We have an exciting new addition to the science and math classroom: a pet chameleon!
Last week, we had guest speakers come in and talk to the middle school about the unique animals of Madagascar, which included live chameleons that they breed.
Pam and Jeff were kind enough to donate a baby chameleon to my classroom! The students have named him Dr. Ronny Goggles. Students will be taking turns feeding the little guy crickets, meal worms, and silkworms. We are studying how chameleons change colors, their specific ecosystems, and will be using their unique traits as a discussion launch point for many scientific inquiries. Additionally, students will learn how to take care of such a challenging pet. Dr. G thrives in tropical temperatures with 50% humidity and recreating that in Tahoe is challenging, but a great learning opportunity about climate control. We will also be building him a larger enclosure at some point, as he is growing fast!
I will be designing a sign up system to take the chameleon home on holidays for students who are interested. I am so excited about our new addition- he is so cool looking and fun to watch!
In other news:
Happy weekend middle school families!
7th graders are wrapping up our first math and science unit. They will have a math and science assessment the week of October 9th. Students are studying probability in math, focusing on writing probability as fractions, decimals, and percents. In science, 7th grade is wrapping up our survival and reproductive traits unit. Throughout the unit we examined organisms from Madagascar, their unique traits, and why they adapted they way they did.
A friend of Ms. Gretchen's will be coming in on Thursday 10/5 to present information about Madagascar, give a slide show of their trip to the island, and show off their chameleons! More information on this to come early this week.
Currently in 8th grade science we are studying chemistry. Students are exploring the concept of atoms, elements, molecular bonds, and extended structures. If you are a chemist, please let me know! I would love a guest speaker to come in and talk about the amazing possibilities chemistry has to offer.
In algebra, 8th graders are finishing up a unit on functions and graphing functions. There will be a math assessment on functions the week of 10/9.
HUGE thank you to Kailea and Bill Kelly for fixing my whiteboard and mounting the TV arm to the wall. Both are working great, especially the TV. I can now show everything on the big screen!
Additionally, thank you to the ongoing donations parents provide to my classroom. Everything you donate helps support student learning and enhances my lessons. I am so grateful!
Announcements and Upcoming Events
I am in SF this weekend visiting the SF, milling about the city. I am excited to return with some creative and inspiring ideas for art class. Enjoy the lovely weather and have a great weekend!
Welcome to my class website. I teach middle school math, science, and art. Here you will find important information, weekly updates, resources, and class photos. I live in North Lake Tahoe and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. My dog Bear joins me on all my adventures and often visits the classroom. Bear is currently training to become a therapy dog!