STEP SHOW: For those of you interested in Step!

For those of you interested in Step!

As mentioned in class, I will be judging my High School Step Team’s annual step show this evening (Friday, June 6th).

If you are interested in attended, the tickets are $5 dollars per person. Babies will not be charged. Please see additional details below:

Sheepshead Bay H.S.
3000 Avenue X (between Batchelder St. and Coyle St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $5

From the M.S. 246, you may take the B44 (Sheeshead Bay Knapp St.) bus on Nostrand Ave and get off on Ave X.
Click link below for a map.


Suggested Items for our Upcoming Design Project

Please refer to the following list for suggested supplies:

Plastic Bottles (NOT GLASS)


Cereal Box (Or any other structure that can be use for the body of your car)

Bottle Caps



Rubber Bands



Great video on Simple Machines!

Simple machines!

Check out this cool Simple Machines slideshow!

Simple machines!

Simple machines decrease the force, or effort, needed to lift and move heavy objects. There are several different types of simple machines, including levers, wheels and axles, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges and screws.

For more information on each form of simple machine check out the websites below:

Science Trek – Simple Machines

Bill Nye The Science Guy – Simple Machines



HEALTH: Body Story Teen Dreams – Scientific Puberty Video

Many of you have requested a link to the resources we have used in health class. Attached is the video series we used in our discussions about puberty.

Please remember to remain mature.

Do We Really Need the Moon? Documentary

Use this documentary as a resource for your Moon Projects.

Moon Journal – Due Every Week

Take some time to look up at the sky every night. Draw out the moon on your moon worksheet, log the date and use the key at the top of your worksheet to label the phase of the moon. For example, on Saturday night, May 17th we experienced a waning gibbous moon.

See worksheet below if you have lost yours:


Moon Project – Due Tuesday June 3, 2014

Do We Really Need the Moon – Project

Using facts from the film shown in class, books and the internet, answer the following questions in a 1 pager response in paragraph/sentence form. Include a title page. Also include a diagram of how the moon affects life on Earth and a list of your references.

You can also use the following websites to assist you: 

Here is a link to the film:

Do We Really Need the Moon? 

Due Tuesday June 3, 2014 – Your One-Pager Must answer the following:

1. Introduce the moon. What is it? Why is it there?
2. What effects does the moon have on the Earth? (eg. tides, length of days, etc)
3. What would happen if the moon was further away from Earth?
4. What would happen if the moon was closer to Earth?
5. Do we really need the moon?

See the attached rubric below for additional details pertaining to expectations for this project. You may also email me at




HW: Help with Redesigning the Mentos Experiement

Assignment: Redesign the experiment we conducted in class using mentos and soda.

Below you will find helpful information to assist you in completing the assignment.

Independent Variable: The factor in the experiment that you decide to change. (You brainstormed ideas in class within your group)

Dependent Variable: The measurable outcome. Also, the factor that is influenced by what you changed in the experiment.

For example, if I wanted to find out the effect that temperature has on the brightness of a glowstick then my independent variable would be “the temperature” and my dependent variable would be “the brightness of the glowstick”.

Materials: A list of tools, equipment, ingredients or supplies that you will need to conduct your experiment.

For example: 2 blue glowsticks, 2 beakers, hot water, cold water, thermometer, paper towel

Procedures: A list of steps that you will take to conduct your experiment.

For example:

First lay out all of your materials.

Second, pour 50 mL of cold water into one beaker and 50 mL of hot water into the other beaker.

Then, place one thermometer into each beaker and record the initial temperature.

Next, place one glowstick in each beaker at the same time and wait 2 minutes.

After 2 minutes, record your results looking specifically for the brightness of each glowstick.

Finally, use the paper towel to wipe the glowsticks and clean your work station.

I hope this description and example is helpful. I am also available during lunch on Thursday, May 7, 2014 to help.

Graphing Density – Remember this?

Graphing Density

buoyancy diagram

Remember this? Can you match the density lines with the objects?