November 30

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.

Note: The notes below talk about using these videos in VR.  You can also watch them just as they are and then use your mouse to “look around”

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.


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 13

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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June 13

3 Types of Rocks – Science – Earth’s Crust

Today we took notes on the 3 types of rocks.  Watch the video above to get some notes of your own.  If you need some help there are some notes linked below that Mr. Ewert took during class (however, remember that taking your own notes is by far the best practice so don’t just print these).

20.01.09 igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic video notes

We also took some time to observe this handout from class to review our videos from last week and discuss how convection moves techtonic plates.

22.06.13 convection currents and tectonic plate movement a

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June 8

Science – The Earth’s Crust

Today we watched  some videos on the Earth’s crust that explain how convection moves the tectonic plates in Tectonic Theory.  Check out the links below.  Then go to the Quizlet link to study the vocabulary related to the lesson.  Also, there is a link to the handouts from class.

Handouts from class:

20.02.03 convection currents and tectonic plate movement a

Quizlet link:

Videos we took notes on in class.

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January 27

Structure building assignment

Students are to complete the assignment  below (except that they only have to build the chairs, not the additional structures).  They are to follow the steps outlined below…

  1. Build the structures as outlined in the directions.
  2. Fill out an formal lab write-up (see the link below) to show their understanding of proper lab procedures in this experiment.
  3. Complete the stress testing of their chairs.
  4. Finish their formal lab write-up.
  5. Complete the questions in the assignment on a separate piece of paper. (except for #3)
  6. Print out their formal lab and their attach it to the responses to the questions in the assignment to hand in.


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November 1

3 Mini-labs dealing with convection

Create a mini lab for the experiment below.  The title for this experiment is “How Water Vs Cold Water Convection”. This afternoon we are doing 3 mini-labs.  To do this at home you will need to use lined paper as we had before and put in the appropriate titles for a formal lab.  For procedure and materials, just say, “see blog”.  The 3 experiments are: 1) what will happen in the fish tank when we pour hot (red) water into cold (blue) water? and 2) what will happen with the two bottles when we put hot water on the bottom, and cold water on top, and then allow them to be in contact? and 3) what will happen with the bottles of hot and cold water if we do it all again but with the hot water on top and the cold on the bottom?  You will need to first write your hypothesis’, and then watch the videos.  Then, you will want to watch the brief lesson video (that I will record and post to Science channel this afternoon) where I explain the concept, and then you will attempt to use that knowledge to explain your own understanding when you explain the results you observe in the experiments.

Here is the format of a mini-lab (for reference):

Here is our brainstorm on “what we already know” to help start our thinking for our hypothesis’:

Experiment #1:


Experiment #1 Explaine (watch this before completing your conclusion):

Experiment #2 and #3:

Explanation of the results in the video below

Here are the key words we brainstormed this morning

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October 13

Thermal Expansion – Trailer Tires mini lab

Today we are going to talk about our knowledge of thermal expansion using Mr. Ewert’s trailer tires as an example.  Use the mini-lab format (shown here) to complete your hypothesis.  Then, Mr. Ewert will collect to see how well you have learned the concept from last week.

Mini lab scenario:

Mr Ewert has a camper trailer. This camper trailer has tires on it that have to maintain a certain pressure. The tire pressure of these tires is 45 PPSI which stands for pounds per square inch doesn’t really matter what that means just know that the tire meter should say 45 to be correct.

Mr Ewert needs to tend to the tire pressure each spring and each fall. Your job in this mini lab is to predict does he need to put air in or let air out in fall, and, does he need to put air in or out in spring. You must also scientifically explain why.

If you paid attention to your labs last week and put in a good effort you will have sufficient knowledge to answer this question impeccably well. To help you, Mr Ewert will first review the lab from last week to make sure that you have a solid understanding.


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October 6

Heat Energy and Particle Theory

Today we’re going to test heat versus temperature. Are they the same thing? How does heat relate to temperature or are they one in the same?  Today we will be running an experiment Where we will dip our hands in different temperatures of water to observe our perception of heat and the temperature around us. To do this students will be asked to write a formal lab with all necessary sections including the two most important, hypothesis and conclusion. Students are HIGHLY ADVISED to use the 20.09.16 LAB REPORT TEMPLATE – good one which is found in the front of the science section in their binders as a reference to be sure that they have all aspects of a formal lab.

Please note that the papers given out in class, and linked below, are intended to assist the student in filling out their formal lab. When they have completed both the formal lab and the papers provided in class the student will staple them together for formal submission along 18.09.10 Lab Rubric (2). These are provided in class and connected in this link. this video below and then observe the assignment materials followed in class.

Assignment/Lesson Materials (in addition to those linked to above):

17.10.04 temperature vs heat-16jkot6


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