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Jr. Life Science

We will be studying God’s Creatures and learning about their anatomy and how they are equipped to survive. Emphasis will be on how to classify animals and plants. We will learn about animals that are classified as Vertebrates or Invertebrates and plants that are classified as Angiosperms or Gymnosperms. We will also be dissecting and memorizing the parts of flowers and plants to gain a better understanding of how plants survive and thrive.

SCIENCE is FUN!  SCIENCE is the study of GOD's wonder filled world!

Jr. Life Science    $12/class minimum suggested donation

Teacher:  Lisa Riley Giordano (Mrs. G,)

Contact:   lisagiordano@questforeducationandarts.com

Each week we do a quiz in class and an activity.  Please review the quiz and other worksheets with your children.   Then have them return all of it the following week.  I accept late homework.  We are building a book with all of the handouts and quizzes so please have your child bring them back to class as soon as possible.

Please collect dead arthropods if you see them.  We are going to make a special presentation at the End of the Year Recital.

Help DECORATE our CLASSROOM with SCIENCE!

20 points for making a COLORFUL poster for our classroom wall.   

*1 Poster per student per month.

  • Please make it colorful and interesting.  
  • CUT and PASTE photos of your topic, or use your photos. or your drawings.
  • Put a nice BIG title on your poster.  
  • Please include at least one fact about your topic.
  • Any size poster you would like to make is fine.  8 1/2 by 11 to full size poster boards.  
  • Please put your name on the front of it.

POSTER Topics:

Animal Kingdoms - Any animals from any of the kingdoms, we will be getting to them all eventually.  Arthropods, Annelids, Echinoderms, Vertebrates, Cnidaria, and Mollusks. Label it with your chosen kingdom. 

Science Fair Projects - that you are interested in.  Please give some details about your project and put a BIG title on the poster.  Lots of pictures and lots of color!

September 11, 2017

  • If possible please bring in Roly Polies or Sow bugs.  We will be using these creatures in our lab this week.  You can have them back after class.  They are found under rocks or pots in wet areas in your yard
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  1. Please finish filling out your Quiz 1 and bring it to class on Monday.  I sent home an answer sheet so you should be able to get 100% of you points.  I will e-mail it to you if you missed class or lost it. 
  2. Review the answers, so you can play games with the info in class.
  3. Extra Credit 20 points - This week - Please make a poster (8 1/2 by 11 normal copy paper is fine) with images of sow bugs or roly polies.  The poster should have at least 1 fact about the creature.   Please put the word CRUSTACEAN and ARTHROPOD on the poster in large font.  We will decorate our classroom all with your posters, so make them look nice!
  4. Extra Credit 20 points - This week or next week please make a poster with images of ANNELIDS.  Please put the word annelids on the poster with at least one fact about them.
  5. Please watch this beautiful video about ANNELIDS 

September 18, 2017

September 25, 2017

Jr. Life Science Assignments for Week 3 and Week 4 - September 25th and October 2nd.

September 25th - We will have caterpillars in class.  Please bring any arthropods that you find in your yard so we can study and compare them.  Dead or alive is fine.

  1. Please organize all of the papers I have sent home in a binder and bring the binder to class.  I am keeping an "in class binder" for each student, so I will have them hand in the study papers and quizzes after you go over each one with your student. If you want to make copies of anything I send home that is great.  We will use the "in class binder" for reviewing for quizzes and tests.  I will send a test review home 2 weeks before a test.  The questions will come from the QUIZZES.  We will do a lot of reviewing to make sure the knowledge sticks.  We review with games and activities, so the more they study with you the more fun they will have in class.  I will be giving 10 points to the students for each quiz they turn back in.  They will get 10 points for each lab activity they hand in.  They get 5 points for attendance each week.  There will be extra credit and tests coming up too.
  2. I will be linking all of the quizzes to the GREEN BOX starting next week, so you can have access to those online.  
  3. Please review the papers I sent home each week with your child.  Ask them questions and have fun.  Bring them back to class the following week. 
  4. Please watch the attached video about Butterflies, the attached video about Arthropods and the attached videos about Isopods.  It will help long-term memory to watch the videos as many times as possible throughout the semester.

