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Archive for January, 2008

Science Assignment for Today

Posted by iateacher on January 31, 2008

This was NOT listed on my weekly assignment page, but I will add it after typing this post. 

Students were given an assignment today.  It is page 64 in their book and they are to answer questions 1-15.  They WILL have time in class to get started (and many should finish — my first class had 22 minutes to work on it).

If they do NOT finish they can do one of the following:

  • come in during homeroom to use a book and get finished
  • access their book online
  • as a LAST RESORT they may come check out a book, but I have told them if they do this and do not return the book tomorrow they will be assigned a detention.

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Space – Chapter 2 Quiz Friday

Posted by iateacher on January 29, 2008

There will be a quiz over chapter 2 this Friday.  The following items will be on that quiz:

  • Know about the movements (rotation and revolution) of the Earth and what is caused by each
  • Know that the Earth rotates on it’s axis
  • Know what the solstice and equinox are
  • Know about (and be able to identify) the phases of the Moon
  • Know the basics of a lunar and solar eclipses
  • Know the difference between waxing and waning phases

The quiz is worth 19 points!

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Space Unit Beginning Today

Posted by iateacher on January 22, 2008

Attention Parents, Guardians and Students:

We will be beginning our unit on space today!  Just to let everyone know  – we are requiring that students keep a notebook for this unit.  We took time today to clear out our three-ring binders from the Levers and Pulleys unit and students will use that notebook for this unit. 

We have divided the notebook into sections (Vocabulary, Notes & Labs, and Quizzes and Tests).  I will be keeping a table of contents on my website which you will be able to find here.

The textbook we will be using IS available online, but there website is not the greatest.  I will post instructions on a new page later on.  You student will also bring home a letter with the access code, since I can’t post that online.

As always, if you have questions please contact me!

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Mealworm Test this Friday

Posted by iateacher on January 14, 2008

Attention parents, guardians and students:

The mealworm test will be this FRIDAY, JANUARY 18!  There is a sample test available here.  Also, the following items are what students need to study:

  •  VOCABULARY WORDS
    • egg
    • pupa
    • larva
    • life cycle
    • metamorphosis
    • scientific method
  • Know the three MAIN parts of a mealworm
  • Be prepared to label ALL the parts of a mealworm
  • Be prepared to draw and label the life cycle of a mealworm
  • Be able to list several of the eight points of a good experiment
  • Know what mealworms eat
  • Know how long it takes for the eggs to hatch
  • Know what a mealworm turns into
  • What color is a mealworm after shedding it’s skin the final time
  • What conditions are necessary for a mealworm to develop through the four stages
  • Be able to critique an example experiment

Good luck!!!

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Materials for Mealworm Lab

Posted by iateacher on January 8, 2008

Attention parents and guardians:

There will be a few days when students will need to provide some materials for their mealworm unit.  I have outlined these so that you can be aware in case they “forget” to tell you.

First, this FRIDAY, January 11 — they will need something with which to construct a small maze for their mealworms.  Some items that have been used in the past were cardboard, wood scraps, Legos, popsicle or craft sticks, etc.

 Secondly, next TUESDAY, January 15 the students will need some foods for their mealworms.  The only thing they CANNOT bring is citrus fruits because the citric acid will kill the mealworms!

Finally, on WEDNESDAY, January 16, students will need to bring anything they need for their own choice of experiments.  I can’t be any more specific than that, because each group has to create their own experiment and figure out what materials they need to sucessfully conduct that experiment

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Mealworm Paragraph Assigned Today

Posted by iateacher on January 8, 2008

OK, I know I said assignments would be “rare” in this unit, but I didn’t say they would NEVER happen.  🙂  There is a short assignment today.  Students took time today to observe their mealworm.  Their assignment is to write a paragraph describing the mealworms.  There are suggested questions in the packet for them to answer, but they may also include any other information they would like.  This is due tomorrow.

 Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Mealworm Unit

Posted by iateacher on January 2, 2008

Hello everyone

This week we will be starting our mealworm unit. There will be approximately 200 points in this unit! Most of them will be in the mealworm packets that will be handed out tomorrow. Please impress on your child the importance of keeping this packet safe! I DID NOT and WILL NOT make extra copies. (They are 19 pages!!) If the packet is lost or damaged beyond recognition the students will not be able to get new copies. This really should not be a problem because most of the work will be done IN CLASS. It will be quite rare for the students to have any homework during this unit. They will be able to take the packets home to study for the test when it gets closer.

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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