What’s the MATTER…?

Learning Target:

  • Demonstrate your understanding of mass by using a triple beam balance
  • Form a reasonable estimate of mass and accurately measure mass using both a triple beam balance and a digital scale
  • Understand the difference between MASS and WEIGHT
  • Determine what objects / phenomena are considered MATTER

HOMEWORK TO COLLECT:  NONE … yet…

KEY VOCABULARY:  Matter, Mass, Inertia, Volume


Our first order of business will be logging on to QuestionPress – this will be an online resource we use a great deal in class to answer questions, take quizzes, and facilitate discussion.

  • Please go to www.questionpress.com/kdavid  You will answer two essay questions on this sit.
  • Make sure to bookmark www.questionpress.com/kdavid as we will be using it often

Today we will dive right into the heart of the matter – by discussing what ‘matter’ actually is and how we measure it.  If time permits, we will also hone our skills at some of the different methods for measuring matter.

What is ‘Matter‘?  How do we measure it?  What is ‘Mass‘?  How do we measure that?  These are questions we will take on today in discussion.

VIDEO SUPPORT:

“Inertia”

“Mass”

“Mass vs. Weight”

Today we will be engaging in a lab activity and getting used to some of the equipment in our laboratory – starting with some of the gear we use to measure mass.

VIRTUAL LAB:

One piece of equipment we will need to learn to use today is a Triple Beam Balance.  There is a short online tutorial that will help us in this task:

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(CLICK IMAGE TO GO TO TUTORIAL)

Complete the online tutorial – SKIP ‘Setup and Care’ – together with your lab partner first.  Once you have completed the tutorial, you may open and begin the lab below:

This is a MASSive lab

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HOMEWORK: Read pgs. 16 thru 19 in your ‘Chemical Building Blocks’ textbook (the blue one).  Watch (or review) the the 3 videos above

 

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That is sooo Whack! … June 1 & 2

Please post on the GOOGLE DOC a link to your video or picture that shows the WHACKEST adaptation or animal behavior.

 

You will have a maximum of 90 seconds to share what you have found!

HOMEWORK:  Bring in your textbooks if you haven’t already done so

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Oh, the places you’ll GROW … MAY 17 & 18

Tues., May 17 for Even classes; Wed., May 18 for Odd classes

Learning Targets:

  • Complete the waterproofing of your planter, add soil, and introduce your plants to their new home!
  • Paint your planter to reflect your sparkling personality…
  • Reflect upon your building and collaborative process and use of the design cycle during this project

HOMEWORK TO COLLECT:    


This period should see completion of your finished planter and actual planting(!) of your seedlings.  

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Many of you still need to put the finishing touches on your planters today, as well as planting and nurturing your tender seedlings.  Some of you will finish this up early in the period – use the remainder of the time to document both your finished project and your process during the build.  

In your reflection, you should definitely be looking back upon the original directions:  


Besides building the most effective planter box for your plants, we will have several constraints and ‘side goals’ such as:

  1. least waste – calculated by largest contiguous piece of plywood
  2. biggest box (maximizing available storage space)
  3. fit in plastic storage tub
  4. inside must be waterproofed by utilizing repurposed/salvaged plastic materials
  5. must have drainage holes in the bottom to allow for access water to drain out into the drip pan…
  6. must have a ‘drip pan’ underneath – also using a repurposed plastic container

HOMEWORK:  “What if…?  I like…!  I wish…”.  Your assignment for the follow up of your planter will be to complete Planter Box Project Reflection and put the link to your Science blog page on the GOOGLE DOC

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HOMEWORK:  Return all 5 textbooks before Friday, May 20 (3 Green, 1 Red, 1 Blue)

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Think outside the box … May 13 & 16

Fri., May 13 for Even classes; Mon., May 16 for Odd classes

Learning Targets:

  • Finish construction of your planter!   Including your plan for the drip tray, which can include any variety of repurposed plastics (you should be hunting these up on you your own
  • Paint your planter to reflect your sparkling personality…

HOMEWORK TO COLLECT:    


Key Vocabulary & Concepts:  Isometric drawing, orthographic drawing, jigsaw, drill bits, Phillips head, framing square, combination square 


This week will be mainly focused on finishing our boxes.  You will need an accurate CUTLIST before beginning to mark and cut your lumber.  

