Science Blog Week May 22-26, 2017

Science Blog Week May 22-26, 2017

Hope your weekend was energizing for the upcoming week! This week is not normal! We have four and one-half more days of school. Thus, school attendance is imperative

This week will not be a regular week. This week will be a B Week. Therefore, 7th and 5B will meet Monday and Wednesday and 6th and 5A will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. I think. I know there will be some End of Year Celebration rehearsals.

Final GREEN NOTEBOOKS will be sent home tomorrow, Monday, May 22 and are due byTuesday, May 23. There will be a final GREEN NOTEBOOK Check.  I have to enter these grades by Tuesday evening. Then, on Wednesday, your child will bring home their Journal and Green Notebook to keep.

Weekly Assignments

1st/2nd: Monday we will complete our final seasonal observation, summer. We will study reptiles and end our year with one of my favorite books, The Raft by Jim LeMarche.

3rd: Tuesday we will be planting our terrariums to bring home. Please place them on a window ledge or shelf near a window, not in direct sunlight.

4th: This week we will have our Water Cycle Puppet show.

5th: We will continue our study on Density and complete further testing for our Soda Density Lab testing smaller versions of the sodas we used.

6th: We will be continuing our study on ocean currents will a demonstration on convection currents.

7th: We will be delving further into the Temperate Deciduous Biome/Forest focusing on genetics and evolution/adaptation within the biome.

8th: Due to exams and events at Mt. Paran, we will only get together this Thursday.

Mrs. BurnsThe secret message/code this week is quest.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing. Up to this point, three students told me the secret word.  

 

Science Blog Week May 15, 2017

Science Blog Week May 15, 2017

Hope your Mother’s Day was wonderful! This week is normal! We have two more weeks of school. Thus, school attendance is imperative. I am unsure as to the schedule for the last week of school so these next two weeks are critical for grading. Science is a core class.

This week will be a regular week. This week will be an A Week. Therefore, 6th and 5A will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 7th and 5B will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days.

FINAL…GREEN NOTEBOOKS will be sent home later this week. All Journal Checks which include the Journal, signed Journal Check form are due by this Tuesday. When I send the Green Notebooks home, they will be due the next shool day. Once I have checked them in, bith the notebooks and journals will be sent home to keep.

Weekly Assignments

1st/2nd: Monday we will begin a study on insects and ants. We will also make a Berry College Eagle Cam observation. Both Juvenile Eagles have fledged. All observations will be compiled into a booklet. Monday we will be making another our final eagle observation so I can assemble their booklets.

http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

3rd: This week we will continue our investigation on magnetism.

4th: This week will continue our study on Force and Motion  with Newton’s Second Law of Motion.

5th: We will continue to delve into Properties of Matter. We have a Soda Density Lab in our future. We have been watching the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program link on the Latest Earthquakes. This is a fascinating website. Here is the link. You might want to check it out.                                 https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

6th: We will be investigating oceans and their currents this week.

7th: This week will begin our study of Biomes with a focus on the Temperate Deciduous Biome, genetics, evolution, adaptation, animal classification, and energy flow within an echosystem/biome.

8th: We will continue our study of electricity and magnetism.

Mrs. Burns…The secret message/code this week is anticipation.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing. Up to this point, three students told me the secret word. 

 

 

Science Blog Week May 8, 2017

Science Blog Week May 8, 2017

Hope your weekend was enjoyable! This week is normal! We have three more weeks of school. Thus, school attendance is imperative. I am unsure as to the schedule for the last week of school so these next two weeks are critical for grading. Science is a core class.

This week will be a regular week. This week will be a B Week. Therefore, 7th and 5B will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 6th and 5A will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days.

GREEN NOTEBOOKS will be sent home tomorrow, Monday, May 8 and are due by Wednesday, May 10. There will be a final GREEN NOTEBOOK Check and a Journal Check.

Weekly Assignments

1st/2nd: Monday we will complete our owl projects. We will also make a Berry College Eagle Cam observation. One Juvenile Eagle fledged Saturday. All observations will be compiled into a booklet. Wednesday we will be making another observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam and studying salamanders/amphibians.

http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

3rd: This week we will wrap up information on the layers of soil. We will be observing the experiment on which soil us the best for growing vegetables. We will complete the Soil Observation Reflection. On Thursday we will begin our investigation on magnetism.

4th: Tuesday, we will begin our study on Force and Motion starting with Newton’s Laws of Motion.

5th: We will be taking a quick look at volcanoes and the story, Hill of Fire. Next, we will delve into Properties of Matter. We have a Soda Density Lab in our future. We have been watching the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program link on the Latest Earthquakes. This is a fascinating website. Here is the link. You might want to check it out.                                 https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

6th: We will be completing our open notes/partner test on metamorphic rocks. Upon completion of our investigation, we will conduct the Edible Conglomerate Metamorphic Lab and reflection.

7th: We will continue our study of cells. We will explore plant and animal cells using our Edible Cell projects which are due tomorrow. I am bring one of each to share as well. After this, we will begin our study of the Temperate Deciduous Biome, genetics, evolution, adaptation, animal classification, and energy flow within an echosystem/biome.

8th: We will continue our study of electricity and magnetism.

Mrs. BurnsThe secret message/code this week is transfer.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing. Up to this point, three students told me the secret word.  

Science Blog Week May 1, 2017

Science Blog Week May 1, 2017

Hope your weekend was amazing! This week is normal! After Spring Break, the countdown to the end of the year begins with time flying. I have only 9 more science classes with each middle school class. I have less classes with lower school classes when you count the classes where I have a 90 minute block. The second class is only 30 minutes.

