Absent Student Resource/Lessons

The Lessons webpage provides a detailed outline of everything that was accomplished in class each day. This is where you should go to find out what work you need to make-up when you have been absent. It is also a good place to go to remember which textbook pages/materials were used in class.

*Extra copies of all assignments will be available in the "While You Were Out" file crate.  If you are absent, please get a copy of "While You Were Out" from the file crate and obtain copies of the assignments.  You can also print a copy of the assignment from the "Today's Lesson Materials" tab on this website.


Wednesday, 10/22/2014
CP
Describe the characteristics of the three major rock types based on how they form.
LP: Use the following sentence frames when describing the rock types:
"An igneous rock ___."
"A sedimentary rock ____."
"A metamorphic rock ____."
ATT: Work with tablemates and then shoulder partners to complete the pre-reading rock activities, then Gizmo.
Today in class...Students completed some pre-reading activities about rocks, including a list of agree/disagree statements and some observations using sample rocks.  Then students began the Gizmo Lab "Rock Classification" where they started practicing identifying and classifying rocks.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  Catch up on Gizmo when you return.

Tuesday, 10/21/2014
CP: Review the properties and characteristics of minerals.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary related to the physical properties of minerals.
ATT: Work with tablemates to share "minerals" active studies and share with the class.
Today in class...Students worked as a table group to choose one student's active study to share with the class.  We heard many good and some not so good examples of Active Studies.  Students need to continue working on making their studying "worth their time".  Students took an open-note quiz on minerals.  
If you missed today... Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  You will need to make up the quiz before school or during lunch.

Monday, 10/20/2014
CP: Explain what the physical properties of minerals are and how they are used to identify unknown minerals.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary related to the physical properties of minerals accurately (ie streak, hardness, crystal shape, density, etc.)
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete mineral observation and physical property notes and apply notes to identifying a mineral.

Today in class...Students completed the Gizmo lab (Mineral Identification) and discussed the results as a class.  Some students had time to start their active study homework in class.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  You will need to follow the GIZMO link on the "Links" tab to complete the Gizmo on your own.  

Friday, 10/17/2014
CP: Explain what the physical properties of minerals are and how they are used to identify unknown minerals.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary related to the physical properties of minerals accurately (ie streak, hardness, crystal shape, density, etc.)
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete mineral observation and physical property notes and apply notes to identifying a mineral.
Today in class...Students completed notes from yesterday and collected data on their unknown mineral.  Students then used a key to figure out which mineral they had, based on their observed properties.  Students then began a "Gizmo" lab on mineral identification that we will finish on Monday.  Earth's Formation/Layers Quiz was returned today.  Quiz reflections are due on Thurs. 10/23
If you missed today...You will need to complete the notes on your own and check them with Mrs. Mocherman's notes or a friend's on Monday.

Thursday, 10/16/2014
CP: Explain what the physical properties of minerals are and how they are used to identify unknown minerals.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary related to the physical properties of minerals accurately (ie streak, hardness, crystal shape, density, etc.)
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete mineral observation and physical property notes and apply notes to identifying a mineral.
Today in class...Students completed the notes from yesterday.  Then we watched the BrainPop entitled "Mineral Identification".  Students then read, highlighted and wrote about properties of minerals while simultaneously testing an unknown mineral of their own. To be continued tomorrow.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  You will need to complete the notes on your own, using pages 45-51, 63-66. Show Mrs. Mocherman your Minerals song upon your return.

Wednesday, 10/15/2014
CP: Explain what minerals are and describe how they form.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when describing minerals: "An object is a mineral if it _____."
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete jigsaw notes about minerals.
Today in class...Students were mixed up into groups and rotated to other "expert group's" flipcharts to gather notes about Minerals.  Experts in each group helped to facilitate the notes and explain their portion of the text to their classmates.  Students will have about 10 more minutes to finish up the notes tomorrow.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  You will need to catch up on notes on your own.  Get as far as you can in class tomorrow, then complete them on your own, using my answer key as a "check".  My note answers will be posted tomorrow after school.

