Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Enjoy Your Break!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  
See you in 2015!!!  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bill Nye & Magic School Bus

Here are a couple of review videos to help you review concepts we learned in our cells unit.  If you are watching these, that means you scored above 80% on our cells test yesterday.  So. . .CONGRATULATIONS!!! :)  Way to go!!!

Have fun learning!

Bill Nye Cells Video
Bill Nye Cells Video Response Sheet

Magic School Bus- Inside Ralphie
Magic School Bus Video Response Sheet

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Standard 3 REVIEW

Use your Cells Review Paper to complete the assignment below:

Standard 3 Review 

If the emaze link above is being slow, you may also use the Prezi below to correct your review. Either one will be great! :)

Good luck!  Have fun learning!!!

PS- If you were absent today, we also did an Around the Room Cells Review.  You can do it at home.  Just write your answers on lined paper, correct them, and then hand them in tomorrow with your Cells Review.

Use this answer key AFTER you have completed the answers for the Around the Room Cells Review.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Body Systems- Standard 3 Review

We are going to be BUSY this week in science!  Next week is our Standard 3 Cells Test, and I am not going to lie, it is not an easy test.  In order to be prepared, you will need to make sure that you listen in class and complete ALL of your assignments.  You are also going to want to take some time to study for this test.

In order to help you stay on track and not get behind this week, I have made a Science Assignment Tracker for you to check off the assignments as you complete them.

On the back of the tracker, you will notice that there is a crossword puzzle. The crossword puzzle is NOT required, but can be completed for extra credit :) :) :)

Today you will also need to log onto UTIPS and take the Body Systems Quiz.

Links to the other assignments on the Science Assignment Tracker are below:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Amoeba Sisters Osmosis Review

Here is a video that will help you review osmosis.  You should know the difference between diffusion and osmosis for our test :)  Use THIS video sheet  and answer the questions while you watch the video.

Also, don't forget to complete the Egg Osmosis Lab Sheet questions we have been working on in class this past week.

Good luck and have fun learning!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Body Systems Class Notes

If you have been absent, here is the information you need to finish up your class notes.  The video links are below the notes.  Good luck and have FUN learning!!!


Levels Song 
Intro to Cells
Cells, Tissues, and Organs
Review Cell, Tissue, Organ Systems
Organ Systems Songs 
Biggest Organism on Earth 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hypertonic, Hypotonic, Isotonic

Here is the information you need to be able to work on the first page of our Egg Osmosis Lab.

Good luck and have FUN learning!!!

Here are some pictures of the eggs from class. These can be used to fill in the information on Day 1 and Day 2 of your Egg Osmosis Lab paper if you have been absent.

 DAY ONE:  The raw eggs have been sitting in vinegar for a day and a half.

The vinegar is an acid that eats away the shell of the egg and leaves the egg in tact in its membrane.

DAY TWO:  We took the eggs from the vinegar and placed them into various liquids.

Egg in pure water.

Egg in salt water

Egg in colored water

Egg in corn syrup

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cell Structure WebQuest

Here is what we will be working on in class today and tomorrow.  It's a short week!  Work hard and have FUN learning!

Cell Structures Webquest

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cell Organelles Review and Quiz

Here is what we are doing in class today.  Complete each of them in the order listed below.  Make good use of your time and DO NOT bother your neighbors.  Some of them have a lot of make up work to do.

Good luck and have FUN learning!!! :)

1.  Complete Flashback Friday Bell Work.  Remember that it should be 3 IMPORTANT facts you learned this week in science.

2.  UTIPS- Login: lunch #  PW:  Last name (capital letter) Take the 3.1 Cells Quiz.  Record your score on your yellow tracker in your science binder.

3.  Check Power School to see if you are missing any assignments in science.

4.  If you are all caught up you may do any of the following: read quietly, code.org, explore the class website, Weird Science extra credit.

What you may NOT do is waste time or bother the people around you.

Here are some fun links you may want to try out!

