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by Jennifer Haugen

March 12, 2015


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Student guides (Organisms - From Macro to Micro) for Aug - Feb should be kept at home for homework and study purposes.  An ONLINE version of the book is found  here.  Student guides (Human Body Systems) for Feb-May will be issued later in the year.  An ONLINE version of the book is found here

A major part of the course is lab work, making student attendance critical for learning and understanding.  If students are absent, they may or may not have the opportunity to make up any missed labs, depending on the schedule and available time.  They are still responsible for the skills and material covered, however.  Please make every effort to keep student attendance as high as possible and to have the student make immediate arrangements for after school lab time upon return to school.   

Understanding science vocabulary is a critical part to learning larger science concepts and being able to apply them appropriately in a lab setting.  In my experience, the majority of students don't get the benefit they need from defining vocabulary words as an assignment, so I'm encouraging all students to utilize the vocabulary activities online that I create for each lesson at http://www.studystack.com/users/jenhaugen01.   There will be regular quizzes and tests to check the students progress in learning the science vocabulary and concepts.

Success in this science course relies on responsible students, and effective communication between school and home.  All science homework assignments, projects, quizzes and tests will be posted on the website regularly to assist you in keeping your student organized.  All assignments will be given in class, but when possible, links to original documents will be provided on the class assignments page in case of lost assignments.


Go "MANIC" - means that the student writes 5 reflective statements (2-3 sentences each) based on the article assigned:

  •  M is for memorable (write a specific example of something that stuck out for you while reading)  
  •  A is agree (write something you agree with from the reading, and if it is not a controversial topic, then write something that you think history will agree with, that is, that the information is still true today)  
  • N is not agree (write something that you don't agree with from the reading, and if it is not a controversial topic, then explain how something has changed since then, etc.OR if it not a controversial topic, then N can be not interesting)
  •  I is interesting (write something that made you think) 
  •  C is confusing (write something that you don't fully understand, want clarification on, or have a follow quesiton about)