• Please see our agenda below.  I shall add the newest week first.  I have added daily assignments, labs, and other work to the links.  Please check for announcements as well.  **Subject to change due to student interest, pacing, and time allotments** 

    Week of December 5th:  All living things are made of cells.  Life is the quality that distinguishes living things are composed of living cells, from nonliving objects or those that have died.  (7.L1U1.8)  

    Monday, 12/5:  Exploring and Classifying Life Exam

    Tuesday, 12/6:  Exam corrections.  Any student who scored below 70% MUST do test corrections.  These are mandatory.  Those who scored in the A-C range, test corrections are voluntary.  All test corrections are due back by Friday, 12/9 for half credit.

    Begin cell theory close reading  Cell Theory

    Wednesday, 12/7:  Cell theory Cornell notes

    Thursday, 12/8:  Additional cell theory reading and information  Cell Theory Review

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    Week of November 28th:  All living things are made of cells.  Life is the quality that distinguishes living things are composed of living cells, from nonliving objects or those that have died.  (7.L1U1.8)    

    Monday - Wednesday, 11/28-11/30:  Classification of Aliens reboot

    Thursday, 12/1:  Finished up Classification of Aliens project.  Reviewed dichotomous keys together by completing the bug vs bettle page.  Students then worked on the naming of the minions themselves.  Quiz Monday, 12/5.  Dichotomous Key Practice

    Friday, 12/2:  Review of characteristics of life and classifying organisms for test on Monday.  Classifying Organisms Review

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    Week of November 21st: All living things are made of cells.  Life is the quality that distinguishes living things are composed of living cells, from nonliving objects or those that have died.  (7.L1U1.8)    

    **Bellringer and ISN Checks this week!!** 

    Monday, 11/21:  Classification of Life PPT (Classifying Organisms PPT) and classification video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVouQRAKxYo)

    Tuesday, 11/22:  Classification of Aliens Project  (Aliens Project)

    Wednesday, 11/23:  Classification of Aliens Project, continued

    Thursday, 11/24 and Friday, 11/25:  NO SCHOOL due to Thanksgiving Holiday - enjoy!!

     

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    Week of November 14th:  All living things are made of cells.  Life is the quality that distinguishes living things are composed of living cells, from nonliving objects or those that have died.  (7.L1U1.8)  

    Monday, 11/14:  Discussion of the characteristics of life and the necessary components needed to consider something living.  PPT and notes 

    (Characteristics of Life PPT) (COL GO)

    Tuesday, 11/15:  Characteristics of Life PPT and notes continued

    Wednesday, 11/16:  Close reading of Characteristics of Life (highlight 3 x and notes will be taken Th and Fri) (Classifying and Exploring Life)

    Thursday, 11/17:  Characteristics of Life Cornell Notes  - KPCOFGS "kids playing catch on freeway get squashed"

    Friday, 11/18:  Characteristics of Life Cornell Notes, continued

     

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    Week of November 7th:  All living things are made of cells.  Life is the quality that distinguishes living things are composed of living cells, from nonliving objects or those that have died.  (7.L1U1.8)

    Monday, 11/7

    Bellringer:  Date your new paper for today.  Answer the following questions:

    1. What is homeostasis?

    2. What is multicellular?

    3. What is an organism?

    Students will watch a video about characteristics of life and then take notes (Cornell Notes Blank)

    Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQPVXrV0GNA&t=311s

    (start at 2:20)

     

    Tuesday, 11/8: Bellringer:  1.  What is metabolism?  2.  What is reproduction?  3.  What is response to stimuli?  Today, we will investigate the scientist responsible for developing the microscope, Robert Hooke.

    (Robert Hooke Webquest)

     

    Wednesday, 11/9:  Finish up Robert Hooke investigation

     

    Thursday, 11/10:  Science in the News

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    Week of October 31st:  Students will be able to use non-algebraic mathematics and computational thinking to explain Newton's Laws of Motion (7.P3U1.4)  Students will use evidence-based explanations of how objects on Earth are affected by gravitational force.  (7.P3U1.3)  

    Third Schoology discussion posted - due Monday, 11/7/22

    Monday, 10/31:  Egg drop challenge!!  Students will test their prototypes to determine if their designs will hold up to 2m, 4m, and 6 m drops!

