Keeping Up With Mayer Science

February 11, 2016

We've Been Busy!

Read on to check out some of the great things that happened in December and January in our science classroom.


Cheers,


Erin Mayer

#StartWith1Thing Update


"What will populate the planet 100 million years from now will be determined by what happens in the next few centuries." ~ Elizabeth Kolbert (author of "The 6th Extinction")


To culminate our Fossils Unit, Team 7-2 became involved in an ongoing social movement called #StartWith1Thing. #StartWith1Thing is a global call-to-action to each and every one of us to make small changes in our lives that will have a huge impact on the world. This movement was founded on the belief that 1 individual or group can make a significant impact on a global issue.


Working in small teams, the students developed #StartWith1Thing SMART proposals. The students reviewed the proposals using a double blind method and then each class period chose 1 proposal as their period's top proposal. Check out the top #StartWith1Thing SMART proposals from each class period.


  • Bye, Bye Pollution

    • Social Media Campaign: students will be encouraged to post pictures on Instagram showing their participation in activities that conserve resources. For example, keeping the lights off, walking places, taking the bus to conserve energy, using candles, drinking tap water and recycling.

  • Go Swim in the Carpool

    • Carpool Campaign: a family carpool list will be created for Oberon Middle School. Families who are interested in setting up and/or joining a carpool can join the list.

  • Styrofoam, Styrofoam, Styrofoam Sucks

    • Cafeteria Resources Campaign: a campaign will be initiated to replace the styrofoam plates currently used in the cafeteria, with biodegradable paper plates.

  • #SaveTheFood

    • Cafeteria Program: a program will be initiated in the lunchroom to collect unopened/untouched food during lunch to reduce the amount of food currently being thrown away every day at lunch.

  • Light’s Out

    • Light Campaign: a campaign will be initiated to support a proposal to replace Oberon’s lights with energy efficient lights. This proposal will be available on Schoology for students and staff to sign.


Upon our return from winter break, every student on Team 7-2 had the opportunity to vote on their overall favorite proposal. As a team, we decided to move forward with the #StartWith1Thing SMART Proposal that received the most votes. The official results are in and with 26.1% of the votes, the winner is.......

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Bye, Bye Pollution (Social Media Campaign: students will be encouraged to post pictures on Instagram showing their participation in activities that conserve resources. For example, keeping the lights off, walking places, taking the bus to conserve energy, using candles, drinking tap water and recycling)


We will formulate an implementation plan for Bye, Bye Pollution over the course of the semester so stay tuned.

"Power of Plates" Showcase

As the culminating piece of our final unit of the semester on Plate Tectonics, the students generated questions around our unit theme and then tackled a question of their choice.


On Thursday, December 17, the students presented their work in an informal "Power of Plates" Showcase. In addition to communicating their content understandings, the Showcase will provide the students an opportunity to work on their communication skills by publicly exhibiting and presenting their work.


The Showcase was a success. A BIG thank you shout out to the following parents for volunteering to be members of the showcase audience:

  • Coline Krysiak
  • Jody Beckstead
  • Linda Jordan
  • Donald Charron
  • Diana and LeRoy Symbol

Schoology Tip of the Month

Did you know that all kids are required to revise any science assignments that receive a score below a 70%? I will always add a comment like this to an assignment that needs to be revised in the Schoology gradebook:
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I am always available for extra help during lunch and any day except Wednesdays after school.

Looking Ahead...

Later this spring, we will be working on a Problem Based Unit called "Design It Clean". While learning about characteristic properties of matter, the students will be applying their understandings by designing, building, testing and refining simple water filters.


If you have any of the following materials laying around, we could them for an upcoming unit this spring. Just send them to school with your daughter or son.


  • PVC tubing
  • screen (old window screens, etc)
  • 2 liter and 1 liter plastic soda bottles
  • shoe boxes
  • nylons

Follow Our Class on Twitter

Twitter is a great way to peek into our classroom every day and see what the kids are exploring and learning about. Follow us at @mayer_science.
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