Thursday, April 17, 2014

Week-at-a-Glance: April 22-25

Monday:  Selective Breeding of Trees
                 -Due at end of Class

Tuesday:  STAAR Math

Wednesday:  STAAR Reading

Thursday:  Review - Body Systems Scavenger Hunt
                  Arctic Ecosystems Test Review

Friday:  Arctic Ecosystems Assessment


Due to STAAR Testing NO TUTORIALS this WEEK!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Week-at-a-Glance: April 14-17

Monday:  Project Arctic Group Presentations

Tuesday:  Finish presentations if needed.
      Science Notebook Quiz

Wednesday:  Succession Rotation Activity  due at end of class.

Thursday:  Science Benchmark Reflective Activity due back Monday with Parent Signature

Friday:  Good Friday!! :)


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Project Arctic Grading Rubric


Grading Rubric:
Project Arctic Presentation Grade

Information Given (60 points):
      Characteristics of Biome (World Map, Precipitation, Climate, Temperature)            _____
            Adaptations for Biome (5 Plants & 5 Animals)                                             _____
         Food/Energy Sources (Food Web, Labeled Energy Pyramid)                              _____
         Biodiversity (Dichotomous Key)                                                                  _____
         Catastrophic Event and Changes that Occur                                      _____
         Human Impact (at least 2 examples)                                                            _____


Class Presentation (40 points):
         Information well planned/organized                                                   _____
         Professional-like Quality                                                                    _____
         Professional-like Presentation                                                           _____
         Creative/Grabs Attention                                                                  _____
                                                                                          Total Score     _____


Friday, April 4, 2014

Week-at-a-Glance: April 7-11

Monday - Friday:  We will be working on our Project Arctic.  This must be completed and ready to present to class by Friday.  We will be presenting these projects on Monday using a gallery walk style.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Arctic Biome Internet Scavenger Hunt


Taiga
1. What does Taiga mean?
2. What type of forest is in the Taiga?
            The soil beneath the taiga often contains 3. _______________—a layer of permanently. _____________ soil.
Permafrost and rock prevent 5. ______________  from draining from the top layers of soil.
This creates shallow bogs known as 6. _______________  and can look like solid ground.
They are covered with 7. __________,  8. ________________  and sometimes even trees. However, the ground is actually wet and spongy.
9. What is the climate for the Taiga?
10. Explain each season in relationship to the climate.
11. What are four animal adaptations listed on this page?
12. Explain the adaptation of the ermine. 
13. Is this structural or behavior adaptation?
14. Identify the large herd of mammals found in the picture?
15. What is the meaning of the “Drunken Forest”?
16. The largest feline in the world lives in this cold ecosystem.    What is it and what do they eat?
17. Go to Taiga Facts and describe decomposition in the Taiga.
18. What are some problems of the Taiga food Chain?
19. Why is this biome important to the world?
20. What are some plant adaptation of the:
                  coniferous trees
                        Balsam Fir
21. What is a synonym of the Coniferous Forest?
22. What is one Taiga threat?
23. How is the American Brown Bear’s feet like a humans?
24. What is an adaptation of the snow shoe rabbit?
25. What is an adaptation of the Wolverines?
26. What has caused the birth rate to decrease?
27. What are the tree decomposers discussed on this page.
28. Use the information from this site and draw a food web.
29. What is an evergreen tree?
30. What adaptation do the needles have?
31. What can you tell me about the conifers?
32. What is a synonym of the Taiga?
33. What is threatening the survival of the animals that live in the Taiga?
Go to Brain Pop and log in (Login:JTC   Password:Jackson) :
Watch the video on Taiga.
34. Take the quiz
Go to FYI:
35. Another name for Caribou is ______________________.
36. Around the World—The largest Taiga region on Earth is ______________
Tundra
1. What are some characteristics of the Tundra?
2. Draw the Tundra food web.
3. What can you tell me about the biodiversity of the Tundra?
4. What are the plant adaptations?
5. What are some animal adaptations?
6. What are some threats of the Tundra?
7. What type of vegetation can be found in the Tundra
8. What are the two types of Tundra?
9. What are some physical features of the Tundra?
10. What is the climate like in the Tundra?
11. Where is the tundra found?
12. Discuss biodiversity in the Tundra.
13. Where did the word tundra come from?
14. What are some threats to the Tundra?
15. Identify adaptations of the following and name the animal:
Land animals, birds, and sea mammals
Click on the video-Melting Sea Ice
16. Give two Eco-facts.
17. How did Polar ice Caps form?
Click on Species Profile and watch the video.
Click on the second video and watch.
18.  List two facts about this video.
Go to Brain Pop and log in:
Watch the video on Tundra
19. Take the quiz
Go to the Activity and Do the Further Research
20. Do the Graphic Organizer
Go to the FYI:
21. Who were the first settlers in the Tundra?
22. What football stadium is called “The Frozen Tundra”?
23. What does Krummholz mean?
24. The soil in the arctic tundra is_______________________
25. What is the adaptation of the Rock Ptarmigan?
26.  What are some abiotic factors?
27.  What supplies and gear are needed?
28.  Explain each of the words below the following and give an example of each: 
mutualism
Parasitism
commensalism

