Friday, December 21, 2012

Soccer Tournament Link

Some students have been asking for the soccer website that posts the schedules for our holiday indoor tournament....

http://hamiltonsoccerteams.blogspot.com/


Friday Class

Today in science we continue to finish our look at invasive species.

We also want you to vote for your top project from the ecosystem relationship project. Please vote only once and use the previous blog entry for reference!

HERE IS THE VOTE SURVEY!





Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Science Art Product Finalists!

Here are the finalists for our ecological relationships project from First Hour!

#1. Predator Prey Video


Predator Prey video from Daileyr18 on Vimeo.

#2. Guinea Worm Parasite Video
Guinea Worm Parasitic Example- Maddie from Maddie VandenBrink on Vimeo.

#3. Predator-Prey Relationships Video
Predator Prey Relationships from Ryan Poe on Vimeo.

#4. Predator-Prey Video
Predator Prey Relationship from Jon Charron on Vimeo.

#5. Bee and Flower Video
Bee and flower from Edingb18 on Vimeo.

#6 Science Stop Motion
Science Stop Motion from Jake Bommarito on Vimeo.

#7 Mutualism
Mutualism from Paige on Vimeo.

#8 Predator/Prey Josie!
Predator/Prey Josie! from Josie VanSlooten on Vimeo.

#9 2Flowers and bees
2flowers and bees from Phebe Gault on Vimeo.

#10 predator prey drawing



#11 wild scene



#12 wild art




#13 mutualism


Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday Class

ASSESSMENT DAY!

Today we take a variety of assessments for our science standards:

1. Science Reading Assessment on Relationships (Pro-Profs)

2. Ecological Relationships Written (Constructive Response) Assessment

3. Retakes as Needed

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Class

Today in science we continued a discussion on invasive species. To help with this discussion we used the following presentation slides/videos:




Have a GREAT WEEKEND!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thursday Class

Today in science we started to look at invasive species. To start the conversation we used a pbs publication on the "Invasion of the Giant Pythons".
Here is a link to the information.

Enjoy the Day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Class

REFLECTION DAY!

Today we reflect on the relationship project:
1. Written Reflection Time on Edmodo

2. Vote Time

3. Fishbowl


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday Class

Thanks for a great day of product presentations! We will post highlights in the next few days!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blog Entry Wednesday Through Friday

If you have questions about what is going on watch the screen cast that outlines the project guidelines for this week.  That video is on Tuesday's entry.  Every student has already watched it twice. It covers everything.  The art walk will begin on Monday.  The rubric for the project and the script writing prompt are being added to the Project Procedure document today.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tuesday Class

Today in science we continue the design process of our project. Here is today's procedure:

Design one art piece that reflects relationships in an ecosystem.

Product Idea: Students are allowed to choose “art” of their choice to fulfil the challenge. However, we are encouraging the use of “Stop Animation” as the focus


Tuesday Instructions from Mr. Malefyt on Vimeo.

1. Students will brainstorm their ideas. (What Topic and What Type of Art)
2. Students will start the process of creating a prototype. The product procedure can be found by clicking here!
3. Students will receive feedback from 1-2 peers.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Monday Class

Today in science we start the design process of our project. Here is today's procedure:

Design one art piece that reflects relationships in an ecosystem.

Product Idea: Students are allowed to choose “art” of their choice to fulfil the challenge. However, we are encouraging the use of “Stop Animation” as the focus


1. Students will brainstorm their ideas. (What Topic and What Type of Art)
2. Students will start the process of creating a prototype. The product procedure can be found by clicking here!

To draw inspiration on how different types of media inspire we will show examples throughout this week. Today we will watch this short clip:




20 LITERS- make dirty water clean from 20 Liters on Vimeo.


In addition...please take this primetime survey...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Friday Class

Friday in science the following things will occur!!!!

1. Students will take a online assessment on relationships in ecosystems. This will be sent to each student's edmodo page.

2. Students will do a activity called "Survival is Just a Roll Away" Here is that procedure:
  • Open this document for instructions and the online forms. Students will also receive paper copies for some of the activity. 
  • Students will use the online version to read the background.
  • Students complete the activity.
As a guide...here is a slide presentation to emphasize key points and followup questions... This must be viewed! 



