Welcome! Daily information is posted below!

Monday, September 8

Friday, September 5

Thursday, September 4
Analyzing Data and Writing a Conclusion

Wednesday, September 3
Demonstration on Materials and Procedures

Tuesday, September 2
Variables Project DUE TODAY.
-Variables Assessment Today! 
-Writing Procedures and Listing Materials

Friday, August 29
-Assessment: Scientific Method
-Work on Variables Project - DUE TUESDAY (no school on Monday)

Thursday, August 28

Wednesday, August 27
-Dependent and Independent Variables Project

Tuesday, August 26
-Creating a hypothesis with all important attributes and identifying independent and dependent variables.
HW: Create the hypothesis and identify variables and constants (half sheet).

Monday, August 25
-What is the scientific method? Create foldable.
HW: Add any details you are missing to your foldable.

Here is the End of Year Video for you to download:
Email Mindy.Pallagi@dvusd.org if there are any problems! :) Have a fantastic summer!!

April 22
Links to Home Options:

April 9

Links for DSS: 

April 4
DSS Link:
March 28
DSS Links:

1. http://www.funbrain.com/poly/  (area & perimeter/ hard/ single)

2. http://www.factmonster.com/math/knowledgebox/player.html?movie=sfw41374(basketball/ perimeter of a rectangle/ single or partner)

3. http://www.factmonster.com/math/knowledgebox/player.html?movie=sfw50955 (baseball/ area of rectangle/ single or partner)

4. http://www.factmonster.com/math/knowledgebox/player.html?movie=sfw41551 (basketball/ circumference of a circle/ single or partner)

5. http://www.factmonster.com/math/knowledgebox/player.html?movie=sfw41560 (basketball/ area of a circle/ single or partner)

6. http://www.quia.com/cb/10522.html  (jeopardy/ area & circumference of a circle/  single or partner)

March 26

March 24
Links for ecology webquest:
February 25
DSS: Go to one of the following links depending on Mrs. Pallagi's instructions: 

February 17
DSS: February 13

Wednesday, February 12
-Webquest on Why We Experience Seasons: http://mrscienceut.net/SeasonsWebQuest.html

Tuesday, February 11
Assessment: Moon Phases, Tides, Eclipses

Monday, February 10
Centers and SGI to review for unit assessment! Woot!
Links for centers that use netbooks:

Tuesday, February 4
DSS: We will have stations today.... find your initials and do that activity for today's class period:
Station One: AL: Math flashcards with Mrs. Pallagi
Station Two: EW & SM: Go to http://www.multiplication.com/games/play/granny-prix-multiplayer and play against each other.
Station Three: All other students: Worksheet centers.

Monday, February 3
Solar and Lunar Eclipses: Lecture, notes, and visuals

Friday, January 31
SGI (small group instruction): Students will be pulled for small group instruction to practice specific skills. While you are pulled for SGI, you are working with Mrs. Pallagi or Mrs. Montag for 5 to 10 minutes.
Centers: There are four centers. You will rotate to at least two or three of them in addition to SGI.
Center One: You are on netbooks and you will be practicing the order of the moon phases on this site: http://sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/moon/moon_challenge/moon_challenge.html
Next, you will be practicing identifying the phase of the moon. If you finish early, redo the game.... see how many you can do without getting one wrong!
Center Two: You are on netbooks and you will be completing a handout in the table bucket. Once you get the handout, go to this website and answer the questions on the handout using this site: http://stardate.org/nightsky/moon
Center Three: You are on netbooks... click on the link below and then click on Activity Two. You will complete the activity by identifying each moon phase. Then, complete the quiz and print. You will turn this in at the end of class.  http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/Labs/LunarPhases/lunar_phases_main.html
Center Four: You are doing a baggie match up ON YOUR OWN. When you are done matching up the moon phase to the Earth/moon/sun diagram, grab a "key" and check your work. Write your name on a slip of paper from your table bucket and write down how many you got correct out of 16. You will turn this in later.
Center Five: Make flashcards and with a partner, take turns quizzing each other.

Thursday, January 30
DSS: If you are not pulled for small group instruction, please go to this site to practice our new learning from yesterday: http://www.mangahigh.com/en/maths_games/number/decimals/multiply_and_divide_decimals_by_10_100_1000
Science: LAB: Create all eight moon phases using models of the Earth, moon, and sun.

Wednesday, January 29
Moon Phases: Mini Lesson and Simulation.... practice vocabulary with mnemonics.
Simulation of Moon Phases that we discussed in class:
HOMEWORK: Complete webquest on phases of the moon and also complete moon phases foldable.
NOTE: Tutoring today 3:30-4:00 and tomorrow from 8:00-8:30.
In case you missed the link to the webquest yesterday, here it is:
Tuesday, January 28
Pre Assessment on: Moon Phases, Eclipses, and Tides
-Start Moon Phases Webquest. Here is the link:

Friday, January 24 and Monday, January 27
Survivor On the Moon Activity

Tuesday, January 14
-Students will get their quizzes back
-Current Event: Hubble Space Telescope in Braille 
-Explanation of Research Project "The Best Telescope for $400"
-Use the following sites to complete your research graphic organizer:












Monday, January 13
QUIZ: Constellations
What are the three types of telescopes?

Friday, January 10
HALF DAY - Students dismissed at 12:05
-Pass back graded papers, look them over, put in portfolio
-Peer to Peer Feedback on ISN entries for Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday, January 9
-Webquest should be done at start of class!
-Discussion: What is a constellation? What constellations do we need to be able to identify? Create notecards and insert into ISN.
-LAB: Let's get hands on! Choose a station to create the five constellations from your notecards:
STATION ONE: Sidewalk Chalk Constellations
STATION TWO: Marshmallow and Toothpick Constellations
STATION THREE: Cottonball Constellations
Quick share out and TOTD

Wednesday, January 8
-Unit Preassessment: Constellations & Telescopes
-Start webquest on constellations! To get started, go to the following link:
HOMEWORK: Finish Webquest

Tuesday, January 7
-Analyze and identify learning styles
-Create ISN (Interactive Student Notebooks)
HOMEWORK: If you did not finish the TOTD or questions, please do so at home tonight!

