Mrs. Farnum's Contact Info:
Schedule: Please check this to schedule with me for extra help/make-up work etc.

Polymer Assessment:

Climate Change Assignment
Antarctica data

Thursday, April 24:

Blocks 2 & 5: In notebooks: Write the steps of the eutrophication process, beginning with where nitrates and phosphates come from.
* This can be a tricky process to explain! Be careful, be complete, and be correct!*

Wednesday, April 24:

Block 2/5:

Tuesday April 23:

Block 2/ 5:
Draw a diagram of your model.
Reflect on the watershed activity on class. What did you take away from it regarding watersheds?
What did the model represent? Each piece.
What were the limitations of the model?
How would you redesign your model if you had unlimited time/money/materials?

Block 1: video, finish for Monday am.

Block 5:
Here is the link to the EPA website we looked at in class. Go explore! =)
My Waterway - EPA

Block 5

For Monday, April 22, please:

a.) Bring your Lettuce Seeds and pH Conclusions. (See entry posted below:

"Lettuce Seeds and pH Bioassay")

b.) Reflect on The Lorax, and answer the following questions answer with complete,

original thoughts in your notebook:

1. Have you ever acted like the Once-ler? (explain)

2. Choose a real-life example of whom or what you think the Once-ler represents?

3. Have you ever done anything that you think the Lorax would have done? (explain)

4. Choose a real-life example of whom or what you think the Lorax represents?

5. How could the Once-ler have made Thneeds without destroying the Truffula Trees?

6. What message was the author of The Lorax trying to convey?

7. Name an important natural resource in your area, state, or country.


What's your point of view?

Take this questionnaire!

The Lorax

Quiz Retake:

Lettuce Seeds and pH Bioassay

Block 5: Conclusion due Friday

Use the Conclusion guide at the bottom of this wiki.
Remember to refer to the "sources of variability" section on your procedure/SOP handout.

Space Quiz: Tuesday!


Habitability: TWANE
Characteristics of Venus, Mars, Europa
Earth's Composition: atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere
Cycles: Carbon, Nitrogen, Water
Acid Rain: pH, formation, effects
Sugar Maple Project: field study research
Science skills: Variables, designing experiments, conclusion writing, data analysis/interpretation, validity

Review: energy transformations

UN: bcps
PW: brainpop

Ms. Leb's Blocks 2 and 5: Packet due Monday


Biosphere Reflection

Reflect upon the success or failure of your biosphere.

Talk about the biogeochemical cycles

What worked?

What did not work?

What would you do differently next time?

What have you learned about the fragility of Earth's systems?

What implications exist for Biosphere I (Earth)?

Honors pH Assignment

If you can't get to the video from this document, then search in YouTube:
Strong vs. Weak - Acids and Bases; pH Calculations by Chem2Farr

Or try clicking here:


Acid Rain: Block 2

Acid Rain

Submit my Researchable Question!

Acid Rain and Sugar Maples:

About Acid Rain
Acid Rain Lab

Cycle Assessment


You need to be able to draw a diagram of:
  1. Water Cycle: infiltration, runoff, precipitation, transpiration, evaporation, condensation

  2. Carbon Cycle: cellular respiration, photosynthesis, combustion, deforestation, replanting, fossil fuels, decomposition

Water Cycle Animated Diagram

Carbon Cycle:

Carbon Cycle Explained
Cycle Powerpoint

Nitrogen Cycle

Nitrogen Cycle


Extremophile Assignment

Space slideshow

​Space Unit

Click here to play with circuits! (safely!)

Website Performance Task

At the end of this unit you have the opportunity to show what you learned by building your own website! See the attachments below for details.

Website Performance Task details

This is the storyboard you will complete before you begin building your website. This storyboard is due on January 14. We will meet in a computer lab to start building the website, so it's very important that this storyboard is complete by then.

Polymers Documents

Packet Due Friday (Sections 1-5)
Pre-Lab due Friday
Friday in class: Polymers Lab

Snowflakes for children at Sandy Hook School

Why we are making snowflakes:
Why snowflakes?

How to make them:
How to make snowflakes

Paper and scissors are up front. =)

Bonding Test on Friday 12/21

Packet (#1-21) is due Thursday.

Atoms: Ions and Isotopes and cats

Human Performance Intro: What makes us stronger, faster, fitter?


Dirty Water Lab Block 1:

Dirty Water Challenge Photos

Dirty Water Challenge

Monday Oct 22:

Search Challenges

Google Search of the Day

(continue to basic game)

Solar Cooker Conclusion

Watch Troubled Water on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE/World.

Watch Troubled Water on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE/World.

Quiz Wednesday! Crash Lab

You will need to be able to:
1. Describe the Crash Lab: Purpose, Independent Variable, Dependent Variable, Control Variables
2. Specific Heat: How energy output is measured (Joules, Calories)
3. Energy Calculations: Use your worksheets to test yourself, answer guide is below:
Study Guide Answers:

Review: Complete combustion vs. Incomplete combustion

Homework due Friday, Oct cats

Crash Lab Conclusion:
Use the guide below and your data calculations to write a conclusion for your Crash Lab. Your notebooks will be collected on Friday, this needs to be in your notebook.


Honors Assignment Due Wed/Thursday: Extended deadline

1. Research each fuel you used in the lab to find: its chemical formula and the formula for the combustion reaction that takes place with it.
2. Create three questions that require research that would contribute to your decision of which fuel to take from the crash site. These questions can be things like "which one evaporates fastest?" (You can't use this one). You don't actually have to research the answers to these questions.

(Questions 3 and 4 will be easier to do after we learn about it in class Wed/Thursday)

3. Using the amount of water you used in your calorimeter and given the boiling point of water is 100 degrees Celcius, calculate how much energy would you need to boil your water sample? Room Temperature: 20 degrees Celcius

4. Based on your answer to number 3, how much fuel do you need to bring with you from the crash site to boil the amount of water you used in your experiment? How about for 1000mL? (1 gram water = 1 mL)

Study Guide Light My Fire Quiz:

1. Know and be able to write the basic combustion reaction. (Your notes)
2. Explain activation energy.
3. Know different types of energy and how they are transferred (Your notes)
4. Be able to compare and contrast complete and incomplete combustion.
5. Explain how energy transformations can be used in order to obtain activation energy to start a fire.

Brainpop videos that can help:
Login: bcps password: brainpop

Honors Option Assignment 2

Honors Assignment 2.docx
Honors Assignment 2.docx

Honors Assignment 2.docx

Energy Jigsaw

Welcome! This is the space where we will have our personal classroom resources. The rest of the site is designed to help all students in ISci, and this portion is for your specific class.

Discussion Board Comments:

Comment Starters

Mind Mapping:

Interesting Science Sites:

National Geographic Photo of the Day
Scientific American 60-Second Science

Class Resources:

Block 1: survival map

Block 2:

Block 5: Survival Concept Map

Block 5: Titan Pad

Presentation Guidelines: