May 27, 2014

Housekeeping:

We have only two weeks left of school. Please make sure you have all your missing work in by this Friday. Any work not turned in by Friday will stay a zero. This is your last chance to improve your grade if it is needed. This includes any extra credit.

All Missing Work MUST be Turned In By Friday

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Grade 7

Some of you need to start or finish assembling your air glider and others are ready for today testing day!

Today is Engineering Testing Day!  Teams will test their Air Gliders to see what modifications need to be made for the Race Day!

Key Terms that you need to understand are:

  • Air Flow: the flow of air moving past an object
  • Thrust: the sudden force forward
  • Lift: move in an upward direction
  • Resistance: any force that tends to slow or oppose motion such as air resistance or wind resistance.
  • Friction: surface resistance to relative motion, as of a body sliding or rolling.
  • Weight Distribution: is the apportioning (placement) of weight within a vehicle, specially carsairplanes, and trains.
  • Engineering Testing: to determine from many test runs what will be the most effective and efficient results.

Items to remember when making and testing your air glider:

  • Think of the air flow on your glider
  • Is anything causing drag to your glider (where is the friction and air resistance occurring)
  • Do you need to adjust the weight distribution, move your paper clips or coins, add more of either
  • How are you throwing your glider (thrust) are you providing too much force or not enough
  • Can both team members throw the glider a distance
  • Make only one modification at a time to be able to evaluate the results that modification made on the glider.

If you are still needing to assembly your air glider go to Measurement Day 4 follow the videos to make your glider correctly.

Materials your team  will need

  • Pencil
  • At the front table get a Ruler, a sheet of Card Stock Paper, and instruction sheet (also on the webpage)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Tape, Glue, Paper Clips
  • Coins (get from teacher)
  • Scissors (please carry them correctly, end pointing down)

CLT: After completing today’s lesson, I can say I understand and can demonstrate the following:

  • Being able to accurately measure is important at school and at home, at work and their future
  • Quality workmanship and accurate measurements with rulers are necessary to successfully solve problems.
  • How to make modification to test products.
  • I can explain how my air glider will work and the effects air, weight and forces on the glider.

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Grade 8

Today, we will take photos of the machines that you have constructed and tested. You will research to find the definition and examples of each mechanism that you used. Then you will make a Google Presentation to show your understanding of your machine that you created.

Materials: 

  • Your machine
  • Camera to take a photo/cable to upload
  • Worksheet to assist with your research

Rubric:

  • Machine built and working (40 pts)
    • Machine consisting of three mechanism 32 pts (B)
    • Machine consisting of four mechanism 40 pts (A),
    • if your machine has five mechanisms you will receive 10 pts bonus
      • You will demonstrate how your machine works and explain the mechanisms used.
  • Power Point (35 pts total)
    • Photo of your machine 5 pts
    • Label your machine the input (drive gears) and output (driven gears)  and each mechanism used 6 pts
    • Photos of examples of each mechanism you used 8 pts (2 per photo)
    • Explanation of how it is used with the mechanism 8 pts (2 per explanation)
    • Definition of each mechanism used. 8 pts (2 per definition)

CLT: I can explain how the mechanism built today works. I can identify where is the drive (input) and driven (output) gear for a mechanism? I can explain is the gear is reversible or not. I can explain if the speed and torque increases, decreases, or is constant.

May 15, 2014

Day 31

Grade 7

Next we will begin a Measuring Unit. In this unit you will learn all about how to measure using Standard and Metric Measuring System and use these skills to construct an Air Glider. Your Air Glider will be a class competition to see which teams (2 people) Air Glider will travel the farthest.

We will start today off with a measuring power point and worksheet Activity 1.3.1.

Click on this Measuring Link Below for the power point to assist you with the handout. Follow a long with the teacher as the class reviews or learns how to measure with a ruler.

You are to turn in this worksheet in your period to be graded folder.

Handout: Standard and Metric Measuring Activity 1.3.1

Materials: Paper, Pencil and Ruler and Measuring Website

CLT: at the completion today’s lesson:

  • I can read a ruler down to a 1/16th using the Standard Measurement System.
  • I can understand the difference between metric and standard measurement.
  • I can explain how many inches are in a foot and how many feet are in a yard.

