May 5

Optics – Discrepant Events

Today we are doing some mini-labs based on the following video.  For each of these you are to create a mini-lab consisting of…



Procedure: see video on class blog




We will watch these together in class.  If you are at home, then you are to complete your problem/hypothesis, and hypothesis prior to watching the video.

For the next video watch only until 1:25, then do up to your hypothesis…then watch the rest of the video to complete the experiment.

For this last video, first predict what will happen when he puts th am radio in the cage.  Be sure to back up your prediction with past knowledge and experience.

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March 19

Mythbusters – Archimedes Death Ray – Optics – Science

Today we are watching some Mythbusters and looking specifically at how Archimedes attempted to make a death ray using soldier’s shields as reflective surfaces.  Do you think it is possible to use the reflected sun as a weapon?  Check out the worksheet from class and the episode below. Note: The video watched in class was regular speed and streamed from discovery education (which requires further passwords).  However, the video below also has the segments covered in this lesson (but you have to skip through a bit).

19.01.23 mythbusters – myth of the death ray – questions and exit slip-1s782gx


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March 1

Today in Science – Optics

Today we are attempting to explain what the heck happened with the arrow and the glass yesterday.

Step 1) follow this link to our quizlet vocabulary online and practice getting to know and learning about some of the basic concepts

Step 2) Watch Bill Nye to get some more info that may help us

Step 3) Watch the video below to help you out with your explanation by observing it again with your newfound knowledge.

Then we started watching Bill Nye the Science Guy – Optics

Here is the work sheet from class and the video itself.

19.01.23 bill_nye_light_optics_video_worksheet

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January 18

Science – What is Life?

*If you were to ask someone “What is life?” it would likely be a very difficult question to answer period it seems like a simple idea when you first think of it but once you get into the details you realize that there must be a lot to consider there. What characteristics define a life?  today we’re going to brainstorm a little bit about this and see if we can come up with some rules to live by as to what defines what life is. Use the chart below to record your findings.

We will brainstorm what is life in small groups and then come together to discuss what criteria must be met for a thing to be considered “living”.  Then we will watch a video on paramecium and see if they make the cut.

Then fill out your forms, make up your own definition of life.

21.01.18 Characteristics of Life

Here is the video on paramecium


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December 8

Pulmonary Pathways

Today we reviewed the labelling handout rom class and discussed/reviewed the pulmonary pathway of blood through our systems.  Students are to complete an exit slip that details the pathway of blood through our pulmonary systems.  To do it well they are to use all the terms shown in their labelled diagram as well as the additional words here:




-carbon dioxide





20.12.03 heart parts labelling

20.12.03 heart notes from video on blogMr. Ewert took on this video (first one below) just the other day.

Here is a video we watched as part of our review.

Then we went to quizlet to study our vocabulary in preparation for the (not so) surprise test that Mr. Ewert will give us later this week.

Link to Quizlet study group.

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December 3

VR in the Heart and Circulatory System

Today we are going into the human heart.  You are to watch the videos below in order to see the inside workings of the human heart and circulatory system.

Warning: read these instructions carefully to view the videos correctly.

To do this you will need to use either the VR headsets in class or just the youtube app on a smart device.

Note: do not watch the videos in these direct links if using a smart device or you will not get the 360 effect.  Also, when using a smart device you will need to touch the cardboard icon to make it stereoscopic in your viewer (if using vr headset).  Since you are searching on the youtube app please search fro the appropriate title indicated for each video.

If you are not using a cardboard or vr headset you can also just use the youtube app on your smart device or a netbook/laptop and use your mouse to look around inside the video.

Start with the video below to see how the inside of a blood vessel looks with the red blood cells floating within the plasma.  Search for “celluvr”

Next. watch the video below.  Search for “human circulatory system” by getschoolednow.  If you want to watch this video in vr then just hit the settings icon and select the cardboard icon


Once you have watched the heart video check out this vr representation that puts you fight into the right ventrical of the heart.

And finally, just for fun, here is the cartoony representation of the human heart.

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October 7

Cells – An Introduction

Today we are going to introduce ourselves to cells.  To get started we will watch some videos (some in virtual reality), do some online vocabulary exercises, read some material from our Science text book, and also practice labeling some animal and plant cells.

Watch this video here for an introduction on the parts of a cell

Click here to access the online vocabulary list on Mr. Ewert’s Quizlet classroom.

Click this link if you would like to permanently sign up as a member of Mr. Ewert’s Quizlet classroom.

Click here for a copy of the textbook pages received in class.

18.09.24 cell theory and structure assignment-1k8twji

Click here for a copy of the cell diagrams we practiced labeling.

18.09.24 cells organelles to label and compare-16hayw6

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