Today we took a SWYK on the cycles in ecosystems. Some of you still need to wrap up work from the past few weeks (VOCAB FROM YESTERDAY or ENERGY PYRAMID PROJECT and even you are what you eat paragraphs). IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you could choose to answer 2, 3, or all 4 of the SWYK ON CYCLES IN ECOSYSTEMS questions on loose leaf sheet of paper tonight. You have to answer at least 2 of the questions!!!
Today we had some vocabulary work time (and extra time to be sure all cycles notes AND energy pyramids were completed). I hope to be back tomorrow for the SWYK! IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you will want to work on getting THE GLOSSARY TERMS IN YOUR OWN GLOSSARY. Review the week's posts, too.
Today was a work day to wrap up our energy pyramids project. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you will likely spend your glossary work time tomorrow on the pyramid (or come in for help Thursday's study hall). Remember we will Show What You Know of cycling matter and energy on Thursday!!!
Today we reviewed energy transfer within food chains and webs (PRINT OR COPY THESE NOTES for p. 59 of notebook). We also began a really cool project which will turn into an actual pyramid!!! IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you can try THESE INSTRUCTIONS but maybe you just wait until tomorrow to start? Tomorrow we complete the pyramids!
Today we reviewed food chains passing matter from producer to consumer and the recycling of matter with decomposers. We also explored how energy ALSO moves up food chains from the sun into producers (via the process of photosynthesis). IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you can watch the video below and catch up notes on Monday (if you missed class anytime this week just review the daily blog posts). Next week we explore energy in more detail.
Today we explored how food chains actually create a food "cycle" once you include decomposers. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you can watch the video below and print (or copy on p.58) THESE NOTES ON FOOD CYCLES. Today we focused on how matter moves in ecosystems, and tomorrow we will add energy into the discussion.
Today we explored the path of nitrogen between living things and the physical environment, the places that nitrogen is found on Earth, and how nitrogen is essential for life. Some of us traveled a simple path in the ecosystem and some of us had quite a diverse set of circumstances we found ourselves in as a nitrogen atom. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you missed out on an interactive game to understand more of the nitrogen cycle. Try the video below to finish your nitrogen cycle notes on page 56 of your notebook (you can check out a book from me tomorrow or visit the book at study hall). All cycles notes so far should be finished up tonight. Tomorrow we revisit the role of food and discover once again how we are what we eat!
Today we continued exploring the cycles of matter in ecosystems. Yesterday we discussed the water cycle (evaporation from sun's energy, condensation into clouds, and then precipitation to complete the cycle). Today our focus was on carbon and oxygen cycling in ecosystems. Producers, consumers, and decomposers all use carbon and oxygen in their life processes (and in building their bodies!). Tomorrow we will explore how nitrogen is recycled in ecosystems. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you will need to check out a book to complete your notes (water cycle on p. 54 in the notebook; carbon/oxygen cycles on p. 55). Some of you are ready to move on to the nitrogen cycle... the video below is quite helpful for both the carbon and nitrogen cycles!
Today we began exploring how water, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen are recycled in ecosystems. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you may start notes tonight for the water cycle (page 54 of the notebook). We continue note taking tomorrow, so you may catch up just fine when you return to class! Some of you didn't finish up with the water cycle notes in class today. Some of you are hoping to add to your carbon cycle notes tonight... watch the videos below for help on these cycles of matter!!! Tomorrow more notes!
Friday we wrapped up Trimester 1 details... new clocks... old work completed... CEAL paragraphs about "you are what you eat" done. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you missed some work time so put in the effort on your own. The paragraph is the first grade of the new trimester! Have a good weekend!
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