Tuesday, 10/14/2014
CP: Explain what minerals are and describe how they form.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when describing minerals: "An object is a mineral if it _____."
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete jigsaw notes about minerals.
Today in class...Students were informed about the team t-shirt design contest. Then, students worked in "expert teams" to gather information about minerals, take notes and make a flipchart page.  
If you missed today...Check HW tab.  You will need to make up the notes upon your return.

Monday, 10/13/2014
CP: Demonstrate knowledge of Earth's layers and formation of solar system.
LP: Accurately use scientific vocabulary when describing Earth's layers and formation of solar system.
ATT: Work with classmates to review Earth's layers and formation during Quiz, Quiz, Trade.
Today in class... We discussed Friday's lab and students corrected answers if necessary.  Students then participated in a Quiz, Quiz, Trade review of Earth's layers, formation and magnetism.  Then, students took the Earth's Layers Quiz.
If you missed today...You will need to check your answers for the magnetism lab against the flicphart for today.  Look at Today's Lesson Materials for that flipchart.  Also, you will need to arrange a time to make up today's quiz.  Any day this week will work.  Come in at 8:45.

Friday, 10/10/2014
CP: Explain what a magnetic field is and describe how Earth's structure plays a role in protecting Earth from cosmic rays and charged particles from the sun.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when describing Earth's magnetic field: "Earth is like a giant bar magnet because..."
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete Magnetism and Magnetic Field Investigations and answer analysis questions.
Today in Class...Students continued working on the Magnetism labs and most got done.  Students who completed the lab early were able to work on an extension activity involving magnetizing paper clips.
If you missed today...Check HW Tab. You will also need to make up VQ#7.  You can complete the Gizmo portion of the lab at home.  Go to explorelearning.com and use the Login: Table1141, Password: toy243.  Follow the directions on the Gizmo portion of your lab.

Thursday, 10/9/2014
CP: Explain what a magnetic field is and describe how Earth's structure plays a role in protecting Earth from cosmic rays and charged particles from the sun.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when describing Earth's magnetic field: "Earth is like a giant bar magnet because..."
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete Magnetism and Magnetic Field Investigations and answer analysis questions.
Today in class...Students began work on the Magnetic Field Investigation, using our brand new magnetic field detectors!  Students measured the magnetic field of a bar magnet at different locations around the magnet, then collected data on the magnetic field measurements and graphed.  Students began answering analysis questions.  To be continued tomorrow.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  You will need to get the lab from Mrs. M tomorrow and collect data from your tablemates.  You may have until Monday to complete the lab questions, if necessary.

Wednesday, 10/8/2014
CP: Describe the magnetosphere and review the properties of the layers of Earth.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary when reviewing (ex. crust, mantly, core, density, magnetosphere)
ATT: Participate with teammates in Quiz, Quiz, Trade in order to review properties of Earth's layers and the magnetosphere.
Today in class...Students worked together on the chapter 1, lesson 2 Lesson Outline, which we checked in class and discussed.  Then students participated in a Quiz, Quiz, Trade review activity.  It was fun and informative!
If you missed today...check HW and Vocab. tabs.  Turn in your layers of the Earth foldable upon your return, complete the lesson outline for chapter 1, lesson 2 (Today's Lesson Materials).

Tuesday, 10/7/2014
CP: Describe the layers of the solid Earth .
LP: Use scientific vocabulary to complete a model of Earth's layers (crust, mantle, lithosphere, asthenosphere, outer core, inner core).
ATT: Work with shoudler partner to complete the Earth's layers model by using the "Read, Retell, Write" structure to collect and record info. on your foldable model.
Today in class...Students worked on completing their notes, note questions and summary on the layers of the Earth.  To be completed for HW.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  You will need to complete the Earth's layers model, notes, note questions and summary.  For directions and to check your notes, go to "Today's Lesson Materials" and click on today's date at the bottom.  If you need to still get info. from the Sciencesaurus book, you may come in after 8:30 to work in the classroom.

Monday, 10/6/2014
CP: Describe the layers of the solid Earth.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary to complete a model of Earth's layers (crust, mantle, lithosphere, asthenosphere, outer core, inner core).
ATT: Work with shoudler partner to complete the Earth's layers model by using the "Read, Retell, Write" structure to collect and record info. on your foldable model.
Today in class...Students continued work on their Earth Layers model and started on the notetaking, following the directions provided.  
If you missed today...Check HW tab.  You will need to catch up on notetaking.  You can look at "Today's Lesson Materials" to see the directions flipchart.

