Happy Friday / Long Weekend!

Hooray! We have arrived at a long weekend, and a well deserved one at that! My students rocked their first week of school and were engaged from day 1! I loved their level of enthusiasm! Yesterday, because of a time difference between 3rd, 4th, and 5th blocks, my 4th block students were allowed to take home their in-class worksheet about the Metric System and log on here to our class website to retrieve the answers if they needed. Well, let me tell you, their drive & motivation to complete the worksheet was unmatched. I even had 6 students who couldn’t get the on the computer at home last night come in this morning to get on our computers and get the answers. MAJOR SHOUTOUT to them for doing whatever it take to be SUCCESSFUL!

Today we were able to complete a fun sailing review game. We also assessed our knowledge on classroom expectations/procedures, the scientific method, and the Metric System by taking Quiz 1.1. Finally we set up our Interactive Notebooks.

If any students were absent today, please see the pictures below to get started on setting up yours (click on image to enlarge).

IN Setup P 1 IN Setup P 2

IN Setup P 3 IN Setup P 4

Don’t forget! Your “Flashcard Friday” notecards homework will be due on Tuesday – be ready to bind them & store them in your portfolio!

We will start our first unit – Chemistry and the Matter Around Us – beginning with the atomic structure when we return to class on Tuesday, September 3.

In the meantime, here’s a little joke about how scientists view their vacation 🙂



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Flashcard Friday List – August 30

Hey everyone,

Here is our very FIRST Flashcard Friday list!

I’m attaching it in 2 versions – 1) a “single” so it will print on 1 regular sheet of copy paper, or 2) a “double” so you can print ‘2 per page’ and have that smaller size that will fit just perfectly in our Interactive Notebook!

Flashcard Friday List Aug 30 Single

Flashcard Friday List Aug 30 Double

Flashcard instructions:

1) write the bold, underlined word on the FRONT of your flashcard.

2) write the provided definition on the back of your flashcard.

There is a simple illustration below the directions on the page, and I’ll make sure students have a chance to do AT LEAST a couple before they go home.

Happy Friday!

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Thursday Rundown

Wow. What a busy day.

HUGE SHOUTOUT to all my students today:

1) my 1st & 5th block for doing so well with the scientific method foldable/stations activity!

2) my 3rd block for getting all their work done & had some “filler fun” with the BrainPop clip & quiz — despite shifts in the lunch schedule!

3) my 4th block for getting their assignments, getting as much done as possible, being AMAZINGLY well behaved during the fire drill, and committing to getting the answers for their assignments here on the website so they’re prepared for our quiz tomorrow. 🙂 Whoop whoop!

Here are the answers for the Metric System worksheet (click on each picture to make it larger):

photo 1 (5)        photo 2 (6)

If you missed a section on your scientific method foldable the posters are linked below as a .pdf.

Scientific Method Foldable Stations Posters

Unable to view some documents? Please email me and my students are welcome to come in during homeroom to get their needed answers.

Tomorrow we will do a quick Sailing game review (since we couldn’t get to it today), take & grade our first quiz (Quiz 1.1) and FINALLY set up our interactive notebooks! Hooray!

Let’s have a great Friday! See you tomorrow!

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Writing Wednesday

We made it through our first Wednesday! Hooray!

While making copies during our 2nd block planning period I had a conversation with Ms. John, an 8th grade Language Arts teacher. She said something important that really struck me: This year, as a whole, our students have really strong characters and that speaks to their behaviors.

WOW. I totally agree. Enough said.

Today we had a few  modifications in planned activities, but nonetheless we were successful in each block.

We completed our first Writing Wednesday activity. First, students finished up their collaborative reading questions. Afterwards they began a collaborative writing piece in which they each contributed to a summary paragraph answering the question: How can understanding the scientific method improve our ability to problem solve? Next, we completed a “Cut & Grow” activity where students selected 1 sentence that could be improved, cut that sentence out of the paper, and then 1) taped the top part of the paragraph, 2) wrote in their new and improved sentence and 3) taped in the remaining part of the paragraph.

I saw a variety of responses and writing skills. As we continue to build upon this activity with writing techniques, I am certain our student’s writing skills will  begin to improve across the curriculum.

Tomorrow we will do a combination “Scientific Methods” foldable/stations activity, complete a worksheet on the metric system, and do a brief review for our first quiz on Friday.

Don’t forget! Keep bringing in your composition notebooks for our Interactive Notebook setup on Friday!

See you tomorrow 🙂

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A Pep Talk from Kid President

For all my students / teachers / administrators:
We’ve seen it once and been inspired by at least 1 line (if not the entire video), so we can see it and be inspired again!

We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or to share with your friend who needs a kick in the right direction. Take a moment and spread some encouragement. “It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”

Text Tuesday


Day 2 was another great day all around. I have some seriously stellar students (yes, I am already making these positive assumptions about them).

I love their ability to engage in our content and collaborate so well with each other. Group work is great. There are the occasional off topic conversations but with a quick, discreet redirection BOOM they’re back on task.

Today we finished our scavenger hunt so we are now familiar with our science classroom. We also began Collaboration Reading in pairs or groups of 3 or 4. In this model, students read and dissected a text on the scientific method entitled “Reasoning in Science”. Every student had the chance to read multiple parts of the text, as well as record at least  1 answer on the group answer sheet for the Common Core based questions associated with the reading. We will finish up the remaining questions tomorrow.

Don’t forget:

  1. Submit your student forms to your homeroom teachers!
  2. We will be reviewing part of Thursday’s class for our QUIZ on FRIDAY! Format is 10 questions, multiple choice.
  3. Bring in your composition notebook any day this week. You may store it in your block’s notebook bin, and we will set them up on Friday after the quiz.


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