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Welcome to Science!

This is my first year teaching at St Joseph. I currently teach science to all of our middle school students. Before coming to St Joseph I taught both middle and high school science for 5 years.

I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix and a Masters of Art in Teaching Secondary Education from National Louis University.

 

ABOUT OUR SCIENCE PROGRAM

All grades start the program by learning about classroom and lab procedures, expected behaviors, lab safety, lab equipment, grading and expectations. 

 

Grade level programs are as follows:

6th grade - Earth Science

7th grade - Life Science

8th grade - Physical Science

 

Our textbook for all grades is Savvas Realize. Students will have both a physical textbook and online textbook and access to this program.

 

Posts

Week at a Glance November 28th to December 2nd

Homeroom Schedule:

7th and 8th Grade will follow the same schedule this week. 

Monday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Tuesday:  Both classes have math and science.

                 7 Black has math the longer period before lunch (gold has science).

                 8 Black has science first period and gold has math.

Wednesday:  Black has math and gold has science.

Thursday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Friday:  Black has math and gold has science.


6th grade: 

    • Monday - Begin Chapter 3 Lesson 2 - Untamed Science Video and Inquiry Warm Up What is Soil and How Soil Forms
    • Tuesday - Read Chapter 3 Lesson 2 pages 80 to 82 and take notes
    • Wednesday - Read Chapter 3 Lesson 2 pages 83 to 85 and takes notes
    • Thursday - Lab The Contents of Soil
    • Friday - Assess Your Understanding and Key Concepts
  • QUIZ ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 6th

7th grade:

    • Monday (Black) - Begin Life Science Chapter 1 Lesson 1 - Untamed Science Video, Read pages 8 to 17 and take notes
    • Tuesday (Black) - Finish reading pages 8 to 17 and take notes
    • Tuesday (Gold) - Begin Life Science Chapter 1 Lesson 1 - Untamed Science Video, Read pages 8 to 17 and take notes
    • Wednesday (Gold)- Finish reading pages 8 to 17 and take notes
    • Thursday (Black)- Assess Your Understanding, Key Concepts and Review and Reinforce
    • Friday (Gold) - Assess Your Understanding, Key Concepts and Review and Reinforce
  • QUIZ - BLACK ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 6th / GOLD ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7th

8th grade:

    • Monday (Black) - Begin Physical Science Chapter 1 Lesson 1 - Untamed Science Video, Read pages 10 to 13 and take notes
    • Tuesday (Black) - Finish reading pages 10 to 13 and take notes / If time begin Assess Your Understanding
    • Tuesday (Gold) - Begin Physical Science Chapter 1 Lesson 1 - Untamed Science Video, Read pages 10 to 13 and take notes
    • Wednesday (Gold)- Finish reading pages 10 to 13 and take notes / If time begin Assess Your Understanding
    • Thursday (Black)- Finish Assess Your Understanding, Lab Physical Properties, Begin Key Concepts and Review and Reinforce
    • Friday (Gold) - Finish Assess Your Understanding, Lab Physical Properties, Begin Key Concepts and Review and Reinforce
  • QUIZ - BLACK ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 6th / GOLD ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7th

Week at a Glance November 21st to 25th

Homeroom Schedule:

6th, 7th and 8th Grade will all have Math and Science each day.  

Black has science first / Gold has math first

Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL November 23rd through 25th

6th grade:

  • Monday - Review for quiz by completing Rocks and Weathering Review and Reinforce
  • Tuesday - Chapter 3 Lesson 1 Quiz

7th grade:

  • Monday - Review for quiz by completing Water Underground Review and Reinforce
  • Tuesday - Chapter 7 Lesson 3 Quiz

8th grade:

  • Monday - Quiz on Chapter 11 Lesson 3
  • Tuesday - Enrich Gravity and Motion 

Week at a Glance November 7th to 11th

Homeroom Schedule:

7th and 8th Grade will follow the same schedule this week. 

Monday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Tuesday:  Black has math and gold has science.

Wednesday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Thursday:  Black has math and gold has science.

Friday:  Both classes have math and science.

              7 Black has science the period before lunch (7 Gold has math.)

              8 Black has science first period (8 Gold has math.)

6th Grade

Tuesday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Wednesday:  Black has math and gold has science.


6th grade:

  • Chapter 2 Earthquakes - Lesson 3 Monitoring Earthquakes
  • Chapter 2 Volcanoes - Lesson 1 Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics

7th grade:

  • Chapter 7 Water - Lesson 1 & 2 Quiz - BLACK on MONDAY / GOLD on TUESDAY
  • Finish Chapter 7 Water - Lesson 3 Water Underground
  • Chapter 7 Water - Lesson 4 Exploring the Ocean / Lesson 5 Wave Action

8th grade:

  • Chapter 11 Earth Moon and Sun - Lesson 1 & 2 Quiz - BLACK on MONDAY / GOLD on TUESDAY
  • Finish Chapter 11 Earth Moon and Sun - Lesson 3 Gravity and Motion
  • Chapter 11 Earth Moon and Sun - Lesson 4 Phases and Eclipses / Lesson 5 Tides

Week at a Glance October 31st to November 4th

Homeroom Schedule:

7th and 8th Grade will follow the same schedule this week 

Monday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Tuesday:  Black has math and gold has science.

