These are in reverse chronological order.

Week 37 - (6/3 - 6/5)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 6/3
AM = Physical Science Exam OR "Jurassic Park"
PM = Rotation through "regular" classes (5, 1, 2, 6, 7) to do CSI activities
CSI packet due tomorrow by the end of the school day
Tuesday, 6/4
AM = Math Exam
PM = Rotation through "regular" classes (5, 1, 2, 6, 7) to do CSI conclusion activities
Did you turn in your CSI packet???
Wednesday,6/5
Last Day of School Activities!
Happy Summer! Be Safe!
Week 36 - (5/27 - 5/31)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 5/27
Memorial Day - No School!
Fact Sheet Due Wed., 5/29
CSI Letter Signed by Wed., 5/29
Tuesday, 5/28
Work Day
Fact Sheet Due Wed., 5/29
CSI Letter Signed by Wed., 5/29
Wednesday, 5/29
1. Showcase project
2. Drop fact sheet (if not done already)
3. Complete an end-of-year assessment/evaluation of course
If you haven't returned your CSI letter, please do so by tomorrow so you can participate!
Thursday, 5/30
Watch an episode of "Galapagos Islands"
None
Friday, 5/31
AM = Spanish Exam
PM = CSI Unit
None
Week 35 - (5/20 - 5/24)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 5/20
1. Frog Comic Discussion
2.Stories from the Fossil Record (add to chart)
3. Examine genetic evidence available on wiki
4. Work on Evolution Chart (if time)
Evolution Research (chart) due Wed., 5/22
Tuesday, 5/21
1. Introduce the final product
2. Work Day:
- Evolution Chart (due tomorrow)
OR
- Final Product (due 5/29)
Evolution chart due Wed., 5/22
Fact Sheet Due Wed., 5/29
Wednesday, 5/22
Work Day
Fact Sheet Due Wed., 5/29
Thursday, 5/23
Work Day
(shortened 5th period - Awards Practice)
Fact Sheet Due Wed., 5/29
CSI Letter Signed by Wed., 5/29
Friday, 5/24
Work Day or
Watch an episode of Evolve: "Shape"

(shortened 6th period, no 7th period - Awards Assembly)
Fact Sheet Due Wed., 5/29

CSI Letter Signed by Wed., 5/29
Week 34 - (5/13 - 5/17)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 5/13
How does evolution work?
- powerpoint instruction online (self-paced)
- video clips
- interactive site
Adaptations Research (chart) due Tuesday, 5/14
Tuesday, 5/14
1. Introduce class with brainpop on "Natural Selection" then "Microbe Clock" to show how asexual reproducers gain variety
2. Work on Frog Comics
Frog Comic Due Monday (5/20)
Wednesday, 5/15
Forkbeek Lab (with hand drawn graph)
Frog Comic Due Monday (5/20)
Thursday, 5/16
1. Intro class: What does it mean to be "fit?"
2. Article, "Evidence for Evolution"
--> You should have all five big idea questions answered by the end of class!
3. Work on frog comic or Start Evolution Research (chart)

NO AM CLASSES - HEALTH PRESENTATIONS
Frog Comic Due Monday (5/20);
Evolution Research (chart) due
Wed., 5/22
Friday, 5/17
Continue lesson from yesterday...

NO PM CLASSES - HEALTH PRESENTATIONS
Frog Comic Due Monday (5/20);
Evolution Research (chart) due Wed., 5/22
Week 33 - (5/6 - 5/10)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 5/6
How well do you understand adaptations? Use data from the pre-test and your intuition to determine an appropriate use of your time:
"I don't know enough yet" = Arthropod Webquest
"I get it!" = Amniote Activity
Sexual - Asexual Chart due tomorrow
Tuesday, 5/7
Continue to work on Arthropod Webquest of Amniote Activity
Arthropod or Amniote Activity due Wed. (you will have time in class tomorrow to finish as needed)
Wednesday, 5/8
Episode of "Evolve"
Choose From: Body, Speed, Venom
Adaptations Mastery Check on Friday (5/10)
Thursday, 5/9
Discuss Genetic and Behavioral Adaptations
Adaptations Mastery Check on Friday (5/10)
Friday, 5/10
1. Amniote Follow Up Activity
2. Mastery Check on Adaptations
3. Adaptations Research (chart) due Tuesday, 5/14
Adaptations Research (chart) due Tuesday, 5/14
Week 32 - O.A.A. Testing Week (4/29 - 5/3)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 4/29
1. OAA Question of the Day
2. Online Activity: "Reproduction - One Goal, Two Methods"
3. Chart Benefits & Limits to Sexual & Asexual Reproduction
4. Review the Final Assignment (shown on the bottom of today's handout)
None
Tuesday, 4/30
Adjusted Schedule - Reading OAA Today!
1. Powerpoint to Review for Science OAA
2. Sexual & Asexual Simulations
3. Chart Benefits & Limits to Sexual & Asexual Reproduction
None
Wednesday, 5/1
Adjusted Schedule - Math OAA Today!
1. The Eyes of Nye - Genetic Diversity
2. Chart Benefits & Limits to Sexual & Asexual Reproduction
None
Thursday, 5/2
Adjusted Schedule - Science OAA Today!
1. Sexual / Asexual Sort
2. Distribute the Reproduction Chart
None
Friday, 5/3
1. Final Assignment in Class
2. Work on the Reproduction Chart
  • Interims go home today for those earning a C- or lower.
Reproduction Chart due Tuesday (5/7)
Week 31 (4/22 - 4/25)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 4/22
1. OAA Question of the Day
2. Start the "Make a Face" simulation
Have offspring drawn by the beginning of class tomorrow
and
Retake Topographic Maps by the end of this week (if interested)
Tuesday, 4/23
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Wrap up "Make a Face" simulation, including web quest
Complete the webquest if not finished in class
and
Retake Topographic Maps by the end of this week (if interested)
Wednesday,4/24
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. "Create One Gene"
Bring colored gene to class tomorrow (If not finished)
and
Retake Topographic Maps by the end of this week (if interested)
Thursday, 4/25
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Mutations Lab
Read background on Mutations for class tomorrow
and
Retake Topographic Maps by the end of this week (if interested)
Friday, 4/26
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Discuss Mutations
None!
Week 30 (4/15 - 4/19)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 4/15
1. OAA Question of the Day
2. Review the big ideas related to topography
3. Options:
- Finish activities from Friday (volcano box lab or map quest)
- Review for mastery check tomorrow (extension activities provided)
Mastery Check over reading Topographic Maps is tomorrow
Tuesday, 4/16
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Pangaea Lab
1. Bring colored maps of Pangaea to class tomorrow
2. Define the following terms for class on Thursday:
- chromosome
- organism
- organ
- cell
- gene
- DNA
- nucleus
Wednesday,4/17
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Check maps
3. Create One Gene
4. Watch Bill Nye's episode on genes while finishing
Define the following terms for class on Thursday:
- chromosome
- organism
- organ
- cell
- gene
- DNA
- nucleus
Thursday, 4/18
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Discuss DNA strand
3. Diagram how the vocabulary terms relate
4. Begin to "Make a Face" - bring cut out chromosomes to class on Monday
Bring cut out chromosomes (BOTH pink and blue) to class on Monday
Friday, 4/19
Waiver Day - No School
Bring cut out chromosomes (BOTH pink and blue) to class on Monday
Week 29 (4/8 - 4/12)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 4/8
1. OAA Question of the Day
2. Create a slice of Earth (scale model)
3. Background on convection for tomorrow
Complete "Earth's Interior Structure" handout for tomorrow if not done in class
Tuesday, 4/9
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Analyze the slice of Earth
3. Discuss convection:
- lava lamp
- inside Earth
- Exit ticket on convection (for a quick check grade)
Quiz over:
- earthquakes
- layers of Earth
- convection
is Thursday, 4/11

