Archive for the ‘Class Notes’ Category

Weather Map Data Table

For those of you who did not finish plotting all of the station models on your Weather Map, here is the data table for the the activity.  Please have this finished for class tomorrow so we can work on turning a bunch of station models into an actual weather map.

Click the image for a full size view of the table.


Propaganda and Gaming

Today in class you are going to explore one of three online games related to energy use, conservation, air pollution, and global climate change.  While you are playing the games, you should be looking for certain things from our propaganda discussion.  For example:

  • Who sponsored the creation of the game?  What stake do they have in environmental education?
  • What types of “in-game” activities make you most successful? Are these tied to the sponsor in any way?
  • What are some of the actual conservation tips that you learned during the game?
  • Are there specific uses of any of the propaganda techniques we discussed in class: hiding negative info, sensationalism, “twisting” the truth?

The Games

Electrocity – This one is a SimCity style game where you have 150 turns to create a city with a large population which is also environmentally friendly.  Choose the best ways to balance taxes, happiness, environment, and population growth to get the highest overall rating as mayor after your 150 turns.  When you finish a game, use the teacher code: TW11152 to notify me of your score.

Energyville – This game focuses more on the sources of energy for your city.  Select sources to power your city while keeping the environmental impact low.  Certain energy sources may be more effective than others. Try out many different combinations to create the best city.

ClimWay – Follow the link, and click PLAY beside The ClimWay Game.  This game focuses on decision-making to control the impact of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emitted from various sources around a city.  Probably the most in-depth of the three games. Please note, in order to see the full options for the game, your browser needs to be in Fullscreen Mode. To do this, press F11.

After playing your game, comment on this post with information from the bullets above.  Your comment should be in complete sentences, focused on the content of the game (not the gameplay or graphics), any potential bias or propaganda, and the actual conservation information you learned.

Atmosphere Test on Thursday!!

Sunfish students will have a test on the information we have covered about the Atmosphere on Thursday, October 14th.  The test will cover the following topics:

  • Atmospheric Layers
  • Heat Transfer (Conduction, Convection, Radiation)
  • Local Winds (Sea Breezes, etc)
  • Gases in the Atmosphere
  • Global Winds/Coriolis Effect
  • Air Pressure (Specifically related to demonstrations in class)

I have given students a study guide, but a copy of that study guide can be found here.

Gummy Bear Analysis Questions

The following are the analysis questions from today’s Gummy Bear Lab. These should be answered in your notebook on page 37 or 38 along with the rest of your lab write-up.

1. Do observations and evidence support your hypothesis? Why or why not?
2. Which change is greater – mass or volume? Explain.
3. Explain what happened to the gummy bear. Page 383 in the text may be very useful.
4. Was there a change in density? Why?
5. How do your results compare with your classmates?
6. What additional questions do you have/experiments could you perform?

Scientific Methods: Grail Style

Yesterday we discussed Scientific Methods and the process of doing science. As an example, I shared this video. While the “science” in the video leaves much to be desired, the point is well made. The scientific process doesn’t just apply to medical research like many people first think, it can apply to nearly any situation where a decision has to be made. Make observations, gather evidence from experiments, and analyze your findings to be the best scientist you can!

Facts, Laws, Theories…Oh My!

Today in class we discussed the differences in various scientific ideas. I used the following slides to help in that discussion.


What Does It Mean?

One of our first assignments each year is for students to take a look at the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for 7th Grade Science and come up with an image to represent each of the six goals.  I call the activity “What Does it Mean?” and it gives us a good launching point to discuss some of the things we’ll be learning for the year. Here are a few pictures of some of this year’s “What Does it Mean?” responses:

Quiz Practice and Roller Coasters

Above you will find some problems for practicing for tomorrow’s Speed and Acceleration Quiz.  If you have questions with any of them, post them to Edmodo.

Also, here is the link to the Roller Coaster Game from today’s class.

Also remember that I would really appreciate anyone’s help in getting together materials for our paper roller coaster project. Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • 4 packs (250 sheets each) of White Cardstock
  • 3 packs (200 sheets each) of Colored Cardstock
  • 25-30 rolls of clear tape (refill rolls are fine)
  • 25 pieces of cardboard exactly 12″ x 24″

Physics Concept Map

Here is the basic concept map we came up with during class today on page 121.  Your homework is to add basic descriptions of the Contributions of each Famous Physicist, basic ideas of what each Branch of Physics deals with, and four to five careers that require a basic understanding of Physics…is that basic enough? 🙂


Wednesday, February 17th!!! STUDY!!

  • Identify labelled organs of the digestive system
  • Know the basic functions of the organs
    • This organ is a 16 to 18 foot tube for nutrient absorption.
    • This organ produces bile, stores nutrients, detoxifies the blood
    • This organ removes water from undigestable material
    • These organs are for grinding and mashing food in the mouth
    • Etc…
  • Know basics of the nutrients we need:
    • Carbs, Fat, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals, Water
    • Carbohydrates: Simple vs. Complex
    • Fat: Unsaturated vs. Saturated vs. Trans
    • Order of energy use within the body
    • Vitamins vs. Minerals
  • Mechanical vs. Chemical Digestion
  • Order of organs in the digestive pathway

Chat session in Edmodo tonight at ~8 PM…Join us!

Nutrients Powerpoint…some slides were not used in class