Thursday, March 15, 2018

7th Grade Living Tree!

7th graders have been learning about seed plants and the functions of each of their parts. To remember what each part does, students became a "living tree" by being different parts and making sounds or saying words to describe what they do. It was a lot of fun!

Sydney is the heartwood. She says, "I support, I support!"

Ben and David are the roots. They make slurping noises!

Ashton and Andrew are the xylem. The move arms up and down to move water up the trunk and they say, "gurgle, gurgle, slurp, slurp!"

Cole, Rachel and several others are the cambium. They form around the xylem and say, "We make new cells!"

Another group including Lola and Connor are the phloem around the cambium and they move arms from high to low to move food down the tree and say, "Food for the tree!"

Aylin (center front), is the bark and she holds out her hand and says, "Keep out!" because she is the bark. Adrianna and Lauren (black sweatshirt), are leaves and they are supposed to be attached to heartwood and flutter their hands and fingers, saying, "We make food!"

Thursday, March 8, 2018

What do math and windows have to do with each other in Mr. Parks' class?

Students learn in many different ways and in our classroom, we show our work together or alone through weird ways. We work traditionally on paper, but we also do work on iPad apps, white board, and on WINDOWS! The kids like it because it is different and fun so they always try to race over to the window to do work. :)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Polymers! Can you ship an egg in a box through UPS without breaking?

Students had to think about different properties of polymers and design a box that had to be no larger than 7 inches on any one side and it could only have a volume under 480 grams. I had them use up to five polymers to build it. They had a blast when we dropped them from 12 ft first and then checked their egg and then tossed them up to 20 ft to see if they broke. Finally, we had only three students left and I went for it all by slamming the box down from 10 ft and they finally broke. Great job students!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Polynomials and Real-Life Application in Algebra I!

My algebra 1 students worked together on the board to solve different polynomial equations. I love listening to them think out loud to solve them. They have a lot to offer to each other and it makes them strive to understand every part of the problem. They worked on a problem trying to find the patio width around a pool, where the surface area of the pool is equal to the area of the patio border. They figured it out after a little trial and error! :)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Organic or Inorganic?

Students did a project where they had to search for 12 different types of foods they eat and list the first five ingredients on each food label. They had to find out if each ingredient was organic or inorganic depending on if they had carbon in its molecular equation. If it was organic, they must label it as a carbohydrate, lipid, or a protein. Finally, they had to take each food and find the number of calories of each nutrient by taking the grams for each and multiply by 4 calories per gram for carbs and fats and 9 calories per gram for lipids. They did a great job!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How do we know yeast is eating?

We did a lab filling several bottles with warm water, yeast, and a different substance to see what yeast eat. As soon as they filled the bottles they put a balloon over top of each to see if carbon dioxide came out of the water and filled the balloon. Sugar ended up being the winner because yeast eats sugar and its by product is giving off carbon dioxide. The kids a good time with it and even did a bottle with a lot of sugar to see the balloon get pretty big! :)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Micro lab on chemical reactions and more!

Slime is awesome! We made a huge bag of slime and students learned about how the combination of the materials created a linking agent that produced a solid form, Slime!

What chemicals does this make? Students looked at all these weird names of chemicals to figure out that they all in combination made chocolate chip cookies! :)

Students looked at several types of antacids to see how they did neutralizing the stomach with a low pH (Acidic with HCL).

Students learned we can't taste liquids to see what they are! They used indicators to tell whether a clear solution was an acid, base, or neutral.

This is the micro lab where we had a list of anions and cations  compounds that we mixed to see what reaction took place. 

Here is the key terms and directions, along with the chemicals that we used in the lab. They loved the different reactions that included many different color changes, precipitates, and also no reactions at all.