Cell Organelle Matching Game
Match it up! 
Label the animal cell
Label the plant cell

Thursday, November 20, 2014

3.1 Quiz REVIEW

Here are some "Hints and Helps" to help you on our quiz tomorrow.  Just go through them and make sure you know the answers.  You don't need to hand them in, just review any of the questions you may not remember. 

Good luck and have FUN learning!!! :)

1.  What instrument is best for viewing cells and cell parts?
2.  What is a cell?
3.  Cells perform the basic functions of _____________________.
4.  What organelle controls cell functions and acts like the brain of a cell?
5.  What is the substance that holds organelles in place inside a cell?
6.  Which part of the cell contains genetic information?
7.  What are the food-making structures in plant cells?
8.  Which cell organelle do ALL cells have that controls the movement of materials into and out of the cell?
9.  Which organelles would you expect a plant cell to have, but not an animal cell?
10.  Sketch the shape of a plant cell.
11.  Sketch the shape of an animal cell.
12.  What is the function of the chloroplast in a plant cell?
13.  What is the difference between a cell wall and a cell membrane?
14.  What is the process by which water moves across a cell membrane?
15.  A cell is placed into pure water.  What will happen to its size?
16.  Why does sugar stay inside a cell?  (Think about why the tea leaves stayed inside the teabag) 
17.  Why does osmosis occur? (Think about Earth's structure and gravity)
18.  How do cells get energy from food?
19.  What do cells do with waste products?
20.  Why are only plant cells able to produce food from sunlight?
21.  What guides all cell processes?  In other words, what organelle is like the brain of a cell?
22.  What is the difference between diffusion and osmosis?
23.  Compare and contrast plant and animal cells.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cells: Class Notes

Here are the class notes we are taking in class this week.  PLEASE make sure and review them. They will be a great help to you on your test on December 16th.

Here are the video links that go along with the class notes. You will need to watch them in order to be able to fill in the missing information on your notes worksheet.

 Intro to Cells (3:35)
 Cell Size Interactive
 Robert Hooke (3:16) 
Cell Theory Song (3:13)
Organelles Song (4:24)
Voyage Inside a Cell (14:51)
Plant and Animal Cells (1:52) 
Brain Pop Diffusion Login: Mountain Dew PW: FRIS
Osmosis Video (5:06)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Plant and Animal Cells QR Codes

If you were absent on Thursday or Friday, don't forget to check Google Classroom.  All assignments have been linked up over there :)

Thursday we worked on Bill Nye Cells with response sheet.

Friday we worked on Plant and Animal Cells QR Codes.

You should also already have handed in your 3.1 Cell Vocabulary Quest and your Plant and Animal Cells Writing Assignment.

All of our assignments can be found in Google Classroom.  Don't forget to use it as a resource for learning science and keeping your grade up! ;)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bill Nye: Cells

Make sure and hand in your COMPLETED 3.1 Vocabulary Quest today.

You can also link over to the assignments that are due by going to our Google Classroom.  Some of the links might actually work better over there :)

Watch the Bill Nye Cells video below and answer the questions from the video response sheet.

CLICK HERE to link over to the video.

When you are finished with the video, work on your Plant/Animal cells writing assignment that we started in class last week.

CLICK HERE to link over to the writing assignment.

Good luck and have FUN learning!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Plant Cells and Animal Cells

Watch the video clips and TAKE NOTES about plant and animal cells.  You will need those notes to complete the assignment below:

Plant Cells
More science games on cells for kids at NeoK12  
Animal Cells
More science games on cells at NeoK12  

If the video links above don't work on your iPads CLICK HERE for Plant Cells and CLICK HERE for animal cells.  :)

After watching the two videos, use your notes to complete the Venn Diagram about plant and animal cells.

Write a complete paragraph about the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells. Use your video notes and your Venn Diagram to help you with your paragraph.  You can write your paragraph on lined paper, or share it with me on Google Docs.

You will be graded on your notes, your Venn Diagram, and your paragraph.

Good luck and have FUN learning!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Standard 2: Earth's Structure Review

Do the following in the order listed below :)

1.  Use the information on the presentation below to help you correct your answers on your review packet homework.

Change answers or add information to them as needed.  You will then use the review packet as a study guide for your test on Tuesday.