This week will be a regular week. This week will be an A Week. Therefore, 6th and 5A will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 7th and 5B will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days.

GREEN NOTEBOOKS: The next round of these notebooks will be sent home the end of this week.  They will be due either Monday or Tuesday, May 8 or 9.

Weekly Assignments

1st/2nd: Monday we will work on owl projects. Wednesday we will be making an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam and studying salamanders/amphibians.

http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

3rd: This week we will wrap up information on the layers of soil. We will be observing the experiment we set up regarding which soil us the best for growing vegetables. We will spend Thursday in Temperature before starting magnetism next week.

4th: Tuesday, we will complete the Water Cycle in Action observation.  On Thursday we will begin our study on Force and Motion.

5th: We will be finishing up our Pangaea Puzzle Activity. Then, we will take a Partner/Journal Test over Alfred Wegner, his Theory on Continental Drift and Pangaea, and plate boundaries. We have been watching the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program link on the Latest Earthquakes. This is a fascinating website. Here is the link. You might want to check it out.                                 https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

6th: We will be delving into our study of metamorphic rocks. Upon completion of our investigation, we will conduct the Edible Conglomerate Metamorphic Lab and reflection.

7th: We will continue our study of cells. We will explore plant and animal cells and compare the function of cells to a school. The Edible Cell Project will be sent home Tuesday, but due next Monday, May 8.

8th: We will continue our study of electricity and magnetism.

Mrs. BurnsThe secret message/code this week is magnetic.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing. Up to this point, three students told me the secret word.  

Science Blog Week April 24-28, 2017

Science Blog Week April 24-28, 2017

Hope your weekend was awesome! This week is normal! After Spring Break, the countdown to the end of the year begins with time flying. I have only 10 more science classes with each middle school class. I have less classes with lower school classes when you count the classes where I have a 90 minute block. The second class is only 30 minutes.

This week will be a regular week. This week will be a B Week. Therefore, 7th and 5B will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 6th and 5A will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days.

GREEN NOTEBOOKS: The next round of these notebooks will be sent home after I grade the Middle School Fieldtrip Journals. This should be the week of May 1. I have some students who need to make up tests thus delaying them another week. If I can get the tests made up, I will send the notebooks home earlier.

Weekly Assignments

1st/2nd: Monday we will update journals, complete last week’s BCE observation and work on owl projects. Wednesday we will be making an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam and using our homework project with a State of Matter activity.

http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

3rd: There are three students who need to take the Partner Test on Minerals. I will be contacting the individual parents about a makeup Wednesday morning or after school Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. This week we will complete the lab on types of soil as well as the layers of soil. We will make our predictions about which soil will be best for growing. We will be setting up an experiment regarding the best soil to use for growing vegetables.

4th: Tuesday, we will complete a reflection about data collected during the Incredible Journey activity.  On Thursday we should complete our Water Drop Puppets and stories.

5th: We will be jumping into Alfred Wegner and his Theory on Continental Drift and Pangaea. We have been watching the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program link on the Latest Earthquakes. This is a fascinating website. Here is the link. You might want to check it out.                                 https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

6th: We will be wrapping up our study of sedimentary rocks. We will conduct the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sedimentary Rock Lab and reflection.

7th: We will begin our study of cells. We will explore plant and animal cells and compare the function of cells to a school.

8th: We will present their projects to the 6th grade social studies’ class on Monday. Then, we will dive into electricity and magnetism.

Mrs. BurnsThe secret message/code this week is transmit.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing. Up to this point, three students told me the secret word.  

Science Blog Week April 17-22, 2017

Science Blog Week April 17-22, 2017

Hope your Easter was joyous and a blessing, because this week is short! After Spring Break, the countdown to the end of the year begins with time flying. I have only 12 more science classes with each middle school class. I have less classes with lower school classes when you count the classes where I have a 90 minute block. The second class is only 30 minutes.

This week will be a short week. We will be on regular schedule. This week will be a B Week. Therefore, 7th and 5B will meet Monday and Wednesday and 6th and 5A will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. Friday is Field Day.

GREEN NOTEBOOKS: The next round of these notebooks will be sent home after I grade the Middle School Fieldtrip Journals. This should tentatively be the week of April 24.

Weekly Assignments

1st/2nd: Monday we will conduct complete our Spring Observations around the book, The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Trees. If time permits, we will be writing our owl pellet dissection reflections and previewing States f Matter. Wednesday we will be making an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam.

http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

3rd: There are three students who need to take the Partner Test on Minerals. I will be contacting the individual parents about a makeup Wednesday morning or after school Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. We have jumped into the study of soil. This week we will have a lab in types of soil as well as the layers of soil. We will be setting up an experiment regarding the best soil to use for growing vegetables.

4th: Tuesday, we will complete a reflection about data collected during the Incredible Journey activity.  On Thursday we should complete our Water Drop Puppets and stories.

5th: We will continue studying Plate Boundaries and conduct our final three Graham Cracker labs and reflection. If we complete this lab, we will jump into Alfred Wegner and his Theory on Continental Drift and Pangaea. We have been watching the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program link on the Latest Earthquakes. This is a fascinating website. Here is the link. You might want to check it out.                                 https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

6th: We will learn about the types of sedimentary Rocks. Then. we will conduct observations and explorations using Sedimentary Rocks.  

7th: We will begin our study of what makes plants and animals unique/classification/cells.

8th: We will begin delving into our projects on the Atomic Bomb and its impact on the world. This project will be based on the experiences of President Truman, a scientist on the Manhattan Project, and a Japanese American during the war. The students will be preparing a presentation for 6th grade social studies. The 8th grade students will present as the character represented.

Mrs. BurnsThe secret message/code this week is elevation.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing. Up to this point, three students told me the secret word.  

Science Blog Week April 10-13, 2017

Science Blog Week April 10-13, 2017

Hope your Spring Break was restful a blessing, because this week is short! After Spring Break, the countdown to the end of the year begins with time flying. I have only 14 more science classes with each middle school class. I have less classes with lower school classes when you count the classes where I have a 90 minute block. The second class is only 30 minutes.

This week will be a short week. We will be on regular schedule. This week will be a B Week. Therefore, 7th and 5B will meet Monday and Wednesday and 6th and 5A will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. Friday is Good Friday. We have no school for all students and staff. Enjoy your time together as we celebrate our risen Savior.

GREEN NOTEBOOKS: The next round of these notebooks will be sent home after I grade the Middle School Fieldtrip Journals. This should tentatively be the week of April 17.

Weekly Assignments

1st/2nd: Monday we will conduct our Spring Observations around the book, The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Trees. If time permits, we will be writing our owl pellet dissection reflections. Wednesday we will be making an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam.

http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

3rd: There are three students who need to take the Partner Test on Minerals. I will be contacting the individual parents about a makeup Wednesday morning or after school Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. We want to thank Mrs. Barfield for an amazing activating lesson on Soil. We will jump right into the study of soil and plants.

4th: Tuesday, we will map the results of the Incredible Journey. We will complete a reflection about this experience on Thursday and complete our Water Drop Puppets and stories.

5th: We will continue studying Plate Boundaries and conduct our Graham Cracker lab. We have been watching the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program link on the Latest Earthquakes. This is a fascinating website. Here is the link. You might want to check it out.                                    https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

6th: We will be taking a quick quiz on Igneous Rocks using our notes. Next, we will dive into the study of Sedimentary Rocks.  

7th: We will complete our study on Matter and Energy in Ecosystems: Abiotic and Biotic. We will take a quick quiz using our notes on this topic. Next we will begin our study of what makes plants and animals unique/classification/cells.

8th: We will be finishing the research presentations on the scientists that were instrumental in the Atomic Theory and the atom tomorrow in class. Tuesday, we will take a quiz over the presentations. Next we will jump into a mini lesson on the periodic table before delving into our projects on the Atomic Bomb and its impact on the world.

Mrs. BurnsThe secret message/code this week is escalate.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing. Up to this point, three students told me the secret word.  

Science Blog Week March 27-31, 2017

Science Blog Week March 27-31, 2017

Hope your long weekend was restful because this week is crazy!

This week will be a short week. Monday and Tuesday will be on regular schedule. This week will be a B Week. Therefore, 7th and 5B will meet Monday and 6th and 5A will meet Tuesday. All other classes will meet on their regular days for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I am offering extra science on Wednesday-4th and 1/2nd have extra science. Thursday, I am attending a STEM Training in Clayton Co. I should return to GP by 1:30 for my regular 4th Grade science. Friday, all of Lower School will be attending a fieldtrip to Stars and Stripes in Woodstock. We loved it last year.

GREEN NOTEBOOKS: There are a few straggling notebooks that still need to be turned in.

Weekly Assignments and Vocabulary and Research Projects

1st/2nd: Monday we will begin dissecting owl pellets. Wednesday we will have extra science to continue our study of owls and making an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam.

http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

3rd: Our Partner Test will be Tuesday, March 28. This test reviews the testing process and outcomes of mineral testing. They will be able to use their notes for certain sections of the test.

4th: Tuesday,they will continue to work on their Water Drop puppets and stories.  Wednesday and Thursday, we will participate in the Project Wet Incredible Journey. There is a writing assignment connected to this project.

5th: We will continue studying Plate Boundaries. We have been watching the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program link on the Latest Earthquakes. This is a fascinating website. Here is the link. You might want to check it out.                                    https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

6th: We will continue our study of igneous rocks by exploring types of igneous rocks and taking notes on extrusive and intrusive rocks. .

7th: We will continue a study on Matter and Energy in Ecosystems: Abiotic and Biotic.

8th: The research presentation on the scientists that were instrumental in the Atomic Theory and the atom, are due to be presented tomorrow in class. Tuesday, we will take a quiz over the presentations.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS: Ms. Benton has prepared a reflection journal for the students to use on the trip. I will be receiving all these when they return and grading them.

Mrs. BurnsThe secret message/code this week is persevere.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing. Up to this point, three students told me the secret word

 

Science Notes...March 22, 2017

Here are some Science notes regarding accommodations provided in the Science Classes.

Accommodations/Experiences may vary by grade level depending on the activity and/or theme.

All grade levels are provided the following:

1.      Graphic organizers on the screen and a personal copy

2.      Copy of class notes as needed

3.      Class notes color coded

4.      Glossary assistance from Discovery Education Interactive Glossary

5.      Reading assistance for tests and assignments as requested

6.      Repeated directions as needed

7.      Organizational materials as needed for classwork

8.      Enlarged text for teacher created, typed activities

9.      Post-it notes as requested by students

10.  Foldables and  learning cubes for review

11.  Partner Testing and partner or cooperative pairs for class activities

12.  Recorded text if needed

13.  Various usage of Thinking Maps. A graphic organizer program

14.  Extended time for classwork and/or assessments as needed

15.  Interactive notebook supports/possibilities related to themes

16.  Open Note/Journal assessment possibility

17.  Opportunities for multi-sensory activities

18.  Numerous presentation opportunities

19.  Art projects that support the lesson or theme

20.  In class and home projects using rubrics where both the students and teacher rates the project

21.  3rd-8th grades, use of grade level text with support and enhanced text features

22.  Ongoing opportunities for critical thinking: Claim, Evidence, Reasoning

23.  Numerous opportunities for written expression which include but not limited to short answer, essay, etc.

24.  Intermediate grades use of glossary and index from grade level test

25.  Use of highlighters for locating information

26.  Much more…….

 

 

 

 

Science Blog Week March 22-24, 2017

Science Blog Week March 22-24, 2017

Hope your long weekend was restful!

Conferences’ Update: Thank you making these Spring Conference days so wonderful, meaningful, and productive. We appreciate you taking the time to join us as well celebrate your child’s progress as well as developing a plan for future successes. It was amazing!

This week will be a short week. Wednesday-Friday will be on regular schedule. This week will be an A Week. Therefore, 6th and 5A will meet Wednesday and Friday and 7th and 5B will meet Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days.

GREEN NOTEBOOKS: All Green Notebooks will go home tomorrow, Wednesday, March 22 and are due in by Friday, March 24. I added any remaining grades left for the quarter.

Work Habits/Skillsets on Report Cards: I am giving an N in Being Prepared to those students who frequently do not get their Behavior Sheet signed (50% or more), fail to turn in notebooks or work on time, as well as do not do assigned homework. At the beginning of this quarter, I explained to all students that this might occur. An N represents Needs Improvement so that these students can improve their preparedness for each school day.

Weekly Assignments and Vocabulary and Research Projects

1st/2nd: Wednesday we will have extra science to continue our study of owls and making an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam. All of our observations will be complied into a Berry College Eagle Observation booklet. The eaglets are changing rapidly. Please take time to view the cam at home.

http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

3rd: We have completed our investigation of minerals.  Thursday, we will review minerals. Our Partner Test will be Tuesday, March 28. This test reviews the testing process and outcomes of testing. They will be ble to use their notes for certain sections of the test.

4th: Thursday, we will participate in the Project Wet Incredible Journey. Depending on the time, they will continue to work on their Water Drop puppets. There is a writing assignment connected to this project.

5th: We will continue studying Plate Boundaries. Our Graham Cracker Plate Boundaries’ Lab will begin in the next few classes. Due to the Middle School foeldtrip, the lab may have to be postponed until after Spring Break. We have been watching the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program link on the Latest Earthquakes. This is a fascinating website. Here is the link. You might want to check it out.                     https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

6th: We will continue our study of igneous rocks. On Friday, March 24, the Igneous Rock Vocabulary Project will be due and we will take our Partner vocabulary test.

7th: We will complete a study on Matter and Energy in Ecosystems: Abiotic and Biotic.

8th: We will continue our study on molecules and atoms. Right now, we are designing a research presentation on the scientists that were instrumental in the Atomic Theory and the atom, as we prepare to make a cross-curricular connection to the Atomic Bomb of WWII. Each student will be developing a lesson on their aspect of the Atomic Bomb to be taught in another class.

Mrs. BurnsThe secret message/code this week is fortitude.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing. Up to this point, no one has brought me the secret word.

Science Blog Week March 13-17, 2017

Science Blog Week March 13-17, 2017

Hope your weekend was happy! This week will be an adjusted week for GRACEPOINT. Monday- Thursday will be regular schedule but we have Early Release at noon on Friday. We have two days for conferences on Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21. This will be a B Week. Therefore, 7th and 5B will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 6th and 5A will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. Friday classes will be shortened due to Earl Release.

GREEN NOTEBOOKS: All Green Notebooks are due in by tomorrow, Monday, March 13. 4th and 7th grades are the last ones to be turned in along with a few 3rd grade.

Work Habits/Skillsets on Report Cards: I am giving an N in Being Prepared to those students who frequently do not get their Behavior Sheet signed, fail to turn in notebooks or work on time, as well as do not do assigned homework. At the beginning of this quarter, I explained to all students that this might occur. An N represents Needs Improvement so that these students can improve their preparedness for each school day.

Weekly Assignments and Vocabulary and Research Projects

1st/2nd: Monday, continue working with a Circle Map of information about owls. Transfer the information onto a Tree Map for a writing lesson. Continue t work on selecting an Owl for their Owl art project and story. Wednesday. Make an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam. All of our observations will be complied into a Berry College Eagle Observation booklet.

3rd: Continue exploration on Luster of Minerals and maybe Streak Testing. Thursday will be a continuation of Tuesday.  

4th: Tuesday, we will complete their Water Cycle Flipbooks. Thursday, we will continue our study of the Water Cycle and Weather and Meteorology.

5th: We will continue studying Plate Boundaries. Our Graham Cracker Plate Boundaries’ Lab will begin after conferences.  We have been watching the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program link on the Latest Earthquakes. This is a fascinating website. Here is the link. You might want to check it out.  https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

6th: We will jump into our learning and exploration of igneous rocks.

7th: We will begin a study on Matter and Energy in Ecosystems.

8th: We will begin our study on molecules and atoms as we prepare to make a cross-curricular connection to the Atomic Bomb of WWII. Each student will be developing a lesson on their aspect of the Atomic Bomb to be taught in another class.

FYI: I will not be at school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. My husband and I are going to Texas to visit our daughter and her family. Please speak to your child about classroom behavior with a sub. Thank you in advance.

Mrs. Burns

The secret message/code this week is compete or competing.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing.