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Grade 8

In your teams you are to be finishing your mechanism contraptions that is demonstrating at least three different gears/mechanisms.

To get a B your teams need to have connected three gears/mechanisms and for an A you need to have four different gears/mechanisms. This contraption can only have one handle that will make all the mechanism move at the same time. Be creative and enjoy building. You all can do this.

Materials: Tub of parts, Mechanism instruction book

CLT: After completing today’s lesson, I can say I understand and can demonstrate the following:

  • Build and explain the parts and how they work together to create a gear configuration.
  • I can explain the gear ratios in the contraption.

May 14, 2014

Day 30

Grade 7

First we will finish the Movie and turn in the Movie Questions. Papers will be passed back of all graded work. After the movie check your grades to see that they are all in.

Next we will begin a Measuring Unit. In this unit you will learn all about how to measure using Standard and Metric Measuring System and use these skills to construct an Air Glider. Your Air Glider will be a class competition to see which teams (2 people) Air Glider will travel the farthest.

We will start today off with a measuring power point and worksheet Activity 1.3.1.

Click on this Measuring Link Below for the power point to assist you with the handout. Follow a long with the teacher as the class reviews or learns how to measure with a ruler.

You are to turn in this worksheet in your period to be graded folder.

Handout: Standard and Metric Measuring Activity 1.3.1

Materials: Paper, Pencil and Ruler and Measuring Website

CLT: at the completion today’s lesson:

  • I can read a ruler down to a 1/16th using the Standard Measurement System.
  • I can understand the difference between metric and standard measurement.
  • I can explain how many inches are in a foot and how many feet are in a yard.

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Grade 8

First we will finish the Movie and turn in the Movie Questions. Papers will be passed back of all graded work. After the movie check your grades to see that they are all in.

In your teams you are to be finishing your mechanism contraptions that is demonstrating at least three different gears/mechanisms.

To get a B your teams need to have connected three gears/mechanisms and for an A you need to have four different gears/mechanisms. This contraption can only have one handle that will make all the mechanism move at the same time. Be creative and enjoy building. You all can do this.

Materials: Tub of parts, Mechanism instruction book

CLT: After completing today’s lesson, I can say I understand and can demonstrate the following:

  • Build and explain the parts and how they work together to create a gear configuration.
  • I can explain the gear ratios in the contraption.

May 13, 2014

Day 29

Grade 7 and Grade 8

We are finishing the movie “Cyberbullying”

“Cyber bullying” is defined as a young person tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another young person using the Internet or other technologies, like cell phones. The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyber bullying are similar to those of real-life bullying. The difference is, real-life bullying often ends when school ends. For cyber bullying, there is no escape. And, it’s getting worse. Read on to get the facts.
  1. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.
  2. 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online.
  3. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.
  4. 68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem.
  5. 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.
  6. 90% of teens who have seen social-media bullying say they have ignored it. 84% have seen others tell cyber bullies to stop.
  7. Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
  8. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.
  9. About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out 10 say it has happened more than once.
  10. Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.

This information was taken from this website. Fact About Cyberbullying, Do Something

More information on Cyberbullying can be found at Stopbullying.gov

After reading these facts watch the movie “Cyberbullying”

As you watch this movie you will need to answer questions on the handout. When answering the questions you are to provide complete sentences and well thought out answers.

Materials for today: Cyberbully Movie Handout, Pencil.

CLT: At the conclusion of this movie I can provided the steps needed to prevent cyberbullying. I can explain the affects on a person that is cyberbullied. I can make a difference in my school with cyberbullying.

 

May 12, 2014

Day 28

Grade 7 and Grade 8

Sorry, I will not be in today, many of you have asked to be able to watch the “Cyberbully” movie after we spent the time to learn about cyberbullying. We have had good discussions on how to use the Internet safely.

“Cyber bullying” is defined as a young person tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another young person using the Internet or other technologies, like cell phones. The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyber bullying are similar to those of real-life bullying. The difference is, real-life bullying often ends when school ends. For cyber bullying, there is no escape. And, it’s getting worse. Read on to get the facts.
  1. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.
  2. 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online.
  3. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.
  4. 68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem.
  5. 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.
  6. 90% of teens who have seen social-media bullying say they have ignored it. 84% have seen others tell cyber bullies to stop.
  7. Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
  8. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.
  9. About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out 10 say it has happened more than once.
  10. Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.

