The Lorax- (Unit #11 John Muir)

John Muir

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ The Lorax

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks. The mountains are calling and I must go.” ~John Muir

Naturalist, writer and advocate of U.S. forest conservation, John Muir founded the Sierra Club and helped establish Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.

John Muir was born April 21, 1838, in Dunbar, Scotland. As early as 1876, he urged the federal government to adopt a forest conservation policy through articles published in popular periodicals. In 1892 he founded the Sierra Club. He served as its first president, a position he held until his death in 1914.

The Muir Woods National Monument is named after him. It is located just north of San Francisco. I have been there and it is one of the most beautiful places I have seen, with towering Redwood trees that you can actually stand in. They are ginormous and amazing and one of my very favorite things about northern California.

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Books of the Month (Unit #10 Charles Darwin & Biology)

Marty Mcguire Digs Worms by Kate Messner and Brian Floca

Biology- Marty Mcguire Digs worms

The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch

Biology- The sun is my favorite star

Lucas and His Loco Beans: A Bilingual Tale of the Mexican Jumping bean by Romona Moreno Winner

Biology- Lucas and His Loco Beans

Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder

Biology- Fraidyzoo

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner

Biology- The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Biology- James and the giant peach

Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard

Biology- Beetle Boy

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Biology- The Evolution of Calpernia Tate

There’s a Hair in my Dirt by Gary Larson

Biology- There's a Hair in my Dirt

Science in the community (Unit #10 Charles Darwin & Biology)

Lady bug nursery

Darwin Bonus: Go visit Ladybug nursery/greenhouse OR plant something in your garden OR find me an Earthworm and bring it to science class.

In our unit on Biology we will be learning all about plants and how Biology is the study of life and how living things survive and change. We will be dissecting flowers in lab, planting seeds, making plant diaries, observing earthworms and learning all about them by holding them, measuring them, and filling out an observation sheet.

Go get some ladybugs, a flower or a plant or find a worm in your yard and have fun with biology.

We Dig Science (Unit #10 Charles Darwin)

Charles Darwin in 1881

“I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.”

“Charles Darwin is best known for his work as a naturalist, developing a theory of evolution to explain biological change.”
“Charles Robert Darwin (February 12, 1809 to April 19, 1882) was a naturalist and biologist known for his theory of evolution and the process of natural selection. Born in Shrewsbury, England, in 1831 he embarked on a five-year survey voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle; his studies of specimens led him to formulate his theories. In 1859, he published On the Origin of Species. Darwin’s theory of evolution declared that species survived through a process called “natural selection,” where those that successfully adapted, or evolved, to meet the changing requirements of their natural habitat thrived, while those that failed to evolve and reproduce died off. Through his observations and studies of birds, plants and fossils, Darwin noticed similarities among species all over the globe, along with variations based on specific locations, leading him to believe that the species we know today had gradually evolved from common ancestors. Darwin’s theory of evolution and the process of natural selection later became known simply as “Darwinism.” ~ Biography.com

In Class we will be studying earthworms and planting seeds, growing beans and dissecting plants

You are what you eat (Unit #9 Louis Pasteur)

Louis Pasteur
“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.”~ Louis Pasteur
“Scientist Louis Pasteur came up with the food preparing process known as pasteurization; he also developed a vaccination for anthrax and rabies.
Born on December 27, 1822, in Dole, France, Louis Pasteur discovered that microbes were responsible for souring alcohol and came up with the process of pasteurization, where bacteria is destroyed by heating beverages and then allowing them to cool.In 1865, Pasteur helped save the silk industry. He proved that microbes were attacking healthy silkworm eggs, causing an unknown disease, and that the disease would be eliminated if the microbes were eliminated. He eventually developed a method to prevent their contamination and it was soon used by silk producers throughout the world.

Pasteur’s first vaccine discovery was in 1879, with a disease called chicken cholera. After accidentally exposing chickens to the attenuated form of a culture, he demonstrated that they became resistant to the actual virus. Pasteur went on to extend his germ theory to develop causes and vaccinations for diseases such as anthrax, cholera, TB and smallpox.

Pasteur had been partially paralyzed since 1868, due to a severe brain stroke, but he was able to continue his research.” ~ Biography.com

In class we have learned all about germs and will be learning about foods and nutrition as well. We will learn all about what foods are good for our bodies and how they can help us fight off germs.

 

Books of the Month (Unit #8 Dot Richardson & Sports Science/Biomechanics)

Throw Like A Girl by Jennie Finch

Throw like a girl

The Middle School Rules of Brian Urlacher by Sean Jensen

The middle school rules

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover

The Contract by Derek Jeter

the contract

The Boy Who Never Gave Up by Stephen Curry

The boy who never gave up

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Tangerine

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Maniac Magee

Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman

Jackie and Me

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost- Running for his life or from it

Ballpark Mysteries by David A. Kelly

Ballpark Mysteries

March Science Madness- Are You Game? (Unit #8 Dot Richardson)

Dot Richardson

“A true champion works hard and never loses sight of her dreams!” ~ Dot Richardson

Dot Richardson was born on September 22, 1961 in Orlando, FL. She was an American softball player who was a member of the Olympic gold-medal-winning teams in 1996 and 2000.

She was an Olympian before she became an orthopedic surgeon. She has a master’s degree in exercise physiology. She competed as a softball player for the United States National Team during the 1996 Olympic Games, where she hit the home run to win a gold medal during the championship game.

Richardson was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 2006.

In this unit we will be learning all about sports science, biomechanics and anthropometric characteristics. We will be monitoring our hearts doing different exercise activities. We will also implement March madness into our lessons…haha! Only because I love this time of year and I love basketball.

Science in the Community- (Unit #8 Dot Richardson)

biomechanics

Richardson Bonus: Go to a local sporting event at SUU / High School or visit a fitness gym

In our unit on Dot Richardson and Sports medicine/Biomechanics, we will learning about human anatomy, sports science, biomechanics, how our bodies get energy and use energy and how our bodies basically work, especially when it comes to sports. We will be learning how anthropometric characteristics work to our advantage and disadvantage in sports.

Anthropometric characteristics are traits that describe body dimensions, such as height, weight, girth, and body fat composition. The physical therapist uses tests and measures to quantify anthropometric traits and to compare an individual’s current data with his or her previous data or with relevant predictive norms.”

What is Biomechanics?

Biomechanics is the science concerned with the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by these forces. More specifically, Biomechanics is the study of human movement and describes the forces which cause this movement.

What is the role of Biomechanics?

Biomechanics can play a crucial role in both injury prevention as well as performance enhancement. It is important for athletes of all ages and skill levels to understand the importance of education to develop proper mechanics. Education can come in multiple forms, but with the emphasis on the visual learner in today’s society, visual feedback is one of the most effective ways to modify an athlete’s technique and allow them to perform at the most efficient level possible. An athlete’s ability to perform efficiently and injury free are two key features in performance outcome and can both be improved with Biomechanical analysis.

So go get your head in the game and have fun cheering on your local sports teams!