Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cell Projects

Today we are sharing our ideas and some materials for building cell models.  Bring any extra stuff that you can share with others!

The Cell Project Instructions and Checklist is here for you to use.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cell Processes

After you attach your December calendar to p.100, please set up a new section title page on p101 that includes the following:

  • the title, Cell Processes in large letters
  • two colors 
  • one picture.

Make a new Table of Contents on p.102

On p.103 please start your warm-up.

1. Copy and complete by answering the question.
2. Then get set -up for Cornell-style notes titled, "Moving Materials In and Out of the Cell"

permeable- allowing materials to pass through freely

Which organelle is selectively permeable, controlling the movement of materials in and out ot the cell?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Chemical Compounds in Cells

Discuss whether you think this statement is true or false.  Explain your reasons.
You are what you eat.

We are watching Bill Nye the Science Guy on Nutrients and taking notes on p.91 in our IA Notebooks.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Observing Plant Cells

Due Today: Completed Notes

Read the lab sheet,  Observing Plant and Animal Cells. Add it to your table of contents and attach it to p.89 in your IAN

Today, you will complete the final portion of this lab by observing onion cells, red and white onion.

Stain the white.  We will make a list of observable characteristics to compare and contrast these skin cells with our skin cells.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

red onion

Due Today: Looking Inside Cells/Can You Identify These  Cell Structures?


Make a wet-mount slide of red onion skin.  Draw and label the cells on low, medium, and high power magnification on p.88. Label a cell, cell walls, cell membrane, nucleus, and cytoplasm.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Cell Parts

Due Today: Cell Parts Notes from the Virtual Tour of the Cell

1. Update the Table of Contents and then attach your papers to the correct page;*except your homework sheet so you can turn it in.
2. Glue down the Plant and Animal Cell diagrams on p.84.
3. Quiz yourself by filling in as many organelles as you can. :)
4. Attach the completed cell parts notes as a flip page on p.85.
5. Get ready to color code them to match!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cell Video

Why did it take over 200 years after the microscope was invented to develop the cell theory?

Let's discuss the observations by scientists that contributed to this theory and summarize our findings on p.77. 
Get ready to take notes on a classic video, "Bill Nye the Science Guy- Cells!"

Monday, November 2, 2015

Introduction to the Cell Theory

I. We are watching a video and taking notes on p.77. You are trying to answer our critical question:
How did the invention of the microscope lead to the development of the Cell Theory?

  1. What is a theory?
  2. What does the Cell Theory state?
  3. What evidence supports this theory?

Be sure to include the scientists' names and describe their contributions.

II. Please add your November calendar to your IA Notebook p.78 after you write your homework assignment down.

III. Make a new section title page on p.79 which includes:

  • the title in tall (2") letters, CELLS
  • 3 colors 
  • 2 related pictures

IV. Log in to Google Classroom to get your assignments.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Partner Quiz: Alive or Not?

Today you will discuss the list of things with a partner and decide if they are living (which includes once-living) and non-living things.  You must describe your reasons for deciding if something is considered alive.

After you put your name on your paper, please underline it.  You will also write your partner's name on the paper.  If you disagree with your partner and you cannot convince each other, then circle the problem and I will grade you separately for that one.

Remember this quiz is TWO-SIDED and to complete both sides of the sheet. The third part is an assignment in Google Classroom. Please close your screen until you finish the paper portion.

After you turn in your paper quiz to the brown tray, please pick up your homework assignment, Tool of the Scientist.  This will be the study guide for the microscope safety quiz this Wednesday!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Habitat Survey of Coastal Dune Scrub

Yesterday, we were out in the field with Botanist John Chesnut.  You made qualitative and quantitative observations of the Coastal Dune Scrub plant community.  Please read your two paragraph summary describing the living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) factors that characterize this rare plant community to your table partner. 

Describe the connection between the different factors in this environment that make it a habitat for a kangaroo rat, quail, a lizard, snail, or some sort of insect.

Image result for of kangaroo rat Image result for image dune snail

Monday, October 19, 2015

Peer Evaluation of Written Report

Today we reviewed the Paper Airplane Reports and evaluated each other's work.  When you receive your paper, please make any corrections and revise it.  These must be turned in before Friday.

If you did not complete the Microscope work thus far, these items should be completed by Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mission Impossible

But I believe you can do it!  

My representative, Mr. Swaggerty, will be there to assist you in this top secret, classified mission! Yes, he is my spy! ;)

Log in to google classroom to access your mission, agents!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Characteristics of Living Things!

