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Middle School Science Update January 2018

Middle School Science

The new year continues onwards with our unit on Weather/Climate. Students are learning the fundamentals to how our atmosphere and hemisphere contribute to the weather conditions we experience. From cloud types, air fronts/masses, high/low pressure areas, and even to interpreting weather station data, we are learning how to become accurate meteorologists. Student groups will eventually adopt another city in the United States to produce a weather forecast video segment and use the information they learned about to predict the weather.
At curriculum celebration the students will be displaying their ecosystem projects entitled “That’s life!”  Each student took one of the major biomes across the globe, targeted a specific region within that biome, and recreated what the ecosystem is like there. You might find some interesting organisms in each of the ecosystems, as some students took the next step and created their own food web that could sustain life there. Each of the displays have some type of user interaction with it, so please feel free to engage the displays!

Middle School Science Update December 2017

Middle School Science

Winter is coming and the middle school science classrooms are starting to run experiments on how to create the perfect snowstorm, hypothetically. After completing our ecosystem projects just this past week, we are quickly transitioning to the science of weather and climate in different areas of the United States. We will learn about the physical components involved with weather conditions, as well as the study of predicting weather patterns and interpreting data from instruments. Our hope is that we produce 100% accurate weather forecasts for our local Channel 99 news!

Middle School Science News November 2017

Middle School Science

“That’s Life!”
We are well into our unit on Ecosystems as students are researching and developing description of organisms that live in the biome of their choosing. After understanding adaptations and interactions that can happen in the nature, students are “creating” some experiences that will be interesting to see at the Curriculum Celebration in January. Different mediums of presentation will be available to view and we are hoping to complete this before Thanksgiving Break.

Middle School Science News: November 2013

As November rolls around, the middle school science classrooms will be buzzing with construction noise.  Our students will be spending the next month planning, building, testing, retesting, and problem-solving a simple issue, how do we move “it”?  Using common engineering/physics skills and examples of simple machines (inclined plane, wheel and axle, levers…etc) , we are challenging groups of middle school students to build the most efficient and also creative designs.

Middle School Science News: June 2013

Middle School Science
Students finished up this past month (May) with unique unit on the genetics of dragons, and learned how meiosis helps them to understand how genes get passed down to their children.  For the last unit, we will encounter our final frontier with our short unit on space.  We are looking at common misconceptions that people have about outer space and finding the correct information that allows us to understand why people think like that and why it is incorrect.

Middle School Science News: May 2013

The middle school science class is documenting growth as we “journey” through the life cycle of plants and cells.  We are combing through the forest at Honey Creek, as well as starting our own experiments on what variables will impact how fast plants’ growth happens.  The month of May will truly bring flowers to the classroom as we will also participate in some plant maturation.   Hopefully our thumbs will stay green so that we can see how plants grows.

Middle School Science News: April 2013

We are wrapping up the human body project and have successfully performed surgery on broken parts of each section.  We will be wrapping up the final part of the unit understanding cellular biology and how the simplest unit of life often shows us how complex life actually is.

We will transition quickly to the cells of the plant, as we prepare for spring bloom with plant life. We will look at how plants grow and what factors can affect their timeline.  We plan to make a photographic project out of this and hopefully identify the wonderful plant life in our own backyard here at school.

Middle School Science News: March 2013

The middle school students are continuing to learn about the particular parts of the body and their systems.  We plan to construct different parts of the body to create our own version of a practice corpse that we will use to eventually do some surgery on.  We will close out the last part of this unit with a comprehensive Jeopardy-style event that will quiz the students on their gained ‘medical’ knowledge.  In April, we move towards a short unit on the Solar System, as we focus specifically on the Mars Rover and what that “journey” is going to tell us about the planets around us.

Middle School Science News: February 2013

The middle school takes a “journey into the body” as we look to understand both the form and function of how we are set up.  More than what each part of the body does, we will use the science of medicine and nutrition to help us diagnose some of the issues facing society today.  We will turn this into a service-learning opportunity to help our community to become more aware of our health and what we can do to foster more positive behaviors.  If you are a health professional and interested in helping out as a source of information, please feel free to email me (jbaek@hc.wash.k12.mi.us).

Middle School Science News: January 2013

Our Earth Rocks! unit ends at curriculum celebration with our presentation of our different models that help us understand how the Earth works.  At the end of January we will switch to our new unit investigating the human body and the systems that combine together to work as a well oiled machine.

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