Friday, September 19, 2014

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.

How does color affect heat absorption?


 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)


Jacket Color
Denim 'C




Jacket Color
Wool 'C





Jacket Color
Nylon 'C






  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?

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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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. 

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.

 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
6) Draw a picture!

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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scientific Summer Essay

Write a 100 word essay on your scientific experiences over the summer. (Loose leaf or typed and printed/emailed!)
*** 611, 621 ***

Write a 150 word essay on your scientific experiences over the summer. (Loose leaf or typed and printed/emailed!)
*** 601, 602, 603 ***

Monday, September 8, 2014

Getting to know you interview - HW

Getting to Know You Interview

1. What is your name?
2. When is your birthday?
3. Where were you born?
4. What is your favorite school subject?
5. What is your favorite kind of food?
6. Where have you traveled?
7. What do you like about Science?
8. What are you really good at?
9. (your question)
10.  (your question)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

This Is Science! :)

Welcome to Mr. Considine's Science Scholars Class of 2017!

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. 


What is Science?

What is Science? 
Watch the video, and answer these questions in your Science Notebooks: What have you learned from it?  What did you already know?  Is there anything else you could add to the video?  Explain.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Chapter 9 Website Fun!

 a. What is the difference between a producer and a consumer?
 b. Give three examples of each: herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore.
 c. What are decomposers?  What would the environment look like if we had no decomposers?

 a. Draw a picture of "photosynthesis."

3. play this game!

4. play this game!

5. play this game!

6. play this game!

7.complete each of the foodwebs below:

Try the Australian Grasslands foodwebAustralian Grasslands
Try the African Grasslands foodwebAfrican
Try the Antarctic foodwebAntarctic
Try the Marine foodwebNEW - Marine

8. complete the meadow, arctic and pond foodwebs:

a. Answer the following questions in your notebooks
Identify the:
1. Producers

2. Primary Consumers

3. Secondary Consumers

4. Herbivores

5. Carnivores

6. Omnivores

7. What elements are missing from this food web?

b . In your notebooks, Construct a Food web using the following animals.  This ecosystem represents a farm area.  The corn is the main source of food for many of the herbivores in the area.  You do not have to draw pictures, you can just use the animal names and draw arrows between them.  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BIOME Ecotourism Advertisement

BIOME Ecotourism Advertisement

Biomes are the major regional groupings of plants and animals discernible at a global scale. The biome concept embraces the idea of community, of interaction among vegetation, animal populations, and soil. A biome (also called a biotic area) may be defined as a major region of distinctive plant and animal groups well adapted to the physical environment of its distribution area.

Assignment:    Some IS 220 Pershing teachers would like to take a trip this summer, as we would like to experience the best that nature has to offer. Your job is to prepare an audio/video travel presentation for your biome, convincing them that YOUR biome is the best one to visit!  Your project should include the following:

1.      Type and Name of your biome [selections for type will be made in class] and Where your biome is located – country, longitude, latitude etc.  You should be able to point out where your biome is located on a globe.

2.    What the climate in your biome is like (average temperature and precipitation for each of its seasons.) Interesting facts about weather/climate in your biome could go here. An example of a climatogram  [also called climatograph] will be given as an assignment.  

3.    The sights or features of your biome a tourist would see. i.e. Tell us about the typical topography of your biome and about the most common plants and animals that characterize your biome; be specific!  Find two endangered species (one plant and one animal) that reside in your biome and discuss them. Why are they endangered? (Habitat destruction? Hunting? Other?)

4.    Any characteristics of your biome that make it special or important.

5.    Effects that humans have had specifically on your biome, and why they have had such impact.  How is climate change affecting your biome?  Link any relevant articles here. 

6. Bibliography – on a separate page or slide[see information at the end]

***Your Biome Travel Poster should include all of the above, and should be crafted so that it is in your own words: [i.e. DO NOT SIMPLY CUT AND PASTE INFORMATION FROM THE INTERNET!!!]***

Use these websites to assist you:  (search: images)

Monday, June 16, 2014

LAB #12 – Using a Microscope

LAB #12 – Using a Microscope

microscope is an instrument used to see objects too small for the naked eye. The science of investigating small objects using such an instrument is called microscopyMicroscopic means invisible to the eye unless aided by a microscope.  There are many types of microscopes, the most common and first to be invented is the optical microscope which uses light to image the sample.


      How can we tell the difference between salt and sugar?


Celery leaves
Various slides


1.             Make observations of salt and sugar at different degrees of magnification. 
2.             Make observations of celery leaves at different degrees of magnification.
3.                                 Make observations of various slides at different degrees of magnification.


Observations with no magnification


Observations at 40X magnification



Observations at 100X magnification



Observations with no magnification

Celery leaves
 Human hair

Observations of various objects with 40X magnification

Celery leaves
Human hair

Observations of various objects at 40 X magnification

Various slides
Various slides
Various slides

Observations of various objects at 100X magnification

Various slides
Various slides
Various slides

Observations of various objects at 100X magnification

Various slides
Various slides
Various slides


1.         How did the microscope assist you in visualizing the various objects?

2.         Why does the microscope stage have a hole in it?

3.         Which parts of the microscope enlarge the image of the specimen?

4.         If the specimen appears blurry, what should you do first?

5.         Describe the correct way to carry a microscope.

6.         If you are looking at a slide with the objective lens on the 10X, what is the total magnification of the specimen?


1. Label the following parts of the microscope:
1.          Eyepiece lens
2.          Coarse Focus
3.          Fine Focus
4.          Objective lens
5.          Arm
6.          Stage
7.          Base