Welcome back!

9-3 Thu
  • Atomic structure, ions and isotopes
  • Periodic table
Discuss/demo how to draw atom diagrams
Assign diagrams for neutral atoms

9-4 Fri
Check the Atomic Structure wkst
Check and discuss the atom drawing assignment from Thu
  • Atoms. Ions and Isotopes wkst for Tue
  • Atom drawings Ar, Sc+3, S-2, K+ for Tue

9-8 Tue
Check and discuss the wkst and the atom drawings assigned from Fri
Discuss radioactive decay - alpha, beta and gamma
Assign: Wkst on the three types of nuclear decay covered in class including balancing nuclear equations

9-9 Wed
Test this Friday on the chemistry stuff we have been reviewing from last year
Check/discuss wkst on radioactive (nuclear) decay
Discuss half lives and carbon 14 dating
Assign wkst on half-life calculations - Due Thursday

9-10 Thu
Check and discuss the half-life problems from Wed
Assign a transmutation sequence problem - work on it in class and check it before dismissing
Review for Friday's chemistry test

9-11 Fri
Round up some old shoes/boots and clothes to keep in the room for going outside when appropriate
Chemistry test today. Paper portion and Quia portion

9-14 Mon
Reminder: Bring in footwear and clothing for going outside!
For today, we will get started of some life science studies
9-15 Tue
Outside today to collect some specimens to use in our life studies
Catalog the specimens by drawing them in your notebook and placing a label on the specimen
Hand your catalog sheet into the Daily tray when it is completed

9-16 Wed (late start)
Finish any specimens from yesterday
Continue working on the one-page life essay from Monday

9-20 Mon
Outside to collect samples today!

9-21 Tue
Return the Chemistry Test and discuss corrections
We will work with the samples collected yesterday. Draw the specimens in your notes. Also, record qualitative and quantitative observations about them on notes cards. Group and label the observations as qualitative and quantitative on the note cards. On the note card, the student name should also be in the upper right corner and the specimen number should be in the lower right corner and circled. Do one card for each specimen and hand it into the Daily tray when each is done.


This Sunday evening, there will be a full lunar eclipse of a super moon. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow (opposite side from the sun). It is called a super moon because the the full moon sometimes occurs at a time when the moon is closest to earth in its orbit around the Earth and both the size and brightness of the moon are greater than usual. Even though the moon is in Earth's shadow during a lunar eclipse, the moon does not go completely dark nor disappear, but has a dark orange or crimson (dark red) color to it.

Although you probably won't watch the entire process as it takes hours, it is neat to see the eclipse from the start until the moon is completely in Earth's shadow, or to see it go from completely shadowed back to the bright moon again. The eclipse is supposed to occur between 7PM and midnight Sunday night. FOR OUR AREA, IT IS SUPPOSED TO START AT APPROXIMATELY 8 PM. You can see much more about this event at the link for earthsky.org. There are a few interesting things about the eclipse right at the top of the Earthsky page. Enjoy!

* if you see this, please spread the word to as many classmates as possible. Thank you.

9-28 Mon
Review "moon stuff"
1. View this image and answer the survey question about it. The link is below the picture.
2. Corn survey question

3. Your Life Essay should be complete and shared with me, allowing me to comment.
Visit the following sites and generate a list in your notes of the main characteristics of living things. What makes something "living"?
Characteristics of Living Things
More Characteristics of Living Things
Still More on Characteristics of Living Things
The Last Link on Characteristics of Living Things

9-29 Tue
Continue working on the characteristics of life assignment from Monoaquine

9-30 Wed
Discuss the corn... Is it alive?
Complete the characteristics of life assignment, and as a group, decide on a final list of 7 characteristics of life and record them as notes
Go to your Life Essay and do the followup activity:
  1. Highlight the main people concepts in yellow
  2. Highlight the main/key information pertaining to that person/concept in blue
  3. NEW! As the last part of your Life Essay, point out any information that overlaps or meshes between specific people or concepts.
  4. Be ready to share the people/concepts and their corresponding key information on a 1/2 sheet of paper when asked to do so

10-1 Thu
Discuss what a dichotomous keys are and how they work
Explain the Pamishan Creatures activity
Hand out the dichotomous keys to do the activity
Identify the Pamishan Creatures in order on a sheet of notebook paper and hand into the Daily tray

10-2 Fri
  • Hurricane Joaquin is coming to the US!
  • Today we will focus on that newsworthy topic.
  • Here is a little news article on it with some video - News on Joaquin
  • Here is a very educational page plump full of lots of interesting information Hurricane Info Page
    • Create a Google doc and share it with me as HrHurricaneJoaquin-LastnameFirstname
    • List at least 10 important/interesting things about hurricane Joaquin and/or hurricanes in general that are meaningful to you. Number each item, make a key statement and then add supporting information to your key statement IN YOUR OWN WORDS! Feel free to add or paste in some pics that enhance your information.

