Louise Culver's Science Classes

Science changing society…

AUGUST 19, 2016

Warm Up: : Complete note card for “Guess Who”

Ice Breaker: Guess Who:

Students become detectives in this get-acquainted game, in which they uncover the real identity of a fellow classmate. Give each student an index card and ask them to each record four clues about themselves. At the bottom of their cards, they should sign secret code names, such as Art or Skippy. Gather up the cards and, later on, hand them out randomly. Challenge everyone to find the student who matches the clues on his or her card. In this brain-boosting activity, students move from classmate to classmate asking questions to learn the identity behind the code name. The catch? They must avoid using any of the words on the clue card!


–Individuals: Rules and Procedures Test (1st period will complete at home)

Class meetings 1p:9th, 2p:10th,

3p:11th, 4p:12


–Whole group: Name game

AUGUST 18, 2016

Warm Up: Why are laws & rule important? Explain your answer. Write your response on your warm up paper, small group, whole group


–Whole Group: Rules and Procedures PowerPoint with fill in the blank guided notes (30 slides).

AUGUST 17, 2016

–Warm Up: Write your name, date, & class period on the lab safety poster rubric (green paper). Read safety poster rubric & write at least one question or comment about the assignment on your warm up paper. à Discuss with partner.

Please have your “Me Frayer” on your desk & ready to turn in for a grade (25 pts). Make sure your name, date, & period are on the back in the upper left hand corner.

Collect “Me Frayers”


*Teacher: Assign Safety Poster- Designate one rule from the safety contract to each student. Use 8 x 11 white paper. Stress Good “Billboard” Guidelines: (2″ high letters. Three colors only plus black and white. Very few words – paraphrase rule to shorten. One strong, large picture.) Before collecting, have small groups pick the “best” one, and put on chalk ledge. Have class vote on “best” one. Laminate and post in classroom for the year

*Due 8-18-16 (tomorrow!)

AUGUST 16, 2016

Warm Up: Choose & answer 3 of the 7 questions. Be sure to write your answer in a complete sentence so the reader knows which questions you have answered.

Example: 4. I can run faster than most women my age.

Please add today’s responses to the paper you used for yesterday’s warm ups. If you were not here yesterday start on a fresh sheet of paper.

  1. What are three things you are good at? 2. What do you like most about your family? 3. What do your friends like about you? 4. What do you think you can do better than almost anyone else your age? 5. What do you dream about doing one day? 6. What is something you have already done that makes you feel really good? 7. What is one thing you are planning to change about yourself so you will be even better?

à Introduce yourself to your shoulder partner; shake hands & tell them your name. Then, share your answers with your shoulder partner


–Individuals: continue working on “Me Frayer” (10-15 minutes?)

*due tomorrow


–Whole group: (Essential Question) – Why is lab safety important? What are the essential steps of being safe during a laboratory experiment or activity? A small groups a whole group  (12 mins.)

*distribute lab safety rules/contract (all in one this yearL) while students are writing a response to EQ


–Whole Group: Watch Laboratory Safety Challenge (12:55)à Individuals- during the video students will carefully evaluate the safety aspects of the presentation paying special attention to lab attire and laboratory technique. Students will make a list of all safety concerns. à Small groups- share lists then, create a list of common-sense safety rules (3-4 minutes to create list; there were 20 mistakes/wrongs lab attire in the video).


August 15, 2016

Earth Science

–Warm Up: Read syllabus (course outline) & write a list of questions, comments, or concerns you have about this class.

*Teacher: explain that students will keep warm ups in their binders & that I will collect them occasionally. **Distribute school forms to 1st period & print seating chart after attendance has been entered as record of who received forms.


–Individuals: Syllabus test

*Teacher: explain to student how to head their papers. Title the paper Syllabus Test, write their FULL name, date, & class period in the upper left hand corner then number their papers 1-16.

**signed syllabus is due on Thursday for a grade.



Individuals: Create a “me Frayer” 25 pts).


*we will work on in class tomorrow

December 4, 2015


Warm Up: Get your paper ready for today’s quiz. Write your name, today’s date & class period in the upper right hand corner of your paper; & title the paper “The Sun (Week 14)”. Then, sit quietly.


–Individuals: Quiz-“The Sun (Week 14)

–Newsela Article—Scientist Call 2014 Warmest Year Ever


Warm Up: If a population of 100 birds increases to 120 birds the following year, r = _____.

–Small groups: present concept maps



–Chapter 6 PowerPoint

— The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdwnfPurXcs




December 3, 2015


–Whole Group: Video Bill Nye The Science Guy: Energy & Gravity with guided notes


Warm Up: A species that plays a major role in determining the structure of its ecological community is?

If you find a brightly colored insect resting on a leaf, it is most likely to be___________.

A keystone species; poisonous or distasteful.


–Whole group: discuss # 8 & short answer questions from “Examining the Stages in Ecological Succession”


–Small groups: Concept Maps: Population density, population size, population distribution, carrying capacity, growth models, metapopulations, competition, predation, mutualism, commensalism, community ecology, resource portioning, true predators, herbivores, parasites, parasitoids, keystone species, ecosystem engineers, ecological succession, pioneer species, aquatic succession, species richness

*Small groups share finished concept maps with whole groups