We are starting a new section in the notebook. Please make a new title page on p59. Include :

  • the title in large letters, What is Life Science?
  • 2 pictures
  • 3 colors.

Make the the back of that page a new Table of Contents and the Homework, Note taking Guide on The Study of Life Science is p.61.

Today, set up for Cornell Notes on the Characteristics of Living Things.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Paper Airplane Project: Designing a Controlled Experiment

Due today: Did you write a good scientific question to test your prototype paper airplane, a research summary, and list your sources in a bibliography?

Title IAN p.51 with your question.
Write your hypothesis (use correct format). 
Identify your independent variable that you will change to optimize your chances for success.
Identify the dependent variable and the control (the plane with no variable) in your experiment.

Write step by step directions for how to make your plane, the modifications, and how to fly the plane.  Explain how to collect the data, what to measure, how to measure, and what to record in the data table.  Be sure that you tell the reader how many times to repeat each trial.

On IAN p.52 you'll need to record observations of the flight.  Explain what's working and what's not working.

On IAN p.53, Diagram (draw and label) the modifications you make and make an organized data table.

Set up your graph on IAN p.54

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Paper Airplanes Project

This week you are performing a scientific investigation to demonstrate your ability to use scientific methods and engineering practices appropriately.  

Your question to investigate must be a good scientific question related to making your paper airplane stay aloft longer.

Read and attach the project introduction on p. 47 in your IANotebook.
Write your question.
Then log in to Google Classroom to take off on your research.  

Remember to document your sources and take notes on the major ideas related to flight and paper airplanes.  

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lunar eclipse extra credit

In case you missed it, follow the link if you are interested.
To get extra credit, you must write a summary of the event, and explain how it happens.


Dune Restoration reflection

On Friday, we started our germination of native plants and controlled experiments.

Please reflect about this on the bottom of your lab sheet using 2-3 sentences about:

  • what you learned
  • what made the activity worthwhile
  • and how this work impacts your view of the local environment

Go to Google Classroom. for tonight's homework assignment.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


After turning in your lab titled, Drops on a Penny, you were introduced to the idea of ....
Controlled Experiments!

We will trade and grade your homework from last night. It was double-sided with I'm in Control on one side and Homework and the Brain on the other side.

We will be reviewing the two activities so far and adding to our vocabulary on IAN p.27.

Then, go to google classroom.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mystery Tubes

Due Today: Your Hypothesis

Today we are thinking like scientists by making observations, forming hypotheses, testing ideas, and making models to clarify our thinking.

On the right sides of your IAN on p. 27 add color to the definitions you write down.
Set up p. 26 in your notebook to record your observations and ideas about the Mystery Tubes!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My Scientific Background

Hello, Scientists!
Go to Google Classroom today for your warm-up and tell me a bit about your previous experiences in science.
We are identifying the three major qualities that make good scientific questions.  Take notes on p.21 under the warm-up  and then let's start the homework.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Safety Talk

Due Today: Signed Safety Contracts

On p.17 in your IA Notebook, please describe what you think safety means in the science classroom. Come up with your top three safety rules for the science laboratory.

Be prepared for the class discussion.

Next, we'll read the Science Safety Guidelines and your assignment is in Google Classroom today.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What is My Learning Style?

Please go the Nervous System Basics Page on my website and finish the assignment. Reflect on your Learning Style and Strategies for studying.

If you finish early, please use ear buds to watch the videos at the bottom.

Tomorrow we will talk about SAFETY!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Brain and IANs

Due Today: Familiarity with Inter-Active Notebook Expectations (p.2-5)

Classwork/ Activity
Your Brain, Your Notebook, and Your Learning Style(s)

1. Glue the diagrams, titled Nervous System Basics: How Your Brain Works onto page 12 in your notebook.
2. Set up page 13 in your notebook for Cornell Notes, titled How Your Brain Works.
3. In the margin, write these questions:
  • What is the Nervous System?
  • How do neurons communicate?
  • Describe the 4 major regions of the brain.
  • Explain why the frontal lobe is different in teens.

4. Use Nervous System Basics, found on the sidebar of Mrs.Stoneman's Webpage to complete your assignment.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Google Classroom and Friday Quiz #1

Welcome to the digital part of our class. If you are reading this, then you are doing well so far!  Please do the following:

1.  Please add my web page to your bookmarks.

2. Subscribe to my homework calendar.

3.Then go to Google Classroom and join the class using the code on the board.