Powered by emaze 

2. Log onto UTIPS and take the Standard 2.2 Quiz.

3. Take the UTIPS Earth Structure Practice Test (if you didn't take it over the weekend, or retake it if your score was below 80%)

4. Check Power School to see if you are missing any assignments.

5.   Work on missing assignments. The end of the trimester is this week!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Standard 2: Earth's Structure REVIEW

If you were absent on Friday (Halloween) you can find a printable copy of what we did in class by CLICKING HERE.  Complete the questions and turn them in on Monday :)

We also have a review packet that is due on Monday.  You can find a copy of it HERE.

Don't forget to take advantage of the UTIPS Practice Test.  You can take it multiple times.  It will help you to prepare for the test IF you take the time to figure out the answers to the questions you miss.  Login: lunch #  Password: Last name with a capital letter.

Also, last but not least. . .you can study your notes, your textbook, and the information here on the class website to help prepare you for your test.

80% or higher is the goal for the solar tube and canister rocket activities.  GOOD LUCK!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Billion Dollar Drill to Earth's Mantle

Here is today's in-class assignment.  Do each of the following in the order listed below.
Good luck and happy learning! :)

 1. Watch the video below about the Billion Dollar Drill

2. Write a  COMPLETE paragraph on lined paper about what you think they might find if they successfully drill to the mantle. Do you think that scientists current theories will be proven right or wrong? Why? Explain with details. (You can write it on lined paper, or type it and share it with me on Google Drive).

3. Complete the density sorting worksheet. Make sure and glue the sediments in order on the bottom of the paper.

4. Complete the Earth's Layers page. Make sure and add all of the written information to yours so it looks like the one HERE.  When you are done labeling it, color the layers.  Do your best work.

5. Hand in your paragraph (or share it on Google Drive) and the density sorting/earth's layers worksheet.

6. Check PowerSchool to see if you have any missing assignments.

7. Work on missing assignments.  The end of the trimester is NEXT WEEK!!!

8.  When you are finished with today's work and any missing work, you may do any of the following: read quietly, explore the class website, do extra credit.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Earth's Topography

Make sure and fill out the video quiz sheet and hand it in at the end of the video.  Good luck!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bill Nye: Atmosphere

Atmosphere: A layer of gases that surrounds the earth.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the earth's atmosphere :)

Watch Bill Nye and fill out the video response sheet to learn even more!!!  Good luck and have FUN learning!!!

Video Link:  Bill Nye Atmosphere

Monday, October 13, 2014

Standard 2 Vocabulary

If you were absent today, here is what we did in class.  Use the Standard 2 Vocabulary Prezi to fill out the information on the worksheet.  Good luck and have FUN learning! :)

CLICK HERE for the worksheet.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Science Test TOMORROW!

Just a reminder that we have our Standard 1 test tomorrow in science!!!  I know you will all do GREAT!

Here are some things you can do tonight to review:

Matter Review 

Standard 1.1 Review 

Take the Matter PreTest on UTIPS.  This can be taken up to 5 times.

Study Standard 1 in your textbook.

Study your notes and assignments in your Science Binder.

Study your Matter File Folder that we have been making in class.

Review your Vocabulary (yellow paper in your Science Binder)

Good luck and have FUN learning!!! :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Density Class Notes

Here is everything you will need to be able to finish your density notes.  Good luck and have FUN learning!!! :)

Print out the notes and use the slides and videos below to help you answer the questions.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I Scream. You Scream. We All Scream for Ice Cream.

Here is the recipe for the ice cream we made in class on Friday :)

Legend has it that the Roman emperor, Nero, is credited as the first person to make ice cream. Nero commanded slaves to bring snow down from the mountains, which was then used to freeze the flavored cream mixture. The secret was to lower the freezing point of ice in order to freeze the cream. How? The scientific secret is salt! Here’s a scientific recipe that you can use at home to make your own ice cream.

