Monday, February 27, 2017

Periodic Table Tournament Challenge

Students and Parents,



Assignment: Create a FIVE SLIDE presentation which explains why the element assigned to you is IMPORTANT.  Each slide can have no more than TWENTY WORDS on it, and - as always - we will have plenty of time to work on these in class.

Suggestions as to what each slide could contain:

1. Some objects that are made from your element.
2. Some ways that your element is used
3. The Atomic Number, Symbol, and Mass of your Element
4. A famous use of your element
5. A photo showing your element in action
6. A sketch of your element
7. Some “properties” of your element
8. Whether your element is a solid, liquid, or a gas.
9. Some compounds made with your element.  For example Sodium (Na) and Chlorine (Cl) combine to make Table Salt (NaCl).

An example template will be shown in class as to what a finish slide presentation could look like.

You might be asking: if we’re working on these in class, what can I do at home?  Don’t forget: any research that you do (online, in a book, at the library, etc) can always be brought to school.  You can also login to your Google Drive at home to access your stuff there.  Head to classroom.google.com OR drive.google.com while at home.  Login with your school email address and password.  Ta-da!  You’re in!

Once the presentations are completed, they’re going to be entered in a bracket (similar to the NCAA Tournament).  It’s going to be a TON of fun!

You can view the bracket by going to http://bit.ly/elementbracket.

Any questions?  Send me an email at donnie.piercey@eminence.kyschools.us OR write me here at the school.

~Mr Piercey
Eminence Independent Schools
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet the Elements

Students and Parents,

It's time to Meet the Elements!


Lyrics

Iron is a metal, you see it every day
Oxygen, eventually, will make it rust away
Carbon in its ordinary form is coal
Crush it together, and diamonds are born

Come on come on and meet the elements
May I introduce you to our friends, the elements?
Like a box of paints that are mixed to make every shade
They either combine to make a chemical compound or stand alone as they are

Neon's a gas that lights up the sign for a pizza place
The coins that you pay with are copper, nickel, and zinc
Silicon and oxygen make concrete bricks and glass
Now add some gold and silver for some pizza place class

Come on come on and meet the elements
I think you should check out the ones they call the elements
Like a box of paints that are mixed to make every shade
They either combine to make a chemical compound or stand alone as they are

Team up with other elements making compounds when they combine
Or make up a simple element formed out of atoms of the one kind

Balloons are full of helium, and so is every star
Stars are mostly hydrogen, which may someday fill your car

Hey, who let in all these elephants?
Did you know that elephants are made of elements?
Elephants are mostly made of four elements
And every living thing is mostly made of four elements
Plants, bugs, birds, fish, bacteria and men
Are mostly carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen

Come on come on and meet the elements
You and I are complicated, but we're made of elements
Like a box of paints that are mixed to make every shade
They either combine to make a chemical compound or stand alone as they are

Team up with other elements making compounds when they combine
Or make up a simple element formed out of atoms of the one kind

Come on come on and meet the elements
Check out the ones they call the elements
Like a box of paints that are mixed to make every shade
They either combine to make a chemical compound or stand alone as they are

Written by John Flansburgh, John Linnell • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

~Mr Piercey
Eminence Independent Schools
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Oregon Trail

Students and Parents,

Did you know that you can play the ORIGINAL Oregon Trail game... for free?



Click here to view it on another website, or you can play it in the box below.


~Mr Piercey
Eminence Independent Schools
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Paper Planes World

Students and Parents,

This app is quite cool.  It lets you throw and catch paper airplanes from all around the world!




~Mr Piercey
Eminence Independent Schools
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lewis and Clark

Students and Parents,

Here are some resources you can explore from home today.

This is an interactive map showing the Journals and Journey of Lewis and Clark:


Secondly, enjoy this amazing Youtube Video:


Lastly, this link will take you to an online resource full of their journals, drawings, and maps from the exploration.

Enjoy!

~Mr Piercey
Eminence Independent Schools
Follow Me on Twitter @MrPiercey