Friday, 10/3/2014
CP: Describe the layers of the solid Earth.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary to complete a model of Earth's layers (crust, mantle, lithosphere, asthenosphere, outer core, inner core).
ATT: Work with shoudler partner to complete the Earth's layers model by using the "Read, Retell, Write" structure to collect and record info. on your foldable model.
Today in class...Vocab. Quiz #6, then Students began work on creating their drawing of Earth's layers.  They measured and created concentric circles that representing the layers to scale then went on to color and label. To be continued on Monday...
If you missed today...You will need to start your drawing on Monday.  Also, plan to make up VQ#6

Thursday, 10/2/2014
CP: Explain the role that gravity played in the formation of the solar system.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary to complete "Read-Retell-Write" foldable notes (gravity, force, dust, gas, nebula)
ATT: Work with your tablegroup to complete "Read-Retell-Write" foldable notes summarizing the role that gravity played in the formation of the solar system.

Today in class...We wrapped up the notes and density activity from Wednesday.  Students completed and checked their notes, and many had the opportunity to start their hw in class.  We discussed the solar system notes and how density relates to how the Earth's layers ended up.
If you missed today...Check HW tab.  You will need to check "Today's Lesson Materials".  There you will find my notes (for you to use in order to correct yours) and your homework assignment for tonight. 

Wednesday, 10/1/2014
CP: Explain the role that gravity played in the formation of the solar system.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary to complete "Read-Retell-Write" foldable notes (gravity, force, dust, gas, nebula)
ATT: Work with your tablegroup to complete "Read-Retell-Write" foldable notes summarizing the role that gravity played in the formation of the solar system.
Today in class...Students completed the foldable notes and checked them with Mrs. M's.  Then students explored the concept of density by listing all they already think they know.  Then, students calculated the density of water, cork, and sand and predicted which would sink and float.  They then used those materials in a graduated cylinder to see what formation they would take.  Students then related their new knowledge about density to the way the Earth's layers formed.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. Tabs. You will need to complete your notes on your own (pages 11-12 in text - see "Today's Lesson Materials for the flipchart that shows how to set up the foldable.

Tuesday, 9/30/2014
CP: Explain the role that gravity played in the formation of the solar system.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary to complete "Read-Retell-Write" foldable notes (gravity, force, dust, gas, nebula)
ATT: Work with your tablegroup to complete "Read-Retell-Write" foldable notes summarizing the role that gravity played in the formation of the solar system.
Today in class...Students completed the Earth's Spheres Quiz.  Then we had a "snowball toss" in the form of paper balls to initiate our discussion about Earth's formation.  Then, students started their foldable notes about the Formation of Earth.  We will continue tomorrow.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. Tabs.  Turn in your Sphere Interactions paper that we completed in class Monday.  Set up a time to make up today's Spheres Quiz.  Catch up on Foldable notes in class tomorrow.

Monday, 9/29/2014
CP, LP, ATT: same as Friday
Today in class...Students continued using their assigned picture to list interactions among the hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere.  Afterwards, students rotated around the classroom to share their interactions with other classmates, get feedback, and make revisions.  Then, good examples were shared in class.  Afterward, students completed a sorting activity at their tables, sorting pictures of interactions into the categories of their interactions
If you missed today...Check HW tab.Complete your interaction descriptions from Friday.  Also, be ready to take the Spheres quiz tomorrow.

Friday, 9/26/2014
CP: Identify interactions among Earth's spheres and explain why they are interactions.
LP: Use the following sentence frame to identify and explain the interactions among Earth's Spheres: "The ___ in the ___-sphere is interacting with the ____ in the ____-sphere when _____."
ATT: Work with your shoulder partner to identify interactions in the picture.
In class today...Students completed Vocab. Quiz #5.  Students were then handed back some papers, and were given 10 minutes to update their Table of Contents in their binder and reorganize if needed.  Many students still need to work on this at home.  Then, students identified which spheres were being described in interactions.  Lastly, students were given a nature picture on their computers and asked to identify items that are in each sphere, as well as interactions among them.  
If you missed today... Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  Plan to make up VQ5 on Monday at the beginning of your class period.  You will start up with today's assignment upon your return, then complete it on your own.