Planter Project:

  • Complete a list of materials – or ‘cut list’ for your planter – this should include the dimensions of all the pieces you will be cutting

cutList example

Reminders…

Each team will have:

  •  strip of plywood 30cm x 244cm to share with another team
  • framing material  (2.5cm x 3.5cm)

    Besides building the most effective planter box for your plants, we will have several constraints and ‘side goals’ such as:

  1. least waste – calculated by largest contiguous piece of plywood
  2. biggest box (maximizing available storage space)
  3. fit in plastic storage tub
  4. inside must be waterproofed by utilizing repurposed/salvaged plastic materials
  5. must have drainage holes in the bottom to allow for access water to drain out into the drip pan…
  6. must have a ‘drip pan‘ underneath – also using a repurposed plastic container

HOMEWORK:  Look around your home for any materials you can ‘repurpose’ to use as the drip tray for your planter, as well as something to use to waterproof the inside (like some thick plastic).  The goal should be repurposing some plastic material that otherwise would have been discarded.  

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You’re not BOARD are you? … May 11 & 12

Mon., May 11 for Even classes; Tues., May 12 for Odd classes

Learning Targets:

  • Finish the material ‘cut list’ for your planter
  • Familiarization with the proper use of clamps, drills, and saws
  • Construction of your planter!   

HOMEWORK TO COLLECT:    –     


Key Vocabulary & Concepts:  Isometric drawing, orthographic drawing, jigsaw, drill bits, Phillips head, framing square, combination square 


This week will be mainly focused on construction.  You will need an accurate CUTLIST before beginning to mark and cut your lumber.  

Planter Project:

  • Complete a list of materials – or ‘cut list’ for your planter – this should include the dimensions of all the pieces you will be cutting

cutList example

Reminders…

Each team will have:

  •  strip of plywood 30cm x 244cm to share with another team
  • framing material  (2.5cm x 3.5cm)

    Besides building the most effective planter box for your plants, we will have several constraints and ‘side goals’ such as:

  1. least waste – calculated by largest contiguous piece of plywood
  2. biggest box (maximizing available storage space)
  3. fit in plastic storage tub
  4. inside must be waterproofed by utilizing repurposed/salvaged plastic materials
  5. must have drainage holes in the bottom to allow for access water to drain out into the drip pan…
  6. must have a ‘drip pan‘ underneath – also using a repurposed plastic container

     

HOMEWORK:  If you did not turn in your Photosynthesis / Respiration Foldable – get that to Mr. David ASAP.  

HOMEWORK:  Look around your home for any materials you can ‘repurpose’ to use as the drip tray for your planter, as well as something to use to waterproof the inside (like some thick plastic).  The goal should be repurposing some plastic material that otherwise would have been discarded.  

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Some assembly required… Apr. 20/21 & 22/25

Wed., April 20 for Even classes; Thurs., April 21 for Odd classes

Learning Targets:

  • Complete the 3-view drawing of your planter
  • Create the material ‘cut list’ for your planter
  • Continue work on your photosynthesis/respiration ‘foldable’ 

HOMEWORK TO COLLECT:   Explore Learning – Cell Energy Cycle.  Place this in the dropbox folder at the beginning of class.    


