Science Department Meeting 10/24/13

24 Oct

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT  AGENDA  MEETING 10/24/13

1)   THE WORD FROM ABOVE –

A)  Interims & Quarterlies –  P/Up Interims after school today –

Quarterlies are open to download & print

Wednesday-Thursday, 10/30-10/31

Math 6, 7, 8, Geometry, Science 8

PHYSICAL SCIENCE – 7th GRADE QUARTERLY ASSESSMENT w/8th

Would suggest everyone else test the week after and scan as you have access – the Brother Scanners still have edusoft reader – You should export your data to EXCEL

Do we need a mini-workshop on how to export to excel & reports for data binders? OCTOBER 31st Meeting ?

B) Instructional Review –  Reading in Science – Cheatsheet coming -10/31

C) PLCs – Best way to organize – by grade level 5 teachers = 6 meetings  18 MPP – Must use protocols   Nov 21  Jan 23  Feb 20  Mar 20  Apr 17  May  15  Everyone is a leader – chair rotates – first suggested protocol & person to present ____________________________________

Related topic – Possible  SCIENCE iHEAT Workshop – Beyond the Essential Labs

Use the time to assemble lab kits for 2nd & 3rd 9 weeks by grade level – schedules – model running the labs – Close with best practices for Lab Writeups & Assessment,  5 E’s Engage Explain Explore Elaborate Evaluate

D) WORD OF THE DAY – 4 Corners

WHICH WAS THE MOST COMMON TEACHER ERROR IN PRESENTING MASS TO STUDENTS?

A)    MIXED UP MASS AND WEIGHT RELATIONSHIP

B)    MIXED UP MASS AND VOLUME

C)     MIXED UP MASS AND DENSITY

D)    THOUGHT MASS WAS A MATHEMATICS VOCABULARY WORD

2) BEST PRACTICES – Assessment doesn’t always have to be pencil & paper…

3)   SCIENCE FAIR  Judging Friday November 8th  Science Family Night November 13th

 

4)   IPEGS DESCRIPTORS

5)   SURVEY OF EXPERTISE –

6)   WE NEED STUFF PART 1 – TECHNOLOGY NEEDS

7)   WE NEED STUFF!  – DONORS CHOOSE & ADOPT A CLASSROOM MADE EASY

8)   HOMEWORK – WHAT KIND OF TUTORING & PULLOUT SHOULD WE OFFER FOR SCIENCE?

Look at the EXTENDED LEARNING MODULES IN LEARNING VILLAGE

SHOULD WE REQUIRE 8th GRADE TO GO THROUGH FCAT EXPLORER ON A PULLOUT BASIS PRIOR TO FCAT?

DONORS CHOOSE
EXAMPLE: I am currently a seventh grade middle school science teacher in a high needs area. My students are motivated learners and the classroom would benefit from basic supplies including markers, chart paper, reference posters, tape, laminating pouches, etc.The majority of the students in my school are struggling financially. Most students qualify for the state’s free or reduced meal program. Often times, the students come into school without the necessary materials to succeed in school. My school has lost $1 million in the recent budget cuts and teachers are no longer able to personally give each student the resources they desire.As part of the new science scope and sequence, students are required to understand the many ideas and concepts from all areas of science. I love doing hands-on activities, but my students are 12-year-old children and have a tendency to lose things. Having basic supplies within the classroom and allow me to continue to create engaging science activities. Chart Paper, markers and tape are necessary everyday in lessons and activities, if the students don’t have them they can not be successful. The reference charts and laminating pouches will supply visual aid to our science curriculum and keep them durable for years to come. Folders will assist student maintaining portfolios and tracking their science progress. Having everyday classroom supplies available will help make each lesson run more smoothly and more learning will be accomplished.A student-centered curriculum is a tool that I find effective for science success. I can’t do this without your help. Please support and provide basic classroom supplies for my young scientists.

SCIENCE KIT –  $922.40 –

4 Triple Beam Balances with weight set $110 x 4 $440.00

4 Electronic scale $40.00 X 4 $160.00

4 Hot plates  $20.00 X 4 = $80.00

6 sets Graduated cylinders –

Large View

6 Laboratory Starter Sets of 4 Cylinders

Price: $61.50

Six sets of four graduated cylinders each (10 ml, 25 ml, 50 ml, 100 ml) with six density volume finders. Ideal for rapid and positive volume finding when doing density experiments.

Product Number: SB26111(A)M

4 sets Beakers

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Set of 5 Glass Beakers

Price: $21.50  X 4 = $86

A best-selling starter set ideal for any laboratory. Includes one borosilicate beaker each of 50 ml, 100 ml, 250 ml, 600 ml, and 1000 ml.

 

12 Thermometers $1.95 x 12= $23.40

12 Meter sticks  $5.00 x 12= $60.00

12 Rulers $1.00 = $12.00

ADOPT A CLASSROOM

EXAMPLE:  Having children wanting to read is always challenging, but it seems that the children of an inner city environment make it more so. My goal is to have enough supplies to make their job more attainable. My students would benefit from everyday supplies such as pencils, tape, and marble note books. We have just installed raised bed vegetable gardens at our school. The children of all grades are very excited for this science and math learning area. My class has adopted the primary care for these gardens and we will be having classes as well as maintaining them throughout the year. Some additional supplies might be clip boards so the children can continue to take notes while outside. In addition to caring for out successful gardens we are in the planning stages for a new program called “Trout in the Classroom”. This project needs a 55 gallon fish tank and stand as well as a cooler, filter and other fish supplies. The students would watch the trout eggs hatch, grow and finally release the fry in a local pond. Much math, science, and recording of information would be maintained regularly. All donations would be greatly appreciated, and I would like to thank you personally and on the behalf of my students.

 

FOLDABLES & GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS KIT

1 Box of colored pencils    $40.00

240 Pc. Crayola® Colored Pencils. These pencils feature thick, soft leads that are strong enough for your students’ most detailed projects. Perfect for color mixing and blending, each pencil has its color name stamped right on the barrel. Each pencil is pre-sharpened (3.3mm tip) and ready for immediate use! Convenient pack makes them easy to store and use, too. 12 pencil sharpeners are included in each Crayola® Pencil Classpack®. Includes 20 each of 12 colors.

 

30 Pc. Elmer’s® Classroom Pack Clear Glue Sticks.  $15.00

These glue sticks cleanup easily with a damp cloth when the glue is wet or washes out of clothing with soap and water after drying. Preferred by teachers for a variety of school projects, Elmer’s® Classroom Pack Clear Glue Sticks are a classroom essential. (30 pcs. per unit) Safe and non-toxic. Acid free. Clear, .24 oz. each. Confroms to ASTM D-4236.

 

Box of markers  $33.00    Rounded Tip Marker Classpack. Quality long lasting markers at a great price. Kids will enjoy the smooth coverage of these 16 vivid colors! The class won’t have to fight over these utensils because there’s plenty to go around! This pack is perfect in the art room or playroom. (16 pcs. per color, 256 markers per unit) Safe and non-toxic. Conforms to ASTM D-4236.

 

12 Scissors  $2.00  = $12.00

Large White paper Pacon White Newsprint

18″ x 24″, White, 500 Sheets Per Ream    $15.00

 

Construction paper  18 x 24  (50) 10 packs $30.00

Tag board 18 x 12 (100) $10.00 per pack x 3 $30.00

LIST OF IPEGS STANDARDS & DESCRIPTORS            JOB DISCRIPTION 101

2. KNOWLEDGE OF LEARNERS – The teacher identifies and addresses the needs of learners by demonstrating respect for individual differences, cultures, backgrounds, and learning styles.             Highly Effective – The professional’s work is exceptional, in addition to meeting the standard – The teacher consistently meets the individual and diverse needs of learners in a highly effective manner.

3. INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING – The teacher uses appropriate curricula (including state reading requirements, if applicable), instructional strategies, and resources to develop lesson plans that include goals and/or objectives, learning activities, assessment of student learning, and home learning in order to address the diverse needs of students. Highly Effective – The teacher consistently creates, evaluates and modifies, as appropriate, instructional strategies during the planning process

4. INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY AND ENGAGEMENT – The teacher promotes learning by demonstrating accurate content knowledge and by addressing academic needs through a variety of appropriate instructional strategies and technologies that engage learners. Highly Effective – The teacher consistently optimizes learning by engaging all groups of students in higher-order thinking and by effectively implementing a variety of appropriate instructional strategies and technologies

5. ASSESSMENT – The teacher gathers, analyzes, and uses data (including FCAT state assessment data, as applicable) to measure learner progress, guide instruction, and provide timely feedback. Highly Effective – The teacher consistently demonstrates expertise in using a variety of formal and informal assessments based on intended learning outcomes to assess learning. Also teaches learners how to monitor and reflect on their own academic progress.

6. COMMUNICATION – The teacher communicates effectively with students, their parents or families, staff, and other. Highly Effective – The teacher consistently uses a variety of communication techniques to inform, collaborate with, and/or respond to students and other stakeholders in a highly effective manner as members of the learning community.