Review due Thursday!
Wednesday,4/10
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Review Activities for Tomorrow's Quiz
3. Bill Nye's Top Discoveries in Earth Science to Review
Quiz over:
- earthquakes
- layers of Earth
- convection
is Thursday, 4/11

Review due Thursday!
Thursday, 4/11
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Check Review for Quiz
3. Take Quiz
4. Background Reading on Topographic Maps due Monday (4/15)
Background Reading on Topographic Maps due Monday (4/15)
Friday, 4/12
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Volcano Box Lab
3. Discuss Mt. Everest to connect maps to upcoming life unit
Background Reading on Topographic Maps due Monday (4/15)

Week 28 (4/1 - 4/5)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 4/1
No School
(that is not an April Fool's joke!)
None
Tuesday, 4/2
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Slinky Lab & Background Information on Seismic Waves
3. Demonstrate Seismic Waves (outside)
4. Graph velocity of waves through Earth
Graph due Thursday
Wednesday,4/3
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Read background from textbook, Inside Earth
3. Seismic Waves Inside Earth webquest
4. Graph seismic data (if not done -- due tomorrow)
Graph due Thursday
Thursday, 4/4
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Analyze graph
3. Density pre-test
4. Start density lab work
Density labwork due by the beginning of class Monday
Friday, 4/5
1. OAA Question of the Day!
2. Wrap up density work (it is all due on Monday at the beginning of the period if not finished in class)
Density labwork due by the beginning of class Monday
Week 27 (3/18 - 3/22)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 3/18
Start OAA Question of the Day!
1. Demonstrate how waves transfer energy & travel in all directions from their source
2. Follow Up - Write out proof that each statement is true. Use the documentary on the earthquake & tsunami that hit Japan and/or any of the demonstrations
3. Start Earthquake Stations to address the five big ideas on earthquakes
None
Tuesday, 3/19
OAA Question of the Day!
Answer the five big ideas related to earthquakes
Quick Check (like a mastery check but can not be retaken... it's the end of the quarter) on the big ideas related to earthquakes is Thursday (3/21) - NOT FOR A GRADE!
Wednesday, 3/20
OAA Question of the Day!
Earthquake Data Activity (Day 1 of 2)
Quick Check (like a mastery check but can not be retaken... it's the end of the quarter) on the big ideas related to earthquakes is tomorrow - NOT FOR A GRADE!
Thursday, 3/21
OAA Question of the Day!
1. Earthquake Data Activity (Day 2 of 2)
2. Quick Check over Earthquakes (did you get the big ideas?!?)
3. Bill Nye's episode on "Earthquakes"
None
Friday, 3/22
OAA Question of the Day!
Take the Life Science Pretest
Have a safe spring break!
Week 26 (3/11 - 3/15)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 3/11
Work on the menu activity over constructive and destructive processes
Note Changes Because of the Snow Day: All Six Activities Due at the beginning of class Wed., 3/13
Tuesday, 3/12
Work on the menu activity over constructive and destructive processes- ALL WORK DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD TOMORROW!
  • We will have those who need to present/teach/share do so today, possibly tomorrow if time dictates
Note Changes Because of the Snow Day: All Six Activities Due at the beginning of class Wed., 3/13
Wednesday, 3/13
1. Mastery Check over Constructive & Destructive Forces
2. Start the documentary over the Japanese earthquake & tsunami (background reading after M.C. and then begin the video)
Background Reading on Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Due Tomorrow (If not done in class)
Thursday, 3/14
1. Wrap up the video on the Japanese earthquake & tsunami
2. Go over notes
3. Begin to plan presentations on...
- Demonstrate that waves transfer energy, not matter.
- Demonstrate that vibrations in material produce waves that spread out in all directions from their source.
Demonstrations must be ready to share on Monday, 3/18
Friday, 3/15
Wrap up earthquake stations over big ideas
Demonstrations must be ready to share on Monday, 3/18
Week 25 (3/4 - 3/8)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 3/4
Work on the menu activity over constructive and destructive processes
One Activity due Tuesday, 3/5
Tuesday, 3/5
Work on the menu activity over constructive and destructive processes
Three Activities due Thurs., 3/7
Wednesday, 3/6
No School - Snow Day!
Note Changes Because of the Snow Day: Three Activities due Friday, March 8; All Six Activities Due at the beginning of class Wed., 3/13
Thursday, 3/7
Work on the menu activity over constructive and destructive processes
Note Changes Because of the Snow Day: Three Activities due Friday, March 8; All Six Activities Due at the beginning of class Wed., 3/13
Friday, 3/8
Work on the menu activity over constructive and destructive processes
Note Changes Because of the Snow Day: Three Activities due Friday, March 8; All Six Activities Due at the beginning of class Wed., 3/13
Week 24 (2/25 - 3/1)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 2/25
Last full day to work on podcasts
or
Take the "Practice Assessment" (review for the quiz on Wednesday) and Check your work
  • If both are finished, see your teacher for an extra credit opportunity
Practice Assessment due Wednesday, 2/27; Quiz on Wednesday, 2/27
Tuesday, 2/26
Watch and review podcasts from the wiki
Practice Assessment due Wednesday, 2/27; Quiz on Wednesday, 2/27
Wednesday,2/27
Plate Boundaries Quiz
then
Background reading on Constructive & Destructive Forces: "Forces that Change Earth's Surface"
Background reading, "Forces that Change Earth's Surface" due Friday, 3/1
Thursday, 2/28
DVD, "Destructive Forces" with notes
Background reading, "Forces that Change Earth's Surface" due Friday, 3/1
Friday, 3/1
Introduce the menu activity over constructive and destructive processes & begin work
Checkpoint #1 of menu project = One item complete by Tuesday, 3/5
Week 23 (2/18 - 2/22)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 2/18
No School - President's Day