4. Your Friday Quiz #1 has been assigned. Do the assignment and submit it.

Good luck. :)

p.s. The table number usually corresponds to your computer number, unless you sit at Neptune. Please take good care of our computers.  You are responsible for the number at your seat. 

Building IANs & Sharing T-shirt Outlines

Due Today: T-shirt Outlines that are colored and cut out with your last name and class period on the back

Classwork/ Activity: Sharing Outlines, Creating Name Fish and Building our Interactive Notebooks for Science

Learning Objectives
  • to practice respect and being an active listener in science class
  • to prepare an interactive science notebook for learning in science

Setting Goals

If setting goals is a challenge for you, then try using a different word or phrase, such as setting your intentions, wishes, dreams or hopes for the new school year.  Also, consider the following question:
What do I need to DO to feel the way I want to about myself in school?

The part of your answer that describes what you need to DO  is the focus.  Make a plan.

We will be discussing how goals are important for success and how your feelings can affect your choices.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rules & Expectations: Active Listening

Classwork/ Activity: Back to Back Partner Drawing 

Learning Objectives

  • to have a clear understanding of how to be an active listener in science class

Back to Back Partner Drawing:
Sit with partner facing away from each other so that your backs are touching. 
Decide who will be teh listener first and who will be the artist first. You will switch and take turns doing both activities. The artist will have 30 seconds to make a drawing with geometric figures (basic shapes).  The listener may not view it.   NO PEEKING!
The artist will then explain to the listener how to duplicate the drawing on their own paper. The active listener will do their best listening to complete the drawing.
We will then compare and discuss how good communication skills help us to "see" what the other person is trying to say.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Welcome and Expectations

Welcome to class! Today we got to know each other and shared contact information to form study buddies. We discussed the expectations for class and school behavior, routines, and procedures.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Beginning 2015-2016


If you are checking out what's coming up in class, then I like you already!

1. You need a notebook that is for science only. You have a choice of a thin (1 inch), 3-ring science binder or a big (8 1/2" X 11") spiral notebook with at least 100 pages of binder paper.
2. a few pens (2 different colors) and 3. pencils (2)
4. a pencil sharpener (preferably with a shavings guard)
5. highlighters
6. 4 different colored pencils or markers (no permanent markers)
7. glue stick
8. earbuds (so you can listen to videos, tutorials, etc. on your own

OPTIONAL:tape, scissors, hand sanitizer, pencil pouch 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


We have concluded our units on Heredity and Natural Selection. Yesterday, we examined the 4 lines of evidence of evolution and discussed modern examples of natural selection.  Today, we are making branching diagrams based on the evidence to demonstrate the evolutionary relationships of bears and dogs.

Tomorrow-- earth's history!

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Wednesday, we watched Bill Nye the Science Guy on Genes and listed 8-10 facts on p.223 in our notebooks.  We also reviewed Mendel's Work and started to write a summary in our words about his experiments.

The link to the video is on my webpage.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fast Plants Video

How did your fast plants grow?
Were you amazed at how quickly they reached maturity?  They have a life span of about one month, so put together the life story of your plants during this last week.

I recommend Windows Movie Maker, which should be accessible through your laptop start menu.

Use the photos you took this month to animate the life cycle of your fast plants, Brassica rapa, in a video. 
Narrate or include text on slides, use google slides or powerpoint, so that you can insert them between the photos.
Identify/Label the parts of Fast Plants and use the academic vocabulary: germination, cotyledons, pollination, fertilization, true leaves, roots, stems, stigmas, seed pods, etc. 

Include all the stages of growth and the actual measurements from your data table.

Explain how the cycle could repeat..

Your assignment must be turned in through Google Classroom.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Seeds & Germination


1. Please turn in your cited research notes and basic information fact sheet for your disease project.
2.  Please follow the directions on the board to check on your fast plants.

3. Next,go to Google Classroom for your seed notes and lab for today.  Be curious and look closely! ;)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Let's use the red filters to decode our secret messages and discuss how they work. You can make your own secret message that can be decoded with a red filter for extra credit.  

Which frequencies of light are absorbed by chlorophyll?  Turn in the Chlorophyll and Light graph analysis.

The notes on Leaves and the Structure of a Leaf are on p.199 and 200.

Label the 5 parts of a leaf on your leaf rubbing.  Turn this in when you're finished.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fast Plants-Day 11

On p.195 in your notebook, diagram the flow of water from the watering tray to the leaves of your  Brassica rapa in the quads. 
Label the true leaves and the cotyledon leaves (seed leaves).

