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Week November 7-11, 2016

Solar system research activity

The following information is required:

What is the distance of the object from the Sun? Is there water present in any form? What is the composition of the atmosphere? In order to finish on time, do not spend too much time searching and do not get off task.

Conduct research for each of the following components in the solar system:

  1. Sun 2. Mercury 3. Venus 4. Earth 5. Earth’s moon: Moon 6. Mars 7. Jupiter 8. Jupiter’s moon: Europa 9. Saturn 10. Saturn’s moon: Titan 11. Uranus 12. Neptune 13. Dwarf planet: Pluto 14. Asteroids 15. Comets 16. Meteoroids

As you research, create a file to keep your research.

You can create a google document and insert a table.

You can create a slide show on google slides.

You can use index cards.

Add an image of each object to your research

Record the following information for the object:

Proximity to the Sun: may include high and low or average temperature or average distance* Presence and form of water: indicate if present and whether it is frozen, liquid, and/or water vapor Composition of the atmosphere: indicate if atmosphere is present and the elements found in the atmosphere * For objects 14–16, the information about the distance from the Sun varies with specific objects and other variables. For these objects, describe approximate location for the proximity from the Sun, rather than temperatures or actual distance.


Jigsaw reading activity



7th grade writing benchmark



Conditions for sustaining life in the solar system matrix activity


Week October 3, 2016-October 7, 2016

We are starting a new unit 
This unit bundles student expectations relating to how natural events and human activity can impact Earth systems. Prior to this unit in previous grades, students studied erosion, weathering, and deposition. During this unit, students predict and describe how different types of catastrophic events impact ecosystems. Students use various tools and equipment to analyze the effects of weathering, erosion, and deposition on ecoregions of Texas. They model the effects of human activity on groundwater and surface water in a watershed. Then students identify the advantages and limitations of their model. Finally, students formulate reasonable explanations and communicate valid conclusions, based on data from observations, in their notebooks. 
We will begin by researching catastrophic events.  Students will be working in the computer lab this week putting together slide shows covering 2 catastrophic events of their choice.  On Thursday and Friday they will be presenting them in class.
They will chose 1 catastrophic event from each list
Wildfires                                                Tornado
Hurricane                                              Tsunami
Drought                                                 Earthquake                                         
Volcano                                                 Flood
They will have three days in the computer lab to complete the research project
Each event must have at least 6 slides
Each event must have at least 4 images ..(not clipart)
All words must be spelled correctly
And slides must answer the questions that I will be sharing in the posts above this one.
This project is due Wednesday at the end of the day

Force and motion vocabulary

Quiz tomorrow
Phototropism-the way a plant grows or bends in response to light
geotropism-the way a plant grows or bends in response to gravity
thigmotropism-the way a plant grows or bends in response to touch
positive tropism- is growth or bending toward the stimulus
negative tropism-is growth or bending away from the stimulus
force- a push or pull
inertia-the tendency to do nothing or remain unchanged
unbalanced force-When unequal forces cause the object to move
Balanced force-when 2 equal forces act on an object. Generally does not move
friction- resistance when the surface of an object moves over another surface
Work- amount of energy transferred by a force

Lesson plans and announcements for September 19-23, 2016

Monday:  Introduction to force and Motion.  Notes and graphic organizer for journals. (Vocabulary quiz moved to Wednesday)
Tuesday:  Force and motion station lab
Wednesday:  Unit 1 and 2 Common Assessment, Movement of Energy vocabulary quiz.
Thursday:  Force and motion station lab part 2
Friday:  Calculating force:  Force and motion station lab part 3