Thursday, October 10, 2019

10.10.2019 - Thursday - Science and Math -

10.10.2019 - Thursday - Science - 

  1. Current events:  
    1. The Nobel Prize is currently being awarded. We learned a bit about Alfred Nobel and the origin of the prize.
    2. One note on recycling and plastics. Ninety one percent of the plastic EVER thrown away has NOT been recycled.
II.  Eight facts on one of our eleven body systems -  the skeleton.
A.  Adults have 206 bones
B.  Skeleton is made of living tissue.
C.  Broken bones can repair themselves.
D.  Bones ‘anchor’ the muscles and tendons.
III LAB - Part one of an investigation into our respiratory and circulatory systems. We took our resting heart rate and our heart rate after exercise.  We’ll use these number tomorrow to chart and check independent vs. dependent variables.

0.10.2019 - Math - 

  1.  Math - Text pages 23 - 28 and the “Are You Ready For More?”  
  2. Notes:
    1. Ratios:  We reviewed the number system from Natural Numbers through Whole and Rational Numbers and, finally, a bit on irrational numbers.
    2. A few notes and examples on cross multiplication.
    3. An introduction to algebraic expressions.

Monday, September 30, 2019

09.30.2019 - Monday - Recap

09.30.2019 - Monday - 

  1. Math - Nets and Surface Area.
    1. Warm up:  Students constructed a rectangular prism and a triangular prism (nets cut-out). Students are to calculate both the VOLUME and the SURFACE AREA of each in the notes.
    2. Prisms: Description / Clarification:  Imagine taking a polygon and moving it “through space” so each vertex makes a line.

          II.  Notes and examples of “Nets” 
                      A.  Cutting and unfolding three dimensional figures and labeling / measuring the lateral sides and base.

          III.  Homework
              A.  Pages 122 through 126 from “Open Up Resources.”


  1. Science:  - Photosynthesis and the (obvious) importance of the sun!
    1. We had a few notes on proteins and how the DNA directs cells to manufacture proteins in the ribosomes.
    2. Proteins are important molecules for a wide variety of functions.  The are, in turn, made from smaller molecules called Amino Acids.  
    3. Amino Acids link in chains (Polymers - “Many Parts”) to for proteins.
    4. “The Martian” - A run down of the science from the movie.
      1. The biology
      2. The physics.

          II STEAM.
             A.  Our second paper airplane “fly off.” This one going for “hang the” over distance.
             B.  Begin our unit on bridges.

Friday, September 27, 2019

09.27.2019 - Recap -


I.  Math: 
            A.  Two-part assessment today:
                        1.  Quiz on triangles. Acute, Obtuse, and Right.
                        2.  Check on the classwork / homework:  Students were building cubes and tetrahedrons in class and were asked to calculate the volume and surface area for each. The assessment checked to be sure the work in their books was completed.

            B. Computer work day – Students had tome to begin lesson 14 on using “nets” to find surface area.

II.  Science:
            A. Brief, open-note quiz on the differences between plant and animals cells. Next week we’ll be working on structure and function of each organelle.
            B.  A 17 minute clip from “The Martian” focusing on the science crosscutting concepts of systems and, specifically, how Watney’s “HAB” on Mars is a small, self-contained system. Our Earth is a larger version of the “HAB.” 
            C.  Final focus on proteins as building blocks in our bodies. We’ll be learning what organelles make proteins.

            A.  Some more flight testing today; this time going for maximum “Hang time.”

            B.  We continued our theme of VARIABLES in any science and engineering practice.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

09.26.2019 - Thursday -

Summary and tomorrow’s quizzes

I.  Math: We built paper prisms and measured their volume and surface area to the nearest centimeter.
            A.  Open note quiz tomorrow. The focus is;
                        1.  Triangles
                                    i) Acute
                                    ii) Obtuse
                                    iii)  Right
                                    iv)  Total measure of interior angles.
            B. Naming angles.
            C.  Area formula. (2 dimensional)
                        1. Square
                        2.  Rectangle
                        3. Triangle
            D. Surface area.
                        1.  Cubes
                        2.  Rectangular prisms.
            E. Polygons.
                        1.  Edges
                        2. Vertices

II.  Science: 
            A.  Current Events: California Sea Otters.
            B.  Tomorrow’s open notes quiz: We’ve only begun learning the functions of the organelles inside plant and animal cells. Tomorrow quiz will only focus on;
                        1.  Consumers vs. Producers
                        2.  The organelles that are UNIQUE to plant or animal cells. (Which ones do they share and which ones do they NOT share.)
                        3.  The one organelle with which students should be familiar, and know the function of, is the nucleus.

                   C. A bit on “The Martian” to introduce PROTEINS.  Tomorrow’s focus will be on PHOTOSYNTHESIS.

            A.  An experiment to continue with VARIABLES. Does changing the weight on the end of a string cause the pendulum to swing faster or slower. (Or no change.)

