Welcome To Miss Allen's Classroom Webpage!

Contact Information: Castle Rock Middle School Room 102; (360) 501-2920; sallen@crschools.org 

The countdown has started....but learning is still happening!!

Your Weekly Science update:
June 11 - June 15
  • Busy week and students will be studying the rollercoaster to see how Newton's Laws of Motion work. 
June 4 - June 8
  • We are working on our motion unit now. Students will investigate Newton's Laws of Motion by using a fan car, a mousetrap car and a rollercoaster. 
May 21 - May 25
  • This week the students will be participating in a performance task to solve an engineering question. They have a model piano and a motor that is not strong enough alone to lift it to the second floor where it belongs. Students must design a solution using one of the simple machines we have learned in the last month.  
May 14 - 18
  • The simple machine for this week's focus is the lever. There are three classes of levers and the students are going to perform two lab activities that help them understand those different lever classes. At the end of the week, students will use two tools, actual mechanical advantage and efficiency, to rate the simple machines we used in class. 
May 7 - May 11
  • This week in science the students will be investigating how a pulley system helps decrease effort force and why that is help. 
April 30 - May 4
  • This week brings the beginning of our study of simple machines. Students will be conducting two labs to understand the force needed when using an inclined plane and at which point an inclined plane is most useful in the real world. 
April 23 - April 27
  • Students will be preparing for their lab test at the week. They will be working together to accomplish a task and record the data. 
April 16 - April 20
  • This week students are exploring the term "power" and how it's has multiple definitions inside and outside of the science classroom. Students will also be preparing for their unit quiz on energy. 
April 9-April 13
  • Students are going to be exploring the scientific meaning of two words they use "at home" all the time: work and power! They'll start by defining and then they'll do a set of labs to demonstrate the learning. 
March 26-March 30
  • This week students are going to work with the force a motor exerts on an object. They will be arranging the batteries in different set ups to see if it has an impact on motor force.  
March 19-23
  • Students are exploring the force of  friction this week!! A wood block sliding across several different surfaces will help them understand friction and the need to reduce it. 
March 12-16
  • This week students will start their exploration into forces that act on an object, specifically gravity, elastic and friction. We will start with notes on the forces and then students will participate in labs that explore the forces. 
March 5-9
  • Students will be working with rechargeable batteries and learning the relationship between charging time and energy provided. On Thursday students will be taking a quiz about types of energy. 
February 20-23
  • This week students will start their first investigation into the energy lessons. We will be exploring the parts of a battery and conclude the lessons by making our own wet-cell battery in class Friday.
February 12-16
  • This week we start our unit on energy, machines and motion! Students will first take notes of types of energies and then will do a station lab that introduces them to topics discussed in this unit. 
February 5-February 9
  • Students will be finishing up their Final for "The Killing Sea". Next we will be watching the movie "The Impossible". 
January 29-February 2
  • Students are working on their final for "The Killing Sea". 
  • Rubric
January 22-26
January 16-19
January 8-12
January 3-5
  • Students are finishing up their work on Earthquakes. Students will start preparing their study guide for next week's test. TEST TUESDAY January 9th!
December 18-20
  • Students will be participating in a lab to demonstrate transform fault earthquakes and the amount of energy released in those types of earthquakes. 
December 11-December 15
  • This week students are exploring how earthquakes are created and their tie to volcanoes!
December 4- December 8
  • Students are recording, reading, and graphing earthquake this week! P-waves, S-waves, seismograms and seismographs!!! 
November 27-December 1
  • This week we are starting our next Catastrophic Event, Earthquakes. These events are very relevant to our students because we have earthquakes in Washington daily!! 
November 20-November 22
  • Students have finished their lessons on storms, including tornadoes and hurricanes. With parent permission, students will be viewing the movie "Twister" and observing all the science in the video. 
November 13-November 17
  • This week students are reviewing for the Storm Test on Friday. We have worked our way through all of our storms information and will be taking a lab and written test on Friday. 
October 30-November 3
  • Students are continuing their learning on temperature differences and their impact on weather. Students will be graphing the path of Hurricane Andrew. They will also be learning how to read a weather map. 
October 23-26
  • Students will be participating in lab activities all week. Please make sure you wear appropriate clothing and be prepared to have your hair tied back. Lab 4(Monday and Tuesday) looks what happens to the air above a cold and hot surface. Lab 5 (Wednesday and Thursday) investigates how air masses of different temperature and humidity interact. 
October 16-20
  • Students this week will be exploring the way heat transfers and why that has a HUGE impact on the weather of our planet. This gained information will be applied to how and why tornadoes and hurricanes occur. 
October 9-13
  • This week's science lesson explores the way Earth's surfaces heat and cool. We will be completing a lab around this topic and applying this information to see the impact on our "real world". 
October 2-6
  • Students this week will be exploring storms. We will start the week learning about vortices and how real world weather takes advantage of those vortices. Thursday the students will be creating a vortex in a bottle to observe how they work. 
September 25-29
  • We are starting the week doing a lab that requires students to apply the learning they have done around the scientific method. Wednesday students have a quiz over the scientific method. Thursday and Friday are the introduction to our next unit, Catastrophic Events (C.E.). In this unit we will cover storms (thunder, tornadoes and hurricanes), earthquakes (and tsunamis) and volcanoes. 
September 18-22
  • This week students are going to be working on parts of the scientific method. The beginning of the week is hypothesis writing work. The week ends with activities around observational skills and questioning.
September 11-15
  • Scientific Method begins this week! Look up Mr. Parr's Scientific Method song on YouTube! It's a great study tool!
September 5-8
  • Get your syllabus signed!
Your Weekly AVID update:
June 11 - June 15
  • AVID field trip to LCC this week. Students are very excited to visit a college campus.  Many of our students were unaware there was a college campus so close to our school. 

