Miss Allen's Science Page

My Contact Information:
(360) 501-2920
sallen@crschools.org
M.S. Classroom 102  
                           
  
LAST FULL WEEK
  • Make sure you get your locker cleaned out.
  • Return any school books to the appropriate classrooms. 
END OF YEAR BUSY-NESS
  • Don't forget about academics with all the busy scheduling going on these last 12 school days!!!!
BACK TO NORMAL!
  • Testing is officially over and so all students have returned to their normal schedules!
SCIENCE SWITCH UP!!
  • Due to testing, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the month of May students will have the following teachers for science:
    • 6th g = Mrs. Rhodes
    • 7th g = Miss Allen
    • 8th g = Mrs. Hammond
SCIENCE MSP THURSDAY!!
  • 8th graders are testing
NEW QUARTER TODAY!!!
  • 4th quarter elective starts today!
FINAL WEEK OF QUARTER 3
  • Make sure all work is turned in!
  • New electives start next Monday.
CONFERENCE THIS WEEK
  • Tuesday or Wednesday!
  • Early Release at 12:10 on Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri
  • TUES= periods 2, 4, 6
  • WED= periods 3, 5, 7
  • THURS= periods 2, 4, 6
  • FRI=periods 3, 5, 7
CONFERENCES NEXT WEEK
  • Tues. March 28
  • Wed. March 29
  • Phone calls and letters went home to schedule!
QUIZ ON WEDNESDAY!!
  • It covers Labs 1 & 2
SPIRIT WEEK!!!!
  • Monday-CR day
  • Tues.-Football/Soccer
  • Wed.-Baseball/Softball
  • Thurs.- Basketball/Wrestling/Tennis
  • Fri.- Favorite Sport (any)
GENETICS QUIZ TUESDAY!
  • Students have a review sheet to help them prepare!!! 
MISSED SCHOOL?
  • Make sure to get your missed work from the teacher!
  • Absent doesn't equal not needing to learn the information!!!
WE HAVE SCHOOL FRIDAY!
  • Our first snow make up day is this Friday, so please COME TO SCHOOL!!!!
NEW GENETICS VOCAB!
  • Homozygous dominant
  • Homozygous recessive
  • Heterozygous
  • Genotype
  • Phenotype
GENETICS-WHO ARE YOU?
  • Ask at home who has a 
    • widow's peak?
    • can curl tongue?
    • hitch-hiker thumb?
    • attached/free earlobes?
SEMESTER ENDS TODAY!!
  • All assignments are due 
1st SEMESTER ENDS:
  • January 26
  • Check your assignments, makes sure you are caught up!
WELCOME BACK!!!!
  • 2017 already!
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
  • Enjoy time with your family and friends!
  • Best Wishes!!!!
LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!
  • It's an El Niño year!
STILL LOTS TO LEARN!!
  • It's the final push before the holiday break.
  • Students are still actively engaged in learning! Make sure to get your work turned in on time!!!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
  • Enjoy the time with family and friends!
PROJECTS ARE IN!!
  • In process of being graded.
  • Look for scores on Skyward
  • Posters will be in the MS hallways, come check them out!
ECOSYSTEM PROJECT
  • Started Oct. 31st
  • DUE Nov. 16th
  • Assessment-35 pts
Halloween is Monday!
  • Students and staff at the MS are encouraged to dress up for the holiday.
  • No full face paint/masks
  • No accessories that will hinder learning.
Conferences SOON!!!
  • Schedule through your advisory teacher on Skyward.
  • November 8 and 9th!
Mid-Quarter Progress Reports
  • Went home today 10-14
  • Due by Friday 10-21 Signed by Parent/Guardian
Spirit Week:
  • 10/10 to 10/14
  • Dress up days posted 
  • High School Homecoming football game Friday at CRHS 7:00 pm
Copies of Assignments
  • In the calendar to the right, there are copies of the student's assignments.
  • Click on details in the calendar to find them.
  • Check your student's grades on Skyward.
  • Teachers are updating the gradebooks weekly!
Scientific Method Quiz:
  • Monday Sept 19th!
  • Study your Notes!!
Topics of Study This Year:
  • Populations and Ecosystems
  • Solar Systems
  • Properties of Matter
  • Non-fiction text-- "Shipwreck at The Bottom of the World"


