• Covid-19 March 2020 Emergency Distance Learning Lesson Plans 

    Week of 3/30/2020

    Hello Team Vega!

    Hopefully, everyone is staying safe and well! I know I've been going a bit stir crazy so when possible please spend some time outside in the sun! 

     

    I'm going to do things a bit differently this week as we head into Spring Break. 

     

    Firstly, instead of assigning daily assignments, I'm going to assign 3 tasks that should be complete this week as you work at your own pace to complet them using that 30 minutes per day as a guideline.  If you have extra time when you complete them, use the extra time to make sure you have your notebook "organized" with what we've done so far and review material/ask questions. 

     

    Secondly, I think when we come back from Spring Break I'm going to start posting work on a Google Classroom to hopefully make it easier to both communicate and turn in completed work. In the next week or so I'll start setting one up so I'll probably send out an email with class codes for my 4 classes. I've not really used it so I ask that everyone bear with me as I figure things out.  After you get that email, you can use your google accounts to log into each class. There probably won't be anything there to start, but that's where I'll post things to be completed. 

     

    We should be getting guidance on grading during this time soon. I still have a quiz on geological sequencing we took before we left school. Most periods aren't graded yet but I'll work on them to put them in Genesis too since those were alreay done.  I do plan on giving some kind of completion grade (HOM) for the assignments given, but just waiting for guidance first. 

     

    As always, please feel free to email me with any questions or comments.  I'm looking forward to seeing everone again in school (hopefully soon!)  

    This week, I'd like everyone to work on these. We will start a new section of the curriculum for Earth's Atmosphere. This is connected to what we'll be working on going forward so provides nice background. 

     

    1. Task #1 Chapter Reading Directions: 

    Complete the Chapter Reading Sheet here -> Chapter 12 Lesson 1 Earth's Atmosphere Chapter Reading

    Complete the Before you Read Section. 

    As you read, complete the Reading, Key Concept & Visual Checks as well as the "Think it Over" questions #'s 1-14 on the sides of the page. You can either print and write on the sheet or read it from the screen and write responses in your science notebook. If you print the page, highlight the text that provided the answers for #'s 1-14 in the reading.

     

    2. Task #2 Chapter Outline Directions: 

    Complete the Chapter Outline here -> Chapter 12 Lesson 1 Earth's Atmosphere Chapter Outline

    Using the same reading sheet above from Task #1, complete the blanks in the chapter outline. 

     

    3. Task #3 Atmospheric Layers Foldable Project

    You will need: Scissors, Blue/Red Markers Crayons or Pencils, glue/tape

    Read the project directions here -> Atmospheric Layers Foldable Project Directions

     

    Use the base with the layers, altitudes and temp line graph here for the middle of your foldable -> Atmospheric Foldable Project Base with Temp Line

     

    Use the layer characteristics & objects for placement here -> Layer Characteristics and Objects for Placement

     

    You can refer to this sample here ->ATM Foldable Cover Sample ATM Foldable Inside Sample

     

     

     

     

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    Week of 3/23/2020

    Hello Team Vega! 

    I hope everyone made it through these few days with minimal bumps and bruises. I thank everyone, parents, students, & caregivers for your patience and flexability during this unusual time. As always, I don't expect everything to run perfectly and appreciate the emails letting me know if something can't be accessed.  This week, everything is paper based or a YouTube video. Nothing "online" to be completed. Hopefully this will be much easier and eliminate tech issues or textbook access issues. If you don't have a printer or run out of ink/paper etc...record your responses in your science notebook. I've never used or setup a classroom voicemail extension, so email is the best way to contact me. I'll be updating throughout the day today (Sunday 3/22), so if you're checking on and off, you'll see this section growing. 