    Tuesday, 11/1:  Review Newton's doodle answers, review for quiz tomorrow!!  (See Friday, 10/21 for Newton's Doodle Review Packet)

    Wednesday, 11/2:  Force and Newton's Laws QUIZ

    Thursday, 11/3:  Welcome to our new unit, Life Science!!  We will start with some life science vocab (Classifying Life Vocab) 

    Friday, 11/4:  Close reading on the characteristics of life (Life GR)

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    Week of October 24th:  Students will be able to use non-algebraic mathematics and computational thinking to explain Newton's Laws of Motion (7.P3U1.4).  Students will use evidence-based explanations of how objects on Earth are affected by gravitational force.  (7.P3U1.3)    

    Monday and Tuesday, 10/24 and 10/25:  No bellringer as there will be a substitute both days.  Students are to work on their culminating activity using the concepts of intertia, force, speed, acceleration, and Newton's Laws.  They will conduct internet research and start the initial design process.  They will work in pairs to complete the first part of the activity.  Egg Drop Challenge  

    If students are not using their time wisely or are off task, they will be directed to work on their Newton's Laws Doodle page as review.

    Wednesday, 10/26:  Students purchased their materials for their prototype per the prices in the packet

    Thursday and Friday, 10/27 and 10/28:  Building of prototype - egg drop will commence Monday!!

    **Quiz on Newton's Laws of Motion and accompanying concepts on Wednesday, 11/2/22**

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    Week of October 17th:  Students will be able to use non-algebraic mathematics and computational thinking to explain Newton's Laws of Motion (7.P3U1.4)   

    Monday, 10/17:  Newton's 3rd Law PPT and Notes ( Newtons Third PPT Notes

    Tuesday, 10:18:  

    Bellringer:  Label your paper with today’s date.  Fill in the blanks with the proper definition:  friction              force                Newton’s First

    1.  The law that describes the motion of objects that experience balanced forces

    2. A push or pull

    3. Force that acts to oppose sliding between two surfaces that are touching

    Newton's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd law  (Newtons 1 2 3 law)

    Wednesday, 10/19:  

    Bellringer:  Label your paper with today’s date.  Fill in the blanks with the proper definition:  unbalanced                 net force                static

    1. Type of friction - atoms attract causing the surfaces to stick or weld together when they are in contact

    2. Two or more forces acting on an object that DO NOT cancel and cause the object to accelerate

    3. Combination of all forces acting on an object

    Newton's Third Law Coloring Page (Newtons 3 Color by Number)

     

    Thursday, 10/20:  

    Bellringer:  Date your paper for today.  Answer the following questions with true/false:

    1. Newton’s Second Law is the Law of Inertia

    2. Rolling friction is the force resisting the motion when a body rolls on a surface

    3. Terminal velocity is steady speed achieved by a freely falling object

    Continue with Newton's Third Law Coloring Page

    Friday, 10/21:

    Bellringer:  Date your paper for today.  Answer the following questions with true/false:

    1.  Newton’s Third Law states for every action (force), there is an equal and opposite reaction.

    2. Acceleration is defined as something going really fast.

    3. Mass is how much you weigh and it is the same as weight, calculated in grams

     

    NASA video on Newton’s three laws of motion

    (https://www1.grc.nasa.gov/beginners-guide-to-aeronautics/newtons-laws-of-motion/)

     

    Newton's Laws Review Packet - this packet is to be worked on today and into next week.  Newton Doodle Review

     

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    Week of October 3rd:  Students will be able to use non-algebraic mathematics and computational thinking to explain Newton's Laws of Motion (7.P3U1.4)  Students will use evidence-based explanations of how objects on Earth are affected by gravitational force.  (7.P3U1.3)

    Since Tuesday-Friday are shortened periods due to conferences, we will be working on two projects over multiple class periods.

    Monday, 10/3: Newton's Second Law reading and F=mxa practice (Newton 2 Law and Practice) (Newton 2 Law Practice)

    Tuesday, 10/4:  Get a Grip on Gravity!  

