October 20

Wireless Communication Project

We began working on our gold projects today. The project is about wireless devices. Students are to research a device that uses wireless technology and construct a model, poster or other presentation to demonstrate how the device uses waves to communicate wirelessly. We will have today and tomorrow for in class workdays and the project is due Wednesday, October 26. There is a link to the project information above. Students already have this information in Classroom.  I am looking forward to seeing some creative projects!

October 3

Students are taking their final exam today and so far so good!  Our next unit will begin tomorrow as we move into waves.  This will cover the following standards:

17. Create and manipulate a model of a simple wave to predict and describe the relationships between wave properties (e.g., frequency, amplitude, wavelength) and energy. a. Analyze and interpret data to illustrate an electromagnetic spectrum.

18. Use models to demonstrate how light and sound waves differ in how they are absorbed, reflected, and transmitted through different types of media.

19. Integrate qualitative information to explain that common communication devices (e.g., cellular telephones, radios, remote controls, Wi-Fi components, global positioning systems [GPS], wireless technology components) use electromagnetic waves to encode and transmit information.

We are continuing to work through our AMSTI module and will begin forces and motion in two weeks.

Reminder:  next Monday is a teacher workday, there will be no classes October 10.

September 30

Another full week!  Overall, I was very pleased with our test scores from Tuesday.  The overall average score was a B and I think that is great for such a challenging test.  I have been discussing this in class and posting in Classroom, but forgot to post on our blog.  Our final exam is going to be this Monday, Oct. 3.  I have posted some review materials in classroom for students to access. I have reviewed in class and students should have a good plan in place for studying at home.

The test is multiple choice with 25 questions, 2 points per question.  There is a good deal of reading on this test so I have limited the number of questions.  Students should review the following entries in their notebooks as well as the material in classroom:

September 23

It’s been a busy week, but we completed our unit on electrical circuits and will be taking a test on Tuesday 9/27.  This will be a gold test worth 50 points.  I have posted a review sheet and a power point in Google Classroom for students to access.  The review sheet was handed out today, but I posted it in case one is lost.

Many students have still not completed the vocabulary quiz that was due Tuesday.  I have posted all grades that were done by this morning in I Now.  If there is an incomplete for the vocabulary quiz, you have until 9/27 at 11:59 to take it for partial credit.  After this time it will be inaccessible and the zero will stand.


Update to this post: the quiz is live as a Google form you can access via Google classroom.   The official due date is Tuesday September 20 at 11:59 PM.  


Happy Friday!  Please read important notice below:

***Many students are still having difficulties getting the vocabulary quiz to work online.  I am working on fixing it and will post in Classroom when it is ready.  As of right now, do NOT worry about the due date of tonight at 11:59.  The quiz due date will depend upon how soon the issues are resolved.  Thank you for your understanding.  ****

September 13

I am encouraged by the Aspire Interim assessment scores, overall students did well on the science portion and I am eager to work with students to raise that even higher.  This group is curious and scientifically minded so I am looking forward to see how much we can achieve this year.

We will be taking a vocabulary quiz this Friday and our next major test will either be Friday September 23 or Monday September 26.  I will be posting a quizlet in Google classroom for students to use for the vocabulary quiz.

September 9

On Monday, September 12 we will be taking the Aspire Interim Assessment in science.  This is a pre-test that I will be using to help guide instruction for the next nine weeks.  The Interim is not for a grade and there is no preparation for it, other than a good night’s sleep.  I encourage students to take the test seriously so that I can have accurate information.

We have almost finished lesson 1 in which students use the ammeter and voltmeter with different circuits to see how the arrangement affects current flow.  We will be finishing this lesson next week and starting lesson 2:  Resistance and Capacitance.  We will be investigating resistors and capacitors in circuits and how they affect current and voltage.

We will have our next major test after the completion of Lesson 2, look for it the week of Sep 19.

Progress reports went home today.

Have a great weekend!

September 2

Whew!  Another week done.  On Tuesday we will be building a wet cell battery and then the rest of the week will have us measuring voltage and amperage, drawing circuit schematics, and reading about the earliest batteries.  We are diving deeply into course of study standard 11!  Enjoy the long weekend!

Here is the link to the power point from Open House:


August 30

Good morning!  It was wonderful to see everyone at Open House last night, we had a strong turnout!

This week we are working on our AMSTI pre-assessment lesson in which students work with some of the materials to explore their current understanding of electricity and waves.  Students are constructing models with words and diagrams to display their thinking.  We will begin our first lesson on batteries this Friday.  Students will construct a simple wet cell battery and use it to power a small light.  We will not have another test until we finish Lesson 2.  Look for the test to be around September 12 or 13.

August 23

Hello everyone!  This week we are wrapping up our review content and we will take our first test this Thursday August 25.  The test will cover everything in the student notebooks so far.  Students must be able to do the following:

There is no study guide for the test but students are welcome to take their notebooks home to review content.  We will have a review day Wednesday August 24.

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