• Week of November 27-December 1

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 11/21/2017

    Grades close for the second quarter on Friday, December 1. You must hand in any missing work by Thursday, November 30 if you want to get credit. We are having the TEST on Space this Monday (11/27) and the midterm/benchmark on Wednesday (11/29).

     

    Monday (11/27) is the TEST on Space.

     

    Tuesday (11/28) we are going to review and practice for the midterm/benchmark.

     

    Wednesday (11/29) is the midterm/benchmark. Click HERE to take the midterm in Google Classroom. 

     

    Thursday (11/30) we are going to play a space matching game.

     

    Friday (12/1) is the last day of school for 2017 and we are going to watch a movie as a reward. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday!

     

    Homework November 27-December 1

    Monday (11/27): None.  

     

    Tuesday (11/28): None.

     

    Wednesday (11/29): None.

     

    Thursday (11/30): None.

     

    Friday (12/1)Happy Track-Out and New Year! 

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  • Week of November 20-21 / Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 11/17/2017

    We are going to have a TEST on Space Monday, November 27. Study guides were given out and reviewed last Thursday (11/16). Please use your class notes, study guide, Study Stack and Science Jeopardy to help prepare. Click HERE to play Space Study Stack. Wednesday (11/29) is the Science Midterm. It will cover everything learned from the Geosphere and Waves Unit.

     

    Monday (11/20) is our field trip to Marbles Museum! Students will have hands-on science stations on Space Travel. Then we are going to see an exciting movie in the Imaxx Theater on the International Space Station.

     

    Tuesday (11/21) is a half-day of school. Classes will be modified for the shorter day. We will be comparing/contrasting the terrestrial and gas planets orbit around the Sun.

     

    Wednesday (11/22) No School.

     

    Thursday (11/23) No School; Happy Thanksgiving!

     

    Friday (11/24) No School.

     

    Homework November 20-21

     

    Monday (11/20): Study for the TEST.

     

    Tuesday (11/21): Study for the TEST.

     

    Wednesday (11/22): No School.

     

    Thursday (11/23): No School.

     

    Friday (11/24): No School.

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  • Week of November 13-17

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 11/8/2017

    Monday (11/13) students will be learning that the motion and position of the Sun, Earth, Moon affects the tides, and eclipses. We will learn that changes in the appearance of the moon, based on its orbit around the Earth.

     

    Tuesday (11/14) 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.

     

    Wednesday (11/15) students will be completing the super cool lab with a Moon Phases Kit. We will using the 3-D kits to help demonstrate a predictable pattern on how the Moon is viewed from Earth.

     

    Thursday (11/16) we are going to be learning about the inner terrestrial   and outer gas planets. Students will learn how and why meteorites can reach the Earth.

     

    Friday (11/17) students will be traveling around the classroom to nine different stations collecting data on the planets in our Solar System. We will compare and contrast the plants’ gravity, rotation speed and revolution around the Sun.

     

    Homework November 13-17

     

    Monday (11/13): Click HERE to go to BrainPop. Watch video on the ‘Moon Phases’ 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 (11/14): Click HERE to go to Study Island.com. Read article Earth, Sun, and Moon Systems from the ‘Lesson Tab’. Take the online 10-question practice assessment.   Login: drms (lunch #)  Pasword: lunch #

     

    Wednesday (11/15): Click HERE to go to Study Island.com. Read article on The Solar System from the ‘Lesson Tab’. Take the online 10-question practice assessment.   Login: drms (lunch #)  Pasword: lunch #

     

    Thursday (11/16): None.

     

    Friday (11/17): None.

     

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  • Week of November 6-10

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 11/2/2017

    Monday (11/6) students will be learning about AC/DC circuits, conductors and insulators of electricity. We will discuss the dangers of electricity and students will use circuit kits to build series and parallel circuits. They will learn the pros and cons to different types of circuits.

     

     

    Tuesday (11/7) we are going to start a new unit on SPACE! Students will learn how day and night are caused when the Earth rotates on its axis. We will also discuss all the celestial bodies that make up our Solar System. Boys/Girls will learn by space is called the final frontier.