Tuesday, 2/19
Work on Podcast (checkpoint today = one section complete)
Podcast due Thurs., 2/21
Wednesday,2/20
Work on Podcast (checkpoint today = two sections complete)
Podcast due Thurs., 2/21
Thursday, 2/21
Last day to work on podcasts (most likely)
Podcast due Thurs., 2/21
(see me if this didn't work for you)
Friday, 2/22
No School - Snow Day!


Week 22 (2/11 - 2/15)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 2/11
Video from National Geographic, "Colliding Continents"
Podcast script due on Tuesday, 2/12
Tuesday, 2/12
1. Go over the notes from yesterday's video
2. Check completion of podcast script
3. Introduce podcast project & share an example of a podcast
Podcast due ~2/21
Wednesday, 2/13
1. Shape Spelling Conclusion questions
2. Work on podcast
Podcast due ~2/21
Thursday, 2/14
Work on podcast
Podcast due ~2/21
Friday, 2/15
No School - Teacher Work Day!
Podcast due ~2/21

Week 21 (2/4 - 2/8)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 2/4
1. Meet with Same Groups (either A or B) to verify Google Earth chart
2. Using the computers and a partner, look at "Forces that Shape Earth's Surface"
Complete the notes, "Forces that Shape Earth's Surface" if not done in class
Tuesday, 2/5
Snack Tectonics Activity
Identify the locations you researched as convergent, divergent, transform boundaries or hotspots (if not done in class)
Wednesday,2/6
Uncovering Patterns (Groups A & B share with each other)
Mastery Check Practice due tomorrow
Thursday, 2/7
1. Review mastery check practice (will take it tomorrow)
2. Shape spelling review questions
3. Color map of plate boundaries & identify locations of places researched (what kinds of boundary or is a hotspot present?)
4. Introduce podcast project and begin to script podcast
Plate Boundaries Mastery Check tomorrow
Friday, 2/8
1. Take Mastery Check over Plate Boundaries
2. Continue to work on podcast
Podcast script due on Tuesday, 2/12
(final podcast due ~2/21)
Week 20 (1/28 - 2/1)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 1/28
HIgh School Scheduling Presentation
(Mr. Baker visits)
None
Tuesday, 1/29
1. Rock Review
2. Meet with Groups to Ensure Accurate Research
None
Wednesday, 1/30
1. Examine Forces that Alter Earth's Surface (online resources)
2. Meet with Groups to identify which locations are examples of convergent boundaries, divergent boundaries, transform boundaries, and hotspots
3. Introduce "Shape Spelling" assignment
Shape Spelling assignment due Monday
Thursday, 1/31
Work on "Shape Spelling"
Shape Spelling assignment due Monday
Friday, 2/1
Continue to work on "Shape Spelling"
Shape Spelling assignment due Monday
Week 19 (1/21 - 1/25)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 1/21
No School
MLK, Jr. Day!
None
Tuesday, 1/22
1. Discuss Explore results in science
2. Video from Amazing Planet, "Born of Fire" with notes
"Earth Science Preview" will be checked tomorrow (Wed.) in class
Wednesday, 1/23
1. Space Science Evaluation
2. Review notes from video
3. Start a Tour of Earth (using Google Earth); either Group A or B locations
Google Earth chart (both sides) is due on Monday, 1/28
Thursday, 1/24
Continue Tour of Earth using Google Earth
Google Earth chart (both sides) is due on Monday, 1/28
Friday, 1/25
Continue Tour of Earth using Google Earth
Google Earth chart (both sides) is due on Monday, 1/28

SEMESTER BREAK


Week 18 (1/14 - 1/17)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 1/14
1. Begin the lifecycle of a star webquest (check your work as needed)
2. Fill in the stages of your star's life (based on what you learned) and have this checked by tomorrow
Check you star's timeline by tomorrow at the latest; Star comic due Thursday, 1/17
Tuesday, 1/15
Work on star comic
Star comic due Thursday, 1/17
Wednesday, 1/16
Work on star comic
Star comic due Thursday, 1/17
Thursday, 1/17
1. Share star comics & turn them in!
2. Watch, "Black Holes"
None!
Friday, 1/18
No School!
None!

