Science - Week of May 25thPosted by Kerri Coffman on 5/22/2020
WE MADE IT TO THE LAST WEEK!!
Please remember that you are able to pick up your locker contents on Wednesday, May 27th from 1pm-4pm in the back of Pin Oak. You will stay in your cars, and you may also drop off any gently used uniforms, textbooks, and library books. We are very excited to get to wave to you!!
Due to being at Pin Oak on Tuesday-Thursday for locker pick-ups, I will only be hosting a TEAMS meeting on Friday, May 29th and Monday, June 1st.
For this week, we will be learning about Watersheds. PLEASE access the lesson on Google Classroom. Hope to see you for Watersheds Trivia on TEAMS on Friday, May 22nd at 1:30pm.
Science - Week of May 18thPosted by Kerri Coffman on 5/17/2020
WE ARE ALMOST THERE, 7C!
Just a reminder that ALL assignments must be submitted by WEDNESDAY, MAY 20th! Teachers have to clean out their classrooms on Thursday/Friday, and we must verify our grades on Friday.
Please check Google Classroom for reminder instructions on the Year-end Recycling Project. You are responsible for the project either way, but in order for the grade to help you, the FlipGrid video must be completed by the end of the day on Wednesday so I can grade and enter it for the 6th cycle.
MOST IMPORTANTLY...PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR COURSE REGISTRATION FORMS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!! The Electives options and registration forms are on the Pin Oak webpage under the UPDATES section.
Make it a productive last two weeks of school!
Science - Week of May 11thPosted by Kerri Coffman on 5/8/2020
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OF OUR CHARGER MOMS!!
Hello 7C Chargers!
Our lesson for this week is Ecoregions Part 2 - Presentations. I have posted a detailed video along with the Google Slide and SignUp Genius link on Google Classroom. I can't stress enough how important it is to watch the video and read the instructions on the slide before asking for help with the assignment.
You also should have accessed the information on the Year-End Recycling Project. I posted a video and a Google Slide detailing the requirements. We posted this lesson three weeks prior to the due date so that you may have plenty of time to complete the assignment. If you are diligent, you have the opportunity to complete your Science grades prior to Memorial Day weekend.
Please remember to check Gradespeed to ensure that you are staying caught up, and don't hesitate to email, chat on Google Classroom, or join a TEAMS meeting if you feel that I haven't entered a grade for an assignment you submitted.
Science - Week of May 4th-10thPosted by Kerri Coffman on 5/1/2020
Hello 7C Charger Family!
Welcome to May! This past 7 weeks has definitely felt MUCH longer...it seems like an eternity since we saw you all at Pin Oak. Let's hope May brings some promising news from a scientific standpoint, and we learn more about how to eradicate this virus!
We are on the home stretch, so please finish strong! We are going to do a 2-week project on Texas Ecoregions. Please see the video and assignment posted on Google Classroom. You will need to decide if you are working independently, or in a group of no more than 4. Your group can include anyone from 7C, they do not have to be from your class period. Make sure you read the instructions on the Google Slide carefully! The graded assignment for this week is the research, which you will record and upload on the Google Doc.
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to jump into a TEAMS meeting, email me, or send me a message in Google Classroom.
Keep doing what we need to do to stay safe, healthy, and active!
Science Week of April 20th-26thPosted by Lucara Stewart on 4/16/2020
Hello 7C Charger Family!
It seems like most everyone is finding a routine that works for them as we continue to learn remotely. If you would like some suggestions for how to tackle your workload, please let me know. I encourage you to read the comments I am leaving when I return assignments. We love to hear from you in any way, so keep connecting with us in TEAMS Meetings, through email, or on Google Classroom. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU, so please do not feel like you are bothering us. While we hold "Office Hours" Monday-Friday from 1:00pm-3:00pm via our TEAMS Meetings, you can contact us at anytime and we will get back to you as soon as we can, and no later than 24 hours.
Our lesson this week will focus on Ecological Succession. You learned last week about various types of extreme weather that can affect an ecosystem. Now we are going to see how that ecosystem recovers.
I am posting a video on Google Classroom that will explain the lesson in more detail. You are going to be reading through a passage we provide, then watching a couple of videos. You will be completing a Venn diagram to organize your thoughts on the differences between Primary and Secondary Ecological Succession. For your GRADED ASSIGNMENT this week, you will be creating a FlipGrid video explaining what you have learned. A rubric is provided on Google Classroom. I am SO excited to see you all on video...I have REALLY missed you!
We can't change our current situation, but we can try to choose how to adjust to it! Let's try to find at least one bright spot in each day!
Week of April 13th-19thPosted by Lucara Stewart on 4/11/2020
Hello Pin Oak Chargers!
I know MOST of us wish we were making plans to find our IDs and to make sure our dress code clothes were ready to go, but we will continue to do what's necessary to "flatten the curve," and keep people safe. We REALLY appreciate how you have adapted to "distance learning" and for some, have thrived! Some of you have found that creating and following a schedule has worked for you. If this is something you are struggling with, please let me know and I will help you design a schedule that works for you!
