• Updated 2/5
     
    Warning sign
     
    City Writing Prompt 4 due Monday, February 11th.
     
    Role:          You are a citizen of your city
     
    Audience:  This is a story you are putting into a personal journal so you can remember the "The Tsunami"
     
    Format:      This is a personal narrative.  You may use "I" statements.  
                        The story should have a beginning, middle, and end.
             
    •  A beginning (this story can pick up right where your prompt 3 writing ended) where were you and what were you doing?
    •  A  middle (the actual tsunami and what your character experiences during the event which would be three waves that get higher and higher over a 10 minute.period) what did you do, what did you see and what happened?                  
    • An end (what is going on in your city when the water pulls back into the ocean and immediately after)  What kind of damage is there, what kind of response from emergency workers is happening, what are you, your neighbors and family doing to start the recovery process?    
    Topic:  In this journal entry, you will write about the experiences of your citizen during a tsunami that hits your city fifteen minutes after the shaking from the earthquake stops.  
     
     
     
     
    Badlands
    The Badlands were formed over hundreds of millions of years by layered deposits of sediment from an ancient sea and river deposition.
    This sediment compacted over time and became sedimentary rock.  
    In the past several hundred thousand years that sediment has been weathered and eroded away revealing the layers from the past to those who visit.
     
    Quiz Friday the 1st on Volcanoes

    City Writing Prompt 3 due Friday the 1st.
     
    Role:          You are a citizen of your city
     
    Audience:  This is a story you are putting into a personal journal so you can remember the "Big One"
     
    Format:      This is a personal narrative.  You may use "I" statements.  
                        The story should have a beginning, middle, and end.
                       
    •  A beginning (right before the shaking through the p waves) where were you and what were you doing?
    •  A  middle (the actual earthquake and what your character experiences during the event which would last for about five minutes) what did you do, what did you see and what happened?                  
    • An end (what is going on in your city in the 5-15 minutes after the earthquake stops)  What kind of damage is there, what kind of response from emergency workers is happening, what are you, your neighbors and family doing to start the recovery process?    
    Topic:  In this journal entry, you will write about the experiences of your citizen during an earthquake event of a 7.0 on the Moment Magnitude Scale.  Please use the two videos we watched in class to help you come up with realistic events. 
     
     
     
     
    Kings Canyon
     
    Quiz Friday the 18th on Earthquakes

    City Writing Prompt 2 due Wednesday the 23rd
    Role:  You are the mayor of your city
    Audience:  The citizens of your city
    Format: A speech you are giving on TV and radio to address the citizens of your city
    Topic:  In this speech, you will spend time talking about what the city government is doing to prepare for potential worse earthquakes in the event they happen and what citizens can do in their own homes to be prepared as well.
     
    Ideas for the types of things a city might do includes sending building inspectors to schools before allowing students back to class, having road crews check bridges and tunnels for safety.  The mayor might call utility companies to check lines and poles for damage.  
     
    Ideas for what citizens should do might include having working flashlights and extra batteries, water for all members of the family for up to 3 days, non-perishable food items for all family members for up to three days.  You could also suggest ways to make homes and business more earthquake resistant (pg 72).
     
    Mr F
     
     
    42
    weekend weather
    Boston Harbor water temps are finally approaching 42 degrees and we have our first potential for plowable snow next weekend.  
    Pass events can help predict future events.
     
    City Writing Prompt Due Thursday
    Role: Newspaper Reporter
    Audience: Citizens of the town
    Format: Newspaper article
    Topic: Recently your city was hit by a small earthquake, a 2 on the Mercalli Scale (pg 54-55 in the volcano book).  You are to write a newspaper article on the minor damage caused in the city and the reactions of citizens.  
     
    This writing prompt is known as a RAFT.  As you write, be careful to include details that show your understanding of the kinds of damage that could occur with a very minor earthquake.  You can include quotes from citizens in your article.  You should look at some real newspaper articles to see what they look like.  You can use the internet to look up the Mercalli Scale for more information.
     
