Friday, October 30, 2015


Stone Knapping is process of chipping rocks to turn them into tools.

A Maryland Native American knapping stones.

Tools and materials for knapping.  Notice the use of sticks and horns antlers.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chapter 7, Lesson 1, What are hurricanes? pt. 1

1.  Open your books to page 215 and jot down the following vocabulary words:

tropical depression
tropical storm
storm surge

2.  Now take a look at this video:

Tropical Cyclones

How Hurricanes form

Hurricane 101

3.  Now read page 215 and answer this question in your STEM journal:

How fast are a hurricane's winds?

4.  Read pages 216-217 and answer  this question:

What is the source of a hurricane's energy?

5.  Now go take the on-line quiz!  Good luck!

Tropical Storm Quiz

Be sure to check out the pictures below!

Hurricane Andrew

Storm Surge

Tropical Depression

Tropical Storm

Hurricane Models

Chapter 7, Lesson 4: Noncommunicable Diseases

Years ago Communicable Diseases were the main "killer" that people had to worry about. However modern medicine has come up with ways to treat these diseases.  So now the main diseases people need to worry about are Noncommunicable Diseases.

Turn to page 174 and jot down the five vocabulary words:

Heart Disease

Now go ahead and watch this short video:

Noncommunicable Diseases in a Minute

After you watch the video go back to the text, and with your partner, look up each of these vocabulary words and jot down a definition for each of them in your STEM journal.  You'll need to skim over each page to find the word and its definition.

Now go take this quiz to see what you know!

NCD Quiz

Arthritis is a disease of the joints

Diabetes happens because your body can't process sugar.

Heart Disease is the clogging of the body's arteries.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Chapter 8, Lesson 1 Minerals and Rocks

Hi guys,

Over the last few days we've been looking at different types of rocks.  Do you remember what they were?

Now today we're going to be looking at what rocks are made of.  Today when you're done you should be able to tell me what minerals are.

Be sure to check out the pictures too!

1.  Before you start watching videos go to your textbook and look for a definition for these words:

Minerals (p.239)
Luster (p.240)

So open your textbook and look these vocabulary words up, write them into your STEM journal.

2.  Now go ahead and look at these two videos:

This video is a quick introduction about what minerals are.  It's pretty short but be sure to take good notes!

This video is pretty silly, but Max does a pretty good job about telling you how minerals and rocks are related.

3.  No go here and check what you know with the Minerals Quiz!  

Minerals Quiz!

You can set-up an account if you want to or you can take the quiz without an account.  It's up to you and the account is free!.

4.  You're done, now take the exit ticket quiz. Come see me to take it.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chapter 8, Lesson 3 Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

You and a partner should pair off and choose one of the two videos below to watch.  Just click on the name to go to the video.

Three Types of Rocks Video

Three types of rock

Once you finish the video click on the link below to see what you know!  When you finish the quiz just hit the back button to come back here. 

Rock Quiz

Now take a look at these pictures.  Once you're done go back to your textbook and jot down and define the vocabulary words.  

Igneous Rock (p.246)
Metamorphic Rock (p.249)

Be sure to read the section called "The Rock Cycle" on page 248 and look over the diagram on p. 249.

You're now done!!

Metamorphic Rocks

Igneous Rocks

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Chapter 7, Lesson 3: Fighting Communicable Diseases

Why Learn This?  You can use what you learn about preventing disease to promote health at home and at school.  In other words, you can use this knowledge to stay healthy!

Today we're going to learn how your body fights disease and what you can do to help it!

To get ready for today go watch this video:

What are germs?

Now turn to page 166-167 and read.  Be sure to jot down these vocabulary words:

immune system

Make sure you know what these words mean before I call time.

Also be sure to look at the diagram at the bottom of the page called "The Body's Defenses".  

Now read pp. 168-169.  As you read make a list of things you can do to avoid diseases!  Be ready to share them.

Finally read over pp. 170-171.  Jot down and define this vocabulary word:


Answer this question:  why do schools require children to get vaccinated (get vaccines) before they can come to school?  Be ready to share your answer with the class. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Before you get started, go watch this video!


Now open your books to page p. 234-235.  Jot down the list of vocabulary words and work with your team to define them or tell what you know about them.

sedimentary rock
igneous rock
metamorphic rock

Once you've done this turn to page 236.  Read over the Direct Inquiry and pick a materials manager, time keeper, technician, and a recorder.

The materials manager is responsible for keeping up with the materials, collecting them, passing them out, and putting everything away.
The timekeeper's job is to keep an eye on the time.  This inquiry should only take 20 minutes so the timekeeper needs to keep things moving along.
The technician should handle the minerals and group them with the team deciding with the tech where the minerals go.  The tech should be the only person actually handling the minerals.
The recorder is responsible for writing the team's response to the BCR:  How did you classify the samples?

You'll only have about 20 minutes to complete this inquiry.

When the time is up the recorder should turn in the inquiry organizer, the materials manager should return the experiment tray, and everyone else should clean and organize their area.

Have a great time!