Week 17 (1/7 - 1/11)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 1/7
1. Recap what we've learned so far about SPACE
- Organization of the Universe
- Predictable Patterns
2. Introduce STARS
- Sort stars and note patterns among the characteristics
- Assign stars to research
Stars research due tomorrow
Tuesday, 1/8
1. Plot stars on the H-R Diagram (Smart Board)
2. Look at patterns among the stars on the H-R Diagram
3. H-R Diagram worksheet
H-R Diagram Mastery Check on Wednesday, 1/9
Wednesday, 1/9
1. Review the H-R Diagram on the Smart Board & Discuss patterns... "Practice" mastery check to ensure understanding
2. Take the H-R Diagram Mastery Check
3. Start background reading, "A Star's Family Portrait"
Complete background reading, "A Star's Family Portrait" for Thursday
Thursday, 1/10
1. You Lifecycle (look at stages/events in your life & eventually compare that to a star)
2. Brainpop's video on the lifecycle of a star with notes
3. Discuss video clip
4. Trace the lifecycle of the star each student researched earlier this week
Be prepared to retake the H-R Diagram tomorrow if needed
Friday, 1/11
The Universe's episode on "Life and Death of Stars" with notes

--> Distribute the comic strip rubric
Bring your star's future to class on Monday; Life of a star comic is due on Thursday, 1/17 (we'll have class time to work on this next week)
Week 16 (12/17 - 12/21)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 12/17
Spanish Exam Today - Adjusted Schedule
  • Take the eclipses mastery check today if you have not already...
1. Introduce Tides with Brainpop
2. Continue to examine the concept of tides using the resources on the wiki, including the tides webquest.
OR
1. Work on Tides Enrichment
Take the Tides Mastery check by Thursday
OR Complete the Tides Enrichment by Thursday; Complete any retakes (moon phases, eclipses, or tides) by the end of the week.

Not taken the Earth Science Pretests? Please do so this week... Study center 3rd period or in class Thursday (possibly Friday).
Tuesday, 12/18
Physical Science Exam Today - Adjusted Schedule

Continue to work on Tides... Take mastery check (if needed) by Thursday
Take the Tides Mastery check by Thursday
OR Complete the Tides Enrichment by Thursday; Complete any retakes (moon phases, eclipses, or tides) by the end of the week.

Not taken the Earth Science Pretests? Please do so this week... Study center 3rd period or in class Thursday (possibly Friday).
Wednesday, 12/19
Math Exam Today - Adjusted Schedule

Continue to work on Tides... Take mastery check (if needed) by Thursday
Take the Tides Mastery check by Thursday
OR Complete the Tides Enrichment by Thursday; Complete any retakes (moon phases, eclipses, or tides) by the end of the week.

Not taken the Earth Science Pretests? Please do so this week... Study center 3rd period or in class Thursday (possibly Friday).
Thursday, 12/20
Tides Video
Take the Tides Mastery check by Thursday
OR Complete the Tides Enrichment by Thursday; Complete any retakes (moon phases, eclipses, or tides) by the end of the week.

Not taken the Earth Science Pretests? Please do so this week... Study center 3rd period or in class Thursday (possibly Friday).
Friday, 12/21
Holiday Schedule... TBD
None! Have a safe, wonderful break!
Week 15 (12/10 - 12/14)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 12/10
1. Review Moon Phases:
- Go over Bill Nye notes
- Demonstration of moon phases as a class
- Watch a demonstration on wiki (as needed)
- Mastery Check over the Moon Phases (or tomorrow if you need more time)
2. CATCH UP! Let's go over the Rotation Mastery Check... Do you need more information about rotation? Want to retake? Here's the question (PRACTICE!): Rotation Retake (this is a link to the Word Document)
3. Small group instruction over any topics needing re-taught (today & tomorrow)... including rotation, revolution, or moon phases.
4. Retakes over Rotation & Revolution can happen at any time this week (deadline is Friday, 12/14)
OR
Enrichment Activity: Write a postcard from space --> Pick a place you're interested in visiting, find out more about it, then write a postcard as if you have visited there (including a drawing/picture on the front of a postcard), include mention of something strange that happened to your body (we'l talk more about that tomorrow) on your journey.
Retakes over Rotation & Revolution can happen at any time this week (deadline is Friday, 12/14)

Holiday card from Space due by the end of the week
(if applicable)
Tuesday, 12/11
1. Return the Revolution Mastery ChecksContinue work from yesterday... Enrichment or 2. Reteaching & Retaking Mastery Checks?
- If you need to take the mastery check on moon phases (scored less than 85%), today is the day (unless you took it yesterday)
AND/OR
- Small group instruction about revolution (as needed)
3. Retakes over Rotation & Revolution can happen at any time this week (deadline is Friday, 12/14)
Retakes over Rotation & Revolution can happen at any time this week (deadline is Friday, 12/14)

Holiday card from Space due by the end of the week (if applicable)
Wednesday, 12/12
1. Start "Eclipses"
2. Small group labs with eclipses to work out why they happen
3. Eclipses webquest
OR
2. Enrichment related to "Eclipses"
Eclipses work due Friday

Holiday card from Space due by the end of the week (if applicable)
Thursday, 12/13
Eclipses Video
Eclipses work due tomorrow

Holiday card from Space due by the end of the week (if applicable)
Friday, 12/14
Eclipses Mastery Check TODAY!
OR Continue your enrichment related to eclipses

If time... Start to examine tides
None!