     

     

    Wednesday (11/8) students will be learning why the Earth has opposite seasons on the northern and southern hemispheres. We will also compare and contrast Solstice/Equinox. They will learn that seasons change due to the tilt of the Earth. Weather permitting we will go outside and trace our shadow, and compare it how it might look different in the summer.

     

     

    Thursday (11/9) we are going to learn why the Earth has different time zones every 15 degrees of latitude. Students will also discuss the importance of Leap Day.

     

     

    Friday (11/10) no school; Veteran’s Day.

     

    Homework November 6-10

     

    Monday (11/6): Click HERE to go to BrainPop. Watch video on the ‘Solar System 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 (11/7): Click HERE to go to Study Jams. Watch the video clip on 'A Day on Earth'. Then take the practice 7-question assessment. You must write the correct answer to get credit; do not write (A, B, C or D). 

     

    Wednesday (11/8): Click HERE to go to BrainPop. Watch video on the ‘Solstice & Equinox 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 (11/9): None.

     

    Friday (11/10): None.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Week of October 30-November 3

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 10/27/2017

    We have a TEST this Wednesday (11/1) on Optics/Heat Transfer. Study guides were given out and review last Thursday(10/26). Please use your class notes, Science Jeopardy, and study guide to help prepare for the TEST. Monday (10/30) will be the last day to work on the Heat Transfer Booklet in class. Anything not finished in class must be worked on at home; all Heat Transfer Booklets are due on Wednesday (11/1). This counts as a major grade; do your best.

     

     

    Tuesday (10/31) we are going to complete an awesome lab with popcorn. Students will use three methods to cook popcorn; Conduction, Convection, and Radiation. We will compare/contrast the different ways that heat is transferred to cook food. After the lab we will review for the TEST with Kahoot and Science Jeopardy. If you could help donate some supplies for this lab please click HERE to view the Sign-Up Genius.

     

     

    Wednesday (11/1) is the TEST on Optics/Heat Transfer.

     

     

    Thursday (11/2) Mrs. Deen (Track 1 Guidance Counselor) will be teaching a lesson about character education.

     

     

    Friday (11/3) students will be playing a review board game on different types of waves. They will work with their elbow partner to solve questions about all types of waves. We will also review the Optics/Heat Transfer Test from Study Island.

     

     

    Homework October 30-November 3

     

    Monday (10/30): Study for the TEST. Finish working on your Heat Transfer Booklet.

     

    Tuesday (10/31): Study for the TEST.

     

    Wednesday (11/1): None.

     

    Thursday (11/2): None.

     

    Friday (11/3): None.

     

     

     

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  • Week of October 23-27

    Posted by David Brancaccio at 10/20/2017

    Monday (10/23) we will complete the online lab on Discovery Education which we did not get to last week on 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. Students will also be using convex and concave mirrors and regular mirrors to decode hidden messages.

     

    Tuesday (10/24) we are going to start to learn about the parts of the human eye. Students will learn how and we see color and why some people need glasses to improve their vision.

     

    Wednesday (10/25) students will complete the eyeball lab. This fun lab will demonstrate the five basic parts of the human eye. We will use grapes and other supplies to get a better of understanding of each part and its function.

     

    Thursday (10/26) we will be reviewing the Electromagnetic (EM) Spectrum. Students will make a detailed list from gamma-to-radio waves. We will discuss how the speed of the waves impacts where it falls on the EM Spectrum. I will also give out and review the study guide for the upcoming TEST on EM Waves. The TEST will be on Wednesday, November 1.

     

    Friday (10/27) students will learn how heat is transferred by conduction, convection, and radiation. They will start to day 1 of 2 to make a heat transfer booklet. The booklets will give different examples on how is transferred through different mediums.

     

     

    Homework October 23-27

     

    Monday (10/23): Click HERE to go to BrainPop. Watch video on the ‘Eyes’ 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 (10/24): Click HERE to go to BrainPop. Watch video on the ‘Electromagnetic Spectrum’ 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 (10/25): Click HERE to go to CK.12.com. Read article on Electromagnetic Spectrum and answer questions (1-4).

     

     

    Thursday (10/26): Study for the TEST.

     

     

    Friday (10/27): None.

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  • 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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