Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Earth Systems and Interactions Review

Layers of the Earth Identification Game

Water Cycle Game

Carbon Cycle Game

Mineral Identification Virtual Lab

Convection Video

Earth's Spheres Video:

Layers of the Earth Song:

Throw your hands up for the layers of the earth
Throw ‘em up for what’s below the surface
Throw your hands up, and let’s discuss
The inner core, outer core, mantle, and crust

The layer we’ll discuss first
Is the central inner core, in the center of the earth
A solid ball buried below the dirt
We believe it’s primarily metallic iron

You could never take a trip to the inner core, right?
The heat will burn you up, 9,000ยบ Fahrenheit
4,000 miles below the Earth’s crust
One down three to go y’all.

1,800 miles from the tip top
The outer core is hard at work and it don’t stop.
It’s busy spinning around the inner core, and listen,
This steady movement causes Earth’s magnetism.

Ranging from 4 to 9,000 degrees,
It contributes 1/5 of the heat flowin’ to you and me.
It’s liquid metals that violently flow
So let it settle… and when you’re ready let me know. Just…

Throw your hands up for the layers of the earth
Throw ‘em up for what’s below the surface
Throw your hands up, and let’s discuss
The inner core, outer core, mantle, and crust

The mantle layer is the largest of the class.
About half of our planet’s mass.
The mantle is composed of very hot dense rocks,
That move and flow, always on the go, they never lock,

Never stop, and they’re responsible for tectonic shift
Please believe the Earth’s plates are adrift
It’s pretty thick and the heat is awesome
1,600 at the top, 4,000 at the bottom

The continental crust’s surface is where we breathe
A lot of rock up to 25 miles deep.
The oceanic crust is next door
It’s 3-5 miles thick just below the ocean floor.
Earth’s surface: 70% H20.
Where do you get all that water? Salty sea flow,
fresh water’s in the glaciers, ice caps, and snow.

Throw your hands up for the layers of the earth
Throw ‘em up for what’s below the surface
Throw your hands up, and let’s discuss

The inner core, outer core, mantle, and crust

Classic Arcade Review Games

Monday, August 28, 2017

Welcome to 7th Grade Science with Ms. Paleologo!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Science Fair Resources

Science Fair Project Resources

Validate Topic
As students select their topic and form their questions, they will need further guidance.
Have them think about their project in terms of:
will the investigation or building the design take more than the time allotted between now and the science fair?
can you obtain the materials that will be required? Will the cost be too much?
are the tools and other materials safe for you to use? Will an adult be available to help with anything that might not be safe for you to do alone? Are any of the materials ones that someone could be allergic to?
is the topic something that you can understand? Will the research require you to read things that are too hard?
Animal care:
if you are going to do anything with animals, will they be kept safe? Will you be putting anyone in danger who is allergic to the animals?

Students who want to find out things as a scientist, will want to conduct a hands-on investigative experiment. While scientists study a whole area of science, each experiment is focused on learning just one thing at a time. This is essential if the results are to be trusted by the entire science community.
In an investigation, students:
  • Ask a testable question
  • Research the topic
  • Make a hypothesis about the outcome based on the research or their own knowledge
  • Design the investigation
  • Conduct the investigation
  • Collect Data
  • Make sense of the data and draw a conclusion
  • Present their findings for peer review
What is a Testable Question?
The key to a good and manageable investigation is to choose a topic of interest, then ask what is called a “testable question.” Testable questions are those that can be answered through hands-on investigation by the student. The key difference between a general interest science question and a testable question is that testable questions are always about changing one thing to see what the effect is on another thing.
Here are some examples of broader science questions and testable questions:
More Complex Testable Questions
Broad Questions (lead to reports)
Testable questions (lead to investigations)

What can affect animal behaviors?
What is the effect of a low-level electrical field on the movement of fruit flies?
What happens when water expands as it freezes?
How much force is needed to keep water from expanding as it freezes?
What is soap?
Which detergent removes stains the best?
What do birds eat?
What type of food and feeder will attract the most cardinals?
How do rockets work?
How does changing the shape of a rocket’s fins change its flight?
How do lubricants work?
Which combination of lubricants will work best on a bicycle wheel?
How do plants grow?
What amount of water is best to grow tomatoes? or What type of soil is best to grow petunias? or What amount of sunlight is best to grow daffodils?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Resources for Creature Feature

Here are some STARTING POINTS for your Creature Feature project. Because of the variety of organisms you will be researching, you will need to do additional research on your own.


Insects and spiders