JAN. 9TH-19TH FORCE AND MOTION — POTENTIAL AND KINETIC ENERGY, NEWTON, VECTORS AND A WHOLE LOT MORE

What causes things to move, not to move, or in which direction they move if they are moving? All questions that we will be answering over the next few weeks.

Understanding the two basic forms of energy (potential and kinetic) will be essential for our upcoming investigations into PHYSICS! We’ll also be looking into the 3 basic laws of motion set down by Issac Newton back in 1687. We’ll use Newton’s laws to conduct several investigations in the lab as we start out the new year.

So…welcome back, Happy New Year, and get ready to work harder and smarter than ever before.

…and about those laws of motion…give this a look!

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NOV. 27TH-DEC. 21 SPACE–THE SOLAR SYSTEM–GRAVITY–SPACE EXPLORATION

Between late November and Winter Break the learning will be extremely fast paced. Not only will we investigate the solar system and it’s components; we will also look back at the history of space exploration, what’s going on in space exploration today, and finally what may be in store for space exploration in the future.

Starting with the solar system we’ll check out the composition of celestial objects, their locations and their movements. This might be of some help!

Next well will try to understand the intergalactic glue that holds the universe together…GRAVITY!
See if this makes sense.

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/jon-bergmann-how-to-think-about-gravity

Finally we’ll look back at the history of exploring space, what’s going on today, and plans being made for the future.

The Unit Test is currently planned for the week of December 18th! As usual your success is up to you…so STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!! Lets end 2017 on the upswing and set our sights high for 2018!

NOV. 6TH-17TH WRAPPING UP TAXONOMY AND ON TO ECOSYSTEMS

We’ll wrap up taxonomy mid-week and jump straight into the organization of ecosystems. Working with your ecosystems vocabulary will be important as we will be moving through this portion of our investigations into life science very quickly.

The week of the 13th will be very busy. Wrapping up ecosystems and preparing for the UNIT TEST over life science. It will include prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, classification using domains and kingdoms, and levels of organization in ecosystems. The test will be Thursday the 16th!!! STUDY…STUDY…STUDY!

OCT. 30TH-NOV. 3RD CLASSIFICATION OF LIVING THINGS

Just like a department store or a grocery store sorts goods for sale into categories, biologists use a type of classification to sort living things into different domains and kingdoms of life. It may sound complicated, with so many different living organisms to sort out, but it’s really pretty simple.

DUMB KING PHILLIP CAME OVER FOR GREAT SPAGHETTI! It may sound crazy but it’s a great way to remember the levels of classification of living things. We’ll investigate that and other aspects of classification in the lab this week.

For a head start…check this out:

P.S. Could be a learning check on Friday!

OCT. 23RD-27TH PROKARYOTIC VS. EUKARYOTIC CELLS

This week is all about cells! Eukaryotic cells have a nucleus and prokaryotic cells don’t have a nucleus. Nucleus, what’s that? With all of our new life science vocabulary there are so many new words with unusual spelling, pronunciation, and definitions…that being the case, it’s study time MUSTANGS!!! There will most likely be a learning check late in the week. For those who don’t remember that’s a quiz.

To help with the similarities and differences of cell types….check this out.

OCT. 16-27 CELLS-PROKARYOTIC VS. EUKARYOTIC

All living things are made of cells!!!!! That’s how cell theory begins. We’ll investigate the microscopic world of cells with both a lab and a class project. We’ll be looking at cells under the microscope and learning a whole new list of science vocabulary. It will be most important to spend some time every evening with your information and vocabulary so that we can talk cells in the lab. So buckle down and give it about 10-15 minutes a day to better familiarize yourselves with all of this new information.

For more information on cell theory check this out!

OCT. 2ND-6TH CHEMICAL CHANGES AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

We are in the final days of our investigations into chemical and physical changes and properties. There are a variety of lab activities planned for this week. Things you NEED to know: Signs of a chemical change, how to recognize chemical properties, how to recognize physical properties!!!

Next week we’ll wrap up chemistry with reviews of density, elements and compounds, and chemical changes. On or about the 12th of October we’ll take our first major test…The Chemistry CBA. It’s study time RED RAIDERS!!!!! Look back at previous posts and check out the videos, study your notes and information, review past quizzes and classwork, and ask lots of questions.