Monday, March 25, 2013

Charlotte the Scientist

My daughter Charlotte made some scientific observations today while I was out running some errands. When I came home, she wanted to tell me all about it. I asked her if I could get her explanation on video, but she didn't want to do that. She gets stage fright. So, I used my iPad app to take a picture of her observation log and secretly record her explaining it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

No more agendas, but weekly grade reports

For the past several weeks, I have putting daily effort grades into agendas. I generally liked the system because it gave students and parents immediate feedback. But, it also required about 10 minutes of class time every day.

So, I won't be putting daily effort grades in the agendas anymore. I will still put the grades into the online gradebook, so parents can still see the grades through Parent Portal.

Also, I will be sending home printed grade reports every week. These grade reports will need to be signed by a parent or guardian. Students will earn points each week for getting the reports signed.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New class blog

Don't forget, there is a new blog for this class. You can find all the latest information on the new blog, "Learning is the Constant," at this link:

Thursday, December 6, 2012

extra credit due Friday, Dec 14

You have two opportunities for extra credit.

Create a Venn diagram comparing prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
You can earn up to 100 points, and your grade will be based on three factors: a) neatness, b) thoroughness, and c) accuracy. You will need an excellent Venn diagram to earn the full 100 points.

Create a comic strip explaining how a virus attacks the human body and how the body responds to that attack. You can earn up to 200 points, and your grade will be based on four factors:  a) neatness, b) thoroughness, c) accuracy, and d) creativity.

These are due by Friday, Dec 14.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Extra credit & baby pictures

First, there is an extra credit opportunity for this week. Find some science related news story using a major news website and then answer the following questions about the story.
1. Who is the story mostly about?
2. What did that person do to get him or her in the news?
3. When was this done?
4. Where was this done?
5. Why is this important?
6. How did the person do whatever the person did?

The better your answers are to those questions, the more points you will earn. Each question is worth up to 15 points. Write your answers on a sheet of paper and bring the paper to class on Friday, Nov. 30.

Here are some links to website that you might use for this assignment.

Finally, since so many students have asked to see baby pictures, I'm including some info on my newborn son.

His name is Hudson Taylor Sabin. All of my kids are named after Christian missionaries, and I've written a little essay about each one's name. So, if you're interested, you can read about their names at these links:

Charlotte Moon, Mary Mitchell, and Hudson Taylor.

And here are some pictures.

This is Mary holding Hudson and Charlotte holding a small toy someone gave Hudson. You can only see part of Hudson's face, but you can see his sisters love him.

Hudson Taylor

Mary holding Hudson again.

I took this picture while I was holding Hudson.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Extra credit opportunities 2 and 3

Opportunity #2

Click this link to read "The (kids') eyes have it." Then, answer the following questions on a paper that you will bring to class on Friday, Nov 16. Questions 1-5 are worth 10 points each, and the paragraph for #6 is worth up to 50 points.
  1. What was the independent variable?
  2. What was the dependent variable?
  3. What was one controlled variable?
  4. How did scientists explain the conclusion?
  5. Why were the results were surprising to some scientists?
  6. Write a summary paragraph explaining what you learned from this news article. Be sure to include labels and underline two terms from the Word Wall.

Bring your paper to class on Friday.

Opportunity #3

Read the article "Virus Treatment Could Target Acne." Then write a one paragraph summary, of the story. Be sure to include labels and underline two terms from the Word Wall. This is worth 50 points. Write your paragraph on a paper and bring it to class this Friday.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Extra Credit #1

If you choose to do this extra credit assignment, you must bring the assignment to class on Friday, Nov 16th, which is the day I return to school. This assignment is worth up to 70 points. Each correct answer earns you 10 points.

Click the link to read the article, "Risk-taking linked to Ritalin." Then, write the answers to the following questions on a paper you will bring to class on the 16th.
  1. What was the independent variable?
  2. What was the dependent variable?
  3. What was given to the control group?
  4. What was given to the experimental group?
  5. What were three controlled variables?
  6. What was the conclusion?
  7. Why is this research important?