Aug 28/29: Baseline assessment/Intro to Ecology

8th grade

8th grade students finished up our baseline assessment in class today.  After testing we compared our “Science Flowchart” to the old-fashioned idea of “THE Scientific Method”

Click the image below to check out an interactive version of the Science Flowchart!


7th Grade
Now that testing is officially over 7th grade students are beginning our lessons on Ecology!

Click below for a copy of the notes from class.

In class we did a few activities to explore the flow of energy through a food web.



Home Learning:

8th Grade: 

  • Gizmo account is ready for Tuesday/Wed.
  • Science vs. Pseudoscience mini-posters
  • Second look for other missing assignments

7th Grade: 

  • Gizmo account is ready for Tuesday/Wednesday!
  • Any assignments that have not been turned in can be submitted for a second look next class.

Enjoy your 3 Day Weekend!

Aug. 28 Grade updates (and second looks)

Just a quick update about grades (for all classes):

I am updating my hardcopy gradebook and starting to transfer scores to the online gradebook.  Students should be aware of what assignments they are missing at this point.

Students who are MISSING assignments can submit assignments for a “second look” at the beginning or end of a class period.

  • 7th Grade: Don’t forget Fusion pg. 18-31!
  • 8th Grade: Don’t forget Fusion pg. 25 AND your Science vs. Pseudoscience miniposter!

Aug 27– Testing… testing….

Note: My apologies for this post going up so late — for some reason it got saved as a draft and not uploaded as I intended.  

Last class period students have been working on their CGA Baseline assessment.    7th grade is finished, but 8th graders still have one more session.

Home Learning: 

Please remember to write your home learning assignments daily in your agenda.

  • 7th Grade
    • Fusion pg. 18-31  “Scientific Investigations” Read and answer questions (skip ‘think outside the box”) Due 28/29 (a/b day respectively)
  • 8th Grade
    • Complete Science vs. Pseudoscience “y-diagram” poster.  Due 28/29 (a/b day)
    • Holt Fusion “Scientific Knowledge” Read pg. 16-24.  Answer LESSON REVIEW questions on pg. 25

All students need to have their gizmo accounts set up because we plan to begin gizmos in class on Tuesday.

Attn: 8th graders- Science vs. Pseudoscience

Watch this episode of Bill Nye all about Pseudoscience.  Develop a Y-vocabulary miniposter (on a separate sheet of paper) explaining the difference between science and pseudoscience.


y diagram







Home Learning (All Classes)- Set up Gizmo Accounts

Enrolling in a class at also known as GIZMOS

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the “Enroll in a class” button in the upper right hand corner of the web page.
  3. Type in the class code. Each class has a specific code. Scroll down to see yours.
  4. Click “Continue” and follow the directions on the site to complete your enrollment. Use your school log in and your school password ONLY for this site. If you use something else, your file will be deleted.

Class Codes — 

  • Period 1A – 4NGP28QQRR
  • Period 2A-  C45K7XPFV5
  • Period 3A-  YHGC7BD7CG
  • Period 5B-  PBANDXWVXA
  • Period 6B-  RRLR9KQUU8
  • Period 7B-  BW3ENHUYYT


Aug. 18/19 Classroom expectations, ISN setup, etc

Wow! These first days of class just flew by!  I really enjoyed meeting all my new students (and seeing quite a few familiar faces!)

Remember, I teach both 7th and 8th grade so make sure you’re reading the right information.  Good news is that ALL students can get the same information right now :)

7th and 8th Grade: 

This class period was focused on going over classroom expectations, setting up our Interactive Science Notebook and Science Safety.

Make sure you bring your ISN to class EVERY DAY!  We are going to hit the ground running next time and start to talk about how science works.

Students will not be able to participate in lab activities without a signed safety agreement and proper “lab shoes” (No Open Toes!) 

Home Learning

  • Signed Safety Agreement (2 copies)

  • Signed Curriculum Letter


In case you wanted to see it again, here’s that Science Safety rap I found:

Welcome new students!

I’m looking forward to another awesome year teaching science at JLCP!  This year I’m teaching both 7th and 8th grade science, so please make sure you’re reading the correct information for your class. I will make sure that I label posts appropriately. 

This week all of my students will be discussing the scientific process to open up the school year.  Students will be able to differentiate between quantitative and qualitative observations and gather empirical evidence.  There are a variety activities the students will complete this week to demonstrate understanding of the scientific process of gathering, recording and analyzing data.  

Make sure you bring your spiral or composition notebook to class so we can set up our Interactive Science Notebooks.  See you all soon! 

Happy 4th of July




Last Day of School!

“SELAMI guys….”

I can’t believe the final day is already here — It feels like just yesterday was the first day of school!

I wanted to just say that I feel truly honored to have been your teacher this year. I am proud of each of you and know you will go on to do great things in High school and college.  Thank you for all of your hard work, great attitudes and for just being awesome people.

We want updates!!! Come back and visit us sometime at JLCP!