Wednesday, September 29, 2010

test proctors!

A special thank you to Dilbert and Beaker for helping to proctor the exam today!

Here they are hard at work.

Alcohol's Effect on Teens

Click here for information on the effect of alcohol on teens. This site is chock full of great information from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Test Tomorrow!

Make sure you review all notebook contents and your vocab section for tomorrow's test! I would look at the on-line notebook for ALL diagrams and any BOLD PRINT words!

Good Luck!

Mr. F :-)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Happy B'day!

Original Data Toss Experiments

Hi All,

Here are a few of the pictures I took on Friday of the Black Team conducting their data toss experiments. They were very unique and interesting!

Great work guys!

Mr. F :-)

Beach Clean UP Success!

I am so proud of the 14 black team members who attended the Int'l Coastal Beach Clean UP event yesterday! We were one of the largest groups there!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Data Toss Lab Report!

Click Here for the lab report guidelines. Or see them below!

You did most if the work on the lab sheet in class. You collected your data on Friday.

Now you must create a bar graph of your data and and write a conclusion as per the description on the sheet above.

Best of luck and let me know how I can help.

Mr. F :-)


What does Mr. Forde want to see in the data toss experiment lab report?

1) Cover Page- Title of the Experiment should be centered and name, group should be in the lower right side of the paper. (5 pts.)

2) The Question: What were we trying to find out? Write your testable
question. (5 pts.)

3) The Hypothesis: What did you think was going to happen
and why? (5 pts.)

3) The Materials: What did we use during the experiment. (5 pts.)

4) The Variables: What were the Dependent and Independent
Variables? (10 pts.)

5) The Procedure: List the steps that we took to set-up and continue the experiment. (10 pts.)

6) The Data: Include the data table from your lab experiment. This will need to be re-written or typed. (20 pts.)

7) Data Analysis: Create a bar graph of the data collected daily. Must be done on graph paper or EXCEL. (20 pts.)

8) Conclusions: What did you learn by doing the experiment?
Did the results support your hypothesis? What were the possible sources of error? This should be 8 to 10 sentences! (20 pts.)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Who can tell me what the different jobs are of these three parts of the brain?

(HINT: use the online textbook for help.)

Mr. F :-)

Brain Movie

Watch for extra credit and post a few things you learned!

Mr. F :-)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Advisory Scavenger Hunt!

Also...who is this mystery birthday girl?

Touch Sensor Experiment!

Kids in action!

Review of the Week of 9/13

Hi all,

This was a great week full of hard work and fun experiences!

Kids were working very hard as evidenced by the following images. They were not staged! :-)

We learned about the work of Dr. Goldberber towards finding a cure for a terrible disease called Pellagra. (Ask your child for details.) This highlighted how he studied people scientifically.

We then all received virtual headaches (by drinking different mixes of lemonade) and then some of us were cured while others received a placebo! Here is a VERY sloppy graph of the class data which clearly shows that the medicine worked while the placebo had an odd "placebo effect" on the some of the students!

Next we did our touch sensor experiment. See the movie above to see some of the students on action. This tested the sensitivity of our sensory neurons! The data clearly showed that when the toothpick were .7 cm apart they were hard to detect as two and often felt like one toothpick! We learned that the one toothpick trials were a control to help us compare our data.

Beaker was very proud of you all this week!

Mr. F :-)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sorry about the headache!

Hi Guys!

I am sorry you had to have a headache yesterday. (lightly sweetened lemonade) I think it was a great SIMULATION of a CLINICAL TRIAL. It also allowed us to learn more about the effects of a PLACEBO. Now, remember, a placebo is used to ensure that the cure is coming from the medicine and not some other source. That's why they use them in these kinds of studies. I am also sorry that so many of you suffered side effects! :-)

Today we will be poking each other with toothpicks in another human fun fun! :-)

Mr. F :-)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pellagra Story Video

Click here to see the video that we watched in class today.

Mr. Forde :-)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Text book issues....

HI Guys!

Thanks so much for all of the GREAT postings over the looong weekend. I know that several of you are hving textbook problems.. Maybe this post will help. If not...lets talk at school.

The address for the text book is It should look like this when you get there.

Then you click on the blue/green button that says "online textbook" on the right.

Now you enter the id and password in the spaces (see below).

The next screen you should see is below. There are obviously two text books available. We are using the life science one. The unit we are in is "Studying People Scientifically" so click on that heading.

Once you click on the right topic you will see our lesson titles, "Saving Fred" etc. Click on the Saving Fred title and it will download a PDF file directly to you computer called ebook.pdf.

File management on your computer can become an issue. I would start a folder on your computer called "7th grade science" and save the pdfs into that folder. You should 'save as" and rename them something better, live "savingfred.pdf" so they are easier to access later.

I hope this helps! :-) Let's talk in class tomorrow.

Mr. F :-)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Extra credit POST- Sci Method

Watch the video below and write a 3 - 4 sentence reaction for a little extra credit!

Mr. F :-)

Analysis Question #4

Hi Guys!

Some of my classes did not get to finish question #4 of the analysis on page A-7. Please complete the question under question 1B in your notebook.

In order to do the question you may need to go the on-line notebook....SEPUP TEXTBOOK. Enter your login and password to get to the SAVING FRED lesson! :-)

Best of luck!

Mr. Forde :-)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Post a comment on my Wall Wisher.

Click Here to give it a try!

You will double click, type a comment and then I will approve it for the wall. (Like on the blog it may take a while to show up. Don't keep re-posting.)

Mr. Forde :-)

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Bob (AKA FRED) is in danger of drowning!

Next week we will come up with ways to save him...I hope!

Mr. Forde :-)

Friday, September 3, 2010

SEWER LICE found in Stamford classroom!!

Hee Hee Hee....

This will teach us not to jump to conclusions. Life can be complicated and tricky?!

Mr. F :-)

You're future is so bright....

...I had to wear shades!

It has been really great getting to know you over the last two days. (Doesn't it feel longer?) I think we are going to have a lot of meaningful learning experiences together.

I'm curious. What are you most interested in learning this year?

Mr Forde :-)