• While you were out, we...

    Continued to learn.
    Continued to have fun.
    Had a party (ok, I'm kidding about the party).
     
    But in all seriousness, we did get a lot done today.  So please read about what you missed and get yourself caught up.
     
    As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask, so long as it doesn't start with "What did I miss?"
     
    January 7, 2018
    I'm out today so students will continue working on their Sustainability Plan.
     
    January 4, 2018
    I'm out today so students will continue working on their Sustainability Plan.
     
    Vocab is due.  Please put it in the in-box.
     
    January 3, 2018
    Students finished up the Carbon Footprint assignment and then began working on a Sustainability Plan for their Shops.
     
    The assignment is in Google Classroom, but students are writing a report that analyzes their shop for sustainability issues including IPM, energy and natural resource use, solid waste management, and pollution and hazardous waste.  A template for the report is attached.
     
    Reminder: Vocab is due tomorrow!!!
     
    January 2, 2018
    Welcome Back!!... Today we started in with students finding out their Carbon Footprint.  Using the the Carbon Footprint website, students entered data, recorded their carbon output as well as the average for Pennsylvania, and answered the following five questions:
     
    1. Approximate how many kg of carbon do you produce in a year?
    2. What is the average amount produced by Pennsylvania high school students?
    3. Is your footprint higher or lower than average?
    4. Think about where MOST people live in Pennsylvania. Suggest some reasons that your numbers are so much different than the average.
    5. What are three ways that you could significantly reduce your carbon footprint?
     
    December 21, 2018
    Today students finished up any missing work they had from the week.  Have a great break everyone!!
     
    December 20, 2018
    Students did a walk-through so they could see all the projects that everyone did this year.  A lot of great projects.  Good job!
     
    December 19, 2018
    Students presented their upcycle projects and then continued working on their superhero projects.
     
    December 18, 2018
    As we wrap up a section on sustainability and approach Winter break, students are challenged with designing a superhero that can help make the world more sustainable.  Students are designing their own hero and then building a team of heros from the rest of the class to help save the North Pole from melting.  All work is due before break.
     
    December 17, 2018
    Today we watched a video about upcycling.  Students then did make-up work from last week.
     
    December 14, 2018
    I was out today but students took the quiz on Homeostasis and Teransport.  When done they worked on their group RRR bookwork and ABC sustainability chart.
     
    Reminder Upcycling Projects are due on Wednesday.
     
    December 13, 2018
    Today students reviewed for tomorrow's quiz on Homeostasis and Transport.
     
    Reminder Upcycling projects are due on Wednesday.
     
    December 12, 2018
    Today students completed bookwork about recycling.  The work was completed as groups.  On the back of the paper students did an ABC Chart with information about how they can make the world more sustainable. 
     
    December 11, 2018
    Today we watched a video called The Story of Stuff and then students continued working on their upcycling slide presentations.
     
    Reminders:  Quiz on Friday
                      Upcycle Project due December 19
                      Vocab due January 4
     
    December 10, 2018
    Today we started talking about sustainability, a topic we will talk about off and on for the rest of the year.  Right now we are talking about ways to reduce our dependence on "stuff".  One way is to upcycle - a new term for turning something old or junked into something useful.
     
    Today we watched a short video about upcycling and students worked to identify ten "cool" upcycling projects and prepare a slide presentation shopwing those projects.
     
    Students were also assigned an upcycle project due Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
     
    All of the above content and information is in the Upcycling 2018 Powerpoint and the 10-slide assignment is in Google Classroom.
     
    Reminders:  Quiz on Friday
                      Upcycle Project due December 19
                      Vocab due January 4
     
    December 7, 2018
    Students were given the day to finish their webquest, Human Body Systems packet, and Biogeochemical Cycle packet.  If they are still not done it is homework due Monday.
     
    Students turned in their Thermoregulation Take Home Lab.
     
    Students were given a Homeostasis and Transport Study Guide.  The quiz will be Friday, December 14.
     
    December 6, 2018
    Today we talked about thermoregulation in living things.  Students took notes from the Transport and Homeostasis presentation (slides 35 - 39) and then did a Webquest.  The webquest is on Google Classroom and was also available as a hard copy.  Reminder that the take-home lab is due on Friday.
     
