Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Innovators/8 Gizmos

Adams, Laura LauraA811 | map997  
Anderson, Ian IanA785 | hat344  
Azaz, Ahrar AhrarA391 | bin395  
Bailey, Cylah CylahB392 | pop635  
Baranowski, Jacob JacobB893894 | dog957  
Bier, Juliet bierj71893 | 1992200  
darcy, michael darcym19545 | 1528200  
Dodoo, Tristan redminus | monster321 E-mail
duncan, michael Duncansmash | Catdaddy200 E-mail
Faisal, Manal ManalF588 | toy698  
goslee, caleb gosleec65918 | 0335100 E-mail
Greene , Jessica greenej65908 | 0365900  
Harmon, Oluschi harmono00494 | 1518700 E-mail
Lulla, Krisha lullak62566 | 1318800  
Mitchell, Farah mitchellf19577 | 0098800  
Nastasi, Alexa AlexaN679 | big196  
Reyes, Alana reyesa65881 | 0807100  
Roche, Ehyrica rochee19473 | 0278500 E-mail
Shahid, Razeen shahidr15843 | 0286600  
Shahzad, Omar shahzado38219 | 0110500  
St-Fleur , Sonny G. supergyan | toontown  
stfleur , sonny stfleurs67013 | 1812700 E-mail
Tajvar, Leila tajvarl19508 | 0351700  
Thomas, Ann thomasa38329 | 0333300  
thompsen, emily thompsene01138 | 0113800  
Torrence, Nevaeh torrencen38411 | 0467200  
Warraich, Waleed WaleedW642 | sun717  
Wisniewski, Connor wisniewskic68856 | 0344900

Monday, October 13, 2014

Innovators/6 The Restless Earth

The planet that we live on is an active one.  The ground shakes and moves with a force that appears to denote life.  Our Earth is forever changing and because of this, life has evolved and flourished.  Our study of the Earth begins by looking deep inside and understanding the various layers of the Earth and how they complement each other.  The scale model that we are currently constructing highlights these layers and put into perspective the vast amount of material that is just below our feet.  Click on the link below to access a playlist created around our study of the Earth's interior.  Use the resources to explore, learn and gain important background knowledge that will assist you in the upcoming units of study.  Remember, we are looking to help to better understand our essential question: HOW DOES AN ACTIVE EARTH AFFECT THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE?

The Interior of the Earth Playlist

Friday, October 10, 2014

Innovators/8 A day at the drag strip

The cars were fast and the results are coming in as to who had the fastest car of the day.  The need to calculate the speed of your car is important so that all in class can determine who car was the fastest.  It is necessary that you post your average speed at time 1, time 2 and time 3 so that all in class can collect the data and graph the results.  Be sure to us the speed equation and make sure to check your work.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

STEM/7 The Garden Master Plan

The end of the summer growing season is all but over, the time to get the garden ready for winter is about to begin.  As a class, it is up to you to create a vision for what the garden area will ultimately look like when the plan is fully implemented.  The task for you is to create a blueprint of your idea of what the master plan should look like for our garden area.  Your plan will incorporate the available land, include the existing  gardens (6th, 7th, 8th and herb), the ponds, and the green house.  In your master plan you must also include a chicken run and coop, proposed pizza garden and bee hive.  Research your ideas and be sure to use come creativity to make your master plan truly unique.  As an additional requirement, you must write a rationale explaining your design and the importance of these additions.     

Monday, October 6, 2014

STEM/7 Finding Patient Zero

There has been an outbreak of STEMITITIS in class today, and you are now charged with the task of finding out who the initial carrier (patient zero) is based on your observations and the data that you have collected.  This is based on the interaction of the classroom population.  It is important that you list in order the people that you have interacted with and the time of the interaction.  You must make a hypothesis as to who you believe patient zero is.  Remember, it is one of you!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Innovators 6/7/8 October Nature Connection

Fall has arrived and the leaves are beginning to make their transition from the green of summer to the wonderful colors of fall.  The days are progressively getting shorter and the temperature of the air is cooling as that sunlight is slowly becoming less intense as the month progresses.  This is a great time to get outside and enjoy the local environment.  Look at the tress, watch the birds and check the sky for these changes that are slowly occurring during the month October.  The assignments for this month are posted below.  All assignments are due by November 1st.


  • "My Nature Notes pg. 239 (2 observations per week total of 8 for the month)
  • Picture of the Month pg. 241
  • Why do leaves turn color? pg 242-243 (read for understanding)
  • Drawing Leaves pg. 244-245
  • Storing Food for Winter pg 252
Nature Connection Downloads

Innovators/6 The art of Cartography (Map making)

We all take maps today for granted.  Our smart devices have the map app which allows us to easily find our way around.  This however was not always the case.  The idea of "X" marks the spot has been with us since the earliest civilizations.  Our desire to explore and discover only perpetuated this skill.  But a skill it is.  To be a cartographer takes great skill, patience and attention to detail.  Your team has recently got the opportunity to create a map of the school.  Based on your observations, designs and completion of your final map, answer the following:

  • What is the purpose and use of a map?
  • What challenges did you and your team face when creating a map to help others find their way?
  • What challenges did you and your team face when using a map made by another team?
  • Why is it necessary for a map to be accurate?
  • What skills are needed to create a good map?