  • Large (1 gallon) plastic jar (a coffee can works, too)
  • 2 quart-size zipper-lock bags
  • Half & Half or Milk
  • Crushed ice (or snow in the winter!)
  • Rock salt
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Towel (or winter gloves)


  1. Fill the plastic jar about half full with crushed ice.
  2. Add about 6 tablespoons of rock salt to the ice. Seal the plastic jar and shake the ice and salt for about five minutes. You’ll need to wear your gloves when you’re handling the jar. If you’re curious as to why you have to wear gloves, measure the temperature of the mixture with a thermometer. The rock salt and ice mixture gets down to about 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C)!

  3. Use one quart-size zipper-lock bag to mix the following ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup of Half & Half
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  4. Seal tightly, allowing as little air to remain in the bag as possible. Too much air left inside may force the bag open during shaking.

  5. Place this bag inside the other quart-size bag, again leaving as little air inside as possible and sealing well. By double-bagging, the risk of salt and ice leaking into the ice cream is minimized.

  6. Place the two bags inside the jar with the ice and seal the bag. Wrap the bag in the towel or put your gloves on. Shake, rock, roll, and mix that can! Your ice cream should be ready after about 15-20 minutes.

  7. Once mixed, remove the inner bags from the jar and rinse them well with water. You don’t want any salt water accidentally getting into your ice cream.


What does the salt do?

Just like we use salt on icy roads in the winter, salt mixed with ice in this case also causes the ice to melt. When salt comes into contact with ice, the freezing point of the ice is lowered. The lowering of the freezing point depends on the amount of salt added. The more salt added, the lower the temperature will be before the salt-water solution freezes. For example, water will normally freeze at 32 degrees F. A 10% salt solution freezes at 20 degrees F, and a 20% solution freezes at 2 degrees F. When salt is added to the ice (or snow), some of the ice melts because the freezing point is lowered. Always remember that heat must be absorbed by the ice for it to melt. The heat that causes the melting comes from the surroundings (the warmer cream mixture). By lowering the temperature at which ice is frozen, you were able to create an environment in which the cream mixture could freeze at a temperature below 32 degrees F into ice cream.


Did You Know? In 1846, Nancy Johnson invented the hand-cranked ice cream churn and ice cream surged in popularity. Then, in 1904, ice cream cones were invented at the St. Louis World Exposition. An ice cream vendor ran out of dishes and improvised by rolling up some waffles to make cones.

- See more at: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/homemade-ice-cream-sick-science#sthash.EOpBQHSW.dpuf

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mass vs. Weight

For those of you who were absent when we talked about Mass this week, here is the information we covered in class that goes along with the notes you need to take.

The video links you need are on this post as well.

Good luck and have FUN learning!!! :)

Video link: Understand Mass and How it is Measured 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mass of a Liquid

How would you find the mass of a liquid???  Watch the video below to find out!

Still not sure how? CLICK HERE and read the information.  Good luck and have FUN learning!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Volume of States of Matter

What is volume?  How do you find volume of a solid?  A liquid?  A gas?

Here is what we talked about in class today.  Along with the songs attached below.  Sing them loud and sing them proud! :)

Have fun learning!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Compounds and Molecules

Today in class we learned about compounds and molecules.  We also discussed the size of atoms compared to the size of molecules.  Which one is bigger???

If you were absent today, here is some information to help you.  If you weren't absent, this information will still help you study for the test that is coming up in a few weeks :)

What is an atom?  CLICK HERE to find out.
What is a molecule?  CLICK HERE to find out.
Read more about compounds and molecules HERE.

Use the information on the links above to fill in the information in your blue Atoms and Molecules book that is in your Matter File Folder.

Don't have your Atoms and Molecules book?  CLICK HERE to print out a new one.

After we finished the Atoms and Molecules book, we did a lab activity where we made molecules. You can CLICK HERE for a copy of the worksheet we used to make our molecules.  We will correct it after Bell Work tomorrow :)

Have FUN learning!

Monday, August 25, 2014

States of Matter

We talked about the States of Matter today in class. Remember my story about the concert? What State of Matter would you rather be imitating if you went to a concert? Solid? Liquid? Gas?

