Sunday, October 15, 2017

Quarter 1, Week 7, 10/16 to 10/20

(This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

 Last updated on Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017, 6:48pm

1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
(Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
6th-grade Science

Monday through Friday - This week students will get time to work on their 3D GameLab quests while we do the following STEM Robotics Lessons: Parts Exploration and Gears

Here are the quests, the minimum ones, that need to be done so far:
  1. Tell Your Parents
  2. Lab Safety
  3. Notebooking
  4. How do we know about something if we can't see, hear, or feel it?
  5. Tech Use
  6. Blogging in Science
  7. Start Your Blog
  8. Let's Go Camping
  9. Mt Saint Helens Pear Deck
  10. Intro to Robotics
  11. EV3 Intro
  12. EV3 Kit Overview
HW - None unless you need to catch up and can do 3D GameLab quests at home.

This week period 1, Group B, was supposed to set the fish traps but the weather was not safe and after checking the area it needs weed whacking to remove a lot of Blackberry Vines so we will try to get this done next week Thursday and Friday if everything works this time!
8th-grade Science

Monday through Friday - This week students will get time to work on their 3D GameLab quests while they work on IQWST Lesson 4 - Where does the Energy Come From in Storm? We will also start Lesson 5 this week - What Can Weather Maps Tell Us? 

Here are the quests that need to be done so far:

  1. Lab Safety
  2. Notebooking
  3. Parent Communication
  4. Tech Use
  5. Electronic Portfolio
  6. Biome Journalism Project
  7. What is Weather?
  8. What Makes Air Hot?
  9. Convection Questions
  10. How Do Clouds Form?
  11. Weather 101
  12. What Happens to the Hot Air?
  13. Weather vs Climate
HW - None unless you fall behind. If you can't do 3D GameLab quests at home, Mr. G will be available Tuesday and Friday for students to come in and get help or just use the computers to do their class work.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
HW - No homework is assigned unless a student falls behind. If your child falls behind, he or she can catch up on their Keyboarding and on their 3D GameLab assignments using any device that has an Internet connection. To practice keyboarding, a device with a full keyboard is best. Kids can also do their keyboarding practice and 3D GameLab assignments from home if they want to get ahead.
Email me with any questions.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Quarter 1, Week 6, 10/9 to 10/13

(This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

 Last updated on Sunday, Oct 8, 2017, 10:23pm

1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
(Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
6th-grade Science

Monday - Today my 1st Period class will take the English Language Arts (ELA) MAP test in the morning.

Then I will have my 3rd-period students. I will check in with my 3rd-period students to see if they are ready to start the robotics unit. Students will have today to complete any quests they didn't complete last week.

HW - See last week to see what 3D GameLab quests you still need to do and if you can do them at home then you can catch up!

Tuesday - Today I will check in with my 1st and 2nd period classes to see how close they are to starting the robotics unit. 

If 3rd period is ready, we will begin with the first lesson on Robotics - what is a robot? Then students will write a blog post sharing what they learned.

Wednesday to Friday - For the rest of the week, teams in each class will work on the following lessons:

  • EV3 Intro
  • EV3 Kit Intro (teams will be assigned a kit that they will organize as they put it all together)
  • Parts Exploration
  • Gears!
8th-grade Science

Monday - Today we will debrief Friday's sub notes. The sub reported that a lot of students did NOT do any work. Only five students turned in assignments on Friday! That is not acceptable.

Once the expectations are made clear we will read an article of cap clouds to learn what those types of clouds tell us about the weather.

Then I will check in with students to see how much work they have done.

HW - None if you are all caught up. See last week for the 3D GameLab quests you need to have done by now.

Tuesday - Today we are going to start Lesson 3, pages 23 to 26. Students will do the lab for Activity 3.1.

Wednesday - Today students will work on activity 3.2 on pages 27 and 28. Then students will make sense of what they saw yesterday and today by completing page 29.

If we have time we will start activity 3.3 to reach consensus on what students observed on pages 30 and 31.

