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Mrs. Davidson’s Science Class. Open House Thursday, September 27 th 6-8 pm. Family Involvement. Attendance tonight shows commitment Families are #1 indicator of student success Teachers/students need your support and backing. Contact Families. Communicate regularly When successful

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mrs davidson s science class

Mrs. Davidson’s Science Class

Open House

Thursday, September 27th

6-8 pm

family involvement
Family Involvement
  • Attendance tonight shows commitment
  • Families are #1 indicator of student success
  • Teachers/students need your support and backing
contact families
Contact Families
  • Communicate regularly

When successful

      • Agendas
      • Postcards
      • Phone calls

Not performing

      • Emails
      • Phone calls
      • Parent Portal
contact teacher
Contact Teacher

Encouraged to contact early and often

Two way cooperation

Avoid miscommunication

  • Email – davidsonp@nashua.edu
  • Call – 594-4322
  • Note in agenda
  • Family conferences before Thanksgiving
about me
About Me

Teaching since 1997, at Elm since 2001

Undergraduate at Bowdoin College

  • Studied Biology and Education
  • Semester in Caribbean, Australia

Master’s Plus 30 Credits at UNE

YMCA, ARC, BBA, textbooks

Safe, organized, hardworking

course content
Course Content
  • Biology
    • Ecology
    • Cells
    • Genetics
    • Human Body
    • Overview of major groups
      • Bacteria
      • Protists
      • Fungi
      • Plants
      • Animals
class activities
Class Activities

Literacy strategies – before, during, after reading

Games

  • Memory - Bingo
  • Spoons - Charades
  • Go Fish - Pictionary
  • Flipflops - Taboo
  • War - Tic Tac Toe
  • SWAT - Jeopardy

Investigation

Microscopes

Investigations outside

materials
Materials

Textbook

  • Prentice Hall Life Science, Science Insights
  • CDs available to sign out
  • Online accounts ready to be set up

Journal

  • Counts for a grade
  • Literacy goal – writing across the curriculum

Binder

  • Organized
  • Paper friendly
class structure
Class Structure
  • 5cast
  • Starter
  • Check Ups every other Friday
    • In binder all week, on website, gone over daily
    • Can use journal, homework, PQ, word wall
  • Quizzes every other Thursday
    • Try Practice Quiz for homework one week
    • Correct answers Friday
    • Study for Quiz next Thursday
    • Same thing, but scrambled up
grades
Grades
  • Categories
    • Quizzes – 30 percent
    • Check Ups – 30 percent
    • Classwork – 30 percent
    • Homework – 10 percent
  • X2 updated weekly
redos
Redos

Can redo ANY grade not satisfied with during that unit

  • Quiz and Check Up

-get graded assignment signed

-study/prepare more

-stay after Thursday for redo

homework
Homework

Predictable pattern

Assigned Monday, due Friday

Practice Quiz one week, study for quiz next

Homework

  • Honors – Hanging Indent Notes
  • Extensions and Foundations – focus on vocabulary
    • Flashcards

Definitions, pictures, sentences, CYO quiz, swap

how families can help
How Families Can Help

Check agenda

Look at team website

http://schools.nashua.edu/middle/7-2/Pages/Team7-2.aspx

Look at X2

Ask students questions first – self-directed learning!

Email teachers with questions/concerns

Sign up for a conference in November

Support teachers at home – discipline plan

ferry beach ecology school meeting
Ferry Beach Ecology School Meeting
  • 3 day trip (May 20th – May 24th)
  • Costs 230 dollars – fundraising and financial aid available
  • Awesome Science opportunity
  • Informational meeting after Open House
  • More information on website
  • More information in class
thank you
Thank you!
  • Sincerely care
  • Very committed
  • Want to work together
  • Know that all children can be successful when families, teachers, and students work together