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Friday, September 30, 2016

HW: Chapter 1

HW: C1S1
1.Read pp. 6-7, 9-11
2.Reading Check Q/A
3. p. 7 Analysis, Inquiry, Design Q/A
4. Self Check Q/A #1-5
5. Vocabulary

C1.S2 pp. 12-20 vocabulary, blue questions, reading check,
self check Q/A #1,2;

Mini-Lab p. 14; Applying Math p. 17

Scientific Theory vs Scientific Law

What is the difference between a scientific theory and a scientific law?   Einstein and Newton will help you understand!


When: Friday, 10/9/15
Where: Science Notebook

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lab#1 - How is a controlled experiment formed?

Lab#1 - How is a controlled experiment formed?

Have you ever wondered whether light or dark clothing would be more comfortable on a hot, sunny day?  Scientists conduct scientific experiments to solve problems like this.  They use a process called the scientific method.
  
Problem

How does color affect heat absorption?

Hypothesis

 I hypothesize that…  I believe that….  I think that…  I predict that…

  
Materials  (stuff we need to do our experiment)

Virtual Lab

Procedure  (step by step list of instructions, kind of like a recipe)

Results

Jacket Color
Denim 'C
Black
Blue

Green

Yellow

White

  
Jacket Color
Wool 'C
Black

Blue

Green

Yellow

White

  

--Each data table must have a bar graph accompanying it--

Analysis

  1. What was the problem you were trying to solve?


  1.  What was the independent variable? 

  1. What was the dependent variable?


  1. What were your constants?


  1. What else could you have tested in this experiment?  Explain.


  1. How does the color of the jacket affect heat absorption?


  1. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of the computer model you used in the experiment.  How could you go about conducting this experiment with your jackets?


8.       8. What evidence can you find that suggests darker materials absorb more thermal energy than lighter materials?
  
Conclusion

What was your problem?
 Restate your hypothesis.  Was your hypothesis right or wrong?  What facts would support this?
 What did you learn in this lab?
 What did you like about this lab?
 What were some challenges you had to deal with?
 What could you do next with this problem?  What other tests could you perform?
 Write down any other additional thoughts, observations, inferences, etc.

When: Wednesday, 10/7/15
Where: Science Lab Notebook

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Introduction to the Scientific Method



1. Watch the video for an introduction to the Scientific Method.


Watch the Brainpop video and take the Review Quiz to assess yourself to see how well you did!

3. For a deeper understanding of the Scientific Method, watch the following video.  



Monday, September 19, 2016

Science Articles

Read a science based article.  Learn how Science is happening in our daily lives and how it relates to you. You can get your information from a newspaper, magazine or from the internet. 

 Follow these simple steps to make an A!
1) Summarize the article in 5-7 sentences (i.e. What is the article about?)
2) How does this affect us?
3) Why is this important?
4) How is this science related?
5) Pick a science word and write its definition.  Use a dictionary or www.dictionary.com
6) Draw a picture!



4
3
2
1
0
Total Points
Heading, Neatness, Overall Organization
The loose leaf is neat, the heading is legible, the work is organized
There is some disorganization. 

Parts of the heading are missing.
There is no heading.  The loose leaf is torn.  It is disorganized.

Summary explaining the main idea
There are at least five sentences in the summary paragraph
There are only four sentences in the summary paragraph
There are only three sentences in the summary paragraph
There are only one to two sentences in the summary paragraph.
There is no summary.

1)How is it science related? 2) Why is this important? 3) How does this affect us?
All of the Science questions have been answered.
Two of the three Science questions have been answered.
One of the Science questions has been answered.
The questions have not been answered properly, they have been copied, etc.
None of the Science questions has been answered.

Science word dictionary definition
There is a Science word from the article that has a proper dictionary definition.



There is no definition, it has been made up, the word is not from the article, etc.

Science illustration
There is a student constructed Science illustration with color.
There is a student constructed Science illustration with no color.
There is a printed out Science illustration.
Minimal effort has been put into the Science illustration.
There is NO Science illustration.




**Remember, science articles are due every Friday! If you don't complete your science article by Friday, pm Homeroom, it's possible that you will be staying after school on Friday to complete it. Late articles will not be accepted.**

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Textbook Scavenger Hunt

 Textbook Scavenger Hunt

1) What is the title of your text?

2) Find the Table of Contents: What is the title of the first chapter?  “What is science” is the title of which Section?

3) Find Chapter 1 Section 1
a. What is the title of the Section?
b. Find the Reading Check on p. 7; what is the purpose of it?
c. Find the Blue Question on p. 8; Infer what its purpose is.
d. Find the Section Review on p. 11; what is the purpose of the Summary?  In what way would the Self Check questions be helpful to you?

4) The Index
a. Where is the Index? 
b.  What kind of information does the Index provide?
c.  If you wanted to look up information on Force, where would you go to find the pages that have information on this subject?

5) The Glossary
a. If you wanted to find the definition kinetic energy, where would you find this information?
b. Why is the Glossary an important part of the textbook?

6) On what page does the “Student Resources” begin?