 

 

October 2, 2017

This week - Week 4

We will review what we have covered so far and play games with the information.  PLEASE watch all of the videos I have already posted in the yellow boxes.  

  1. Please hand in all of the quizzes that I have sent home.  Review them first.
  2. Please watch the NEW posted videos. 
  3. Bring any arthropods that you find.  Dead or Alive.  We have started a collection of dead arthropods.  Be kind to your live arthropods.  
  4. If you have a unique pet and want to bring it to class, please e-mail me at  lisagiordano@questforeducationandarts.com   This is FISH week.  If you want to bring your fish please bring it in this week.
  5. We are studying parts of the human body each week.  This week we will be doing an activity where will take everyone's temperature and possibly blood pressure.  We will record the numbers on the quiz.  We will use a forehead thermometer!

Videos

Pulse

Body Temp

Fish

FISH - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJN3gJoZqlY

Fish Anatomy - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz9iOQzqFz8

Fish and Human Organs Compared

www.youtube.com

Check out our channel FunScienceDemos: https://www.youtube.com/user/funsciencedemos To learn more about organs go to: http://learningscience.org/lsc2astructu...

October 9, 2017

This week - Week 5 - Mollusk - If you have any mollusks or shells from mollusks please bring them to class.  (Snails, Shells, Octopus, Clams etc)

Definition of Mollusk - any of a large phylum (Mollusca) of invertebrate animals (such as snails, clams, or squids) with a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a calcareous shell; broadly :shellfish

  1. We will review what we have covered so far and play games with the information.  PLEASE watch all of the videos I have already posted in the yellow boxes so everyone will know the material enough to play games with it.
  2. Please hand in all of the quizzes that I have sent home.  Review them first.
  3. Please watch the NEW posted videos. 
  4. Bring any Mollusks that you find.  Dead or Alive.  
  5. If you have a unique pet and want to bring it to class, please e-mail me at  lisagiordano@questforeducationandarts.com   
  6. We are studying parts of the human body each week.  This week we will be doing an activity where will take everyone's temperature and possibly blood pressure.  We will record the numbers on the quiz.  We will use a finger thermometer.

October 16, 2017

Week 6 - October 16, 2017- Octopus and Squid = Mollusk and Invertebrate

Assignments

  1.  Watch the Octopus and Squid Videos 
  2.  Review past videos
  3.  Review your Mollusk Worksheet and hand it in at the beginning of class
  4.  Don't forget Extra Credit is available once a month.  See the Blue Box

Video - Giant Pacific Octopus

Video - Learn about Octopus

Video - Wild Kratts - Sperm Whale and Giant Squid Battle

October 23, 2017

Week 7 will be a REVIEW CLASS. 

Please review past videos.  Please bring in any missing homework.

There will also be some DRY ICE FUN involved!

 

October 30, 2017

Week 8 - Echinoderms - Sea Stars, Sea Cucumbers, and Sand Dollars - Junior Life Science

Homework - 

Please work on the REVIEW Pages that I sent home.  

Please watch the videos about Echinoderms and the 1 video about Octopuses.

Always try to re-watch some of the videos from the past.  It will help you remember the information.

Optional - Let me know if you can bring in an unusual pet or if you know someone that can bring in animals and tell us about them.

Extra Credit -  Our class room could use some more posters.  See the Blue Box for details.

 

November 6, 2017

Homework for WEEK 9 - SEA URCHINS - Echinoderms

If you have not had a Parent-Teacher Conference with me yet, please come between 11am and 11:20 on Monday.  I will be in the courtyard right outside room 6.

Please review Quiz 8 - Echinoderms

Please review the REVIEW Quiz that was sent home during Week 7.  The test will be based on this review.  The test will be in December.

Please read the pages about Echinoderms and highlight key words.  This is due in week 10.

Please bring all of your homework back to class.

Please watch the following videos.  You can watch them before and/or after class.  Always try to review at least one or two of the past videos each week for long term memory.

 

This video is a GREAT review of what we have covered about invertebrates.  Please watch this one a couple of times.

