December 24th, 2019
A bit of science for Christmas
December 22nd, 2019
Today was a day to catch up &/or earn some bonus points. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY be sure to check Google Classroom for bonus opportunities (especially MERRY SCIENTIFIC CHRISTMAS). Take the break to relax, catch up (if that's what you need to do), and enjoy the time off. See you in the new year!
December 20th, 2019
Cycles SWYK today ...
Today we explained what we know about cycles. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you can use tomorrow's class time to finish this SWYK (if you are absent tomorrow as well you will want to check the post for what to do!!!). We have time tomorrow to wrap up vocabulary AND I will add a few more bonus activities in Google Classroom to do (of course they are optional to do). Brace yourselves kids... we are almost to break! One more day!
December 19th, 2019
Recycling of matter and energy !!!
Today we wrapped up the energy pyramid project. We also added the latest VOCABULARY into our glossary. Tomorrow we will Show What We Know about cycles (water, carbon/oxygen, nitrogen, food, AND energy). IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY be ready to SWYK!
December 18th, 2019
Energy pyramid project work
Today we explored how energy flows through ecosystems. We discovered that energy is lost as you move up a food chain (matter, too) since it takes energy (and matter) to stay alive (and build an organism's body). We also started a new energy pyramid project. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you can check the instructions and begin at home (or wait until back in class tomorrow). We SWYK on Thursday for all cycle work. Some of you still have chemistry notes to finish up!!! Friday is a bonus/catch up day for work (bring earbuds).
December 17th, 2019
Energy flows through cycles too!!!
Today we explored how producers, consumers, and decomposers are linked in food chains (and webs) to pass energy in addition to matter through ecosystems. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you can print (or copy) THESE NOTES ABOUT ENERGY ROLES for your notebook page 71. We will continue discussing energy flow in ecosystems tomorrow.
December 16th, 2019
December 15th, 2019
Today we added the "food cycle" to our cycles notes (recycling roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers). Next week we will explore the energy roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY I will need to check your notes for the chemical compounds in cells (including the cycling of matter). Spend some time on this task this weekend if you didn't finish up yet.
December 13th, 2019
Today we explored the complicated nitrogen cycle. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you can add details about the nitrogen cycle to your notebook page 69. Be sure to include information about why organisms need nitrogen; what might happen in a community if all the nitrogen-fixing bacteria died; AND outline the major steps in the nitrogen cycle (illustrate the cycle). Tomorrow we bring the conversation of food and "you are what you eat" back into the chemical cycling discussion.
December 12th, 2019
RETIRED Science Teacher
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