week of 9/16 - 9/20

posted Sep 16, 2019, 6:44 AM by George Drinnin

All this week will be our STEM Ocean Clean Up project. Students will be working in groups to come up with a model to clean up as much ocean plastic (floating ping pong balls) as possible.

Our plan (approx):
Tuesday 17th: STEM Test, Build
Wednesday 18th: STEM Test, Build
Thursday 19th: STEM Test, Build
Friday 20th: STEM FINAL TEST

week of 9/9 - 9/13

posted Sep 10, 2019, 6:41 AM by George Drinnin

This week will be a wrap up on our general ecology unit. We will have a ecology quiz on Friday. Next week we will start our next big STEM project.
Our plan (approx):
Monday 9th: work day on Island of Sustatinability
Tuesday 10th: work/finish Island of Sustainability
Thursday 12th: Ecology quiz review
Friday 13th: Ecology Quiz; Introduce STEM project

week of 9/3 - 9/6

posted Sep 2, 2019, 6:29 PM by George Drinnin

We continue with our ecology unit discussing how energy moves through food webs/chains and what is leftover for our own use! 

Our plans (approx):
Wednesday 4th: Food Chain/Web cutout activity
Thursday 5th: Vegetarian debate w/ research first (last slide of Tuesday's presentation)

week of 8/26 - 8/30

posted Aug 26, 2019, 8:13 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Aug 28, 2019, 6:12 AM ]

This week we start our first content unit of ecology. We will explore some of the ecological issues facing the world today.

Our plan (approx):
Wednesday 28th: Ecology Issues research
Thursday 29th: Research presentation

week of 8/19 - 8/23

posted Aug 20, 2019, 6:42 AM by George Drinnin

This week we continue exploring scientific method with our Whirly Gig project. 

Our plan (approx):
Monday 19th: Marshmallow weight challenge
Tuesday 20th: Begin/intro to Whirly Gig project
Wednesday 21st: Student Handbook talk
Thursday 22nd: Design/Test/Experiment Whirly Gig project
Friday 23rd: Final Test Whirly Gig

week of 8/13 - 8/16

posted Aug 13, 2019, 10:29 AM by George Drinnin

Welcome back to what is going to be another wonderful year of learning at Papio South. I'm very excited to teach biology this year to this group of freshman.

Our plan (approx):
Tuesday 13th: Brief intro of myself
Wednesday 14th: school year introduction
Thursday 15th: Marshmallow/Spaghetti Tower begin
Friday 16th: Finish Marshmallow/Spaghetti Tower

week of 5/20 - 5/24

posted May 20, 2019, 5:20 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated May 23, 2019, 6:06 AM ]

Monday we present our Mission to Mars project and then start our review for the final!

Finals schedule is as follows: 
Friday 24th- periods 1, 2, 5    Tuesday 28th- periods 6, 7, 5    Wednesday 29th- periods 3, 4
   students released 1:10                          students released 1:10                        students released 11:15 

Review help:

week of 5/13 - 5/17

posted May 13, 2019, 6:34 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated May 14, 2019, 5:21 AM ]

This whole week will be dedicated to constructing our Martian habitat for our last STEM project of the year. 

Encourage your students to work hard and go above and beyond for this project. This will be a 150 point test graded project.

The review for the final is posted on my website the week before this.

Monday 13th -- Friday 17th: Mission to Mars STEM project

Won't take very long and it helps me become a better teacher. 


posted May 7, 2019, 8:22 AM by George Drinnin

week of 5/6 - 5/10

posted May 6, 2019, 5:43 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated May 6, 2019, 7:13 AM ]

This week we will discuss what makes a planet habitable and the habitable zone around all stars. We will be introducing our last STEM project on Friday.

Our plan (approx)
Monday 6th: What is habitable zone? demo and article
Tuesday 7th: Research exoplanets
Thursday 9th: cont create a planet/solar system

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