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Oct. 01, 2012

Report on the last Ice Age in Ohio

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 5-6

Students will be required to produce a one-page, SINGLE- spaced paper about the last Ice Age in Ohio. All of the same rules apply like the last paper ( see requirements for geology of Ohio paper) The paper is due by e-mail ( jstevens@schillingschool.org ) no later than next Sunday night, September 30th.

Sept. 28, 2012

One- page paper on important Greek

from:Stevens, John

to:Social Studies 7-8

Use rules from last paper to do a one-page paper on an important Greek. Remember to include  a reference page  and list the references in the body of the paper like this (wiki,1)  not like this (1). All of the Times New Roman, 12 point, single space 1"margin rules apply here as always.

Sept. 28, 2012

Geography Test on Ohio from page 11 in Ohio History Book

from:Stevens, John

to:Social Studies 5-6

Students will be tested on the information about Ohio on page 11 of their Ohio history book. If it is printed on the page, they should know it, e.g. names of rivers, cities, plains, lakes, etc.

Sept. 24, 2012

Read and study Chapter 3 in your Ohio History book this weekend.

from:Stevens, John

to:Social Studies 5-6

   

Sept. 21, 2012

6,7,8 grades : One-page proposal for the 2013 Schilling Science and Invention Fair

from:Stevens, John

to:All Students

Students will need to e-mail their Science Fair proposal to jstevens@schillingschool.org by Friday Sept. 21st. The proposal may be single or double spaced but it must have details about the Science Project, how it will be performed, the items involve, the procedure, the time table for the first attempt, the time tables for multiple adjustments and corrections and the ultimate completion date. A good first deadline for the completion of the first trials/experiments would be just before the Thanksgiving Break. www.sciencebuddies.org is a good site for those who are completely lost for an idea. This is a graded assignment.

Here are some rules/tips ( from my former writing class ) to use to produce your proposal paper;


- Your work should be written in Times New Roman, 12 point font, single or double spaced with standard margins and page numbers unless otherwise noted.
- Periodically save your work by pressing the CTRL key and the “S” key simultaneously.
- The top of the first page of your paper should look like this;


Your Name                   Name of the Report                      Date the paper is due

- You should also save your Word document as reportbyJimmyNeutron.docx. That way, the person who has to grade them knows whose report it is, without even opening it. So will you.
- You should always read your paper aloud and listen for errors in grammar and composition.
- Make sure your writing flows and that you are not just making a two-page list, e.g. “First he said this. Then he said this. Third, he said this. Fourth, he said that. In the end, he said this last.” That is not writing, it is just listing the facts of the story.
- Make sure that you double-check your notes! Many reports have lost points because the character’s names were constantly misspelled or simple facts were noted incorrectly. There is a huge difference between lightning and lightning bugs.
- You should always read your paper to an adult and ask them for suggestions and then make any necessary changes. Let them read your final paper too. NOTE: All changes, writing and typing or anything else regarding the final paper is ultimately the student’s responsibility!
- Watch out for too many pronouns in one sentence. “He went to talk to him but he didn’t want to speak to him.”
- Proper nouns get capitalized. Use Dr. Sandra Schilling, not dr. sandra schilling. Main St. not main st. Uncle Joe, not uncle joe.
- Watch out for homophones. “They went their in the car” should be “They went there in the car.”  This is where an adult set of eyes will be helpful to you.
Lastly, and this is very important, don’t procrastinate writing or turning in your paper. Give yourself a false deadline of the class day before it is due. (e-mail it on Wednesday, not Friday) That way, your teacher can catch any mistakes and suggest improvements in a reply e-mail. You can then make the changes and resubmit it on the due date for a much better grade.
This is a good website for tips and rules on writing papers. See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Sept. 21, 2012

Small papers with info for the class Periodic Table of Elements due Friday, Sept 21st

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 7-8

Students have been assigned individual elements -10 per student - to make small, booklet- type sheets to be attached to a poster that will replicate the periodic table of elements, but with more details for each small booklet about each elements. Students should have details about what is required of them in their notebooks.

Sept. 21, 2012

Practise typing and learning a computer keyboard

from:Stevens, John

to:Computer Science

Students should go to www.powertyping.com , choose qwerty and practise for 20 minutes every evening that they can for the rest of the school year. As they get better, challenge them with a higher WPM count.

