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Assignments/Homework/Journal Prompts 

1st 9-Weeks

WEEK 1

Thursday, August 3

Assignment: Review SMS Policies and Procedures

 Friday, August 4

Assignment:  Review Classroom Policies and Procedures

Homework: Bring supplies and get last 2 pages of Classroom Handbook completed and signed

                   ***Have a FAN-TAB-U-LOUS weekend!!!***

 

WEEK 2

Monday, August 7

Assignment: Organize binder, label dividers, and start LapBook

Homework: Bring supplies and get last 2 pages of Classroom Handbook completed and signed by Friday, 8/11

Tuesday, August 8

Assignment: Continue discussing LapBook Expectations

Homework: Bring supplies and get last 2 pages of Classroom Handbook completed and signed by Friday, 8/11

                 ***Open House tonight from 5:30-7:00.  See you there!***

Wednesday, August 9

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                     *Complete "The Language of Science" LapBook Activity (in groups)

Homework: *Complete "The Language of Science" LapBook Activity if not finished in class

                  *Bring supplies and get last 2 pages of Classroom Handbook completed and signed by Friday, 8/11

Journal Prompt:  What do you think was the most important scientific discovery or invention ever? Explain your answer. (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Thursday, August 10

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Watch "Scientific Method" video and complete "The Scientific Method Is..." Circle Map

Homework:  Bring supplies and get last 2 pages of Classroom Handbook completed and signed by Friday, 8/11

Journal Prompt:  Write a paragraph that begins "Science is..." (NO LESS than 5 sentences)

Friday, August 11

Assignment:  *Review "The Language of Science" LapBook Activity

                    *View "the Scientific Method-How Scientists Work" PowerPoint and complete notes

                      ***Have a WONDERFUL weekend!!!***

 

WEEK 3

Monday, August 14

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Observation and reflection activity

                    *Complete Observation, Hypothesis, and Prediction WS

                    *Continue viewing "The Scientific Method-How Scientists Work" PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  Complete Observation, Hypothesis, and Prediction WS if not finished in class

Journal Prompt:  Scientists use observation to make discoveries.  Take a few moments to study your pencil.  Describe some of the things you observe about your pencil.  What characteristics of the pencil would allow you to pick it out of a group of others similar to it? (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Tuesday, August 15

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Review Observation, Hypothesis, and Prediction WS

                    *Complete Frog Deformities LapBook Activity

Homework:  Complete Frog Deformities LapBook Activity if not finished in class

Journal Prompt:  In what ways do police officers and detectives use science to solve crimes? (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Wednesday, August 16

Assignment:  Continue viewing "The Scientific Method-How Scientists Work" PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  ***STUDY FOR SCIENTIFIC METHOD AND INQUIRY VOCABULARY 

         QUIZ TOMORROW!!!***    

Thursday, August 17

Assignment:  *Complete Scientific Inquiry Vocabulary Quiz

                    *Complete Using The Scientific Method WS's (after completing and turning in Vocabulary quiz)

Homework:  Complete Using The Scientific Method WS's if not finished in class

Friday, August 18

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Review Questions from the Frog Deformities LapBook Activity

                    *Review Using the Scientific Method WS

                    *Start "Why Are the Cats Scratching?" Lapbook Activity

Homework:  ***Have a SUPERB weekend!!!***

Journal Prompt:  Scientists often have to make predictions.  Make a prediction about where and with whom you will have lunch with tomorrow.  On what did you base your prediction?  Do you think scientists use similar reasoning to make predictions?  (3-5 sentence paragraph)

 

WEEK 4

Monday, August 21

Assignment:  *Video clip & Journal Prompt

                    *Complete Solar Eclipse Activity

Homework:  Complete Solar Eclipse Drawings (2nd-4th Periods)

Journal Prompt:  Watch video clip first.  Describe how a solar eclipse affects different animals.  (NO LESS than 3 sentences)

 Tuesday, August 22

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                     *Finish viewing "Scientific Method-How Scientists Work" PowerPoint and complete notes

                     *Complete "Why Are the Cats Scratching?" LapBook Activity (Output)

Homework:  Complete "Why Are the Cats Scratching ?" LapBook Activity (Output) if not finished in class

Journal Prompt:  Name and describe some of the scientific instruments you've used.  When did you use them and what did you use them for?  Remember that everyday items such as thermometers are scientific instruments.  (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Wednesday, August 23

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt (completed on a separate sheet of paper and turned in to basket when finished in class)

                    *Complete Scientific Method WS's (once journal prompt has been turned in)