 

Science Blog Week March 6-10, 2017

Science Blog Week March 6-10, 2017

Hope your weekend was amazing! This week will be a normal week with my science classes. It will be an A Week. Therefore, 6th and 5A will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 7th and 5B will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. Yippee!

Weekly Assignments and Vocabulary and Research Projects

1st/2nd: Monday, continue working with a Circle Map of information about owls. Transfer the information onto a Tree Map for a writing lesson. Read Owl Babies. Wednesday. Make an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam. All of our observations will be complied into a Berry College Eagle Observation booklet.

3rd: Tuesday, HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT is due! Add information from homework onto Circle Map about Mineral Uses. Begin exploration on Luster of Minerals and maybe Streak Testing. Thursday will be a continuation of Tuesday.  

4th: Tuesday, we will complete the remaining project presentations.  They will bring their Water Cycle Flipbooks home for homework if needed. These will due completed by Thursday, March 9. They will also need to study for their Water Cycle Vocabulary Test on Thursday, March 9. This will be a Partner Test.

5th: Will begin a closer look at faults prior to beginning the Graham Cracker Plate Boundaries’ Labs, finally. The tsunami reports were amazing and very interesting. We have been watching the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program link on the Latest Earthquakes. This is a fascinating website. Here is the link. You might want to check it out.  https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

6th: We will start the week by taking a pretest on Rocks. Then, we will jump into exploration of igneous rocks.

7th: Part 1 of the Vocabulary Test will be Tuesday and Part 2 will be Tuesday. Upon completion, we will begin Energy in Ecosystems with Food Chains and Food Webs.

8th: We will begin Simple Machines.

Green Notebooks will go home this week. Monday, 6th and 8th will bring theirs home. They will be due Tuesday or Wednesday, March 7-8. 3rd and 5th will bring their home later this week with a one day turn around. 7th and 4th will bring theirs home after the vocabulary test are completed. This is the end of a grading period so I will need all notebooks asap.

Mrs. Burns

The secret message/code this week is huff or huffing.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing.

 

A Special note; We have had numerous absences over this semester When students are absent, we are unable to cover new material. Please make every effort for your child to be at school. We are winding down this quarter and there is still more to cover. In the next two weeks, we will have more students absent during this critical time.  Thank you for understanding.

Science Blog Week February 27-March 3, 2017

Science Blog Week February 27-March 3, 2017

Hope your weekend was enjoyable! This week will be a normal week with my science classes. It will be a B Week. Therefore... 7th and 5B will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 6th and 5A will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. Yippee!

Weekly Assignments and Vocabulary and Research Projects

1st/2nd: Monday, read Jim Arnosky’s, All About Owls, begin completing the Circle Map of information about owls. Wednesday. Make an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam.

3rd: Tuesday, complete exploration and reflection on minerals, hardness testing. Thursday, complete a lesson on the uses of minerals, Homework assignment sent regarding The Uses of Minerals. This will be due Tuesday, March 7.

4th: Tuesday, the 4th grade will work on their Water Cycle Flipbooks, but will take them home for homework. These will due completed by Thursday, March 2. Thursday, March 2-Vocabulary Project due with small presentations as review, begin test if time allows. Tuesday, March 7, complete test or continue to Thursday, March 8 if needed.

5th: Will begin a short closer look at faults and tsunamis prior to beginning the Graham Cracker Plate Boundaries’ Labs, finally. They will receive a one night homework assignment on a famous Tsunami. The assignment will be given on Monday and Tuesday and be due Wednesday and Thursday.

6th: Will take a closer look at mineral ore before proceeding to a preview of igneous rocks.

7th: Vocabulary Project presentations will be Monday, February 27. We need to finish an activity on Symbiosis before we can take the vocabulary test.  Therefore, I think the test will be Friday, March 3.

8th: We will finish project presentations, taking the Roller Coaster test on Tuesday, February 28. Then, we will begin Simple Machines.

 

Green Notebooks will go home after the grade level vocabulary projects and tests are completed, probably the week of March 6.

Mrs. Burns

The secret message/code this week is chill or chilling.

Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing.

 

·       A Special note; We have had numerous absences over this semester Last week, one of my classes had only ½ of the students. When students are absent, we are unable to cover new material. Please make every effort for your child to be at school. We are winding down this quarter and there is still more to cover. Thank you for understanding.

 

Science Blog Week February 22-24, 2017

Science Blog Week February 22-24, 2017

Hope your Winter Break was enriching and relaxing! This week will be a short week with my science classes. It will be an A Week. Therefore... 6th and 5A will meet Wednesday, and Friday and 7th and 5B will meet Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. Yippee!

Vocabulary and Research Projects

Vocabulary Project/Tests for 4th, 5th. 6th. 7th and 8th research report!

5A and 6th…… Wednesday, February 22nd, begin test.

5B…Thursday, February 23rd- begin test

4th…Thursday, March 2-Vocabulary Project due with small presentations as review, begin test if time allows. Tuesday, March 7, complete test or continue to Thursday, March 8 if needed.

7th... Vocabulary Projects and Test are due/scheduled for Friday, February 28. Please make sure the projects have already been completed and each student us studying.

8th… History of Roller Coasters Research Project due Friday, February 24.

Weekly Assignment

1st/2nd: Wednesday. Make an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam. Both eggs hatched.

3rd: Complete exploration and reflection on minerals, hardness testing. It looks like their mineral project might be sent home the week of February 28.

4th: This Thursday, we will begin Project Wet’s Incredible Journey.

5th: Tests are this week.

6th: We have completed our study on Minerals and will be venturing into rocks after our Minerals Vocabulary Tests.

