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Archive for October, 2011

Classroom News – November 2011

Posted by iateacher on October 31, 2011

Parents, Guardians and Students:

Where is this school year going?  I can’t believe we are finished with the first quarter of the year and it’s November already!

First of all this month I would like to thank all of you who came to parent/teacher conferences last Tuesday and Thursday as well as our Celebration of Learning on Thursday night.  If you were unable to make it but would like to discuss your child’s progress please feel free to contact me via phone or e-mail (eayeringATmuscatineDOTk12.ia.us) (Replace the AT and DOT with the actual symbols – I’m trying to avoid spam!)

Now, on to what’s going on in the classroom.  We will be finishing up our Cells, Brain and Eye unit and taking the test next WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9.  The online sample test is on my web site and ready to go!  Once we finish this unit and test over it we will start our next unit on Levers and Pulleys.  Our Levers and Pulleys unit is different because it is a FOSS Kit.  What this really means is that students will be divided into groups and will do a hands-on lab just about every day.  They will learn about the three classes of levers and how to make each, real life examples of these levers,  how to diagram levers, and the math behind levers.  Then we will talk about pulleys:  both single and double.  We will build pulley systems and measure the amount of force required and the distance the load moves.  Again we will talk about the math involved in a pulley system as well.  If there is time I would like to have the students plan, research and conduct their own project using a lever or pulley.  Watch my blog for more information!!

That about sums up what’s coming up this month.  As always feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns!

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Cells, Brain and Eye Test – 2011

Posted by iateacher on October 31, 2011

Hello Parents, Guardians and Students:

Below you will find the list of what students should know for the Cells, Brain and Eye test.  As of right now the test will be on Wednesday, November 9.  Also – the online test is available now in my web site, but students HAVE NOT learned about the eye yet.  We will be doing that this week!


VOCABULARY

  • cell
  • nucleus
  • cerebrum
  • cerebellum
  • medulla
  • synapse
  • neuron
  • pupil
  • cornea
  • life processes

CONCEPTS

  • know the three main parts of the brain
  • know what the pupil does in bright light vs. dim light
  • know the types of nerve cells
  • know that reflex actions protect the body from harm
  • know why the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa
  • be able properly label the parts of a pair of neurons
  • be able to label a diagram of the eye
  • be able to label a diagram of the brain
  • be able to label a diagram of a cell (plant or animal) and identify which type it is

Thanks!!

Mr. Yerington

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