For the immediate future, students should start memorizing where the keys are on a keyboard as they will eventually be filling in a blank keyboard page for a grade. They will do this numerous times until the teacher is satisfied that they know which keys are which, without looking. The blank keyboard test will be graded. Blank practise pages can be found by googling "blank keyboard worksheet"

 

Sept. 19, 2012

First Paper on Historically Important African American or Woman due Wed. Sept. 19th

from:Stevens, John

to:Social Studies 7-8

Students will use the information they have been collecting all week and produce a one-page, single-spaced paper on the person they have chosen. All papers should be e-mailed to jstevens@schilling school on or before the evening of September 18th. Students should also have a hard copy of the final version to read aloud in front of the class, if called upon to do so.

Below are notes from my 2011-2012 reading class.

Here are some rules/tips for producing your next paper
- Your work should be written in Times New Roman, 12 point font, single  spaced with standard margins and page numbers unless otherwise noted.
- Periodically save your work by pressing the CTRL key and the “S” key simultaneously.
- The top of the first page of your paper should look like this;
Your Name                   Name of the Report                                    Date the paper is due

- You should also save your Word document as reportbyJimmyNeutron.docx. That way, the person who has to grade them knows whose report it is, without even opening it. So will you.
- You should always read your paper aloud and listen for errors in grammar and composition.
- Make sure your writing flows and that you are not just making a two-page list, e.g. “First he said this. Then he said this. Third, he said this. Fourth, he said that. In the end, he said this last.” That is not writing, it is just listing the facts of the story.
- Make sure that you double-check your notes! Many reports have lost points because the character’s names were constantly misspelled or simple facts were noted incorrectly. There is a huge difference between lightning and lightning bugs.
- You should always read your paper to an adult and ask them for suggestions and then make any necessary changes. Let them read your final paper too. NOTE: All changes, writing and typing or anything else regarding the final paper is ultimately the student’s responsibility!
- Watch out for too many pronouns in one sentence. “He went to talk to him but he didn’t want to speak to him.”
- Proper nouns get capitalized. Use Dr. Sandra Schilling, not dr. sandra schilling. Main St. not main st. Uncle Joe, not uncle joe.
- Watch out for homophones. “They went their in the car” should be “They went there in the car.”  This is where an adult set of eyes will be helpful to you.
Lastly, and this is very important, don’t procrastinate writing or turning in your paper. Give yourself a false deadline of the class day before it is due. (e-mail it on Wednesday, not Friday) That way, your teacher can catch any mistakes and suggest improvements in a reply e-mail. You can then make the changes and resubmit it on the due date for a much better grade.
This is a good website for tips and rules on writing papers. See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Sept. 19, 2012

Students will read Chapter 22 and take notes and plan to discuss on Wed. Sept. 19th

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 7-8

Students should read Chapter 22 and take notes. They can also be quizzed by using the test questions at the end of the chapter.

Sept. 19, 2012

Metric Conversion worksheets due on the 19th

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 5-6

I'll hand out the practise sheets in class but if the students lose them, they are attached.

Sept. 19, 2012

One-page paper on the Geology of Ohio due by e-mail on the evening of September 18th

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 5-6

Students will e-mail their one-page, double spaced paper to me at jstevens@schillingschool.org by or before the evening of September 18th. All of the rules and writing tips are listed below. Students work may be longer than one page or single-spaced if they like. Students may not plagurize any work whatsoever. All credits must be listed on a second page titled Reference page. All details will be dicussed in class on Friday, Sept 14. and examples will be shown to help students understand the assignment better.

Here are some rules/tips for producing your next paper
- Your work should be written in Times New Roman, 12 point font, single or double spaced with standard margins and page numbers unless otherwise noted.
- Periodically save your work by pressing the CTRL key and the “S” key simultaneously.
- The top of the first page of your paper should look like this;
Your Name                      Name of the Report                        Date the paper is due