Homework:  Complete Scientific Method WS's if not finished in class

Journal Prompt:  The scientific method involves forming a question about a problem, gathering information, stating a hypothesis, designing and performing an experiment, and drawing a conclusion from the results of the experiment.  How could you use the scientific method to find out why your best friend suddenly stopped speaking to you? (NO LESS than 5 sentences)

Thursday, August 24

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Review "Why Are the Cats Scratching?" LapBook Activity (output)

                    *View Metrics PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  Complete Metrics Mania WS

Journal Prompt:  What is your theory on why the dinosaurs became extinct?  Your theory can be serious or humorous.  (3-5 sentence paragraph) 

Friday, August 25

Assignment:  *Discuss yesterday's journal prompt

                    *Review Metrics Mania WS (last night's homework)

                    *Complete Lab Safety LapBook Activity

Homework:  ***Have a GREAT weekend!!!***

 

WEEK 5

Monday, August 28

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Complete M&M Experiment

                    *Read M&M article and compare previous findings to the class findings

Homework:  Complete Lab Safety LapBook Activity (that we started in class on Friday)

Journal Prompt: Scientists are making new discoveries every day.  Name three discoveries you would like scientists to make in the near future.  Tell why you are hoping for these discoveries. (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Tuesday, August 29

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Read M&M article on color distribution of M&Ms in previous years

                    *Complete circle/pie graphs comparing previous findings to yours

Homework:  *Finish comparing previous M&M findings you yours (Circle/Pie Graphs) if not finished in class

                   * Complete Graphing and Analyzing Scientific Data WS's

 Journal Prompt:  Experimentation is an important aspect of science.  What is the most interesting experiment you have ever done?  Why did you enjoy it so much?  (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Wednesday, August 30

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt 

                    *Watch video clip on variables in experiments

                    *Review answers to Performing Scientific Experiments WS's

                    *Complete Jacob's Experiment

Homework:  *Complete Jacob's Experiment if not finished in class (test review)

                    ***STUDY for Scientific Method and Inquiry Test tomorrow!!!***

Journal Prompt:  Scientists often use controlled experiments.  This means that two identical experiments are set up, and only one thing (variable) is different for one of the experiments.  How might you conduct a controlled experiment to see how mice are affected by continuous rock music? (NO LESS the 5 sentences)

Thursday, August 31

Assignment:  Complete Scientific Method and Inquiry Test

Homework:  NONE

Friday, September 1

Assignment:  Complete Scientific Method and Inquiry Test Corrections

Homework:  ***Have a RESTFUL 3-Day weekend!!!***

 

WEEK 6

Monday, September 4

LABOR DAY-NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 5

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *View "Motion" PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  NONE

Journal Prompt: List ten qualities you belive a good scientist has.  Which three of these qualities do you think is most important?  Why?  Explain your reasoning.  (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Wednesday, September 6

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt (discuss yesterday's)

                     *Finish viewing "Motion" PowerPoint and complete notes

                    *Complete Distance, Time, Speed, and Acceleration Group Questions

Homework:  Complete Distance, Time, Speed, and Acceleration Group Questions if not finished in class

Thursday, September 7

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *View "Motion" video and write 10 complete facts

                    *Complete Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration Warm-up WS

Homework:  Complete journal prompt and Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration Warm-up WS

Journal Prompt: A scientist named Roger Bacon once predicted that a "youth potion" would someday be discovered.  If a scientist did discover a potion that could make you live forever, would you drink it?  Why or why not?  (NO LESS than 5 sentences)

Friday, September 8

Assignment:  *Review Distance. Speed, Time, and Acceleration Questions (from Wednesday completed in small       

                      groups)

                    *Complete Speed, Distance, Time, and Acceleration WS

Homework:  Have a SUPER weekend!!!

 

WEEK 7

Monday, September 11

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *View Graphing Speed and Acceleration PowerPoint and complete notes

                    *Complete Distance-Time Graphs WS

Homework:  Complete Distance-Time Graphs WS if not finished in class

Journal Prompt: Imagine that you are receiving a Nobel prize for Science.  What have you done to deserve this? (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Tuesday, September 12

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Review Distance-Time Graph WS

Homework:  Complete Interpreting Graphs WS

                  ***STUDY for Forces & Motion Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow!!!***

Journal Prompt: Technology is constantly changing.  A V-chip is a computer chip that can be installed in televisions.  It allows parents to block out shows they consider unacceptable for children's viewing.  Do you think such a chip is useful? Why? EXPLAIN (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Wednesday, September 13

Assignment:  Complete Forces and Motion Vocabulary Quiz

Homework:  NONE

Thursday, September 14

Assignment:  View "Newton's Laws of Motion" PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  NONE