     

    NOTE: ALL STUDENTS SHOULD VERIFY THEIR ACCESS TO THE ONLINE TEXTBOOK. USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS SHOULD BE RECORDED IN YOUR AGENDA PAD (OR SOMEWHERE ELSE). USE THE LINK FOR THE TEXTBOOK PUBLISHER ON MY SITE TO ACCESS THE LOGIN PAGE AND MAKE SURE YOU CAN LOG IN!) IF ISSUES NEED TO BE ADDRESSED, I'LL HAVE TO PASS MESSAGES BACK AND FORTH TO IT SUPPORT TO CANCEL LICENCES AND STUDENT ACCOUNTS AND RE-CREATE THEM WITH NEW KNOWN PASSWORDS. YOUR ACCOUNTS SHOULD BE LINKED (WITH SOME EXCEPTIONS) TO YOUR SCHOOL STUDENT EMAIL ADDRESSES AS YOUR LOGIN. PASSWORDS SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED MTMS(then the 6 digit network access code you use in school...again with some exceptions)  THE DEPARTMENT HAS CREATED ANOTHER 5 DAYS OF "CANNED LESSON PLANS" FOR US ALL TO USE, BUT IF THIS LASTS MUCH LONGER WE MAY ELECT TO REVERT BACK TO WHERE EACH OF US LEFT OFF IN THE NORMAL CURRICULUM SOMEHOW. SO FAR, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCESS THE ONLINE BOOK AND PRINT ADOBE ACROBAT PDF VERSIONS OF THE TEXTBOOK PAGES. HOPEFULLY, THIS WILL GET US BY AND NO ONE WILL NEED TO LOG INTO THE TEXTBOOK DURING THIS REMOTE LEARNING PERIOD. I JUST WANT YOU TO VERIFY ACCESS AT THIS POINT. 

    IF YOU FIND YOU DON'T REMEMBER YOUR LOGIN INFORMATION, DON'T PANIC. WE DON'T NEED IT RIGHT NOW AND YOU DON'T NEED TO CONTACT ME. JUST VERIFY IF YOU HAVE ACCESS AND USE IT IF YOU CHOOSE.  IF IT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING IS COMING UP AND WE CAN'T GET PDF VERSIONS OUT, I'LL LET YOU KNOW. IF YOU DO HAVE ACCESS AND WOULD RATHER USE THAT FOR YOUR READING OR TO COMPLETE EXTENSION ACTIVITIES, CHAPTER REVIEWS, ETC...THAT'S GREAT TOO!! 

      

    McGraw-Hill Online Textbook Login Page

     

     Monday 3/23

    Directions: Read this article and study the images. Watch the videos enbedded in the document and take notes in your science notebook as you watch. At the end, complete the review at the bottom. If you need extra help with certain topics, click the blue word and it will bring you to extra resources.

    Water Cycle Article (Microsoft Word Doc) 

    Water Cycle Article (Adobe Acdrobat version) If the Word document won't open for you, open this one instead. The hyperlinks are disabled in Acrobat files.

     

    Tuesday 3/24 - Minerals

    Directions: 

    Complete the Before You Read Activity here - > Before You Read Activity - Minerals

    Review the Quick Vocab Sheet here - > Quick Vocab - Minerals

     Read Chapter 3 Lesson 1 - Minerals and complete the chapter outline

     Watch Minerals Video here (take some notes in science notebook) -> Minerals Video

    Complete Key Concept Builder here -> Chapter 3 - Lesson 1 - Minerals Key Concept Builder

    Wednesdy 3/25 Mineral Identification

    Directions: 

    Read Chapter 3 Lesson 2 Mineral Identification and complete the chapter outline

     Watch this video on mineral identification and write down 3 important things you learned about mineral identification in your science notebook. Video is here -> Identifying Minerals Video

    Complete the Concept Practice & Key Concept Builder activities here -> Chapter 3 Lesson 2 Identifying Minerals Concept Practice & Key Concept Builder Activities

    Thursday 3/26 - Sources & Uses of Minerals

    Directions: 

    Read Chaper 3 Lesson 3 Mineral Sources and Uses and complete the chapter outline, key concept builder and school-to-home worksheets. HW - Identify how at least 1 mineral is used in your home and share with your family members.

     Friday 3/27 - Minerals Review

    Directions: Complete the following Minerals review activities. I may collect one of the quizzes for a quiz grade! Hold all work in your science notebook. No need to scan and send them now. 

     

     

     

     

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    Week of 3/16/2020

    Mr. Cappo’s Earth Science Class

    Grade 7

     

    Emergency Plans – Covid19

     

    Hello Team Vega!

    I hope this email finds everyone well!