Monday, January 6
-Review ROCK Expectations
-Students complete learning style survey

Friday, December 20
1/2 Day! Game Day :)

Thursday, December 19
What's a constellation? Make starwheels and learn how to use them!

Wednesday, December 18
Mrs. Pallagi out -- Reading Assignment on Stars

Tuesday, December 17
Introduction to next IB Unit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lMXAOc4FQA

Monday, December 16
Science Final Exam

Thursday, December 12 & Friday, December 13
DVScA and turn in your final draft essay

Wednesday, December 11
-Complete rough drafts of compare/contrast essay and get peer to peer feedback/feedback from Mrs. Pallagi

Monday, December 9 to Tuesday, December 10
You will have a guest teacher both days.
-Assignment: Create a foldable describing the layers of the Earth, using your text as a source. On Tuesday you will have a reading assignment.

Friday, December 6
Short Assessment: Ring of Fire, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis

Wednesday, December 4 to Thursday, December 5
Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Tuesday, December 3
The Three Types of Volcanoes
Curious about volcanic lightning?? Read this article and check out these AWESOME photographs! http://news.discovery.com/earth/rocks-fossils/volcanic-lightning-how-does-it-work-130329.htm

Monday, December 2
Adv, 4th, and 8th: Ring of Fire
6th and 7th: Assessment

Wednesday, November 27
Print when you complete and turn into green bin!

Monday, November 25 to Tuesday, November 26
-Complete writing portion of Tectonic Plate Puzzle, get feedback from Mrs. Pallagi and Mr. Edwards
-Finish early? Work on the following Virtual Field Trips:

Friday, November 22
-Work on writing portion of Tectonic Plate Puzzle Assignment

Thursday, November 21
-Complete the Virtual Field Trip on Plate Tectonics:
-Start Tectonic Plate Puzzle Assignment

Wednesday, November 20
Plate Tectonic Theory and Alfred Wegener.
-What is plate tectonic movement and how does this connect to what we have been learning about (geologic time and the fossil record)?

Tuesday, November 19
In depth look at the history of Earth's eras and life... complete webquest (Life Has A History) by going to the following link:

Monday, November 18
Finish Mr. Edwards' geologic timeline lesson and discussion.

Friday, November 15
Fossil record - what is the fossil record again? How do scientists use the fossil record when it has gaps? Fossil record activity... how does this activity show us how the gaps in the record don't keep us from understanding Earth's past?

Thursday, November 14
Continue Mr. Edward's lesson - make geologic timeline.

Wednesday, November 13
Mr. Edwards' lesson on geologic time

Tuesday, November 12
Plant our winter garden!!

Monday, November 11
NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day

Friday, November 9
-Complete Investigate and Plan step for Winter Garden

Thursday, November 8
Veteran's Day Celebration

Wednesday, November 7
-Continue with the Investigate and Create step of the IB Design Cycle

Tuesday, November 6
-Introduction to new unit!
-How can we influence the resources we have available to us?
-How can the IB Design Cycle help us to create our winter garden?

Monday, November 5
-Describe the rock cycle
-Refresher on key vocabulary
-Class time to continue work on Rock Cycle Journey

Saturday, November 2

Friday, November 1
1/2 Day - with your homeroom

Thursday, October 31

Wednesday, October 30
-Rock Cycle... what is it? How does it connect what we've learned about the three types of rocks?
-Start Rock Cycle Journey Assignment

Tuesday, October 29
-Lab: Igneous Rocks... observe, test, and describe.
Spend about 8 to 10 minutes on each of the three sites below:
http://www.abcya.com/place_value_hockey.htm PICK LEVEL 2 OR 3 AND PLACE VALUE

Monday, October 28
-Lab: Metamorphic Rocks...what are they and how are they made?
Friday, October 25
Science: Part 2 of Sediment Lab
Reading Assignment: read pages 89-95 and answer questions 1-6 on page 95. You do NOT need to write the questions... just the answers in complete sentences.
Thursday, October 24
Sedimentary Rocks! LAB: Sedminent Bottles and Observe Sedimentary Rocks
Wedneday, October 23
-Mineral Assessment
-Introduction to: Sedimentary Rocks! Make real-world connections... The Wave, The Grand Canyon, Goblin Valley, etc.
Tuesday, October 22
-Last day to work on Mineral Newspaper
Monday, October 21
-Class time to work on Mineral Newspaper
Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18
Wednesday, October 16
-Mineral Newspaper
DUE: Lab & Webquest!
Tuesday, October 15
-Complete Mineral Lab
-Complete Mineral Webquest
Friday, October 11
Periods 3, 6, 8: Minerals Lab
Periods 4 and 7: Webquest on Minerals 
NOTE: Final grades will be posted today!

Thursday, October 10
Periods 3, 6, 8: Webquest on Minerals (http://library.thinkquest.org/J002289/index.html) 
Periods 4 and 7: Minerals Lab

Wednesday, October 9
Final Exam

Tuesday, October 8
-Complete last step of the IB Design Cycle: Evaluate

Monday, October 7
Solar Oven Lab Report Conclusion DUE. Give peer to peer feedback and edit.

Friday, October 4
Half Day - w/ your homeroom teacher

Thursday, October 3
How to write a conclusion - Mrs. Pallagi models the process
HW: Start Solar Oven Conclusion... if you struggle, come in for support on Friday from 8:00 to 8:30.

Wednesday, October 2
More practicing graphing in class, then working on your Solar Oven data graph

Tuesday, October 1
Graphing data from an investigation
HW:Complete Handout A, B or C, depending on which one Mrs. Pallagi gives you.