Friday, September 15

Assignment:  *Finish vviewing "Newton's Laws of Motion" PowerPoint and complete notes

                    *Start Calculating Force WS

Homework:  ***Have a MARVELOUS weekend!!!***

 

 WEEK 8

Monday, September 18

Assignment:  *Complete Calculating Force WS (started in class Friday)

                    *Review Speed, Velocity, & Acceleration Warm-Up WS

                    *Complete Force, Motion, and Newton's Laws Test Review

Homework:  Complete Force, Motion, and Newton's Laws Test Review if not finished in class

Tuesday, September 19

Assignment:  *Watch Bill Nye "Motion" video and complete video questions

                   *Review Force, Motion, and Newton's Laws Test Review

Homework:  ***STUDY for Forces, Motion, and Newton's Laws Test tomorrow!!!***

Wednesday, September 20

Assignment:  Complete Force, Motion, and Newton's Laws Test

Homework:  NONE

Thursday, September 22

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *View Electricity PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  NONE

Journal Prompt: The force of gravity is what pulls everything toward the Earth.  Suppose the force of gravity was "turned off" between 6:00 am and 9:00 am.  How would your morning routine be different? (NO LESS than 5 sentences)

Friday, September 22

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Continue viewing Electricity PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  Have an AWESOME weekend!!!

Journal Prompt: Ocean currents are moving streams of water in the oceans.  If you put a message in a bottle and tossed it into the ocean, where would you like the currents to take it?  What message would you send?  Who do you hope would find the bottle?  (NO LESS than 5 sentences)

 

WEEK 9

Monday, September 25

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Continue viewing Electricity PowerPoint and complete notes

                    *Complete Electric Charge and Static Electricity WS

Homework:  Complete Electric Charge and Static Electricity WS if not finished in class

Journal Prompt: How does static electricity differ from current electricity?  Include examples from everyday life.  (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Tuesday, September 26

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Review Electric Charges and Static Electricity WS

                    *Complete Electric Circuits WS (in small groups)                  

Homework:  Complete Electrical Energy WS  AND  ***STUDY for Electricity Vocabulary Quiz                                           tomorrow!!!***   (COUNTED AS A TEST)

Journal Prompt: How does direct current differ from alternating current?  Include examples discussed in your notes.  (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Wednesday, September 27

Assignment:  *Complete Electricity Vocabulary Quiz (COUNTED AS A TEST)

                    *Complete Electric Circuits WS after turning in Vocabulary test (started in class yesterday in groups)

Homework:  NONE

Thursday, September 28

Assignment:  *View Energy Conservation and Resources PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  NONE

Friday, September 29

Assignment:  *Finish vviewing Energy Conservation and Resources PowerPoint and complete notes

                    *View "Eyewitness-Weather" video and complete video questions

Homework:  Have a TERRIFIC weekend!!!

 

 

WEEK 10

 Monday, October 2

Assignment:  View Weather PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  NONE

Tuesday, October 3

Assignment:  *Continue viewing Weather PowerPoint and complete notes                  

Homework:  Complete Weather Fronts WS  

Wednesday, October 4

Assignment:  Complete Hurricanes-Web Quest Questions

Homework:  NONE

Thursday, October 5

Assignment:  Today is the 1st Science Case21 Benchmark TEST!!!

                   Complete Hurricanes Questions (started in class yesterday)

Homework:  NONE

Friday, October 6

Assignment:  Watch "The Lorax" and complete movie sheet on conservation

Homework:  Have a RELAXING 3-DAY weekend!!!

 

 

 

2nd 9-Weeks

 

WEEK 1

Tuesday, October 10

Assignment:  Finish viewing "The Lorax" and complete movie sheet on conservation

Homework:  NONE

Wednesday, October 11

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *View Chemistry PowerPoint (Part I: Atoms) and complete notes

                    *Complete "An Atom Apart" Cold Read, Questions, and Crossword Puzzle

Homework:  Complete "An Atom Apart" Cold Read, Questions, and Crossword Puzzle if not finished in classs

Journal Prompt:  Some of the Sun's heat that reaches the Earth's surface is reflected up to the clouds and back down again to the Earth.  This recycling of energy, a process known as the greenhouse effect, makes the Earth warmer.  Do you think the greenhouse effect is a good thing or a bad thing?  Support your opinions.  (NO LESS than 5 sentences)

Thursday, October 12

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Review "An Atom Apart" Cold Read Questions

                    *Complete Atomic Structure WS (in groups)

Homework:  Complete Atomic Structure WS if not finished in class

Journal Prompt:  Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, and lightning are all forces of nature.  Describe your scariest experience involving a force of nature.  (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Friday, October 13

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Complete Biochemical Concepts and A World Famous Table WS's

Homework:  Complete Atomic Structure WS (if not finished Thursday night), Biochemical Concepts, and A World

                  Famous Table if not finished in class.

