Parents, if you received a letter about conferences, please be sure that you sign up to come in and see us. If none of the times work for you but you COULD do a phone conference at one of those times, please just indicate that in the notes. We'll call you and send home any formal paperwork with your child.
During early release, students are presenting their mineral projects.
Very cool story - quick read, along with video and some pictures...
Today in class we checked over the Paleontology Test. Remember students - tests are taken on a HALO, which means the computer grades them. If your mastery checklist has a different grade than what I wrote on your test, you made bubbling errors. If you did not follow directions regarding marking your answers on the paper copy of the test as well as checking your answers, I'm sorry, but the only grade that counts is what is on the HALO.
Mastery quizzes are available for the rocks test until 10/4, and the Paleo test until 10/11. These must be completed either before school or during lunch, as we do not have the class time to spend on them.
Update to the replacement grades: The paleo essays are due 10/11 - Friday, rather than 10/12 as it says... 10/12 is a Saturday :)
Don't forget that t
Homeroom folks... don't forget-
GET YOUR TITLE I FORMS SIGNED! The pink parent receipt must be signed, dated, and returned. The cover page (in triplicate) for the compact must also be signed, dated, and returned (sign the top portion of the box). I will not accept it if it is not signed AND dated!
Everything else in the packet stays with you at home.
Don't miss out on the replacement grades below!
Friday we took the Paleontology test. If you were absent, you need to come make it up before school Wednesday or during lunch ASAP!
Today in class we discussed the research plan for science fair. This is due FRIDAY OCTOBER 4, 2013. This must be typed, and per usual - Times New Roman, Size 12, double-spaced.
We spent the majority of our time working on the rock test mastery. Students had the opportunity to study for and retake each section of the rocks test. There is a one-time chance per standard, so be sure to study before retaking a standard. The last day students are able to attempt mastery for the rock test is FRIDAY OCTOBER 4, 2013
Today in class we looked at this awesome animation of plate movement over the years!
We also took notes on the BrainPop video called "Geologic Time" - you can login and watch again. Check for the login info under online resources.
Students received a study guide (to guide studying - this will NOT be collected) and a chapter review packet. The review packet is due Friday when taking the test.
Don't forget that this Friday all flaps and IT pages will be checked (and collected over the weekend). Your half-life lab is due Friday 9/27. Our paleontology test is this Friday, 9/20.
Rocks remediation will be Monday, in class. Keep your eyes peeled for replacement grades.
1.Approximately what fraction of chips was removed from the shoe box after each set of 5 shakes (half-life)?
2.How many times did you shake the box before only one chip remained?
3.If someone stopped you and counted only 12 chips remaining, could he or she have calculated the time (in # of shakes) you started the experiment? Explain!
4.Imagine that the shoe box is a fossilized bone that contains 24 pug (picomicrogram) of Carbon-14. When it was buried, it contained 100 pug of Carbon-14. If the half-life of Carbon-14 is 5730 years, how old is the bone? Show your work.
5.Based on what you learned in question 4, how many pug of Nitrogen-14 is in the bone? How much did the bone start with?
Was the hypothesis verified or nullified?
How could you change this experiment to ensure more accurate results?
Be sure you have ALL the following components:
Today we finished going over the Rocks test as well as Quiz 2. Students also started presenting mineral projects. This will take several weeks, but practicing presenting to the class is valuable experience.
Replacement grades are being designed and will be posted ASAP. Remediation (retake) opportunities for portions of the rocks test will be available near the end of this week OR next week.
Paleontology test is Friday, and I will be taking up notebooks and ITs to check for items for a GRADE. Be sure everything is complete at that point!
HW: IT pages 107-112. Flaps
Students took the weekly quiz today. They also received the rocks test. Some class periods started to go over the answers and some didn't. We will finish going over the answers on Monday.
Students were asked to write their answers on the test. They also completed a HALO (scantron) which actually scored the items. Because of this, there are no marks for incorrect answers on the test they receive to keep in their notebooks. When we go over the answers in class, they are to mark what they answered correctly or incorrectly, as well as fill out a mastery checklist.
Science tests are similar to language arts tests in the sense that we break the test down into standards. The rocks test covered 4 standards. Each standard had 5 questions assigned to it. If students received a 1, 2, or 3 out of 5, the student is required to do some make up work and then retake that portion of the test only. Students receiving a 4 or 5 out of 5 are not required to do an remediation.
Students have one chance and one chance only to retake a portion of the test. Regardless if the second attempt is a higher or lower score, the second attempt score "sticks."
Students that earned a 73 or below (D or U) are required to have it signed by a parent. Each day the test is unsigned will accrue one Class Dojo point for not following directions. Please check with your student for his/her test!
FLAPS WILL BE CHECKED FRIDAY WHEN WE TEST
HW: Test Friday. Work on science fair idea. Get test signed (73 and below). Flaps on 40, 41, 41