Ecosystems

This is a great video, which demonstrates how the reintroduction of 14 wolves into Yellowstone Park helped balance the ecosystem again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spH3ibXEDQI

 

Cosmic Calendar from National Geographic

Image result for cosmic big bang

For a 1 minute video explaining how old the universe is according to current science, watch this National Geographic clip:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/tv/cosmos-a-spacetime-odyssey/the-cosmic-calendar 

Students have lots of questions about the age of the universe and the age Earth.  

The Big Bang Theory is not just a TV show!  It is a theory that out of nothing, the universe exponentially expanded from a pin point of dense matter and energy.  

Of course, we know the beginning of this expansion--the energy which made it happen--was GOD the Creator!!!

 

When it is difficult, we get stronger!

When it is difficult,

We get stronger!

 

This is the theme for the science room this year!  There are pictures all around our classroom of people (and even Sponge Bob) lifting weights or working out. 


We discussed how muscles grow:  When you push muscles beyond what is easy, the muscle cells get micro-tears in them.  God gave our bodies a way to heal these tears, by sending more protein to the muscle cells.  More protein=more muscle!  Thus, when it is difficult, we get stronger!!!


We can apply this same logic to our brains.  When we push our brains beyond what is easy, our brain pathways are strengthened.  We get smarter, and better at troubleshooting!  When thinking is difficult, we get smarter!!!

 

Egg Drop May 2015

 

 

 

learning trouble shooting skills

Learning to trouble shoot

When students come to a parent for help, rather than just giving them the answer, please try to model good troubleshooting.  Here are some basic questions:

What have you already tried?

Do you have notes from class or past worksheets that would help you?

Have you read the chapter that this is covered in? May need to re-read a section or two.

Have you looked up in the index or glossary to find the exact pages that cover this topic?

Have you written down any formula or definitions that would help you to focus on this question?

Science is all about troubleshooting! Often the best kind of homework help a parent can give, is to point out what tools they already have at their disposal.  Then after they have exhausted these resources, and still need help...feel free to get them started, and then walk away. This is THEIR homework...not yours. Send them a clear message that you expect them to do the hard stuff first, then you will be happy to look it over, IF they still have a question.

 

 

drag racer



7th graders were treated to to a visit by drag race car owner and driver, Mike Buchanan, who talked to us about friction, acceleration,
speed, and safety. The highlight was when he started it up, and the roar could be heard inside the school!

Cool geological and biological places

Take some time to view these amazing photos of sights all over the world, with cool geological and biological formations!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/surreal-places-to-visit-before-you-die

Below is just a sample:

Tulip fields in the Netherlands
Tulip fields in the Netherlands

butterfly emerges from crysalis

pix of hamster babies

successful students

Successful science students do these things:

1.  Read the chapters when assigned...instead of skimming or just skipping the reading altogether.

2.  Review the day's notes at the end of the day.  (This helps with understanding, memory, and also helps identify things you don't understand, so that you can ask the teacher the next day.)

3.  Use the textbook and notes, to verify what to write for answers on assignments, rather than just guessing.

4.  Write complete sentences on every question, whether it is required or not. (This includes capital letters and periods.)

5.  Start studying for quizzes or tests 2 to 3 nights ahead.

6.  When studying, quiz self, by holding hand over answers and practicing recall.  (Studies show this is the most effective way to prepare to "recall" the information on tests.)

Good Luck and may your hard work pay off!

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