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How can I be prepared for the science CRCT?

Homework: Study for science CRCT (next Monday); gather supplies for Pringles Challenge; 5th period needs to complete assigned foldables


  1. Continued to work on CRCT foldable review

After you finish testing during the CRCT, you will be required to sit silently and will not be able to read or do any other activities. So, what CAN you do? I wrote a list of 20 activities you can do silently at your seat that involve some simple stretches for sore hands and lots of imagination. Check it out for ideas! Imagination Games: 20 Ways to Fight Post Standardized Test Boredom

How can I prepare for the science CRCT?

Homework: Complete the foldable you left off on in class. Review your CRCT foldable for a couple of minutes each day. Also, check out the CRCT Prep Resources page at the top menu. If you are completing grade recovery assignments, those are due Tuesday, April 29th.

  1. Post-CRCT engineering design challenge: Pringles Ship the Chip. Here are the details we discussed in class. Please start brainstorming now and collecting materials. ThePringlesChallengeStudentInfo
  2. Continued to work on our CRCT review foldables for our folder. Each class is at a slightly different place. We have a few more foldables to go to review all of our big topics for the year.

Grade Recovery Opportunity

Many students have asked about extra credit. As you probably know by now, I do not provide extra credit opportunities. However, I have decided to offer a grade recovery opportunity. What’s that you may wonder? It’s a way to improve your score on assignments you did not turn in or assessments grades that you did not score an 80 or higher. It is completely optional. Here are the details for the two different ways you can complete a grade recovery assignment.

Classwork, Homework and Lab Assignments:

  1. You can only do a grade replacement for assignments with a score below 80% or missing assignments. The highest grade you will receive on the grade recovery assignment is an 80%.
  2. Choose a nonfiction reading passage related to the assignment you are missing/recovering. For instance, if you are missing an ocean water lab, you should read a passage about ocean water. The passage should be 2-3 pages long minimum.
  3. Write a two paragraph summary of what you read.
  4. Complete a bibliography stating the article you read, book publisher, website address, page numbers, author, etc.
  5. Reference the assignment you are replacing on the top of the page with your name.
  6. Turn in to the class folder.

Assessment Assignments:

  1. You can only do a grade replacement for assessments with a score below 80%. You can grade recover multiple standards from the same assessment and it will count towards all standards from that assessment. However, your summary must address all of the standards you are grade recovering.
  2. The highest grade you will receive on the grade recovery assignment is an 80%.
  3. Choose a nonfiction reading passage related to the assessment. For instance, if you are reassessing the weather patterns and climate assessment, you would read a passage about weather and climate. The passage you read should be 7-8 pages minimum
  4. Write a five paragraph summary of what you read.
  5. Complete a bibliography stating the article you read, book publisher, website address, page numbers, author, etc.
  6. Reference the assessment and standards you are replacing on the top of the page with your name.
  7. Turn in to the class folder.

Fine Print:

  1. You may only grade recover a total of 3 assignments/assessments. Each assessment would count as one even though there are multiple standards.
  2. Grade recovery assignments are due no later than Tuesday, April 29. No late grade recovery assignments will be accepted.
  3. This opportunity does not apply to your interim score.
  4. If you have any questions, please ask Mrs. Wilson.

Your Chance to See a Lunar Eclipse in a Few Weeks!

I shared this with a couple of classes, but we have a total lunar eclipse coming up in the early morning hours of April 15th. So, it’s a good news/bad news scenario: an awesome lunar eclipse – but it’s on a school night! Still, I think it might be worth it to go to bed early and get up to watch. Here’s a video that explains what you should see and the timing of the eclipse. Enjoy!

Field guide to the total lunar eclipse of April 14 – 15, 2014 from Michael Zeiler on Vimeo.

What to join TWIST next year?

The deadline is tomorrow to complete the interest form. If you do not complete the interest form, you will not receive an application, which means you won’t have a chance to join TWIST. If you love projects and working things out with a group, please consider TWIST for next year. The TWIST website has all of the details regarding the application process as well as the interest form.

Back to School Tomorrow! Make sure you’re prepared for science!

Finally! We get to head back to school tomorrow! We will have so much to talk about including the weather, catching up on unit planner, and Friday’s earthquake! Here’s what you need to make sure you’ve done to be ready for tomorrow:

  1. Take the Heat Transfer Quiz. Many of you have already taken the quiz. Thank you! However, many of you still need to take it. Please finish this up before tomorrow!
  2. Watch the clouds lab and video lecture. Take your notes.
  3. Study for tomorrow’s cloud quiz. (See above for notes.)

Special Info for TWIST students:

By now, you should have completed your weather instrument. Please take photos of your weather instrument and post it to your group site. You should be taking seven days worth of data from your instrument and comparing it to the data recorded from weather stations (like on your weather app). Taking this comparison weather data is an individual grade – not a group grade!

On your weather logs, I have noticed that a lot of you seem to be recording the prediction information. For instance, saying 50% rain means there is a 50% chance of rain. That’s not what I want you to record. I want you to record the observed weather. For instance, 0.25″ rain. We’ll talk a little more about this in class tomorrow.


Announcement: School Cancelled Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7th

Stay warm, and I’ll see you on Wednesday!

Results of the Flip Class Experiment

Thank you so much for completing the survey following our Flip Class unit about Weathering, Erosion, Deposition, and Soil. Here are some of the highlights from the survey.

  1. Did you enjoy the Flip Class videos? It looks like most of you enjoyed the videos based on this pie chart of the responses. enjoyed
  2. Would you like to continue the Flip Class model? Even more of you indicated you would like to continue our videos than those of you who said you enjoyed the videos from the unit. I found this very interesting. continue
  3. You had some great comments for improving our videos. I will definitely be incorporating these into future units. I will do my best to keep the length of all videos to 5-7 minutes in length. I will continue to provide you with a unit planner and graphic organizers for your notes. Also, I will limit the number of videos that are required for you to view to 2-3 per week. That should help some of you with prior engagements.

Finally, I do want to remind you that you are able to view the videos before school and/or during homeroom if you were unable to watch the videos the evening before for any reason. I will be hosting all future videos directly on Sophia, which means you will be able to watch them from any computer you are logged into at school. We’ll also be trying some new things that you’ll about in class.

Enjoy the remainder of your winter break, and thanks again for helping make our Flip Class Experiment a success!

Flip Class Survey

First Semester Final Exam

As discussed in class, you will be answering six open ended questions for the semester final. You will choose one question from each unit we have had this semester. Listed below are the units and the standards that will have questions associated with them. I suggest choosing the standard that you scored lowest on during the common assessment  for each unit to focus your studying.

Unit 1 Rocks

  • 16b: rocks
  • 16b1: rock cycle
  • 16b2: minerals in rocks

Unit 2: Paleontology

  • 18a1: geologic principles
  • 18b: geologic events
  • 18b1: geologic time scale

Unit 3: Natural Resources

  • 19a: sun’s role in energy
  • 19b: renewable/nonrenewable energy resouces
  • 19c: conservation of resources

Unit 4: Earth’s Interior and Continental Drift

  • 16: continental drift
  • 16a: layers of the Earth
  • 17b1: convection currents
  • 17b2: sea floor spreading

Unit 5: Plate Tectonics

  • 17a: stress forces related to plate boundaries
  • 17b: landforms at plate boundaries
  • 17b3/b3: relationship between volcanoes and earthquakes

Unit 6: Weathering ,Erosion, Deposition, and Soil

  • 17c: weathering, erosion, and deposition
  • 17d: human impact on erosion
  • 16c: soil formation