10-5 Mon
Outside to collect specimens

10-6 Tue
Find a good online source and identify yesterday's specimens in lab

10-8 Wed
Back outside today to gather more specimens!

10-9 Thu
  • Process all specimens today
  • Cross-reference all specimens and discard any duplicates.
  • Make sure all species with broad leaves have a pressed, preserved sample for later.
  • Make sure the each pressed leaf is numerically matched with the larger sample it came from
  • Have all specimens identified
  • View this short video to get a basic idea of how to construct a dichotomous key

10-19 Mon
Be able to answer these questions about taxonomy.
  • Why do we need a system of classification?
  • What is a hierarchy?
  • What is a taxon?
Read some background on the development of scientific classification. Take notes on the important points for future discussion. Background on scientific classification
Go to the following site and complete the worksheet given in class.
Practice with Taxonomy

10-20 Tue
  • Be able to list the levels of classification in order from most general to most specific Here is link that summarizes levels of taxonomy
  • Be able to list the 7 characteristics of living things that we determined in class. Here is a link that nicely summarizes characteristics of living things
Today - Start on a review of cells
  • View the following Cell Tutorial site and read about prokaryotes v. eukaryotes. List the main characteristics of each. Then look at plant v. animal cells. Draw a diagram of a plant cell and an animal cell and label the position, form and function of each structure in each cell. You can omit the extra structures that are not on your main structure list that you already have. Try constructing a cell at the end of the activity. Keep your cell notes and diagrams for review and discussion.

10-22 Thu
Complete Tuesday's assignment on cells.
Do I have your lab equipment dichotomous key?

10-23 Fri
Hand in cell tutorial notes
  • List of cell structures and their functions
  • Drawings of animal and plant cells
Here is the 3D Cell we looked at in class

* Here is the additional site for cells.


Play cell games today
Help Gabrielle
Cell Turnover
Build an Organ

10-26 Mon
Continue on with the following assignment:
  • You will work on how one cell becomes another. This should be a bit of a review from 6th grade science and Human Growth and Development. Read the short descriptions, view the illustrations and ultimately draw the progression of cell division for mitosis and meiosis. The video posted below gives a rather detailed version that may be helpful. There is audio with it, so you will need earbuds/headphones.
  • Here is a nice animation of mitosis in which the viewer can control to speed of the sequence.
    Mitosis Animation

10-27 Tue
Complete the cell division drawings from yesterday and hand them in before you leave
Here is a nice review game for cell division. You have to put the correct description and diagram together and then "Evaluate". Division Stages and Descriptions
Take the Cell Quiz 1 on Quia. Take note of which ones you missed for future reference!

10-28 Wed
Work on LTIs today
Start a Google doc titled 2LTI-LastnameFirstname
  • Keep a running log of your progress by date
  • Include links to your pages, videos, etc that you are finding helpful and using as resources and a very brief description of what the link is about
  • Also start a Google doc to keep your notes that you are gathering for your presentation!
  • Include a link at or near the start of your LTI log doc that will take me to your note page

10-29 Thu
DNA to protein: View the materials posted below to learn about how the message held in DNA eventually become molecules that make up a body and allow processes to occur.

Here is another link that has a lot of supplemental information on it. Supplemental Information on DNA to Protein
  • View the presentations linked above and answer the related questions below.
  1. What are the two types of RNA mentioned in these presentations and what is the role of each?
  2. What is transcription?
  3. What is translation?
  4. What are the four letters that are represented in the strands of DNA and RNA, and what do those letters represent?
  5. What is a codon?
  6. What is an anti-codon?
  7. What is an amino acid?
  8. What make up the “sides of the ladder” in the DNA and RNA structures respectively?
  9. What make up the “steps of the ladder” in the DNA and RNA structures respectively?
  10. What does it mean to say the DNA and RNA strands are complimentary?
  11. What is the role of the ribosomes?

11-6 Fri
After the questions above are completed, do this DNA to Protein Order activity. You get only so many tries to get it correct before you get kicked out of the activity.

11-10 Tue
Complete the DNA to Protein notes today
To get the flow of how DNA genes make proteins, check out this site and do some transcription and translation of your own
Transcription and Translation Interactive
To get a good sense of different types of proteins and their functions, check out this site and explore it!
Types of Proteins

11-11 Wed
Vector Grid activity

11-16 Mon
Go to the following sites and address the items listed below on your own paper.
(The link on types of proteins posted above may also be helpful.)