    December 5, 2018
    Today students did a simple lab creating clouds in a bottle.  Although it is a simple procedure, the take-aways are important - increasing pressure results in increasing temperature results in increasing evaporation.  Decreasing pressure results in decreasing temperatures results in condensation, in this case cloud formation.
     
    After the lab, students worked on the Human Body Systems packet (questions 2, 10 - 14, 16, 17, 22, 31-34, 39, 40, 42, 44, 47, and 49 on pages 24 and 25) and the Biogeochemical Cycle Packet.
     
    Reminder that the take-home lab is due on Friday.
     
    December 4, 2018
    Today we continued talking about biogeochemical cycles by watching a video about the effects of eutrophication on the Gulf of Mexico, Long Island Sound, and the Chesapeake Bay and answering questions on the Handout
     
    December 3, 2018
    Today we returned to taking notes.  We watched two videos about biogeochemical cycles (see links in the  Transport and Homeostasis presentation) and answered questions on the Handout
     
    November 30, 2018
    Today was lab day.  We explored osmosis by placing potato pieces in different concentrations of fresh and salt water and meaured how much weight the potato pieces gained or lost.  From that students were able to determine whether the solutions were hypotonic, hypertonic, or isotonic relative to the potato.
     
    November 29, 2018
    Today students took notes about about Transport and Homeostasis (#15 - 18 on the Handout) and answered questions about Human Body Systems.  Students are responsible for numbers 2, 10 - 14, 16, 17, 22, 31-34, 39, 40, 42, 44, 47, and 49 on pages 24 and 25 of the packet.
     
    November 28, 2018
    Today students finished taking notes about Transport and Homeostasis (#5 - 14 on the Handout) and watched a video about the cell membrane and homeostasis.
     
    November 27, 2018
    Today students were introduced to the topics of Transport and Homeostasis.  They took notes about basic concepts in homeostasis and transport (#1 - 4 on the Handout).
     
    Students were also given a take-home lab assignment (Keeping Warm with Cold Air) that is due Friday, December 7.
     
    Finally, students were reminded that their Environmental Glossary projects are due January 4.  The actual vocab words and definitions, along with the details of the assignment, are in Google Classroom.  Students have been emailed their individual requirements regarding what sections of the vocab they need to complete.
     
    November 21, 2018
    Students were given time to complete make-up work and work on other class projects.
     
    November 20, 2018
    Students were given time to complete make-up work and work on other class projects.
     
    November 19, 2018
    Students were given time to complete make-up work and work on other class projects.
     
    November 16, 2018
     
    November 15, 2018
     
    November 14, 2018
    Students finished up their bookwork (questions 2-22) from Monday and their CTE and Agriculture Web Poster. from Tuesday.  Any unfinished work is homework.  Reminder that the Genetics Remediation Worksheet is due on Friday.
     
    November 13, 2018
    I was not in class today (I got to go on a field trip with Horticulture yay) so the students did a CTE and Agriculture Web Poster.
     
    November 12, 2018
    Students did bookwork (questions 2-22) on agricultural technology today in preparation for doing a CTE and Agriculture Poster tomorrow.
     
    November 8, 2018
    I'm not in today.  Student continued working (and hopefully finished) on their GMO Webquest that is in Google Classroom.  Reminder that this is due on Monday, although today is the last day to work on it in class.
     
    November 7, 2018
    Today we took a quiz on genetics.  After the quiz, students continued working on their GMO Webquest that is in Google Classroom.
     
    The quiz didn't go so well so I am offering a remediation opportunity for this quiz (i.e. bonus points). To earn those points, you need to complete the Genetics Remediation Worksheet which is all Punnett Square related questions. The sheet is attached but I will have hard copies on the desk tomorrow. Feel free to take one and work on it. Remediation is optional, not required. If you failed the quiz, remediation will increase your grade to passing (65%). If you did not fail, I will add 5 points to your score (i.e. 29/35 becomes a 34/35).

