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    This week we have started cell division.  Students should be working in their workbook on Chapter 5 Lesson 3.  We will have a test on Standard 9 and 10 next Friday December 13.  Review codes will be coming shortly. Attached to the blog, the calendar and in the Files and Documents is the review sheet. I will also be going over how to graph for the SIP project and write the results paragraph.  These are due the Friday after we get back from Break.  Students should be done with everything up to the experiment and be working on that at this time. I am slowly editing the drafts that the students have submitted and am returning them as I go along. Next week we will look into the role cell division has on cancer and introduce DNA.  If you have any questions please email me.  St 9 photosynthesis and St 10 cell Division Review Sheet.docx
    Posted by armstrem  On Dec 06, 2019 at 11:31 AM
      
    This week we will be having a test on Standard 7 Cell Organization and Standard 8 Cell Transportation.  This is a different division of standards than I usually have but I want to test before thanksgiving break.  Because this is a different break the quizizz will also include standard 9 Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration.  008888 is the code. .  Standard 7 and 8 Review Sheet.doc This is the review sheet that will be passed out today.   I will be posting grades today.  Please check to see if you or your student is missing anything. In regards to the Science Inquirry project (Science Fair Project), I have walked the students through their works cited page and have begun if not finished walking them through the research essay form.  Students should be typing them into their 365 accounts so that they have access both at home and at school.  Students are always welcome to come in at lunch for assistance.  I will be having computers in my room the two days before Thanksgiving break to give students an opportunity to type as well. Students may always hand in late work but the later they become the more compacted the project becomes.
    Posted by armstrem  On Nov 19, 2019 at 5:42 AM
      
    This week we will take our last test of the quarter.  It will cover standards 5 Cell Theory and 6 Cell Structure and Function. Student have received a study guide.  on addition they may go to joinmyquiz.com and enter this code 135266and practice.  The end of the quarter is arriving quickly.  The last day is November 1st.  Finally we are working on finalizing our science fair project topics.  We will be starting research on the week of November 4th.  Reminder there is no school November 4th and 5th for students.  Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.Unit 2 Cell Theory _ Cell Structure Study Guide 2019.doc
    Posted by armstrem  On Oct 22, 2019 at 6:59 PM
      
    338409 This is the Code for Quizizz.  This reviews standards 1-4.
    Posted by armstrem  On Oct 01, 2019 at 8:06 AM 1 Comment
      
    Last week in 1st, 2nd, and 7th periods we finished standards 1-4 and completed the quick checks for each topic.  In addition, we took some retakes for a couple of the standards that we saw a larger number of students not have as much success.  I continue to be available at lunch.  Some students have taken advantage this and have seen significant improvement.  I also had the opportunity to work in a small group with many of the students. The quick check scores have been updated in the Hubb.  On Monday, all classes will be in the library learning how to research.  We will also be learning what resources will be available for research.  Students should have brought home a proposal sheet that they shared and worked on with you for their science fair idea.  I have not approved any projects yet.  That is my goal for Sunday, to go over the proposals.  I will not be handing any back until Tuesday.  The library is a busy experience and I do not want anyone to lose their forms.  On, Wednesday 1st, 2nd, and 7th periods will be taking their tests.  There are numerous resources for them to use.  The enriched period will be finishing up their botany unit this week.  After a discussion I had with students on Thursday of last week, I have decided that this week’s Team Time in science will be devoted to study habits and how to study.  If you have any questions please email me and have a wonderful weekend.
    Posted by armstrem  On Sep 29, 2019 at 3:29 AM
      
    In class this week we worked on the steps in the scientific method and identifying variables in experiments.  We also practiced writing hypotheses and scientific questions.  All classes have started the Fish Lab Project for this unit.  The final project will count for 3 90% grades each for a different standard. Third period worked on graphs as well and will have their test on Monday.  I have emailed the review sheets answers for practice.  Please remember that all students have the study packet that has sheets for the whole year to study from that should be at home. The packet is also available online in my files and documents.  In addition, I have posted a Quizizz code to help prepare for the test as well.  First, second, and seventh period will continue with graphs as well as work on their projects next week.  We will have their test on the following Wednesday October 2nd.  On Friday September 7 students will be having a lesson by the counseling department and the following Monday we will be in the library to learn about the resources the library has as well as how to use them.  Students were the proposal form for the science fair project.  I ask that they try to come in by Wednesday.  It may take more time than this.  If they have at least the front page and a discussion with you about the topics they are looking into for their projects that will be very helpful.  Students must have a parent or guardian approval before I will sign off on a project, however I will assign a topic if they do not get a proposal in by November 1st. For this project students should be looking at a problem to solve and questions they have.  They are looking at what effect a change has on something.  Therefore, crafts such as the volcano and the activity of making the fruit and vegetable clocks are not acceptable. In addition, we do not accept brand testing or mold and bacteria projects.  The latter is for safety. We also ask that students do not make crystals for these projects often fall apart.  Furthermore, when considering projects, one must understand that students must do multiple trials. In regard to plants, if they do the minimum of 4 independent variables, they will need 25 plants.  I would suggest germinating part of a bag of beans from the grocery store to keep the budget in check.  Students will need a tri-fold board but not until January. Please email me if you have any questions.  As I told the students, the idea is what is most important. I will post past ideas in the files and documents section of my web page.  Students were told not to do an experiment idea they find online, but rather to  come up with a new idea or tweak the idea to make the idea their own.
    Posted by armstrem  On Sep 21, 2019 at 7:37 AM
      