7) What kind of information can be found in the “Science Skills Handbook”?

8) Find the page titled, “HOW TO… Use Your Science Book” and answer the following questions (hint: It’s located just before page 1.)
a. Read “Before You Read,” what is the difference between Review Vocabulary and New Vocabulary?
b.What is a foldable?
c. Read “As You Read.”  Where are the Student Resources found?
d.Read “In Lab” and “Before a Test.”  What are 4 key resources that can help you be a successful test taker?

9) Go to the “Student Resources” section: What are the steps of the Scientific Method? 

10) What is found on page 388?

11) Look on pp. 4, 134, and 282 and find the “Science Journal”; what kind of information does the Science Journal provide? What is a journal?

12)  Find the New Vocabulary on p. 6, where can you find the definitions to these words?  (hint: There are two places in your text where definitions are located.)


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

This Is Science! :)

Welcome to Mr. Considine's Science Scholars Class of 2019!


Here are some requirements and tips for this school year:
1) Bring a blue/black pen, a pencil, a ruler, AND a colored marking pen (red, yellow, orange, etc) to class every day.
2) You need two marble notebooks: one for Science notes and one for Science Lab.
3) Your HW will be completed in your Science notebook; the only HW that is to be done on loose leaf paper are Science Articles, which will be turned in each Friday, unless notified about a change.
4) You must bring in a Science folder which will be kept in class as your Portfolio.

Mr. C's Classroom Dos and Don'ts
1) DO come to class on time; if you are late and without a pass, you will make the time up on YOUR time.
2) DO bring bottled water, but leave all other liquids at home.
3) DO keep your area clean and dispose of all trash into the garbage bin, but DON'T do this while Mr. C is teaching.
4) DO enjoy your breakfast and lunch, but DON'T bring food into Mr.C's class.  Food attracts mice and insects which spread disease.
5) DO keep your phones and all electronic devices on mute (no vibrate) and in your bags or you will pick it up after school on YOUR time.  If this becomes a recurring problem, then your parents will have to pick it up themselves.
6) DO raise your hand if you want to ask a question or contribute to the discussion, for it is important to keep ORDER in the classroom. 


*ATTENTION CLASS OF 2019: THIS IS THE FIRST POST FOR THE 2016/2017 SCHOOL YEAR*
*ALL POSTS BELOW THIS ARE FOR LAST YEAR'S STUDENTS*


John J. Pershing
Science Grading Policy 2016-2017
Ms. Marisa Bolognino
Assistant Principal

45% Assessments
• Unit Assessments
• Quizzes

45% Classwork/Participation/homework
·     Students are responsible for being prepared for class each day and daily participation
·     Students should be reading science-related articles and/or non-fiction science and technology articles.
·     Science vocabulary homework must be assigned Monday – Friday
·     There are NO “Homework Passes”
·     Homework is NEVER associated with student behavior (positive or negative)
·     Students are responsible for actively participating in the lesson
·     Notebook Check
·     Exit Passes        

Reading/Writing in Science
       •   Reading
         1.  Science Non-Fiction/Science Articles
       •  Writing 
          1. Reflection: Science Journal writing
        2. Research, Informational and Explanatory Text Writing
         3. Responding to literature
           Investigations (Labs)
       • Lab Reports
       • Performance Tasks

5% Attendance
5% Lateness



Scientific Summer Essay

Scientific Summer Essay
 Write a five paragraph essay about your summer.
•The first paragraph is the introduction.
•Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 are the body.
•Paragraph 5 is the conclusion.
•Write about how your summer was related to Science.  What did you do over the summer that was related to Science?  Use your What is Science? list to assist you.
This assignment will be your Portfolio #1 entry.





4
3
2
1
0
Total Points
Heading, Neatness, Overall Organization
The loose leaf is neat, the heading is legible, the work is organized
There is some disorganization. 

Parts of the heading are missing.
There is no heading.  The loose leaf is torn.  It is disorganized.

Introduction
There is an Introduction paragraph with at least five sentences.
There is an Introduction paragraph with only four sentences.
There is an Introduction paragraph with only three sentences.
There is an Introduction paragraph with only two sentences.
There is no Introduction.

Conclusion
There is a Conclusion paragraph with at least five sentences.
There is a Conclusion paragraph with only four sentences.
There is a Conclusion paragraph with only three sentences.
There is a Conclusion paragraph with only two sentences.
There is no Conclusion.

Body Paragraphs
There are three body paragraphs with five sentences each.
Incomplete
Incomplete
Incomplete
There are no body paragraphs.

Use of Science Words
There are at least ten Science words used.
There are 8-9 Science words used.
There are 6-7 Science words used.
There are 4-5 Science words used.
There are less than four Science words used.




Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Scientific Summer Essay
 Write a five paragraph essay about your summer.
The first paragraph is the introduction.
Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 are the body.
Paragraph 5 is the conclusion.
Write about how your summer was related to Science.  What did you do over the summer that was related to Science?  Use your What is Science? list to assist you.

This assignment will be your Portfolio #2 entry.