- You should also save your Word document as GeologyreportbyJimmyNeutron.docx. That way, the person who has to grade them knows whose report it is, without even opening it. So will you.
- You should always read your paper aloud and listen for errors in grammar and composition.
- Make sure your writing flows and that you are not just making a one page list, e.g. “First he said this. Then he said this. Third, he said this. Fourth, he said that. In the end, he said this last.” That is not writing, it is just listing the facts of the story.
- Make sure that you double-check your notes! Many reports have lost points because the people's and places names were constantly misspelled or simple facts were noted incorrectly. There is a huge difference between lightning and lightning bugs.
- You should always read your paper to an adult and ask them for suggestions and then make any necessary changes. Let them read your final paper too. NOTE: All changes, writing and typing or anything else regarding the final paper is ultimately the student’s responsibility!
- Watch out for too many pronouns in one sentence. “He went to talk to him but he didn’t want to speak to him.”
- Proper nouns get capitalized. Use Dr. Sandra Schilling, not dr. sandra schilling. Main St. not main st. Uncle Joe, not uncle joe.
- Watch out for homophones. “They went their in the car” should be “They went there in the car.”  This is where an adult set of eyes will be helpful to you.
Lastly, and this is very important, don’t procrastinate writing or turning in your paper. Give yourself a false deadline of the class day before it is due. (for example...e-mail it on Wednesday, not Friday) That way, your teacher can catch any mistakes and suggest improvements in a reply e-mail. You can then make the changes and resubmit it on the due date for a much better grade.
This is a good website for tips and rules on writing papers. See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Sept. 14, 2012

The Powerpoint Presentation from last week for parents in 6-12 to view

from:Stevens, John

to:All Students

Please see attached to give you some insight as to how the science fair projects should look. We'll work on the science portion of it in class.

Sept. 14, 2012

Chapter 19 Chemistry Test

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 7-8

Study Chapter 19 and take notes for upcoming test  on the Atom and the Periodic Table and atomic bonding.

Sept. 11, 2012

Help for Chemistry Test on Friday

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 7-8

Here is a good activity for your student to practise to prepare for the Science test on CH 19 this Friday.

Go to;
http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/build-an-atom and then select Run Now! in the green box.

Also, see attached PowerPoint from class lecture on Monday.

Sept. 10, 2012

Test on Observation and Inferences on Monday, Sept 10th

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 5-6

Students should practise making Observations and Inferences around their house and neighborhood in preparation for the test on Monday. Students should also make sure they know the difference between qualitative and quantitative observations.

Sept. 07, 2012

Start looking at Ohio History websites this weekend

from:Stevens, John

to:Social Studies 5-6

All 5-6 Social Studies students should start to look at their saved Ohio history websites and  begin to read about all of the many facets of Ohio e.g. the present day peoples, the original natives, the geology, the city builders, the Presidents, the famous Americans from Ohio, the Ice Age, the mound building societies, Native Americans and as much information as can be viewed over the weekend. More discussions will continue next week as we work towards our producing our first papers.

Sept. 07, 2012

Edible Racecar is due on Friday!

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 5-6

Don't forget to bring your edible racecar on Friday for the big race!

Sept. 03, 2012

7-8 Social Studies Class Syllabus

from:Stevens, John

to:Social Studies 7-8

Please see attached for syllabus

Sept. 03, 2012

Lego Robotics and Computer Science Syllabus

Please see attached for Syllabus

Sept. 03, 2012

7-8 Science Class Syllabus

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 7-8

Please see attached for syllabus...

Sept. 03, 2012

5-6 Social Studies

Please see attached for syllabus

Sept. 03, 2012

Computer Science Syllabus

Please see attached for syllabus

Sept. 03, 2012

5-6 Science Syllabus

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 5-6

Please see attached syllabus

Aug. 31, 2012

Read Chapter 19 over Labor Day weekend

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 7-8

Students will read Chapter 19 in the science books and take notes on each section. They should prepare to answer questions and discuss the properties of atoms, the history of atomic theory and the periodic table.

Aug. 28, 2012

Build an Edible Racecar

from:Stevens, John

to:Science 5-6

Build an Edible Racecar

Your challenge is to build a racecar and except for the axles, it is to be made entirely out of edible objects. You can use whatever you like but the car must be able to roll down a cardboard ramp and it must not drip or leak (too much) on the cardboard ramp.
As for the aforementioned axles, you may use toothpicks, or cut up metal coat hangers or the round type of chopsticks or anything you like that is solid enough to take the load of being raced several times.
There are three prizes to be awarded and Mr. Stevens will be the official judge.
One prize will be for the racecar that travels the longest distance.
One prize will be for the racecar that is the best designed e.g. most creative.
One prize will be for the most delicious racecar.
Remember, all cars must roll on their own and be made to survive several races.
Race day is September 7th during our science class. Have fun engineering your racecar!

Aug. 27, 2012

Welcome back students!

from:Stevens, John

to:All Students

I look forward to teaching you this year.

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