Thursday, March 19, 2015

Weekly Reminders - 3/23/15

3/25 -  Bring in plastic bags (grocery bags) to pack books up in the locker.  Bags should not be too large because it will not fit in the lockers.

3/27 - 6th grade students can bring in snacks and drinks to share with the class in the afternoon.

3/27 - Last day of school before Easter break. Please read Mr. Woods' blog for information on studying for NYS ELA and Mathematics Exam.

NYS exams will be administered after the break.  Dates will be posted on Mr. Woods' blog

8th Science - 3/23/15

3/25 - Copy vocabulary definition

1    Organism – a single individual from a population

2      Population – all of the individuals of one species that live and reproduce in the same area at the same time.

3      Community – populations of different species that interact in some way.

4      Ecosystem – communities and the abiotic factors that affect them.

5     Biosphere – made up of all the ecosystems on earth.

7th Science - 3/23/15


3/25 - Copy vocabulary words in NB

1. state of matter - One of the four principal conditions in which matter exists—solid, liquid, gas, and plasma.the temperature at which a liquid freezes: The freezing point of ... noun, Physical Chemistry ... The freezing point of water is 32°F, 0°C.

2. matter - physical substance in general, as distinct from mind and spirit; (in physics) that which occupies space and possesses rest mass, especially as distinct from energy

3. kinetic theory of matter - states that all matter is made of small particles that are in random motion and that have space between them. This means that no matter what phase matter is in, it is made of separate, moving particles.

4. melting point - The temperature at which a given material changes from a solid to a liquid, or melts; the same temperature as freezing point

5. heat of fusion - also known as the latent heat of fusion, is a category of latent heat describing the energy for the phase change between a liquid and a solid to occur without a change in temperature

6. freezing point - the temperature at which a liquid freezes: . The freezing point of water is 32°F, 0°C

7. boiling point - The temperature at which a given material changes from a liquid to a gas. The boiling point is the same temperature as the condensation point. Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius

8. heat of vaporization - Substances exist in three different phases: solid, liquid and gas. Heating and cooling a substance can transform it from one phase to another.Vaporization is the phase change that occurs when a liquid is transformed to a gas.

9. evaporation - the process of a substance in a liquid state changing to a gaseous state due to an increase in temperature and/or pressure.Evaporation is a fundamental part of the water cycle and is constantly occurring throughout nature.

10. condensation -the conversion of a vapor or gas to a liquid.

6th Science - 3/23/15

6th Social Studies - 3/23/15

3/24 - Copy vocabulary words in NB

1. Akbar - 1542–1605, Mogul emperor of India (1556–1605), who extended the Mogul empire to include N India.

2. Shah Jahan -Grieving emperor who built the Taj Mahal for his late wife Mumtaz Mahal

3. Mumtaz Mahal - was a Mughal Empress and chief consort of emperor Shah Jahan. The Taj Mahal in Agra was constructed by her husband as her final resting place.

4. Agra - A city of north-central India on the Yamuna River southeast of New Delhi. It was a Mughal capital in the 16th and 17th centuries and is the site of the Taj Mahal

5. Taj Mahal - a white marble mausoleum in central India, in Agra on the Jumna River: built (1632–43) by the emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal; regarded as the finest example of Mogul architecture

6. Jayavarman II - (c. 770–850) was a 9th-century king of Cambodia, widely recognized as the founder of the Khmer Empire, which ruled much of the Southeast Asian mainland for more than six hundred years.

7. Suryavarman II - Khmer king of the Khmer Empire from 1113 AD to 1145-1150 AD and the builder of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world which he dedicated to the Supreme God Vishnu.

5th Science - 3/23/15


3/24 - Copy vocabualry words in NB

1. fish a limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins and living wholly in water.

2. amphibians - a cold-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that comprises the frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders. They are distinguished by having an aquatic gill-breathing larval stage followed (typically) by a terrestrial lung-breathing adult stage.

3. reptile - a cold-blooded vertebrate of a class that includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. They are distinguished by having a dry scaly skin, and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land.

4. invertebrates -an animal lacking a backbone, such as an arthropod, mollusk, annelid, coelenterate, etc. The invertebrates constitute an artificial division of the animal kingdom, comprising 95 percent of animal species and about 30 different phyla.

5. vertebrates - an animal of a large group distinguished by the possession of a backbone or spinal column, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes.

6. bird - a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly.

