We have started our new unit, Dynamic Earth. This is a huge piece of material. As with all Earth systems, it's all connected. We will be learning about how the Earth is shaped from the inside out. We are also looking at time sensitive events that shape the Earth and why they happen (CA mudslides). We are also comparing features in GA with features around the world. I will be asking the students WHY a lot and ask them to communicate their answer.
Extra Credit - Take a picture of weathering and / or erosion, bring it in and share with the class (emailing me is fine), and receive 5 points on next formative grade.
First of all, I hope everyone had a restful and rejuvenating break. My family did! We had a short lived stomach bug make it through the house but all and all it was a restful time with friends and family.
Second, thank you for all the wonderful treats you brought into the class for me. They seriously helped me survive the early release days...
Third, it is cold in my room right now. I am very hot natured and even I got cold. So, your student may want to wear a layered light pull over (just something on their arms) plus their larger jacket to school. (They can leave the heavier jacket in their locker.)
Finally, we are finishing up water on the ocean floor and will be moving on to the dynamic earth. Our next units will be focusing on Next Generation Science Standards where we incorporate the 5-E learning model. We will engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. This is a new and challenging skill they will learn. If your student is running out of room in their interactive notebook, please get them another as they will need it quite a bit coming up.
Quiz: We will have a quiz on the ocean floor on Monday. They have notes and diagrams to study.
Today be began a project that will be our last summative grade for this 9 weeks. Students are traveling through the water cycle and creating a 1st person story or comic strip that describes what they experience. Students are beginning to understand that the water cycle is not a circle. Water can move in many different directions.
Missing work: I am in the process of updating Synergy. If you see your student has 'missing' work. Please have them turn it in ASAP.
We have used technology quite a bit in the past few days and I would like to continue the trend. Yesterday, we used interactive books, Lightbox, to investigate the Earth's rivers and oceans. I think the students enjoyed learning from such an interactive source. The books have lots of videos and tutorials. It would be beneficial if students had earbuds that they could use in class. It would enable them to listen to the videos easier.
Homework: I am missing the water distribution lab and the ground water labs. Grades will be due soon and I want to make sure all students stay on schedule. Please check with your students and make sure they are turning in their work.
We have ended our weather unit and have moved on to water. Yesterday students had cookies and water. They were asked to trace the water they drank back to its original source. Students enjoyed the treat and realized that water is continuously recycled. Today we discussed the Tri-State Water Wars between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Most students didn't realize what a vital role Georgia plays in the distribution of fresh water in the Southeast. We will be completing many hands on activities in the next few days, which brings me to my next request....
CLASSROOM SUPPLIES NEEDED:
'Tis the season for runny noses - We are almost out of tissues. If you are able, I would appreciate a donation of tissues for the class. We have 2 boxes left and they are going fast.
Shaving Cream, food coloring, and clear plastic cups - I am so excited to do more hands on activities. We are getting into the parts of Earth Science where we can get our hands dirty, literally. We will be completing several labs and one calls for the above supplies. If you are able to help and donate any materials, I would greatly appreciate your support.
The week before break is always crazy and this one has been no different. We have completed our weather unit and students turned in some fantastic weather reports. We will be viewing them in class and I will have a private YouTube channel so they can share their work with you. Some students chose to present live and some reports turned into full skits, which made the drama nerd inside of me very happy. We will be using the green screen for other projects in the future.
Progress Reports - Progress reports came home yesterday. Please ask your student to share it with you.
Food for the holidays - Many of us are very fortunate to have all we need for the holidays. However, some of our neighbors are not as fortunate. I have received a message from Life Church stating they are donating food for families who are in need. If you or anyone you know needs assistance this holiday season, please forward them this message.
I am thankful for all of you, the way you support me and your students. I am truly blessed to work with such amazing families.
Today we began writing scripts for weather reports. Students will be taking all the information we have learned about air masses, fronts, and weather and compile a complete report. We will be in the Maker Space tomorrow and begin filming in front the the green screen. I hope to finish filming by Thursday and begin watching their wonderful videos. Check out the Science Unit Weather page for helpful information. We may be creating a closed YouTube channel to store all their work. Stay tuned for details....
Just a quick reminder, your air mass graphic organizer is due tomorrow. Also, if you did not complete your KIM chart, it is PAST DUE. Please turn it in tomorrow.
We have been working on wind. We did a fun experiment on air pressure and getting an egg in a bottle. You should ask your students about it...
We have been working on explaining with Claim Evidence and Reasoning (CER). Today, students were able to revise an assessment that they did not do well on. Students used CER to better explain their answers. (I am sure their revisions will be much better.) Once they were done with their revisions, they completed an assignment using LightBox. We had training on LightBox a few weeks ago and the kids loved it. The interactive books can be accessed from any mobile device through Cobb Digital Library.
Homework: All students received KIM chart on Thursday that will be due on Monday. The words can be found in the online text book or the article I gave them to read last week.
Missing / Late Work: There has been a considerable amount of missing work turned in lately. I am glad students are turning in work, however, I am a little concerned that it is turned in late. I will do my best to input missing / late work this weekend, however, I am grading current work as well. I will grade current work first because that work indicates day to day understanding and shapes our learning.
Next week: We will beginning air masses and fronts. We will have a guest speaker on Thursday to discuss weather and what it brings. Students will begin another project towards the end of the week. They will act as newscasters and present a forecast displaying all the great information they have learned. I'm sure they will be amazing.