Parent(s), welcome to my class! I look forward to getting to know you. Middle school is a new world, vastly different from elementary school. There is far more freedom; a greater number of peers who can influence your son or daughter to make good and/or bad decisions; numerous teachers and the sheer size of the campus. Physically, they’ll experience the many changes going on inside their bodies, causing you to wonder if he/she has been abducted by aliens because they’re acting weird, i.e. mood swings, the quality of work is up and down, argumentative, friends become more important, etc. Don’t panic. This is the life of a ‘tweener.’ It’s a phase you may remember growing up and it’ll pass. As a parent, what will help you through this phase is to talk about life at Ridgeview; allow them to make decisions and fail; and finally to be patient. A book I found to be helpful is called Parenting with Love and Logic by Jim Faye and Foster Cline.
Look forward to working alongside you in preparing your child for their future!
a bit about this unit:
We begin the year with a mini unit, safety in the lab and our first major unit, Ecosystems. The students will discover that an ecosystem is composed of two parts biotic and abiotic factors. They’ll learn how scientists have broken up an ecosystem into levels making it easier to study it: organisms, populations, community and finally the ecosystem. We’ll look a bit at the interactions of biotic and abiotic factors within an ecosystem.
This week and next, our goal is to begin building good relationships that will hopefully lead to life-long friendships and to learn to use preventative safety equipment, including chemical splash goggles, aprons, and gloves, and be prepared to use emergency safety equipment, including an eye/face wash, a fire blanket, and a fire extinguisher.
Ecosystem goal, describe biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem in which organisms interact.
activity: (what we do in class)
Thursday & Friday: Wow, time flies when we’re having fun! It’s hard to believe that we’ve completed two days of the 19-20 school year! I’ve had fun meeting our students! My goal is to know them by their first names by next Friday. I’ve enjoyed greeting each student with a handshake or high five and asking them to remind me of their name as they walk into my room. We’ll be learning the flow of how we do life in my classroom, including safety expectations found in our contract and reinforcing them throughout the year.
Assignment: Turn in the safety contract Friday, 23rd. Weighted as HW, a value of 10% of their science grade.
- Science Lab Safety Contract is due this Friday, 23rdh