    This week students have been working on making observations, inferences, and predictions. We practiced differentiating between qualitative and quantitative data by looking at worms and yo-yos.  In addition, we defined what reliability and validity are and will be applying these terms throughout the year toward research and our experiments. They also took their first quick check.  At GVMS, our teachers are working together to have higher expectations in the work that is handed in.  For example, we expect responses that are handed in to be in complete sentences with punctuation and capital letters. I did not lower their grade for not having these requirements, I handed the assignments back and had them fix the questions before I would finalize their grade.  The scores when low, were often due to the student not putting the units in.  Unlike punctuation and capitalization of sentences, if the wrong unit is used for a measurement the impact can be quite profound during an experiment.  This can completely change the meaning of the data and have serious consequences. The students made a chart in their notebook to help them study which type of unit belongs to which tool. I have also worked at bringing up a small group of students on Friday and will continue Monday to provide assistance with skills students struggled with so they may improve before they take their tests.  In my class, if students improve their test scores for a standard, I will change their quick check scores to match.  Thereby, treating the test as the retake.  I am available at lunch for additional assistance. This week we will be working on variables and graphing. Third period will be taking their test on Friday of next week. I am tentatively scheduling first, second, and seventh period to take theirs on October 1.   I also provided a lesson on nature journals.  We went over the different parts of what I expect in a nature journal entry (date, location, weather, a description of what they observed, a drawing of the organism with its name, and a reflection of what they learn about the organism). I explained that the quality of picture, whether they are a skilled artist or not, is not the point but that including detail so that they focus refining their observation skills is.  They were assigned two entries.  They can be done on the same day or on two separate days.  They are due at the end of the first week in October.  I would prefer the observations to be something other than the grass in their yard or their pets.  Plants, fungi, or other animals are fine.  We will use their experiences in lessons in the future.  These entries can go in their science notebook or a separate book if they want. I also discussed the app SEEK! by iNaturalist. This is a free app that helps students to identify the specimen that they are looking at while also taking a picture as reference for the future. The app is not required but can be quite handy. During Team Time this week we continued our discussion of being proactive with circles of control.  This coming week we will discuss paradigms and principals.  Please continue to discuss both our academic topics as well as the topics we are learning in Team Time.  If you have any questions, please email me.
    Posted by armstrem  On Sep 14, 2019 at 7:11 AM
      
    1st ,2nd , and 5th will have their test on Wednesday.  6th Period will have their test on Thursday. 6th Period will start their enriched rotations on Friday going to Mrs. Sanders class for Dissection.  
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM 1 Comment
      
    Reminder that the last time to do retakes for the Evolution Standards 14 & 15 is this Friday.  We have started the next unit on Classification and the Test is scheduled for Friday March 29.  It will cover standards 17 Classification System and Standard 18 The Kingdoms and what makes each one.  Standard 16 will be assessed with an essay. There will be supports for this writing including diagrams for content as well as for writing. Standard 16 was introduced in first quarter but will be reemphasized with each of the kingdoms that we study.  In class we have taken Standard 17’s quick check and the scores will be posted in the next day or so.  In addition, we are working on the project for standard 17 where the students make their own dichotomous key.  Please ask the students to explain what they are and how they work to you.  Don’t forget that students should be working on their work books at home.  For this unit please have students work on chapter 3, 10, and 11.  We have had many students out for family emergencies, medical conditions and more.  If your student is going to be absent this is a great place to start.  If you have any questions, please email me.
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 13, 2019 at 4:54 PM
      
    This Thursday is the GVMS Science Fair.  Students who were nominated were sent home with the permission slip and description either today or yesterday. Interim grades are uploaded on Wednesday.  At this time, the SIP are the only grades. Students were given a rubric with grades and comments.  They have until Next Friday to make any fixes to their projects. In addition we will be having a test this Friday over standard 14 & 15.  This came up quickly because of all the snow days. The link below is for the review sheet and answers.  In addition please review by playing quizizz by using this code 959874 at https://join.quizizz.com.   Evolution Review.docx 
    Posted by armstrem  On Feb 26, 2019 at 2:27 PM
      
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