6th Grade Integrated and 7th Grade Integrated Science
Happy Parent/Teacher Conferences! We're continuing on with a bit more about Cell Biology in 6th Grade, and with Geological Processes in 7th.
Be sure to check out the "Calendar Blog" page to the left for what's due, what we did on each day, and what the home education is.
Activity-specific information may be posted in the calendar, or on the SEPUP Earth, Life, and Physical Science Links and Info pages. More general information, like online textbook information and Notebook information, is on the Resources page.
Laura Waksman will be my cooperating teacher this year. We are lucky to have her, and here's a little info about her.
Laura is very excited to work with the Mount Tabor community this year as a cooperating teacher with Mr. Groom's classes. A Portland native, Laura grew up through the Spanish Immersion program before receiving her Bachelor's degree in environmental science in Colorado and her Master's degree in natural resources in Idaho. Prior to Mount Tabor, Laura taught middle school science at Northwest Academy. Currently pursuing her teaching certificate through Lewis and Clark College, she spends her time outside of the classroom biking, kayaking, and helping her futsal team win championships.
ParentVUE / StudentVUE Tips!
CHECK PARENTVUE to see how you child is doing in his/her classes. Here is the link to log in! Make sure you click on "Assignment View", not "Standards View". Toggle between the two in the upper right. It looks like this:
Bi-Weekly Content Update
These are just general updates. For more specific information on a day-to-day basis, check out the Calendar Blog page to the left.
Update from Friday, Nov 22:
6th Grade Science: We're nearing the end of our Cell Biology unit, and now that we're done with the Eggsperiment, we'll be finishing up with a bit on antiobiotics and then we'll have a unit quiz.
7th Grade Science: We're nearing the end of our Plate Tectonics unit, and with plate boundaries under our belt, we'll move on to the method that drives plate motions and finish with the rock cycle and a unit quiz.
Update from Friday, October 4:
6th Grade Science: We're nearing the end of our microscope work, and next we'll be learning more about how cells were discovered. From there we'll move to more specific information about cells and how they work.
7th Grade Science: We just got back from an awesome trip to Mt. St. Helens which ties in perfectly to our study of volcanoes. We'll be moving to Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes next.
Update from Friday, September 13:
6th Grade Science: We're working on the skills of communicating what kids see in a microscope into drawings and words. We'll be working on looking at structure and function relationships of living critters next.
7th Grade Science: We're in the Plate Tectonics unit and the central theme is where to safely store nuclear waste. With that theme, we'll be looking at different things, geologically, to consider. We'll be considering landslides, earthquakes, and volcanoes.
Update from Thursday, August 22:
6th Grade Science: We'll be learning the basics of how the Science lab works, procedures, paperwork, and will spend a good chunk of time setting up the Science Notebook. Our first unit with be some foundational skills in the unit titled "Studying People Scientifically."
7th Grade Science: After a quick review of procedures and paperwork, we'll dive into the Notebook and start off with Plate Tectonics. We'll be going to Mt. St. Helens on October 2nd, so look for upcoming info on that.
A few pictures of the eggs after the week of torture! And here's a LINK to a GoogleFolder of egg-popping videos!
A couple pictures from the kids during the Activity 39 Cells Alive lab, providing evidence that yeast is a living organism.
We live in earthquake country, and every minute that goes by is another minute closer to an eventual earthquake. Knowing that, even one step towards preparation is a step in the right direction. Be prepared - make a family plan and get together some emergency supplies. Go to www.ShakeOut.org for more information. Here are some places/links to get more information:
- American Red Cross
- Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
- Emergency Kit preparation from Ready.Gov
A nice resource is Planning for Resilience and Emergency Preparedness, or PREP. Loads of information in one place, and here's a video to explain it.
Finally, our own City of Portland's Bureau of Management is a fantastic resource. Make sure to check the BEECN tab for the local Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node nearest you!
Did you feel an EARTHQUAKE? Want to report it to the United States Geological Survey (USGS)? Use this link to do so! "Did you Feel It"
Keep informed of latest Science news by reading Daily Science. It's a great resource to see how Science plays out in daily lives. If interested, you can sign up daily e-mails, too. Click on the link to take you there!
Check out this awesome site from Engineer Girl! Some great information on a range of topics.
Another great resource for Stem for Girls!