Tomorrow you should be able to draw me an example of the particles of matter in a solid, liquid, and a gas. Here's a little reminder just in case you need it :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Atomic Theory Timeline

Daily Objective: 
I will understand the Atomic Theory Timeline. 

Today in class we learned about the Atomic Theory and how in the world we know that atoms even exist.  It was fun learning about the different scientific discoveries and how each of the different theories built on the previous theories.  

Will the current electron cloud theory that we have today remain?  Who knows!  Maybe YOU will be the next scientist to discover something new and unique about atoms! :)

Here are the videos from the Atomic Theory that were on the presentation from class today.  If you have time to watch them, DO IT.  You'll be glad you did! :)

Introduction to the atom: The atom, proton, neutron and electron


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vocabulary 1.1 Due FRIDAY 08/22

Don't forget your Vocabulary Quest 1.1 is due tomorrow.  We worked on it in class yesterday and for a few minutes today.  You also had last night and tonight to get it done, so hopefully you have it ready to hand in tomorrow at the beginning of class.

Need a new copy of it?  Click on the link below :)

Standard 1.1 Vocabulary Quest 

See you tomorrow!  Have FUN learning!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

First Week Success!

We have made it to Thursday, and so far we have had an amazing first week of school.  Thank you to all of you for working hard, following class procedures, and just being spectacular!

Just a few reminders. . .

If you did not finish your Scientific Method WebQuest in class, you will need to finish it up for homework.  It is due on Monday August 18th.  If you already finished it and turned it in, HOORAY! :)

Tomorrow (Friday August 15) your Science Disclosure is due.  Make sure you bring it in and put it in the "In Box" so you can get your effort points.

Also, make sure you have your 1 inch binder and five dividers by Monday August 18th.  We will be putting them together and labeling them in class.  If you are unable to get the binder, please let me know and we will work something out.

Last, but not least, remember that you will get extra credit points if your parents do the Million Words or Less letter.  They can email it to me, or write it up and send it with you to class.

I think that's it!  Tomorrow is FRIDAY!  Here's to a GREAT weekend :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Welcome Back!

I am so excited to welcome you back to school for the 2014-2015 school year!  I am looking forward to getting to know each of you as we learn about science together.

This blog will be used all school year for posting all your projects, vocabulary, webquests, video links, assignment links, etc.  Make sure and visit the website often!  It will be a great resource for you in science this year.

Good luck and let's have FUN learning!  :)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Chemical Reactions: Baking Soda and Vinegar

What happens when you combine baking soda and vinegar???

  1. Although fun to watch, the fizz you observe when baking soda and vinegar are put together, actually has some cool science behind it! In the world of chemistry, baking soda is called sodium bicarbonate and vinegar is known as acetic acid.  Read the information below and then watch the videos to find out more!  Have fun learning :) 

Big Brain Science Explanation

Ask a Scientist

Monday, May 12, 2014

Experiment Videos

Here are the videos that correlate with the experiments you will be conducting this week. Make sure and watch the videos before you start the experiments. Good luck and have fun learning!!!

How Paper Towels Absorb
Toilet Paper Rope 
Fingerprint Forensics 
Mythbusters Fingerprinting
What Are Bubbles?
Steve Spangler Bubbles 
How Many Licks?
Tootsie Pop Science Project 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I Scream. You Scream. We ALL Scream for Ice Cream!

Have you ever wondered about how they make ice cream?  Ice cream actually has to do with SCIENCE!  How?  Let's find out! :)

1.  History of Ice Cream
2.  Chemistry of Ice Cream

Scientific iMovies

Here are the links to the Scientific iMovies we made in science this week.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Scientific iMovie

Ready?  Set?  ACTION!

You and your partners are going to create an iMovie about a concept from the 8th grade science core. This project will give you a head start on concepts you will learn next year in Science.

Choose any of the I Can Statements from 8th grade to base your movie on.  You will only use ONE "I Can" statement for your movie.  You need to make sure your movie makes sense and has a beginning, middle, and end, etc.  Also, make sure you follow the requirements listed on the grading rubric.

The videos below will help answer questions you may have about using iMovie.