Properties of Matter helped us make 
ICE CREAM



Testing Week
6/12-6/16
We are finishing up our Properties of Matter lessons this week with our final test. Then students are going to use the properties learned about the freezing point of water by combining with other substances to cool down milk and make ICE CREAM!
Changing Mixtures
6/5-6/9
This week students will be observing how mixing two substances together can change the physical and chemical properties of the mixture. 
Chromatography
5/30-6/2
Students will be using their solution knowledge to do a chromatography lab.  They will be using their gained knowledge to solve a "criminal forgery case" and determine who wrote the check based on ink samples and chromatography results. 




Separating Soluble and Insolubles
5/22-5/26
This week we will be looking at physical and chemical properties of a substance to help separate a mixture of substances into its parts. Filtering and evaporation are the two main processes. 
Mass, Volume and Dissolving
5/15-5/19
 Students will be completing inquiry activities to understand what happens to mass and volume of substances when you combine them to make a solution. In one inquiry they will be mixing two liquids and in the next they will be mixing a solid and a liquid. 

Solutes & Solvents
5/8-5/12
This week students will be working with several solutes and solvents to see how much of a solute dissolves in a solvent. Students will also be testing to see if they can change those amounts with time and temperature changes. 
Pure or Mixture
5/1-5/5
Students will be doing two labs this week with 12 substances to determine if they are a pure substance or a mixture of more than one. Then they will be determining if their substances are soluble or insoluble. 
Phase Change Effect on Mass
4/24-4/28
This week students are changing phase from solid to liquid and liquid to solid and collect data on mass. Students will then analyze the data to see if there is an impact from phase change or human error. 
Phase/Chemical Changes
4/17-4/21
Students this week will be investigating how heat changes substances. Possible changes include changes in phase or chemical. Students will be heating 8 different substances and making observations about their changes. 
Changing Temp. Changing Density
4/10-4/14
This week we will be doing three different labs that demonstrate a change in temperature causes a change in density. We will be ending the week with a Quiz over Labs 3, 4, and 5.
Temp. & Density
3/27-3/31
In science this week students will be reading four different readings about temperature and density. Afterwards, in pairs, they will be designing and completing a mini comprehension board game based on the readings. 
Mass of Air?
3/24
Students trying different lab procedures to remove air from a container so they can calculate the mass of air that is lost. 

Air is Matter!
3/20-3/24
Students are finishing up their work with density by studying The Great Molasses Flood in Boston as a real world example of how and why density is important. At the end of the week students will be working on an assignment to show that air is matter by proving it has mass.
 
Density!
3/13-3/17
Students start the week by reviewing last week's density labs. Wednesday there is a short quiz over Labs 1 and 2. Thursday and Friday start lab three which dives deeper into density!
Exploratory Labs
3/6-3/10
This week students are starting their learning of Matter with a set of 8 labs that help them explore their prior knowledge as it relates to future learnings. The week ends with the the students working on their understanding of density. This topic will be touch on throughout the entire unit. 
Working on displacement of water


Properties of Matter
2/27-3/3
Students are taking their final genetics quiz Tuesday and we will be starting our next unit on Thursday. The unit is called Properties of Matter and will be focusing on the NGSS standards under 6-8 Physical Sciences along with Cross Cutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices. 
Genetics Wrap Up
2/21-2/24
This week students will be doing some application of knowledge work, using what they have learned about genetics and applying it to situations. They will also be preparing for their quiz next week. 
Punnett Squares
2/13-2/17
 
Students are practicing finding the possible outcomes from a pair of genotypes. Students use those outcome possibilities to figure out percentages of phenotypes.