If you have time left...Please watch this video!!!!

Isle Royale - Wolves & Moose from Brian Peterson on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Class

Welcome Back!!!! We certainly hope everyone had a great break!!!!

Today in science we continue to work on the "Ecosystem Relationships" road map. We showed the video, In the Valley of Wolves, to show students examples of predator/prey relationships and competition. There is a link to the movie on the road map. 

 Click Here for the ROAD MAP!

This road map is under the driving question of: " Design one art piece that reflects relationships in an ecosystem."

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday Class

Today we completed a predator vs prey game that involved a lot of running! This game helped complete the predator/prey row on the ecosystem relationships road map.

Have a great Thanksgiving Weekend!!!!!!!!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Class

Today in science we will work on the "Ecosystem Relationships" road map.

 Click Here for the ROAD MAP!

This road map is under the driving question of: " Design one art piece that reflects relationships in an ecosystem."




Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday Class

Today in science we started a new project on relationships in ecosystems. The driving challenge is: Design one art piece that reflects relationships in an ecosystem. Here are two video clips we watched to open our project with.
 After the movie clips we did a "Need to Know List" Finally, we handed out a road map that will begin answering student "need to knows."
 Click Here for the ROAD MAP!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Class

Today in science students finished working on the Owl Pellet Graphing Activity. Tomorrow we will have some assessments on food webs and types of consumers. 

Here is a video recap of our google 20% day that we tried last Friday!

HMS 1st Google 20% Day from Mr. Malefyt on Vimeo.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Class


Today in science we will do the following:

1. On edmodo, please write your summary or your work from Friday. This is written as an assignment in edmodo that you will need to turn in.

2. Continue working on (and hopefully finish)  the Owl Pellet Graphing Activity.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday

Today in science we will do the following things:

1. Finish the food web activity.

2. Start the Owl Pellet Graphing Activity


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday Class

Today in science we asked the following:

1. All Students take the assessment on decomposers, carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores. This is posted on edmodo.

2. A number of students were asked to do retakes on earlier assessments.

3. Student could work on their food webs that everyone started yesterday.  Please click here to access this lab! 


Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Class


Today in science we have the following procedure:

1. Please watch this screencast on food webs.


Food Web Mini Presentation from Mr. Malefyt on Vimeo.

2. Start on the Food Web creation. Please click here to access this lab! (We called this Part Two Yesterday)

The Target is that most students are nearing completion of the food web by the end of class.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Class

Today...
1. Students will only be given 1/2 of the period to finish their reconstructions. Please refer back to earlier blog entries for needed information.

2. Please watch this screencast on food webs.


Food Web Mini Presentation from Mr. Malefyt on Vimeo.

3. Start on the Food Web creation. Please click here to access this lab! (We called this Part Two Yesterday)

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!!!!!!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday Class

Please follow yesterday's blog post for part one information...

Some students today will be moving on to PART TWO of the owl pellet activity in which students will be creating food webs.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday Class

Today we continued the process of our owl pellet dissection in Science Class.  Most groups have identified their skulls and are ready for reconstruction.

Click on This Form For Each Skull You Have  (5 Skulls....Fill it out Five Times....) 

Owl Pellet Dissection Part One

Owl Pellet Resource Page

Monday, October 29, 2012

Food Project

Today in the food project we began the process of understanding food from other people's prospectives.      Below are links to the videos that were used in class!

Video Group #1 Consequences

Group #1 Backchat

Video Group #2  Choices

Group #2 Backchat

Video Group #3 Children in Crisis

Group#3 Backchat

Video Group #4 Challenges

Group #4 Backchat

Monday Class

Today we continued the process of our owl pellet dissection in Science Class.  By tomorrow most groups will be ready to begin classifying the organisms they found.

Owl Pellet Dissection Part One

Owl Pellet Resource Page

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday Class

Today in science we began our Owl Pellet dissection. Students will be reconstructing food webs based on the information they collect.

Here is a link to the owl pellet dissection lab part 1.

Here is a link to the owl pellet resource page.

Have a great long weekend everyone!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday Class

Today we started discussing owl pellets and barn owls. This week students will begin an owl pellet lab.  To help with these we showed some clips embedded at the end of this post.