Thursday, 9/25/2014
CP, LP, ATT - Same as Wednesday
Today in class...Students completed their data collection for the Spheres and Atmospheric Temp. lab.  Students shared their data with the rest of the class, so that we could use the class averages for the temperature changes.  Students analyzed the data, describing which of Earth's spheres had the greatest impact on the temperature of the atmosphere and theorizing why.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. Tabs.  Check "Today's Lesson Materials" and copy the data for your class.  Also answer the questions on the back.

Wednesday, 9/24/2014
CP: Describe how ohter spheres interact with the atmosphere to affect temperature change.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when analyzing sphere interactions with the atmosphere: "When the ___-sphere interacted with the atmosphere, the change in air temperature was ____degrees Celsius."
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete the "Spheres and Atmospheric Temperature" lab.
Today in class...Students use the temperature probes to test the temperature of 5 different beakers, each representing a different sphere of earth.  Students created a graph on the computer that showed the change in temperature as caused by the heat lamp.  Students will complete the lab tomorrow and analyze the data.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  You will need to gather data from your tablemates upon your return.

Tuesday, 9/23/2014
CP: Describe the spheres of Earth and differentiate among them.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when describing sphere interactions: "The ____ in the ____-sphere interacts with the _____ in the _____-sphere when _______________."
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete sphere flipchart, then collect notes from other tables.
In class today...Students completed their sphere flipchart, then completed a "Walking Gallery".  In the walking gallery, students rotated from table to table gathering notes from other teams' flipcharts about the different spheres of Earth (geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and cryosphere).
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  You will need to come in early and gather notes from the flipcharts in class or get notes from a friend that you can copy.

Monday, 9/22/2014
CP, LP, ATT: Same as Friday
Today in class...students worked with their tablemates to complete their flipchart presentation of their assigned Earth Sphere.  
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. Tabs

Friday, 9/19/2014
CP: Describe the spheres of the Earth and differentiate among them.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when describing the Earth's spheres: "The __- sphere is made up of all the ___ in the world."
ATT: Work with tablemates to observe jar models of the Earth and use your observations to identify Earth's spheres and their characteristics.
Today in class... Students took VQ#4.  Mrs. Mocherman handed back last week's Scientific Method Quiz and explained the procedure for Quiz Reflections.  Students were informed if they were eligible to complete a lesson reflection (having all HW turned in).  Quiz reflections are optional and due next Friday.  Then students began their exploration of Earth's "Spheres" by examining a jar with various natural items in it and categorizing the items according to what they know about Earth.  Students were then introduced to the actual names of the "Spheres" of Earth (geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere).  Each table was assigned a "sphere" that they will research in order to make a "digital poster".
If you missed today...See Mrs. M. to get your Scientific Method Quiz returned.  Also, plan to make up VQ#4 next week.

Thursday, 9/18/2014
CP, LP, ATT same as Wednesday
Today in class...We wrapped up scientific method by completing the alien lab and measurement lab.
If you missed today... No one was absent today. :)

Wednesday, 9/17/2014
CP: Compare the characteristics of a controlled experiment to a comparison experiment.
LP: Use the sentence frames for Hypothesis and Conclusion, as provided in notes.
ATT: Work with tablemates to create a controlled and a comparison experiment using the Gizmo labs "See Germination" and "Effect of Environment on New Life Form."
In class today...Students were given a Seed Germinating Gizmo and asked to use it to create an experiment with a control group.  Then students were asked to use the Effect of Environment on New Life Form Gizmo to reinforce the rules about variables in an experiment.  Students will complete these assignments in class tomorrow.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. Tabs.  You will need to make up the Seed Germinating Gizmo.  You can follow the directions on the "Links" tab to log in to Gizmo.  You can also print a copy of the pages from the "Today's Lesson Materials" tab.

