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Nitrogen Cycle

May 18th, 2017 by Deborah Wagner | 0

Study Jams – Nitrogen Cycle


Ocean Acidification

May 13th, 2017 by Deborah Wagner | 0
  1. Build background knowledge by reading through this website: http://www.eschooltoday.com/ocean-acidification/what-is-ocean-acidification.html. Stop when the “NEXT” button becomes a “BACK” button. (You’ll click “NEXT”4 times…the last paragraph you will read is called Carbon Dioxide From Fossil Fuels.)

EPA Acid Rain animation (explanation of how acid rain is created)

2. Watch a 4 minute video describing the effect of ocean acidification on “sea butterflies.” Click here: http://coralreef.noaa.gov/education/oa/presentation-videos.html. Scroll down to the second video from the bottom (“Ocean Acidification: The other carbon dioxide problem”). Click on “Play movie” to watch.

3. This 6 minute video describes a research study about the impact of carbon dioxide on sea urchins (Univ. of California at Santa Barbara).


4. video: The Acid Test (21 min.) (Your teacher will show this video… Once you get on the website, scroll to the bottom to access the video.)

Carbon Cycle

May 7th, 2017 by Deborah Wagner | 0

1. Study Jams – Carbon Cycle

2. “What is Carbon?” article

3. The Global Carbon Cycle – discussion of the effect of carbon emissions and deforestation

4. Carbon Cycle animation  START BY CLICKING ON THE PURPLE ARROW “JUST START THE CYCLE” so that you go through the animation in a specific order.

5. Carbon Cycle – explanation of the cycle

6. Discussion about how much more carbon dioxide is in the air today than years ago…


7. Games – vocab practice…

Choose matching, flashcards, or concentration. Good review of  water & carbon cycle terms.

Matching – global warming 

Rags to Riches – Abiotic Factors in an Ecosystem

Earth’s Fresh Water – Jeopardy format (COMPLETE THE FIRST COLUMN OF QUESTIONS)

General Science Review  – Jeopardy format (You can try all columns of questions, but the last one “Environmental Science” is the one that’s related to our current content.

Cycles of Matter (includes succession – Section 2)

Water Cycle & Carbon Cycle vocab cards

May 6th, 2017 by Deborah Wagner | 0

Ch. 2 vocab water & carbon cycles


May 1st, 2017 by Deborah Wagner | 0


1. What is matter? (short article)

2. Click here for the “States of Matter” video from Idaho Public TV. The video is over 28 minutes long. Please watch the first 4:07 and then answer the questions on the worksheet called “What is Matter?”.

3. Study Jams – States of Matter

4. Physical & Chemical Changes of Matter ¬† ¬†Study Jams video

Graph Generator

Apr 20th, 2017 by Deborah Wagner | 0



The Strohm’s Floating Arm Trebuchet

Apr 5th, 2017 by Deborah Wagner | 0




Apr 4th, 2017 by Deborah Wagner | 0




Click below to view the catapult project note that was given to students on Tuesday, April 4.

Catapult note 2017

Please note: We launch a bouncy ball. Note size in picture below.


Thurs. April 6 – parent signature sheet due (green paper)

Fri. April 7 – If you are working with a 6th grade partner, the “Partner Note” from parents is due.

Tues. April 18 – Catapult sketch & materials list due


Click here to view pictures of catapults from previous students: Catapult Ideas #1

Here are some “simpler” catapults that students have made: Catapult ideas… Simple (yet effective)



The links listed below may give you ideas for designing and building your catapult.
1. http://www.stormthecastle.com/catapult/index.htm

2. http://www.stormthecastle.com/catapult/how-to-make-a-small-torsion-catapult.htm

3. http://www.stormthecastle.com/trebuchet/how-to-build-a-trebuchet.htm

4. http://www.knightforhire.com/catapult.htm


6. Video with discussion of the “science” behind a trebuchet’s power:

This second link provides plans for building the trebuchet in the video: http://hila.webcentre.ca/projects/trebuchet/index.htm

The video below provides tips for making your trebuchet throw farther (the physics behind trebuchets). This video has a lot of math in the beginning, but it does discuss variables you should keep in mind if you’re building a trebuchet:


7. Video showing how to build a simple table top trebuchet.


Demonstration of a class project trebuchet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm-AZSkzdxo

8. Videos demonstrating how to wrap the rope on a mangonel.


9. How to build a mangonel (blueprints) http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/how-to/a7921/early-adopter-build-this-onager-catapult-11556480/

10. Clothespin catapult,  clothespin catapult video,  another clothespin catapult.

History of Siege Engines
What’s a “siege” and why were catapults needed in the first place? Also includes “offense & defense.”



Trebuchet Information
Trebuchet simulation. Can you build a trebuchet that will knock down the castle wall? Modify different variables to investigate how each change affects the distance and power.  USE FIREFOX.

11. Videos discussing the trebuchet built in Nova’s “Medieval Siege” video.

11. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/trebuchet/builds.html

11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1EAA7pkEJ4 (a 7 minute segment from the NOVA video)

Ballista Information

Graph Maker: http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/graphing/classic/line_data.asp?b=15&totallines=1


Live Web Cams

Mar 26th, 2017 by Deborah Wagner | 0

Arconic Eagle Cam – Quad Cities (was Alcoa)

Decorah, Iowa Eagle Cam

Atlanta Panda Cam

Yellowstone Old Faithful

Woodland Park Zoo Cams (Seattle, WA)

Hydrothermal Vents

Mar 24th, 2017 by Deborah Wagner | 0

Video #1: Bill Nye & Robert Ballard (2:31)  http://science.discovery.com/tv-shows/greatest-discoveries/videos/100-greatest-discoveries-hydrothermal-vents.htm

Video #2: National Geographic Hydrothermal Vents (2:52). There will be 3 small rectangles that pop up part way down the screen on the left… the first one is “Activity Overview”; the second rectangle is the video. Click on it.    http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/activity/deep-sea-geysers/?ar_a=1

Video#3: National Geographic “Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents” (6:21) http://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/deep-sea-hydrothermal-vents/