Students also took an assessment on producers, consumers, and decomposers.

Students also had some time to finish their writing from last week.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Class

Today in science we started with a mini-presentation recap of terminology students were reading about this week. This recap is available on our classroom edmodo pages!

Then...we finished working on these three activities. We begin a in depth look at food webs on Monday!

1. The personality profile activity on producers, consumers, and decomposers. This activity can be found on edmodo or by clicking here

2. The writing roadmap activity that Mr. Wandel has been leading. 

3. The part two question activity on designing scientific questions. 


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday Class

Still on it! Finally a full day/class periods to work on it :)

THREE THINGS TO WORK ON! The goal is we move on this Friday...

1. The personality profile activity on producers, consumers, and decomposers. This activity can be found on edmodo or by clicking here

2. The writing roadmap activity that Mr. Wandel has been leading. 

3. The part two question activity on designing scientific questions. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday Class

Due to MEAP we had shorter class periods once again...

THREE THINGS TO WORK ON! The goal is we move on this Friday...

1. The personality profile activity on producers, consumers, and decomposers. This activity can be found on edmodo or by clicking here

2. The writing roadmap activity that Mr. Wandel has been leading. 

3. The part two question activity on designing scientific questions. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Monday through Wednesday

FIRST THINGS FIRST!!! PLEASE COMPLETE THESE TWO SURVEYS!!!!

FIT SURVEY

GREEN SURVEY


We are taking the MEAP and have shortened class periods.

After some opening activities with Mr. Wandel, this group will continue to work on the three things we are currently working on:
1. The personality profile activity on producers, consumers, and decomposers. This activity can be found on edmodo or by clicking here

2. The writing roadmap activity that Mr. Wandel has been leading. 

3. The part two question activity on designing scientific questions. 


Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Class

There are three things out there for students to do...all will need to be completed by the middle of next week if possible.

1. The personality profile activity on producers, consumers, and decomposers. This activity can be found on edmodo or by clicking here

2. The writing roadmap activity that Mr. Wandel has been leading. 

3. The part two question activity on designing scientific questions. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday Class

Today in science we had shorter class periods once again due to MEAP...

There are three things out there for students to do...all will need to be completed by the middle of next week if possible.

1. The personality profile activity on producers, consumers, and decomposers. This activity can be found on edmodo or by clicking here

2. The writing roadmap activity that Mr. Wandel has been leading. 

3. The part two question activity on designing scientific questions. 


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday Class

After a good morning of MEAP we get to have shorter class periods...

We split into two groups today...One group worked on some concepts from our last assessment on species, population, community, and ecosystems.

The other group worked on an activity about producers, consumers, and decomposers. That activity can be found on edmodo or by clicking here! This activity will take a couple of days to complete in class...especially given the shorter class periods.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday Class

After a good morning of MEAP we get to have shorter class periods...

Todays activity can be found on edmodo or by clicking here! This activity will take a couple of days to complete in class...especially given the shorter class periods.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Writing Packet Link

All students started the day with a assessment on species, populations, communities, and ecosystems.


The Link to the writing project road map is here.  If you lost your packet click on the link below to access the road map.  You may have to create your own graphic organizer.

Wrting Road Map

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Friday Primetime Class (Malefyt)

For those students who have Mr. Malefyt in Primetime today....

So sorry I could not be with your class today :) I hope that you are having a good day! Here is the procedure for today's class:

1.  Each student will need to complete a self evaluation on flexibility and adaptability today. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THAT EVALUATION! I ask that you spend some time reading through it and putting effort in creating an honest response! 

2. Watch the following Video on WHY these people do what they do...

Nikon - WHY from Corey Rich on Vimeo.





3. Using any app of your choice...Create something that demonstrates the WHY behind something you enjoy. This will be shown in class on Monday!

CONCLUSION: We will be talking on Monday about changing a focus from the What to the Why...Being Flexible... 

Thursday Class

Today in science students had a variety of options:
1. Some students had a chance to relearn some ideas from the last assessment on the scientific process.
2. Some students finished all the bottle biology road map.
3. Some worked on the questions activity part 2 for the anchor project.

