January 13 – 17

Thursday/ Friday January 16-17

What we did in class these days: We did a two-day human body analogy project.

What to do if you missed class today: Follow the directions below or see Mr. Jamsa so you can make up this graded assignment

Choose an analogy to compare the human body with – like a store.

For each of the seven body systems below which we have studied, compare your analogy to the human body. An example follows.

7 systems to include: respiratory; circulatory; muscular; skeletal; digestive; nervous; urinary

EXAMPLE (using the analogy of a car): The nervous system is like the steering wheel of the car because the steering wheel controls where the car goes like the brain controls where the human body goes.

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Wednesday, January 15

What we did in class today: We did more research for next week’s human body project by watching Bill Nye.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the film clip below and take notes. It will help you with next week.

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Tuesday, January 14

What we did in class today: We did human body research by circulating through the room and learning from each other’s poster projects.

What to do if you missed class today: See Mr. Jamsa after school and he can summarize the research you need for the later project.

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Monday, January 13

What we did in class today: Mr. Jamsa was gone today. The non-science fair students did human body research with Bill Nye.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the film clip below and take notes. You can use them for your last project next week.

January 6 – 10

Thursday/ Friday January 9 – 10

What we did in class: We did some research on a human body system and made a poster demonstrating our learning.

What to do if you missed class: You will have a zero on this grade unless you see Mr. Jamsa. He can give you the information and you instructions and you can make your own poster at home.

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Wednesday, January 8

What we did in class today: We explored the relationship between cells and ecosystems.

What to do if you missed class today: Get a sheet of graph paper and copy the graphic organizer of a classmate.

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Tuesday, January 7

What we did in class today: Science fair students worked on their projects. Other students watched the film Bill Nye: Respiration.

What to do if you missed class today: You can watch and take notes on the film posted below.

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Early Release Monday, January 6

What we did in class today: We did a 2019 reflection, some review math activities, and gave an overview of the month in science.

What to do if you missed class today: There is nothing to make up for today.

December 16 – 20

Monday through FridayFinal Chemistry Assessment

This week alone or with teams students are developing their final chemistry projects. In short, they are to summarize on a legal-sized piece of paper one of the three chemistry concepts we studied and then develop a model which will help 5th graders understand the concepts.

What to do if you missed class: Click on the Chemistry Final web link for instructions on how to do the assessment. If you have already decided your project, you can work alone on it at home or you can work with your team via social media and google. Projects are due Friday.

E-mail Mr. Jamsa if you have any questions.

December 9 – 13


Thursday, December 12 – Friday December 13th

What we did in class today: Mr. Jamsa was out of town. We watched the last part of Temple Grandin on one day and we were introduced to how to balance chemical equations on the second day.

What to do if you missed class: You don’t have to make up Temple Grandin. For balancing chemical formulas, look at the video below. Mr. Jamsa has practice worksheets you can take home and practice with if you ask.

Wednesday, December 11th

What we did in class today: We continued our studies of chemical reactions with Legos and then modeled with students as the atoms two famous chemical reactions – photosynthesis and respiration.

What to do if you missed class today: Not much you can do to make up the learning. Ask your group for help when working on the final exam next week.

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Tuesday, December 10th

What we did in class today: We used Legos as a model to learn about chemical formulas and reactions.

What to do if you missed class today: The picture below will give you a glimpse of what we worked on in class. See Mr. Jamsa for more details or ask your group questions during your work time next week.

Image result for legos chemical reactions

Monday, December 9

What we did in class today: Today was the last day to work on the Santa Mystery lab in class.

What to do if you missed class today: You can write your CER at home for the lab. The outline is below:

C – The evidence supports the claim that ____ is the correct Santa cookie recipe.

E – List evidence from your chart ONLY. No other information should be here.

R – tie your evidence together with logic to MAKE YOUR CASE. Everything important enough to be listed under E should be explained with R. Which canister, A, B, or C, has the correct mixture of flour, baking soda, and powdered sugar?

December 2 – December 6

Tuesday, December 3 – Friday, December 6

What we did in class: We are assessing science skills with the Santa Mystery Lab. There are three major grades this week for the following skills 1) What did I do? 2) What happened? 3) What did I learn?

What to do if you missed class: If you are not here when we assess one or more of the skills, come see Mr. Jamsa for a way you can take a test at home to show the skill for the day you missed.

Image result for christmas cookie

Monday, December 2

What we did in class today: We compared and contrasted physical and chemical changes with a Venn Diagram.

What to do if you missed class today: Make a Venn Diagram with physical properties on the left and chemical properties on the right. Complete it with information from the film below.

November 18 – 22

Friday, November 22nd

Class A – before lunch

We did the lesson for Class B on Tuesday below.

Class B – after lunch

We did the lesson for Class A on Thursday below.

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Thursday, November 21st

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We learned how to count the number of atoms in a compound from a chemical formula.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the movie clip below and take notes.

Class B – after lunch

We did the lesson for Class A on Wednesday below.

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Wednesday, November 20th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We learned about physical properties and chemical properties. We need this information to help us prepare for the chemistry unit like learning the alphabet before we learn to read.

What to do if you missed class today: Write down the following definitions and watch the following movie clip. It should help you get caught up.

Physical Property – describing what IS about matter; what you can observe with sight and touch. (shape, texture, color, etc)

Chemical property – describing what CAN BE about matter – how it CAN turn into something else – like Flammable, can rust, can rot, etc.

Class B – after lunch

Same lesson as written below for Class A on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, November 19th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We compared and contrasted elements, compounds, and mixtures.