    Mr. F
     
     
    Map 1 Map 2
     
    Maps due Friday
    Quiz Friday on Plate Tectonics and Continental Drift
     
    The criteria for the map project:
    • Use a ruler
    • Use the google doc we created in class to think of places to add to your city
    • You must label your buildings or have a map key
    • Your city must be on the coast
    • You should have a city where people could live and not have to leave anything 
    Use your imagination and if that fails come back to class and look at the 100+ examples we have been looking at for a couple days now but this time take pictures of ones you really like.
     
    Mr. F
     
     
     
     
    Just outside of Zion
     
    Homework: Due Friday, January 4th.  Vocabulary: Crust, Mantle, Outer Core, Inner Core, Magnetosphere. 
     
    We are beginning a new unit in science, Geology.  We will be learning about the layers of the Earth, how the plates move and the associated tectonic phenomenon including earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis.  The students will be designing a coastal city soon to facilitate a project based role-playing for our unit.  In one scenario the students will write a newspaper article about a small earthquake in the area of the city.  In another scenario, the students will write a speech as if they were the mayor of the city informing the citizens what measures the city is taking to deal with a major earthquake event and what citizens can do on their own to be prepared as well.  These writing tasks will replace the usual vocabulary homework for science over the next several weeks.
     
    We will also be using an earthquake simulator in class, building structures using Legos, and then testing the structural integrity of our constructs with the simulator.  We will share pictures and videos of these labs so you can see how we do.
     
    As always if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at jason.fraser@norwellschools.org
     
    Mr. F
     
     
     
    Thank you for all the wonderful gifts.  I cannot express what it means to me to know that we are making kids' dreams come true this holiday season.  I hope you enjoy your well-deserved vacation and I will see you in the new year.
     
    Love Mr. F
    Table Truck
    Boxes stuffed Firestation
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sub plans below picture
     
    Old Faithful Inn  

    Good Day Kids,

     

    Your plan today is to do research on the weather topic of your choice and take notes when you find some interesting facts.  You may search websites, yes including Wikipedia, which has great general information, do an image search and watch some short clips showing weather in action.

    Then create, on computer paper, a rough draft of your poster with your favorite facts and drawings.  

    If you think you are done and don’t know what to do watch this:  Bill Nye Weather there are some extra headphones near the pencil sharpener if you cannot find your own, but put them back when you are done.

     

    Remember Rule #1: Be nice is in full effect.  If you can work hard too, do it. 

    Remember Mr. F Loves you and will see you tomorrow. 

    PS say hi to Mrs. Noble for me.

    Mr. F
     
    Awesome
     
    Vocab due Thursday, December 13th:  Wind Chill, Whiteout, Tornado, Storm Surge, Heat Index, Drought, Cyclone, Bombogenesis
     
     
    We have been tracking the temperature of Boston Harbor Bouy 44013 since October 15.   We have seen the water temperature drop from 58 degrees to 46 degrees.  The students have been learning how the ocean slows down our cooling process in the winter and the impact the ocean has on our winter weather.   As we approach 42-degree ocean temperature readings and below, we are more likely to see accumulating snows and the coveted snow day alerts will soon follow.
     
    Mr. F
     
     
    Not a rainbow
    Not a rainbow.  Ice crystals high in the atmosphere can bend the light like a prism to create these colorful "ears" around the sun.
     
    We began a mini-unit on the weather today.
     
    Homework due December 6th:  Rain, Snow, Sleet, Hail, Freezing Rain,  blizzard, hurricane, gale.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Pizza
     
     
    Thermal Energy Final:  Thursday and Friday
     
    Coming up next: A mini-unit on Weather.
     
    Please consider donating a toy to Toys for Tots in lieu of a holiday gift.  Toys will be collected in my room from now until December 14th when I will bring them to the Norwell Fire Station for distribution to families right here on the South Shore.
     