7. PROFESSIONALISM – The teacher demonstrates behavior consistent with legal, ethical, and professional standards and engages in continuous professional growth. Highly Effective – The teacher consistently demonstrates a high level of professionalism, contributes to the professional growth of others, and/or assumes a leadership role within the learning community

8. LEARNING ENVIRONMENT – The teacher creates and maintains a safe learning environment while encouraging fairness, respect, and enthusiasm. Highly Effective-  The teacher consistently provides a well managed stimulating student centered environment that is academically challenging and respectful.

 

 

 

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT SURVEY OF EXPERTISE    –       I AM MOST EXPERT AT:

(   ) ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES (VARIED METHODS -FORMATIVE & SUMMATIVE)

(   )CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE – LAB MANAGEMENT – SAFETY, SELF MANAGEMENT & RESPONSIBILITY

(   )CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE – KEEPING STUDENTS MOTIVATED, ON-TASK & AWAKE

(   )CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE – LEADING DISCUSSIONS – (STAYING ON POINT BUT BRINGING IN EVERYONE’S VOICE)

(   )LESSON PLANNING – INFUSING CREATIVITY INTO ACTIVITIES

(   )LESSON PLANNING – KEEPING LASER FOCUS ON STANDARDS & BENCHMARKS

(   )LESSON PLANNING – DEVELOPING UNITS OF STUDY THAT BUILD TO FULL UNDERSTANDING OF TOPIC COVERED & TIE IN ACROSS TOPICS

(   )INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY – MODIFICATIONS TO KEEP ESOL/SPED/ & REMEDIATION STUDENTS IN THE LEARNING LOOP

(   )INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY – USE OF TECHNOLOGY : MY SMART BOARD IS NOT AN EXPENSIVE OVERHEAD OR MOVIE PROJECTOR.

(   )CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN ACTIVITIES

(   )CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN QUESTIONING

(   )LECTURE- SAGE ON STAGE – WHEN I LECTURE I CAN HOLD MY AUDIENCE IN SPELLBOUND ATTENTION.

(    )COMMUNICATION – PROACTIVELY KEEPING PARENTS INFORMED ADDRESSING PARENT CONCERNS

(   )COMMUNICATION – BRINGING COLLEAGUES TOGETHER FOR JOINT LESSONS, ACTIVITIES, PLANNING WITHING DISCIPLINE & ACROSS DISCIPLINES

(   )ASSESSMENT & DATA – CAN CONNECT THE DATA TO EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION & REMEDIATION

 

 

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CONTENT KNOWLEDGE – RANK IN ORDER STRONGEST 1 – WEAKEST  6

(  ) PHYSICS         (   ) CHEMISTRY       (   ) BIOLOGY     (   ) SCIENTIFIC PROCESS                          (   ) GEOLOGY      (   ) ASTRONOMY

NAME:_________________________________________________________________________________________________

WE NEED MORE STUFF = HOW TO GET IT:

TITLE I /SCHOOL BASED FUNDING $15,000 – $25,000

FUNDRAISING – $30,000 – $20,00

SCHOOL COMMUNITY     $15,000

                        BUSINESS COMMUNITY $15,000

 

12 CHROMEBOOKS IN EVERY SCIENCE CLASSROOM!

USING $250 BASE PRICE  AND 15 CLASSROOMS   180 computers  $45,000

Assumes fast reliable wifi

(COST PER CLASSROOM $3,000)

 

SCIENCEWORKS – MULTIMEDIA INVESTIGATIONS

2 LAPTOPS WITH PROBEWARE & GRAPHING PROGRAMS & PRINTER ($1500)

2 CHROMEBOOKS FOR GROUP PROJECT WRITTEN PRODUCT w/INTERNET RESEARCH ($500)

2 TABLET/IPAD  VIDEO & VISUALS PRODUCTION & INTERNET RESEARCH  ($1000)

(COST PER CLASSROOM $3000)

MIX IT UP

Each teacher picks one or the other package –

 

OTHER IDEAS:

 

CHEAT SHEET FOR VOCABULARY  10/24

CAT FUR – Long fur  Short fur

 

F – short fur

f- long fur

 

Example of a simple one-locus (position on the chromosome) trait , two-allele, dominant vs. recessive method of inheritance

 

Recessive —The form of a trait that will be masked unless the organism is homozygous for this trait.

Dominant —The form of a trait that is expressed or shown when the combination of alleles for this trait is heterozygous.

Heterozygous —A cell or organism that has two different alleles for a particular trait.

Homozygous—A type of cell or organism that has identical rather than different alleles for a particular trait.

Zygous- similarity of the alleles for a trait

Phenotype – organism‘s observable characteristics or traits,

Genotype- organism’s genetic makeup

 

 

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