friday.  During the week we did some review in the guise of Survivor Reward challenges.  The students have been working this week on their biome projects.  The scenario was set that the show Survivor was having a new teen spin-off that focused both on the angle of survivor but also to teach the biomes they were in and they were in search of new contestants. To prove they had the stuff they needed to research the biome they were given, put together some presentation materials including a Shelter Model and a diorama of the biome. Each student will be graded on an individual basis and not as a whole. They will present together next week starting on Thursday.  They have been working on this project since Thursday of last week. On Friday, after the midterm students will be filling in the biome charts so that they have the material for their test.  The key can be found online. Next week we will present, learn about climatograms, how to make and interpret, and learn about the aquatic biomes.  The enriched class will take their test on Friday.  3rd 4th and 5th will take their test the following Monday.
    Posted by armstrem  On Feb 15, 2018 at 4:53 AM
    Hope you have enjoyed your extended weekend. I spent today at an inservice training on working on academic language.  I am excited to include some of the activities.  The main focus was on speaking. Tuesday the SIP report and tri-fold display board are due.  We will start presentations on Wednesday or Thursday.  Before we do them we are going to go over speaking techniques and practice.  Most presentations will be less than five minutes unless a student really gets into presenting.  In addition we are going to continue to practice punnett squares and finish our standard 12 and 13 with a discussion on Genetic Engineering.  Topics such as GMO's, Cloning, and CRISPR will be discussed.  This is a great time to have family discussions over your thoughts on these topics.  The test is set fora week from Tuesday.  A reveiw guide will be available in the next couple of days.  Remember that there are links for review games including punnet squares.
    Posted by armstrem  On Jan 29, 2018 at 8:25 PM