This information was taken from this website. Fact About Cyberbullying, Do Something

More information on Cyberbullying can be found at Stopbullying.gov

After reading these facts watch the movie “Cyberbullying”

As you watch this movie you will need to answer questions on the handout. When answering the questions you are to provide complete sentences and well thought out answers.

Materials for today: Cyberbully Movie Handout, Pencil.

CLT: At the conclusion of this movie I can provided the steps needed to prevent cyberbullying. I can explain the affects on a person that is cyberbullied. I can make a difference in my school with cyberbullying.

 

 

 

May 9, 2014

Day 27

Grade 7

Today we will finish the Part 2 of Activity 4.4.1. You will be in groups of two-three.

Your team will need a bag of blocks, a handout, and a pencil.

Your team will be creating your own orthographic drawing to challenge your classmates. Will you be able to do what your class creates for you.?

Then we will have an assessment to see if you understand how to read orthographic drawing.

CLT: I can read and explain the front, top, and side views in an orthographic drawing. 

May 6, 2014

Day 24

The third big testing day is here to show the community and yourself that you know your stuff. I want to wish all my students the best of luck on their third OAA test.

8th Grade Science is today! You can do it, rock this test, Longfellow.

Grade 7

With the time left you are to make sure you have completed the worksheet Activity 1.4.4 Orthographic Projection.

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Grade 8

Next we will be dividing into groups of three to begin the unit on building with 10 mechanisms over the next few weeks. Your team will progress through the different mechanism following the Gears and Mechanism Module. Today, your team is to make sure all the parts needed for making each mechanism are in your team’s tub. Organize the parts in the tub for your team to be able to find easily.

Materials: Parts tub, binder with instructions and parts lists, VEX parts.

Make sure you clean up your area and all parts are in your tub (check the floor and table). Return the tub to the shelf with the binder and your worksheet.

May 5, 2014

Day 23

It is Cinco de Mayo today!

Grade 7

Pick up handout Activity 1.4.4 Orthographic Sketching on the front table and your 3D block in the tub. Gather in the middle of the room to work on the handout.

Today we will gain an understanding of Orthographic Drawings (3 view). It is your goal to understand how to identify and draw the Front, Top, and Right Side views of each drawing in the handout.

3 view drawing

You will need a pencil, the Activity 1.4.4 handout and your block.

Turn in the Activity 1.4.4 in the to be graded folder when you are finished.

CLT: I can explain the front, top, and side views in an orthographic drawing. 

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Grade 8

First, we will need to finish the Activity 2.2.1 Observing Mechanism (Day 1 Gear and Mechanisms) with Understanding Types of Movement, there are four types:

  • linearrecipatating rotarySimple_harmonic_oscillator
  • oscilating
  • Linear
  • Rotary
  • Oscillating
  • Reciprocating

To Understand these Types of Movement (scroll down to the bottom of the page)

Next we will assign groups of three and will then be given your mechanism parts tub to make sure you have all the parts you will need for the next few weeks.

CLT: I can explain how the mechanism built today works. What is the drive (input) and driven (output) gear? I can explain is the gear is reversible or not. I can explain if the speed and torque increases, decreases, or is constant. I can explain the gear ratio of the mechanism.

May 2, 2014

Day 22

Grade 7 and Grade 8

I am out today so you are to do your keyboarding for 20 minutes progressing through the lessons.  Then you can use the rest of the time to finish any missing work. Check your grades. I have updated the grades and many of you have missing work. Those that are all work caught up can go on Cool Math the rest of the class or go on any of these keyboarding game sites below.  Keep in mind I can monitor work from home so make sure you are completing lessons and working the time stated.

All students are to follow through the lessons, not the Games tab on this site.  I can monitor your progress on my computer.

CLT: I can place my hands on the home row keys on the keyboard and be able to type with the proper fingers on the keys that are being taught to me in the program. 

May 1, 2014

Day 21

The second big day is here to show the community and yourself that you know your stuff. I want to wish all my students the best of luck on their second OAA test.

Math is today! You can do it, rock this test, Longfellow.