    Wednesday, 10/5:  Continue with Get a Grip on Gravity! (Gravity Packet)

    Thursday, 10/6:  Whodunnit?  (Whodunnit)

    Friday, 10/7:  Continue with Whodunnit?  

     

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    Week of Monday, September 26th:  Students will be able to use non-algebraic mathematics and computational thinking to explain Newton's Laws of Motion (7.P3U1.4)  

    Monday, 9/26/22:  Bellringer:  What do you know about Newton's First Law?  What is force?  What is inertia?

    Newton's Laws and Vocab (Newton Vocab Page 1) (Newton Vocab Page 2)

    Newton's 1st Law and PPT notes  (Newtons First Law PPT Notes)

    Tuesday, 9/27/22:  Bellringer:  What did you learn about friction yesterday?  Can you explain balance?  What is net force?

    Newton's First Law Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XSyyjcEHo0 

    Isaac Newton Webquest (Newton Webquest)

    Wednesday, 9/28/22:  

    Newton's Law of Intertia Penny Trick Inertia Trick 

    Thursday, 9/29/22:  Newton's First Law Close Reading and Chart 

    Friday, 0/30/22:  Science in the News Article

     

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    Week of Monday, September 19th:  I can demonstrate how electromagnetic forces can be attractive or repulsive and can vary in strength (7.P2U1.1)  

    Monday, September 19th:  Bellringer:  What is the law of attraction (2 parts)?  Explain the Earth's magnetic field.  What are 3 metals that are magnetic?

    Real-world magnetism application with the study of MRI machines and Hans Christian Oersted investigation (Oersted Webquest) Electromagnetism MRI Scans)

    Tuesday, September 20th:  Bellringer:  What did you learn about Hans Christian Oersted?  How are magnets used in MRIs?  Name a way to increase the magnetic field of magnets.

    Earth's magnetic field webquest (Earth Mag Field Page 1) (Earth Mag Field Page 2); QUIZ FRIDAY!!

    Wednesday, September 21st:  Bellringer: How do atoms become magnets?  What happens if you break magnets in half?  How does a magnetic field of a magnet explain behaviors of Laws of Attraction?

    Magnetism doodle in ISN (Magnetism Doodle) - this is good review for your quiz on Friday!

    Thursday, September 22nd:  Bellringer:

    Continue working on Magnetism Doodle for review - review session in class

    Friday, 9/23/22:  Magnetism Quiz

    Week of September 12th:  I can demonstrate how electromagnetic forces can be attractive or repulsive and can vary in strength (7.P2U1.1)

    Monday, 9/12/22:  Magnetism close reading with questions  (Magnetism Close Reading and Questions)

    Tuesday, 9/13/22:  Magnetism powerpoint with notes (Electromagnets PPT notes)

    Wednesday, 9/14/22:  Bill Nye Magnetism Video 

    Thursday, 9/15/22:  Magnetism vocab ISN activity & maze  (Magnetism Vocab ISN & Magnetism Maze)

    REMINDER:  Second Schoology discussion due tomorrow, Friday, 9/16

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    Week of September 5th:

    Monday, 9/5/22:  Labor Day Holiday

    Tuesday, 9/6/22:  Continue Science in the News article review.  If not completed in class, this is homework.

    Wednesday - Friday, 9/7-9/9/22:  Solve the Case of Edward Berkshire; we will use our scientific method knowledge to solve this murder case along with practice writing a CER

    Google slide link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1JmuTTXMSZzdO67Zaz0EUKA7iquMVizYMIGPge0Pewb4/edit?usp=sharing

    **Be sure to get the packet from Mrs. Plapp.  May work in a group, but individual work is expected from each student**

    **SECOND Schoology discussion posted - DUE FRIDAY, 9/16/22**    

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    Week of August 29th: Students will continue to sharpen and enhance their scientific method investigation skills

    Monday, 8/29/22:  Murder One Mystery investigation

    Tuesday, 8/30/22:  Murder One Mystery investigation continues

    Wednesday, 8/31/22:  Lab: Identifying parts of an investigation (Fertilizer Lab)