Remember to BE CREATIVE and HAVE FUN!

Here is a link to the grading rubric that will be used to grade your iMovie project :)

PLEASE REFER TO THE VIDEOS FOR HELP.  They are only 2-3 minutes each and will be a great resource to help you.

1.  iMovie: Basics
2.  iMovie: Media Management
3.  iMovie: Adding Images and Video
4.  iMovie: Recording Audio
5.  iMovie: Adding Audio
6.  iMovie: Adding Titles
7.  iMovie: Creating a Rough Cut
8.  iMovie: Adding Transitions and Effects
9.  iMovie: Exporting and Publishing

Is your Science iMovie complete?  CLICK HERE to find out how to upload it :)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bouncy Birth of Silly Putty

Ever wonder where Silly Putty came from??? Inquiring minds want to know! :)

 Additional Info: The history of Silly Putty is quite amusing. In 1943 James Wright, an engineer, was attempting to create a synthetic rubber. He was unable to achieve the properties he was looking for and put his creation (later to be called Silly Putty) on the shelf as a failure. A few years later, a salesman for the Dow Corning Corporation was using the putty to entertain some customers. One of his customers became intrigued with the putty and saw that it had potential as a new toy. In 1957, after being endorsed on the "Howdy Doody Show", Silly Putty became a toy fad. Recently new uses such as a grip strengthener and as an art medium have been developed. Silly Putty even went into space on the Apollo 8 mission. The polymers in Silly Putty have covalent bonds within the molecules, but hydrogen bonds between the molecules. The hydrogen bonds are easily broken. When small amounts of stress are slowly applied to the putty, only a few bonds are broken and the putty "flows." When larger amounts of stress are applied quickly, there are many hydrogen bonds that break, causing the putty to break or tear.

Now for a little research: (answer these on the backside of your Weird Science paper)

What is a polymer?

What are 10 polymers we use everyday? 

How long have natural polymers been around?

How long have man-made polymers been around? 

List 6 things that are polymers. 

Will it blend? 

Original Silly Putty Commercial

Fun with Steve Spangler

What are Steve and Ellen up to?  All kinds of great science fun! :)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Testing Hints and Helps

Tomorrow we start our SAGE end-of-level testing for Science 7.  We have worked hard all year to learn the Science 7 concepts needed for the tests and we have spent two weeks reviewing these concepts.

Tonight and the rest of this week, there is even more YOU can do on your own to help you be successful on the test.

1.  Get plenty of rest.  A good night's sleep will help you stay focused and awake on test days.
2.  Eat a good breakfast.  Your brain needs fuel in order to think.  Don't skip breakfast!

What should you review?

  • I Can Statements.  These are a review of EVERYTHING we have learned this year. 
  • UTIPS practice tests.  You can review these as many times as you want. 
  • Your textbook and science journal.
  • This blog.  Our class blog has a ton of information from the concepts taught this year.
  • And last, but not least. . .Do you understand the following essential standards?  If not, do some research and review what you don't know/remember.  

7th grade Science Essential Standards
Students will:
  • ·       Understand that everything is made of matter and that matter is made of atoms
    ·       Be able to measure the mass and volume of matter using appropriate instruments
    ·       Identify the three main states of matter and how their particles move
    ·       Relate that Earth has layers because of density
    ·       Understand that matter can layer according to density and size of the particles
    ·       Know that the basic unit of life is the cell
    ·       Identify key differences between asexual and sexual reproduction (# of parents, % DNA the same, etc…)
    ·       Know the difference between acquired and inherited traits and give at least one example for each
    ·       Know that objects and organisms are classified based on structure
    ·       Be able to use a simple classification key to identify an object
Remember to be on time and try not to be absent if at all possible this week.

Good luck!!!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Newton's Second Law of Motion

Today in class we watched a CRaZy video about a guy who wanted to learn a little more about impact.  In order to do this he had to use Newton's Second Law of Motion.  We also learned that this law has to do with the MASS and DENSITY of objects.