Week 14 (12/3 - 12/7)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 12/3
You Choose:
ENRICHMENT: Write a script that narrates this video clip... Extension Video Clip: Seasons & Days to help explain why we have seasons, why we have day/night, why we have longer days in summer & shorter days in winter
REGULAR LESSON: More practice understanding seasons
Seasons Work due Tuesday, 12/4

(Enrichment due 12/5)
Tuesday, 12/4
Continue work from yesterday... Enrichment or Regular Lesson?
  • If you need to take the mastery check (scored less than 85%), you may do so at any time today (when you're ready) or first thing tomorrow (Wednesday) at the latest.
  • If you don't need to take the mastery check, you need to complete the extension activity on the gold sheet for full credit!
Seasons Work due TODAY

(Enrichment due 12/5)
Wednesday, 12/5
1. Revolution - Seasons Mastery Check (if needed)
OR
Wrap up the enrichment activity
2. Bill Nye's episode on "The Moon" to preview the next three topics...
3. Go over the notes
None!
Thursday, 12/6
Moon Phases Webquest
OR
Moon Phases Enrichment Activity
Moon Phases Work due Monday (12/10)
Friday, 12/7
The Universe Presents, "Moon Myths" with notes
Moon Phases Work due Monday (12/10)
Week 13 (11/26 - 11/30)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 11/26
Two Hour Delay!
1. Go over the gravity mastery check
2. Preview activity for the next topics (3-2-1 exit card)
Rotation work due Wed., 11/29; Take the mastery check by Wed.,11/29 if necessary
Tuesday, 11/27
1. Go over the plan for the next four weeks -- How we will fill in the gaps and/or extend your thinking related to...
- rotation
- revolution
- moon phases
- eclipses
- tides
2. Begin work on rotation & days
Rotation work due Wed., 11/29; Take the mastery check by Wed.,11/29 if necessary
Wednesday, 11/28
Continue to work on rotation -- big ideas or extension
Rotation work due Wed., 11/29; Take the mastery check by Wed.,11/29 if necessary
Thursday, 11/29
1. Take Rotation Mastery Check (if needed)
2. Bill Nye's episode on seasons
None!
Friday, 11/30
"What's the reason for the seasons?" Lab
Seasons work due 12/4; Take the mastery check by 12/4 if necessary
Week 11 & 12 (11/12 - 11/16; 11/19 - 11/20)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 11/12
Comets episode of "How the Universe Works" with notes
Mastery Check over Five Celestial Bodies is Wednesday, 11/14
Tuesday, 11/13
1. Answer the "Big Ideas" about the Five Celestial Bodies (asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet)
2. Act It Out (plan & share tomorrow)
Mastery Check over Five Celestial Bodies is Wednesday, 11/14; Be prepared to share your plan tomorrow
Wednesday, 11/14
1. Share the "Act It Out"
2. Wrap up any of the "Big Ideas" as necessary
3. Mastery Check over the Five Celestial Bodies (asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet)
4. Background on Gravity
Background reading on Gravity due tomorrow
Thursday, 11/15
Gravity Games --> Series of activities to show important aspects of gravity and how it works in the universe; Answer big idea questions about gravity as you move through stations
Think about the two big idea questions related to gravity:
- Identify the two factors that determine the force of gravity. Explain what the effect is on the force of gravity when each of these amounts increases.
- Determine the two influences that work together to maintain the orbit of a smaller-mass around a larger-mass.
Friday, 11/16
1. Bill Nye's episode on "Gravity"
2. Process the labs from yesterday
3. Answering the two big idea questions as an open-note mastery check
None!
Monday, 11/19
1. Return mastery checks
2. Watch Orbits episode of "How the Universe Works" and take notes
OR
Retake Asteroids, Comets, Meteoroids, Meteorites, Meteor Mastery Check (open note)
None!
Tuesday, 11/20
Take the Earth Science Pre-test
None! Have a fantastic Thanksgiving Break!
Week 10 (11/5 - 11/9)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 11/5
1. How big? How far? How old?
OR Take the Galaxies Mastery Check (if not done already)
2. Discuss, "What's Inside Our Solar System?"
3. Begin Five Celestial Bodies chart (comparing asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet)
OR Work on "I Wonder..."
Due Friday, 11/9:
"Five Celestial Bodies" research (chart comparing asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet)
AND
"I Wonder..."sign
Tuesday, 11/6
No School!
Due Friday, 11/9:
"Five Celestial Bodies" research (chart comparing asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet)
AND
"I Wonder..."sign
Wednesday, 11/7
Asteroid episode of "How the Universe Works" with notes
Due Friday, 11/9:
"Five Celestial Bodies" research (chart comparing asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet)

AND
"I Wonder..."sign
Thursday, 11/8
1. Start the "Table of Contents" for Resources & Get organized
2. Stations over the Five Celestial Bodies (asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet)
with Notes
Due Friday, 11/9:
"Five Celestial Bodies" research (chart comparing asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet)
AND
"I Wonder..."sign
Friday,
1. Continue to work on the Stations over Five Celestial Bodies (asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet)
2. Make sure you have shown your teacher your chart and turned in your "I Wonder..." by the end of the period today!
Due Friday, 11/9:
"Five Celestial Bodies" research (chart comparing asteroid, meteoroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet)
AND
"I Wonder..."sign
Week 9 (10/29 - 11/2)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 10/29
1. Return car portfolio grades & reflect using rubric; comments will be posted on ProgressBook, grades are posted already!
2. Share learning objective for the initial topic (galaxies) & Introduce the K (what do I know?),W (what do I want to know?),L (how would I like to learn about this?) chart
3. "What has Hubble shown us?" - Complete K,W,L chart
4. Myth Buster: Space is very crowded.
- Work on busting this myth with a partner
3. Share pre-test scores with those who scored 100% (tested out of this content)
Clean out your binder of all the motion & forces material by Wednesday!

