• Week of October 16-20

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 10/12/2017

    We are going to have a very colorful week in Science! Monday (10/16) students will learn that light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object or travels from one medium to another, and that light can be reflected, refracted, and absorbed.

     

    Tuesday (10/17) we are going to complete four mini-labs that help demonstrate the how light interacts with different types of matter. Students will be experimenting with how light reflects, refracts and absorbs.

     

    Wednesday (10/18) students will learn how and why we see different colors. We will discuss how the three primary colors of light (red, green, and blue) make different colors we see. Weather permitting we will go outside and use prisms to refract the colors that make up light. I will also explain why primary pigments (magenta, cyan, and yellow) are used in color printers and not red, green, and blue.

     

    Thursday (10/19) we will be completing an online lab on Discovery Education with how colors are absorbed and reflected. This will help students understand why a blue shirt absorbs all of the colors except blue, which is reflected back.

     

    Friday (10/20) is a half-day and we will have a modified schedule. Students will be using convex and concave mirrors. We will also use regular mirrors to decode hidden messages.

     

    *We need two bags of grapes for next weeks lab on the human eyeball. If you can help donate a bag of grapes please click HERE to view my Sign-Up Genius.

     

     

    Homework October 16-20

     

    Monday (10/16): Click HERE to go to Study Jams. Watch the video clip on 'Light Absorption, Reflection, and Refraction'. Then take the practice 7-question assessment. You must write the correct answer to get credit; do not write (A, B, C or D). 

     

     

    Tuesday (10/17): Click HERE to go to BrainPop. Watch video on the ‘Light. Take the 10-Question practice quiz. You must write out the correct answer for each question. Do not write (A,B,C, or D); write the answer.  Login: durantmiddle     Password: dolfin

     

     

    Wednesday (10/18): Click HERE to go to Study Island. Read pages 1-3 from the Lesson Tab on Visible Light. Take the online 10-question practice assessment. 

    Login: drms (lunch #)  Pasword: lunch #

     

     

    Thursday (10/19): None.

     

     

    Friday (10/20): None.

     

     

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  • Week of October 9-13

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 10/6/2017

    This will be a busy week in Science. There is a TEST on Waves/Sound Energy this Friday (10/13). Study guides will be given out and reviewed on Monday (10/9). We are also going to working on an Instrument Project. Click here for guidelines and rubric.

     

    Monday (10/9) students will learn about the human ear. They will learn how sounds are perceived by the brain. We will also discuss how loud sounds over 90dB can damage the cochlea in the inner ear.

     

    Tuesday and Wednesday students will be working in their Instrument Project. They are required to make an instrument that plays four different pitches. **PLEASE bring in any supplies/recycling that you will need to construct your instrument. Examples: shoebox, juice bottles, cereal box, tissue box, tin cans. This will count as a major grade; do your best. Please email me if you have any questions. dbrancaccio@wcpss.net

     

    All Instrument Projects are due on Thursday (10/12). Students will present and play their instrument to the class. We will also review for the Waves/Sound Energy TEST. Please bring your device so that we can play Kahoot and PowerPoint Science Jeopardy.

     

    Friday (10/13) is the Waves/Sound Energy TEST.

     

     

    Homework October 9-13

     

    Monday (10/9): Complete the study guide and study for the TEST.

     

     

    Tuesday (10/10): Study for the TEST.

     

     

    Wednesday (10/11): Study for the TEST. Finish working on your Instrument Project; it is due tomorrow.

     

     

    Thursday (10/12): Study for the TEST.

     

     

    Friday (10/13): None.

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  • Week of October 2-6

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 9/28/2017

    This week students will learn how a sound is produced by a vibrating object and/or columns of air. We will discuss how sounds can have different pitches and volume. Monday (10/2) students will learn about the characteristics of sound and review the parts of a wave. I will demonstrate how sound waves can move matter.

     

    Tuesday (10/3) we will use a Venn diagram to compare/contrast decibel and frequency. Students will use different size tuning forks to understand how why each one has a different pitch. We will also use a special sound simulator to help hear different types of frequencies.

     

    Wednesday (10/4) students will learn that humans can hear from 20-20,000 hertz. We will also learn about ultrasound and infrasound. Students will work with their elbow partner on a laptop to complete an online lab on Discovery Education to explore the range at which animals can hear sounds. Students will learn how sounds above 90 decibels can cause hearing damage. We will also make a detailed list of sounds and their decibel rating.

     

    Thursday (10/5) we will use decibel checkers in and around the classroom to measure different types of sounds. Students will learn why sounds travel faster in a solid then a gas. We will also discuss the different uses for ultrasound in medicine and industry.

