Mrs. Pendley's Science News

Lesson Plans for April 15-18
Monday, April 15
Scantron Reading test

Tuesday, April 16
Math Bootcamp

Wednesday, April 17
Math Bootcamp

Thursday, April 18
Scantron Math Test






Lesson Plans for April 8-April 12
Monday, April 8
*Constellations - Crash Course Videos introducing constellations and their locations
*graphing activity with constellations

Tuesday, April 9
*Continue graphing activity with constellations
*closed text reading with questions about mythology of constellations


Wednesday, April 10
*internet research on selected constellation
*create graphics of constellation of stars
*whole class scavenger hunt to compare 
and contrast constellations

Thursday, April 11
*Create their own constellation and write its myth

Friday, April 12
*continue working on constellation and myth




Lesson Plans for April 1- April 5

Monday, April 1
*Begin Introduction to Planetary Systems
*set up notebook
*list 5 things they think they know about our solar system
*answer 10 questions relating to this unit to see how much they already know

Tuesday, April 2
Lesson 1 - Examining Our Solar System
*circulate folders among the tables to discuss the answers to the 10 questions that were answered yesterday
*the students will decide on one answer for each question on write it on a post-it note to be added to the questions around the room
*reflections questions for lesson 1
*Read Astronomy: Looking Back and Science Fiction - Science Fact


Wednesday, April 3
Early Release Day

Thursday, April 4
Continue Lesson 1 - Read Alike, Yet Different: The Planets in Perspective
*comprehension and discussion questions

Friday, April 5

Lesson 2- Designing a Scale Model of the Solar System


Lesson Plans for March 11- March 15
Monday, March 11
*Solar and Lunar Eclipses
*video clip from youtube
*read pages 92-96 in Amsti Book/questions to follow

Tuesday, March 12
*Benchmark Test

Wednesday, March 13
*Continue Benchmark

Thursday, March 14
Science Textbook pages 554-557/Chapter 18 - Studying Space
*read Astronomy: The Original Science - students will identify the units of a calendar, describe the contributions of Brahe, Kepe, Galileo, Newton, and Hubble to modern astronomy
*questions to follow

Friday, March 15
Textbook pages 558-563
*read Telescopes: students will compare refracting telescopes and reflecting telescopes
*questions to follow

Lesson Plans for March 4- March 8
Monday, March 4
*Moon Phase Web quest/Google Classroom

Tuesday, March 5
*Inquiry 4.2 - Modeling Lunar Phases
*Student Sheet 4.2

Wednesday, March 6
*Moon Phase Oreo Activity/Vocabulary Review

Thursday, March 7
*
Moon Phase Test

Friday, March 8
*9 weeks ends/County Math Tournament
*complete make-up work and any missing assignments


Plans for February 25-March 1
Monday, February 25
*catch up and finish up from last week

Tuesday, February 26
Investigating Lunar Phases-students will demonstrate that the Moon reflects the Sun's light as it orbits Earth. 
*student sheet 4.1

Wednesday, February 27
Modeling Lunar Phases -they will also track, model, and illustrate the phases of the Moon as seen from Earth.
*student sheet 4.2

Thursday, February 28
*Using google, the students will fill in a month long calendar identifying the phases of the moon each day of a particular month

Friday, March 1
*students will complete a phases of the moon poster


Plans for February 19-February 22

Tuesday, February 19
*finish presentations from Friday, introduce Moon vocabulary

Wednesday, February 20
*complete vocabulary

Thursday, February 21
*reading passages on the moon with questions to follow

Friday, February 22
Phases of the Moon activity

Plans for February 11-February 15
Monday, February 11
*discuss sun presentations that are due Friday
*30 minute Sun documentary

Tuesday, February 12
*continue working on group Sun presentations
*Sun powerpoint

Wednesday, February 13
Layers of the Sun Test

Thursday, February 14
*House activities
*Valentine's Dance

Friday, February 15
Sun Presentations




Lesson Plans for February 4-February 8
Monday, February 4
Pages 618-623 "The Sun: Our Very Own Star"
*read and discuss and worksheet to follow

Tuesday, February 5

powerpoint on the sun with guided fill-in-the-blank notes
quizlet
sun diagram to fill in and color

Wednesday, February 6
Early Dismissal

Thursday, February 7
sun activity/webquest

Friday, February 8
*Layers of the Sun Test


Lesson Plans for January 28-February 1
Monday, January 28
1st and 2nd periods - Readworks: "Why is it colder in Winter Than in Summer?" and  "Living on the Moon" with questions.  Students will then write a one page story about living on the moon.
5th, 6th, and 7th - finish lesson 2 in Amsti:  Modeling Winter and Summer Shadows, finish measuring, graph results, and answer reflection questions

Tuesday, January 29
Amsti Lesson 3 - Seasons on Earth
*students will model Earth's orbit, identify Polaris as the current North Star, compare sunrise and sunset times at different latitudes throughout the year, and relate changes in the apparent path of the Sun and the length of daylight to Earth's orbit on its tilted axis.