Be prepared to share the results of your Myth Buster tomorrow first thing!
Tuesday, 10/30
1. Share Myth Busters
2. Galaxy inquiry activity
- Part 1: How would you categorize the pictures of galaxies from Hubble?
- Part 2: Investigate the way Hubble classified galaxies and re-categorize the ones according to his system
3. Watch Brainpop's "Galaxies" episode and complete an exit ticket:
- Explain what a galaxy is.
- Describe how galaxies are classified
Clean out your binder of all the motion & forces material by Wednesday!

You can take the galaxies mastery check whenever you are ready... Deadline is by Monday, 11/5

If you are doing the Myth Busters because you scored well on the pretest, be prepared to share them in class on Monday at the beginning of the period.
Wednesday, 10/31
1. One of two activities:
- Galaxy Games
- Classifying Galaxies
2. Be ready to share by the beginning of the class period tomorrow with someone who completed the opposite activity from you

OR

1. Take the mastery check
2. When you're finished taking the mastery check (and have passed), please work on the "Myth Busters" assignment:
- Galaxies are stagnant.
- Galaxies are held together by gravity only.
You can take the galaxies mastery check whenever you are ready... Deadline is by Monday, 11/5

If you are doing the Myth Busters, be prepared to share them in class on Monday at the beginning of the period.
Thursday, 11/1
1. Jigsaw the information from yesterday and complete the "blended" questions (some from each webquest)
2. Research -- Do galaxies change? How?

OR

1. Continue to work on the Myth Busters (be prepared to share them in class on Friday)
You can take the galaxies mastery check whenever you are ready... Deadline is by Monday, 11/5

If you are doing the Myth Busters, be prepared to share them in class on Monday at the beginning of the period.
Friday, 11/2
DVD, "Alien Galaxies" from the series "How the Universe Works" with notes

OR

Work on Myth Busters
You can take the galaxies mastery check whenever you are ready... Deadline is by Monday, 11/5

If you are doing the Myth Busters, be prepared to share them in class on Monday at the beginning of the period.
Week 8 (10/15 - 10/19)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 10/15
Work day on portfolio
Portfolio due tomorrow
Tuesday, 10/16
1. Share portfolios with small group
2. Give feedback to each other on content
3. Demonstrate how to turn in portfolio
Final portfolio must be submitted by the end of the class period on Thursday, 10/16 along with self-assessment
Wednesday, 10/17
Edit portfolio

OR

Work on Myth Busters
Final portfolio must be submitted by the end of the class period on Thursday, 10/16 along with self-assessment
Thursday, 10/18
Wrap up portfolio

OR

Wrap up Myth Busters
None
Friday, 10/19
1. Space Pre-Test
2. Motion Evaluation
None - Have a great trip to DC!
Week 7 (10/8 - 10/12)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 10/8
1. Bill Nye's episode on "Motion" with "I Spy" notes
2. Word wall assignments (all students will be focusing on one word: motion, reference point, speed, force, balanced forces, unbalanced forces, applied force, tension force, gravity, air resistance, friction, normal force, spring force, or net force)
3. Wrap up any graphing work from Friday (as needed)
4. Share one graph story
Graphing retake can happen any time this week (by Friday, 10/12)

Word wall paper due tomorrow (if not done in class)

Design entry due Wednesday, 10/10

Motion Test on Friday, 10/12
Tuesday, 10/9
1. Collect word wall papers
2. Review assignment: Write questions for the test (2 questions per topic: energy, balanced forces, unbalanced forces, calculating net force, diagramming forces, distance vs. time graphs)
or
Work on design entry
3. Share one graph story
Graphing retake can happen any time this week (by Friday, 10/12)
Design entry due Wednesday, 10/10

Review questions due at the beginning of the period on Thursday, 10/11

Motion Test on Friday, 10/12
Wednesday, 10/10
1. Show design entry by the end of the class period
2.Word wall gallery
3. Work on review questions
AND/OR
Work on portfolio
4. Share one graph story
Graphing retake can happen any time this week (by Friday, 10/12)

Review questions due at the beginning of the period on Thursday, 10/11

Motion Test on Friday, 10/12
Thursday, 10/11
1. Share review questions with a partner or group of three
2. Play review game online with same group
OR
Work on portfolio
3. Discuss any issues with test tomorrow
4. Share one graph story
Graphing retake can happen any time this week (by Friday, 10/12)

Motion Test on Friday, 10/12
Friday, 10/12
1. Process the "Science Starters"
2. Share one graph story
3. Motion test
4. Work on portfolio
Portfolio due Monday, 10/15
Week 6 (10/1 - 10/5)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 10/1
1. If you have not yet taken the graphing mastery check or the forces retakes, please do that first thing today!
2. Work on Cars or portfolios
- Got Data? Let me know...
Cars due tomorrow!
Tuesday, 10/2
CARS DUE TODAY!
- Opportunity to demonstrate cars in class, recording distance & time for three trials (calculate speed for each trial)
- Once data is turned in, please spend some time working on your speed entry or portfolio
- We'll continue to collect data tomorrow (if needed... especially if you need to go to the commons to measure your car)
Speed entry due Friday,10/5 (make sure to include your distance vs. time graph as your visual)
Wednesday, 10/3
Wrap up collecting data on cars (we'll go to the commons today to collect any data not gathered yesterday)
OR
Work on speed entry (including distance vs. time graph)
Speed entry due Friday,10/5 (make sure to include your distance vs. time graph as your visual)
Thursday, 10/4
Work on speed entry and/or portfolio -- make sure to include class mean, median, and mode on your graph as well as your three trials
Speed entry due Friday,10/5 (make sure to include your distance vs. time graph as your visual)
Friday, 10/5
1. Check speed entries
2. Awards for furthest distance, fastest speed, most innovative design
3. Continue to work on portfolio, including draft of design entry
4. Time to meet with anyone who needs graphing refresher... Retake can happen at any time next week (10/8-10/12)
Design entry due Wednesday; Final car portfolio due 10/15