 Some students in Mr. Malefyt's primetime will need to complete a self evaluation on flexibility and adaptability today. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THAT EVALUATION!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday Class

Today in science we split up into 2 groups:
1. One group started a science inquiry process by completing a "I wonder and I Notice" activity in the woods.
2. The other group started a reading and writing activity outside as well.


 Some students in Mr. Malefyt's primetime will need to complete a self evaluation on flexibility and adaptability today. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THAT EVALUATION!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Class

Today in science we will finish part 2 of the bottle biology road map.

Check out this video recap of our Amazing Race 2012 that we did last Friday!



Hamilton 7 Science Amazing Race 2012 from Mr. Malefyt on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday Class

Today in science we continue to work on our bottle biology road maps. Most students have FINISHED construction of the eco-columns and spent time outside today collecting for their eco-columns! 



 Some students in Mr. Malefyt's primetime will need to complete a self evaluation on flexibility and adaptability today. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THAT EVALUATION!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Class

Today in science we continue to work on our bottle biology road maps. Most students have begun construction of the eco-columns.

 STUDENTS SHOULD BRING IN 2 LITER BOTTLES for the PROJECTS!


 Some students in Mr. Malefyt's primetime will need to complete a self evaluation on flexibility and adaptability today. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THAT EVALUATION!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Class

Today in science we did the following things:
1. Students took a written assessment on the Scientific Process.

2. Students worked on their bottle biology road map. 

STUDENTS SHOULD BRING IN 2 LITER BOTTLES for the PROJECTS! 

Here is the presentation that we went through yesterday in class... Provides another source of information!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday Class

Today in science students worked on the bottle biology road map...

The Bottle Biology Road Map is available here!

HOMEWORK: Each Group needs to find a way to bring in (3-4) two litter bottles by Friday for their bottle biology eco-column construction. 


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday Class

Today in science students were divided into groups of three or four for the upcoming bottle biology activities. All students were instructed to begin the bottle biology road map...although some students were still finishing up the ecology pre test.

The Bottle Biology Road Map is available here!

Some students in Mr. Malefyt's primetime will need to complete a self evaluation on flexibility and adaptability today. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THAT EVALUATION!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Class

Today we are in a day of transition...lots of students in different places but hopefully everyone caught up by tomorrow!

1. Penny Lab Due Tomorrow.

2. Technology Road Map Needs to be done by tomorrow!

3. Online Ecology Pre Test needs to be done. The link for this is available on your edmodo page!

4. Begin the Bottle Biology Road Map!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday Class

Today in science class students worked on the following things:

1. Finish the technology "road map" that we started last Friday...click here to access your "road map"!!!

2. Work on the "penny lab" that we introduced yesterday in class. This lab is being used to introduce lab procedures. 


Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Class

Today in science we did the same thing as Friday...except we flip flopped the groups!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Back at it Again!

Welcome to a new group of 7th graders!

Today is the first day for this years blog entries! Please use this blog as a landing place throughout the year. While edmodo will serve as a "online project manager", this blog will share the good news of what is going on.

Today in science one group went outside for some abiotic vs biotic extension looks. The other group had iPad PD.

For the technology group...click here to access your "road map"!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday Class

Today students began diving into their projects. Most work will be communicated through their edmodo accounts. This blog will be a place to share the good story!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Class

Click here to access the form for who you would like in your Africa Project Group.

After students had the opportunity to work on group selection we developed our "Need to Know" list to answer the driving question around our Africa Project: "How can students from a small town have a positive global impact?"

In the afternoon, students had opportunities to meet their group members and begin the process of finding current issues in Africa.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Class

Today in science we reviewed some key concepts from the year. Students created a small edmodo posting on their assigned topic. In addition, students created a small skit to share with the large group based around their assigned topic.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday Class

Today in science we continue looking at the driving question of, "How do we explain the differences between baking ingredients?" To help with this, we did a lab today looking at chemical reactions. At the conclusion of todays class students did a self assessment on their personal accountability.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Class

Today students accomplished two things:
1. Took our assessment on chemical and physical properties.
2. Worked on their project products for our food ingredient project.

All links are shared on student edmodo accounts....