                  Have a STUPENDOUS weekend!!!

Journal Prompt:  Describe on of the four seasons.  Refer to all of your senses EXCEPT sight. (NO LESS than 5 sentences)

 

WEEK 2

Monday, October 16

Assignment:  *View Bill Nye "Atoms" video and complete WS

                    *Review Biochemical Concepts and A World-Famous Table/Fill-in-the-Blank Elements Chart WS's

Homework:  ***Study/Review for an Atomic Structure Quiz tomorrow!!***

Tuesday, October 17

Assignment:  *Complete Atomic Structure Quiz

                    *Complete "Everyday Compound or Poison" Cold Read and Questions (after completing/turning in Atomic

                      Structure Quiz

Homework:  Complete "Everyday Compound or Poison?" Cold Read and Questions if not finished in class

Wednesday, October 18

Assignment:  *Review "Everyday Compound or Poison?" Cold Read and Questions

                   *Continue viewing "Chemistry" PowerPoint and complete notes (Part 2)

Homework:  NONE

Thursday, October 19

Assignment:  *Continue viewing "Chemistry" PowerPoint and complete notes (Part 2)

                   *Label and color a Periodic Table

Homework:  Complete Part 2 Questions on Color Coding the Periodic Table Student WS (10 Questions) if not finished

                   in class

Friday, October 20

Assignment:  *Color labeled periodic table (from yesterday)

                   *Complete Periodic Table Scavenger Hunt

Homework:  Have an EXCEPTIONAL weekend!!!

 

WEEK 3

Monday, October 23

Assignment:  *Element Activity (Bohr Models or Periodic Table Puns)

                    *Complete Chemical Bonding WS

Homework:  Complete Chemical Bonding WS if not finished in class

Tuesday, October 24

Assignment:  *Review Chemical Bonding WS

                    *Finish viewing "Chemistry" PowerPoint & complete notes

                    *Complete Ionic Bonding WS

Homework:  Complete Ionic Bonding WS if not finished in class

Wednesday, October 25

Assignment:  *Review Ionic Bonding WS

                   *Complete "A Match Made in Heaven" Passage & Questions

Homework:  Complete "A Match Made in Heaven" Passage & Questions if not finished in class

Thursday, October 26

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                   *Review "A Match Made in Heaven" Passage & Questions

                   *Complete Ionic Boding Quiz

Homework:  ***Study for Chemistry Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow!!***

Journal Prompt:  If the President asked you to be the leader of a new anti-pollution campaign, what specific issues would you stress in your efforts?  (Give at least 2 issues and write 3-5 sentences)

Friday, October 27

Assignment:  Complete Chemistry Vocabulary Quiz

Homework:  Have an AMAZING weekend!!!

 

WEEK 4

Monday, October 30

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Complete Biochemistry Concepts Packet

Homework:  Complete Biochemistry Concepts Packet if not finished in class (This packets will be due on Thursday, November 2)

Journal Prompt:  Smog is a mixture of smoke, fog, and chemicals.  It is a major problem for many U.S. cities.  Think of a smog-ridden city as old and sickly.  What might it say to a young and healthy city? (NO LESS than 8 sentences)

Tuesday, October 31

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Complete Covalent Bonding problems (as a class)

Homework:  Complete Covalent Bonding WS (last 6 problems) AND Biochemistry Concepts Packet (This packets will be due on Thursday, November 2)

Journal Prompt:  Many of our natural resources, such as coal and oil, will run out someday.  What sources of energy do you think might be harnessed or invented in the future? (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Wednesday, November 1

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Review 6 problems from last night's homework

                    *Complete Covalent Bonding Quiz

Homework:  Complete Biochemistry Concepts Packet (This packets was given as glasswork on Monday, October 30th and due tomorrow, Thursday, November 2)

Journal Prompt:  Why do you think it is difficult to predict the weather? (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Thursday, November 2

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                     *View Balancing Chemical Equations PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  Complete Conservation of Mass WS

Journal Prompt:  Asbestos is one of the few materials that are flame resistant, do not conduct heat or electricity, and resists many chemicals.  It is used to insulate and fireproof homes.  However, asbestos-related diseases, including cancer, have been know to occur in workers that inhale tiny particles of the material.  Do you think the advantages of asbestos outweigh the risks?  Support your answer.  (NO LESS than 5 sentences)

Friday, November 3

Assignment:  *Finish viewing Balancing Chemical Equations PowerPoint and complete notes

