Time to put this "Action Plan" into ACTION!

by Mrs. Nilsen on May 25th, 2012

Science Weekly News 5/21 - 5/25

We had three days of science this week (as Bump-up day was Wednesday) and students worked hard to get their final group projects going and getting to know our website a bit more.  On 
Monday and Tuesday, groups worked with Mrs. Erickson to keep moving forward with their projects.  Projects will be finishing up next week so that their final reports can be done by the 5th of June.  I even went to do a park clean-up today!  Our students are learning how to make a difference, one small act at a time. 

On Thursday we explored our website further and I asked students to write at least one comment on a blog post of their choosing.  It allowed me to teach them how to comment, how to navigate the blog, and the expectations I have about spelling, grammar, and professionalism in their comments.  I look forward to more comments in the future as they all know now how to use this website better.  Next year, I hope to have students blogging and creating websites themselves!  Let’s get through the rest of this year first though.  Come on groups: let’s finish strong!  7 more days of science rotations!


Monday, May 28
- No School – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 22st
- Homework Club 3-4pm

Friday, May 24th
- No School – Teacher Reporting Day

*Don’t’ forget to mark your calendars for these end of the year events:

Monday, June 11th
- Portfolio Showcase (6/7/8)
- 8th Grade Project Presentations
- Graduation @ 4 pm (be looking for announcements coming home soon!)

Tuesday, June 12th
- Field Day
- Last Day of School!!
- Early Release @1:30 pm (Busses will run at 1:30 as well!)

I can’t believe there are only 10 more school days…. Or, as we count in my homeroom, 18 more sleeps until the end of school!  Enjoy your long, Memorial Day weekend!

Posted in Science Updates    Tagged with Final projects, Group work, Hands-on


Quincey - May 29th, 2012 at 3:50 PM
I'm happy that we're doing a project that's something big. I think it will show how much people need to work on saving the environment and giving the world a touch up with great plants that do a good job of giving us oxygen. I think the partners are a bit hard but it all works out and we work together and listen to each other, but I think it was a good idea to let us choose people who we know. I'm happy that we get to do this. It's fun and it showed me that the world doesn't last forever, and we're in charge of making it better.
Jonathan - May 31st, 2012 at 2:19 PM
It was hard getting started on my final science project. I think the three whole days of of science work made it a little easier. I thank Mrs. Nilsen for letting us have so much time to work on it.
Nathan B - June 1st, 2012 at 1:42 PM
I admit, three days of actual work doesn't seem like very much. But in truth, it was plenty of time depending on how you used it. I personally tried to focus on keeping my group focused (Hint, Hint) and trying to keep up in what they were doing. Normally, had this been the lone-wolf style project, I would've been either panicked or generally slower. Like I said, it's easier to work together. I used to be able to sort of keep up with everything by myself, but nowadays, I'm slowly processing things less quickly. It's not a good feeling. But since I have people trying to push me to keep up, It's been so much easier. I really like this project, but hope we have a little more variety next year in our choices though!
-Nathan B.

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