     

    Friday (10/6) is the first quarter awards ceremony in the cafeteria. We are also going to have a reward day since we received more than 25-Team Splashes for doing an outstanding job. Keep up the great work!

     

    Homework October 2-6

     

    Monday (10/2): Click HERE to go to CK12.Com. Read article on ‘Characteristics of a Wave’; answer questions (1, 2, 3, & 6).

     

    Tuesday (10/3): Click HERE to go to BrainPop on Sound. Watch video and answer questions (1-10). You must write the correct answer to receive credit. Username: durantmiddle    Password: dolfin

     

    Wednesday (10/4): Click HERE to go to CK12.Com. Read article on ‘Characteristics of Sound’; answer questions (1-3).

     

    Thursday (10/5): None.

     

    Friday (10/6): None.

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  • Week of September 5-8

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 9/1/2017

    Monday (9/4) is a Labor Day and school is closed.

     

    Tuesday (9/5) we are going to start a new and exciting unit on WAVES. Students will learn how energy is transmitted through waves, using their fundamental characteristics of waves: wavelength, period, frequency, amplitude, and wave velocity. We will discuss how waves transfer energy, not matter.

     

    Wednesday (9/6) students will draw and label the parts of transverse and longitudinal wave. They will learn example of different types of waves. We will also compare and contrast Mechanical and (EM) Electromagnetic Waves.

     

    Thursday (9/7) we going to complete an awesome lab with a jump rope and Slinky spring to help observe the properties of waves. Students will work with their elbow partner to complete this lab.

     

    Friday (9/8) students will be learning about Electromagnetic Spectrum. We will discuss the range in frequencies from an X-Ray-to-Gamma Rays. We will also look where visible light is on the EM Spectrum.

     

     

     Homework September 4-8

    Monday 9/4: None.

     

    Tuesday 9/5: None.

     

    Wednesday 9/6: None.

     

    Thursday 9/7: None.

     

    Friday 9/8: None. Hope you have a relaxing track-out.

     

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  • Week of August 28-September 1

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 8/24/2017

    We are having a TEST this Friday (9/1) on Rocks and Soil. Study guides were given out and reviewed last Friday. Please your class notesStudy Island, and study guide to prepare for the test. Monday (8/28) students will learn that good health of humans requires: monitoring the lithosphere, maintaining soil quality and stewardship. We will look how damaged/polluted soil has a negative effect on people.

     

     

    Tuesday (8/29) we are going to have super cool lab that helps illustrate different ways to conserve soil. Students will travel to different stations to help understand different ways that soil can be protected.

     

     

    Wednesday (8/30) we are going to analyze how the Chesapeake Bay got polluted from farm fertilizers and animal waste. Students will also play Study Stack to help review facts on soil conservation. 

    1. Click HERE to go to 'Soil' Study Stack

    2. Click HERE to go to 'Rocks' Study Stack

    3. Click HERE to play 'Rock Cycle' JEOPARDY

     

     

    Thursday (8/31) we are going to be reviewing for the Rocks/Soil TEST. Please bring your device so that we can play Kahoot and PowerPoint Science Jeopardy.

     

     

    Friday (9/1) is the TEST on Rocks & Soil.

     

    Homework August 28-September 1

     

    Monday 8/28: Study for the TEST.

     

    Tuesday 8/29: Study for the TEST.

     

    Wednesday 8/30: Study for the TEST.

     

    Thursday 8/31: Study for the TEST.

     

    Friday 9/1: None.

     

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  • Week of August 21-25

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 8/17/2017

    Monday (8/21) we are going to have a special lesson on Eclipses. We are going to compare and contrast a Solar and Lunar Eclipse. Students will learn that looking at the sun during a solar eclipse can harm their eyes without approved viewing glasses. We will also discuss how the tiny Moon can eclipse the tremendous Sun.

     

    Tuesday (8/22) students are going to finish exploring the characteristics of soil. They will get to use microscopes to examine different types of soil.

     

    Wednesday (8/23) we are going to complete a cool lab on the water retention of different types of soil. The boys/girls will work in small groups to determine how much water will the soil samples will retain.

     

    Thursday (8/24) students are going to complete an Awesome lab called, ‘Ummm Ores! This lab will require them mine a chocolate cookie for the Ore (chocolate). They will have to calculate the area of their cookie before and after mining. They will try to extract the most amount of chocolate out of the cookie with minimal damage. If you can help donate Chips Ahoy Chocolate Cookies please click HERE to view my Sign-Up Genius.

     

    Friday (8/25) I am going to give out and review the study guide for the TEST on Rocks and Soil. The TEST will be on Friday, September 1. We are also going to start the last chapter of the Geosphere Unit on Soil Conservation. We will discuss how soil gets damaged and ways to protect/conserve soil.