Anyone who would like to retake the graphing mastery check must do so by next Friday, 10/12
Week 5 (9/24 - 9/28)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 9/24
1. Force Starter: Using a spring scale to measure force, diagram the forces acting on an object when... two spring scales are used, the spring scales are moving, and forces are BALANCED. Then, attach the spring scale to an object and move it; diagram the forces acting on the moving object when the forces are UNBALANCED. Finish this thought: Balanced forces cause... and unbalanced forces cause...
2. Reminder about retakes (must be done by Friday, 9/28)
3. Let's Get Movin' -- collect data to graph on a distance vs. time graph
4. If time, start to graph data
Car due next Tuesday, 10/2

Remember... You can retake the forces mastery checks at any time this week (opportunity ceases at the end of the school day on Friday)
Tuesday, 9/25
1. Using Excel, create an electronic distance vs. time graph of the data we collected yesterday.
2. When finished with your graph, print it & bring it to class Thursday!
3. Play around with online resources for graphing
OR Work on cars/portfolios
Bring printed graph to class Thursday; Graphing Mastery check on Thursday or Friday

Remember... You can retake the forces mastery checks at any time this week (opportunity ceases at the end of the school day on Friday)
Wednesday, 9/26
Explore test given today... No "normal" classes, except 3rd period
Bring printed graph to class Thursday; Graphing Mastery check on Thursday or Friday
Thursday, 9/27
Bring scissors and a glue stick to class!
1. Start with short video explanation on graphing motion -- share resources on wiki related to graphing
2. Discuss Excel graph -- label & analyze
3. Matching activity (match graph to description) & check work
4. Are you ready to take the mastery check? If so, try it today! If not, you can take it tomorrow...
OR
Work on cars/portfolios
Mastery check tomorrow if you didn't take it today (spend some time reviewing resources as needed)

Remember... You can retake the forces mastery checks at any time this week (opportunity ceases at the end of the school day on Friday)
Friday, 9/28
1. Take Graphing Mastery Check (if not done yesterday)
2. Complete the "Science Reflection" based on Learning Rubric
3. Work on cars or portfolios
Cars due Tuesday, 10/2 (you will have the majority of the class period on Monday to work on them)
Week 4 (9/17 - 9/21)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 9/17
1. Force Starter (on the back of the Speed ones) --> Cheerleader vs. Football Player & answer the question, "Identify an example of a force acting on an object that changes the object's speed. Identify a second example when a force changes the object's direction."
2. Tug-of-war demonstration of forces
3. Analyze the game...
4. Discuss the portfolio expectations & mastery check (tomorrow!)
Bring materials to build car tomorrow
OR
You will have some additional time to work on your portfolio
AND
More Practice! (back of Sport Science notes) due tomorrow
Tuesday, 9/18
1. Check "More Practice" and address any issues with diagramming forces
2. Mastery check over Forces (seven common kinds, diagramming direction & kind)
3. Try to calculate net force
OR
Work on cars
OR
Car portfolio (forces entry due on Friday)
Forces entry due Friday, 9/21
AND
Calculate net force for Thurs., 9/20 (mastery check on Thursday over calculating net force)
Wednesday, 9/19
1. Discuss the force entry requirements (see the Car Project page for details)
2. Try to calculate net force
OR
Work on cars
OR
Car portfolio (forces entry due on Friday)
Forces entry due Friday, 9/21
AND
Calculate net force for Thurs., 9/20 (mastery check on Thursday over calculating net force)
Thursday, 9/20
1. Mastery check over calculating net force
2. Try to calculate net force
OR
Work on cars
OR
Car portfolio (forces entry due on Friday)
Forces entry due Friday, 9/21
Friday, 9/21
1. Check forces entry during science starter on the fall equinox (tomorrow at 10:49).
2. Exchange and revise forces entry
3. Need some review of forces?
- Meet to discuss...
Clip from the International Space Station or Hockey Clip and answering, "Describe what would happen to an object’s motion if there was no gravity and no friction (or air resistance) acting on it to slow it down and stop it. Would this be an example of balanced or unbalanced forces? Explain your answer."
- Highlight your Venn Diagram according to the directions on the "blue sheet"
- Draw a diagram or some visual to represent balanced forces and unbalanced forces.
Review expectations for final portfolio and due dates...
OR
Have you started your final drafts yet?
Work on your car or your portfolio...
4. Brainstorm items to describe someone learning
Upcoming due dates to note:
Car due 10/2
Portfolio due 10/15