Measure and record the height in your data table, as well as any observable changes.  

Based on our lesson about light and photosynthesis, explain why the seeds needed to be under the lights if they weren't doing photosynthesis yet.

Monday, March 2, 2015

End of the Unit Reflection

Due Today: Completed open-note quiz on Protists
After finishing the quiz, please do the following:
1. Read and highlight the lists of infectious disease and some parasitic infections that may interest you.
2. Write your unit reflection with complete sentences.
3. Update your Table of Contents.
4. Complete the Notebook Self-Evaluation Checklist

The Unit Reflection on p.183 should answer the usual question but applied to this area of study.  Answer them with complete sentences to make a paragraph or two.

  • What activities did you enjoy? Why?
  • What was challeneging? Why?
  • What did you find important or useful?
  • How can you prevent the spread of these diseases?  Be specific about 
  • behaviors that promote or hinder the spread of disease.
  • Why do you thnk it's important for students to learn about these?
  • Add any questions that you still have at the end.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Plankton Pull

If you ever wondered why it's important to learn about protists, consider that they live in the water everywhere around us.  Let's look at what lives in the water in the harbor in Morro Bay!
Go to Google Classroom to get the guide!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Protozoan Lab Conclusion

Due Today : Comparing Protists Lab and 
Reading/NoteTaking Guide from Text p.334-343

Use the class time today to complete your observations of the protozoans we are studying.  Complete your lab analysis and conclusion. Your homework assignment is in google classroom.



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Forms of Fungus Lab

After summarizing and printing your notes, please read over the lab. instructions.

We will examine the mushroom stalk, mushroom gills, and yeast at several different levels of magnification today and tomorrow.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Forms of Fungus Notes

We are watching  two short video clips about fungi, sharing the main ideas conveyed; and then you will go to google classroom to create your own notes.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Notebooks Due Today

Due Today:Virus and Bacteria Section of your Interactive Notebook

We are starting a new unit of study! 

All the living things on earth are divided into major groups called Kingdoms.  You may be familiar with the Plant Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom, and now  you know about two Kingdoms of Bacteria-- archaebacteria and eubacteria; but today we will start talking about Kingdom Fungi and Kingdom Protista.  We will examine some strange organisms that are so different from the plant and animal kingdoms that they had to form their own groups.

In class today, there was an interactive lecture about how club fungi, i.e. a mushroom, eat and reproduce.  Hopefully, you left class with a clear idea about hyphae and the difference between fruiting bodies and the main body of a fungus.  We also addressed the different struture of molds and their  hyphae. 

Study your textbook. Take notes from p.344-349, using your guide, and come to class prepared for activites.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Antibiotic Resistance

Today we are watching the first 25 minutes of a video about microbes, from the 4-part series, Intimate Strangers: Unseen Wonders-- Creators of the Future.

The assignment is in Google Classroom as well.

Please take notes and be sure to answer the questions in your notebook on IAN p.147.

Here's the link for the video series: 
Microbes VideosIntimate Strangers: Unseen Wonders

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Setting Goals

Welcome to the Second Semester!  This half of the school year will build upon the things you learned in the first half of the year. We will spend some time together discussing a variety of health topics as they are related to the topics we are studying.

Today, we are setting SMART goals for the rest of our school year and getting motivated to be better students.  You will be making a plan to help you succeed.

S- specific
M-measurable(How will you know that you have accomplished this goal?)
A- achievable
T -timed

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Viruses and Ebola Outbreak

We've watched videos about how the immune system battles with viruses over the last week.  We've debated whether a virus is alive or not.  You are currently animating the Lytic Cycle for a Project Assessment.  But most importantly, we've talked a lot about keeping yourself healthy.  

The Ebola virus is currently our topic of study. 

Make a list of questions you want to have answered.  Follow the links to resources that can help you and share what you have learned with the class today.
You may complete the Epidemiology Triangle with your table group.

Ebola Outbreak Mission

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Today we are researching and taking Cornell-style notes about Viruses.
Go to your science folder in google classroom to get the set of questions to guide your research today!

  • Use text p.318-323.   Your text has great information and online resources, too. 
  • Insert images where approriate.
  • Try Google Scholar to help you find reputable sources.

They are due at the end of class.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

No late work will be accepted after January 7, 2015.

Today, the goal was to grade our cell tests and finish the Egg-speriment Conclusion.
The conclusion  must: 

  1. answer the question with a complete sentence, 
  2. be supported by data, and
  3.  the results explained.
We didn't quite finish...so it's homework.