What to do if you missed class today: Mr. Jamsa has a handout for you if you ask. This information will be the cornerstone of the upcoming chemistry unit.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We practiced using models.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the information below. We will refer to it often over the next few weeks.

Models:

  1. Represents something else.
  2. Should be able to use to predict a future event.
  3. Should be able to upgrade as new info is added.
  4. You should know its limitations.

The Four Model Questions:

  1. This model represents:
  2. This model could help you predict:
  3. This model could be upgraded by:
  4. Limitations of model:

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Monday, November 18th

What we did in class today: Mr. Jamsa was ill, so the class watched part two of Temple Grandin.

What to do if you missed class today: You can work on your Temple Grandin graphic organizer when he is gone again and we watch part 3.

November 12-15

Friday, November 15th

Today was our Adopt-a-Farmer Field Trip for the entire 8th grade.

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Thursday, November 14th

What we did in class today: We completed our energy / matter test.

What to do if you missed class today: You can schedule the test the next time Mr. Jamsa sees you in class.

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Wednesday, November 13

What we did in class today: We reviewed for Thursday’s multiple choice test.

What to do if you missed class today: Click on the homework link for information on how to prepare for tomorrow’s test.

Tuesday, November 12th

Class A – Before Lunch

What we did in class today: We compared and contrasted reduce, reuse, and recycle.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a classmate. You will need the material for Thursday’s test.

Class B – After Lunch

What we did in class today: We did an activity called Toil for Oil. This activity explored the relationship between civilization and oil.

What to do if you missed class today: There is nothing specific during this activity that will be on the test, so there is nothing you have to make up.

November 4 – 8

Friday, November 8th

What we did in class today: We did activities to show what it is like to be an “exceptional” student. It was a day to celebrate and appreciate diversity.

What to do if you missed class today: There is nothing to make up for today.

Thursday, November 7th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We looked at our relationship with oil in an activity called “Toil for Oil.”

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a classmate and speak with Mr. Jamsa after class.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We compared and contrasted the three R’s.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a classmate.

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Wednesday, November 6th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We looked at the organization of the Periodic Table of the Elements by creating our own tables.

What to do if you missed class today: Look at some of the examples from your classmates of tables. Ask Mr. Jamsa if you have any questions.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We looked at the enduring nature of matter by following the life of Carrie the Carbon Atom.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a classmate. Ask Mr. Jamsa if you have any questions.

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Tuesday, November 5

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We learned how to read information from the Periodic Table of the Elements.

What to do if you missed class today: Talk to a classmate or Mr. Jamsa and let them show you how to do it. You will be using this skill over the next six weeks.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We continued our study of matter by doing an activity with the rock cycle.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the film below and take notes and show Mr. Jamsa.

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Monday, November 4

What we did in class today: A community building activity followed by a “blow your mind” science session about quantum physics.

What to do if you missed class today: There is nothing official to make up although it was a great day in science class :<)

October 28 – November 1f


Friday, November 1st

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We introduced the Periodic Table of the elements and worked on decorating a copy of our Periodic Table of the Elements.

What to do if you missed class today: Mr. Jamsa will give you a copy of the table and the note page the next time you are in class. Use a classmates table and notes to get caught up.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We introduced the concept of atoms with some demonstrations.

What to do if you missed class today: Write notes on the following film in your notebook under the title “Atoms.”

Thursday, October 31st

What we did in class today: We did a community building activity and a review crossword. We also spoke about science fair.

What to do if you missed class today: There is nothing you had to make up for today.

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Wednesday, October 30th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We continued our study of the enduring nature of matter with the story of Carrie the Carbon atom.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the notes of a class mate and then talk to Mr. Jamsa. This concept will be hit often this year.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We designed our own Periodic Table of the Elements.

What to do if you missed class today: Today’s activity is a great way to learn about the PTE. When we share examples of great Periodic Tables in the future, you should be focused and ask questions so you understand the big picture. There is little you can do outside of class for today’s lesson.

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Tuesday, October 29th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We continued our study of matter by doing a rock cycle activity.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the movie below. Take notes. Answer the following two questions. Show Mr. Jamsa. 1) Matter is created in your cycle _______________. 2) Matter is destroyed in your cycle _______________.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We learned how to determine information from the Periodic Table of the Elements.

What to do if you missed class today: Talk to a classmate or Mr. Jamsa and ask them what you missed and copy the table. You will be tested on this information at a later date.

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Monday, October 28th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We received an introduction to atoms.

What to do if you missed class today: Write notes on the following film in your notebook. Title the page: “Atoms.”

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: Today was the last day I donated class time to looking for a science fair project.

What to do if you missed class today: You can look for a project on your own. The due date for project ideas is Friday.

October 21 – October 25

Friday, October 24th

Period A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We investigated whether earth was an open or closed system, and why that is an important question facing humans today.

What to do if you missed class: Come see me after school. I can walk you through the lesson in a few minutes. The overall concept learned is important and we will refer to it more this year.

Period B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We received an introduction to the Periodic Table of the Elements and worked on organizing the Periodic Tables that I gave out in class.

What to do if you missed class today: Get the handouts from Mr. Jamsa and copy the notes from a classmate. We will definitely be using the Periodic Tables over the next few months.

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Thursday, October 23rd

What we did in class today: Mr. Jamsa was not at school today. We started a film about a great scientist named Temple Grandin.

What to do if you missed class today: When you return to school, you can be updated on what you missed.

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Monday, October 21stWednesday, October 22nd

What we did in class today: We are still working on the Titanic Lab as described on Thursday/ Friday of last week.