Wednesday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Thursday:  Black has math and gold has science.

Friday - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Inservice)

6th grade:

  • Finish Chapter 2 - Earthquakes - Lesson 2 Earthquakes and Seismic Waves
  • Review for mid-chapter test - Lesson 1 & 2
  • Mid Chapter Test on THURSDAY
  • Begin Chapter 2 Earthquakes - Lesson 3 Monitoring Earthquakes

7th grade:

  • Review for Chapter 6 test - Lesson 1 thru 3
  • Chapter 6 Test - BLACK on WEDNESDAY / GOLD on THURSDAY
  • Begin Chapter 7 Water - Lesson 1 Water on Earth, Lesson 2 Surface Water

8th grade:

  • Review for Chapter 10 test - Lesson 1 thru 4
  • Chapter 10 Test - BLACK on WEDNESDAY / GOLD on THURSDAY
  • Begin Chapter 11 Earth Moon and Sun - Lesson 1 The Sky From Earth, Lesson 2 Earth in Space

 

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Week at a Glance October 24th to October 28th

Homeroom Schedule:

7th and 8th Grade will follow the same schedule this week 

Monday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Tuesday:  Both classes have math and science.

                 7 Black has math the period right before lunch (gold has science).

                 8 Black has science first period (gold has math).

Wednesday:  Black has math and gold has science.

Thursday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Friday:  Black has math and gold has science.

 

6th grade:

  • Finish Chapter 2 - Earthquakes - Lesson 1 Forces in Earth’s Crust
  • Chapter 2 Earthquakes - Lesson 2 Earthquakes and Seismic Waves
  • Review for mid-chapter test next week

7th grade:

  • Finish Chapter 6 Energy Resources - Lesson 2 Renewable Sources of Energy
  • QUIZ on Lesson 2 (BLACK on Tuesday / GOLD on Wednesday)
  • Chapter 6 Energy Resources - Lesson 3 Alternative Sources of Energy
  • Virtual Lab Biogas Farming 

8th grade:

  • Finish Chapter 10 Climate and Climate Change Lesson 3 Changes in Climate
  • QUIZ on Lesson 3 (BLACK on Tuesday / GOLD on Wednesday)
  • Chapter 10 Climate and Climate Change Lesson 4 Human Activities and Climate Change
  • Virtual Lab Human Impact on Climate Change

Week at a Glance October 17th to October 21st

Homeroom Schedule:

7th/8th Grade

Monday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Tuesday:  Both classes have math and science.

                 7 Black has science the period before lunch (gold has math).

                 8 Black has science first period and gold has math.            

Wednesday:  Black has math and gold has science.


NO SCHOOL THURSDAY - Parent Teacher Conferences

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY


6th grade:

  • Chapter 2 - Earthquakes - Lesson 1 Forces in Earth’s Crust

7th grade:

  • Chapter 6 Energy Resources - Lesson 1 Fossil Fuels
  • QUIZ on Lesson 1 Tuesday for Black / Wednesday for Gold
  • Chapter 6 Energy Resources - Lesson 2 Renewable Sources of Energy

8th grade:

  • Review Chapter 10 Climate and Climate Change - Lesson 1 What Causes Climate / Lesson 2 Climate Regions
  • QUIZ on Lesson 1 & 2 Tuesday for Black / Wednesday for Gold
  • Chapter 10 Climate and Climate Change Lesson 3 Changes in Climate

Spirit wear dress down on Friday to send off our state cross country participants.  

 

Pink $1 dress down on Monday for pink out for breast cancer

 

Week at a Glance October 10th to October 14th

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY OCTOBER 10TH

Homeroom Schedule:

7th/8th Grade

Tuesday:  Black has science and gold has math.                 

Wednesday:  Black has math and gold has science.

Thursday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Friday:  Black has math and gold has science.

6th Grade

Thursday:  Black has science and gold has math.

Friday:  Black has math and gold has science.

 

6th grade:

  • Students will finish learning about drifting continents, sea floor spreading and the theory of plate tectonics
  • Chapter Test on Thursday/Friday

7th grade:

  • Finish Chapter 5 Test on Tuesday/Wednesday
  • Finish presenting projects for Chapter 5
  • Begin learning about energy resources

8th grade:

  • Begin learning about climate and climate change

Week at a Glance October 3rd to October 7th

Homeroom Schedule:

7th grade:

  • Monday:  Both classes have math and science.  (Black has science first.)
  • Friday:  Both classes have math and science.  (Black has science first.)

8th grade:

  • Monday:  Black has science and gold has math.
  • Tuesday:  Black has math and gold has science.
  • Wednesday:  Black has science and gold has math.
  • Thursday:  Black has math and gold has science.
  • Friday:  Both classes have math and science.  (Black has science first.)