     

    Homework August 21-25

     

    Monday 8/21: Click HERE to go to BrainPop.com. Watch video on the ‘Erosion’. Take the 10-Question practice quiz. You must write out the correct answer for each question. Do not write (A,B,C, or D); write the answer.        Login: durantmiddle         Password: dolfin

     

    Tuesday 8/22: Go examine soil samples outside where you live. You must a minimum of three complete sentences on the properties of the types of soil you observed.

             

    Wednesday 8/23: Click HERE to go to Study Island.com. Read article on Soil Conservation from the ‘Lesson Tab’. Take the online 10-question practice assessment. 

    Login: drms (lunch #)  Pasword: lunch #

     

    Thursday 8/24: None.

     

    Friday 8/25: Study for the Rocks/Soil TEST.

     

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  • Week of August 14-18

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 8/11/2017

    This week students will be learning how igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks change through the Rock Cycle. We will discuss how the Earth’s atmosphere creates natural forces that helps break down and change rocks. The Plate Tectonics Test that was given last Friday (8/11) grades will be posted in Power-Schools by Tuesday (8/15). Please ask your son/daughter how they did.

     

     

    Monday students will first finish presenting their Earthquake/Volcano Poster Project to the class. Then they will be traveling to different stations completing the ‘Journey of a Rock’ story. Tuesday (8/15) students will use their adventures in each station to write a comic strip of how their rock is changing through the Rock Cycle. The ‘Journey of a Rock’ story will be due on Wednesday.

     

     

    Wednesday students will classify rocks/mineral by their physical characteristics. This lab will allow students to classify each by it’s color, luster, streak, hardness, and composition. We will also discuss different types of ores and their value in the world.

     

     

    Thursday (8/17) we are going to start learning about Soil. Students will compare and contrast soil profile and horizon. All students will get to use magnifying glasses to examine the contents of top soil.

     

     

    Friday (8/18) is a half-day. Students will learn how to use a microscope. Then they will look at different soil samples with a microscope.

     

    Homework August 14-18

     

    Monday 8/14: Click HERE to go to BrainPop.com. Watch video on the ‘Rock Cycle’. Take the 10-Question practice quiz. You must write out the correct answer for each question. Do not write (A,B,C, or D); write the answer.        Login: durantmiddle         Password: dolfin

     

    Tuesday 8/15: Click HERE to go to Study Island.com. Read pages 1-2 from the ‘Lesson Tab’. Take the online 10-question practice assessment. 

    Login: drms (lunch #)  Pasword: lunch #

                                              

    Wednesday 8/16: Click HERE to go to BrainPop.com. Watch video on the ‘Soil’. Take the 10-Question practice quiz. You must write out the correct answer for each question. Do not write (A,B,C, or D); write the answer.        Login: durantmiddle         Password: dolfin

     

    Thursday 8/17: None.

     

    Friday 8/18: None.

     

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  • Week of August 7-11

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 8/4/2017

    We are having a TEST this Friday (8/11) on Earth’s Layers/Plate Tectonics. Study guides were given out and reviewed last Friday. Please your class notes, Study Island, and study guide to prepare for the test. Email me if you have any questions: dbrancaccio@wcpss.net

     

    Monday students will be starting a project on a past Earthquake, Tsunami or a Volcanic Eruption. We will work on this in class on Monday and Tuesday. Poster Projects will be due on Wednesday (8/9). Any project handed in late will lose 5-points per day. Please do your best!

     

     

    Wednesday we are going to discuss the three types of rocks: Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary. Students will learn how each rock is formed and changes through the Rock Cycle. Each lab table will be given a sample of rocks. Students will classify each rock by its physical characteristics. 

     

     

    Thursday (8/10) we are going to be reviewing for the Earth’s Layers/Plate Tectonics TEST. Please bring your device so that we can play Kahoot and PowerPoint Science Jeopardy.

     

     

    Friday (8/11) is the Earth’s Layers/Plate Tectonics TEST. It will be given on Study Island.

     

    Homework August 7-11

     

    Monday 8/7: Study for the TEST.

     

    Tuesday 8/8: Study for the TEST. Finish working on your Poster Project; it’s due tomorrow.

                                              

    Wednesday 8/9: Study for the TEST.

     

    Thursday 8/10: Study for the TEST.

     

     Friday 8/11: None.

     

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  • Week of July 31-August 4

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 7/28/2017

    This week students will learn how the interactions between plate movements can cause a variety of lithospheric actions including the formation of ocean basins, the creation of mountains and volcanoes, and the occurrence of earthquakes. We will also discuss how convection currents are responsible for the lithospheric actions. **Please click HERE if you can help donate Milky Way (Fun Size) candy bars for a Tectonic Plates Lab.

