Mr. Yerington’s Updates

News and Information from Mr. Yerington’s Classroom

Intro to Science Test – 2011

Posted by iateacher on September 28, 2011

Hello Parents, Guardians and Students:

For those who haven’t heard yet, the test over Introduction to Science will take place next Friday, October 4.  There is an online sample test available on my web site and below is a list of what to study for the test!

VOCABULARY

  • volume
  • quantitative observation
  • qualitative observation
  • prediction
  • inference
  • hypothesis
  • variable
  •  manipulated variable
  •  responding variable
  • scientific theory
  • scientific inquiry

Know the five SKILLS of a good scientist (and what each one means)

Know the four ATTITUDES of a good scientist (and again, what they mean)

METRIC SYSTEM (SI)

  • What number the SI system is based on
  • What is the standard unit of length
  • What is the standard unit of mass
  • What is the standard unit of temperature
  • What tools are used to measure length, mass, and temperature
  • Difference between mass and weight

MATHEMATICS IN SCIENCE

  • Estimation (what is it — why we use it)
  • Averages
  •       Mean
  •       Median
  •       Mode
  • Graphs — how to read, interpret and make one

BRANCHES OF SCIENCE

  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science

LAB SAFETY — what to do in case of an accident

Hope that helps everyone start studying!!
Mr. Yerington


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Classroom News – September 2011

Posted by iateacher on September 4, 2011

Hello Parents, Guardians and Students:

I can’t believe September is here already, but I can feel it in the air.  I am enjoying the cooler weather!  I was able to turn off the air conditioning and open the windows!!  Now if I could just get the neighborhood dogs to stop barking all night!

Anyway, I can’t PROMISE I will keep up on classroom news, but I am going to try to post a little something every month.  So, enjoy this first edition.

We are off to a great start in science this year.  So far most of the students are doing very well at turning in their homework!  I am hoping that continues.  We are working on our first unit which is an introduction to science.  As your child may have told you they are not allowed to take the textbooks home, but I do give them a page of notes for each section.  They can use these notes to complete the homework and stay for quizzes and the final test.

Speaking of the final test….  I’m not 100% sure when that will be yet, but I am thinking sometime by the end of this month or first of October (probably closer to the first of October since we have some Langwood days in there as well…)  I will make sure to post some information as it gets closer.

When we finish our Introduction to Science unit we will move on to Cells, the Brain and the Eye.  This is where our “famous” brain and eye dissections will take place.  More information about that in my October classroom news!

Well, that about sums up this month. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call!

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Chapter 1, Section 2 Worksheet Assigned Today

Posted by iateacher on August 30, 2011

Hello,

Just a quick post to let you know that ALL classes received the Chapter 1, Section 2 Worksheet today in class.  This will be due tomorrow.  Also, if students need some help completing this be sure to check my web site and click on “Powerpoints.”  You can find the presentations I used in class so students can review the key concepts.

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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The First Two Days

Posted by iateacher on August 19, 2011

Hello Parents, Guardians and Students:

Well, it seems we have all survived the first two days! I think they went very well. The students seem very respectful and polite so far and they seem ready to learn! That will make my job a lot easier. We went over my class information sheet today and that SHOULD be coming home this weekend. I would like a parent or guardian to sign off that they have seen and read the information contained therein. The students can then return the bottom of the yellow letter to me. One class did not finish and did not get the yellow letter so they will get that on Monday.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail or call the school.

Thanks
Mr. Yerington

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Back to School Night

Posted by iateacher on August 16, 2011

Parents, Guardians and Students:

Thank you all for coming to back to school night tonight.  It was so nice to meet all of you.  I am looking forward to a great year this year.  If you should ever have a question, comment or concern, please contact me either via e-mail or call me at school.  I want this to be a great year for everyone!

Thanks again for coming tonight. If you didn’t make it – I will look forward to meeting you later!

Mr. Yerington

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The Beginning of Another School Year!

Posted by iateacher on August 15, 2011

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the “sumer” goes and we arrive at the beginning of another school year.  Every year I promise myself I will update my blog more frequently and it seems every year, time gets away from me, but once again this year I am promising to get things updated!!

Today marked the first day back for most of the teachers in the Muscatine Community School District.  We were treated to a wonderful talk by Jamie Vollmer.  Mr. Vollmer used to be a harsh critic of public schools, insisting the should be run like a business.  That all changed when a high school language teacher listened to him speak and asked some tough questions.  You can read more about it on Jamie’s web site.  Since then Mr. Vollmer has become a great friend of public education.  I encourage you to browse his website – ESPECIALLY “Vollmer’s List” and “The Conversation.”

Now, more than ever, public schools need support from parents, the communities in which they operate and the public in general.  Many in this day and age are quick to “bash” public education, not understanding where we are coming from and what we do day in and day out.

I enjoyed Mr. Vollmer’s talk today and hope those reading my little blog will check out his web site.

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Winter 2010

Posted by iateacher on December 26, 2010

Once again, I’ve been neglecting my blog, but I see from my stats someone is still visiting it so I thought perhaps I should get it updated a little!! When we return from Winter Break on January 3, 2011 we will spend the first few days having a little fun with Science Court: Work and Simple Machines. This is a fun way to get back into the routine of school because there will be no homework and no test!! Everything will be done in class.

After Science Court we will start our Mealworm unit. Again, a LOT of the work will be done right in class. However, students will need to bring items for some of the labs. This will be discussed with the students and hopefully posted on the blog later.

I hope you all had a great holiday season and will have an awesome 2011!

Mr. Yerington

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Updates…

Posted by iateacher on November 7, 2010

Hello Parents, guardians and students:

I realized I haven’t posted anything in quite awhile, so I thought I better get on the ball.  Not only that, but there is A LOT of things coming up!!

Let’s start with this week.  On Wednesday, November 10 we will be dissecting our sheep eyes.  This activity is great for helping the students learn the parts of the eye.

Then, on Friday, November 12 we will be taking our final test over our cells, brain and eye unit.  The online practice test is already online on my web site.  Or, you can just click to access the test!

After the test we will be beginning our next unit on Levers and Pulleys. This is  FOSS Kit and has NO book.  However, students WILL be keeping a notebook that they can bring home anytime so you can see what they are working on and they can study.

We also have a very special event going on on Wednesday, November 17 and Friday, November 19.  We will be taking all of our sixth graders to see the “Springs, Sprockets and Pulleys” exhibit at the Muscatine Art Center.  We will be taking two groups each day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon).  The students will be told the week of the trip what group they will be in.

Wow, that’s a lot!!  As always, if you have questions please contact me anytime!

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Conferences – Day 1

Posted by iateacher on September 28, 2010

I would like to send out a big THANK YOU  to all the parents who came to conferences this evening.  It was so nice to meet so many of you and your support of your child’s education is greatly appreciated!!  If you were unable to make it this evening please keep in mind that I will be in my room again on THURSDAY from 5-8 p.m.  If you are unable to make it that night please feel free to call or e-mail me and we can set up a time that works in your schedule!

Thanks!

Mr. Yerington

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New Daily Science Policy

Posted by iateacher on September 25, 2010

Hello Parents and Guardians

Just a quick note to explain the new policy on daily science.  I had been assigning daily science as homework, but I realized this was NOT working well.  Therefore, I have decided to try a new policy.  From now on daily science will be extra credit.  Students can do up to THREE daily science papers each term.  They can do as much or as little on each one as they want, and they will receive 1 point for each section of the sheet for a total of 18 points possible per term.  Hopefully this will relieve some stress for the students AND help those who need the extra points!

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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