HW - Do the reading and annotating (the way we practiced in class) on pages 32 to 34 in your IQWST workbook.

Thursday - Check the HW and complete activity 3.3 if we didn't finish yesterday.

Then students can finish up lesson 3 on 3D GameLab.

Friday - Today students will finish lesson 3 by completing any 3D GameLab quests they need to finish so they won't have to do any homework this weekend.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
HW - No homework is assigned unless a student falls behind. If your child falls behind, he or she can catch up on their Keyboarding and on their 3D GameLab assignments using any device that has an Internet connection. To practice keyboarding, a device with a full keyboard is best. Kids can also do their keyboarding practice and 3D GameLab assignments from home if they want to get ahead.
Email me with any questions.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Quarter 1, Week 5, 10/2 to 10/6

(This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

 Last updated on Sunday, Oct 1, 2017, 6:45pm

1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
(Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
6th-grade Science

Monday - Today all students will be taking the first of three MAP tests to measure where students are at. We will give these MAP tests two more times this year to measure our students' progress. 

I will be giving the test to my Period 1 class, then Period 1 will have Science. I will not be seeing my Period 2 or 3 classes today.

For Science class, Period 1 will get to work on their 3D GameLab quests. Students need to complete at least the following quests:

  1. Tell Your Parents
  2. Lab Safety
  3. Notebooking
  4. How do we know about something if we can't see, hear, or feel it?
  5. Tech Use
  6. Blogging in Science
  7. Start Your Blog
  8. Let's Go Camping
  9. Mt Saint Helens Pear Deck
HW - Bring empty, clean 2L plastic bottles for Tuesday's Museum of Flight Rocketry activity.

Tuesday - We are on a Late Start and Early Release schedule today. Today we will have half of our classes so I will see my periods 1 and 3 classes.

Students will continue working on their 3D GameLab quests (see Monday for the quests kids need to have completed by the end of this week).

Wednesday - We are on a Late Start and Early Release schedule today. Today I will see my period 2 class. 

Students will continue working on their 3D GameLab quests (see Monday for the quests kids need to have completed by the end of this week).

Thursday - Today all students get to participate in amazing Museum of Flight events at school! Read here for more information!

I will get to have my Period 3 class for Science today so they will work on their 3D GameLab quests.

Friday - I will have a sub cover my classes today while I am gone to our regional Science Leadership meeting. I will be learning about the new Science assessment given at the 5th and 8th grades.

Today all students will be taking the second of three MAP tests to measure where students are at. 

The test will be given to my Period 2 class, then Period 2 will have Science. Period 1 and 3 will not have Science today.

Once Period 2 students are done testing, they can continue working on their 3D GameLab quests (see Monday). 
8th-grade Science

Monday - Today we will do the Lesson 2 reading on pages 20 and 21 together, practicing annotating the text.

HW - If you have any empty 2L plastic bottles, please bring them in for Thursday's Museum of Flight event.

Tuesday - We are on a Late Start and Early Release schedule today. Today we will have half of our classes so I will not see my 8th graders. 

Wednesday - We are on a Late Start and Early Release schedule today. Today I will see my 8th graders.

Today 8th graders will have time to complete their 3D GameLab assignments. Students need to complete at least the following quests:
  1. Lab Safety
  2. Notebooking
  3. Parent Communication
  4. Tech Use
  5. Electronic Portfolio
  6. Biome Journalism Project
  7. What is Weather?
  8. What Makes Air Hot?
  9. Convection Questions
  10. How Do Clouds Form?
  11. Weather 101
Thursday - Today I will be taking my 8th grade class to the Museum of Flight's Robot Garage!

Friday - I will have a sub today so that I can attend our region's Science Leadership meeting. I will be learning about the new Science test 8th graders will take this year.

Eighth graders will continue working on the following quests:
  1. Lab Safety
  2. Notebooking
  3. Parent Communication
  4. Tech Use
  5. Electronic Portfolio
  6. Biome Journalism Project
  7. What is Weather?
  8. What Makes Air Hot?
  9. Convection Questions
  10. How Do Clouds Form?
  11. Weather 101
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - No class on Tuesday due to our two-day Early Release schedule.

Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
HW - No homework is assigned unless a student falls behind. If your child falls behind, he or she can catch up on their Keyboarding and on their 3D GameLab assignments using any device that has an Internet connection. To practice keyboarding, a device with a full keyboard is best. Kids can also do their keyboarding practice and 3D GameLab assignments from home if they want to get ahead.
Email me with any questions.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Quarter 1, Week 4, 9/25 to 9/29

(This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

 Last updated on Monday, Sept 25, 2017, 3:01pm

1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
(Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
6th-grade Science

Monday - Today students will work on the Observation vs Inference Cubes Activity. 

Tuesday - Today students will complete the cube activity and then work on 3D GameLab quests.

HW - Today from 6pm to 8pm is Back to School Night! Parents, come to the auditorium at 6pm with your middle schooler.

Wednesday - Today students will complete a Mt Saint Helens Pear Deck activity.

Thursday - Today we will continue working on the MSH Pear Deck activity. Once the Takeaway documents are published, I will show students how to correct any parts they got wrong and use the documents as their Mt Saint Helens notes.

Friday - Today students will be working on 3D GameLab to complete the beginning of year assignments, including starting their Science blog.
8th-grade Science

Monday - Today we will finish Lesson 1 by finishing the Driving Question Board then reading pages 10 through 13 in the workbooks. Students will practice their annotation skills.

HW - Those who have not yet completed their Biome Commercial need to submit it this week. I will be available just about every day after school for students to use my laptops and to get help if they need it.

Tuesday - We will finish yesterday's reading, then move on to Lesson 2, part 2.1, What Makes Air Hot. Students will construct hand-drawn models of how air on Earth is heated.

Once we are done students can work on their 3D GameLab quests.

HW - Today from 6pm to 8pm is Back to School Night! Parents, come to the auditorium at 6pm with your middle schooler.

Wednesday - Lesson 2, part 2.1, What Makes Air Hot. Students will construct a model of how air on Earth is heated.

Thursday - Lesson 2, part 2.2, a lab to see how heat travels.

Friday - Finish yesterday's lab, then we will do the reading on pages 20 and 21. We will read together again to practice annotating science text.

When we are done, students will be able to work on their 3D GameLab quests.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
HW - Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm is Back to School Night! Parents, come to the auditorium at 6pm with your middle schooler.
Email me with any questions.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Quarter 1, Week 3, 9/18 to 9/22

(This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

 Last updated on Saturday, Sept 23, 2017, 12:20pm

1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
(Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
6th-grade Science

Monday - Today students will begin using 3D GameLab for Science. They will begin their first few assignments that include a survey and setting up their notebooks.

Periods 1 and 2 will finish the Pear Deck we started last week.

HW - Help your parents sign up for Bloomz if you have not already.

Tuesday - Today students will complete an Observation vs Inference activity.

Wednesday - Observation vs Inference Cube Activity continued.

Thursday - Observation vs Inference Cube Activity continued.

Friday - Observation vs Inference Cube Activity continued.
8th-grade Science

Monday - Checking in today to see how the Biome Commercial scripts are coming along. 

HW - Help your parents sign up for Bloomz if you have not already.

Tuesday - Today teams should complete their Biome Commercials

Wednesday - Teams will share their Biome Commercials today! Then students will work on their 3D GameLab assignments, which include setting up their notebooks. 

Thursday - Students will get their Earth Science workbooks today, What Makes the Weather Change? We will begin Lesson 1 - What is Weather?

Friday - Today we will finish Lesson 1 - What is Weather?
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday - Students will continue to work on their WoW in Schools 3D GameLab assignments until our All The Right Type accounts are set up. Our tech department is busy and it's taking longer than usual to set up the accounts.