7. mammal - a warm-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that is distinguished by the possession of hair or fur, the secretion of milk by females for the nourishment of the young, and (typically) the birth of live young

5th Social Studies - 3/23/15


3/25 - Copy vocabulary words in NB

1.  atlas a collection of maps; it is typically a map of Earth or a region of Earth, but there are atlases of the other planets (and their satellites) in the Solar System
2.  canal - an artificial waterway constructed to allow the passage of boats or ships inland or to convey water for irrigation.

3.  gold rush -The rush of migrants to California that began in 1848 after gold was found at Sutter's Mill, 
northeast of Sacramento.

4. investor - is someone who provides (or invests) money or resources for an enterprise, such as a corporation, with the expectation of financial or other gain.

5.  reaper - person or machine that harvests a crop

Saturday, March 14, 2015

8th Science - 3/16/15

3/17 - Unit IV Exam

3/18 - Debate:  Bring in copies of research that shows the conflict between the two sides and your point of view on the topic.  You must have evidence of solid research to back up your claim.  You can choose a side or decide not too but must be ready to defend your stance.  Below are some terms you may want to know or use.

Overview: The Conflict Between Religion and Evolution

Almost 150 years after Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking work On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Americans are still fighting over evolution. If anything, the controversy has grown in both size and intensity. In the last decade, debates over how evolution should be taught in schools have been heard in school boards, town councils and legislatures in more than half the states.
Throughout much of the 20th century, opponents of evolution (many of them theologically conservative Christians) either tried to eliminate the teaching of Darwin’s theory from public school science curricula or urged science instructors also to teach a version of the creation story found in the biblical book of Genesis. The famous 1925 Scopes “monkey” trial, for instance, involved a Tennessee law prohibiting the teaching of evolution in the state’s schools.
Evolution: A Glossary of Terms Creationism – The belief that the creation story in the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible book of Genesis is literally true and is akin to a scientific explanation for the creation of the Earth and the development of life.
Creation science – A movement that has attempted to uncover scientific evidence to show that the biblical creation story is true. Some in the creation science movement, known as “young Earth creationists,” reject not only evolution but also the idea that the universe and the Earth are billions of years old.
Darwinian evolution – The theory, first articulated by Charles Darwin, that life on Earth has evolved through natural selection, a process through which plants and animals change over time by adapting to their environments.
Intelligent design – The belief that life is too complex to have evolved entirely through natural processes and that an outside, possibly divine force must have played a role in the origin and development of life.
Social Darwinism – A belief that Darwin’s evolutionary theory can be applied to human society and that groups of people, just like life in the wild, are subject to “survival of the fittest.” The now discredited idea influenced many social theories and movements in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from laissez-faire capitalism to various eugenics movements.
Scientific theory – A statement or principle, honed through scientific observation, reasoning and experimentation, that explains a natural phenomenon.
Theistic evolution – A belief held by some religious groups, including the Catholic Church, that God is the guiding force behind the process of evolution.

7th Science - 3/16/15

3/17 - Unit IV Exam

3/18 - Creating a model of the layers of Earth.  Students need to bring in jello that is already made.  Follow the ingredients and colors that were given in class on 3/11.

6th Science - 3/16/15

3/17 - Unit IV Exam

6th Social Studies - 3/16/15

3/16 - Map of the Month due

3/18 - IV Exam

5th Science - 3/16/15

3/17 - Unit IV Exam

5th Social Studies - 3/16/15

3/16 - Map of the Month Due

3/18 - IV Exam

Monday, March 9, 2015

Weekly Reminders - 3/9/15

Map of the Month due – 2/16 -  ALL students received maps!

8th Science - 3/9/15


3/12 - Copy vocabulary words in NB

1.  Dormancy -A period of time when the growth or activity of a plant or seed stops due to changes in temperature or amount of water.

2.  Gravitropism - The way a plant grows or moves in response to gravity; also called geotropism.

3.  Guard cells - Cells that control when stomata open and close.

4.  Hydrotropism - The way a plant grows or moves in response to water.

5.  Photosynthesis - The process by which plants capture light energy and use it to make their own food.

6.  Phototropism - The way a plant grows or moves in response to light.

7.  Respiration - The process by which plants and animals break down sugar to obtain energy.

8.  Stomata - Small openings on the underside of most leaves through which oxygen and carbon dioxide can move.

9.  Thigmotropism - The way a plant grows or moves in response to touch.

10. Transpiration - The process by which plants lose water through their leaves.

3/10- Song and rap 

3/18 - Evolution project