Key Vocabulary & ConceptsChloroplasts, Mitochondria, Autotroph, Heterotroph, Photosynthesis, Chlorophyll, Glucose, Carbon Dioxide, ATP, aerobic respiration (with oxygen), anaerobic respiration (without oxygen)  


As part of our ongoing unit on growth, change, and…well…LIFE, you will have an opportunity to add some depth and creativity in the demonstration of your understanding of PHOTOSYNTHESIS and RESPIRATION with a format called a:

 Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration Foldable
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(CLICK on image to open instructions)

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(CLICK on the image above for examples and instructions)

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Basic Foldables – Click for a greater list of options for different types of foldables!


After a little time to work on and discuss your foldable options, you and your partner need to finish your 3-view drawing, cutlist, and start construction of your planter!  

Planter Project:

  • Complete a list of materials – or ‘cut list’ for your planter – this should include the dimensions of all the pieces you will be cutting

cutList example

Reminders…

Each team will have:

  •  strip of plywood 30cm x 244cm to share with another team
  • framing material  (2.5cm x 3.5cm)

    Besides building the most effective planter box for your plants, we will have several constraints and ‘side goals’ such as:

  1. least waste – calculated by largest contiguous piece of plywood
  2. biggest box (maximizing available storage space)
  3. fit in plastic storage tub
  4. inside must be waterproofed by utilizing repurposed/salvaged plastic materials
  5. must have drainage holes in the bottom to allow for access water to drain out into the drip pan…
  6. must have a ‘drip pan‘ underneath – also using a repurposed plastic container

    HOMEWORK: Decide on and start a foldable option to explain photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and how the two processes are related.

Working in collaboration with your partner, COMPLETE at least the portion of your foldable on PHOTOSYNTHESIS & CELLULAR RESPIRATION.  

screen-shot-2010-01-09-at-1-38-36-pmYour foldable must accomplish the following and demonstrate your understanding of these concepts: 

– Diagram explaining Photosynthesis

– Diagram explaining cellular respiration

– Clearly show where each process occurs in the cell

– You need to show the relationship between the two processes.  You can do this by using a foldable design that makes this possible, or create a separate graphic or page on your foldable that demonstrates your understanding clearly.

– Explains how life on our planet depends on photosynthesis and respiration

– Explains what would happen to life on Earth if cells could not conduct either photosynthesis or cellular respiration

Vocabulary words to use:  photosynthesis, cellular respiration, mitochondria, chloroplast, glucose, energy (ATP), autotroph, heterotroph, reactant, product

 Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration Foldable

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Foldable Project due:  April 28/29

Summative Test:  April 28 / 29 


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DRAWing a blank… Apr. 18 & 19

Mon., Apr. 18 for EVEN classes (Period 4&6); Tues., Apr. 19 for ODD classes (Period 3&5)  

Learning Targets:

  • Complete an accurate 3-view drawing of your planter that matches your isometric drawing
  • Establish the cutlist for your planter based upon your 3-view drawing

HOMEWORK TO COLLECT:   None.  (you should have completed Activity A from the ‘Cell Energy Cycle’ gizmo from Explore Learning


DESIGNERS UNITE!

For our design, engineering, and construction challenge, you will be required to submit a isometric (3D) sketch (does not have to be to scale) of your planter box & completed 3-view drawing  (drawn to scale:  1 square on the graph paper = 1 cm).

For today, you will be getting together with your partner again to:

  • Complete the orthographic (3-view) drawing to EXACTLY 1/2 scale.  Your 3-view drawing must be accurate and allow you to create your eventual cutlist for your planter.  
  • Make sure you review the ‘reminders’ below in your planning and design!!  

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iso and 3 view

Reminders…

Each team will have:

  •  strip of plywood 30cm x 244cm to share with another team
  • framing material  (2.5cm x 3.5cm)

    Besides building the most effective planter box for your plants, we will have several constraints and ‘side goals’ such as:

  1. least waste – calculated by largest contiguous piece of plywood
  2. biggest box (maximizing available storage space)
  3. fit in plastic storage tub
  4. inside must be waterproofed by utilizing repurposed/salvaged plastic materials
  5. must have drainage holes in the bottom to allow for access water to drain out into the drip pan…
  6. must have a ‘drip pan‘ underneath – also using a repurposed plastic container

..start drawing!