7th: Continue study of Populations and Communities as it pertains to roles in communities, habitats, and niches. Begin lessons on symbiosis and relationships among organisms.

8th: Continue lessons and labs on types of energy and energy transfer. Right now, they are investigating rollercoasters and reviewing forces. From this we will move into simple machines-work and energy.

Green Notebooks will go home after the grade level vocabulary projects and tests are completed., probably next week. 3rd  grade will have a project sent home within the next two weeks. All grades will be assigned a current event homework assignment in the future. Stay tuned!

Mrs. Burns

The secret message/code this week is spew or spewing.

 Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing.

 

Science Blog Week February 12-17, 2017

Science Blog Week February 12-17, 2017

Yeah! This week will be another normal week with my science classes. It will be an A Week. Therefore... 6th and 5A will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 7th and 5B will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. Yippee!

Vocabulary and Research Projects

Vocabulary Project/Tests for 4th, 5th. 6th. tentative 7th and 8th research report!

5A and 6th…… Monday, February 13th- Vocabulary Project due with small presentations as review, begin test if time allows. Wednesday, February 15th, begin or complete test.

5B…Tuesday, February 14th- Vocabulary Project due with small presentations as review, begin test if time allows. Thursday, February 16th, begin or complete test.

4th…Thursday, March 2-Vocabulary Project due with small presentations as review, begin test if time allows. Tuesday, March 7, complete test or continue to Thursday, March 8 if needed.

7th... Vocabulary Projects and Test are fast approaching. Tentatively they are scheduled for the week of February 28. Please make sure the projects have already been completed and each student us studying.

8th… History of Roller Coasters Research Project due Friday, February 24.

Weekly Assignment

1st/2nd: Monday and Wednesday… Continue our study of owls. Dissecting owl pellets will be in our future. Make an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam. Please be watching at home. One egg, B8, has hatched! We have a
"pip” in egg 2, thus we are on “pip watch” for egg 2! If you Like Berry College Eagles on Facebook, you will get regular updates.

3rd: Complete exploration and reflection on minerals, hardness testing. This will possibly consume both class days. If time permits we will move onto to Streak Testing. It looks like their mineral project will be sent home the week of February 28.

4th: First we will investigate sources of water on the Earth. Then if time permits, we will experience the Project Wet-Incredible Journey about the Water Cycle. We will continue to learn about meteorology and meteorologists using TWC Weather Classrooms. 

5th: We began our study of the Ring of Fire Part 1.  After the Vocabulary Project and test are completed, we will begin Plate Tectonics and Plate Boundaries’ lessons, ending in a culminating activity called Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics. Landforms and volcanoes will follow. FYI, they will be receiving a mini homework research report coming late this week or next. It is focusing on Tsunamis.

6th: We have completed our study on Minerals and will be venturing into rocks after our Minerals Vocabulary Tests.

7th: Continue study of Populations and Communities as it pertains to roles in communities, habitats, and niches. Begin lessons on symbiosis and relationships among organisms before beginning Biomes of the World. FYI, I will be teaching plant and animal classifications and cells before beginning the merge of heredity/genetics and evolution/adaptation threaded within the biomes. I feel that this is important to have a better understanding, while making connections. We have 8 new microscopes and scalpels. We will be dissecting with plants first.

8th: Continue lessons and labs on types of energy and energy transfer. Right now, they are investigating rollercoasters and reviewing forces. From this we will move into simple machines-work and energy. Thank you for your continued support.

Green Notebooks will go home after the grade level vocabulary projects and tests are completed. 3rd and 4th grade will have a project sent home within the next two weeks. All grades will be assigned a current event homework assignment in the future. Stay tuned!

Mrs. Burns

The secret message/code this week is flow or flowing.

 Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing.

Science Blog Week February 6-10, 2017

Science Blog Week February 6-10, 2017

Yeah! This week will be another normal week with my science classes. It will be a B Week. Therefore... 7th and 5B will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 6th and 5A will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. Yippee!

Vocabulary Projects

We have dates for Vocabulary Projects and Tests for 5th and 6th grades!!!!!!!!

5A and 6th…… Monday, February 13th-Vocabulary due and small presentations, begin test if time allows. Wednesday, February 15th, begin or complete test.

5B…Tuesday, February 14th- Vocabulary due and small presentations, begin test if time allows. Thursday, February 16th, begin or complete test.

Weekly Assignment

1st/2nd: Monday and Wednesday… Begin our study on owls and birds of prey. Dissecting owl pellets will be in our future. Make an observation of the Berry College Eagle Cam. Please be watching at home. We are waiting on the eggs to hatch! They call it “pip watch”! If you Like Berry College Eagles on Facebook, you will get regular updates.

3rd: Continue exploration and reflection on minerals, hardness testing. This will possibly consume both class days. We have observed and recorded two of the nine minerals. Once finished, we will reflect in our journals. If time permits we will move onto to Streak Testing. It looks like their mineral project will be sent home week after next, February 23. They will be attending a fieldtrip on Tuesday, February 14, thus we will not have science.

4th: We will complete our look at How Much Water is on the Earth and draw conclusions. Hopefully, if time permits we can participate in and Experience the Project Wet-Incredible Journey about the Water Cycle. We will continue to learn about meteorology and meteorologists using TWC Weather Classrooms. 

5th: Complete Jell-O Lab final reflections. Begin Plate Tectonics and Plate Boundaries’ lessons, ending in a culminating activity called Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics. Landforms and volcanoes will follow. Please pray for the victims in the avalanche in Italy two weeks ago. We have been following the story and rescue. 29 are dead, 11 were rescued with all children and three puppies surviving.

