It's going to be a great year!
Please look over the class syllabus. Note the different ways that information can be accessed for our science class. There is MINIMUM to NO homework in this class. The students will be expected to utilize their class time and get most if not all of the work done in class. The students will have a copy of this glued into their notebook and the parent and guardian or the student will be able to access as often as needed. Please refer to Gradespeed and share that information with your student so that they can monitor their grades as well. There will be a request for an email address so that the parents/guardians can be invited to create their own Google Classroom account to monitor their student's work.
It's going to be a great year!
Finally! Google has provided a way for parents and guardians to see inside their student's classes in Google Classroom. Teachers are thrilled, since this provide more insight and transparency for the parents to be involved in their students classroom tasks, keep up with assignments and turning in homework. See the instructional video that Mrs. Davidson created at JMS for parents on how to create the parent account.
Here at JMS we decided instead of doing a science fair that we would allow the students to showcase anything they would like. This was an attempt to open up their creativity and allow them to think outside of the box. They have worked hard for the last month or so consistently. They were to pick a TEK that was focused on sometime throughout this school year. There are some fabulous projects! I have included a picture of the digital rubric. While we would love for the student to be at the showcase, they can still pass the project even though they do not come, provided they covered all other parts of the rubric specifications. I look forward to seeing our school bursting with all of the visitors on Friday night!
Showcase setup: 5:30, cafeteria
Showcase begins: 6:00, cafeteria, hallways, computer lab, classrooms in 7/8th grade hallway.
Dress for Success!
Bring all of your supplies!
Help with cleanup!
Take all of your supplies home!
Chromebooks must be checked out/in with Coach Boyd!
The last couple of years, we have had a final exam that consisted of a science fair. This year, with the change in dates of STAAR, I didn't feel that we could do our usual science fair. Instead we are doing a Student Showcase event. It will still serve as our final exam and will some what be a sort of a science fair.
The students were able to choose their own objective. I shared with them the TEKS that were studied this year and they were able to choose their favorite or most interested objective. They were then able to choose what ever kind of project they would like to to demonstrate their learning of the objective. Any free time in class is devoted to their project. They also have a pride time class that they are able to use for planning and design. I check in with the 2 times a week on their progress through Google Classroom. They were to copy their objective onto a Google Doc and then beginning their brainstorming process. The next step was to list their materials and begin their plan.
We will check in again this week, they should be adding links and pictures of their plans. The step after will be their first drafts of their models.
I have included some planning documents that were used in the process. The rubric, courtesy of Alice Keeler, is a digital form that allows grading to be done along the way, feedback and then with Flubaroo, emailed back to the student. The parent letter, is to inform them of the importance of the project. It is a final exam, attendance is required. We are hoping that every attempt will be made to attend the event. The practice presentation forms need to be tweaked a bit, but will serve the purpose for now. The final link are the TEKS that were put into a Google Doc -it has readiness standards underlined. The students must focus on the readiness. Differentiation occurs with the students including readiness and supporting.
How can I demonstrate how 2 body systems work together and not independently?
Choose from the list: Must add up to 100 pts. I have assigned specific ones to people.
Always add color, always use complete sentences. Yes you may use props. Please be creative!
Use the links provided on Symbaloo to complete research.