Tuesday, 9/16/2014
CP, LP, ATT: same as Monday
In class today...Students completed the "Controlled Experiment: Insulating Materials" Lab in class and turned it in.  Then, students worked together to answer questions related to controlled and comparison experiments as a group.  Mrs. M. checked answers and discussed misunderstandings.  Students then worked on completing the measurement lab from Friday.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tab.  You will need to complete the Controlled variable lab on your own and turn in when complete.  See today's flipchart in "Today's Lesson Materials" to check your work and to complete the Exit slip that you will need to write on the back of your lab before you turn it in.

Monday, 9/15/2014
CP: Explain the difference between a controlled experiment and a compareison experiment.
LP: Use scientific vocabulary (control group, experimental group, controlled experiment, comparison experiment)when comparing and contrasting.
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete the "Controlled Experiment: Insulating Materials" activity by following procedures and providing appropriate responses to questions.
Today in class...Students began the "Controlled Experiment: Insulating Materials" activity.  Students learned some background information about the difference about controlled and comparison experiments, then conducted a controlled experiment using an insulated cup and non-insulated cup.  After completely identifying the variables and creating a hypothesis, Students used the temperature probes and software to graph the change in temperature of hot water as is sat in both types of cups.  Students completed a data table. To be continued tomorrow.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. Tabs.  You will need to catch up using data from your group or sample data from Mrs. Mocherman upon your return.

Friday, 9/12/2014
CP: Apply tools of measurement to science lab situations.
LP: Use measurement vocabulary when measuring objects (ex. milliliter, centimeter, meter, cubic centimeter, etc.)
ATT: Work with your shoulder partner to predict the length, mass, volume, or area of provided objects and use measurement tools to determine the actual measurements.  Then compare the predictions to the actual measurements.
In class today: We completed the "Growing Plants" simulation/scientific method application as a group.  Then, students were given a list of items in the classroom, as well as measurement tools to use.  They were asked to estimate the length, mass, volume, or area of the objects, then measure to find the actual answer.  We will complete this on Monday.
If you missed today...You will need to complete the analysis and conclusion of the Plant Growth lab on your own.  

Thursday, 9/11/2014
CP, LP, ATT - same as Wednesday
In class today...Students worked on yesterday's Gizmo lab for the first 15 minutes of class.  Many still have about 10 minutes left to do tomorrow.  Students took the Scientific Method Quiz, covering the steps of the scientific method and how to implement them.
If you missed today...Check HW tab.  You will need to set an appointment with Mrs. Mocherman to make up the Scientific Method Quiz.  Tomorrow morning at 8:30 would be perfect. :)

Wednesday, 9/10/2014
CP: Apply the steps of the Scientific Method to design an experiment and analyze data.
LP: Use the following sentence frames while designing your experiment and analyzing data: "If...then...because..."
"The data do/do not support my hypothesis, which states '________'.  The data that support my conclusion includes ________."
ATT:Work with your tablemates to desing an investigation, from beginning to end, using the Gizmo simulation "Growing Plants."
Today in class... Students designed their own experiment, using the Gizmo online simulation: Growing Plants.  Students worked in their groups to choose a variable to test, then identify the dependent variable, write a hypothesis, procedure, collect data and write a conclusion.  Most classes will complete this at the beginning of class tomorrow.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  Show Mrs. M. your "SCI METHOD" acrostic upon your return.  Work with your tablemates on the simulation in class tomorrow, then make up the parts you missed on your own.  Be prepared to take the Scientific Method Quiz tomorrow.

Tuesday, 9/9/2014
CP, LP, ATT (same as Monday)
Today in class...Students continued the Huff, Puff, & Slide lab by completing the graph, analysis statement, and conclusion.  Every step was to be checked by Mrs. M and the computer answer key, so all should have been corrected and turned in for a completion grade during class today.  Students also worked with their tablemates to make an acrostic using the word "VARIABLE". 
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. Tabs.  You will need to complete the Huff, Puff & Slide lab and turn in upon your return.

Monday, 9/8/2014
CP: Apply the scientific method to an experiment
LP: Use the sentence frames for hypothesis, analysis statement and conclusion.
ATT: Work with your shoulder partner to apply your notes about the scientific method to the "Huff, Puff, & Slide Lab".
Today in class... Mrs. Mocherman returned last week's vocab. quiz and entrance slip.  We discussed entrance slip answers.  Students were invited to come to Mrs. M's room Wed. or Thurs for help if needed before Thursday's quiz.  Then, students began the Huff, Puff, and Slide lab, following the steps of the scientific method and performing the experiment with their shoulder partners.  We will finish the lab tomorrow in class.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  You will need to get a copy of the Huff and Puff Lab and complete the scientific method portions of the lab.  If you can do that at home tonight, it would be most beneficial.