    Here is last year's donation
    Toys
     
    Any help is greatly appreciated and the lesson for the kids is priceless.  Thank you.
     
    If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at jason.fraser@norwellschools.org
     
    Mr.F
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Four Corners
     
     
    Homework:  Studying 10-15 minutes a night for Thermal Energy Final Exam on November 29th and 30th.
     
     
    Physical Blue Soccer Ball Book pages 174-201 (skip section 4 pages 195-199)
     
    eBook Science Book pages 196-212 and 272-289.
     
    Use notes from your notebook and the videos and pictures found in my study tab.
     
    Items to review:
    States of Matter
    Phase Changes
    Thermal Energy
    Heat
    Temperature
    Thermal Expansion
    Thermal Contraction
    Radiation
    Conduction
    Convection
    Specific Heat
     
     
    If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at jason.fraser@norwellschools.org
     
    Mr. F
     
     
    Honor the Troops
     
    Homework:  Studying 10-15 minutes a night for Thermal Energy Final Exam on November 29th and 30th.
     
    I would like to thank the students and their families for a great first term.  
     
    We are starting the second term with a mix of days dedicated to study skills and review of the thermal energy content.  Students have an actual book they can use at home to study from, an ebook on their iPads to read from, notes from class, videos on this webpage, and graded quizzes with my feedback to use in their preparation for the final.  I will not be assigning any written or graded homework until December.  
     
    Students should be studying for an hour a week for the next three weeks for the science final, in many short sessions: 
     
    6 days a week for 10 minutes
    5 days a week for 12 minutes
    4 days a week for 15minutes    
     
    If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at jason.fraser@norwellschools.org
     
    Mr. F
     
     
     
     
     
    Whats up
     
    Homework Due Thursday:  Page 204 Vocabulary Terms.
     
    Friday Quiz: States of Matter(found in science notebook), Thermal Energy, Heat, Temperature(found in science notebook and page 196) Radiation, Conduction, Convection(pg 204)
     
    For the past two weeks, a conversation in class has been about how the curriculum is now material that most students have never studied which means their studies should have been increasing.  The quiz Friday requires students to study beyond just doing homework.  In class we have been working on different ways to study including:  Reading the text, reviewing notes, and watching videos on the topics.  We will be taking a class period next week to explore highlighting as a method of studying and creating study materials.  
     
    If you have any questions, comments or concerns please let me know.

    Mr. F
     
     
     
    Phases of matter
     
    Vocabulary from page 48 due Tuesday 10/23
     
    Quiz on the vocabulary from page 48, Tuesday 10/23
     
    The class is now working with phase changes of matter and the characteristics of the three states of matter; solids, liquids, and gases.  We will begin to discuss the role of thermal energy in relation to the phases, introducing the physics of kinetic and potential energy of the particles in all matter.   
     
    If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at jason.fraser@norwellschools.org

    Mr. F
     
     
     
     
     
    Leif Ericsson
     
    Homework:  Key Terms from page 42 due Friday.  Word, Definition, Free Choice
     
    If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me at jason.fraser@norwellschools.org
     
    Mr. F
     
     
     
     
     
    Apple
    This is how apples start.
     
    HOMEWORK: Vocabulary from page 80, Due Friday
     
    We are moving deeper into chemistry starting next week with an investigation into thermal energy and how it interacts with matter.  This will bring physics further into our vocabulary as we begin to talk about particle motion, kinetic energy and the law of conservation of energy which states: Energy cannot be created or destroyed only transformed to another form of energy or stored.  
     
    Progress Reports are coming out Friday.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me at jason.fraser@norwellschools.org

    Mr. F
     
     
     
    Colorado sand dunes
    This is Colorado!
     
    NO HOMEWORK WEEKEND.
    Progress Reports Friday, October 12th.  My grades are up to date, except for the MDV quiz.
     