Please watch the following videos about SEA URCHINS.

Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about their surprisingly somewhat-complex lives of sea urchins. "Is this a predation event that we are witnessing...

Encourage older kids to watch the following video.  It has a lot of facts that older kids will appreciate.

 

November 13, 2017

For Junior Life Science this week I am including 2 weeks of videos, so just let the students watch them some time between now and after Thanksgiving Week.  

 

Homework due:

1. The BIG TEST is coming in December so please keep and review your review sheet.  I attached it just in case you turned it in already. (Don't stress about this test! Just study when you can and try to remember what you have learned.)

2. REVIEW and RETURN - Quiz from Week 9 - Echinoderms - Sea Urchins

3. REVIEW and RETURN - Any other Quizzes you may still have.

4, Highlight and Read and RETURN the reading assignment from Week 8 -'Fun Facts and Trivia About Echinoderms' - I attached it to this e-mail in case you didn't get it. - You can turn this in next time if you need more time to read it.

5. Watch the attached videos about Coral, Jellyfish and Sea Anenomes.  They will also be in your yellow box.

 

FYI NOTES:

You all probably know we don't have classes the week of Thanksgiving, but your car might try to automatically come to QUEST that week.  So, just a reminder - NO CLASS THANKSGIVING WEEK.

 

THIS FRIDAY is the FALL GALA for QUEST  it is not at QUEST, it is at Catalina Foothills Church, 2150 E. Orange Grove Rd.

The TA for Jr. Life Science (BETHANY) and her sister Rose will be performing at the GALA, so please try to come.  This is a lovely night out and it helps QUEST!  Other Junior Life Science students will be performing too!

You don't have to do the dinner.  You can come and see the entertainment and Silent Auction and market place for FREE.  It is a lovely evening out.

 

Parents - Coral is a bit tricky to understand, so if your kids ask you questions here is a paragraph for you to study, so you are ready for them.

What is Coral

FROM - http://www.teachoceanscience.net/teaching_resources/education_modules/coral_reefs_and_climate_change/what_is_a_coral/

Are corals plants, animals, or rocks?

Well, corals are animals. However, corals make a calcium carbonate skeleton that looks similar to a rock and have a symbiotic relationship with plant-like cells called zooxanthellae.

Pronunciation - zoh-uh-zan-thel-ee

The zooxanthellae living in the soft tissue of a coral polyp use sunlight to produce food through photosynthesis and create a byproduct that the coral can use as food. Thus, zooxanthellae provide corals with food; in return, the coral provides the zooxanthellae with shelter and nutrients.

Corals also capture food. At night, they stretch out their stinging tentacles and catch the microscopic organisms that float in the water and digest them in their stomachs. So, corals have two ways of getting food—through zooxanthellae and capturing microscopic organisms.

This video is long, but the photography is beautiful.  It does mention evolution.  When they say evolution think of it as an adaptation.  God did give animals the ability to adapt.

 

November 27, 2017

Dear Parents of Junior Life Science, 


Junior Life Science is going to have a TEST on December 11th.  It will cover all of the 6 Phylum we have studied in the past 11 weeks.  Cnidaria, Annelids, Echinoderms, Mollusks, Vertebrates, and Arthropods.  I have 3 tests for the students.  Level 1 - Easy

Level 2 - Medium Hard  Level 3 - CHALLENGING.  They will start with Level 1 and keep going as far as they can go during class time.  They will get points depending on their age and ability.  Younger kids will get full points for trying.  Older kids will have to work for their points.  I want to encourage all the kids to study and watch the videos as much as possible.  I want them all to remember the information in their long-term memory.  

 

PLEASE bring in LIVE Animals.  Some of you have said you are bringing an animal in.  Please let me know if you can bring them next week, so I can save time for that animal.  We have a rat, chinchilla and a miniature horse that are coming but I need to know when.  If anyone else wants to bring an animal just let me know.  We only have 2 weeks left this semester but I know the kids would enjoy learning about some more animals before Christmas.

 

I attached the REVIEW Quiz they should be working on and reviewing at home with you this week.  Please review the material with your kids if possible.  Some kids need to work on it more than others. 