Week 3 (9/10 - 9/14)
Date
In Class
Homework
Monday, 9/10
1. Energy Entry Due (will check for completion while working on the Newton's Cradle Starter)
2. Look at Exemplary Samples from past students
3. Determine what makes an entry... GOOD and GREAT
4. Explain the "big picture" of the portfolio portion of the project
5. Revise your own entry (type if you want... save time later)
6. Work on cars (if time)
Bring materials to build car tomorrow
OR
You will have some additional time to work on your portfolio
Tuesday, 9/11
1. Bill Nye's clip on motion; Listen to the Motion Song
2. Introduce the idea of how you know something is moving (or not?) -- Quick check to answer on a specific example...
3. Work on cars OR Car portfolio
Motion entry due Friday, 9/14
Wednesday, 9/12
1. Video clip, "Motion & Balance" (VHS) to define:
- motion
- force
- balanced forces
- unbalanced forces
- velocity
2. Background reading on the kinds of forces
- Examine the forces acting on a skydiver
- Diagram the forces acting on someone throwing a ball (wad of paper)... Lead to class activity with "snowballs"
- Practice diagramming the kinds of forces acting on an object, "Free Body Diagrams"
3. Discuss the kinds of forces acting on your car when at rest and as it moves
4. Check out an example of an electronic portfolio
Motion entry due Friday, 9/14
AND
Free Body Diagrams Worksheet due tomorrow
Thursday, 9/13
1. Check "Free Body Diagrams" homework
- Science Starter... New topic: Force, "Provide an example of a force acting on an object without coming into direct contact with it."
2. Sport Science Clips on Forces (football and soccer)
3. More practice with free body diagrams
Motion entry due Friday, 9/14 (that's tomorrow)
Friday, 9/14
1. Draft of motion entry due - check for completion
2. Check work from yesterday (Sport Science clips)
3. Peer edit motion entry
- Put your finger on the terms "reference point," "change in position/location," and "car" (if you can't, it is not there, so it needs to be added)...
- Exchange and read over to ensure it makes sense to someone else
4. Options:
- Work on HW due Tuesday (More Practice! on the back of the Sport Science notes)
- Build car
- Start portfolio (Electronic? Make sure you are saving to the cloud so you can access it later)
Mastery check over forces on Tuesday, 9/18
AND
Draft of forces entry due Friday, 9/21

Week 2 (9/3 - 9/7)
Day
In Class
Homework
Monday,
9/3
No School - Labor Day!

Tuesday, 9/4
1. Listen to the song about the formula for speed.
Science starter, "Calculate the speed, distance, and time in the following situations..."
2. Take Speed Mastery Check & Grade
3. Speed sort
- GOT IT? Determine the difference between speed and velocity and show us!
- NOT YET? Snowmobile Lab and review of the speed triangle, work on some practice problems
3. Take Speed Mastery Check again sometime before Friday (highest score is recorded)
4. Continue to accumulate (and post to the wiki) ideas for the car design
Background knowledge on car project due by Wednesday, 9/5 (can post to wiki on Car Project Page)

Bring materials to begin to build the car to class on Wednesday, 9/5
Wednesday, 9/5
1. Take the Physics pre-tests (not for grades) to determine what you already know & what we need to focus on during this unit
2. Start to work on your cars
We're continuing to build cars the rest of this week, so continue to bring the materials you may need to class

Draft of Energy Entry due on Monday
Thursday, 9/6
Continue to build cars
OR
Work on Energy Draft
  • Retake the speed mastery check today or tomorrow, when you are ready
We're continuing to build cars the rest of this week, so continue to bring the materials you may need to class

Draft of Energy Entry due on Monday
Friday, 9/7
Continue to build cars
OR Work on your Energy Draft
Draft of Energy Entry due on Monday

Week 1 (8/27 - 8/31)
Day
In Class
Homework
Monday, 8/27

1st, 2nd periods shortened
1. Name Tags (tent & calling card)
2. Present marble challenge
- establish guidelines
- 15 min. to design
- measure
3. Distribute FYI
4. Note Homework
5. Show how to access parent survey
Binder set up & Parent Surveycomplete by Thurs., 8/30
Tuesday, 8/28

Pictures taken 5th period (shortened)
1. Review Kinetic & Potential Energy
- Look to define the terms kinetic & potential energy
2. Login to the computer & join the class wiki
- Define two more terms: law of conservation of energy & dissipated energy using the tools online and/or
3. Present challenge:
- Build a roller coaster (click to be directed to site)
- Think about how this exemplifies kinetic & potential energy and the law of conservation of energy
Entrance ticket to class Wednesday: State the formula for speed

Binder set up & Parent Surveycomplete by Thurs., 8/30
Wednesday, 8/29
Entrance ticket = formula for calculating speed
1. Revisit lesson from yesterday... try this Roller Coaster game and answer the questions on "Coaster Creator" about your experience
2. Observe Coaster Creator: three versions (may not need to watch all three)
Coaster Creator 1
Coaster Creator 2
Coaster Creator 3
3. Quick assessment... Can you identify the specific positions on a roller coaster?
4. Complete a "snowball" to throw outside.
5. Using the formula for speed, calculate the speed of a "snowball"
5. Exit ticket:
a. How did you get your snowball to move? Try to use the concept of the law of conservation of energy in your answer.
b. Draw a diagram of you throwing your snowball and identify where the snowball has the most...
- speed?
- kinetic energy?
- potential energy?
- dissipated energy?
Speed story problems attempted by tomorrow (Thurs., 8/30)

Binder set up & Parent Surveycomplete by Thurs., 8/30
Thursday, 8/30
1. Science Starter, "Describe the relationship between kinetic energy and speed."
2. Return quick check index cards... Discuss the correct answers with your group
3. Sort according to your understanding (you determine what you need), both groups using this site: Brainpop's Coaster Creator
- NOT YET? Brainpop's Coaster
- GOT IT? Brainpop's Challenge (you will need to view this clip of the Tornado Water Slide to complete Step 3)
4. Share the secret to the speed triangle and the answers to the speed story problems to use to guide your work on them (if you haven't completed them yet!)
5. If time... introduce the car project!
Background knowledge on car project due by Wednesday, 9/5 (can post to wiki on Car Project Page)
Friday, 8/31

1st, 2nd periods shortened (extended homebase for internet video)
1. Review speed story problems
2. Snowball Activity (not all classes got to this)
- Calculate the average speed of your throw
- Try to figure out whose "snowball" you threw
3. Work on background knowledge for the car project
Background knowledge on car project due by Wednesday, 9/5 (can post to wiki on Car Project Page)