  1. Draw the basic representative structure of an amino acid and label the parts.
  2. List some common functions of proteins and a brief description or example of those functions.
  3. List and draw, or describe, the four levels of protein structure
  4. Read about the roles of hemoglobin and myoglobin and iron in oxygen transport. What levels of protein organization are represented in these two proteins?

11-30 Mon
We will start on heredity today. Here the is first link that is associated with the questions handed out in class.

12-1 Tue.
  • Complete the genetics/heredity overview assignment from yesterday and hold onto it for now.
  • Work through the links on the following document to refresh and strengthen your knowledge of Punnet squares and doing genetics problems. Take any notes you need to and do the practice problems in your notebook.

Google version: Punnett Square Overview-Google

12-22 Tue
Utilize data from the disk trials in a spreadsheet to meet the following requirements
  • Make at least one table and at least one graph with your data
  • Determine how you will arrive at an average speed for your trials (Remember that you must include the 1.6 m ramp to your distances)
  • Show all data that was gathered from the trials
  • Write calculation formulas to have the spreadsheet do calculations for you, using cell references.
  • Calculate your disk's average distance.
  • Calculate your disk's average speed
  • Calculate your disk's momentum
  • Calculate your disk's gPE
  • Calculate your disk's KE
  • Clearly label all calculations so I can easily see what is what on your spreadsheet. Include your disk's mass.
  • Make sure the units are represented for your values
Share it with me as 2MotionMiniProject-LastnameFirstname

1-5-16 Tue
Use this as an overview of work, power and simple machines. View it and answer the corresponding questions handed out in class.

Work, Power and Simple Machines power point Google version.

1-15 Fri
Do the Semester 1 Final You will need your Quia login info. If you do not have it, you will need to self-enroll all over again, which will set you back for completing the final! You can use all your notes. You have a short period, so get going and skip questions you struggle with and come back to them with your remaining time. Since it is the last day and grades will need to be posted, you will NOT get a chance to continue this Monday.

2-11 Thu

Focus for Today - What is the structure and composition of Earth and its atmosphere?

2-12 Fri
Paste your links for gravitational waves into this document
Gravitational Waves Google Doc

Then, complete the earth/atmosphere assignment for Monday!

2-15 Mon
  • Discuss the earth/atmosphere assignment for today
  • Postpone this: Start Chapter 4, "Minerals" in the online textbook. Discuss pp 112-113, then watch the Video Preview.

2-19 Fri

2-22 Mon
Complete the Properties of Minerals GR for Tuesday

2-23 Tue
  • Check the GR from Monday

2-29 Mon

3-3 Thu

  • Complete the Classifying Rocks Guided Reading form last week and hand into the Daily tray
  • Recall what geologists use to identify rocks: mineral composition, color and texture
  • "Rock Identification" on the computers. Follow this link: "Rock Identification". DO NOT PEEK AHEAD AT THE ANSWERS! Due by the end of class Wednesday.
  • ** Not impressed with rocks yet? This may change your mind!

    A follow-up to the saga of the moving rocks of Racetrack Playa. Release date: August 27, 2014

3-16 Wed
  • When the Igneous Rocks GR is done, hand it into the Daily tray and check out the following just for fun

3-17 Thu

3-29 Tue

More for Before

New for Today

3-30 Wed

The Rocks from Reefs GR (see above) should be done and handed in!
LTI day today. Those who were not here today should put some ADDITIONAL time in on their own. Remember that you should be continuously working on this!

3-31 Thu
Virtual Rock ID Lab
Use this site to get practice with how to test and identify different rocks. Complete the last question page and hand it into the Daily tray.

4-1 Fri

To enhance and reinforce your understanding of rock types and how they form, we will explore the rock cycle. Go to the Interactive Rock Cycle and use the following handout to guide you through the process.

4-14 Thu

4-20 Wed
Construct a Geologic Timeline on paper

4-21 Thu

Complete the geologic timeline from yesterday

5-9 Mon

Check the half-life problems form Friday
Presentations will start on Monday, May 23
Discuss nuclear fission v nuclear fusion notes
Assign a transmutation problem for Tuesday

5-10 Tue

Nuclear Power

5-27 Fri

When the paper portion of your final is completed, do the following on Quia, working from the top downward
Accel Sci 8 Final Test - Chemistry Stuff
Accel Sci 8 Final Test - Old Stuff
Accel Sci 8 Final Test - Really Old Stuff