Monday, September 30

Friday, September 27
-IB Unit Question Essays are DUE at start of class
Adv Science: Writing Lesson with Ms. Murray
7 Hour: Inductive Reasoning Lesson with Ms. Hauck
All Other Classes: Continue Work Day from Thursday

Thursday, September 26
-Work day in class: You have several options and they are listed below. Please use your pink task manager to stay on track:
1. Finish rough draft of IB unit essay
2. Get essay peer/teacher edited and start revisions in final draft.
3. Evaluate your solar oven and modify as needed.
4. Conduct a third test trial of solar oven.

Wedneday, September 25
-Conduct second trial of solar oven testing
-Bring rough draft and have peer editing workshop
Tuesday, September 24
-Start testing solar ovens and record data in lab report
-Work on rough draft of essay and if complete, get editing/feedback from Mrs. Pallagi
Monday, September 23
Mrs. Montag's lesson on John Wesley Powell... what does it mean to be a scientist?
Friday, September 20
-Start prewriting on essay
Thursday, September 19
-Start page one of lab report
-Assignment on writing essay to answer unit question explained/modeled by Mrs. Pallagi
Wednesday, September 18
-Mrs. Montag discusses one more example of people trying to solve world problems with lesson on the Pacific Garbage Patch.
Tuesday, September 17
-Read two articles about people/companies that are working on solving world problems and answer questions about those articles. This connects to our IB unit question: How can I solve world problems?
Monday, September 16
-Last day to finish building solar ovens

Friday, September 13
1/2 Day - with your homeroom

Thursday, September 12
-Work on building solar ovens

Wednesday, September 11
-Start building solar oven after you get STAMP OF APPROVAL!
-HOMEWORK: Are you behind? CATCH UP NOW... don't get too far behind! Tutoring today from 3:30-4:30.

Tuesday, September 10
-Continue PLAN step... have you mastered our learning goal? 
Gen Ed Learning Goal: TLWBAT 1. create a detailed and labeled blueprint of a solar oven and 2. write one paragraph justifying why/how your solar oven will work.
Adv Science Learning Goal: TLWBAT 1. create a detailed and labeled blueprint of a solar oven and 2. write two to three paragraphs that justify how/why your solar oven will work and connect ALL justifications to sketch AND labels.
HOMEWORK: Did you complete your blueprint? Does it have multiple viewpoints? It is labeled with parts and materials? Is neat and readable? IF NOT, please go back and add to it.
Did you complete your justification paragraph? IF NOT, please work on that... advanced students: you have a different part two of the objective so please reread yours and remember the expectations we discussed in class!

Monday, September 9
-Start PLAN section of IB Design Cycle Journal

Friday, September 6
-Housekeeping!!! Make portfolios, double check schedules, pass out assessments, etc.
Thursday, September 5
-Continue PLAN section of your IB Design Cycle Journal.
-Start page one of Lab Report.
Wednesday, September 4
-Finish your research in the INVESTIGATE section of your IB Design Cycle Journal
-When your entire group is ready, move forward to the NEXT step of the IB Design Cycle... PLAN! Write PLAN in your IB Design Cycle Journal and under that header, you need to create a sketch of what your solar oven will look like.... it needs to be a top and side view design, sort of like this one:
In addition to creating a top and side view sketch of your design, you need to label it! Label the parts/functions and also mention what materials are being used where. Lastly, after you create the detailed and labeled sketch, you need to write a complete paragraph (4 to 5 sentences) JUSTIFYING why this design shows that you used the folloing IB Learner Traits: Thinker and Inquirer.
Tuesday, September 3
-Continue close read of Solar Oven Guide and use the strategies Mrs. Pallagi used during her Think Aloud last Thursday.
-When you finish your close read, go to the first page of the solar oven section of your IB Design Cycle Journal and write INVESTIGATE and in that section, write down the most the important facts/research you gained from the Solar Oven Guide... when you are done with this, use a netbook to do MORE research at the sites below... add important information to the INVESTIGATE section and if you need to print SMALL pictures of solar oven designs that you like, do that!
-Mr. Winkler's Day! He will... talk to you about your choices in 7th grade, the ROCK Ticket store, etc.

Thursday, August 29
-Choose groups for Solar Oven project and start design process using IB Design Cycle

Wednesday, August 28
-Introduction to Solar Oven Unit and Review Lab Template

Tuesday, August 27
-Assessment: Scientific Method
-Finish: Student Questionnaire

Monday, August 26
-Continue working on the Sponge Bob Scientific Method Handout (as a class)
-Make sure your foldable has all the important information needed during our class review (bell work)
-Need to watch the prezi on the scientific method again? Here it is!

Disregard information below (from 2012-2013 year)

Thursday, May 23
8:45-9:20 Homeroom/Yearbook/Goodbyes
9:30-10:15 PRIDE Awards in Media Center
10:30-11:30 Loop Up to 8th Grade
11:40-12:05 Lunch and Recess 
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!! See you soon!

Wednesday, May 22
-GAME DAY! Bring a board game to play or play one of mine! 

Tuesday, May 21
-Finish scientist facebook profile assignment

Monday, May 20
-Student reflections and feedback for Mrs. Pallagi :)

Friday, May 17
Learning Goal: Create a Facebook profile page of a famous scientist.
1. On my website, click on the link CLASSROOM DOCUMENTS.
2. On that page, open and save the document called FACEBOOK PROFILE TEMPLATE.  You will save this to your flashdrive or server docs.
3. You will see that this document looks like a Facebook profile page. It is currently filled with information about John F. Kennedy so that you have an example. You are going to delete the information about John F. Kennedy as you add your own information about the scientist you choose. Here are your options, pick one:

Rachel Carson, environmentalist and author of Silent Spring

Edwin Hubble, astronomer

Carl Sagan, astronomer and astrophysicist

Albert Einstein, astrophysicist

Jane Goodall, environmentalist and primatologist (monkey specialist)

You may use wikipedia as a source for this assignment, if you want to. You will work on this assignment today and Monday as well. It is due at the end of class on Monday!

