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

week of 4/30 - 5/3

posted Apr 29, 2019, 8:05 PM by George Drinnin

We move on to a stars life cycle in stellar evolution and look into the somewhat complicated HR Diagrams at the end of the week!

Our plan (approx)
Monday 29th: Element activity; look into fusion
Tuesday 30th: Stellar evolution notes/videos
Wednesday 1st: Stellar evolution foldable
Thursday 2nd: HR Diagram activity
Friday 3rd: cont HR Diagram activity

week of 4/23 - 4/26

posted Apr 22, 2019, 7:52 PM by George Drinnin

We will wrap up the Big Bang this week with a quiz on Friday. Before that though you will all make awesome baby books for my two boys: Big Bang for Babies!!

Our plan (approx):
Tuesday 23rd: Big Bang for Babies
Wednesday 24th: finish Big Bang for Babies
Thursday 25th: short review over Big Bang
Friday 26th: Big Bang Quiz; Atoms/Elements/Forces notes

week of 4/15 - 4/18

posted Apr 16, 2019, 5:19 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Apr 17, 2019, 7:50 AM ]

We are starting our FINAL UNIT OF THE YEAR!!!! 
This unit is one of my favorites to teach, Astronomy! It is awe-inspiring to learn just how much "stuff" is out there in the universe. We will be covering the Big Bang Theory, chemistry, stars life cycle, and habitability.
*In this unit, I will teach about the Big Bang. In no way am I trying to change anyone's personal beliefs while teaching the topic.*

Our plan (approx):
Monday 15th: Universe pre-test; video "Beginning of Everything"
Tuesday 16th: BBT article with questions; highlight evidences for Big Bang

week of 4/8 - 4/12

posted Apr 8, 2019, 7:55 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Apr 11, 2019, 7:42 AM ]

This week we will finish up our cancer section with a small quiz and begin learning about stem cells and cloning.

Our plan (approx):
Monday 8th: Cancer review
Tuesday 9th: Cancer baby quiz; stem cell intro
Wednesday 10th: Stem cell notes
Thursday 11th: GoGo Stem Cell Activity
Friday 12th: Stem cell bioethics discussion

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