    Thursday, 9/1/22:  Data analysis

    Friday, 9/2/22:  Data analysis/Article of the Week (current events)

    **Interactive Science Notebook check Friday, 9/2/22**  Check under Announcement page for table of contents description

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    Week of August 22nd:  Students will be able to identify and describe the steps of the scientific method

    Monday, 8/22/22:  

    Bellringer:  naming the steps of the scientific method via flow chart (SM Flow Chart)

    Oreo Lab (note: today, we came up with the problem and our hypothesis.  We weighed the double stuff Oreos and the mega stuff Oreos.  We added our data to the cookie + stuff column)

    Tuesday, 8/23/22:

    Oreo Lab continued (note: today, we weighed just the cookie portion of the cookie without the stuff.  We will then calculate the mass of stuff.  We will then graph these and focus on our conclusion.  Whatever is not finished in class is homework)  When turning in labs, please be sure to: label both axes on your graph (including measurement units), and complete the conclusion section.

    Wednesday, 8/24/22: 

    Bellringer/Activity::  SM Crossword

    Thursday, 8/25/22:  

    Bellringer:  (Warm Up SM)

    Activity:  ISN page 12; place the scientific method steps in order, matching them with their definitions

    Friday, 8/26/22:  Quiz on scientific method steps, lab safety, data analysis

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    Week of August 15th:  Students will be able to identify and describe the steps of the scientific method

    Monday, 8/15/22:  Quiz on lab safety and lab tools

    Tuesday, 8/16/22:  Penny Lab

    Schoology discussion question due Monday, 8/22/22 at 8 am.

    Wednesday, 8/17/22:  Scientific method close reading with matching, multiple choice, and maze activity (Scientific Method Close Reading w/activities)

    Thursday, 8/18/22: M&M lab  (note: today we discussed melting and what makes things melt.  We discussed our hypothesis and did our three timed trials of each of the 6 colors of M&M's.)  (M&M Lab)

    Friday, 8/19/22:  M&M lab continued (note: today we finished up any remaining time trials, calculated averages, learned how to graph those averages for all 6 colors, and discussed the conclusion questions.  Anything not completed in class is considered homework and due on Monday, 8/22/22.  Don't forget, your Schoology discussion question is due Monday, 8/22/22 at 8 am.  

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    Week of August 8th:  Students will be able to identify safe and unsafe lab behavior and will be able to describe lab tools

    Monday, 8/8/22:  

    Bellringer:  *3 ways to be a 5-star student; where do you turn in homework; where to check if there is homework, why is it important to keep our room clean*

    Interactive Science Notebook (ISN) set up:  Create three pages of table of contents.  Glue in Interactive Notebook on page 4 (ISN Interactive Notebook) and This Is Your Notebook on page 5.  

    Tuesday, 8/9/22: 

    Bellringer:  Lab Safety Story

    Lab safety video and notes 

    Avtivity:  Safe & Unsafe Lab Behaviors

    Wednesday, 8/10/22: Lab Safety Wordsearch

    Thursday, 8/11/22:  Bellringer, 5 multiple choice questions on lab safety

    ISN Activity:  Lab Equipment Basics

    Friday, 8/12/22:  Bellringer, 5 T/F questions on lab safety

    ISN Activity, Science Tool Sort

     

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    First Week of School:

    Thursday, 8/4/22:  All About Mrs. Plapp

    Friday, 8/5/22:  Class procedures and expectations, syllabus and lab safety contract review, breakdown of overall day to include: bellringer/homework turn in, greeting, lesson, activity, review/wrap up/clean, planners, and exit tickets.  We discussed the importance of being a 5-star student which entails: keeping your eyes on the speaker, actively listening, mouths closed while others are speaking, keeping hands and feet to oneself, and sitting upright in one's chair, focused and ready to learn.  We reviewed fire drill procedures to include:  lining up at the door, lights off and door closed, walking in a quiet line behind Mrs. Plapp, and remaining quiet for the entire remainder of the drill.

     Activity:  Human Bingo