            B.  Video clip on running an experiment to determine the diameter of Earth.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

09.25.2019 - Wednesday -

09.25.2019 – Math / Science / STEAM


I.  Math:  Polygons / Prisms / Angles
         A.  Warm up / class work:  Students worked o making their own ACUTE, OBTUSE, and RIGHT triangles along with parallelograms and triangles that have a specific area. (Goal: When students create their own questions and answers they gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter.)

         B.  Notes:  Polygons.
                  1.  The difference between edges and vertices.
                  2.  The difference between exterior and interior angles.
                  3.  Naming angles.
                           i.)  … with one letter, showing the vertex.
                           ii)  … with three letters - the vertex as the middle letter.

         C.  Video clip (4 min) Platonic Solids – Prisms
         D.  Homework:  Complete the glossary on page 115 (Definitions) Attempt pages 112 – 114 – We’ll be reviewing those as a class tomorrow.

II.  Science:  Cells / Consumers / Producers
         A.  “The Martian”  - Mark Watney grows potatoes in Martian dirt; turning it into soil by adding bacteria. Plants will not grow in dirt. Soil contains fungi, protests, and bacteria – ALL essential for plants.
         B.  Plants are PRODUCERS. They do this amazing thing called PHOTOSYNTHESIS – Taking sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water and recombining the atoms to produce sugar. They cast off oxygen in the process; which is great for us animals for that whole “breathing” thing.
         C.  CONSUMERS (Animals) Eat producers or eat something that eats producers. Think about cows. They have the ability to digest plant grass directly (something we can’t do because we lack the necessary enzymes to break it down. Don’t worry – we’ll learn about enzymes in four weeks. Our focus is CONSUMERS, PRODUCERS, PLANT CELLS, and ANIMAL CELLS.

         A.  Flight Web Search #2:  We were going to fly our airplanes outside again today but it was 91 degrees Fahrenheit and completing our web search seemed good for today along with completing the last five minutes of the brief “Mythbusters” Episode on Helium Footballs.

         B.  The “Mythbusters” did an excellent job of illustrating VARIABLES in an experiment.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

09.24.2019 - recap -

09.24.2019 – Tuesday –

I.  Math:  Polygons, Area, Surface Area.
            A.  Warm – up / class work:  Students worked on area questions where the area could be found by either decomposing the figure or using the area formula.  The sheet was composed of questions from a quiz we had last week and we wanted to check progress on understanding area.

            B.  Notes: We took the notes on an open page in our text.  The notes were on the edges and vertices of polygons. (See below.)

              C.  We went through the edges and vertices from the last homework. Tonight our goal is through 109 in our text.
II.  Science: Cell Organelles – Structure and function –
            A.  Current Events: Two notes on coal: 
                        1.  Coal is still the primary source of electricity in the world.
                        2.  Coal is a fossil fuel; meaning it comes from the remains of one-living things. By burning coal we add carbon to our atmosphere and increase the temperature of our biosphere. Coal and methane emissions drive global climate change.

            B.  Cell parts and function:
                        1.  Students had two “cut and pastes” for their notebooks.  We’ll return to “The Martian” in a bit. While students learn what the various parts of a cell do we are trying to build some context for the definitions – otherwise it is just rote memorization. For example – Proteins and vacuoles – Beyond color-in sheets students need to have an idea of the importance of these organelles. Otherwise it’s just remembering things to pass a test.  Our next test is an open note assessment this Friday.

III.  STEAM – Aeronautical Engineering –

            A. Today we flew our paper airplanes for distance, outside the classroom, and then returned to the class for a brief lesson on variables in an experiment.

Friday, September 20, 2019

09.20.2019 - Friday -

09.20.2019 – Math / Science / STEAM

I.      Math:  A brief quiz on area of triangles and parallelograms.
a. In-class assignments on finding the third interior angle of a triangle when the measure of the other two angles in known.

II.    Math Notes

a.     In all triangles the interior angles sum to 180 degrees.
b.     If a triangle has one angle in 90 degrees it is called a RIGHT triangle.
c.     If a triangle has all three angles less than 90 degrees in is an ACUTE triangle.
d.     If a triangle has an interior angle that is GREATER than 90 degrees it is a, OBTUSE triangle.

   III.  Math homework – Pages 98, 99, and 100.
            a.  Important – Students were given a multi-page math packet that is for class work. The focus is on perimeter and area. It’s not assigned as homework. It’s meant as supplemental classroom practice. Thanks.

   IV. Science: Open note test followed by seed observation and inquiry.

a.     Students were asked to speculate on and draw the seeds we grew in class.
b.     A brief clip of “The Martian” to highlight the difference between dirt and soil. Soil is composed of some non-living and some living material.
c.     In “The Martian” the fictional astronaut, Mark Watney, has to find a source of bacteria before attempting to grow potatoes on Mars

d.     Our current events focused on the equinox! Fall begins Monday, the 23rd.

   V. STEAM:  A web search on flight and paper airplane design followed by a paper airplane building session.