Friday, 9/5/2014
CP: Use student directed active study technique to review scientific method steps,
LP: Use scientific vocabulary when using the scientific method (ex. hypothesis, data table, conclusion, etc.)
ATT: Work with tablemates to complete a "CD Case" using created song titles and artist names that utilize the scientific method terminology and concepts.
Today in class...Students took VQ #2.  We checked the HW, which included more scientific method practice.  Then students completed an entrance slip independently where they completed a hypothesis and data table for a described experiment.  This entrance slip counts as a grade.  Then, students worked together to get creative, making up names of songs and artist names that utilized scientific method steps.  It was a fun way to end the week!
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. Tab.  You will need to make up VQ #2 and the entrance slip.  See Mrs. Mocherman.


Thursday, 9/4/2014
CP: Use the scientific method to identify variable, write a testable question, hypothesis, conclusion and construct a graph and data table.
LP: Use the following sentence frames:
"If_(I.V.)___, then _(D.V.)____, because _(background info)_____." - hypothesis
"The data/results do/do not support the hypothesis that stated, 'If ___, then ___, because ___.' The data that support this conclusion show ___." - conclusion
ATT: Work with tablemates to apply the steps of the scientific method to an experiment.
Today in class: Students checked their HW with the answers provided in class, correcting their hypothesis statements as needed.  Students then completed the scientific method notes by filling in information about analysis statements and conclusions.  Students then started an activity that described a different experiment and were asked to apply the steps of the scientific method to the description.  Students rotated and worked with different partners throughout the class time.  
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocabulary tabs.  Complete your scientific method notes by coming in early to school or catching up at the beginning of class (because you will need to use the Sciencesaurus book).  Download and print or get a copy in class of the practice assignment from today and complete on your own.

Wednesday, 9/3/2014
CP: Use the scientific method to describe how to analyze data from an experiment by creating a graph and writing a conclusion statement.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when writing a conclusion:
"The data/results do/do not support the hypothesis that stated, 'If ___, then ___, because ___.' The data that support this conclusion show ___."
ATT: Work with tablemates to analyze the data of the Bounce Height Challenge Lab by creating a graph then write a conclusion statement.
Today in class...Students did an entrance slip where they demonstrated their ability to identify an independent and dependent variable, then write a hypothesis.  Students turned in their work.  Mrs. M. used the assignment to help students individually who have not yet mastered the concept.  Students then used their note page to fill in notes about analyzing data using graphs.  They then used the new information to create a graph, using data from the Bounce Height Lab.  Many students had time to start their homework in class.  
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  Catch up on notes when you return to class, or look at the flipchart from today in "Today's Lesson Materials."

Tuesday, 9/2/2014
CP: Organize data into a data table.
LP: Use scientific method vocab. while organizing data and analyzing (ex. centimeters, measurement, greather than, etc.).
ATT: Work with shoulder partner to create a data table for the Bounce Height Lab.
Today in class... We reviewed writing a hypothesis and writing a procedure, using our Scientific Method notes that we started in class last week.  Then, students worked on the "data collection" portion of the notes, followed by creating a data table that reflected their data from the Bounce Height Challenge Lab.  We reviewed the data tables and made corrections.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. Tabs.  Update your notes using the flipchart from today online or from a friend.  See Mrs. M. with any questions. 

Monday, 9/1/2014
NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

Friday, 8/29/2014
CP, LP, ATT - Same as 8/28
In class today...Students completed vocab. quiz #1.  Most did an excellent job on this first grade of the school year!  Continuing with our study on the scientific method, students then used their reference page (in class) to fill in notes about writing a procedure.  Students were then tasked to write the procedure for the Bounce Height Lab that we did in class earlier this week.  The challenge was to make the procedure detailed enough that even someone unfamiliar with the experiment would be able to perform it successfully.  Through a few edits, most students were successful at producing excellent procedures.  Then, we spent a few minutes reviewing hypothesis by reading some scenarios and writing the hypothesis for the experiment described.  We will follow up on that Tuesday.
If you missed today...Check HW tab, plan to make up VQ1 next Friday when you take VQ2.  Use the reference sheet (Today's Lesson Materials) to complete your notes on procedures.  Also write your procedure for the Bounce Height Lab in the space provided in your notes.  You do not need to go beyond that point in your notes.

