Thursday, April 24, 2014

Microscope Unit

Fast forward a few units from the last post.  Here you see students learning about the use of microscopes. They have various labs to help them learn how to properly use the scopes.  I didn't have use of the lab, so my classroom became my science lab for the week!

Measurement Unit Review Task Cards

In these pictures students were reviewing for their measurement assessment.  I bought Measurement Task Cards.  Each table had two task cards.  Student were to read the card and  write the answers.  When they were told, they moved to the next table.  Some cards, students had to read measurements.  In others, they were to actually measure.  Excellent review activity!  They best part was students enjoyed this!


Friday, March 21, 2014


Various teachers from Butler Middle School went to see Divergent on opening night.  We all read Veronica Roth's book and decided to go together to enjoy the show!  Can you identify Mrs. Haupt, Mrs. Harrington, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Garrigan, Mrs. Ottenad, Mrs. Robarge, Mrs. Koenig, and Mrs. Vanden Heuvel??

Mrs. Vanden Heuvel made Divergent t-shirts for Mrs Evans and herself.  Thanks, Mrs. Vanden Heuvel!

Fine print:
One Choice Can Define You
One Choice Can Transform You
One Choice Can Destroy You

Social Studies: Royal Game of Ur

What better way to learn about a culture playing a game?  Students are playing the Royal Game of Ur.

Science - Color Lab

My students are finishing the Metrics unit in science.  Here they are doing a color lab where they measure a specific amount of colored water, do some mixing, and end up with the rainbow!

Science - Studying Vertebrates

Students did two activities having to do with characteristics of vertebrates.  The first was to play a game called Classy Vertebrates.  Here they had to classify groups of vertebrates according to what class they belonged. 

The second activity was to view animal videocams from different zoos across the US.  Then they were to write down their observations.  Here are some images of these activities.

 Observing animals at zoos via webcams:

Playing the Classy Vertebrates:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Follow the Bouncing Ball -- Science

This was a fun activity!  Students used metrics to collect data for a ball bounce activity.  This is part of our measurement unit in Science.