Please have your children hand in all of their past homework.  I didn't get very many homework pages turned in after Thanksgiving.  They don't get points if I don't get the papers back.


VIDEOS  - Please watch the videos.  It will help you on the test.

 

 

December 4, 2017

This is for the YELLOW BOX for December 4th - JUNIOR LIFE SCIENCE


Congratulations! - You made it to through 12 weeks of Life Science.  Next week there will be a test.
I hope you are all studying for the test.  GOOD LUCK!  

NEW HOMEWORK - Print and Study Quiz  12 - The Heart!

How to Study:

There are 3 levels of tests.  The students in Junior Life Science will take Level 1 and Level 2.  

The 3rd Level is Optional.  Level 3 will be very challenging because some of the kids LOVE challenges.  They really need to review everything we have learned so far to study for it.  They will get extra points for trying it!

Remember - no stressing in this class - study what you can and try your best.  Your parents control your grades.  I am just giving you points for everything you answer correctly.  HAVE FUN studying.  Watch the videos and talk about what you are learning that will help you remember.

December 11, 2017

 

January 8, 2017

Welcome back Students and Parents,

This semester we have 13 classes to learn as much as possible about LIFE Science.  Last semester we learned about invertebrates, animal classification and the circulatory system.  

This semester we are going to learn about vertebrates, the PLANT Kingdom and the respiratory and digestive system.  One of the animals we will study the most is the horse.  

PARENTS- I encourage you to bring in unusual pets so the kids can see live vertebrates to compare and contrast.  Please let me know what you can bring in.  Please let me know if you can invite a guest speaker that can bring animals.

STUDENTS- Please keep bringing in dead arthropods for our display table for the end of the year QUEST celebration.

 

Homework - This week and/or next week please watch the new videos.  Remember, you will learn more if you watch them more than once. 

Review - Please review the videos from last semester when you have time.  It will help you remember all the cool things we learned.

Congratulations - Everyone who took the midterm should be congratulated!  The test scores helped me know if what I was teaching was staying in your brains.

You all proved that you are extremely smart and most or all of the information is staying with you.   GREAT JOB and THANK YOU for taking the test!

Due to the holidays and illness, I am still working on entering grades, thank you for your patience.  

January 15, 2017

We covered a lot of material last week, so please review the videos from week one.

I only added one video about horses that you can watch before or after class.

We will study one type of each vertebrate in detail.   The mammal we will study in detail is the horse.   If you know someone who can bring a miniature horse to class let me know.  We will have a large horse coming to class.

I am attaching the quiz from last week and this week just for your records.

Thank you for sharing your terrific kids with me.

 

January 22, 2017

What we covered in class in week 2:

  • The 5 Types of Vertebrates -  F  A  R  M  B
  • Fish, Amphibian, Reptile, Mammals, Birds  (F  A  R  M   B)
  • Vocab Word - Mnemonic Device- a device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.
  • The characteristics of each type of vertebrate
  • The 3 Kingdoms of LIVING THINGS.  Animals, Plants and Fungi are the 3 kingdoms we will be studying.
  • Vascular Plants have xylem and phloem (super highways for food, water and nutrients)
  • Non-vascular plants do not have xylem and phloem.  They pass food, water and nutrients from cell to cell.
  • Definition of a seedling.
  • The Respiratory System - We mainly identified lungs and talked about their function.

     

  • HORSES - We looked at different breeds of horses and learned the job each breed is best for.

As you can see, we covered a lot, so please review the videos and quizzes so the students will retain as much info as possible.  We will review the info in class each week also.  I attached Quiz 2 again for your review.

 

Homework:

  • BRING FLOWERS to class
  • Review the Quizzes and bring them back to class
  • Watch the videos for this week and review the past weeks.
  • Start a plant cutting in water to see if it will grow.  (houseplants work really well for this)

Coming up:

  • Flower dissection
  • Plant reproduction
  • Planting seeds
  • Amphibians
  • How lungs work

Videos:

 

 

January 29, 2017

Hi everyone,

Last week, week 3, we went over the parts of a flower. pollinators, how flowers make seeds and reviewed material from weeks 1 and 2.  We also had some CUTE animal visitors!  We learned all about hamsters and how to take care of them.  

