Fact Friday: Energy Sources Unit Test

Hey hey hey everyone! Happy Friday!

We’ve made it through yet another school week! SIDE NOTE: I’d like to give a shoutout and MAJOR THANK YOU to all the teachers who have made it to school every single day, and getting those perfect attendance recognition awards. Our students appreciate it, too!

So, today we were back on the Chromebooks to take our Energy Sources test on SchoolNet.

Chromebooks and Assessments = success

After a little bit of finding my way with the awesome help of Ms. Scariot (our Technology Guru here at ARMS), I have totally become such a fan of online testing! It’s convenience, ease, productivity, and efficiency all wrapped into a pretty package for a teacher. For my students, they can access the test and take it without me having to get their materials ready, and can have access greater visuals, graphs/charts, diagrams, etc. When finished, students can check over their answers prior to submitting… but here’s the best part… They get immediate access to their scores/performance and can go back to review each question to understand why the answer selected was correct! It. is. awesome.

So, if you were absent today, please email or see me on Monday so I can pull your login information and you can take the test!

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday 🙂




Thinkin’ Thursday – We’re Back with Stations!


Today in class we tackled some tough thinking stations. These stations really required students to think and analyze a variety of informational sources in order to answer some in-depth questions.

Energy Sources StationsWe will finish up 2 stations tomorrow as a quick review prior to taking our test tomorrow on the Chromebooks.

Absent from class today? You can find the stations and corresponding student booklet below:

Energy Resources Stations

Energy Resources Stations – Student Booklet

Don’t forget! Study for your test on energy sources tomorrow!


Writing Wednesday: An Analytical Adventure

Hi there and happy Wednesday everyone!

We’ve made it to the middle of the week. Hooray!

Today in class we took a math/analytical approach to our Writing Wednesday activity! This activity is entitled “Comparing Energy Resources: An Analytical Approach”.

Comparing Energy Resources

Students were presented with a table with 9 different energy sources and the maximum and minimum cost. First students needed to create a 4th column and label it “AVERAGE COST”. They then calculated the average cost for each type of energy. This was done by adding the maximum and minimum numbers and dividing them by 2. Students were encouraged to do this work without a calculator, however once they were finished, they could check their work with a calculator.

Next, they moved on to classifying each energy resource as either nonrenewable or renewable into a nice neat little table.

The third step was to take their calculations from the averaged column and create a BAR GRAPH with the data. We all reasoned that a bar graph was correct (compared to a line graph) because we were comparing things, not measuring change over time. Students also needed to ensure their graphs had:

  1. Appropriate title
  2. Labeled axes (ie ‘Average Cost’ and ‘Energy Source’).
  3. Uniform intervals on the Y-axis
  4. All other information labeled

The fourth step was identifying the highest and lowest averages for energy resources.

Finally, using information from the graph they created, the article they read yesterday and pros/cons of each energy resource, the students had to pretend they were a city manager who needed to select the best energy resource for his/her city. Taking it a step further, they needed to support their claim with evidence they found in their graph.

It was quite an extensive activity! You can find the worksheet below:

Energy Resources Analytical Adventure

Remember, if you DID NOT complete the assignment, it is DUE TOMORROW 2/27/14 the moment you arrive to class!

Good luck & I’ll see you Thursday,


Text Tuesday: Renewable & Nonrenewable Resources

Greetings guys & gals!

Today we got back into our groove with tackling a Text Tuesday assignment. We took a closer look at the different forms of energy available.

Renewable Resources Text Tuesday

We started out by playing BoomBag to review and get comfortable with our vocabulary words for this week, then we transitioned into our Text Tuesday assignment.  If you are a student who was not able to fully complete the task IN CLASS and elected to take it home to finish for homework, it is DUE TOMORROW 2/26/14! Make sure you have it read to hand in upon arriving to class!

Need the reading to finish up your assignment? Find it below:

Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy Sources Text Tuesday

Have a great evening!


Monday we…

Hey hey everyone!
Happy Monday – I hope you’ve had a great start to the week. Today in class we worked on our vocabulary words to prepare us for our NEW unit: Energy!
Here’s a peak at our vocabulary words and flashcards:

Energy Vocab Week 120140224-200155.jpg

These words will be checked for completion & correctness tomorrow, so make sure you’re prepared!

See you tomorrow,


8.L.3 – Ecosystems Assessment

Hi there and happy Friday everybody!

Today students spent the majority of class time taking our unit test on ecosystems. It was computer based so we brought out the Chromebooks for the 3rd time this week (yes, this was definitely a technology-based learning week!).

If you were absent, please email me OR see me during homeroom to get your personal login so you can take this test! The window ends on February 28th so make sure you have time to make it up!

All in all, it was a great [FULL]week back. I cannot stress enough how much Mrs. Hill-Norman and I enjoy working with our students. They (you all) are such a great group of kids and you make teaching so much fun for us!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!


Layered Curriculum – Ecosystems

Hi there everyone!
Today in class we worked on a mini version of our normal layered curriculum activities. This layered curriculum was worth 50 points and due at the end of class. Students were given the option to complete more than 50 points and those correct points would count as extra credit towards another assignment to boost their grade.

Here’s a copy of our assignment: Ecosystems Layerd Curriculum
Tomorrow we will be back on the Chromebooks to take our assessment on 8.L.3 – Ecosystems via SchoolNet.

See you then!