The S.T.E.M and Arts blog by Aurelius Raines II

The S.T.E.M and Arts blog by Aurelius Raines II
"Producers, not Consumers"

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Last Week: 

6th and 7th grades learned about matter, mass, and volume. We measured volume and I demonstrated how mass does not always effect volume. The students seemed to have some problems with these themes so we will be covering them again. 

8th grade learned about cells and cell theory. Cells are the building blocks of all organisms and our first stop in the study of biology. We collected samples from outside and looked at cells under microscopes. 

This Week:

6th and 7th will take another approach to the concepts behind matter. These concepts are the building blocks to our understanding of the physical world. Therefore,  we will try more interactive activities to make sure that we are able to understand the concepts and their implications. 

8th graders will reexamine cell structure and theory. They need to understand the types of cells and how these structures are useful to different organisms.We will build models. 

Students are going to be learning about the TIMELINE. In the pre-assessment, most of students could not properly place a series of events on a time line. They could not a match a costume with the time that it came from. This week students will learn about the difference of B.C. and A.D. and what American looked and sounded like from the 20th to the 18th century. 

Extra Credit:

I have a lot of students who could use some extra points. Here is what you can do to get them. In the parent resource center (to the left) there is a link to the podcast of two radio shows that often educate me: RadioLab (Science) and Back Story (History). Listen to one of these shows and give me a 2 page paper on them. A properly written paper will get you 20 bonus points. Try it!

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