Hey!  We know about mass and density!  :)  Mass is a measure of how much matter is in an object and the density is how much mass a material has in a given volume.  Just in case you forgot, volume is how much space something take up.  See how smart you are???  ;)

Want  to know a little bit more about Newton's Second Law of Motion?  Here is a little video to help you out.

Have fun learning!!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Science Court: Particles in Motion

Famous actor J.C. Cramwood has hired an equally famous sculptor to make a beautiful plaque of him.  At the unveiling of the plaque, a horrible accident occurs! Watch and find out what all of this has to do with particles in motion! :)

Don't forget to fill out the video response sheet that goes along with the video.  Good luck and have fun learning!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Volume, Mass, Density REVIEW

Do you remember how to find to volume of a regular shaped solid?  How about an irregular shaped solid?  Can you find the volume of a liquid?  How about finding density or mass of an object?

Let's review! (Use the Review Sheet FOUND HERE to complete the items below).  The practice questions we did in class (pink paper) can be found HERE and HERE.  You will need to do both of them.

1.  Volume of a regular shape:

REMEMBER- L X W X H = Volume of a REGULAR shaped object

  2.  Volume of an irregular shaped object:

REMEMBER!  Use water displacement to find the volume of an irregular shaped object.

3.  Volume of a liquid: 

REMEMBER! You read the bottom of the meniscus to find the volume of a liquid.

 4. Finding Mass

REMEMBER! To find MASS, you use a triple beam balance.
 Mass and Weight are NOT the same thing!

5.  Finding Density 

REMEMBER!  d = m/v

Need extra help???  HERE is a GREAT place to get some information to help you practice finding mass, volume, and density.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Science Court: Living Things

Living or Non-Living? That is the question! How can you decide if something is alive, once living, or non-living? Here is a video to help you remember the characteristics of a living thing.

Don't forget to do the video response sheet! Have fun learning!!!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Testing an Athlete's Genes

Inherited or acquired?  You decide!

Check out the CBS News Poll and see what other Americans think.

If the video won't play on your iPad, try CLICKING HERE to link over to CBS. Have fun learning!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Eyes of Nye: Genetically Modified Foods

How do you feel about eating food that has been genetically altered?

Watch the video and fill out the VIDEO RESPONSE SHEET.  You will hand in the response sheet for points, so make sure that BOTH sides of the sheet are filled out.  Have fun learning! :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Genetic Changes in Dogs and Cows

In this activity, you will read and watch videos about selective breeding of cows and dogs and discuss the pros and cons related to the manipulation of animal species.

Step 1: Read the Introduction about the pros and cons of selective breeding.

Step 2: Read the article- Dogs that Saved the World 

Step 3: Watch the video: Cattle Breeding Traits

Step 4: Answer the following questions about the video (on your worksheet).

  1. How many different breeds of cattle have humans created?
  2. Would the qualities that make good beef cattle help them survive in the wild
  3. Besides milk and meat production, what other traits might humans wish to breed in cattle?
Step 5: Watch the video: Cattle Breeds 
Step 6: Answer the following questions about the video (on your worksheet).

  1. What might indicate that a cattle breed is adapted to cold climates like Scotland?
  2. What do the different breed names refer to?
  3. Why might “adaptability” be a desirable trait in a specific breed?

Step 7:  Watch the following videos:  Dog Sense Delta, Sled Dogs, Moving Sheep

Step 8: Answer the following questions about the videos (on your worksheet).

  1.  How do humans change animals through artificial selection?
  2.  What are dogs natural traits that make them attractive to people?
  3.  What adaptations have sled dogs made to living in the arctic?
  4.  What traits have people artificially selected sheep dogs for?
  5.  What are physical and mental problems dog breeds may have?
Step 9:  Finish with a COMPLETE paragraph that starts with one of the following statements:

  1. It is a good thing that humans have artificially selected animals to serve their purposes.
  2. It is a bad thing that humans have artificially selected animals to serve their purposes.

Support your statement with 3 examples from what you have just seen or read.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I Can Statements: End of Year Review

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and before I know it all of my students will be gone and moving on to the middle school.  Kind of crazy to think about!