Thursday, May 16
-Complete any last minute work on compare/contrast essay.
-Complete any last minute work on Bottle Biosphere packet
On top: Compare/Contrast Essay
Then: Bottle Biosphere Packet
On Bottom: RESULTS section of Bottle Biosphere Packet if you typed it


Wednesday, May 15
If you have not completed the DVScA, please do so today in HOMEROOM.
-Work on compare/contrast essay (Vanishing of the Bees/Silent Spring/World Without Fish)... don't remember the questions that will guide your essay response? Scroll down this page!
-Complete Bottle Biosphere packet

Tuesday, May 14
-Finish DVSca
-Continue writing assignment

Monday, May 13
-Take DVScA
-When done, continue work on assignment from last week... make sure you answer all the questions I listed below in your essay!!

Friday, May 10
-Continue Thursday's Assignment

Thursday, May 9
-Complete documentary
-Start compare/contrast essay:
*Each student will be assigned to one of two groups:
-World Without Fish: Read the Introduction of this book and write a 3 to 5 paragraph essay that answers ALL of the following questions:
    What is the main idea of Vanishing of the Bees
    What is the main idea of World Without Fish?
    What do these two sources have in common in terms of their main idea or message?
    How are these two sources different in terms of their main idea or message?
    Do you agree with the "call to action" in Vanishing of the Bees and World Without Fish
    Give reasons to support why you do agree or don't agree!

-Silent Spring: Read chapters 1 & 2 (A Fable for Tomorrow & The Obligation to Endure) and write a 3 to 5 paragraph essay that answers ALL of the following questions:
    What is the main idea of Vanishing of the Bees
    What is the main idea of Silent Spring?
    What do these two sources have in common in terms of their main idea or message?
    How are these two sources different in terms of their main idea or message?
    Do you agree with the "call to action" in Vanishing of the Bees and Silent Spring
    Give reasons to support why you do agree or don't agree!

Tuesday, May 7-Wednesday, May 8
-Watch and Discuss documentary Vanishing of the Bees... while watching this documentary, please note on the handout possible causes and whether scientists believe each cause is or is not a primary cause. 

Monday, May 6
-Observe bottle biospheres 
-Grade Hubble Space Telescope replicas (DUE TODAY)
-Read article on Biosphere 2... how is Biosphere 2 similar to your bottle biosphere? How is it different??

Friday, May 3
Observe bottle biospheres and write down in DATA section of packet.

Thursday, May 2
-Add all biotic components to bottle biosphere and seal it up!

Wednesday, May 1
-PLAN, DESIGN, and COMMUNICATE section of Bottle Biosphere packet
-Start building Bottle Biospheres... is yours a sustainable system??

Monday, April 29-Tuesday, April 30
LAST two days to work on Hubble replicas

Friday, April 26

Wednesday, April 24-Thursday, April 25
COMPLETE your Hubble replicas... these are the last two days to work on them in class!!!

Tuesday, April 23
-What makes a system?
-Start Bottle Biosphere packet with your small group: 1. Complete research for PLAN section, 2. Start on creating a sketch of your bottle in DESIGN section, 3. Organize your thoughts, strengths, and weaknesses in COMMUNICATION section.

Monday, April 22
-Unit Question Quick Write
-Start Ecology Unit: Read pages 9-13 and answer questions 1-4

Friday, April 19
-Work on building HST Replicas

Monday, April 15-Thursday, April 18
-Students will have about one hour each afternoon to work on Humanities Foreign Policy Speech and/or Science HST Replica.

Friday, April 12
-Continue to build HST Replicas

Thursday, April 11

Wednesday, April 10
-In class time to improve rough drafts 

Tuesday, April 9
-Rough drafts are DUE! 
-Peer to peer feedback

Monday, April 8
-Work on rough drafts in class
-For your works cited page, consider using easybib.com! It is easy to use and will help you quite a bit.

Friday, April 5
-All Write Day
-Progress Reports go home! They are due back signed by a parent by Friday, April 12

Thursday, April 4
-Research paper rough drafts should be close to done
-Get peer to peer feedback and feedback from Mrs. Pallagi

Wednesday, April 3
-Two mini lessons today:
Group One: mini lesson on writing research papers with Ms. Murray
Group Two: 

Tuesday, April 2
-If you didn't have Mrs. Pallagi grade your 20 Fact Cards, that will happen today.
-Once you are done with your 20 Fact Cards and they organized into sub-topics, you may start your prewriting. The prewriting document is at the top of Mrs. Pallagi's edmodo page. You may print this out and write onto the document with pencil OR you may save it and write into it as a work document - your choice! At least get a good start on it.

Monday, April 1
DUE: 20 Fact Cards with citations and organized by sub-topics

Friday, March 22

Thursday, March 21

Wednesday, March 20
-For those ready to start writing your research paper, you need to:
1. Sort cards by subtopic... if you find that you need more facts/info, take care of that now! If you find that your facts/info is no longer important, get rid of it. 
2. Now that you have fact cards organized, use a flea map to organize your essay.
-By the end of class, you should have all 20 fact cards completed! Those working ahead should have started flea map.

Tuesday, March 19
10 fact cards DUE! Continue to work on another 10 for a total of 20. Also, you should have facts coming from 3 to 5 credible sources.

Monday, March 18
Continue to perform research and find facts about the HST. By the end of class, students should have at least 10 fact cards done. 

Friday, March 15
-Examine PDSA data and discuss HST model options

Thursday, March 14 
-Plan HST to-scale model... view the two options (paper and pvc) and make a T chart of pros and cons to building each one. Start by going to this link: http://hubblesite.org/the_telescope/hand-held_hubble/

Wednesday, March 13
-Continue to gather facts and information for research paper
-Go through your index cards and organize information based on main idea and eliminate any information that seems less important

Tuesday, March 12
-Discuss recent PDSA data
-Start Hubble Space Telescope research paper by gathering facts and information

Monday, March 11
-Complete Ch 4 notes/questions and summarize all of that information into a one to three paragraph summary (if you are a concise but accurate writer, one paragraph may work for you) and post on Edmodo.com under Ch 4 Summary.