    To get the points you need to turn in the worksheet, complete, and 100% correct, by November 16, 2018. If you turn it in before the 16th and get some wrong, you will have the chance to fix those and still get the points. If you wait until the 16th to turn it in and have wrong answers, you will not get any bonus points.
     
    November 6, 2018
    Students completed the GMO Anticipation Guide from yesterday.
     
    They also started a GMO Webquest that is in Google Classroom.
     
    We also talked a little bit about the Keystone Biology Vocab/Glossary Project.  Students have all been emailed their individual requirements and the actual material is in Google Classroom.  The due date is January 4, 2019.  Students need to make sure they hand write the definitions in their own words - it can be in a notebook, on a poster, or other format, but must be handwritten.
     
    Reminder, tomorrow is the genetics quiz - review your Genetics Study Guide
     
    November 5, 2018
    We transitioned from genetics to agriculture by watching a video about Genetically Modified Organisms (and food) and completing an Anticipation Guide.  Students will be given the opportunity to finish the paragraphs tomorrow in class.
     
    Reminder, there is a genetics quiz on Wednesday. Make sure you review the Genetics Study Guide
     
    November 2, 2018
    Today was quiz day.  Students also had the opportunity to work on any missing assignments.
     
    November 1, 2018
    Today wa notes. If you missed them please review the following.  The quiz on this material will be Wednesday, November 7.
     
     
    October 31, 2018
    Today we did a DNA extraction lab.
     
    October 30, 2018
    We continued looking at the patterns of inheritence by completing a lab called Penny Genetics.  In this lab, we were actually testing the usefulness and reliability of Punnett Squares in predicting genetic outcomes.
     
    Students who finished early continued working on their  Punnet Square Packet
     
    Reminder, quiz on Friday - Properties of Water and pH
     
    October 29, 2018
    Today we started talking about genetics.  We watched a short video about heredity, took notes about the Patterns of Inheritence, and started working on a Punnet Square Packet.
     
    The packet is due on Friday.
     
    In addition, there will be a quiz on Friday on the Properties of Water and pH.  Students should review the Study Guide we completed and went over in class last week.
     
    October 26, 2018
    Students completed a quiz about the microscope, cells, and STEM.
     
    They had the remainder of class to complete the Comparing the Engineering Design Process and Scientific Method (aka Technical Design Process) in Google Classroom (due today) and to do a new assignment, Water Walkers, also in Classroom, that is due on Monday.
     
    October 25, 2018
    We finished the labs for the Properties of Water and pH.  Reminder that Comparing the Engineering Design Process and Scientific Method is due on Friday, we have a quiz on Friday, and grades are pulled on Friday.
     
    October 24, 2018
    Today we did labs on the Properties of Water and pH.  Students completed a variety of simple activities and recorded their results in a mini lab book that will be submitted.
     
    Reminder that Comparing the Engineering Design Process and Scientific Method is due on Friday, we have a quiz on Friday, and grades are pulled on Friday.
     
    October 23, 2018
    Today we reviewed the video worksheet from yesterday and went over the study guide for Friday's quiz.
     
    October 22, 2018
    Reminder that the Compare the EngineeringTechnical Design Process and the Scientific Method is due on Friday.
    Reminder that grades are due on Friday. Anything missing work you want graded is due today.  After today any missing work will be given a completion grade of 1.
     
    Today students were given a study guide about the Microscope, Cells, and STEM.  Tomorrow I will review the study guide with any students that completed it for homework.  Other students will be sent to another room to complete the work.  The quiz on this material will be Friday, October 26.
     
    In addition to getting and working on the study guide, we started a new unit today about the chemistry of water and pH.  Students watched two videos and answered questions on a worksheet.  We will review the worksheet tomorrow in class.
     
     
    October 19, 2018
    Students continued working on a 5-paragraph essay in Google Classroom.  Paragetraph 1 is an introductory paragraph about STEM and CTE.  Paragraph 2 is about what the students wants for a fututre career and why.  Paragraph 3 is about how STEM will relate to that career.  Paragraph 4 is about where the student will learn the skills for that career (i.e. on the job, MCTI, college, etc).  Paragraph 5 is a concluding paragraph.  All paragraphs must be well written with introductory, supporting, and concluding or transitional sentences.
     
