Pulse Check on the 7th Grade

7th Grade Pulse Check, Feb. 8. 2018

Yesterday in class, students reflected on four questions, and the following are themes from their anonymous responses:

What is stressing them out lately:

  • Finding friends who understand them
  • Peer pressure to be a certain way
  • Staying on top of homework
  • Doing well on quizzes and tests
  • Family dynamics
  • What comes next: doing well in high school and beyond!
  • Having a really busy schedule and wanting to do well at it all

What has brought them joy lately:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Pursuing interests (dancing, knitting, horseback riding, reading, playing games, watching Youtube and Netflix, snow, dogs)
  • Good meals and snacks
  • Having unstructured time
  • Being able to be goofy
  • Their parents’ humor
  • Getting sleep
  • Being engaged in school

What are recent challenges:

  • Dealing with interpersonal issues involving peers
  • Understanding math concepts
  • Completing particular assignments
  • Focusing in class
  • Keeping track of binder/planner/backpack/laptop
  • Meeting parents’ high expectations
  • Friend drama
  • Finding what they are passionate about

What they’d love adults in their lives to know:

  • Homework can be stressful
  • Parents’ stress can make them feel more stressed
  • They appreciate that you do know all there is to know – sometimes even more than they know!
  • When to back off, when to step in
  • They need to learn from their own mistakes
  • They are grateful for all the support you give them

As one student aptly summed up: I’m responsible, but I am also just a kid. Kids can change the world, though.” 

And another: “I wish they could know that I’m not always having the best day, and I stress out way to much over even little things.”

Advice?  Keep doing what you’re doing. Embrace their many sides at this age, ask questions, be present, let them know you love them with all of their gifts – and their areas for growth – and find your own joy. It is infectious.

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Energy Source Research Links

Below are many links to resources that should help you research your given Energy Source.  If, in your own research, you find additional links, please email these to me so that I can add them to this list!

General Links with tons of information about (almost) all energy sources

http://energyinnovation.org/2018/01/22/renewable-energy-levelized-cost-of-energy-already-cheaper-than-fossil-fuels-and-prices-keep-plunging/

http://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.cfm

http://energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Vb6hlLQSg

http://saveenergy.about.com/od/alternativeenergysources/a/altenergysource.htm

http://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=about_sources_of_energy-basics

http://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=2

http://www.darvill.clara.net/altenerg/

http://www.darvill.clara.net/altenerg/fossil.htm

http://www.energyarchive.ca.gov/energyquest/index.html

http://energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources/fossil

http://www.csiro.au/energy

http://www.triplepundit.com/topic/energy-options-pros-and-cons/

http://www.energy4me.org/energy-facts/energy-sources/

http://www.dlist.org/burning-issues/energy-sources-what-are-the-pros-and-cons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmWEs5CTQ3Q

 

Battery links

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OVtk6G2TnQ

http://www.livescience.com/50657-how-batteries-work.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6ME88nMnYE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX84l5ZZHVg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PjyJhe7Q1g

http://grist.org/climate-energy/the-future-will-be-battery-powered/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50rXYrFCQMw

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

http://www.explainthatstuff.com/batteries.html

 

Biofuels-specific links

http://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.cfm?page=biofuel_home

http://www.jbei.org/breakthrough-using-microbes-to-make-advanced-biofuels/

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/green-tech/a9080/meet-the-high-school-student-making-algae-biofuel-better-15539133/

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ethanol/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ck3FYVNl6s

http://energyinformative.org/biomass-energy-pros-and-cons/

https://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/biodiesel.html

Coal-specific links

http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/our-energy-choices/coal-and-other-fossil-fuels/

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/translating-uncle-sam/stories/where-does-coal-come-from

http://kids.actewagl.com.au/education/energy/nonrenewableenergy/Coal/whereDoesCoalComeFrom.aspx

http://energy.gov/coal

http://www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/coal-generation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wv2GKaukZU

http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/coalvswind/brief_coal.html

 

Geothermal-specific links

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/tech/geothermal-energy

http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/our-energy-choices/renewable-energy/how-geothermal-energy-works.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_ZGBhy48YI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCRDf7QxjDk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv8bTAGr0tU

http://plaza.ufl.edu/sarahcon/geothermal.html

 

Hydroelectric-specific links

http://water.usgs.gov/edu/hyhowworks.html

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/hydropower-profile/

http://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=hydropower_home-basics

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/home/hydropower

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpigNNTQix8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx6UfiEU3Q0

https://sustainability.stackexchange.com/questions/3150/what-is-the-difference-between-hydro-and-tidal-wave-and-what-is-the-differe

Natural Gas-specific links (including fracking)

http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/our-energy-choices/coal-and-other-fossil-fuels/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em1crnEt45Q

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QxWg6mZ3Sk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uti2niW2BRA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuGrawkuA2s

 

Nuclear-specific links

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0RQXQeERSE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96ejyj68IqE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJfIbBDR3e8

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

 

Oil-specific links

http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/affect/oil.html

http://energy.gov/oil

http://ostseis.anl.gov/guide/tarsands/

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_lands/energy/dirty_energy_development/oil_shale_and_tar_sands/

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/oil-sands.htm

http://www.capp.ca/canadaIndustry/oilSands/Energy-Economy/Pages/what-are-oilsands.aspx

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/05/140505-tar-sands-oil-energy-refineries-sierra-club-environment/

http://www.nrdc.org/energy/dirtyfuels_tar.asp

http://ran.org/what-are-tar-sands

http://www.suncor.com/about-us/oil-sands/process

http://money.cnn.com/2015/11/24/news/oil-prices-production-costs/

 

Solar-specific links

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/home/solar-energy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0elhIcPVtKE

http://www.explainthatstuff.com/solarcells.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKxrkht7CpY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gta2ICarDw

http://www.nwwindandsolar.com/solar-power-in-seattle-and-the-northwest/how-do-solar-systems-produce-energy/

 

Wind-specific links

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/home/wind-power

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsZITSeQFR0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niZ_cvu9Fts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNXTm7aHvWc

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kx3qj_oRCc

http://windeis.anl.gov/guide/basics/

http://www.nwwindandsolar.com/solar-power-in-seattle-and-the-northwest/how-do-solar-systems-produce-energy/

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/wind-power/tech.html

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/how-expensive-wind-energy-really

Field Trip to Gates Foundation

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Hannah “We got great ideas for Pay it Forward.”

McKenzie: We got to say inspiring things to girls and hang them from the ceiling.

Lola: It gave us a way to really connect with some of the girls who really need help.”

Helen “Something that really inspired me was the simulation of the babies that enabled us to learn how to care for them and weigh them.”

Eden “I really appreciated the Half the Sky exhibit and I’m borrowing Wendy’s book it is based on.”

Testing for Dissolved Oxygen

Currently in Science, we are testing the levels of dissolved oxygen in water from different sources, at different temperatures, and of different salinity.  We are learning about the Winkler Titration technique and its impact on aquatic life in Washington.IMG_7284 IMG_7283 IMG_7282 IMG_7281 IMG_7280 IMG_7279 IMG_7277 IMG_7276 IMG_7275 IMG_7274 IMG_7273 IMG_7271 IMG_7270

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Folktales and Did You Know!

This week, we began delving into the richness of African American Folktales and continued preparing for the Did You Know Presentations that will happen throughout the rest of the year.

Students have been investigating the connection between various African oral traditions and different types of African American folktales.  They will be writing their own version of a Pourquoi Story that features the trickster Anansi and one of their favorite animals or aspects of nature.