HOMEWORK:  Explore Learning – Cell Energy Cycle.  Complete ACTIVITY B for homework.  Go to Explore Learning, log in user your username and password, and open the ‘cell energy cycle’ gizmo.   


RESOURCES:  Below is a great image that you should spend some time reviewing on some of the key parts of photosynthesis – of course, the process is far more complex, but let’s make sure we understand the basics for now: 

photosynthesis and respiration infographic


Watch the embedded video clip on photosynthesis and cellular respiration!  

Click on the image below to download a digital version of this week’s notes:  

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GROWing pains … April 13 & 14

Thurs., Apr. 14 for EVEN classes (Period 4&6); Fri., Apr. 15 for ODD classes (Period 3&5)  

Learning Targets:

  • Complete an accurate 3-view drawing of your planter that matches your isometric drawing
  • Demonstrate your understanding of photosynthesis on a formative quiz 

HOMEWORK TO COLLECT:   None.  (there will be a short formative quiz over photosynthesis – review the notes!)    


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DESIGNERS UNITE!

For our design, engineering, and construction challenge, you will be required to submit a isometric (3D) sketch (does not have to be to scale) of your planter box & completed 3-view drawing  (drawn to scale:  1 square on the graph paper = 1 cm).

For today, you will be getting together with your partner again to:

  • Create an orthographic (3-view) drawing to EXACTLY 1/2 scale.  Your 3-view drawing must be accurate and allow you to create your eventual cutlist for your planter.  
  • Make sure you review the ‘reminders’ below in your planning and design!!  

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iso and 3 view

Reminders…

Each team will have:

  •  strip of plywood 30cm x 244cm to share with another team
  • framing material  (2.5cm x 3.5cm)

    Besides building the most effective planter box for your plants, we will have several constraints and ‘side goals’ such as:

  1. least waste – calculated by largest contiguous piece of plywood
  2. biggest box (maximizing available storage space)
  3. fit in plastic storage tub
  4. inside must be waterproofed by utilizing repurposed/salvaged plastic materials
  5. must have drainage holes in the bottom to allow for access water to drain out into the drip pan…
  6. must have a ‘drip pan‘ underneath – also using a repurposed plastic container

..start drawing!


 

HOMEWORK:  Explore Learning – Cell Energy Cycle.  Complete ACTIVITY A for homework.  You can continue to Activity B if you like to get ahead, but it is not required for next class.  


 

RESOURCES:  Below is a great image that you should spend some time reviewing on some of the key parts of photosynthesis – of course, the process is far more complex, but let’s make sure we understand the basics for now: 

photosynthesis and respiration infographic


Watch the embedded video clip on photosynthesis and cellular respiration!  

Click on the image below to download a digital version of this week’s notes:  

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Back to the DRAWING board … Apr. 12 & 13

Tues., Apr. 12 for EVEN classes (Period 4&6); Wed., Apr. 13 for ODD classes (Period 3&5)  

Learning Targets:

  • Complete an accurate isometric (3-D) drawing of your planter design & begin your 3-view drawing to prep your cutlist

HOMEWORK TO COLLECT:   Photosynthesis & Respiration Reading Guide pgs 44-53.  Please place in the Dropbox at the beginning of class.    


** Due to MAP testing, we will have a shortened period today and Wednesday ** 


DESIGNERS UNITE!

For our design, engineering, and construction challenge, you will be required to submit a isometric (3D) sketch (does not have to be to scale) of your planter box & completed 3-view drawing  (drawn to scale:  1 square on the graph paper = 1 cm).