Thursday, 8/28/2014
CP: Explain how to write a scientific procedure and apply what you've learned to the "Bounce Height Lab"
LP: Use sequence vocabulary to write a scientific procedure.
ATT: Work with shoulder partner to gather info. about writing scientific procedures and then apply what you've learned as you write a procedure for the Bounce Height Lab.
Today in class... We reviewed HW and clarified independent and dependent variables, took notes on hypothesis, completed a table entrance slip where we identified variables and corrected a hypothesis.  Then we worked on explaining and following directions where students made a pattern with shapes, then verbally directed their shoulder partner to make the same design without seeing the original. Students then did the same activity but with written direction.  It was beneficial to practice giving and following step-by-step directions.  This will be a beneficial skill in our lab work this year.
If you missed today... Check HW and Vocab. Tabs, show Mrs. M. your HW upon your return.  Plan to make up your vocab. quiz upon your return.  Also, look at today's flipchart in "Today's Lesson Materials" to update your notes for hypothesis.

Wednesday, 8/27/2014
CP: Explain what independent, dependent and controlled variables (constants) are and describe the relationship among the three.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when writing a hypothesis (predicting the variable relationships): "If...(independent variable), then ... (dependent variable), because ... (reasoning behind cause/effect relationship).
ATT: Work with shoulder partner to gather and interpret information to be included in the Scientific Method Notes.  Use that information to write a testable question, identify the variables and write a hypothesis for the Bonce height Challenge activity.
Today in class...We completed the Bounce Height Challenge.  Groups predicted how high they would have to drop the ball in order to get a teacher-assigned bounce height.  Many groups got really close.  One group was exactly right!  Then, we began our reading about the scientific method, taking notes on the paper given out in class.  IN the students' notes they were asked to apply the scientific method to the lab we completed yesterday.  We completed the part about variables today and will start with hypothesis in class tomorrow.
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. tabs.  You will need to get a copy of the note pages from today (print at home, using "Today's Lesson Materials" - or get a copy from the "While You Were Out" crate in class).  You will need to catch up on the notes from the first page.  Stop at hypothesis.  We used the Sciencesaurus book in class, but the same information can be found in the iScience textbook on Angel LEARN.

Tuesday, 8/26/2014
CP: Gather and interpret data to determine the relationship between the drop and bounce heights of a ball.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when predicting the necessary drop height to attain an assigned bounce height.
"When a ball is dropped from __ cm, it will bounce to __ cm, because... (support prediction with data/results from experiment)"
ATT: Work with tablemates to interpret data and comoplete the Bounce Height Challenge.
Today in class: Students were given the open-ended task of determining the relationship between how high a ball will bounce compared to how high it is dropped.  Students were asked to collect data and show it as well as the relationship statement in a flipchart that they saved in class. At the beginning of class tomorrow, students will predict how high they need to drop a ball in order to reach the teacher-designated height.  Are you up for the challenge?!
If you missed today...Check HW and Vocab. Tabs, no make-up work from today's activity.


Monday, 8/25/2014
CP: Use observations and inferences to formulate a definition for scientific theory.
LP: Support your ideas by using the following sentence frame: "I think _____ because____."
ATT: Work with shoulder partner, then tablemates to make observations and inferences about the dino track evidence, then use them to support as you write a possible explanation of how the footprints were created.  Share your explanation and then form a working definition for scientific theory.
Today in class...Students were given a picture that represented dinosaur tracks.  Their job was to act like a scientist, making observations and inferences, then brainstorming possible explanations for the footprints.  Then, students shared their ideas with the table to develop an explanation that everyone could agree on.  Students shared their explanations with the rest of the class.  Then, shoulder partners came back together, used all the evidence and ideas they had gathered, and formulated a paragraph describing the scene.  They turned in the paragraph, then worked with their tablegroup to develop a definition for "scientific theory".
If you missed today...You will need to view the dino footprints and write a paragraph summarizing your explanation of the events that occurred to create the footprints (think outside the box!).  You can print the page from "Today's Lesson Materials" or you can pick up a copy from the "While You Were Out" crate in Mrs. M's room.  Check HW and Vocab. tabs.

