Thursday, September 18, 2014

Open House

It was nice to familiar faces and meet new people last night. Thank you for making the time to come visit the school and the science room. Remember that science is everywhere, so look around, ask questions, search for answers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Great first week!

We have completed one complete cycle of classes and are getting into a classroom routine. A few things to know about the science classroom:

Science binders stay in the room
Two pocket folders (or alternate system) leave the room for HW
There is no book to take home
Only water bottles are allowed in the room
Only pencils are used (no pen)
HW is posted on my HW blog as best as I can
8th grade will be walking to the creek for our year long Coastal Studies project
7th grade will spend a fair amount of time outdoors as we study the woodland between the schools
7th grade will sleepover at the Boston Museum of Science on May 7th and return to school on May 8

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Science Supplies for Fall 2014

Hi everyone,
As you are getting ready for science this year, here are the supplies you will need. 8th graders that had me last year may have some of this left from last year and can adjust.

1" three ring binder
5 dividers
1 two pocket folder
2 composition books
1 spiral bound notebook (80 pages)
1 pack of lined paper
pencils (many) and erasers
highlighter
colored pencils (not markers)

Not required but helpful
ruler
pocket sized sharpener
thumb drive
pencil case
graph paper for home
box of tissues for the room

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Now on twitter

We are now on Twitter

follow at JtownRIscience@JtownRIscience

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Balloons and Cells

It has been a while and I wanted to give an update on what is going on in science. In 7th  grade we are cell parts and functions. Students have completed two online worksheets and done generalized drawing of plant and animal cells. We are now using micro viewers and microscopes (soon) to look at specific organelles and specialized cells. In 8th grade we are beginning the balloon project. Students have researched the history with Ms. McGuirl and surface area, volume, and net views of shapes with Ms. Goodburn. Now they have designed the balloon that they hope will win the competition based on the concepts learned in the other classes while focusing on density. We will be building out our ideas at the end of this week and beginning of next week. We will also have a guest scientist on Thursday to describe how density impacts the bay and works in fluids.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

look up in the sky....


GEMINID METEOR SHOWER:  Earth is entering a stream of debris from "rock comet" 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower.  Last night, NASA cameras recorded more than a dozen fireballs over the USA.  Geminid activity should remain relatively high for the next three or four nights, with a peak expected on Dec. 13-14.  Check http://spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

comet heading toward the sun




COMET NEWS: Observers around the world report that Comet ISON is now visible in binoculars.  The comet is brightening as it plunges toward the sun for a perilous pass through the solar atmosphere on Nov. 28th.  It is not, however, the brightest comet in the night sky.  As November unfolds, there is a rare gathering of four comets rising in the east before dawn. Visit http://spaceweather.com to find out which one is outshining media-favorite ISON.