Friday, March 8
SUB - please make me proud!
-Read Ch 4 and complete guided notes handout.

Thursday, March 7

Wednesday, March 6
Review for Final Exam:
ORANGE STARS....Station One:Why Do We Have Seasons?
RED SPACE SHUTTLES.....Station Two: Label the Earth During the Seasons
PURPLE STARS....Station Three: Phases of the Moon Flashcards
Team up with one person and use the baggie of phases of the moon flashcards to quiz your partner. Takes turns quizzing each other so that you both are tested at least once.
GREEN MOONS....Station Four: Constellation Identification
Have the person being quizzed sitting with their back to the wall of constellations. The person giving the quiz will use a dry erase board to draw a constellation and then show it to their partner and have them accurately identify it.
YELLOW STARS....Station Five: Whole to Part
Use the butcher paper to create a brace map that has the following words listed somewhere:
solar system, galaxy, and universe
*You should have at least 15 to 20 words on the brace map... don't include only the three above!
BLUE STARS.....Station Six: Free Write
Pick at least 8 word sticks from your specific cup and write 2 to 3 paragraphs using those words correctly. Highlight or circle the words in your writing. Put your name on the top right corner... this is your Ticket Out The Door!
NOTE: ALL Edmodo responses and quizzes MUST be submitted by midnight today.
TUTORING: Today from 3:30-4:30... Mrs. Pallagi will help students with anything that was difficult during today's review. You may also just come for a quiet place to work or to use a netbook!

Tuesday, March 5
-Read Ch 3 and respond on Edmodo

Monday, March 4
-Read new Edmodo post on how the HST is like time travel and then comment below the posts with a few sentences on your thoughts.
-Quiz on Ch 1 and Ch 2
-Create circle graph based on Edmodo survey from last week

Friday, March 1
-All Write Day... go to homeroom for AIMS writing practice

Thursday, February 28
-Complete Ch 2 
-If you are not completely caught up on Edmodo posts, you need to check out a book and work on for homework over the weekend!

Wednesday, February 27
-Sub today.... watch Brain Pop short video on telescopes, complete telescope activity with a shoulder partner and then read Space Science Current Event and answer questions.

Tuesday, February 26
-Complete Ch 1 Response Part 1
-Answer poll on Edmodo

Monday, February 25
-Discuss NOVA video
-Quiz on Edmodo
-Complete Ch1 Part 1 Response on Edmodo

Friday, February 22
-Complete video prediction sheet.
-Watch: NOVA Hubble's Amazing Rescue

Wednesday, February 20 & Thursday, February 21
Half of each class will attend a Ebsco Host Jr. workshop in the media center with Ms. Salemeh and the other half will start on Chapter One. Then, we will switch the next day. Chapter One response on edmodo will be due Friday.

Tuesday, February 19
-Make sure you have submitted Friday's assignment on edmodo... then, read Mrs. Pallagi's response to your post and comment to what she asks you.
-Read introduction of Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Space Telescope Saw (literature study book) and complete edmodo assignment titled "Introduction Response".

Monday, February 18

Friday, February 15
-KWL on the Hubble Space Telescope.
-In edmodo, complete assignment titled "Hubble Space Telescope.... Share What You Know!"
Thursday, February 14
-Continue Webquest on HST
-Get set up for Edmodo and discuss Science Literature Study that we are starting this week.
-You will go to the link below for your class period. Mrs. Pallagi will give you your class period's code to join. Once you are logged in, please complete the first assignment posted, titled "Hubble Space Telescope.... Share What You Know!.
Period 1: 
Wednesday, February 13
-KWL on Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
-Start Webquest on HST
Tuesday, February 12
-What is your Galactic Address?
-Discuss differences between solar system, galaxy, and universe
-How big is Earth compared to other planets and even stars in our galaxy??
Video from today if you want to view it once more or show your parents:
Monday, February 11
-ASSESSMENT: Eclipses, Tides, Seasons
Friday, February 8
-REVIEW FOR ASSESSMENT: Eclipses, Tides, Seasons
Thursday, February 7
-There will be two groups today based on yesterday's Ticket Out the Door:
GROUP 1: With Mrs. P for small group practice
GROUP 2: You are working on two tasks... first, finish your simulation from Monday. Make sure you go back and check your answers to be sure you addressed every part of the question(s). Secondly, you will work on finishing your tides homework (I need to still give this out to some classes). If you have everything done, you may visit this site and browse through the neat links they have listed:

Wednesday, February 6

Tuesday, February 5
Guest Speaker: Ranger G from the Grand Canyon National Park!

Monday, February 4
-There will be two groups today based on Friday's Ticket Out the Door from Friday's lab:
GROUP 1: With Mrs. P for small group instruction
GROUP 2: You will view and use the following simulation for your assignment today. Give yourself about 3 minutes to just explore and play with it and become familiar with how it works. Then, answer the questions on the handout Mrs. P gives you. You will work independently. If you have headphones and would like to listen to music on teacher's website while you work, you may. Mrs. P will be checking internet history before you log off. If you finish early, please visit some of the links below.
If you finish early, check out the 10 sites on this page:

Friday, February 1
LAB: The Reason for the Seasons

Thursday, January 31
Why do we have seasons?
-Read a passage with your assigned partner and do 8 Important Words Activity
-HOMEWORK: Ask 5 adults why they believe we have seasons. Record data for tomorrow's lab.
Wednesday, January 30
LAB: Earth's Tides and the Moon
Start with a review of this passage from Mon/Tues webquest:
Pictures from today's lab:




    Tuesday, January 29
    Continue webquest. The webquest is due on Wednesday.
    Monday, January 28
    Why do we have tides?
    Get the webquest handout from Mrs. Pallagi.
    Thursday, January 24 & Friday, January 25
    Solar and Lunar Eclipse Lab (both days)
    -Create a foursquare with your small table group on lunar eclipses and then another on solar eclipses. Four squares should be: 1.definition, 2.illustration, 3."I wonder..." and 4.I could recreated this by:
    -Use double sided handout to find information for both foursquares
    -On Friday, you will follow a lab handout to recreate both types of eclipses with your group.
    ***Your Eclipses Packets from last week are due on Friday, January 25
    Wednesday, January 23
    -Watch: The History Channel's The Universe: Our Moon:
    Complete questions 1 through 30 on the handout given at the start of  the movie. The answers will be given in the movie and will be in order.
    Tuesday, January 22
    Go over Friday's assessment and discuss each question/answer.
    If you need a retake form, please take one today.
    Monday, January 21
    NO SCHOOL in Honor of MLK
    Friday, January 18
    -Assessment on Moon Phases
    -Start Eclipse Assignment
    Thursday, January 17
    -Today there are two options based on the Ticket Out The Door from yesterday.
    GROUP ONE: You will work on the back of your lab handout. When you are done, check your answers with a friend and discuss. If you finish early, go to this website and practice but you MUST CHOOSE LEVEL 3:
    GROUP TWO: You will have small group instruction with Mrs. P.... we'll practice some of the moon phases and then you will work from these site:
    Wednesday, January 16
    -Lab: Phases of the Moon
    -By the end of the lab, you should have completed the FRONT of the lab handout. DO NOT worry about the back.... that will be for later.
    -Homework: Night 2 of Moon Observation Log

    Tuesday, January 15
    -View and discuss moon phase diagram "cheat sheet"
    -Create Phases of the Moon Foldable
        *you'll want to put your sketch of the moon for each phase on the right and then a sketch of a diagram for the moon, Earth, and sun during each phase on the left.
    -Don't forget your homework! Tonight is the first night of your moon observation log! :)

    Monday, January 14
    -Moon Phases Observation Log passed out and explained.
    -Reading Assignment:
    In Space Science, read pages 59-66 and answer questions 1-5 in complete sentences in your science notebook.
    Friday, January 11
    -Observe our winter garden and answer the following in the Results section of your IB Design Garden Journal:
    1. Make a sketch of what the garden looks like and date it 1/11/13.
    2. What is flourishing in your garden?
    3. What is struggling?
    4. What never even showed up?
    5. What has surprised you the most about your garden's progress?
    6. Make 3 predictions about your garden for the months of January and February.
    Thursday, January 10
    Assessment on:
    -What is a constellation?
    -How were constellations created?
    -Explain how stars in constellations are not always close to one another.
    -What can you identify (besides stars) with a sky map or star wheel?
    -How have apps changed star gazing?
    -Identify and describe the following constellations: Orion, Scorpius, Ursa Major, Cassiopeia, and Cygnus.
    Wednesday, January 9
    LAB: 2D/3D Constellations
    -All students will be earning a lab safety grade for this activity.
    Tuesday, January 8
    Here are the 3 sites you will go to in this order:
    You will use these three sites to answer the questions in your webquest handout. You will need your starwheel for the last site. Have fun!
    Monday, January 7
    -Watch: The History Channel's The Universe: Constellations
    Friday, December 21 HALF DAY
    -Go over any questions on space science homework packet and how to use star wheel
    Thursday, December 20
    Mrs. Pallagi has a sub
    -Space science homework packet passed out.... get started on it in class.
    Wednesday, December 19
    Introduction to Q3 Science Unit.... create moon phase journal and star wheel
    Tuesday, December 18
    TBD - Make up day for DVScA and Final Exam
    Monday, December 17
    Semester One Science Final Exam - Please study. This is worth 20% of final grade and there are no retakes.
    Friday, December 14
    DVScA (district science benchmark test)
    Thursday, December 13
    Review for Final Exam
    Wednesday, December 12
    -Create your essay on the similarities and difference between the 2010 earthquakes of Chile and Haiti. Use this format as your guide:
    Paragraph One: Introduce the basics of both earthquakes: how/why, when, where?
    Paragraph Two: What similarities did the two earthquakes have?
    Paragraph Three: What differences did the two earthquakes have?
    Paragraph Four: What can we learn from the two earthquakes? What's the big idea?
    Paragraph Five: What would you specifically do to help improve how communities handle the aftermath of earthquakes?
    Tuesday, December 11
    -Compare and Contrast the 2010 Chile and Haiti Earthquakes
    -With your group of four, analyze the four sources of information on this topic
    -With the information from the four sources, create a double bubble map. This will be used tomorrow when you write your essay on the topic.
    Monday, December 10
    Finish BBC Film on 10 Things You Didn't Know About Tsunamis
    -Ticket out the Door: 3-2-1
    Wedneday, November 28
    -Hand out new homework packets
    Tuesday, November 27
    -Review for Assessment: Discuss homework packets and go over any misconceptions/difficulties, practice vocabulary and concepts with foldables, and if time, Who Am I? game. 
    Monday, November 26
    -Create foldables on:
    Layers of the Earth
    Types of Plate Tectonics
    Wednesday, November 21
    -LAB: Examine fossils
    HW: Complete the Earth's Structure Packet over the LONG weekend! It is DUE ON MONDAY 11/26!!
    Tuesday, November 20
    -Discuss geologic time and the fossil record
    HW: Pages 7 to 8 of Earth's Structure Packet
    Monday, November 19
    -Finish creative writing science essay.
    HW: Pages 3 to 6 of Earth's Structure Packet
    Friday, November 16
    -Peer edit on creative writing assignment. Homework packets (Earth's Structure Packet) handed out... follow the timeline so that you don't get behind! 
    HW: Pages 1 and 2 of Earth's Structure Packet.
    Thursday, November 15
    -SUB! You have a creative writing assignment that supports our work on the winter garden. Please read the directions carefully. There are specific words you need to use in your essay to receive full credit. Today you need to get brainstorming and flea map done and start rough draft. 
    Wednesday, November 14
    PLANT YOUR CLASS GARDEN! WOOHOO! Put down grid, follow blueprints chosen, carefully plant!
    -We will divide and conquer several tasks today and break up tasks into four groups:
    1. Soil/Grid: These students will get rid of old soil, put in new soil, and put in the yarn grids.
    2. Seeds: These students will organize all seeds/plants and make sure that depth, spacing, and quantity of seed put into each hole is correct.
    3. Frost Patrol: These people will be doing research for which plants could die from frost and create frost covers out of fabric and create a calendar of dates that seem to be the most prone to frost.
    Tuesday, November 13
    -Share your blueprint with class and vote on garden box design.
    Friday, November 9
    -Work on your garden blueprint and get feedback from Mrs. Pallagi so that you know you are on track!
    FYI: Periods 1, 3, 5, and 8: your two squares are EACH 42in x 42 in
    Period 7: your two squares are EACH 46in x 46in
    HOMEWORK: Complete your TWO blueprints! One for each square (you have two squares that together, make a rectangle for your section of the 7th grade garden).
    *Email Mrs. P over the weekend if you are confused: mindy.pallagi@dvusd.org
    Thursday, November 8
    Continue with PLAN step of the IB Design Cycle!
    -Start blueprint!
    Wednesday, November 7
    Continue with PLAN step of the IB Design Cycle!
    -As a class, discuss what seeds we want to plant. We must come to an agreement on this. We'll do this through sharing in the following groups: 2s, 4s, 8s, whole class.
    -Now that we know what we are planting and where, we need to develop a design... use graph paper to design a to-scale blueprint of how you believe the garden should be set up.
    -If your fruit/vegetable/herb was chosen for the garden, follow these steps to have your seeds ordered:
        *go to burpee.com
        *find the exact item that needs to be ordered
        *write down the item number
        *then, go to the google doc below and add your information in the section that is your period number for science
    Tuesday, November 6
    Continue with PLAN step of the IB Design Cycle
    -Practice understanding informational text using seed packets!
    -Here are some questions to guide your thinking and understanding process:
    1. Are both sides of your seed packet important? Why or why not?
    2. Is one side more important that the other? Why or why not?
    3. What is the most important information on the front?
    4. What is the most important information on the back?
    Anaylze at least three seed packets and answer the questions above for each. Then, create your TOP FIVE TIPS list for understanding seed packets! Write this down in your PLAN section of your Garden Journal.
    Monday, November 5
    We are about to move on to the PLAN step of the IB Design Cycle!
    -BUT, before we start planning our winter garden, we need to read about tips for a successful raised garden: Close Read: Ten Tips for Successful Raised Bed Gardening
        *Read through the article once on your own without writing on the paper
        *Read through the article a second time, but this time, do the following:
    1. What parts of this article are confusing? Let's clear up misconceptions!
    2. What are some REALLY good points we need to keep in mind?
    3. Any cool ideas?
    Cut out your top 3 "good points" or "cool idea" and glue them into the first page of your PLAN section. Also glue in a small print out of the article for future reference.
    Friday, November 2 - HALF DAY
    Pass back assignments and assessments, file in your portfolio.
    PTSA FUNDRASIER INFO GOES HOME! Please help support our PTSA through the Cookie Dough Fundraiser. 
    Thursday, November 1
    Continue your research from Wednesday.... AND research the item on the popsicle stick Mrs. Pallagi gave you!
    A great resource that will personalize garden ideas based on your zip code is:
    Wednesday, October 31
    On the first page of your Investigate section of your garden journal, start your research. You need to investigate the following: what fruits, vegetables, and herbs grow well in Phoenix, Arizona during October and November? What are the best ways to care for these living items? How often do they need to be watered or fertilized? You may print out items that you find online from your research and cut these out and put them in your journal. You may write information down as well
    Tuesday, October 30
    Assessment: Rock Cycle and Weathering & Erosion
    DUE: Rock Cycle Journey Assignment
    -Get your Garden Journal ready:
    1. Use handout to create four sections of your journal. Each section should be around 10 sheets.
    2. Create your sections in this exact order: Investigate, Plan, Create, Evaluate. These are steps in the IB Design Cycle, which you are familiar with using in Technology.
    3. Once you have your four sections created, use a marker or pen to write the following on the cover of your journal:
    Your first and last name
    Your science period number
    Monday, October 29
    -Rock Cycle Practice with Bob the Rock!
    -Act out your rock cycle journey to test other students... can they follow your journey?
    ROCK CYCLE LAB MAKEUP: 7:45-8:30 or 3:30-4:00
    Thurday, October 25 and Friday, October 26
    -Work on completing Thursday's lab. It will be due on Monday!
    Wednesday, October 24
    -LAB: Rock Cycle Journey!
    -What is the rock cycle? A brief explanation and video followed by the Rock Cycle Journey lab.
    Tuesday, October 23
    -Short video on Weathering and Erosion. Complete Cloze Paragraph worksheet while watching the video.
    -Mrs. P will discuss, simulate, and show you real-world examples of weathering and erosion.
    Monday, October 22
    -Complete Weathering Foldable... show Mrs. P when you are done for feedback.
    -Read 4.1 and answer questions 1-4 ONLY.
    Friday, October 19
    Weathering Foldable
    -Use Ch 4.1 to create a foldable for the following vocabulary words:
    -mechanical weathering
    -chemical weathering
    Thursday, October 18
    Wednesday, October 17
    Final Exam Review
    Tuesday, October 16
    Assessment: 3 Types of Rocks
    Each class period will get a section of the garden. With your class, you will do research, planning, and designing of your garden that we will plant next week.
    Monday, October 15
    LAB: What are igneous rocks and how are they made? Observe at least four igneous rocks and turn in lab worksheets.
    LAB MAKEUP: 8:15-8:35 AND 3:30-4:00
    Friday, October 12
    LAB MAKEUP: 8:15-8:35
    Geology Current Even - Read and answer questions.
    Wednesday, October 10 to Thursday, October 11
    1. Review sedimentary rock activity from last week.
    2. What are sedimentary rocks and how are they made? Observe at least 4 sedimentary rocks.
    3. What are metamorphic rocks and how are they made? Observe at least 3 metamorphic rocks.
    Tuesday, October 9
    Complete Friday's reading assignment. This assignment is your ticket in the door to do tomorrow's lab!
    Monday, October 8
    Friday, October 5
    Metamorphic Rocks: Read pages 96-101 and answer #1-6
    Igneous Rocks: Read pages 83-87 and answer #1-6
    Thursday, October 4
    Lab: Sediment Bottles and Observe Sedimentary Rocks
    Wednesday, October 3
    Sedimentary Rocks - Read pages 89-95 and answer questions 1-5
    Tuesday, October 2
    Last day to work on Mineral Newspaper.
    If you want to see more images from the website where I found today's Picture of the Day, go here:
    Monday, October 1
    Continue Mineral Newspaper Activity - DUE WEDNESDAY
    Friday, September 28
    Continue Mineral Newspaper Activity 
    Thursday, September 27
    Mineral Newspaper Activity
    Wednesday, September 26
    Assessment: Minerals
    Tuesday, September 25
    Period 1, 5, 7, & 8:
    -Lab: Identifying Minerals
    Period 3:
    Monday, September 24
    Period 1, 5, 7, & 8:
    -Mineral Prezi and Introduction to Identifying Minerals:
    -Get prepped for next day's lab (make data chart and preview instructions).
    Period 3:
    -Complete chapter review from Friday
    -Standardized Test Practice
    Friday, September 21
    -In Earth's Surface, complete the Chapter Review on pages 69-70, questions 1-20, 30, and 31
    Thursday, September 20
    -In Earth's Surface, read pages 60-66 and answer questions 1-5
    Wednesday, September 19
    -In Earth's Surface, read pages 50-57 and answer questions 1-4
    -Define the following mineral identification terms: streak, luster, cleavage, fracture, density, hardness.
    Tuesday, September 18
    -In Earth's Surface, read pages 43-48 and answer questions 1-5 
    Monday, September 17
    -Reflection on Solar Oven Project.
    Friday, September 14
    Staple in this order, from top to bottom:
    Page 1 (Title, Observation, Hypothesis, Create Experiment)
    Page 2 (Conduct Experiment, Analyze Data/Results, Conclusion)
    Page 3 Blueprint/Sketch of Design
    Any other papers that you maybe did on the computer (for example: data collection chart, graph of data, etc.)
    Thursday, September 13
    -Last day to complete lab report! THEY WILL BE DUE ON FRIDAY!
    Wednesday, September 12
    -By today you should be working on your conclusion.
    -We'll discuss the key points that all conclusions should have and you will have time to work with your group on this.
    Tuesday, September 11
    SOLAR OVEN COOKOUT DONATION FORMS DUE TODAY! Please see what you can do to help make the cookout a success!
    -Continue work on the "analyze data/results" section of your lab report and if you are ready, move on to the "conclusion" step. You may want to type this step.
    Monday, September 10
    -Test solar ovens and analyze data as you go. Create graphs to represent data, if you are ready.
    -Continue to read and answer questions from article about the solar oven non-profit organization.
    Friday, September 7
    -Read article on the couple who started an organization to donate durable solar ovens to developing countries and answer questions that are throughout article. Work on for 25 minutes in class and then get with solar oven group to see what tasks need to get done this weekend. This article is NOT homework. You will get time to work on it more on Monday. For now, stay focused on completion of solar oven.
    Thursday, September 6
    -Complete design of solar oven and make sure your data collection chart is ready for testing!
    Wednesday, September 5
    Mr. Winkler's Day! He'll be discussing some goals and your future with you!
    Tuesday, September 4
    -Continue work on building solar ovens. Some groups should be ready to start testing. We'll determine the type of data you'll want to record during bell work.
    Monday, September 3
    Friday, August 31
    -Work on building solar ovens... if you want to take yours home for the weekend, you may!
    Thursday, August 30
    -Learning how to write procedures! Let's test our ability to do this with an activity called "Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!"
    -By today you should be ready to start building your solar oven. Bring items from home that I do not have supplied for you in the classroom.
    Wednesday, August 29
    -Continue to work on design. Get Mrs. Pallagi's signature on lab report document so that you may move forward with actually creating the solar oven. 
    Here's our picture of the day... I thought as we start our first experiment that this was perfect!
    Tuesday, August 28
    -Work on "create experiment" step with your solar oven groups. By the end of this step, the expectation is that you will have the following:
        *a design on graph paper with multiple angles
    -Be sure to go back to the article titled "How Do Solar Ovens Work" and check to see if your design is supported by the information in this article.
    -Lastly, here are some GREAT sources on how to make solar ovens/cookers:
    Keep in mind that solar ovens/cookers can vary in design! Choose a design that makes sense to you or even take a couple of different designs and see how you can take the best features of each to make an TRULY ORIGINAL design!
    Monday, August 27
    -Scientific Method Review
    -Establish solar oven groups and agree on norms.
    -If time allows, create solar oven lab report title and observation.
    Friday, August 24
    Discuss animal care expectations and pass out animal handling contracts.
    Thursday, August 23
    -Scientific Method Match Up
    -Introduction to Solar Oven Project
    Wednesday, August 22
    -Scientific Method: What is it? Why do scientists use it?
    -Create a foldable as a class while viewing this Prezi:
    -If you were absent on this day, see absent bin for pictures of how we made our foldable.
    Tuesday, August 21
    -Vocabulary and Geology Preassessment
    -Please turn in your personal questionnaire to me today.
    Monday, August 20
    -Teamwork: Bocce Ball Challenge
    -What are the benefits and challenges of working in teams? What makes a team successful?