                    *Complete Balancing Chemical Equations Practice Problems

Homework:  ***Have a SPLENDID weekend!!!***

 

WEEK 5

Monday, November 6

Assignment:  *Watch Bill Nye "Chemical Reactions" video and complete questions

                    *Complete Chemical/Physical Properties/Changes Activity

Homework:  Complete Chemical/Physical Properties/Changes Activity if not finished in class

Tuesday, November 7

Assignment:  *Review Chemical/Physical Properties/Changes Activity

                    *Review Conservation of Mass Problems

                     *Continue working on Balancing Chemical Equations Problems (in small groups) and review

Wednesday, November 7

Assignment:  *Review Balancing Chemical Equations Problems

                    *Complete More Balancing Chemical Equations Problems

Homework:  Complete Balancing More Chemical Equations if not finished in class

Thursday, November 8

Assignment:  *View Acids and Bases PowerPoint and complete notes

                     *Complete Acids and Bases Notes Questions

Homework:  Complete Acids and Bases Notes Questions

Friday, November 9

Assignment:  *Review More Practice Balancing Chemical Equations WS

                    *Review Acids and Bases Notes Questions

                    *Complete Chemistry Test Review

Homework:  ***Study for CHEMISTRY TEST Monday and Have an EXCELLENT weekend!!!***

 

WEEK 6

Monday, November 13

Assignment:  Complete Chemisrty Test

Homework:  NONE

Tuesday, November 14

Assignment:  *Finsh/make corrections to Chemistry Test (before it's graded)

                    *View Cell Parts and Their Functions PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  NONE

Wednesday, November 15

Assignment:  Continue viewing Cell Parts and Their Functions PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  NONE

Thursday, November 16

Assignment:  Label/Color Plant and Animal Cells

Homework:  NONE

Friday, November 17

Assignment:  Complete Walking With Ryan Activity

Homework:  ***Have an INCREDIBLE THANKSGIVING BREAK!!!***

 

WEEK 7

Monday, November 27

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Complete Cell Parts and Their Functions Fill-in-the-Blank Table

                    *Complete Word Match (Cell Parts)

Homework:  Complete "The Cell That Make Us" Reading Passage and Questions

Journal Prompt:  Rainwater collects in rocks and soil as groundwater.  If groundwater could talk, what might it tell you about itself and where it has been?  (NO LESS han 5 sentences)

Tuesday, November 28

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt (share yesterday's journal prompt responses with class)

                    *Review the 3 assignments given yesterday

                    *Complete Cell Knowledge Quiz

 Homework:  NONE

Wednesday, November 29

 Assignment:  *Watch Bill Nye "Germs" video and complete WS

                     *Start viewing Bacteria and Viruses PowerPoint and complete notes.

Homework:  NONE

 Thursday, November 30

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Continue viewing Bacteria and Viruses PowerPoint and complete notes

                    *Summarize "Gut Bacteria" article and answer questions (if time permits)

Homework:  NONE

Journal Prompt: Chlorophyll is the green substance that allows plants to make their own food.  Imagine scientists found a way to allow humans to produce chlorophyll within their bodies.  How would our appearance change?  How would our lives change?  How would the world change?  (3-5 sentence paragraph)

Friday, December 1

Assignment:  *Journal Prompt

                    *Continue summarizing "Gut Bacteria" article and answer questions

Homework:  Have a BEAUTIFUL weekend!!!

Journal Prompt:  A California company has developed a new multimedia system that can be installed in the backseat of a car.  It has a television, a VCR, and a video game.  Imagine the company wants to install these elctronics on your school bus.  Write a speech that you could deliver to the students, trying to persuade them to refuse the system.  (NO LESS than 5 sentences)

 

WEEK 8

Monday, December 4

Assignment:  Finish viewing Bacteria and Viruses PowerPoint and complete notes

Homework:  Complete Viral Multiplication WS

Tuesday, December 5

Assignment:  Complete Cell Types, Protists & Fungi WS's

Homework:  Complete Cell Types, Protists & Fungi WS's if not finished in class (due when you come to class on Thursday (12/7)

Wednesday, December 6

Assignment:  Watch "Battlefield Cell" and complete video question

Homework:  Complete Cell Types, Protists & Fungi WS's (due when you come to class on Thursday (12/7) AND ***STUDY FOR MICROBIOLOGY VOCABULARY TEST TOMORROW!!!***

Thursday, December 7

Assignment:  Complete Microbiology Vocabulary TEST

Homework:  NONE

Friday, December 8

Assignment:  Complete CASE21 Test Review

Homework:  Have a GLORIOUS weekend!!!