Our lesson this week is on Catastrophic Events/Natural Disasters/Extreme Weather. Basically, we will be looking at events that change the ecosystem, which will prepare us for the next lesson on ecological succession. All of your resources are available in your Google Classroom. We will be utlilizing Science Flix, Brainpop.com, and National Geographic. There are several hyperlinks that will guide you to videos. The one video that always fascinates me the most is the video about the tsunami in Japan. The power of water is unfathomable! Your graded assignment will be your choice of one out of four activities available in Science Flix, Extreme Weather, Science Labs.
On our Teams Meeting and in emails, calls, and Google Classroom chats, some of you have said that you are finishing your work, and are interested in some other resources. I HIGHLY recommend you access this link for a FREE subscription to "Time For Kids."
I look forward to seeing you or hearing from you sometime this week!
Science - Week of April 6thPosted by Lucara Stewart on 4/6/2020
WHAT. A. WEEK! I am VERY proud of how our 7C Chargers have been SO resilient with everything that has been thrown at us over the past 10 days! I only had a few students who did not complete the Symbiotic Relationships assignment, and we are working through how to help those students who may not have the technology readily available to complete the assignments through Google Classroom. I can't stress enough how important it is that we ALL communicate with each other regulary!! Your teachers are exhausting every avenue to make connections through our blogs, TEAMS Meetings, emails, Google Classroom chats, and phone calls/texts. We are documenting that each student has a personal connection with AT LEAST one teacher a week. If you feel like you have not connected with us, please let us know.
For this week, an assignment will be posted on Google Classroom by 10:00am on Monday, April 6th. You will be conducting simulations on the Food Chain GIZMO to see how changes in an ecosystem can impact the producers and consumers. You will be able to type your answers on the handout provided electronically, or you may choose to print it and write out the answers and upload or email it to me. Your assignment will be due by Sunday, April 12th, by 8:00pm.
**On GOOGLE CLASSROOM, the assignment is on the left-hand column, under "FOOD CHAINS."
Please reference the Cluster Information section of our blog to see the revised TEAMS Meetings schedule for 7C. As always, we will be available during our Office Hours on Monday-Friday from 1pm-3pm, except this Friday, April 10th, as it is an HISD Holiday for Good Friday. You are welcome to email us at any time or send us a comment on Google Classroom. We will respond within 24 hours.
I continue to keep EACH ONE OF YOU in my heart and in my head. Coach Fuji and I do not have any relatives near us, so as we are practicing physical distancing, we are pretty much "stuck" with just us. We LOVE to see you on-line, so please reach out and say, "HI!"
Science - Week of March 30thPosted by Lucara Stewart on 3/27/2020
Hello 7C Families!
My thoughts continue to be with you all during this very unusual time. We are adjusting as best as we can to this situation. As you can imagine, it is beneficial to live with a PE Teacher who motivates me to get my steps in everyday! You might be experiencing a lack of motivation to get up and get moving, but I promise you that you will help your mental status by taking care of your physical fitness at the same time!
I hope by now, you have received the 7C newsletter Ms. Nellums sent out. We have all posted assignments to Google Classroom. Due to the holiday on Monday, March 30th, we will not be hosting "office hours," but starting on TUESDAY, MARCH 31st, you will be able to click on the link below and join the 7C Science TEAMS MEETING. You are NOT required to join the call, but you are more than welcome to pop in and ask any questions you might have about the assignments, or just to chat. I saw a really good post yesterday about how we need to refer to this time as "physical distancing," and not "social distancing," because more than ever, we need to stay connected as best we can with others. Think about making it a goal to reach out to at least 3 people everyday that you don't live with, and who you do not typically communicate with on a daily basis.
The weekly assignment for Science is posted on Google Classroom. It will be due on Sunday, April 5th, by 8:00pm. This will count as the first grade on the 6th grading cycle. The assignment is posted under Biotic vs. Abiotic Factors, and includes an exploration of living and non-living things outside, an Amoeba Sisters video, a T-chart, and a C.E.R. that will be submitted for a grade.
I look forward to seeing many of you on-line in a TEAMS Meeting sometime this week. Teachers are required to check in with every student in either these meetings, via email, or via our Google Classroom conversations each week. Please make it a point to communicate at least once a week with each of your teachers in whichever format you are most comfortable with. We miss you, and wish we could see you in person, but we will continue to do what's best to help keep everyone as safe as possible!
This is the link to the 7C Science TEAMS Meeting:
I hope to see or hear from some of you on Tuesday!
Science - Week of March 23rdPosted by Lucara Stewart on 3/24/2020
Hello 7C Students and Parents!
Well, that break did not go the way ANY of us could have EVER imagined! I, like many of you, have not slept well, thinking about our fellow students, families, and teachers. You ALL have been heavy on my mind and in my heart. I know that some of us do better under stressful situations than others of us. We all need to understand that EVERY emotion we are feeling right now is justified. Some of us may have used this time to reconnect with family, read, and relax, while others of us were under a lot of pressure to help chip in to watch siblings, cook, clean, and help around the house. I want you to know how much I wish we were all back at Pin Oak today!! PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com if there is ANYTHING I can do to help!
For this week, I will try to have a short assignment posted to Google Classroom on Wednesday afternoon. We are in the process of making contact with all of our students to make sure we all have electronic and internet access. By Tuesday of next week, we will have more of a structured schedule and resources posted on-line for students to access.
Please stay safe, healthy, and remember to take care of yourself. We are ALL getting through this "new normal" on a day by day basis. Thank you in advance for your patience.