     

     

    Monday (7/31) we are going to first finish reviewing the Discovery Education questions from last Friday on the layers of the Earth. Then students will being to learning about Plate Tectonics, Pangaea, and Continental Drift.  We will look at three kinds of evidence that supports Alfred Wegner’s theory of Continental Drift. Finally, students will play Plate Tectonics BINGO. Every student that wins will receive a special prize.

     

     

    Tuesday (8/1) students will be learning about three different kinds of plate boundaries. We will discuss what is formed at a Convergent, Divergent, and Transform Boundary. As a group we will compare and contrast the plate boundaries..

     

     

    Wednesday (8/2) we are going to complete an awesome Plate Tectonics Lab. Students will use a Milky Way candy bar to understand how and what is formed at a Transform, Convergent, and Divergent Boundary. This multisensory lab will help make learning about boundaries easier to comprehend.

     

     

    Thursday (8/3) Students will being to learn about Earthquakes and Volcanoes. We will discuss the ‘Ring of Fire’ and learn how and why it has 95% of the Earth’s volcanoes. Student will learn that Earthquakes and Tsunamis are formed on or near a fault line.

     

     

    Friday (8/4) I am going to give out and review the study guide for the Earth’s Layers/Plate Tectonics TEST. This TEST will be next Friday, August 11. Please use your class notes, study guide, and labs to prepare. We will also discuss some of recent past Earthquakes and their locations.

     

    Homework July 31-Aungust 4

     

    Monday 7/31: None.

     

    Tuesday 8/1: Click HERE to go to CK.12.com. Read the article and watch both video clips on Continental Drift. Answer questions 1-3.

                              

    Wednesday 8/2: Click HERE to go to Study Island.com. Read pages 3-6 from the ‘Lesson Tab’. Take the online 10-question practice assessment. 

    Login: drms (lunch #)  Pasword: lunch #

     

    Thursday 8/3: Click HERE to go to Study Jams. Watch the video clip on 'Earthquakes'. Then take the practice 7-question assessment. You must write the correct answer to get credit; do not write (A, B, C or D). 

    Friday 8/4: None.

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  • Week of July 24-28

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 7/20/2017

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    This week students will be learning about structure of the Earth, and how interactions of constructive/destructive forces have resulted in changes in the surface of the Earth over time; and the effects of the lithosphere on humans. **PLEASE bring a hardboiled egg in this Thursday (7/27) for the Earth’s Layers Lab.**

     

     

    Monday (7/24) students will learn about the layers of the Earth. We will discuss how the mantle and core based on the relative position, composition and density. Students will compare and contrast each layer of the Earth and learn their depth. Click HERE to view PowerPoint on the layers of the Earth.

     

     

    Tuesday (7/25) we are going to make an Earth Layer Foldable. Students will use their class notes to complete all the facts and details about the crust, mantle, outer and inner cores. This will count as a major grade; do your best. Whatever is not completed class on Tuesday it will be assigned as homework. The Earth Layer Foldable will be due on Wednesday (7/26). We will also be comparing/contrasting the Lithosphere and Asthenosphere.

     

     

    Wednesday (7/26) students will complete an awesome Liquid Layers Density Lab. This liquid layers density experiment allows students to look at a number of liquids with different densities. Students can use this experiment to understand why Earth has different layers and why each layer is arranged in that order. They can compare the layers of these liquids to the layers of Earth.

     

     

    Thursday (7/27) we are going to have an ‘Eggcellent Lab! Students will use a hardboiled egg to as a model to compare/contrast it to the layers of the Earth. . **PLEASE bring a hardboiled egg in this Thursday (7/27) for the Earth’s Layers Lab.**

     

     

    Friday (7/28) students will use Discovery Education to complete an online activity called, ‘What’s Inside the Earth’ and ‘Digging Through the Earth’. Please bring your earbuds/headphones to class.

     

    Homework July 24-28

     

    Monday 7/24: Click HERE to go to BrainPop.com. Watch video on the Earth’s Structure. Take the 10-Question practice quiz. You must write out the correct answer for each question. Do not write (A,B,C, or D); write the answer.        Login: durantmiddle         Password: dolfin

     

    Tuesday 7/25: Finish working on your Earth’s Layer Foldable.

     

    Wednesday 7/26: Bring in a hardboiled egg for the lab.

     

    Thursday 7/27: Click HERE to go to CK.12.com. Read the article and watch both video clips on Earth’s Layers. Answer questions 1-3.

     

    Friday 7/28: None.

     

     

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