Weekly Update from Ms. Rodgers
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The 7th and 8th-grade math class had a short assessment on finding the slope of linear equations and did very well! We have moved on to functions. We've discussed what a function is and how to test graphs, tables and equations to determine if they are functions. We ended the week by narrowing our focus to linear functions. We will continue in our linear relationship unit by learning about slope-intercept form.
IThe 7th and 8th-grade science class continued the study of chemical energy. We summarized the relationship between pressure, volume, quantity, and temperature with the Ideal Gas Law. We then touched on other forms of chemical energy including in food and in batteries. We ended the week by experiencing the conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy by building lemon batteries and using them to light a LED. Next week we will wrap up our analysis of the lemon battery experiment and review the material in the chapter. There will be a test on Chapter 10 on Monday, February 24th.
The 5th and 6th graders completed an introduction to the structure of DNA. On Thursday, students used DNA codons to create coded messages for Valentine's Day. While this was a fun activity, coding messages helps students understand how complex genetic information can be communicated with a relatively simple 4 base structure. On Wednesday, our 5th and 6th graders will extract DNA from strawberries and will also create a review Lap Book as a study guide for Chapter 7. Students will have a science test on Monday, February 24th.