Mendel & Genetics
2/7-2/10
We are starting the week reading about Gregor Mendel and his discoveries in the field of genetics. Students are going to be using Mendel's theories with a Punnett Square to determine possible genotype and phenotype outcomes for organisms. Next students will be creating a face using the information gained from the readings and the Punnett Squares. 
Next Unit-Genetics
01/30-2/3
This week beings our study on genetics. Students are going to be learning background information and history regarding the topic. Lessons will also include the new vocabulary for the unit. 
Shackleton
01/23-1/26
Students finished reading about Sir Ernest Shackleton and his "successful failure" this week. They completed their journals pages 15-19. The students wrote a claim, supported it with evidence from the text and used reasoning to connect the evidence to claim as part of their final for the text on Wednesday. Thursday students created a timeline of events and described the Antarctic ecosystem. 
Antarctica!
01/17-1/20
We are mid-way through our non-fiction text! The students are engaged in the life and death struggles of the 28 men who are surviving the most extreme ecosystem in the world. Students completed pages 7-14 in their journals as we read the text. 
Non-Fiction Text
01/03-1/20
We are starting our non-fiction text this week, "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World" by Jennifer Armstrong. This non-fiction story was chosen because it highlights an ecosystem and what a specific group of men needed to do to survive that extreme ecosystem. 

Wrapping up Ecosystems!
12/5-12/20
The last two weeks have been busy and interrupted with beautiful snow, however, we worked on finishing up our discussion on ecosystems, adaptations, natural selection and evolution. When we get back from break, we will be starting our non-fiction text about an extreme ecosystem and what it takes to survive in that environment. 

Theories on Evolution
11/28-12/2
Students have been reading about the different theories behind the word evolution. Students are learning the word evolve means to change. 

Reproductive Potential
11/14-11/23
These last two weeks, we have been studying how limiting factors can impact an organism's reproductive potential. We have also discovered that limiting factors are not always a negative impact on a population. Students calculated the reproductive potential of one pair of milkweed bugs in one year would be about 32,000,000,000, enough to fill 12 classrooms from floor to ceiling with milkweed bugs. Yay limiting factors!!!!

Ecosystem Project
10/31-11/04
Students are working on their culminating project on ecosystems. They will be creating and presenting a poster that includes a description, abiotic factors, human impact and extra fun information about their assigned ecosystem. Projects are due November 16th at the beginning of class. 

Energy From Food
10/24-10/28
This week students were learning how food is the only source of energy for organisms. Water and sleep are necessary for a healthy life but do not provide energy. Students also traced the energy in our food back to it's original source, the sun.

Limiting Factors
10/17-10/21
Students created questions from readings about limiting factors, adaptations and trophic levels in an ecosystem. Those questions were turned into a competitive game of Jeopardy! Laffy Taffy went out to the winners of Jeopardy each class period. 

Energy Pyramids
10/10-10/14
Students worked on transferring organisms from a food web to an energy pyramid to show the flow of energy in an ecosystem. 

Abiotic & Biotic
10/03-10/06

Science this week students were categorizing factors in our biosphere as abiotic or biotic. Then the students were working on food chains, food webs and energy pyramids. 

Populations & Ecosystems
9/26-9/30

This week the students were introduced to our curriculum for the semester, populations and ecosystems. They observed the classroom Milkweed Bug population and learned about Jane Goodall's observational studies of the Gombe Chimpanzees. 

C-E-R
9/19-9/23

Students were able to make a claim, provide evidence to support their claim and give reasoning why their evidence is important to the claim. This technique can, and will, be used in many of our classrooms this school year, it's not just a science tool!!!  

Scientific Method
9/12-9/16

This week the students have been learning about the Scientific Method and have begun practicing how to use it in experiments. Please see the calendar to the right for assignments and due dates.


WELCOME BACK PIRATES!!!
9/6-9/9

The beginning of the 2016-17 school year brings some changes in science. We are now working in a 6-8 science class. All three science teachers are excited about this change and how it will help our science students become successful in the field of science. 





Some entries on the calendar have links attached. Please click on the blue item and then click "more details" to find them.

Classroom Calendar