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday Class

Today in science we took a step back and had some time for reflection and discussion using a "fishbowl" reflection method. The students loved it!
Tomorrow we will focus on creating our food ingredient project presentations.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday Class

Today in science we flip flop what we did yesterday. The only additional thing is that students received this road map to complement the activities that we are doing. This road map is used to organized the classroom activities and how they relate to our driving question.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday Class

Today Mr. Malefyt's class did a pH lab. Mr. Wandels class did a Boiling Point Lab. Tomorrow we will switch. The driving question for the current project is: "How do we explain the differences between baking ingredients?"

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday Class

Today in science we started a project called, "Properties of Baking Ingredients". We showed some video clips and did a demonstration to create some curiosity. Then we created a "Need to Know" list as a project foundation.

Most information for this project will be communicated through our use of edmodo. Each student has a edmodo account.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Friday Class

Today in science students are finishing their chemistry road map called, Molecules and Subatomic Particles. Tomorrow we hope to have the assessments for this road map. 

Take a look at this example of a virtual molecule: 


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thursday Landscape Design Class

Today you will be researching sculpture and creating an iMovie about a sculpture you choose.

Sculpture Background Link

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday Class

Students continue to work on the subatomic particles road map... Check out this photo of a NaCl molecule one of the groups made...

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Class

Today in science students start a new chemistry road map called, Molecules and Subatomic Particles. This road map should take most of the week to complete. Enjoy your day!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Class

Today students will take the assessment for the periodic table road map.
Click Here For The Assessment.


Click Here For The Assessment if you have Mr. Roon


In addition, students will have a wrap up session with Mr. Wandel and we will introduce the website "edmodo" to each student.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday Class

Today in Science we continue our study of the periodic table.  Refer to yesterday's link for the updated road map with more links and videos now added to it.

In the native species garden, the weather kept us inside.  We wrapped up our scale drawings of the garden beds and began looking at native species plants to place in the garden.

Native Species Plant List   (Sort by Common Name)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

China Day!!!

Today during science we will be exploring three topics!

1.  The Life Cycle of The Silk Worm

2.  Three Gorges Dam

3.  China Scavenger Hunt

The first two the teacher will show.  The third item is available on the ipads.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday Class

Today in science we started with a time for students to re-take any assessments they did poorly on. To help with this...

HEre is a link to all our Road Maps

HEre is a link to available assessments for retakes.

After this time of retakes...we will look at a real life application of what we have been studying with a in depth look at paleontologist Paul Sereno and his encounter with Super Croc.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday Class

1. Today students start out by taking a small Pro-Profs Assessment on the Dinosaurs and Beyond Road Map.
         CLICK HERE FOR TEST

         Click HERE FOR TEST IF YOU HAVE MR. ROON

2. All Students Begin work on the Evolution Road Map.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday Class

Today in science most students are on the road map, Time Periods: Dinosaurs and Beyond


Some students might be ready for the next road map on evolution.


Mr. Malefyt also gave a seminar on the age of mammals. 

Here is a student showcase example for today:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Class

Today in science most students are on the road map, Time Periods: Dinosaurs and Beyond


Some students might be ready for the next road map on evolution. Tomorrow there will be a small lecture on the age of mammals. 


Here is a short video highlighting the Science Olympiad competition at Western Michigan University this past Saturday. 



Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday Class

Today we split up into two groups. The science olympiad group went with Coach Wandel to organize for the upcoming competition.

All others went with Mr. Malefyt and worked on road maps. Here is last weeks blog entry that we will continue to use today and tomorrow.

Today we continue looking at fossils. Some students are still working on the "All About Fossils" Road Map.

Most students are working on the next road map, Time Periods Pre-Dinosaur.

In addition, the next road map, Time Periods: Dinosaurs and Beyond is now available as well!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Class

Today we continue looking at fossils. Some students are still working on the "All About Fossils" Road Map.

Most students are working on the next road map, Time Periods Pre-Dinosaur.

In addition, the next road map, Time Periods: Dinosaurs and Beyond is now available as well!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thursday Class

Today we continue looking at fossils. Some students are still working on the "All About Fossils" Road Map.
Most students are working on the next road map, Time Periods Pre-Dinosaur.
Here is the student showcase video of the day!