    Have a great long weekend.  
     
    Mr. F 
     
     
     
     
     
    twin arches
     
    This is the Homework, it is due Wednesday, October 3rd.            QUIZ:  Thursday
     
    Volume: 37 cubic centimeters, Density: 2.1g/cubic centimeter.  What is the Mass?
     
    Density: 5.6 g/cubic centimeters, Mass: 9.75g.  What is the Volume?
     
    Mass: 33.1g, Volume 66.2cubic centimeters.  What is the density?
     
    Mass: 1319.7g, Volume 83 cubic centimeters.  What is the density?
     
    Mass 35.88g, Volume 15.6 cubic centimeters.  What is the density?
     
     
     
     
     
    Outside Zion
     
    Homework due Tomorrow:  Page 16 vocabulary.
     
     
    Last time I was out things went great, let's continue that trend.  Here are some of the notes I left for Mrs. Noble.
    • Students may check my notes on there iPad for the first five minutes of the class, then all iPads must be put away.
    • Students are to work alone on the packet and use the book, the real physical book.
    • Please give me the names of students who are not behaving, there will be consequences.  If the class is great, they will be receiving a reward so please let me know.
     
    Today in class, read pages 16-20.  Answer questions 1A, 1B, 2A, 3A, 3,B.  
     
    If you finish you can take some notes on this section or do some other work for another class that does not require iPads.  
     
    If you are working hard and do not finish, I will give you time on Friday in class to finish up.
     
    Thanks for being good.  I'll be back tomorrow to see you.

    Mr. F
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Good Luck studying.  Here is a gift from me to you.
     
    Mr. F
     
     
     
     
    sunset in Iceland
     
     
    Quiz: Wednesday on pages 6-15 in the textbook.
     
    Homework: Due Friday, vocabulary from page 16.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Swirling waters
     
    Happy Last Day of Summer
     
    Here are the instructions I left for the teacher today.
     
    • Students may check my notes on there iPad for the first five minutes of the class, then all iPads must be put away.  No iPads in class today.
    • Students are to work alone on the packet and use the book, the real physical book.
    • Please give me the names of students who are not behaving, there will be logical consequences.  If the class is great, they will be receiving a reward so please let me know.
     
    If you are working hard and do not finish, the packet is NOT homework.  I will give you time next week in class to finish.  If you finish the packet you can do homework for another class or free read quietly.  Be good and there will be a fantastic reward that will help you on the quiz next week.  If the report is negative there will be logical consequences.  Take care of me and I will take care of you.
     
    Thank you and have a great weekend.
     
    Mr. F
     
     
     
     
    Assignment
     
    Homework:  Vocabulary from page 6, due Thursday.  
     
    Please see slides below for an example of how to do the assignment and for ideas of how to do a free choice.
     
    Example
     
    Free Choice
     
    If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
     
    Mr. F
     
    Prince of Whales
     
     
    Homework:  Students Surveys due Friday.
     
    Welcome to Seventh Grade Science.  So far we have been working on defining Observations and Inferences and practicing making both as a class.  We have also been talking about Hurricanes and tracking Florence.  I have been enjoying getting to know my new classes and explaining my expectations and routines in order to make class predictable and valuable to them.  The students have been thinking about the rules of my classroom which consist of:
     
    1. Be Nice.
    2. Try Hard. 
     
     
    Please check out my homework tab to get a feel for my expectations for the year, it has been changed a bit so even families familiar with my teaching style should just take a look to make sure we are all operating from the same plan.
     
     
    Thank you. As always if you ever want to come in and chat about your kid or my class or some combination of the two let me know.  I enjoy the interactions with families and making sure we are all supporting your child as a student and most importantly as a person.
     
    Mr. F
     
     
     
     
    Longest stretch of US Interstate with No Service
     The longest stretch of US Interstate with No Service, I-70 Utah.
     
     
Last Modified on February 5, 2019