HW - None

Tuesday to Friday - Students will be working on the WoW in Schools assignments until the All The Right Type accounts are set up. Once the accounts are setup students will begin using All The Right Type to practice typing every day.
Email me with any questions.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Quarter 1, Week 2, 9/11 to 9/15

Last updated on Friday, Sept 8, 2017, 3:00pm

6th grade Science

Monday - We will be working on Cispus activities all day today here at school. Students can bring their gear to leave here over night and they will take the 2:20pm bus home.

Bring gear to your 1st-period class!

HW - Come tomorrow with your daypack with your lunch and water bottle ready to go to Cispus!

Tuesday - Students can take their regular bus to school and we will leave for camp at about 8:15 or 8:30am. Make sure you have your daypack with a lunch and snacks.

Friday - Students need to be picked up from school at about 2pm. See you then!
6th grade Exploratory
Technology Lit

Monday - Today we will not have our regular 7th period class since we'll be working on Cispus activities. Students will meet with their HS Cispus Counselors during 5th period. They will work on their activity group Cispus banners.

HW - Come tomorrow with your daypack with your lunch and water bottle ready to go to Cispus!

Tuesday to Friday - Camp Cispus!
8th-grade Science

Monday to Friday - My 8th grade students will have a substitute teacher this week while I am at Camp Cispus.

Eighth graders will be working on the Biome Project they started last week. The goal is for teams to have their Biome Commercial done by Friday.

If they finish early they can work on the other 3D Gamelab quests.

Email me with any questions.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Quarter 1, Week 1, 9/4 to 9/8

(This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

 Last updated on Monday, Sept 4, 2017, 8:11pm

1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
(Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
6th-grade Science

Monday - No School - Labor Day!

Tuesday - Class Intro today and passing out paperwork to take home for homework. Students will begin using Classcraft and from now on Classcraft will be the opening activity while Mr. G takes attendance.

HW - Sixth graders were given their Cispus Packets! Please sign and return the field trip permission slip and health form tomorrow. If your child will need to take any medication at camp, get the authorization for medication form to a doctor so that our camp nurse can dispense the meds.

Kids also got my class intro sheet with the Bloomz code for parents to sign up for class updates.

Wednesday - Students will participate in a community building activity.

HW - A Cispus reminder was sent home with students. Turn in the field trip permission form and health form of the Cispus Packet tomorrow if you haven't already. Also, sign up for Bloomz if you haven't already. Visit the Parent's Corner if you need more information.

Thursday - Students will participate in a lab safety activity. Then students will learn how to use 3D GameLab to access, do, and submit their Science work.

HW - Another, yes a second, Cispus reminder was sent home with students.

Friday - Students will use 3D Gamelab to submit the first few assignments of the year: 
  1. Lab Safety
  2. Notebooking
  3. Blogging in Science.
HW - Bring Cispus gear on Monday to your 1st-period class to store it until we leave on Tuesday.
8th-grade Science

Monday - No School - Labor Day!

Tuesday - Class Intro today and passing out paperwork to take home for homework. Students will begin using Classcraft and from now on Classcraft will be the opening activity while Mr. G takes attendance.

HW - Eighth graders were given a syllabus packet with tons of information along with the Bloomz code for parents to sign up for class updates. Please fill out and return the family contact sheet so we can make sure we have current information.

Wednesday - Students will participate in a Lab Safety activity. Then students will start working on a Biome Project

HW - Sign up for Bloomz if you haven't already. Visit the Parent's Corner if you need more information.

Thursday - Mr. G will help students with the Biome Project so that they can work on it next week while the 6th grade is at Camp Cispus.

Friday - Mr. G will share ways students can make their Biome Commercials for the Biome Project
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday - No School - Labor Day!

Tuesday - Class Intro today and passing out paperwork to take home for homework.

HW - Kids got the class information sheet with a spot for parents to sign. Please sign and return with your child tomorrow.

Wednesday - By today students should start working on the 3D GameLab WoW in Schools course.

HW - Turn in the signed class information sheet if you haven't already.

Thursday - Students will be setting up their All The Right Type accounts to begin the keyboarding portion of this class. 

Friday - Students will work on their keyboarding practice and then work on the 3D GameLab portion of this class.
Email me with any questions.