For today, you will be getting together with your partner again to:

  • Come to a consensus on one of your designs and create a neat, clear ISOMETRIC drawing of that design at approximately 1/2 scale (0.5 cm = 1 cm) 
  • Create an orthographic (3-view) drawing to EXACTLY 1/2 scale.  Your 3-view drawing must be accurate and allow you to create your eventual cutlist for your planter.  
  • Make sure you review the ‘reminders’ below in your planning and design!!  

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iso and 3 view

Reminders…

Each team will have:

  •  strip of plywood 30cm x 244cm to share with another team
  • framing material  (2.5cm x 3.5cm)

    Besides building the most effective planter box for your plants, we will have several constraints and ‘side goals’ such as:

  1. least waste – calculated by largest contiguous piece of plywood
  2. biggest box (maximizing available storage space)
  3. fit in plastic storage tub
  4. inside must be waterproofed by utilizing repurposed/salvaged plastic materials
  5. must have drainage holes in the bottom to allow for access water to drain out into the drip pan…
  6. must have a ‘drip pan‘ underneath – also using a repurposed plastic container

..start drawing!

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HOMEWORK:   Next class there will be a short essay/diagraming quiz over photosynthesis.  Your homework is to review the resources below to help you prepare!

 

 Below is a great image that you should spend some time reviewing on some of the key parts of photosynthesis – of course, the process is far more complex, but let’s make sure we understand the basics for now: 

photosynthesis and respiration infographic


Watch the embedded video clip on photosynthesis and cellular respiration!  

Click on the image below to download a digital version of this week’s notes:  

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LIGHTen Up! … Apr. 7 & 11

Thurs., Apr. 7 for EVEN classes (Period 4&6); Mon., Apr. 11 for ODD classes (Period 3&5)  

Learning Targets:

  • Continue designing the planter for your growing plants!
  • Complete an accurate isometric (3-D) drawing of your planter design

HOMEWORK TO COLLECT:   NONE  

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Today we will start out with a Kahoot quiz (formative) on photosynthesis and use this as our springboard to discussion on this process that allows life on Earth to exist.

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Photosynthesis!!

We will be talking about this process in great detail throughout the next week, and discussing the interrelationship between plants and animals.

Photosynthesis humor

VIDEO:  This quick video shows a brief explanation of how some of the early scientists discovered photosynthesis.

 We will be taking a few notes on the process of photosynthesis today.  Click on the image below to download a digital version of today’s notes:  

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 Below is a great image that you should spend some time reviewing if you are still confused on some of the key parts of photosynthesis – of course, the process is far more complex, but let’s make sure we understand the basics for now: 

photosynthesis and respiration infographic


DESIGNERS UNITE!

For our design, engineering, and construction challenge, you will be required to submit a isometric (3D) sketch (does not have to be to scale) of your planter box & completed 3-view drawing  (drawn to scale:  1 square on the graph paper = 1 cm).

For today, you will be getting together with your partner to:

  • Brainstorm and create at least 2 possible planter box designs per team member   
  • Come to a consensus on one of your designs and create a neat, clear ISOMETRIC drawing of that design at 1/2 scale (0.5 cm = 1 cm) 

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iso and 3 view

Reminders…

Each team will have:

  •  strip of plywood 30cm x 244cm to share with another team
  • framing material  (2.5cm x 3.5cm)

    Besides building the most effective planter box for your plants, we will have several constraints and ‘side goals’ such as:

  1. least waste – calculated by largest contiguous piece of plywood
  2. biggest box (maximizing available storage space)
  3. fit in plastic storage tub
  4. inside must be waterproofed by utilizing repurposed/salvaged plastic materials
  5. must have drainage holes in the bottom to allow for access water to drain out into the drip pan…
  6. must have a ‘drip pan’ underneath – also using a repurposed plastic container

..start designing!

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HOMEWORK:   For homework last class, you should have read pgs. 44-53 in your ‘Cells & Heredity’ text… this will make tonight’s homework a breeze.  Complete the Photosynthesis & Respiration Reading Guide pgs 44-53.  Due at the beginning of the period next class.    

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