Health: INTERESTING current events

globeHealth Students: It is time to take turns and share INTERESTING current Health events taking place around the globe! 2 students will report to the class each week until everyone has shared 1 story. When it is your turn please post a reply comment (in the comment box) with the following information:

1. Your first and last name.

2. What is the title of the article?

3. What is the link to the story?

4. In a paragraph summarize the article and why you chose the article.

Helpful resources to read about current Health news:



Tye-Dying with the first graders!

tyedye2 Congratulations 7th graders are learning how to make the tye-dyes, create your own tye-dye design and teach your first grade buddy how to tye-dye! Tye-dying has been around for hundreds of years and now YOU know how to do it too!

In the comment box below (you may have to click on the “comments” link to get to the page with the blank reply box at the bottom), please answer the following 5 questions.


1. What is your first and last name and what science period are you in?

2. What was the most surprising part of the tye-dying process?

3. With scientific words on your “chemical reaction” unit GO, as best as you can, how is tye-dying related to chemical reactions?

4. Explain your experience tye-dying with your first grader (was it positive, negative, etc and explain why).

5. Should 7th graders tye-dye next year? Why or why not? Please provide any ideas you have for changes/improvements.

Separating Mixtures: Water Filtration (first science blog post of 2013-14 school year! )

aquaductScientists: As we learn more about separating mixtures I want you to explore some of the recent inventions scientists are working on to better clean water and separate out the pollutants. Millions of people on our planet do not have access to clean water and there are many new and improved methods of cleaning water! Ready to watch some videos about them? Go to “How Stuff Works” videos on water filtration There are many videos to choose from but please make sure you watch the “Aquaduct” and “Smart Sponge” videos.

Directions: After you watch the videos you need to post a comment. If you have not commented on a blog before click on the “comment” link below or scroll down to the bottom of the page where there should be an empty comment box. You will have to type in your name and your psd email and make sure to submit your comment. Once you submit your comment you CAN’T edit or change it so proofread your comment or write it in Word and then copy and paste it into the box.

Questions: In your comment box please answer the following questions.brain

1. What is your first and last name and what period is your science class?

2. What videos did you watch?

3. Which water filtration/separation technique do you think is most reliable, practical and could really help many people have more access to clean water? Why? Explain your thoughts please.

4. Why are our water sources NOT clean and therefore we rely on water filtration systems? THINK (and feel free to research ideas). Bonus: discuss why Fort Collins has had to rely on the water in Horsetooth Reservoir, as opposed to the Poudre River, for our drinking water source.

Genetics: In the Womb video


Scientists: After learning about DNA, genes, how genes are passed on from your biological mother and father and watching the video “In the Womb” please pick one of the 2 questions to answer in the comment box below.
1. Write your name and answer….if you could choose 2 specific traits from your family that you would want to pass on to your future children what would they be and WHY?
2. Write your name and answer….if you could choose 2 specific traits from your family that you would NOT want to pass on to your future children what would they be and WHY?

You CAN’T edit your comment after you post it so think about your answer before you write it, write a rough draft on paper and then type it or write it in Word and copy/paste into the comment box. Make sure to write your name (first and last) before your answer.

How do you know what you know? Multiple Intelligences

7th grade scientists: Today you  are going to learn about how you learn = multiple intelligences. In your notebook please answer the following preview questions:

1.What type of activities/projects/tests do you like to do in your classes?

2. Do different people learning in different ways? How do you know? Proof? Examples?

Let’s take a fun quiz to help you identify your different strengths. In your notebook copy the circle graph as best as you can and label the different parts and color it.

Now that you know how best YOU learn and what type of learning environments and activities work best for YOU let’s explore how that information can be helpful to us in science and to you in your life! It is really amazing when you start to think about how different everyone’s thinking and brains are. Please leave a comment in the “comment box” at the bottom of this post about YOUR thinking and learning. I did an example for you.  Answer the following questions in your post:

Question 1: What is your first and last name and what period of science are you in?

Question 2: What is your best type of learning environment or activity?

Question 3: What is one type of activity you would like to see us do in science this school year?

Question 4: What is your least favorite learning environment? Why?

Question 5: How can YOU use your own learning information to improve your own learning, both in and out of Blevins school?

Thank you for sharing! Katy W.

Science 7: “Who am I?”

New 7th grade Scientists: It is time to introduce yourself to me and the rest of the class. Although many of you have known each other in elementary I do not know you and we have new students to our classes. If you would like to read more about me you can go to the “About Katy” page of the blog. Please post a reply to this post and in your reply answer the following questions. You can write your answers in a paragraph format and please check your answers for correct grammar and spelling as you can not edit your reply after you post it. Thank you, Katy

1. What is your full name?

2. What is the story behind your name? Why did your parents choose your name or what does it mean? (For example I am named after my grandma and my mom’s favorite actress)

3. After school what do you like to do for fun?I like to play outside with Suzy & Leopold (my kids), ride my bike around Fort Collins, ski, read and sometimes bake yummy breads or desserts.

4. If you could pick your dream job for the future what would you like to do? You can have more then one. I still have dreams of being an astronaut and a travel agent!

5. What is one question you have about our science class? You can refer to our Science 7 Blackboard pages if you want to review the topics we will be covering this year.

Chemistry Periodic Table Games

Scientists: It is time to play some Chemistry games to help learn the different elements and their symbols. The Chemistry Game Directions are also on a piece of paper in the file in the back of our science room but I tried to link them here also. Game #1 will help you learn the symbols. Read the directions before you start. Choose “click the symbol” and “common elements”. Choose “play proton Don” to start. You can change the level of difficulty.

Game #2 is a set of flash cards. Choose “chemical names” and “chemical symbols” and start with 20 questions.  This game is more difficult so you can click on the yellow arrow “table of elements” for help.

On the same site at Game #2 there are more game choices if you want more fun and practice!

After you play the game please leave a comment on my blog that includes:

1. Your name

2. The names of the games you played.

3. Were the games helpful? fun? challenging? Tell me about your experience.