6th grade:

  • Complete Minerals and Rocks and Quiz on Wednesday
  • Students will learn about drifting continents, sea floor spreading and the theory of plate tectonics

7th grade:

  • Review for Chapter 5 test
  • Chapter 5 test on Friday

8th grade:

  • Students will learn about storms and weather maps
  • Review for Chapter 9 test
  • Chapter 9 test on Wednesday/Thursday

Week at a Glance September 26th to September 30th

Homeroom Schedule:

  • Monday:  Black has science and gold has math
  • Tuesday:  Both classes have math and science
  •                  7 Black has science has before lunch (gold has math)
  • Wednesday:  Black has math and gold has science
  • Thursday:  Black has science and gold has math
  • Friday:  Black has math and gold has science

6th grade:

  • Quiz Monday on Intro to Earth
  • Students will learn about classifying minerals and rocks
  • Quiz on minerals and rocks on Friday

7th grade:

  • Quiz Monday on relative age of rocks and radioactive dating
  • Students will learn about geological time scale, early earth and era’s of earth’s history

8th grade:

  • Quiz on Monday about types of clouds
  • Students will learn about precipitation, air masses and storms

Week at a Glance September 19th to September 23rd

Homeroom Schedule:

  • Monday:  Black has science and gold has math.
  • Tuesday: 8:30am MASS -  Black has math and gold has science.
  • Wednesday:  Both classes have math and science.  Black has science first.
  • Thursday:  Both classes have math and science.  Black has science first.
  • Friday:  Both classes have math and science.  Black has science first.

6th grade:

  • Students will complete their learning on introducing the earth and quiz.
  • Students will begin learning about minerals and rock

7th grade:

  • Students will begin learning about the relative age of rocks and radioactive dating
  • Students will quiz on relative age of rocks and radioactive dating

8th grade:

  • Students will learn about clouds through labs and a webquest
  • Students will quiz on clouds upon return from Camp Edwards
  • Camp Edwards this week!

Week at a Glance September 12th to September 16th

Homeroom Schedule:

  • Monday:  Black has science and gold has math
  • Tuesday: 8:30am Mass Black has math and gold has science
  • Wednesday:  Black has science and gold has math
  • Thursday:  Black has math and gold has science
  • Friday:  Both classes have math and science

6th grade:

  • Students will learn about the earth's systems, the earth’s interior, convection and the mantle.
  • Students will complete their learning on introducing the earth and quiz.

7th grade:

  • Students will learn about fossils, types of fossils, how they are formed and what they can tell us about history of organisms.
  • Students will complete their learning on fossils and quiz.
  • Students will begin learning about the relative age of rocks 

8th grade:

  • Students will learn about water in the air, create a psychrometer, learn about humidity, relative humidity and dew point.  
  • Students will complete their learning on- water in the atmosphere and quiz.
  • Students will begin learning about clouds

Week at a Glance September 5th to September 9th

Homeroom Schedule:

  • Monday - LABOR DAY - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday - 8:30am Mass - Black has Science FIRST / Gold has Math FIRST
  • Wednesday - Black has Science / Goldhas Math
  • Thursday -  Gold has Science / Black has Math
  • Friday - Black has Science FIRST / Gold has Math FIRST

6th grade:

  • Complete Lab Equipment CER Activity - getting to know lab equipment and uses
  • Begin Earth Systems - understanding the spheres of the earth and forces within those spheres

7th grade:

  • Complete Lab Equipment CER Activity - getting to know lab equipment and uses
  • Begin A Trip Through Geological Time - types of fossils and the relative age of rocks

8th grade:

  • Complete Lab Equipment CER Activity - getting to know lab equipment and uses
  • Begin Weather - how is weather predicted and water in our atmosphere

***We are actively working in the lab now and some students still do not have safety goggles.  Please see my website for appropriate safety goggles and make sure that your child has a pair to store at school so they are able to participate in labs!

Week at a Glance August 29- September 2

Homeroom Schedule:

  • Monday - Black & Gold both have Math & Science
  • Tuesday (8:30am Mass) - Black & Gold both have Math & Science
  • Wednesday - Black & Gold both have Math & Science
  • Thursday - Black & Gold both have Math & Science
  • Friday - Black & Gold both have Math & Science

*(Black has Science first - Gold has Math first)

6th/7th/8th  grades SCIENCE:

SIGNED SAFETY CONTRACTS DUE MONDAY AUGUST 29TH!

  • Complete lab safety unit - posters and quiz
  • CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) process/expectations
  • Lab Equipment CER Activity - getting to know lab equipment and uses

***Please make sure to have safety GOGGLES by Monday.  Refer to website or google classroom for examples and descriptions of appropriate goggles for lab.

Week at a Glance August 22 - August 26

Homeroom Schedule:

  • Thursday - Black & Gold both have Math & Science
  • Friday - Black & Gold both have Math & Science 

*(Black has Science first - Gold has Math first)

MONDAY:

8:30am Mass 

9:10 - 10:30am Meet Your Teacher / Supply Drop Off

WEDNESDAY - First Day of School - 11am Dismissal - No Bus Service

 

6th/7th/8th  grades:

  • Go through science classroom/lab expectations and syllabus
  • Begin lab safety unit - safety video, rules, contract  and poster