June 4 - June 8
  • We are finishing up our last tutorials and working on our end of the year project. 
May 21 - May 25
  • Students will be participating in a tutorial with their improved TRF's with level two or three Costa questioning. They will end their week preparing for interviews. 
May 14 - 18
  • Last week we wrote Costa's level questions on decorated rocks to go and lay around CR. This week the rocks will be distributed to be found. Students will also evaluate TRF's and have to argue the TRF value. 
May 7 - May 11
  • AVID students are working on teacher appreciation  letters and AVID application packets. 
April 30 - May 4
  • Students are reflecting on third quarter overall grades and making a GPA goal for next quarter. Along with that they will be participating in a tutorial and painting rocks. 
April 23- April 27
  • This week students will be creating a One-Pager based on a Washington 4-year University. They will be collaborating to accomplish their goal. 
April 16 - April 20
  • TRF's begin the week and we will be doing a one-pager on an article about preparing students for college to end the week. 
April 9 - April 13
  • TRF and tutorial to start the week. Then AVID students will be moving on to work on WICOR strategy of Reading to learn. 
March 26-March 30
  • Students are working on a photo essay. They took pictures around the school last Friday and now are compiling them into an essay that shows their growth and strength through AVID. 
March 19-23
  • One-Pager is due this week. We will also be participating in Tutorials on Tuesday so a TRF will need to be completed on Monday. 
March 12-16
  • Students are designing their first "One-Pager" on a reading about the link between smartphones and teenage happiness. 
March 5- March 9
  • AVID students will be preparing a TRF on Monday and participating in tutorials on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday will be spent working on WICOR strategies and the week will finish with FUN Friday!
February 20-23
  • AVID students are working on collaboration part of WICOR this week. We will do several activities that incorporate that style of learning. Several AVID students will be presenting a tutorial lesson to the CRMS staff at the early release meeting on Wednesday!
February 12-February 16
  • TRF and Tutorial for the beginning of the week. 
February 5-February 9
  • Start the week with a direction following activity. Next we will have a CELEBRATION of OUR SUCCESSES in AVID! The rest of the week will be spend on WICOR activities. 
January 29-February 2
  • Students are preparing their presentations for the 5th graders on Friday. 
January 22-26
  • Students will be completing their TRF on Monday for their tutorial on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday will be spent working on the end of semester presentations. 
January 16-19
  • Students will be working in three groups to prepare a presentation for the 5th grade classrooms advertising the value and importance of AVID. 
January 8-12
  • Starting the week with our TRF and a tutorial. Ending the week by preparing our end of semester project, a presentation to 5th graders about AVID. 
January 3-5
  • Students are using the W part of WICOR and writing a reflection about 2017 and setting goals for 2018. Next students are practicing the I in WICOR and developing inquiry questions based on Costa's Levels of Questioning!
December 18-20
  • Two days of class this week we will be working on relational capacity activities.
December 11- December 15
  • The week starts with another trial at an individual TRF and a tutorial. 
December 4 - December 8
  • AVID this week brings another WICOR strategy. 
November 27-December 1
  • Awards were given to our students who had perfect attendance for first quarter and for students who had all A's and B's on their report cards!! This week we are trying our first independent TRF and tutorial! More to come on those!
November 20-22
  • AVID students are working on their personal milestones. On Tuesday, former CRMS student, Miss Kelsey Bern, is coming to class to talk about how AVID has been a great help in her success as a high school student. No class Wednesday. 
November 13-November 17
  • AVID students are starting the week by reflecting on their learning logs from the first quarter. They are explaining what they learned in each class and providing evidence of that learning. 
October 30-November 3
  • AVID students are working on developing Cornell notes and tutorial request forms. 
October 23-26
  • AVID students are working on the WICOR strategy of collaborations as they work in their tutorial groups to figure out the process of tutorials. 
October 16-20
  • AVID students are continuing to work on organization through the use of their planners, binders and learning logs. Our class decided on it's slogan for the year, " You don't have to see the whole staircase to take the first step."
October 9-13
  • This week AVID students will be diving into the tutorial process, understanding it's importance in their academic progress and learning how the system is set up. 
October 2-6
  • AVID students will participate in a team slogan activity. Students will also be doing a collaboration activity that is helping them prepare for tutorials. Once that activity is complete AVID students will be learning about tutors, tutorials and the purpose of them. Also this week AVID students will have a planner check, binder check, grade check and write their learning logs for the week.
September 25-29
  • We will be starting the week with a planner check and a Skittles team building activity. We will then be looking at barriers and successes found in the student's time log sheets and how those will impact their academic success. We end the week making a social contract and a class name. 
September 18-22
  • In AVID this week we will be working on a lot of organizational skills; Binder checks, how to fill out planners effectively and time log charts. Students will also be participating in Team Huddles, Class Claps. 
September 11-15
  • AVID curriculum starts this week. Also a binder check this week so make sure all parts are there and fastened in the the binder. 
September 5-8
  • Get your syllabus signed!
  • Start getting your binders organized!!