Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Universal Gravitation Confusion...

It seems that Kepler's constant on gravitation can be a bit confusing. This problem came up a couple of years ago and you can read the explanation for this problem by clicking HERE and watching the video at the bottom of that blog post. Then come back here watch the video below to help understand how the formula was derived and when the formula cannot be used. This will hopefully clear up any problems you may have with some true and false questions on Test 7 which will be Friday, October 20th.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mendelian Genetics Video...

We have been discussing Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics, and his experiment using pea plants as we learn about heredity in our biology class. Below is a great review video over the concepts that Mendel developed from his work with pea plants:

After watching the video be sure to leave me a comment or drop me an e-mail with your name so that you can earn an extra +10 Bonus Points on the next quiz which is schedule for Thursday, October 19th.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Extra Credit Biology Video...

To understand the process of meiosis better I have posted a video below by Mr. Anderson of Bozeman Science that will demonstrated the formation of tetrads by using colored beads. If you watch this video be sure to leave a comment below or send me an e-mail so that you can receive +10 extra credit points on your quiz on Monday, October 16th.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Extra Credit Biology Videos...

Want to earn +5 Bonus Points for the Biology test on Tuesday, October 10th? Here's your chance. Simply watch this video on a 3D version of how DNA becomes a protein...
...and this video on DNA transcription and translation...
...for a better understanding of the process of protein synthesis. Leave me a comment below or send me an e-mail that you watched them and I will add +5 Bonus Points to your test. 

Protein Synthesis Videos...

On Tuesday, October 10th, there will be a Biology test over chapter 4. We have been studying the processes that a cell carries on, like photosynthesis, ceullular respiration, and protein synthesis. Since protein synthesis can be a bit confusing here is the video animation of protein synthesis we watched in class on Firday, October 7th:
Once watching the above video then check out Mr. Anderson's video which will included key terms and information covered in class.:
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or send me an e-mail.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cellular Respiration Video

Below is a video from Mr. Anderson at Bozeman Science on the process of Cellular Respiration. We went over the individual steps in the lecture today so watching the video should cement these steps in your mind...as long as you are using you watch with the attitude of understanding the process. Once you watch the video be sure to leave a comment below or sent me an e-mail that you watched it for +10 bonus points on Quiz 4.1-4.3 which will be Tuesday, October 3rd.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Physics Test 4 Review...

We reviewed for Test 4 today in Physics class. Click HERE to be redirected to a picture of a student's study guide. Combine these notes along with the quizzes over sections A, B, and C and you should be well prepared. The test is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

World Geography Quiz 7 Study Guide...

On Wednesday, September 27th, the 11th and 12th Geography class will take Quiz 7 over p. 90-95. Click HERE to see a picture of a study guide so you will know what to study over.

Physics Study Guide 3C...

We are back on schedule with Physics class! Tuesday, September 26th, homework is to answer Section Review Questions 4C #1-3, 6, and to study for Quiz 3C. On Wednesday, September 27th, we will review for the Test 3 which will be taken on Thursday, September 28th. Click HERE to be directed to pictures of the study guide for Quiz 3C. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or send me an e-mail.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Can You Find...

Cooler, "fall-ish" weather is moving in this weekend, and I don't know about you, but I'm ready to wear some fall clothes! So in honor of fall, even though we've really already been celebrating here, find the above photo hidden somewhere on this blog for +5 Bonus points on the next quiz. Ready? Set? Go!!

Biology Cell Cake...

On Friday, September 22nd, the 9th and 10th Biology class did a little hands on learning. This last chapter has centered around the basics of Cytology and I thought creating our own animal cell would be a great way to learn all of the different parts of the cell. Each student chose a certain type of candy to bring to decorate a cake in the shape of a cell. This project really did seem to be a hit! These girls went right to work...
 Only a class full of girls would think to do an ombre colored cell but the affects were stunning! I do believe they were quite proud of their work!
 And of course, the finished product...
Who would have thought some cake, little bit of frosting, and an assortment of candy could make learning so enjoyable! We each enjoyed a piece during history class. Now I'm expecting 100% on the next test! Way to go, Girls!

Asian Country Project...

There were several projects turned in this week that I just need to share. My student's really impressed this teacher with their creativity. Let me start with the Asian Country Project...
I have to say that the results of the 11th and 12th Asian travel brochure project were way better than I ever expected. In previous years when we've done this project I simply expect a hand drawn and hand written brochure. But this year my students went above!

Check out the outside of Ben's brochure on Taiwan...
 Then there's the inside...
Seth designed his around the country of India. Here's the outside...
Then the inside...
I'm not really sure how any of my Geography classes I teach over the next few years will every match this. Great job, Guys!

Friday, September 22, 2017

European Geography Overview...

Starting in chapter three of the 11th and 12th World Geography book we are covering the continent of Europe. There are many peninsulas, mountain ranges, and islands as well as geographical features that make Europe unique. For an overview of the physical features of Europe check out this video below...

Pumpking Geography...

11th and 12th Geography have started a new project just in time for Fall! We are now painting pumpkins as world atlas's and to go along with our country board project coming next. Instead of pumpkins being due on Monday, September 25th, I am moving the due date to Wednesday, September 28th, Each student will simply need one small or medium size pumpkin that has been washed in bleach water and dried. Once the pumpkins are brought in, we will seal them with Mode Podge spray.

Physics Quiz 4A-B Study Guide...

Click HERE to get the picture of a study guide for Physics Quiz 4A-B. Remember that these ten questions were taken from the test so this study guide can be used to study for the test. If you have any questions please leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Change in Biology Schedule...

Due to the grades on the test taken over chapter three I am stopping to re-teach this chapter before moving on. The following assignments were placed on the board today, September 21st, but just as a re-cap....we will be following this schedule:

  • Thursday, September 21st - Label the animal/plant cells & cell wall structure (Quiz Monday); From Table 3-1 explain the cell functions and processes; Study
  • Friday, September 22nd -  List out all organelles of the cell and explain their function; Study Quiz over labeling cells and cell wall
  • Monday, September 25th - Quiz Cell Structures; Explain the two ways substances enter the cell (Use bold black terms in your explanation [6])
  • Tuesday, September 26th - Study Test 3 Re-Take; Do Standardized Test 3
  • Wednesday, September 27th - Test 3 Re-Take

Vector Video...

In Physics we began chapter number four dealing with Vectors: basic info about them, how to perform mathematical operations with them, and how to solve them when they form triangles. To understand more about the basics of scalars and vectors check out this video by Mr. Anderson from Bozeman Science:
Section B of chapter four deals with thee mathematical operations of vectors. Here Mr. Anderson explains about calculating the sum of vector forces...

World Geography Study Guide...

On Thursday, Setember 21st, is the 11th and 12th World Geography Test. Thank you, Ben, for allowing the use of your study guide. Simply click HERE to be redirected to the picture of his notes. This should help when you have to make this test up. If you have any questions please leave me a comment below or e-mail them to me.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Physics Test Study Guide...

For those missing out on the Physics test over chapter 3, simply click HERE to be directed to the photo of a study guide written during our review. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below or write me an e-mail. Don't forget that at least 18 of the questions will come from the quizzes over sections A and B.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Extra Credit Biology Video...

We have studied the individual parts of the cell in our 9th and 10th grade Biology class before discovering the need for the cell to maintain homeostasis. The cell accomplishes this by active and/or passive transport. Below is the video we were watching when the bell rang depicting the difference between these two types of transports...
Now for some extra credit: to understand better about the cell membrane watch these two videos below then leave me a comment or email that you watched it for +5 Bonus Points on the next test. The first introduces the cell membrane and what it is composed of...
The second deals with how the cell membrane transports substances...
If you have any questions from something you don't understand please leave me a comment or e-mail and I will answer them accordingly. Remember: you will need to use your critical thinking skills as you watch to apply information we have studied in previous chapters.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Colony Postage Stamp Project...

This year I assigned a new project while studying the thirteen colonies. How exciting to see creativity coming through in these postage stamps! Check them out:

Anna Grace's "Massachusetts" stamp...
Then check out these other colonies...
Let those creative juices flow! I'm excited to see how your colony postcard turns out. Remember, your job is to impress me. Think outside the box!! The due date for these postcards is Wednesday, September 20th. No extensions!

Northeast Asia Geography Video...

We are finishing up our study of the Asian continent with the northeastern countries of the Korean peninsula and the archipelago of Japan. Remember some key info about the names of the four Japanese islands with Mount Fuji being the highest point on the largest island and that the Korean peninsula being divided into North and South Korean at the 38th parallel. Check out this video for some geographic features of the eastern, northeastern section of Asia.

Physics Quiz Study Guide...

Thanks to Ben, anyone missing Physics class can now have the notes for what will be on Quiz 3B on Tuesday, September 19th. Click HERE to  access a picture of his quiz notes. If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment below or send me an e-mail.

Biology Cell Cake Project...

On Friday, September 22nd, the 9th and 10th Biology class will be replicating an animal cell using cake and candy! Here is a reminder of who is to bring what candy by Friday:
  • Anna Grace - Air Heads
  • Daniela - Sour Worms
  • Rosa - Berry Mike and Ike's
  • Destinee - Candy Disc Sprinkles
  • Cynthia - Twizzler pieces
  • Arianna - Jelly Beans
This should be a great project to put together. Looking forward to it!

World Geography Study Guide...

As a study guide for Quiz 5 and Quiz 6 in 11th and 12th World Geography, click HERE to go to the study guide so you'll know exactly what to review. Quiz 5 is a Political Map of Asia while Quiz 6 is a Physical Map of Asia. These maps can be found in your map study booklet. More of the places and their locations will be on the test but check out the study guide HERE to narrow down what you should study.

Animated Parts of the Cell...

There are so many individual parts of the cell beginning with the non-organelles and then the organelles. Below is the video we watched in Biology class that animates each part of the cell. As you label your cell worksheets jot down a brief function of each part to help you as you study for both quiz and test...

History and Geography of China...

In 11th and 12th World Geography we have been studying the different countries of Asia. Our lesson on Friday, September 15th, centered around The country of China. We didn't just look at it's geography but also some history of it's dynasties. Here are some videos that we watched to help better understand China's geography...
This next short video shows an animation of the dynasties throughout China's history. Since China is the oldest civilizations it's important to understand a little bit about it's past...
The last video we watched through the Han Dynasty to understand the advancements made throughout the centuries...
If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail them to me or leave a comment below.

Friday, September 15, 2017

US History Test Study Guide...

On Monday, September 18th, there will be a US History Test for 9th and 10th over chapter three. Thanks to Cynthia click HERE to get pictures of her study guide over the forty-two questions, including two essays. Please let me know if you have any questions BEFORE you take your test in class on Monday.

Cytology in Biology...

In Biology class we have started chapter 3 on Cytology: the study of the cell. Even though many of my students are gone to the volleyball tournament, I still taught over 3.1-3.2 on how the study of cells relates to the development of the microscope. We also saw that how cells make up living organisms making them have the same attributes of life of a living organism...only in a little different form than what we think of. Be VERY familiar with the Chart 3-1 on p. 58 where a description of how the cell performs the attributes of life are described. Again, be VERY, VERY familiar with this chart.

Also there are two different types of organisms according to the number of cells they have: unicellular and multiicellular. Unicellular organisms only have one cell as seen in bacteria, protozoans, and algae. Multicellular organisms are made up of two or more cells. Humans, animals, and plants are all examples of multicellular organisms.

With multicellular organisms cells are grouped together according to their functions...similar to people with the same language and culture tend to live in the same land area. When we have similar cells performing a similar function we have tissues. Tissues that perform similar functions group together to form organs. Organs group together to form Organ Systems. These are all key terms discussed in class and should be remembered for a quiz or test.

Here is also a video of an overview of the cell. Watch now and then feel free to come back and watch again and again as we go over each individual part of the cell: how they function, what they look like,, and where they are located at in the cell. Mr. Anderson does a fantastic job putting this chapter in perspective for us.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

UPDATE on Classroom Competitions...

Currently we have two competitions going on in my classes. First of all thank you to everyone who has brought toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls along with material rolls for our log cabin we will begin constructing in October. The prize for this competition is a Homework Pass Coupon and +5 Bonus Points added to your lowest Test score.  For the Box Top competition I am giving away $50 MBA Bucks for the person who brings in the most in this first nine weeks. Here are the results for both competitions so far:

Toilet Paper/Paper Towel Roll Competition-
  • First Place: Arianna with 86
  • Second Place: Daniela with 55
  • Third Place: Anna Grace with 22

 Box Tops-
  • First Place: Arianna and Anna Grace with 9
Keep bringing them in! The Nine Weeks ends on October 20th.

US History Quiz Review...

For those on the volleyball team who are missing the US History Quiz over p. 55-61 on Friday, September 15th, Cynthia so graciously took notes of the six questions you can expect. Click HERE for your study guide and be ready to make up this quiz on Monday, September 18th, during Study Hall. You will find the notes in black at the bottom of the page.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Extra Credit Biology Videos...

Since our biology test is scheduled for Thursday, September 14th, check out these two videos for five extra credit points.

First will be on Carbohydrates from Mr. Anderson and Bozeman Science...
...and the second is about Lipids...
These are the first two monomers we talked about under Organic Chemistry. Watch these two videos and leave me a comment below. I will then add five extra bonus points on your next test.

DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE ME A COMMENT OR E-MAIL ME that you have watched the videos! Some have missed out on the much needed extra credit because of not leaving a comment or e-mailing me. I cannot add points unless you complete one of these.

Happy day off of school!

Biology Videos from class...

In our Biology lesson on proteins and nucleic acids we watched two videos that explain the difference. Remember these two are two of four monomers...the other two being carbohydrates and lipids.

For proteins rewatch this video by Mr. Anderson from Bozeman Science...
...and for nucleic acids here is this video...
If you still have any questions please feel free to e-mail me (e-mail address on the top of your class syllabus) or leave me a comment below.

Can You Find...

New week and a new picture! Are you ready for this one? I'm thinking along the lines of fall leave, football, and COFFEE! Pumpkin Spice Latte to be more precise! It's back in season! So in celebration of its return find the picture above hidden somewhere on this blog and you can earn yourself +5 bonus points on the next quiz!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

School Schedule...

Hopefully you have already received a call that Monday, September 11th, will be a half day of school (dismissal at 11:48) and then a complete day off of school on Tuesday, September 12th. Please stay safe!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Thirteen Colonies Videos...

In chapter 2 of our US History book we have been studying about the thirteen colonies. We had the chance to watch a video about the Southern colonies but did not have enough time to watch these other two videos. So I am offering them as extra credit for your test on Friday, September 8th. Simply watch the videos below then leave me a comment at the end of the post with your name that you watched them and I will add five extra points on your test.

First, let's start with the four New England Colonies...
...and then let's finish with the Middle Colonies...
Don't forget to leave me your name in the comments below!

Favorite Foods Celebration...

I don't know about you but I am super excited about celebrating our favorite foods tomorrow, September 8th, during lunch time. I've already made my Rotel Cheese Dip and am interested in seeing what some of your favorites are. Don't forget to bring something to share with others...and remember, NO NUTS! Thank you!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Favorite Food Day...

This month we are celebrating our favorite foods! That means on Friday, September 8th, please bring your favorite food to share with everyone. At lunch time we will put everything together buffet style and take a bite of other student's favorite foods. Because of a nut allergy please bring something that does not contain any form of nut. We look forward to seeing everyone's favorite food!

New US History Project...

Our new project for US History involves creating a postage stamp for one of the thirteen colonies chosen last Friday. I did not put on the requirements paper what date information to work on the project was due in class but I would be remiss in a few reminders regarding this project. You are not allowed to work on any other class, even one of the other classes I teach you. You must work on work ONLY for US History. Please bring information to class tomorrow, Wednesday, September 6th, so that once I am done with the lesson you may work on your project. These little projects I assigned are actually to be completed in class and not where you need to take them home. So again, no working on any other class (even Biology) in my class, only US History. Bring materials in to work on your new project.

VIDEO: Significant Digits...

In Physics we have been learning about figuring out significant digits and how to use them in mathematical operations. This is a key concept in physic's calculations that you must be familiar with. In fact they will become second nature to you as we begin using formulas in the next chapter. As a review be sure to watch Mr. Anderson's video above as a review to these key concepts.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Can You Find...

I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day break from school. Now it's back to school and back to a new week of quizzes and tests. To help you out on your next quiz find the fall leaves above hidden somewhere on this blog and you could earn yourself +5 bonus points! Happy hunting!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Microscope Videos...

Because of technical difficulties today in class I am posting the three short videos that we were going to watch. I will be switching out my speakers for a different pair so that hopefully we will not have this problem again.

Here is a short history of the microscope and how far we are advanced since the first working one:
We've discussed two different types of microscopes in class: the compound light and electron. This first video will take the compound light microscope and detail how it works:
This last video is just under two minutes and shows how an electron microscope works for a better understanding of the diffrences between the two. Compound light microscope magnifies up to 400x while an electron microscope can magnify up to 20,000:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Biology Quiz Moved...

The Biology quiz over sections 1.5-1.7 has been moved from Wednesday, August 30th, to Thursday, August 31st. We will finish Section 1.7 on Wednesday and review for the quiz for Thursday. Be sure to change the quiz in your assignment pad!

Class Competitions...

Just a reminder of the class competitions going on in the 9th and 10th grade class. First...

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION-
Each nine weeks I am giving $50 school bucks to the student who brings in the most box tops. They can still be turned in to Mrs. Allison just be sure to let me know how many you turned in. Right now Arianna is in the lead with nine!

TOILET PAPER/PAPER TOWEL ROLLS-
Until October we are collecting toilet paper and paper towel rolls for our fall project. We'll be using these to construct a "log" cabin to be put on display for our Thanksgiving meal. Teachers and elementary students have been bringing some in but our class is lagging behind! As of right now Daniela is in the lead with three.  The winner will receive a Homework Pass Coupon and a +5 Bonus Points added to your lowest test score of the nine weeks! I'd say that's a pretty sweet deal!!

So let's get rolling and get those box tops and toilet paper/paper towel rolls brought in!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Video: Spanish Armada...

I am disappointed that I do not have the time to show this video in class. But click on the video above and watch thirty-one minutes of fascinating history. Leave me a comment below if you watch all of it and I will give you +5 bonus points on your test on Wednesday, August 30th. Don't forget to leave me a comment!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

US History Project...

Just a reminder to the 9th and 10th grade US History class that your project, The Explorer and His Ship, is due on Friday, September 1st, instead of Thursday, August 31st. This is due to the fact we did not have class the first day of school due to the Prayer Revival. Be sure you in class information to work on your essay about your explorer or materials to work on the formation of your ship. I will try to end early each day so that you can have some time to work on it. Study Hall is also a great time to work on your project if you complete your homework early. Here is the link again to check out past  productions of this project.

Salt Dough Recipe...

For the 11th and 12th World Geography we are beginning a new project tomorrow called Landforms Diorama. To check out past pictures of this project from a previous year, simply click HERE. I will be providing the salt dough on Monday, August 28th, to start out the project. Your shoe box will need to be there in class so that you can work on it when I am done teaching. If you are needing any more salt dough please use follow the recipe below from learning4kids.net:

What You Will Need:
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup water
What You Will Do:
  • In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
  • Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
  • Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
Be sure to store your dough in an air tight container and once dried can be painted with acrylic paint.  Use creativity! I can't wait to see your finished project!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Can You Find...

First week of school is ending and a our first full week of school is waiting just ahead! For those quizzes you'll be facing this week here's a little extra added bonus: find the football hidden somewhere on this blog. Remember where you found it because you could earn five extra bonus points on the next quiz if you can correctly give the page where it's hiding. Read? Set? Go!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

US History Reminder...

We're starting work on our new project in 9th and 10th US History Class: The Explorer and his ship. Please be sure to bring some information to begin working on your explorer Friday, August 25th, in class. We'll have a shorter lesson and then time where you can start your summary about your chosen explorer. I look forward to seeing your finished products!

Want to check out what others have done with this project? Click HERE to view some pretty awesome pictures!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Something Else I Did...

My family and I took a road trip a couple of weeks ago to visit family near Houston, Texas. While there we had the opportunity to go to a major league baseball game: Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays. Our seats were right near first base...meaning a few foul balls came our direction. Sadly we didn't catch a one! But the game was awesome and this panoramic turned out quite nice. Now I need to find a place that sells panoramic picture frames because boy, do I have plenty of these types of photos!! Hope your summer is winding down quite nicely! I'm looking forward to seeing you all in class!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

What I Also Did...

Now here's a place I have always wanted to see and this summer I actually had the chance for a tour of this magnificent home. This panoramic is just a small part of the grand estate of the Hearst Castle and probably one of my favorite places of the entire tour. Mr. William Randolph Hearst's home was filled with art dating back to before the time of Christ! I've completed my photo book of the rest of my photos and I can't wait to share them with you on the the first day back to school! Less than five weeks to go!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

What I Did This Summer...

This is one place I was able to visit this summer. Know what it is? Give you a hint: It's the second oldest at 2700 years old. Did that help? Oh, and this photo is a panoramic and doesn't even do the height of this tree any justice. So this is just one of a hundred different photos of places I've been. What about you? Gone anywhere or done anything exciting? Drop me a line and let me know so I can share! Can't wait to hear about those many adventures when school starts!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

School, Anyone?

Hard to believe that July is here. Wasn't it just yesterday that school was ending? And now we are six weeks away from a brand new school year! We teachers have already been plotting and planning some new exciting things this year and are already getting the ball rolling with some of these plans! Are you excited yet? Hold all that enthusiasm....six more weeks! Hope you're having a great summer!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Economics Debate Workday...

We are coming down to the last three to four weeks of school--depending on whether your a senior or not. For 11th and 12th Economics we are gearing up for our team debate on "Does a Wage Gap Exist?" where the "Lisa Ping Award" will be decided and finalized. All are invited to attend! Invite parents, grandparents, Aunts/Uncles...this is going to be awesome!

I do want to remind you that this Thursday, April 27th, will be a workday for you and your partner as you both prepare your Constructives. Remember to included FACTS! FACTS! FACTS! Along with studies, experiments, etc. These help you persuade the audience that your side is right. Click HERE for an updated version of the debate format. I look forward to a great debate!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Redox Reactions....

Redox Reactions can be rather confusing.  Here is another explanation that may explain or reinforce our lesson from today. After you've watched the video, leave me a comment below that you did watch it and I will add +10 Bonus points on your next quiz.

Naming Compounds...


We've been learning how to name compounds in our 9th and 10th Physical Science class. Watch the two above videos (Part 1 and Part 2) and leave me a comment below that you watched and you can earn +10 Bonus points on your Quiz 19A for Tuesday, April 25th.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Video Explaining the Selfishness of Socialism...

I have certainly enjoyed these last two days of the 11th and 12th graders teaching. Teaching may be in your profession in the future! Just as a reminder of one of the lessons today on the negative influence government has on the economy, I have posted the video for you to watch. Enjoy!

Acid, Base, Neutral Foldable...

Here are the pictures from Mr. Lyas' Blog where the Acid, Base, Neutral Activity is located at. These pictures are from his blog and what your foldable should look like for your notebook check tomorrow.
And the outside...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

No Research Paper Workday...

For the last six weeks we've been steadily working every Wednesday on our Science research papers. Last Wednesday, March 1st, was our second to the last workday. Tomorrow there will not be a workday but a regular day of lecture and chapter work. The second half of your rough draft containing the following components is due at the beginning of class. Here are the points that are to be in your second rough draft:

  • The Rest of Your Notecards
  • An Introductory Paragraph
  • A Concluding Paragraph
  • Smooth Transitions Between Ideas
If these points are not included in your rough draft, a 0% will be given for your Participation Test Grade and a homework slip sent home. Our last workday will be Friday, March 31st, so that you can get the entire paper ready to be turned in. I look forward to reading your papers!!

Can You Find...

So here we are...a week and a half out from Spring Break. Don't lose steam now! Keep working away and doing y our best job. To help you out, let's see if you can find the photo above. Happy hunting!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Gibbs's Free Energy...

Gibb's Free Energy is an equation that combines both enthalpy and entropy along with temperature in it's calculations. Above is a video that will explain how this equation comes about and what it means. Tomorrow in class we will be learning how to plug in values and calculate.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Berlin Wall Breakdown...

In our US History class we have turned our focus on the next period after World War II...the Cold War. In this time of hostility and rising tensions we also see the march of Communism. We'll be study about the Korean War as well as the "Iron Curtain" as it fell across Eastern Europe when the Berlin Wall was constructed. I will not have time to show the above video in class as it goes into great description about the wall itself but I am posting it here as a bonus. If you watch the video (about 10 min. long) and leave a comment that you watched it I will give you +5 Bonus points on your next test. This is certainly fascinating: how one wall built straight down the center of the city. Pay close attention to the trip wire, Soviet "grass," tank traps, etc. in their attempts to keep the people of Eastern Berlin away from those in Western Berlin.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Can You Find...

We're moving on...right into February. This week will begin our first of many Wednesday workdays for our science research papers. You MUST bring materials to work on your paper. Also, we're needing another "Can You Find..." picture of bonus points on quizzes this week. Are you ready? Here we go...Find the heart sugar cookies pictured above somewhere on this blog. Happy hunting...and boy, do these look good! Anyone up for making some sugar cookies for class?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Super Conference Work Schedule...

For the week of Super Conference I will not be doing any teaching. Each class has been assigned projects that correspond to subjects we are learning about. Below is the schedule for each class as a reminder that materials for each project must be brought in every day. You may leave your materials neatly in the back of my classroom at the end of each class period. If you do not bring in materials a 0% participation grade will be given for that day. Here's the schedule:
  • Chemistry: Research Paper Materials for chosen topic
  • Physical Science: Research Paper materials for chosen topic
  • Economics: Minimum two sources for Persuasive Speech prep
  • US History: Pictures for WWII scrapbook
For US History I have scrapbook paper you may choose from or you may bring your own. We have already discussed each project in class but if you have any questions please ask. I look forward to seeing the finished products.

Physical Science Wave Video...

In Physical Science we've been studying periodic motion, the pendulum, and waves. Wednesday we watched a video that described all about waves: wave motion and wave properties. I've posted this video below for review as you study for the test tomorrow.
Thanks, Mr. Anderson from Bozeman Science.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Catching Up...

Since we had a snow day on Friday, today's lessons were all designed on catching up to what was planned for today. I am happy to say that we were able to get all caught up from Friday and today. This is just a reminder that Friday nights homework as well as Monday nights homework must be completed for class tomorrow so that we can grade everything and be right back on track. Thank you for hanging in there!!

P.S. There are several quizzes tomorrow...find the snowflake picture for an extra five points!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Persuasive Essay Checklist...

Are your essays ready to go for Monday, January 9th? I am certainly looking forward to hearing your arguments as to why you believe your side is right. Remember this is just a step toward doing a persuasive speech and then a debate. Click HERE to find a checklist of important points that an essay should include just as a way to see if yours hits the mark.