Friday, March 28, 2014

Week-at-a-Glance: March 31-April 4

Monday:  Arctic Ecosystems Internet Scavenger Hunt


Tuesday:  STAAR Writing Day 1
   Class Periods 3 and 6 : Arctic Ecosystems Internet Scavenger Hunt


Wednesday:  STAAR Writing Day 2
   Class Periods 2 and 1:  Arctic Ecosystems Internet Scavenger Hunt


Thursday:  Arctic Ecosystems Internet Scavenger Hunt


Friday:  DUE:  Arctic Ecosystems Vocabulary (ISN pg 69)  and Arctic W2R (ISN pg 68)
  Last day we will be working on Arctic Ecosystems Internet Scavenger Hunt
      DUE on Monday

Arctic Biome Vocabulary ISN page 69: DUE Friday, April 4


Taiga/Tundra Vocabulary
Taiga Biome: a conifer forest biome located south of the tundra
Coniferous (conifer): a tree that produces seeds in cones and has needle-like leaves
Evergreen: a plant that has green leaves all year long
Deciduous: a tree that drops its leaves at the end of the growing season
Season: one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by atmospheric conditions (winter, spring, summer, fall)
Hibernation (hibernate): a deep sleep in which the body systems reduce activity to minimal levels; helps some animals survive the winter
Migration (migrate): seasonal movement of animals from one location to another to reproduce, find food, or search for a better climate.
Tundra Biome: a cold, dry, mostly treeless land biome located at high altitudes or at high latitudes
Moss: very small green plants that grow in velvety clusters on rocks
Lichens: a type of plant that is part fungus and part algae that has no roots or stems that occur as crusty patches or bushy growths in tree trunks, rocks, or bare ground
Biodiversity: the variety of organisms in a specific environment or on Earth as a whole
Diversity: being different
Sustainability: the ability to keep on living
Selective Breeding: the process of selecting organisms with desired traits to be parents of the next generation
Arctic: area at or near the North Pole
Pulley: a simple machine consisting of one or more wheels with a rope wrapped around them
Simple Machine: a device that makes work easier by changing the size or direction of the force applied
Inclined Plane: simple machine that consists of a flat, sloping surface; also called a ramp
Volcano: hill or mountain formed by material that erupts onto Earth’s surface; caused by action of magma below surface
Drilling: to bore a hole into the ground using a drill to get materials such as oil and water from underground sources
Mining: removing ore or mineral deposits from the earth by scraping away the deposits from the Earth’s surface or sending people into large pits or shafts to remove the deposits
Natural Selection: process by which organisms change over time as those with traits best suited to an environment pass their traits to the next generation
Generation: a group of genetically related organisms representing a single step in the line of genetic descent