Essential Question, Homework, and Bellwork
Essential Question:

How are humans negatively impacting ecosystems and what can be done to help? 

Homework (if nothing is listed for a date, no homework was given):

The final assignments of the school year are listed below: 

- Ecosystem Public Service Announcement (PSA) Project:
100 points
A day - due May 16th
B day - due May 15th

- 2 Nearpod Lessons (make sure to find your class's codes)
Food Chains and Webs Notes
Ecosystem Research

- Deer: Predation or Starvation Packet
50 points

4/27B, 4/30A
Due: completed Ecosystem notes and task for 1A and 3B
Assigned: make sure Ecosystem Relationship notes are finished
If absent for science, Ecosystem Relationship notes on Nearpod will need to be made up.
A day code: MLBVY
B day code: IJTUF

4/24A, 4/25B
Due: none
Assigned: finish natural disaster packet by Friday; have Ecosystem notes completed
If absent for science, Ecosystem notes on Nearpod will need to be made up.
A day code: KWZGH
B day code: QAVFB

4/16A, 4/17B
Due: digital natural disaster display (Posted on Edmodo)
Assigned: finish natural disaster packet, if not finished already

4/10A, 4/11B
- finish group digital displays and share on Edmodo
- start packets 

- 2B: start natural disaster displays
- 3B: finish researching natural disasters

3/28A, 3/29B
Due: slinky lab, Oreo Lab, video forms
Assigned: finish researching for natural disaster and start group digital display to share on Edmodo

3/26A, 3/27B
Due: 2A - Oreo Lab; video forms
Assigned: 2A- Slinky Lab; 3A - finish Oreo Lab

3/13A, 3/14B
Due: 1A/3A/2B - slinky lab; video forms 
Assigned: 1A - finish Oreo lab paper 

3/7A, 3/8B
Due: signed video slip if given permission by guardian
Assigned: none unless video form still needs to be signed

3/5A, 3/6B
Due: being ready for test
Assigned: get video permission slip signed

3/1A, 3/2B
Due: Pangaea Map and Wegener's Puzzling Evidence Questions
Assigned: study for Data Analysis Test

2/27A, 2/28B
Due: none
Assigned: finish Pangaea map and answer Wegener's Puzzling Evidence Questions

2/16A, 2/20B 
​Due: ​none
​Assigned: ​keep track of video sheet

2/14A, 2/15B
​Due: ​none
​Assigned: ​keep track of video sheet

2/12A, 2/13B
Due: none unless not finished with project
Assigned: if no project, complete rock cycle essay

2/6A, 2/7B
Due: project one day late (-5 points) unless absent
Assigned: none unless not finished with project

2/2A, 2/5B
Due: Rock Cycle Project and Rocks and Minerals station tasks

1/31A, 2/1B
Mineral Lab and Activity (except for 3A and 3B)
Assigned: finish final copy of project due next class

1/29A, 1/30B
Due: project ideas
Assigned: continue working on project, can complete Edmodo portions of station lab at home

1/25A, 1/26B
Due: project choice determined
Assigned: continue working on project, can complete Edmodo portions of station lab at home

1/23A, 1/24B
Due: none
Assigned:  Rock Cycle Project (choose project type and start researching) * see specific due dates above

1/19A, 1/22B
Due: rock cycle comic strip
Assigned: none

1/17A, 1/18B
Due: none
Assigned: rock cycle comic strip 

1/12A, 1/16B
Due: none
Assigned: none

1/10A/, 1/11B
Due: Earth process notes and summary
none (keep track of video paper)

1/8A, 1/9B
Due: notes
Assigned: summary of Earth Process Vocab notes

Bellwork Rubric (25 points total, 5 points per day)

1 point - copying the question or prompt (*if highlighted yellow, only copy that part, otherwise copy the whole thing)
1 point - complete sentence(s) for answer
2 points - best effort
1 point - legible writing

Bellwork Set 1: Observations

1. What do you think an observation is? 8/17A, 8/18B 

2. What did you observe while using the eclipse glasses? 8/21A, 8/22B

Benchmark testing no Bellwork 8/23A, 8/24B

3. Write down the statement below that you believe is an observation, and explain why you chose it. 
- The pizza has cheese on it.
- The pizza smells delicious.
- Pizza is my favorite meal.  

8/25A, 8/28B

4. ​qualitative observation​ involves descriptions of quality. Ex: I observe the doors are made of wood. Ex: I observe the sky is blue.
Make at least 2 qualitative observations. 8/30A, 8/31B

5. A quantitative observation involves a quantity or number.  Ex: I observe 2 doors. Ex: I observe the picture is 12 centimeters.
Make at least 2 quantitative observations. 8/31A, 9/1B

Bellwork Set 2 (Measurement)
ruler, measuring tape, meter stick

1. Observe the words above, and infer what is our bellwork topic? 9/7A, 9/8B

I infer  . . . .