Activity - We dissected several flowers as we talked about what each plant part was for.

I attached QUIZ 3 for your review.

This week, week 4 for Spring Quest Classes, we are going to finish what we started last week.  We will talk about FROGS, FLOWERS and SEEDS.  We will also review the function of LUNGS and find them on our model.  Encourage your kids to take a deep breath and think about their lungs and how they work.

Activity - This week we will be building flowers with all of the parts.

Our NEW vocabulary for this week for the older kids - Vascular and Non-Vascular.   I did add a new video that describes these words really well, even the little kids will like the video.

Homework:

  • Please, please review the videos about flowers and frogs.  Most of the kids had a hard time remembering the parts of a flower, so I think the videos will really help.
  • Bring in any homework you have at home.  We will be finishing the Quizzes for week 2 and 3 so we need those back in class.
  • We need some more pet visitors so please contact me if you can bring in unique animals!!
  • Please watch the video about Vascular and Non-Vascular Plants.  It will really help with the understanding of PLANT CLASSIFICATION!

 

 

February 5, 2017

What we did in SPRING WEEK 4

 

What we will work on in SPRING WEEK 5

  • FROGS, FROGS, FROGS - We will be studying amphibians, especially FROGS.
  • We will review the flower parts and plant classification
  • Froggy Games
  • We will talk about the SWEETWATER WETLANDS in Tucson - It has a LOT of frogs!

 

Homework:

 

NOTE - I have SCIENCE FAIR CLASSES to teach, so I will not be grading papers until after SCIENCE FAIR.

I hope you can all come to the  SCIENCE FAIR awards ceremony to get ideas for your own SCIENCE PROJECTS next year.   Check out the QUEST website for the location and time of the ceremony!

Notes for parents - why are FROGS and AMPHIBIANS indicator species?

"Adult frogs and toads live on land and in water and are good indicator species since the skin of the adults is moist and permeable, allowing numerous pollutants entry into their bodies. Tadpoles live in water and indicate water quality issues. Of the nearly 100 species that live in the United States, about 30 percent are in trouble. On a world-wide scale, a 2007 study by Malcolm McCallum of Texas A&M; University-Texarkana suggests that current estimates of amphibians in danger of imminent extinction approach 211 times the background amphibian extinction rate estimated from the fossil record."  http://education.seattlepi.com/examples-indicator-species-4123.html

 


 

February 12, 2017

Spring  Week 5 - We studied Amphibians with an emphasis on Frogs.and Toads.

I attached QUIZ 5 and Activity 5 to this e-mail and it will end up in the Yellow Box.

We covered a lot of material so please review the quiz with your students.

We also review the parts of a flower.

 

SPRING WEEK 6 - We will be studying reptiles and seeds.

 

Homework

BRING SOME SEEDS to Class for Arts and Crafts.

Plant a seed and study how it grows.

Try to grow a plant from a cutting.

Bring what you have grown for SHOW and TELL.

Please review the quizzes that you have and return them to class.

Please watch the videos for this week and review some of the previous videos.

Please review the PARTS of a FLOWER.  Most of the kids almost have it memorized.

Optional - Make a poster about something we have studied so far.

 

Videos to watch before or after class:

 

February 26, 2017

Spring Week 6 - We studied reptiles and seeds.  We looked at different types of rice seeds and other seeds and made a poster with seeds. I attached Quiz 6 so everyone can review it.  We covered a lot of material.

 

SPRING WEEK 7 - We will Dissect a Frog.  Hurray! QUEST bought us a large PLASTIC ANATOMICALLY CORRECT FROG.  The "BIG DEAL" with frogs - they have similar internal organs to humans.  Dissecting a frog will help with studying the human body.  It is also REVIEW WEEK.  We will be reviewing what we have covered in Spring Weeks 1-6.  
 

