Sunday, March 23, 2014

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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.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Classroom update

7th grade had a nice trip to the Blackstone river where we learned about the river, its' history, and water testing. In class we are working on classification and use of dichotomous keys. We are coming up to a 60 second science test at the end of the week. Two 8th grade classes have done some research on estuaries and rocky shorelines and have been learning how to graph using excel while the other has been investigating the amount of electricity used by electronic devices they commonly use. Plate tectonics will be entering our discussions and homework assignments.

Friday, September 27, 2013

9/27 classroom update

Seventh grade has begun its study of the woodland between the two schools and is currently starting a unit on classification where we will read about how scientists organize organisms from kingdoms to species along with naming systems. We will then use dichotomous keys to identify trees in our woodland study area.

Eighth grade is continuing to build knowledge of the procedures for data collection while also collecting some data about our Coastal Studies year long project. We are also introducing the properties of water and expanding our understanding of the metric system.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Out of this World (solar system) news

NASA Science News for Sept. 12, 2013

In an unexpected turn of events, researchers have realized that Voyager 1 left the solar system about a year ago. This event sets in motion a new era of exploration of the realm between the stars.FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/12sep_voyager1/