Wednesday January 30
Continue lesson 3

Thursday, January 31
Amsti Book - Reason for the Seasons and Steering the Stars reading passages with questions

Friday, February 1
Notes for Lessons 1-3



Lesson Plans for January 22-January 25
Monday, January 22
School Dismissed

Tuesday, January 23
Amsti Lesson 2- Tracking Shadows
*define:  apparent, corona, horizon, photosphere, solar noon
*create a graph while analyzing shadow data
*reflection questions 2.1

Wednesday, January 24
Inquiry 2.2 Modeling Winter and Summer Shadows
*relate the length and angle of shadows to the apparent position of the Sun in the sky
*model winter and summer shadows and compare the Sun's apparent position in the sky during each season
*table 1 on sheet 2.2

Thursday, January 25
*reflection questions for inquiry 2.2
*complete double line graph for winter and summer shadows

Friday, January 26 
*"How to View the Sun Safely" and "The Anasazi"
*diagram of the sun

Lesson Plans for January 14-January 18

Monday, January 14
Moons - textbook pages 660-667
notes on the phases of the moon

Tuesday, January 15
Discovery Ed Lesson on phases of the Moon



Wednesday, January 16
Amsti lesson - phases of the moon

Thursday, January 17
Phases of the Moon with Oreo cookies

Friday, January 18
Phases of the Moon Test



Lesson Plans for January 7-January 11
Monday, January 7
*Volcano Introduction - textbook pages 250-255 "Volcanic Eruptions"
*discuss explosive and nonexplosive volcanoes, viscosity, and types of lava
*complete worksheet on these topics

Tuesday, January 8
*pillow lava investigation and begin set-up of viscosity of liquids 
*we will test the flow of shampoo, corn syrup, and water

Wednesday, January 9
Students dismissed from school/PD for teachers

Thursday, January 10
*finish investigations from Tuesday
*science textbook pages 256-259 "Effects of Volcanic Eruptions
*3 types of volcanoes: shield, cinder cone, and composite

Friday, January 11
*complete questions from the reading from yesterday
*pages 256-259 "Effects of Volcanic Eruptions"



Lesson Plans for December 10-14
Monday, December 10
*Chaper 4 in textbook - Rocks: Mineral Mixtures
Section 1 - The Rock Cycle pages 90-96
*Spelling Bee at 8:15

Tuesday, December 11
*Section 2 and 3 - Igneous and Sedimentary Rocks
*pages 98-105
*Band Concert at 1:45

Wednesday, December 12
*Section 4 - Metamorphic Rocsk
*Benchmark Test

Thursday, December 13
*Open-Book Test on Rocks and Minersals

Friday, December 14
*Compare/Contrast Maniac Maghee
*Watch the News Brodcast from the "Roaring 20s"



Lesson Plans for December 3-7
Monday, December 3
*plate tectonics powerpoint with guided notes
*plate tectonics webquest

Tuesday, December 4
Break-Out "Plate Tectonics" with Mrs. Freeman in the library

Wednesday, December 5
Dare with Officer Folds

Thursday, December 6
Intoduction to Volcanoes/Amsti Video

Friday, December 7
Amsti Lesson - Volcanoes Change the Landscape
*model the movement of molten rock through fractures in the lithosphere, over the earth's surface, and under water

Lesson Plans for November 26-30
Monday, November 26
*Divergent, Convergent, and Transform Boundary Powerpoint
*Begin notes on each in a Plate Boundary Booklet

Tuesday, November 27
*Continue notes on Plate Boundary Booklet
*Virtual Field Trip on the Plate Boundaries with questions

Wednesday, November 28
DARE with Officer Folds

Thursday, November 29
*Plate Boundary Break-Out Game in the Library with Mrs. Freeman

Friday, November 30
Plate Boundary Quiz


Lesson Plans for Novermber 12-16
Monday, November 12
Out for Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 13
*Read pages 198-201 in textbook "Restless Continents
*questions to follow
*students will use play dough to construct the continents and model continental drift