Parent Teacher Conferences - If you want to talk to me or ask questions just e-mail me and we can set up a time.  Everyone did well on the Final in December so I don't see any major problems, but I am always available to talk and give you an update.  Let me know if you have any suggestions for changes.  I am trying to challenge everyone in the class and I am trying to get everyone to learn what they are able to learn at their level.  If you make sure the kids come to class, go over the quizzes with your student and have them watch the videos then they should be learning a ton of new things and having fun.
 

Homework

  • Plant a seed and study how it grows. (Wet Paper towel in a plastic bag with a seed works well)
  • Try to grow a plant from a cutting.
  • Bring what you have grown for SHOW and TELL.
  • Please review the quizzes that you have and return them to class.
  • Please watch the videos for this week and review some of the previous videos.

Optional - Make a poster about something we have studied so far.

 

In this free Spongelab science game, players use drag and drop tools to build a frog and learn about internal organs, amphibians, and classification.

 

WARNING - This is only for older kids!  It mostly has a virtual frog but it has a few videos with a real frog being dissected.  Some of the kids will love this. 

http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/genbio/virtual_labs/BL_16/BL_16.html


WE are covering 3 out of the 6 kingdoms and it is good to know there are 3 others.  I want the kids to know that there are classifications for living things. 
 

Learn the six groups that all organisms are divided into based on similarities. Organisms can be in the kingdom: animal, plant, bacteria, fungi, protist or archaea.

A horse is coming to class this Monday!  Please make sure you have the waiver signed and turned in or they will stay in the class room.

Here is the homework for this week.

  • Please print the horse diagram that is attached and have your child fill out the body parts.
  • Please have you child watch the videos so they are familiar with the horse parts that we will be covering on the real horse.
  • One link is to a game that they can practice on until they know the parts of a horse
  • Horse Diagram

 

Horse Safety - Please remind your child to stay quiet and calm around the horse.  We will be giving them safety rules and they must follow them.  
 

I hope they enjoy the horse visitor.
 

March 5, 2018

 

March 12, 2018

LAST WEEK - We started learning about FUNGI.  We had a mushroom dissection lab.  We also reviewed horse anatomy and all of the other topics we have covered this semester.  The kids were encouraged to take a mushroom home and do a SPORE Experiment.  Cover the mushroom with a clear cup on a piece of paper
 

THANK YOU for the POSTERS!  Keep them coming!  Making posters about something we have learned this year will help the kids remember what they learned and they can be on exhibit at the end of the year celebration.

We are still collecting DEAD ARTHROPODS, so bring in your arthropods as you find them.

 

Homework - Grow some mold and talk about how it is a Fungus.  Review the videos.  Watch the new videos about YEAST.

HOMEWORK - BRING YOUR HOMEWORK IN - WE ARE PUTTING THE BOOKS TOGETHER NOW AND ENTERING GRADES.

THIS WEEK -  We will continue learning about FUNGI.  We will have a YEAST experiment during class.  We will be reviewing what we learned this semester with games.  

FINAL - We will have a FINAL for this class.  I don't want anyone to stress, I just want to see what the students are remembering.  The final will include KEY topics  from LAST SEMESTER and this semester.  Remind the kids to watch the videos and review their quizzes with you.

 

March 19, 2018

LAST WEEK - March 19th-

We talked about YEAST.  Yeast is a type of FUNGI.  Yeast is alive.  Yeast likes to eat and it loves sugar.  It burps up Carbon Dioxide.  Yeast is very important in Scientific Research for Cancer and Alzheimers.  I attached the YEAST QUIZ so you can review all of the things we learned.  We also had a lab activity of watching YEAST BURP and fill up a few balloons with Carbon Dioxide.

Homework - POSTERS, POSTERS, POSTERS.  I would love to have some more posters for the classroom.  We are going to have a Party on the last day of class and invite parents and friends to come and see what the students have been learning.  The posters will be the decorations and the students will be able to talk about their posters.  Party - April 23rd

Homework - Make sure to watch the videos.  The last video listed is long so you can break that up over the next few weeks.  It is an AWESOME overview of birds.  Remember to REVIEW YEAST and watch the videos.  Some of the kids had a hard time with the concept of YEAST and FUNGI, so re-watching the videos will help.