Friday, 8/23/2014
CP: Identify and describe appropriate behaviors and actions to be taken in a science lab to ensure safety and success.
LP: Use the following sentence frame when identifying appropriate lab behaviors/actions: "_____ is an inappropriate behavior because ____. The student should ______ instead."
ATT: Work with tablemates to identify lab rules being violated in the scenario assigned to your table group.  Create and present a secnario that demonstrates the lab safety rule.
In class today...Students were given a lab safety non-example scenario.  They planned out a skit to demonstrate the non-example to the class.  Then the class filled in the sentence frame on their computers telling what the inappropriate lab behavior was, why it was inappropriate, and which lab safety rule the students should have been following.  It was a fun, active way to reiterate some important safety rules for the lab environment.
If you missed today...No make-up work from the activity, check vocab. and HW tabs. Turn in your lab safety contract Monday.


Thursday, 8/21/2014
CP: Identify and describe appropriate behaviors and actions to be taken in a science lab to ensure safety and success.

LP: Use the following sentence frame when identifying appropriate lab behaviors/actions: "_____ is an inappropriate behavior because ____.  The student should ______ instead."
ATT: Work with tablemates to remember the lab safety information and use it to demonstrate learning during a quiz game, using group response card.
In class today...Students were given a Lab Safety Contract to read over and sign. Periods 1-2 due Monday.  Periods 3-6 due tomorrow.  Students then worked in teams to learn as much about lab safety as possible in 15 minutes, using provided materials.  Then teams competed in a game of "Snakes and Ladders" to see who remembered the most.  It was a great time of learning and working together!
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ALL Gold Science students were present today!  WOW!

Wednesday, 8/20/2014
CP: Become familiar with the Earth/Space textbook, while using the "helping curriculum".
LP: Use respectful language when offering help, helping and declining help.
ATT: Work with classmates to answer questions about the online textbook, using the helping curriculum to offer help, help and decline help.
Today in class: We signed up on Blackboard LEARN under Mrs. Mocherman's class.  We did a textbook scavenger hunt.  (Please note that the students were unable to sign up for online textbooks today. We will sign them up as soon as the computer system is working properly.)  We set up our science binders and were introduced to our method for completing vocabulary in science class.  There will be vocabulary pages available in the classroom, but you can also print them from home.  All parts of the vocabulary page are required to be complete for each new word given.
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All Gold Science students were present today!

Tuesday, 8/18/2014
Content Purpose:
Use the silent interview technique to get to know your tablemates.
Language Purpose: Use respectful discourse when interviewing shoulder partner and answering questions.
Accountable Team Task: Work with shoulder partner and then tablemates to analyze the interview answers and summarize team similarities on the virtual t-shirt.
In class today...Mrs. Mocherman introduced herself and some of the class procedures.  Students were then given the "Classroom Expectations/Welcome Letter", and the parent and student surveys (all due Thurs.).  Students interviewed their shoulder partners, then introduced them to the rest of the table.  Students began working on a virtual t-shirt design with their tablemates, using pictures and words to represent their similarities.  It will be continued tomorrow.  It was a terrific first day!!
If you missed today...See Mrs. Mocherman to get copies of the Classroom Expectations, Welcome Letter, Parent Survey, and Student Survey.  Or, download and print your own copy, using "Today's Lesson Materials" link.
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Monday, 8/19/2014
CP:
Identify important parts of Mrs. Mocherman's website.
LP: Use respectful discourse when assisting classmates.
ATT: Assist classmates while searching Mrs. Mocherman's website and completing the scavenger hunt.
In class today...We completed the virtual t-shirts from Monday.  Mrs. Mocherman discussed Classroom Expectations.  Mrs. Mocherman introduced her website.  Students were then went into the computer lab to login to the computers and start working on the website scavenger hunt, to be completed for homework.
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