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AOW (Article of the Week) is due EVERY Friday (I will accept until Friday at midnight).  You may do articles ahead of time during a grading period.  I will accept ONE extra article as extra credit per grading period, but all other articles must be completed and it must be turned in a full week before the end of the grading period to be counted as extra credit.

AOW Directions:

1.  Choose an article online (If you use a printed article that is not online you must give me a copy).  The article must be related to science.  This AOW book icon above links you to many sites that have science articles.

You will need to copy the link for the article so Mrs. Falwell can read it.  The link will be in the bar at the top of the screen.  For example, the link to this page is      http://comelearnmore.com/     To copy, highlight the whole link, hold the ctrl button and c key at the same time.  To paste, put your cursor where you want to put the link and then hold the ctrl button and the v key at the same time.

2.  Do a close reading.

3.  Answer the AOW questions fully and in complete sentences.  This paper and pencil icon above links you to the questions form.


Layers due Fri, laptop info.

Remember that your layers fun-notes (see workshop 4 “flipped” assignment) is due Friday.  You can turn it in early, but not late.

Today in class we used the laptops to set up student email & edmodo accounts.  The group codes has been changed, so the old ones won’t work.  If you did not get a password sticker because you need your parents to sign the blog/photo permission slip, you can print one out (under “forms” at the top of this page).

Quiz Tues and a heads up about next week’s homework

Our first quiz is Tuesday on observation and inference.  Students should be able to define and identify examples of observation (both qualitative and quantitative kinds of observation) and inference.

Students took a “practice” quiz yesterday so they could see how tests are set up.  I create tests in sections so that students and I can tell exactly what they know and what they need help with.  When a scantron is graded, you can quickly see which section has those red marks indicating a concept that has not yet been mastered. 

Next week we will get into workshop #4 on the atmosphere.  You will be doing a “fun notes” activity.  I’ve already posted the fun notes sheet and some resources to use when researching the layers of the atmosphere.  Your fun notes should be done on white copy paper- you can use the regular 8.5 x 11″ size or the large 11 x 17 size.  Do not use anything larger than 11 x17! (that means DO NOT USE A POSTER!)  Atmosphere Layers fun notes are due no later than Friday, Sept 14.  You may turn it in early, but you LATE ATMOSPHERE LAYERS FUN NOTES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!

Volunteer Reminder- October Deadline

We will need volunteers this year for field trips and other class activities.  Thank you for being willing to help!  If you were an approved volunteer, you still need to activate your account each year.  Whether you are a first time or renewing volunteer, you can stop by any school to register.  Be sure to check all the schools where you are interested in volunteering (you do not have to go to each school separately).

“Flipped” assignment due Thursday

To be prepared for the activity Thursday you need to have the 3-variables chart filled in.  These are the directions:

  • Click on workshop #2 variables (on the left).
  • After the objectives and vocabulary you will see the “flipped”  assignment.
  • Click the link to read the article titled “Variables in your science fair project.”
  • Fill in the chart we glued to page R5 of your Interactive Notebook.  The information to fill in the blanks and the chart are in the article.
  • Have the chart completed when you come to class Thursday.

“Flipped” Assignment to prepare for Thursday’s class (AKA homework)

  • Click on workshop #2 (on your left)
  • You will see the instructions for the “Flipped”  assignment after the objectives and vocabulary.
  • Click the link for the article you need to read.
  • Fill in the chart (we glued it into your Interactive Notebook today on page R5).  The information to fill in the blanks and the chart are in the article.
  • Have the chart done when you come to class Thursday, and you are ready for the activity.

I have enjoyed the first two days of school.  I am looking forward to this school year with you!


Imhotep Academy Sessions– “Exploring the Dynamic Body through Biophotonics” and “Exploring Forensic Chemistry”

Imhotep Academy – Fall 2012 Session

“Exploring the Dynamic Body through Biophotonics”

Who: Middle School Students, Grade 6-8

Learn: Investigate living things and their physical properties with hands-on activities.  Use technology devices to examine the body and living organisms.  Discover how lasers are used in the medical, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Meet: Students with similar academic and scientific interests

NCSU Engineers, Scientists, and Professionals

Where: The Science House Suite 1200, NC State University

When: October 6 – November 3 (Saturdays) at 8:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Requirements: Register and submit payment of $150.00 by September 8, 2012

After deadline, fee for enrollment will be $175 per student.

Attend mandatory orientation on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Register online at: http://science-house.org/index.php/imhotep-academy

For additional information, contact Pamela Gilchrist at pamela_gilchrist@ncsu.edu or

call (919) 515-5570.


Imhotep Academy – Spring 2013 Session

“Exploring Forensic Chemistry”

Learn: Investigate the connection of chemical analysis and solving crimes with hands-on

Activities. Use technology devices to learn more about the role of forensic scientists.

Discover how chemistry is used in the medical, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.





Reading Selections:

Tips for Surviving in Antarctica (New York Times)


What’s Your Sunburn IQ?  Take this survey on Blackboard and we’ll review the results in class. Remember you must login to Blackboard to take the survey.  (You can also get to this survey by going to our class Blackboard site and selecting the blue “assessments” button.)  Source: Farenga, Stephen J, and Daniel Ness. “Developing Sun Sense: Learning about Protection from the Sun.” Science Scope. Summer 2008: 64-66. Print.  Visit <http://learningcenter.nsta.org/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/4/ss08_031_09_64> to order the article from NSTA.  Members can access the article for free.