6th: Complete Mineral Streak and Luster Testing and reflections if needed. We will continue with our study on Properties of Minerals as we learn about cleavage, fracture, and density.

7th: Continue study of Populations and Communities as it pertains to roles in communities, habitats, and niches. Begin lessons on symbiosis and relationships among organisms before beginning Biomes of the World. They will be receiving homework assignments using our target text and lesson outline.  FYI, I will be teaching plant and animal classifications and cells before beginning the merge of heredity/genetics and evolution/adaptation threaded within the biomes. I feel that this is important to have a better understanding, while making connections. We have 8 new microscopes and scalpels. We will be dissecting with plants first.

8th: Continue lessons and labs on types of energy and energy transfer. Right now, they are investigating rollercoasters and reviewing forces. From this we will move into simple machines-work and energy. They will be assigned a project/report within the week on the Atomic Bomb during WWII as it pertains to energy transfer/transformation.

Thank you for your continued support.

Green Notebooks will go home after the grade level vocabulary projects and tests are completed. 3rd and 4th grade will have a project sent home within the next two weeks. All grades will be assigned a current event homework assignment in the future. Stay tuned!

Mrs. Burns

The secret message/code this week is restore or restoration.

 Come and have your child tell me the secret message/code to have your child’s name put into a drawing.

Science Blog Week January 30-February 3, 2017

Science Blog Week January 30-February 3, 2017

 

Yeah! This week will be another normal week with my science classes. It will be an A Week. Therefore... 6th and 5A will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 7th and 5B will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. Yippee!

 

Vocabulary Projects

5th grade is the closest grade level to a due date and test. This week, they will complete the Earthquake Jell-O Lab. This will take another two class periods. Then, we will do a lesson on plate boundaries and plate tectonics before doing the Plate Boundaries Graham Cracker Lab. Thus, I do not see the vocabulary being due and the test before the week of February 13th. Both classes must be at the same place for the test to be given. The test will be a partner test. All students grades 5-7 should have already completed their projects and be studying their words, pictures, and examples. 6th grade will need another week for us to complete the Minerals’ Testing Exploration before the projects are due and the test occurs. I will know more this week. 7th grade will have even longer because we have many lessons to cover before the project is due and the test.

 

Weekly Assignments

1st/2nd: Monday and Wednesday…Complete literature reflection on Owl Moon, paper bag puppet. Complete Winter Packing using The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Trees. Make an observation for the Berry College Eagle Cam. Please be watching at home. We are waiting on the eggs to hatch! Next week, begin our study on owls and birds of prey.

3rd: Continue exploration and reflection on minerals, hardness testing

4th: Learn about meteorology and meteorologists using TWC Weather Classrooms. Experience the Project Wet-Incredible Journey about the Water Cycle.

5th: Complete Jell-O Labs and final reflections. Begin Plate Tectonics and Plate Boundaries’ lessons.

6th: Complete Mineral Streak and Luster Testing and reflections.

7th: Continue study of Populations and Communities as it pertains to roles in communities, habitats, and niches. Begin lessons on symbiosis and relationships among organisms before beginning Biomes of the World. FYI, I will be teaching heredity/genetics and evolution/adaptation threaded within the biomes. I feel this is important to have a better understanding while making connections. I will also teach cells during the early lessons about plants and animals.

8th: Continue lessons and labs on types of energy and energy transfer.

Thank you for your continued support.

Green Notebooks will go home after the grade level vocabulary projects and tests are completed. 3rd and 4th grade will have a project sent home by next week. All grades will be assigned a current event homework assignment in the future. Stay tuned!

 

Mrs. Burns

Science Blog Week January 23-27, 2017

Science Blog Week January 23-27, 2017

Yeah! This week will be a normal week with my science classes. It will be a B Week. Therefore...7th and 5B will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 6th and 5A will meet Tuesday and Thursday. All other classes will meet on their regular days. Yippee!

Vocabulary Projects

5th grade is the closest grade level to a due date and test. This week, they will complete the Earthquake Jell-O Lab. This will take two class periods. Then, we will do a lesson on plate boundaries and plate tectonics before doing the Plate Boundaries Graham Cracker Lab. Thus, I do not see the vocabulary being due and the test before the week of February 6th. Both classes must be at the same place for the test to be given. The test will be a partner test. All students grades 5-7 should have already completed their projects and be studying their words, pictures, and examples. 6th grade will need another week for us to complete the Minerals’ Testing Exploration before the projects are due and the test occurs. I will know more this week. I will only see them twice this week. 7th grade will have even longer because we have many lessons to cover before the project is due and the test.

Weekly Assignments

1st/2nd: Monday and Wednesday…Complete literature reflection on Owl Moon. Weather permitting, go outside and complete the Seasonal Observation on winter before tress start to bud. Make an observation for the Berry College Eagle Cam. Please be watching at home. We are waiting on the eggs to hatch! Next week, begin our study on owls and birds of prey.

3rd: Continue exploration and reflection on minerals.

4th: Complete data collection on 10 day forecast and reflect about what they discovered about making long range forecasts. Experience the Project Wet-Incredible Journey about the Water Cycle.

5th: Jell-O Labs and reflections. Begin Plate Tectonics and Plate Boundaries’ lessons.

6th: Continue Mineral Testing and reflections.

7th: Complete study of Populations and Communities. Begin lessons on symbiosis and relationships among organisms before beginning Biomes of the World. FYI, I will be teaching heredity/genetics and evolution/adaptation threaded within the biomes. I feel this is important to have a better understanding while making connections. I will also teach cells during the early lessons about plants and animals.