We have covered five standards in Science 7 this year.  It is a lot of information and we have done many activities throughout the year to try and make sure that the students have learned all they need to, not only to be successful on the test, but to be successful next year in 8th grade science.

Next week we will start reviewing for our new SAGE testing.  Throughout the year students have measured their progress in science by looking at "I Can" statements and deciding whether or not they have learned the information and then providing evidence to show they have learned the information.

Part of the review will be going through the "I Can" statements and seeing what the students remember and deciding from there what we need to review.

A copy of the "I Can" review can be found by CLICKING HERE.  We will work on them in class the next few days and then start our review on Monday.

Good luck!!!  Have fun learning!!!

Peppered Moth Activity

Today in class we reviewed mimicry and camouflage in animals.  Then each student got to color a moth  and try to camouflage it in the classroom.  We had 3 "birds" come in and see how many moths they could find and eat.  The moth survivors were given a prize :)

I was impressed with some of the camouflaging techniques that were used.  It was a great activity and the students were able to see how camouflaging helps animals to survive.

If you were absent and you want to try a Peppered Moth activity at home, CLICK HERE to link over to a lesson you could try.  It's not the same one we did in class, but it looks like it might be kind of fun!

Also, below are some Peppered Moth videos that we watched that were kind of interesting.

Have fun learning!!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fruit Fly Cancer Research

Should we use animals to help find a cure for cancer? Watch the video and fill out the video response sheet. Make sure your answers are complete and that your paragraph gives valid reasons that support your opinion.

If the video won't play on the iPad, try CLICKING HERE to link over to the CBS website. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Standard 4 REVIEW

Here is what you need to know in order to be ready for the test on Friday. Good luck and have fun learning! :)

Standard 4.2 Class Notes

Here is everything you need to complete your Standard 4.2 Class Notes. Remember, the videos are linked BELOW the slides for the notes. You cannot link to the videos by clicking the links in the slide show. Good luck and have fun learning!!! :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Butterflies: Camouflage and Mimicry

Belos is the video we watched to introduce camouflaging animals.  If you were absent, we also did a video response sheet to go along with it.

CLICK HERE for the video response sheet.

After the video we read an article about butterflies called: A Leaf or Alive and answered the reading comprehension questions.  Make sure your answers on the writing portions are complete answers (3-5 sentences each).  These are due at the beginning of class tomorrow.

Have fun learning!!! :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

NOVA: Frozen Frogs

Wood frogs freeze solid in winter then thaw back to life and mate in the spring. How do they do it? Scientists have now figured out how to recreate this extraordinary process of cryopreservation with mammalian organs. To date they have successfully frozen, thawed, and transplanted rat livers and pig hearts. Their dream? Enhanced preservation of human organs for transplant.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Here is the video we watched in class today.  Attached is the video sheet.  If you were absent, make sure and watch the video and turn the video sheet in when you get back.

Bill Nye Evolution Movie Response Sheet

Have fun learning!!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blubbr: Traits and the Environment

Click on the link below to play the Blubbr Trivia Game about Traits and the Environment.

Can YOU get the highest score in the class? 


 Have FUN learning!!! :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Genes and Genetics Video

After we finished our 4.1 Genetics Booklets (see post below this one) we watched Bill Nye Genetics.  It has some GREAT information about genes and DNA and all kinds of good stuff you will need to know for your test.

For those of you who were absent, make sure you finish your Genetics Booklet and take the 4.1 Quiz (it is posted on a link in the booklet post).  Also, watch the Bill Nye Genetics video and fill out your video response sheet.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the video response sheet. 

Have an AMAZING and SAFE Spring Break!!! :)

4.1 Genetics Booklet

Here is everything you need to make sure that your Genetics Booklet is complete.  Good luck!!!

Below are all of the videos and other links you need to complete the booklet. Have fun learning :) :) :)


 What is Genetics Video?

 Komodo Dragon Video 

 Komodo Dragon INFO 

  Brain Pop Asexual Reproduction Video: LOGIN- mountaindew PW- fris


Punnett Square Homework Page

4.1 Quiz with Essay Questions