Sunday, November 19, 2017

Quarter 2, Week 3, 11/20 to 11/24

(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, Nov 19, 2017, 9:45pm

 Monday, I am sending home permission slips for students who got selected to participate in a live telecast from the International Space Station (ISS) at the Galaxy Theaters in Gig Harbor on Tuesday, December 12! Students applied and Mrs. Stvartak and I selected 77 to attend! Five of them even got their questions selected to represent Chimacum Middle School! If your child cannot go or the permission slip doesn't get back to us this week, we will offer the seat to students on the waiting list so please fill out and sign that permission as soon as you can and have your child bring it to school. We will also need six parent chaperones so be on the lookout for a chance to sign up on Bloomz. We only have room for 77 students and six parents so we'll take those whose child was invited on a first come, first served basis.

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 and Tuesday - Students need to finish their Faraday Golfing Machine Blog Posts this week so that we can start the next STEM Robotics unit after Thanksgiving.

HW - Finish your Robots Blog Post and/or your Faraday Golfing Machine Blog Post for homework if you did not finish those this week.

Wednesday - Today we will be on our Early Release/Late Start Schedule

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

This week we will not go fish trapping because we need to finish the Faraday Golfing Challenge and we don't have enough days to do it all.
8th-grade Science

Monday and Tuesday - This week students will finish Lesson 1 of our What Makes Organisms Look The Way They Do unit. Instead of assigning the end of lesson reading form homework we will do it together in class to review how to annotate (Reading 1.3, pages 8 to 11).

Then students will have time to complete their 3D GameLab quests including fixing their Weather Exams.

HW - None if you are all caught up. If you don't finish fixing the questions you got wrong on your Weather Exam then you need to do that for homework.

Wednesday - Today we will be on our Early Release/Late Start Schedule

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Wednesday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Play World of Warcraft to level up your character! OR 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, November 12, 2017

Quarter 2, Week 2, 11/13 to 11/17

(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, Nov 12, 2017, 9:46pm

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 to Wednesday - This week students will complete their Faraday Golfing Machine challenge, including the blog post. Then students will have time to work on their 3D GameLab quests.

HW - None if you are all caught up. Look here for a list of assignments that need to be done by now.

Thursday - Parent/Teacher/Student conferences!

Come in between 8am and 12noon, or 1pm to 4:30pm, or 5:30pm to 8pm to see all your child's teachers.

Friday - For conferences today, teachers will be available from 8am to 12noon only. Stop by if you didn't make it yesterday.

This week period 1 might set the fish traps if the weather is safe. If it's too windy we might wait until next week.
8th-grade Science

Monday to Wednesday - This week we are going to complete the Why Do Organisms Look the Way They Look Lesson 1, pages 1 to 11. If we have time students will get to work on their 3D GameLab assignments.

HW - Fix the questions that you did not get correct on your Weather test. Also, read, annotate, and answer the questions on Reading 1.3, Where did you get those eyes, pages 9 to 11 in our new workbook.

Thursday - Parent/Teacher/Student conferences!

Come in between 8am and 12noon, or 1pm to 4:30pm, or 5:30pm to 8pm to see all your child's teachers.

Friday - For conferences today, teachers will be available from 8am to 12noon only. Stop by if you didn't make it yesterday.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Wednesday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Play World of Warcraft to level up your character! OR Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
Thursday and Friday - Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences in the middle school commons.

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, November 5, 2017

Quarter 2, Week 1, 11/6 to 11/10

(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, Nov 12, 2017, 10:08pm

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 to Wednesday- This week student teams will work on the Faraday Golfing Machine challenge. That will complete the first Unit of our STEM Robotics curriculum! 

HW - None unless you fall behind.

Thursday-  We will have a Veteran's Day assembly today in the morning.

Friday - No School - Veteran's Day

This week period 3 will set the fish traps one day, then return the next day to ID and count any fish we catch in the traps. We always return the fish to the creek.
8th-grade Science

Monday - Today students are still working on their Weather Exams. This is the last day students will have to work on their exam.

HW - None unless you have fallen behind.

Tuesday to Thursday - This week we are going to start the second IQWST Unit on Heredity and Natural Selection!

Students will be learning about genetics and how we get our traits from our parents!

Friday - No School - Veteran's Day
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Thursday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Play World of Warcraft to level up your character! OR Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
Friday - No School - Veteran's Day

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.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Quarter 1, Week 9, 10/30 to 11/3

(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, Oct 30, 2017, 7:10am

This is the last week of the quarter! Nov 16 and 17 will be Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences to go over our 1st Quarter.


Spirit Week this week, here are the daily plans: Monday - Inside/Outside or Backward Day, Tuesday - Jocks and Nerds Day, Wednesday - Twin Day, Thursday - Fandom Day, Friday - Blue/Chimacum Colors Day


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 to Friday - This week students will have more time to work on their 3D GameLab work as well as choosing samples of their work so far for their electronic portfolios (ePortfolios).

This week we will also work on the Faraday Golfing Machine Robotics activity.

HW - None unless you have fallen behind.

This week period 1 will set the fish traps one day, then return the next day to ID and count any fish we catch in the traps. We always return the fish to the creek.

If the weather permits, I'll take 2nd period down later in the week. Maybe Thursday and Friday. We'll see, otherwise, 2nd period will go down next week.
8th-grade Science

Monday - Today we will complete page 36 from our class barometer data.

Then students can work on their 3D GameLab quests to study for the upcoming weather final exam. 

I will also be leading students through an activity where they will be guiding an International Space Station (ISS) digital camera to take digital images for us that WE CHOOSE! Exciting!

HW - Do any catch-up work so that you can be ready for the exam. 

Tuesday - Last day to study for the exam and complete the 3D GameLab quests.

Students must also finish setting up their electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) and adding samples of their Weather work and learning.

Wednesday - Weather Unit final exam!

Thursday - Today those who did not complete the final exam get a chance to finish. Those who did finish and need to fix any answers will get to do so today.

Friday - Last chance to finish weather 3D GameLab quests and to finish the exam.
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.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Quarter 1, Week 8, 10/23 to 10/27

(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, Oct 23, 2017, 7:06am

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 to Friday - This week students will finish their Gear experiments to see how gear arrangement affects how many times a tire turns. They are collecting data to answer that question.

Students will then get time to work on their 3D GameLab assignments to catch up on those. 

By the end of the week we should be starting the next STEM Robotics 101 activity called the Faraday Golfing Machine!

Here are the quests that students need to have completed by this week:
  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
  13. Parts Exploration
  14. Gears
HW - None if you are all caught up.

Period 1, Group B, will try fish trapping this week. The path to the creek should be cleared by Wednesday so we'll try to set the traps on Thursday and check them on Friday.
8th-grade Science

Monday to Friday - This week the plan is to finish Lesson 5, What Can Weather Maps Tell Us, and prepare for the end of the quarter by adding work to portfolios. Students will get time to work on 3D GameLab as well before we begin Lesson 6, Does the Storm Model Fit Data From a Storm?

Here are the quests that students need to have completed by this week:

  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
  14. What Can Weather Maps Tell Us?
  15. Time to Add to Your Science Portfolio
  16. Fronts
HW - If you are all caught up on 3D GameLab, then you are good to go there. This week's homework will be the Lesson 5 reading on pages 47 through 50 of your IQWST workbook. Remember to answer the prompts and annotate your reading the way we practiced in class.
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 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.