2. What are some tools used for measuring length or distance? 9/11A, 9/12B

3. What are some of the units or labels for measuring length and distance? 9/13A, 9/14B

4. Look at the picture above. Choose at least 2 letters and write down how many centimeters it is pointing to. Ex: G is a 12.0 centimeters.  9/15A, 9/18B

5. Use one of the rulers on your table and measure how many centimeters long your bellwork sheet is (longer side). 9/19A, 9/25B
My bellwork sheet is  . . .

Bellwork Set 3 (Mass)

1. What do you know about mass? 9/28A,

2. Mass is the amount of matter that makes up an object. If you were to measure an object's mass, what labels could you use? 10/2A, 10/3B

3. How would you measure and label the mass of a solid object? 10/4A, 10/5B

4. How would you measure the mass of a liquid? 10/6A, 10/9B

5. Why does your weight change and mass stay the same if you went to the moon? 10/10A, 10/11B

Bellwork Set 4 (Volume)
1. What do you think it means to measure the volume of something? 11/2A, 11/3B

2. What kinds of tools can be used to measure volume? 11/6A, 11/7B

3. Volume is the amount of space an object takes up. How could you find the volume of a box? What label would you use? 11/8A, 11/9B

4. Volume is the amount of space an object takes up. How could you find the volume of a liquid? What label would you use? 11/13A, 11/14B

5. Volume is the amount of space an object takes up. How could you find the volume of an irregular shaped object like a rock? 11/15A, 11/16B

Bellwork Set 5 (Density)

1. *Read the sentence below and copy it down.
    *Underline the words that help describe what density is.
    * Write a sentence describing what you think density means. 11/27A, 11/28B

The density of the rock caused it to sink  and the density of the basketball caused it to float in the water.  

2.  An object's density is how much matter there is (mass) in the space it takes up (volume).  

Using mass and volume, write a formula you think calculates density. (add, subtract, multiply, or divide)
Explain your formula. 11/29A, 11/30B

3. What words are related to objects that are very dense? 12/1A, 12/4B

4. If a bowling ball and a basketball have the same volume, why would their densities be different? 12/5A, 12/6B

5. What steps could you take to find the density of a liquid? 12/7A, 12/8B

Bellwork Set 6 (Hypothesis)

1. What do you know about the word hypothesis? 1/8A, 1/9B

2. Which hypothesis below is better and why?1/10A/1/11B

A. Aphid-infected plants that are exposed to ladybugs will have fewer aphids after a week than aphid-infected plants which are left untreated.

B. Ladybugs are a good natural pesticide for treating plants infected by aphids.

3. A hypothesis is a testable answer to a scientific question. 1/12A, 1/16B

Write a hypothesis for the following testable question: 
Can people tell the difference between brands of the same food or drink?

Example to use or write your own: 
If people blindly consume _____________________, then they _______________________. 

   4. What improvements could be made to the hypothesis below answering the testable question: does the mass of an ice cube affect how slowly it melts?

Hypothesis: Yes, the mass will affect the melting.  1/17A, 1/18B

5. Choose one of the two options below: 1/19A, 1/22B

Write a hypothesis for the following testable question: What effect does adding Mentos have when added to regular Coke?


Come up with your own testable question and hypothesis. 

*We have been using NearPod to do analysis questions for set 7. Visit the link to access the lesson: Data Analysis 

Bellwork Set 8 (Variables)

1. In science, there are 3 types of variables: controlled (constant), independent, and dependent.

Describe anything you know about each type or what you know about the word variable. 3/26A, 3/27B

2. We will be watching a short video on variables and control groups. 

Describe what you learned about any of the following words: control group, dependent variable, independent variable.

For Bellwork questions 3 - 5, Watch the video link below to practice your knowledge of variables.  You will be copying down the questions and answers  on your Bellwork paper. Approximate start times for each one have been included.
#3 - dimple car experiment (beginning)
#4 - elephant mouse experiment (2:02) 
#5 - walking/running in the rain experiment (4:57)

Bellwork Set 9 (Independent Variables)

1. How do you think the independent and dependent variables are connected in an experiment? 4/10A, 4/11B

Independent variable: what is being changed in an experiment

2. What is the independent variable in the question below? 

How does the size of a dog affect how much food it eats? 4/12A, 4/13B

3. What is the independent variable in the hypothesis below? 

If you place one plant in the sunlight and one plant in the dark, then the plant in the sunlight will grow taller. 4/16A, 4/17B

4. What is the independent variable in the experiment below? 

A group of middle school students were given a short course in speed-reading.  The instructor was curious if a monetary incentive would influence performance on a reading test taken at the end of the course.  Half the students were offered $5 for obtaining a certain level of performance on the test, the other half were not offered money.  4/18A, 4/19B

5. Which axis of a graph do you think the independent variable would go on and why? 4/20A, 4/23B

Bellwork Set 10 (Graphing)

1. What do all graphs need in order to be useful? 4/24A, 4/25B

2. What kind of data is best shown by a line graph? 4/27B, 4/30A

3. What types of graphs show a comparison of data? 5/1B, 5/2A

4. How do you plot coordinates on a graph? 5/4A, 5/3B

5. Why is a graph more useful than a data table? 5/4A, 5/7B