    Reminder that the assignment COmparing the Scientific Method and Engineering Design Process in Classroom is due next Friday the 26th.
     
    I also put the Vocab Project in Classroom and emailed each student with what they are required to complete for that project.
     
    Finally, the marking period grades will be submitted Friday the 26th.  Any missing work will still be accepted through Monday, October 22.  After that any work turned in will receive 1 point for a completion grade only.
     
    October 18, 2018
    Students were given the opportunity to finish up their STEM and CTE  questions  (slide 9) and turn them in.  Students then began working on a 5-paragraph essay in Google Classroom.  Paragetraph 1 is an introductory paragraph about STEM and CTE.  Paragraph 2 is about what the students wants for a fututre career and why.  Paragraph 3 is about how STEM will relate to that career.  Paragraph 4 is about where the student will learn the skills for that career (i.e. on the job, MCTI, college, etc).  Paragraph 5 is a concluding paragraph.  All paragraphs must be well written with introductory, supporting, and concluding or transitional sentences.
     
    Reminder that the assignment COmparing the Scientific Method and Engineering Design Process in Classroom is due next Friday the 26th.
     
    I also put the Vocab Project in Classroom and emailed each student with what they are required to complete for that project.
     
    Finally, the marking period grades will be submitted Friday the 26th.  Any missing work will still be accepted through Monday, October 22.  After that any work turned in will receive 1 point for a completion grade only.
     
    October 17, 2018
    Students took notes about STEM and CTE and completed their questions  (slide 9) about the relationship between STEM and CTE
     
    October 16, 2018
    Today students presented their airplanes to the class.  We then talked about student attitudes and beliefs about the importance of science and technology education and students read an article and answered questions  (slide 9) about the relationship between STEM and CTE.
     
    October 15, 2018
    This week we will be looking at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as it relates to both Career and Tech Ed and to Biology.
     
    We started by using the Technical Design Process to create paper airplanes.  The goal was to plan a design, build and test a prototype, record results and revise the design, build a final model, and test and record results.  Tomorrow students will be communicating their results to the class.
     
    October 12, 2018
    Today was kind of a mixed up day - two class periods were devoted to a guidance assembly and some schools left early for pep rallys.  Therefore students worked on one of the following:
     
    Finishing the cell work from the last few days
    Working on the Technical Design Process Assignment that is in Google Classroom and due October 26, 2018
    Working on the Alcohol Awareness Poster project that is in Google Classroom and due November 9
     
    October 11, 2018
    A number of students said they were unable to find the links to finish the homework.  That, combined with a scheduling mix-up with a 9th grade guidance program, meant that I gave class time today to work on the projects.  Any unfinished work is now due tomorrow.
     
    Cell Theory                                      Article                   Questions
    Prokaryote vs Eukaryote                   Worksheet 1          Worksheet 2
    Plant vs Animal Cell                          Slides and Questions
    Review of Cell Organelles                  Article and Questions
    Endosymbiotic Theory                       Article                   Questions
    Crash Course: The Animal Cell           Video                    Questions
    Microscope Activity                           Worksheet
     
    Students who were done were able to start working on a Google Classroom Project about the Technical Design Process, watching videos and answering questions.
     
    While students were working I also called them up and discussed their CDT scores and some indepenedent enrichment work they would be completing by the end of the second marking period.
     
     
    October 10, 2018
    Students are doing independent work reading articles, watching videos, looking at micrscope slides, and answering questions.  The work all revolves around the cell.... cell theory, prokaryotic vs eukaryotic cells, plant cells vs animal cells, and the organelles.
     
    Cell Theory                                      Article                   Questions
    Prokaryote vs Eukaryote                   Worksheet 1          Worksheet 2
    Plant vs Animal Cell                          Slides and Questions
    Review of Cell Organelles                  Article and Questions
    Endosymbiotic Theory                       Article                   Questions
    Crash Course: The Animal Cell           Video                    Questions
    Microscope Activity                           Worksheet
     
    Any unfinished work can be done as homework, due Thursday, with the exception of the micrscope activity.  This activity cannot be done until the other assignments are turned in.  If students do not get to the microscope activity it will not be held against their grade.
     
     
    October 9, 2018
    Students are doing independent work reading articles, watching videos, looking at micrscope slides, and answering questions.  The work all revolves around the cell.... cell theory, prokaryotic vs eukaryotic cells, plant cells vs animal cells, and the organelles.
     
    Cell Theory                                      Article                   Questions
    Prokaryote vs Eukaryote                   Worksheet 1          Worksheet 2
    Plant vs Animal Cell                          Slides and Questions
    Review of Cell Organelles                  Article and Questions
    Endosymbiotic Theory                       Article                   Questions
    Crash Course: The Animal Cell           Video                    Questions
    Microscope Activity                           Worksheet
     
    Students have today and tomorrow to complete this work in class.  If they don't finish they can complete the missing work for homework, due Thursday, with the exception of the micrscope activity.  This activity cannot be done until the other assignments are turned in.  If students do not get to the microscope activity it will not be held against their grade.
     
    October 8, 2018
    Columbus Day!!  Don't forget the Nature and Art Essays are due tomorrow and Aevidum t-shirt orders are due on Friday.
     
    October 5, 2018
    Today students contiuned looking under the microscope at the different objects they collected outside.
     
    Also, a reminder that the art and nature essay or video is due on Tuesday, 10/9.
     
    October 4, 2018
    Today students looked under the microscope at the different objects they collected outside.  They are each responsible for 8 drawings - 1 bacteria, 2 plant, 2 animal, and 3 of their choice.
     
    Also, a reminder that the art and nature essay or video is due on Tuesday, 10/9.
     
    October 3, 2018
    Tody we went for a walk around campus and collected objects to look at under the microscope.  Students collected leaves, bark, berries, moss, fungi, slime molds, insects, worms, salamanders and a vartiety of other samples.
     
    October 2, 2018
    Today students saw a Power Point Presentation About the Microscope and took notes on the Microscope Study Guide.
     
    Reminder that progress reports are due tomorrow 10/3, missing work is due by Friday 10/5, and the Art and Nature Essay or Video is due Tuesday 10/9.
     
    October 1, 2018
    Today students worked on their Art and Nature essays and videos.  The project is due next Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  However, today is the ONLY day classtime will be given for the project.  The students have already written an outline of their project and the essay is limited to 300 words, so finishing this in one day is not difficult.  Any additional time will be done by the student outside of class.
     
    Reminder, progress reports are due on Wednesday.
     
    September 28, 2018
    Students answered Questions for the Environmental Jenga and completed the Essay Outline assignment that is in Google Classroom.  Students were also given Progress Reports.  Progress Reports are due on Wednesday, October 3.  They are worth 10 points.  If turned in after 10/3 the student will earn one (1) point.  If the progress report says that you are have missing assignments you can turn them in by next Friday, October 5, for partial credit.  After that they will no longer be accepted.
     
    September 27, 2018
    Today we discussed systems, talked about the Earth as a system, and played Environmental Jenga, collecting data to show how all parts of the environment are interconnected.
     
    September 26, 2018
    Today students started the Outline for either their Art and Nature Essay or Video.  The assignment is in Google Classroom.
     
    September 25, 2018
    Today students are finishing their Biology CDTs, completing any make-up work (progress reports go out Thursday), and doing research for their Art and Nature Essay or Video.
     
    September 24, 2018
    Today students will be starting (and quite possibly finishing) their Biology CDTs.  When finished they can do make-up work (progress reports go out on Thursday) or strart doing research for the Nature and Art Essay Contest or Video Contest.
     
    September 21, 2018
    Students completed their seed art projects.
     
    September 20, 2018
    Students started seed art projects.  Given a color by number page, they pasted different seeds into the spaces to make the picture.
     
    September 19, 2018
    Today we talked about nature as inspiration for art as a way of introducing an essay and video competition.  Students were exposed to different examples of Finding Art in Nature.  Each student printed off a paint by numbers picture to use in class after tomorrow's quiz and using a Google Question opted into either the essay or video competition.
     
    September 18, 2018
    Today we reviewed for tomorrow's biology quiz by playing Jeopardy.  Make sure you study your review sheet for the quiz. 
     
    September 17, 2018
    Today we worked on a study guide for the Introduction to Biology Unit.  The quiz for this unit will be on Thursday, September 20.  The links below are to the study guide and to a completed study guide.  If you were absent or want more practice, complete the study guide and then check your answers.
     
     
     
    September 14, 2018
    Today is the final day to work on these projects in class.  Any unfinished projects can be worked on at home over the weekend and turned in on Monday for full credit.  Work on these projects will not be accepted after Monday, September 17.
     
     
    On Monday we will be doing a review sheet for this unit.  The quiz on the unit will be Thursday, September 20.
     
    September 13, 2018
    This week we will be doing lab and activities to reinforce and practice last week's notes.  The activities are listed below and all handout and instructions are provided.
     
     
    September 12, 2018
    This week we will be doing lab and activities to reinforce and practice last week's notes.  The activities are listed below and all handout and instructions are provided.
     
     
    September 11, 2018
    This week we will be doing lab and activities to reinforce and practice last week's notes.  The activities are listed below and all handout and instructions are provided.
     
     
    September 10, 2018
    This week we will be doing lab and activities to reinforce and practice last week's notes.  The activities are listed below and all handout and instructions are provided.
     
     
     
    September 7, 2018
    We continued using the power point to complete the Study Guide.
     
    September 6, 2018
    We continued using the power point to complete the Study Guide.
     
    September 5, 2018
    We continued using the power point to complete the Study Guide.
     
    September 4, 2018
    This week is going to be all notes.  There will also be some activities mixed in with the notes.  A Study Guide is provided.  If you're absent, make sure you get the notes from the power point or from anothe student.
     
    September 3, 2018
    Enoy your Labor Day!!
     
    August 31, 2018
    Enjoy the four day weekend!!
     
    August 30, 2018
    Today students completed the measurement lab from yesterday.  Students then did a free-writing assignment about the outside activities they did over the summer and were given the opportunity to read aloud.
     
    August 29, 2018
    Today we reviewed making measurements in metric units.  Stuents collected data from the following:
     
    Mass using the Triple Beam Balance
    Mass using the digital scale
    Volume of a liquid
    Volume using liquid displacement
    Length using a ruler
    Length using a meterstick
    Temperature using a digital thermometer
    Density (calculated from other measurements)
     
    August 28, 2018
    It was way to hot to go outside so instead we did a quick poster project about the characteristics of living things.  All living things:
     
    Contain Cells
    Reproduce
    Grow and Develop
    Are based on DNA
    Respond to the Environment
    Maintain Homeostasis
    Require Materials and Energy
    As a species, Evolve
     
    Groups were given a biological sample (feather, fish, leaf) and asked to prepare a poster that included evidence for suggesting that the organism is actually a living thing.
     
    August 27, 2018
    Welcome back to school!!  Of course with Pleasant Valley students not in attendence it was a little crazy, but we survived.  Today we introduced students to the 9th grade program, gave them a tour of the school, assigned students to lockers, and went over some general rules and regulations for the program.  We also met in our classes for a bit to chat about what we do and expect.  While we will review all that next week for students who were not here, these are some of the highlights:
     
    9th Grade Program
    1.  Students are assigned lockers.  Use them.  You cannot use your locker between the academic classes. At the beginning of the session get what you need for all of your classes.  Also, leave all backpacks and bags in your locker.
    2.  Cell phones and headphones need to be put away before you leave the cafeteria.  If they are seen in our hallway they will be taken and held for parent pick-up.
    3.  You are expected to meet the dress code for your sending school district.
     
    My Class
    1.  You need something to write with and something to write on.  I'm not picky about what you choose.
    2.  There is no textbook.  Everything we do is posted to Google Classroom and/or this website.
    3.  The class is project based.  Expect the emphasis to be on doing science, not memorizing science.
    4.  Take advantage.  Of what is offered you.  Remediation, study hall, and extra help.  Competitions, contests, and clubs.  This is a great place if you take advantage of all it has to offer.
     
    We also reviewed my introductory power point - parents please review - it might answer some questions.
     
     
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