    My main philosophy though this temporary disruption due to dis-EASE will be EASE. This way we can stay connected, engage in some thinking about science over this period and focus mostly on staying safe and connected with family members. To this end, I would encourage everyone NOT to stress about deadlines, grades or faulty technology, etc.  Let’s just do what we can do and assume the level of rigor we are more used to once we’re back in a classroom setting. That being said, I’m sure this will spark much talk about how the school system can more effectively deliver remote instruction if the need should arise again in the future for any reason.

    On 3/13, the science department got together to discuss general type lessons/skills we can have students do that are connected to science, even if not connected to where we are in the curriculum at the moment. If the disruption becomes lengthier, we’ll probably move back to strictly point-in-time curriculum based instruction (not everyone is setup for that). I’ll lay out activities by day but they can be done in any order or all on one day if you wish.

    How will work be collected or graded?

    At this time, my intention is to have all work held by the student and brought back to school when classes resume. Worksheets/forms can either be printed from a digital copy and held or, if there are printer issues, students can write responses down in their science notebooks (separated by date/assignment) and can turn it in when we return.  I’ll probably give a habit of mind grade for each week at 100% to show student engagement for their work. There are some Google Form exit tickets and the like embedded in some of the lessons. These can either be printed or submitted electronically (you need to be logged into your school Google account!)

    If the disruption lasts longer than expected, I may have to change either the method of delivery, method of collection or both. 

    As of now, I want to keep this as easy as possible for everyone!  As I said, if printers or ink die out or connectivity drops or anything else happens, please don’t worry! This will all be over soon and we can all get back to living our normal lives. J 

     

    Here are the activities for the rest of this week…

     

     

    Wednesday 3/18/20

    Engineering Design Process

    • Watch the video below if possible. An alternate visual aid is provided if a student is unable to access the internet.
    • Students will identify a problem in their home and follow the steps of the engineering design process.
    • Google Form – PLEASE PRINT THIS FORM AND RECORD RESPONSES. Students will complete an exit ticket at the end of the Google form below. (NOTE: The only way I’ve gotten this to work was to send the blank EXIT TICKET FORM to my school Google address, then click the “Fill out in Google Forms” option when I get the email.

      If it doesn’t work for you, you can print the exit ticket or have students record the responses on a piece of lined paper in their science notebooks)

    Engineering Design Process Visual Aid https://www.teachengineering.org/PDF/edp/TE_EDPTeacherMaterials_8.5x11.pdf

    Engineering Design Process Video: Throwing a Taco Party

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAhpfFt_mWM

    Engineering Design Activity 1 (No materials):

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dao6NoW280ttqNIlbVTwqThtmQ8wTlg1AWLlaYERspw/edit?usp=sharing

    HW – Instruct 1 person in proper hand washing technique.

     

    Thursday 3/19/20

    Latitude/Longitude Review

     

    World Map

    http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/segwayEd/lessons/search_ice_snow/ski.2b1BigMap.html

    Coordinate Worksheet (Plot Point and Identify Locations)

    https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/dailylp/dailylp/pdfs/dailylp130-download.pdf

     

     

    Option 2 (only if you want to): Global Temperature and Latitude/Longitude Activity

    https://www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/latitude-longitude-temperature/?utm_source=BibblioRCM_Row

    HW – Identify 3 ways you are contributing to creating a smooth transition right now.

     

    Friday 3/20/20

    Graphing Scientific Models Review 

    • Watch videos to review vocabulary. If videos don’t play, just find another video or website that explains the same topics. The links are good at the time of creating this document.

    What are variables?

    What is Scientific Method? (CREATE A FREE BRAIN-POP LOGIN)

    • Complete the vocabulary review
    • Complete the Data/Models worksheet

     

    Please print these and save or, write responses on a sheet of lined paper in science notebooks with date and assignment title.

    Scientific Method Vocab Review (Print, complete & hold)

    Interpreting Data/Models Worksheet (Print, complete & hold)

    HW – Identify 3 things you like most about yourself and give yourself appropriate kudos!

     

    The best way to contact me will be via the school email address.  mcappo@monroe.k12.nj.us

    This information will also be posted on my staff webpage.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions anyone may have. I’ll check email several times each day so responses may not be immediate.  I tried to keep the engagement during this temporary as simple as possible. Thank you everyone in advance for your cooperation and ability to be flexible during this temporary disruption.

     

    Warm regards,

    Mike Cappo