8th: Continue lessons and labs on types of energy and energy transfer.

Thank you for your continued support. Green Notebooks will go home after the grade level vocabulary projects and tests are completed. 3rd and 4th grade will have a project sent home by next week. All grades will be assigned a current event homework assignment in the future. Stay tuned!

 

Mrs. Burns

Science Blog Week January 16, 2017

Science Blog Week January 16, 2017

WOW! My blog is back, up and running!

First of all, I would like to thank all of your for the beautiful Christmas and New Years' cards and bountiful gifts. These mean so much to me. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

·         A special thanks to Ms. Spruill for uploading my Blog last week.

·         Thank you for having your child return the Green Notebook so promptly. I only have three that were late.

·         This Wednesday, January 18, I am going for my regular retinologist appointment. I will be leaving around 10:45am. My classes will occur as scheduled.

·         Vocabulary and Test due date will be within the next two weeks. Please make sure your child has completed the project by the beginning of next week. Each student should be finished and studying.

·         This week will be a B week. Tuesday and Thursday will be B days. Wednesday and Friday will be A days.

Academic Focus for the Week:

8th…Continue study of Types and Forms of Energy, work. Complete an in class vocabulary project.

7th…Complete Project Reflections. Complete study of Populations and Communities.

6th…Continue Hardness Testing of Minerals and reflection.

5th…Investigate the 10 most Devastating Earthquakes in History and participating the Jello Earthquake Lab.

4th…Complete Project Reflections, complete 10 Day weather forecast data and reflection. Complete Water Cycle reflection.

3rd…Complete Project Reflection, Continue investigation of Minerals.

1st/2nd…Experience the story, Owl Moon. Complete a story reflection. Continue observing the Berry College Eagle Cam.

http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

Thank you for your continued support! Mrs. Burns

Science Blog Week of January 9, 2017

 

Since our Teacher Blogs have been out of commission due to upgrades, here is a quick update.

 

Hello All, I hope all of you enjoyed our snow/mostly ice event. I also hope each student brought home their Snow Paper. Please read the directions and store the black paperin the baggie provided and in the freezer. In addition, I hope your child shared our S.T.E.A.M. Survival Challenge this past week as we welcomed in the new year at GRACEPOINT. We had a marvelous time working as a team developing our survival challenge.

 

Green Notebooks will be sent home tomorrow, Wednesday, January 11 with all students. They will be due this Friday, January 13. Please sign in the space highlighted with light green marker. This Notebook Check will be included in the 3rd Nine Weeks. Thank you.

 

Report Card Skillsets for Science

I would like to explain how I arrive at the Skillsets' ratings for Understand Concepts, Prepared for Class, Utilizes Critical Thinking, and Remains on Task. I refer to the data/work in each student's Green Notebooks/Behavior Sheets for my decisions.

 

1. Students who receive an M, Meets Requirements, for Being Prepared, no late work and/or missing signatures, agenda in every science class and a 100 for all Notebook/Journal Checks including a 4 in Prepared every science class day. Students will receive a P if there are any Prepared rating less than a 4, late work, missing agendas and/or signatures,  or behavior sheets in class.

 

2. Many students have grown in their Critical Thinking and are able to verbally explain their reasoning, thus receiving an M. If a student is still practicing, then he/she received a P.

 

3. To receive a M in Remains on Task, a student must have a 4 in every category on the behavior sheet pertaining to general classroom behavior. All the specified behaviors relate to being an avid and productive learner.

 

4. In Understanding Concepts, most students are still Progressing, receiving a P with rare exception. The year is still young.

 

5. As a practice, I do not give an O until the last grading period. This is for exemplary skills.

 

As you may notice, your child's skillset grades may fluctuate each term as the classwork and concepts vary, increasing in difficulty and critical thinking. I realize that this may seems a bit confusing, but I wanted to try to explain my rationale for the ratings. I rate every GRACEPOINT student in all four areas each grading period. Therefore, I need to be fair andconsistent while establishing solid work habits. Thank you for your understanding and support in this matter.

 

PROJECT UPDATE: I will inform you as to the project due date and test. Each class needs lessons to be taught prior to the test. Thank you for your patience with this. Obviously, the schedule has not been our comrade concerning this. If your child has finished his/her project, please have him/her study the words/definitions/examples nightly.

 

Academics this week and next week:

 

8th Grade will delve deeper into understanding the types of energy, energy transfer, and the Law of Energy Conservation.

 

All other grade levels will complete the Survival Challenge Reflection. These may or may not take two class periods. If the Reflection is completed this week, then the following activities will proceed.

 

7th Grade will wrap up Populations and Communities. They will begin Biomes, Ecosystems, and Relationships Among Organisms.

 

6th Grade will begin exploring the properties of minerals beginning with Hardness Testing.

 

 5th Grade will begin labs on Earthquakes and researching the Top 10 Most Devastating Earthquakes in History.

 

4th Grade will finish collecting the data from the previous Ten Day Forecast and drawing conclusions about the data. They will delve into the Water Cycle as they experience Project Wet's Incredible Journey.

 

3rd Grade will begin their experience with the properties of minerals.

 

1st/2nd Grade will begin a long term study on the Berry College Bald Eagles. A letter of explanation will go home tomorrow, Wednesday, January 11. We will be observing the Eagle Cam each week. We will delve into the Life Cycle of Owls and Birds of Prey.

 

Once again, thank you for allowing me to partner with your child in learning. Blessings!

 

 

 

Julia Burns, Ed.S

Science

Chapel Coordinator

GRACEPOINT School

678-709-6634

Philippians 4:13

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