April 24-28

Monday – Updated notebooks for notebook check and watched the first half of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Tuesday- Updated notebooks, discussed the importance in our American history of the moon landing and watched the second half of the video.


  • Students read pages 700-705 in the textbook.

  • We watched one of our team members present information on rockets. Emily is active in the Civil Air Patrol, so our homework is to find out more about the Civil Air Patrol. List 3 things that the CAP does that you are interested in.

  • We talked about the space shuttle Challenger explosion and watched a clip on that

  • We listened to “George” and answered questions

  • Notebook checks are coming up.

Thursday- We worked on our notebooks, checked homework, answered questions about Chapter 20 section 1.  Students completed a review sheet on section 1. We read about the sun’s interior, atmosphere, and sun features and students started on their homework (The Sun).

Notebook page 112-Chapter 20 Section 1

Notebook page 113-The Sun with Graph This has a graph attached that you DO NOT have to do yet.

Friday- We graded p. 112 and 113 and watched a short video on “The Savage Sun”. Some classes were able to set the graph up on page 114. You do not have to complete it for homework.

April 17-21

Monday– 4/17 Agenda- Study Guide is due Wednesday/Test Friday

Quiz re-do tomorrow on moon phases and eclipses

We graded Space Travel 1 and worked on Space Travel 2 in class.

(textbook p688-691)

Students received a study guide and we will grade and correct answers Wednesday.

Tuesday- Worked on study guides- We took the moon phases and eclipses quiz as a redo and I kept the best score. Study guides due tomorrow.

Wednesday-Graded and corrected study guides- watched Ordinary Supermen video on the Mercury Missions. We will review for the test tomorrow and have the test Friday.

Add the following questions to your study guide. These were on the board today.

30. Who was the first person to walk on the moon?

31. What is the main difference between space shuttles and the rockets that were used in the past?

Thursday– Review Game- Study for test

Friday– Chapter 19 test

April 10-14

Monday 4/10- “George” on audio and questions, eclipse notes, graded the Phase Maze. There will be a short quiz on the moon phases and eclipses tomorrow.

Tuesday- 4/11- “George” on audio with questions, quiz on phases and eclipses

Wednesday-4/12- “George” with questions, Tides notes, and homework is the Moon phase cut out worksheet.

Instructions: Determine where your sun is going to be and shade in the first phase to be your new moon. Write “new moon” on the tab. Turn the worksheet as you are working on the phases. Cut it out and fold the tabs up. Glue this into your notebook and draw a sun wherever your new moon is.

See attachment: moon phase fold out

Thursday- Graded Moon phases fold-out, notes on moon facts (p. 106)

We will have a Chapter 19 test next Friday 4/21/17. I will send a study guide Monday. If it looks like we need more time to cover everything, I will let you know.

Friday- Space Travel – We read p.684-687 and answered some questions.

April 3-7

Monday – Phase of the moon notes- read “George” chapter 16 and wrote a paragraph summary.

Tuesday- “George” chapters 17-19 on audio while answering 6 questions using complete sentences. Questions must be restated. Study moon phases for a quiz

Wednesday- no school

Thursday- Read chapter 20 in “George” and wrote a paragraph summary. Make sure you finished your “George” questions on notebook p. 101.

March 20-24

Monday- We read “George” chapter 9 and answered one more question. I introduced Gravity and Inertia with a penny trick that shows Newton’s 1st law. We watched a video on Gravity and Inertia and took a few notes from a Power Point.


Last 9 Week Grading Period!

Can you believe it is already the 4th 9 weeks? We are all starting off fresh and new and you can do great things!!!

Monday– We listened to “George” (George’s Secret Key to the Universe class copies) on audio and followed along in the book. Students answered 2 comprehension questions after reading. We also started our study of Space! We took notes on rotation and revolution and will finish them tomorrow.

Tuesday– Students read chapter 6 of the “George” book independently and wrote a short summary on an index card to turn in. I like to make sure we are all understanding what we are reading.  We also demonstrated the Earth’s movements using a light and the globe. We read in the text book about seasons and took a few notes. Motions of Earth and Seasons

Wednesday- We finished our Seasons notes, demonstrated rotation, revolution, axial tilt, seasons, and how the sun hits the Earth at different times of the day. Students started work on the Earth and Sun worksheet after instructions were given. Earth and Sun

Thursday- We graded the Earth and Sun worksheet and read Ch 7 in “George”. Students answered questions for Ch 6-7.

Friday- We listened to “George” Ch 9 on audio and followed along and then answered just one question.  We reviewed information about the Earth and Sun, did a “turn and talk” and then worked on a redo of the Earth and Sun page.

Earth and Sun 2

Science Test is Tuesday

M- 3/6- We answered questions on chapter 1 of “George’s Secret Key to the Universe” , went over the study guide, and reviewed for tomorrow’s test using the white boards.

T- 9 weeks test today- If you missed it, please come to my room BEFORE school in the morning. Have your notebook ready to turn in.

Science 9 week test is Tuesday 3/7

M- STEM activity

T-W We have been working on reading comprehension skills using science information. Students were able to see their data from the practice ACT Aspire tests that we have taken in science.

We will have a 9 weeks test next Tuesday, March 7th. I will give a very general study guide Thursday.

Th- I gave students a general study guide today and they worked in class to create a thorough study guide. I gave them a terms and main information that will be on the test.


Monday- 2/13-Space Title Page due Wednesday

Tuesday 2/14- Carbon Cycle- Video Clip- funny songs for the carbon cycle- notes on carbon cycle-

Carbon Notes attached notes

Wednesday 2/15- Graded the “Space” title page- funny songs that helped us to learn the rock cycle- Notes on rock cycle-

Rock Notes attached-notes

Thursday 2/16- Rock Lab- See me for make-up on lab if you were absent.

Friday- 2/17- You missed a great rock cycle lab using Starbursts.


Tuesday – 2/21 Continuing the week of STEM activities. Today, we are creating tiny life vests for teeny tiny plastic babies. Did you save the baby with your invention?

Wednesday- 2/22- Myth Busters video on catapults. Students will build catapults tomorrow in class.

Thursday 2/23- Army man catapult STEM  activity.  Quiz on the rock cycle and the carbon cycle tomorrow. Study the 2 pages of notes.


Monday -Worked on posters – You should have your weathering and erosion project research completed and you should bring items from home to make your poster 3D. follow the instructions on the grading rubric. See post from last Friday for rubric.

Tuesday- ACT Aspire practice testing- We will work on the posters tomorrow and present Thursday.

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