Final Test - The final will be the week before the last week.  April 16th  It will include some information from the FALL Semester so start reviewing if you want to get to level 3!

 

March 26, 2018

The MIRACLE of EGGS!

We will be studying Bird EGGS.  How they are created inside birds and how they hatch.  We will have an EGG Activity.  We will also have some BIRD visitors.

 

April 2, 2018

We are going to review what we learned last semester this week, so it is fresh in everyone's mind.

We will play review games, have quizzes and look at some of the creatures we have learned to classify.

     

    April 9, 2018

    NO STRESSING ALLOWED
     

    I attached the review for last semester.  Please look at it to refresh everyone's memory.  I will have a review for this semester done this week.  

    On April 16th, I will be giving a cumulative final to the students, just to see what they remembered from my class.  Some of the kids are super competitive, so if they want to study for it, the best way is to watch the videos from both semesters and review the final from last semester.  I also sent out a review from the first 6 weeks of this semester.  You can all make a game of asking each other questions without inducing a stress attack.

    Last week we reviewed a lot of what will be on the test.  This week we will continue reviewing along with learning about birds.  

    April 9th Review in class and study birds - There will be birds in class.

    April 23rd is the last class!  Parents are invited in.  We will have a little party and play games with the facts they have learned.  We will have one last activity in this class.  The students will be able to take home their books they have been working on all year.

    Monday, April 30, 2018 6:00 PM  to Friday, May 4, 2018

    8:00 PM  - Fine Arts Festival at Saddlebrooke.  Your students work will be on display.  I will have a table set up with samples of what the kids did and the posters.  If you want to bring back anything they made, I will put it on display.  I may take photos and use photos instead of actual work for some so it all fits.

    I will be sending home a review so everyone will get a chance to practice answering questions.

    Level one of the test will include identifying things on a table from each classification we have studied.   Plus, some general questions.  The TA's will help the younger kids read the questions and give them some hints.  Everyone should be able to pass this

    Level two will ask the students to name characteristics of each animal we have studied plus some general questions that are a little harder than level one.

    Level three will again be a challenging test, so the students that love to study and show what they know will be given the opportunity.  I will try to stump them, but last time there were a few kids that answered almost every question correctly.  I am going to have to try harder.

     

    April 16, 2018

    April 16th - The Final for the whole year is April 16th

    Parents - remember you assign the grade.  I am just giving points.  

    • We only have 2 weeks left of Life Science.  I will miss seeing all of the kids, they have made this year fun and enriched for me.  Next week is the Final and the week after that is a party and game day -  ALL parents are invited into the classroom for fun and games.  Please try to come into class that day.  The week after that is the BIG FINE ARTS Festival at Saddlebrooke.  I will be setting up a table there with the students work and their arthropod collections.  We could still use some more arthropods.  The posters will be going there too.

    • The FINAL is on APRIL 16th.  This is not to stress kids out, it is just to see what they have learned and how well I have taught them. 

    • There will be 3 levels of the test. 

    • Level 1 will be just general questions from the reviews from both semesters.  First page only of the FALL SEMESTER. 

    • Level 2 will be what I really want the Jr. Life Kids to learn from this class, all of those questions will be from Fall and Spring Semester Reviews.  First page of the Fall Semester Review only.

    • Level 3 will be questions that will be from videos, from class, and from the quizzes and full reviews.

    • Level 3 will be very challenging, because some of the students LOVE challenges.  Any questions answered on Level 3 will be extra credit.

    • Just a reminder the grades are totally up to the parents for all QUEST classes.  I only give points.  If you want them to study for the final that is totally up to you.  I am just giving you hints and suggestions on how to study.

    • We have reviewed in class, but there is a lot of material so they will need some extra reviews.  The videos will help them study, if they have time have them watch as many videos as possible.  

    1. Quiz #1
    2. Quiz #2
    3. Quiz #3
    4. Quiz #4
    5. Quiz #5
    6. Quiz #6
    7. Quiz #7
    8. Quiz #8
    9. Quiz #9
    10. Quiz #10
    11. Final Review
    12. Yeast
    13. Eggs
     

    April 23, 2018

    April 30, 2018