November 14th, 2016
Cycles of matter ...
We discussed the cycling of energy and matter through food chains and webs this week (and made a really cool energy pyramid!). Today we begin our notes for the recycling of matter through ecosystems. Our job is to create notes addressing some important questions about cycles. Water cycle notes go on page 54; Carbon and Oxygen cycle notes go on page 55; and the Nitrogen cycle goes on page 56 of our notebook. YOU CHOOSE STYLE OF NOTES but keep the important end game questions in mind. IF you are working on notes over the weekend you may choose to watch the video below OR look up your own information on cycles. We will continue with this notes task on Monday so we are ready to review Tuesday and SWYK Wednesday. Parent-teacher conferences are also on Wednesday! FINISH YOUR CONFERENCE SHEET!?!?
November 11th, 2016
Energy Pyramid work ...
Whoops!!! I didn't post what we worked on in class Wednesday!!! Well... it's the same as the work we did today: create energy pyramids! IF YOU MISSED CLASS BOTH DAYS read these instructions and then show me the work you completed. I am checking vocabulary from this ecology unit AND we need to share our notebooks with our parents to prepare for conferences. The CONFERENCE SHEET is due next Tuesday... Take the time to share your awesome work so far with them! Prior knowledge allows us to ask better Q's!
November 10th, 2016
November 09th, 2016
Ecology vocabulary continues!
Today we reviewed food chains and food webs and spent the period listening to ecology music while adding the terms/definitions/example/picture/etc of energy flow in ecosystems to our glossaries. Need the list?
November 08th, 2016
It's the food web ...
Today we discussed food chains and food webs and the flow of energy in ecosystems. If you need a bit more background on energy flow in ecosystems YOU MAY CHOOSE TO WATCH THIS VIDEO. If you missed class today you will want to get the notes from me (or a classmate)... page 52 in notebook. Tomorrow we vocab!
Bill Nye also does a fantastic job of explaining food chains/webs... WATCH THIS VIDEO ON TEACHER TUBE
November 06th, 2016
Ecology work continues...
Today we discussed some ecological Giants of Science: John Muir and Rachel Carson. If you were gone today you can add these two to your GOSATOT page. Next week we will explore how energy and matter moves through ecosystems. I am working on getting PowerSchool up to date with all assignments turned in!
November 04th, 2016
Ecology SWYK today!
Today we had the opportunity to show what we know about populations, communities, limiting factors, ecosystems, and the interactions of organisms (ecology). Tonight is a good night to finish any missing work! Next week we shall discuss how energy and matter moves in ecosystems! It's a circle of life kids!!!
November 03rd, 2016
Today we explored the interactions of populations once again. We were deer looking for food, water, and shelter... sometimes we were successful and sometimes not so much. Normal healthy populations show increases and decreases over time due to various limiting factors. Watch the video once again about wolves changing the Yellowstone ecosystem! You can also watch the video below about whales changing climate!
Some of you need to finish the predator/prey graph from Tuesday... some of you need the notes from Tuesday... some of you still need to finish the turtle work from last week. Click the hot links for each! Maybe you are reviewing for your SWYK on Ecology? REVIEW THIS and make sure VOCAB done in glossary!
November 02nd, 2016
November 01st, 2016
Today you had yet another sub. More notes; a reminder of the life of a turtle and the factors affecting populations; and another opportunity to analyze population data with graphs. If you missed school today you will need to get the notes from me when you return as well as check out a book to do the graph work. You may also choose to watch this Ted ed on turtles. EVERYONE should WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT THE AFFECTS OF CANDY ON THE BRAIN (or don't if your diet is like mine today).
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