Wedesday, November 14
Dare with Officer Folds

Thursday, November 15
*Read pages 202-205 in textbook "The Theory of Plate Tectonics
*questions to follow
*students will create a booklet while viewing a powerpoint on convergent boundary, divergent boundary, and transform boundary

Friday, November 16
*continue lesson from Thursday



Lesson Plans for November 5-November 9
Monday, November 5
*Read pages 190-196 in the science textbook "Inside the Earth" 
*complete questions for these pages

Tuesday, November 6
*Readworks article "How Plates Affect Our Planet: Structure of the Earth
*questions about the article

Wednesday, November 7
Advisory Day - Test Taking Skills
Students Dismissed at 12


Thursday, November 8
DARE with Officer Folds

Friday, November 9
Veteran's Day Progam at 8:30
*Veteran's Day Activities




Lesson Plans for October 29-November 2

Monday, October 29
*seismic waves powerpoint with notes 
*pwave and swave group activity with slinky
*students sheet 2.1-simulating the motion of earthquake waves

Tuesday, October 30
continuation of lesson 2.1 from Monday


Wednesday, October 31
Snake Show and Halloween Dance

Thursday, November 1
DARE with Officer Fold

Friday, November 2
Begin designing group Earthquake structure






Lesson Plans for October 22-26

Monday, October 22
Parent Teacher Conference/Students Dismissed

Tuesday, October 23
*Amsti Lesson 2 - When the Earth Shakes
*the students will use a spring to investigate different kinds of wave (p-wave and s-wave)
*Reflection questions

Wednesday, October 24
DARE with Officer Folds


Thursday, October 25
Plate Tectonics and Aftershocks Reading Comprehension

Friday, October 26
Earthquake Myths




Lesson Plans for Septembe
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Monday, September 24
Continuation of Lesson from Thursday and Friday of Last Week

Tuesday, September 25
Amsti Lesson 4 - Heat Transfer and The Movement of Air
*students will investigate the effect of surface temperature on the temperature of the air above the surface using ice water and hot water
*the recording will be done in their notebooks on worksheet 4.1

Wednesday, September 26
Amsti Lesson 4 - Heat Transfer and The Movement of Air
*students will investigate how the temperature of a surface affects the movement of the air above it using hot water, ice water, and a punk stick to show how the smoke moves above the surface.

Thursday, September 27
Amsti Lesson 4 - Heat Transfer and The Movement of Air
*students will read "Air Masses" and complete reflections questions
*we will also discuss maritime, continental, polar, and tropical air masses

Friday, September 28
Amsti Lesson 4 - Heat Transfer and The Movement of Air
*vocabulary from lesson 5, air mass powerpoint, and discovery ed video on Air Masses


Lesson Plans for September 17-21

Monday, September 17
Amsti Lesson 3 - Heating Earth' Surfaces
*students will observe and record the rates at which equal volumes of soil and water heat and cool using a heat lamp, timers, and thermometers
*they will record the temperature of the heating process for 10 minutes with the lamp on and the cooling process for 10 minutes with the lamp off
*the recording will be done in their notebooks on worksheet 3.1a
Standard 13 - explain how the rotation of the Earth and unequal heating of its surface create patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates


Tuesday, September 18
Mrs. Culpepper will be teaching a lesson with all of my science classes.  The topics she will cover will be "getting to know your counselor" and "study skills."


Wednesday, September 19
Amsti Lesson 3 continued - Heating Earth's Surfaces
*students will work in groups to create one double-line graph to present to the class the heating and cooling process during their experiment
*students will then record their group data on an individual sheet on the notebooks, sheet 3.1a (graph)
*students will then complete 3.1b "Interpreting a Data Table" on their own for a grade
Standard 13 - explain how the rotation of the Earth and unequal heating of its surface create patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates


Thursday, September 20
Amsti Lesson 3 continued - Heating Earth' Surfaces
*Read "The Source of the Earth's Heat" in Amsti Book
*Discovery Ed lesson in google classroom on Solar Energy
*Questions about the lesson to be answered in their notebook
Standard 13 - explain how the rotation of the Earth and unequal heating of its surface create patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates

Friday, September 21
Amsti Lesson 3 continued - Heating Earth' Surfaces
*read "The Atmosphere: A Multilayered Blanket of Air"
*complete "Layers of the Atmosphere" in notebooks
Standard 13 - explain how the rotation of the Earth and unequal heating of its surface create patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates


*ALL PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE