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Published December 1, 2017

Plato Academy Seminole

Middle School Science Digest

by Ms. De on November 19

I am so very thankful to be teaching Science, here, this spectacular school! More

specifically, Id liketosharemyheartfeltappreciationforthejoyful,bright,energetic,
and loving students that fill these middle school halls, the generous and incredible
parents and families of Plato Academy Seminole, the passionate and honestly
entertaining adults I get to collaborate with everyday, and fortheinsanelybeautiful
weather of this sunshine state.

I hope youallhadawonderfulThanksgivingbreak,andIlookforwardtothejoyfully
busy and weeks ahead.

Science is Unpredictable
by Jacob Eason on November 29

In science we learned about many things, such as the different names of places on
earth, such as cryosphere, geosphere and biosphere. We are working on a science
fair project that may end up in the county's science fair! I think science is a fun
subject and I hope I always will. It has motivated me to try and do my own science
experiments, but most of them did not work out well.

Seventh Grade Science, Part 1

by Johnie Chattman on November 29

This week we have been learning about the rock cycle and other things about rocks
like where they form how organisms become fossils. For example there are six
different types of fossils: molds, casts, petrified fossils, carbon films, trace fossils, and
preserved remains. All of those are different types of fossils. Also we are learning
how geologists find the age of the rock which called relative age or absolute age,
and the different types of rocks like igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, and
metamorphic rocks.

Seventh Grade Science, Part 2

by Colin Jehlen on November 29

Lately we have learned about different types of fossils and how rock layers we can
tell if there older younger. We can figure it out because usually a rock on top of
another rock usually means it is younger. It isn't that easy though because we have
things like unconformity, unconformity is when you have bends and folds in the
earth layers. Another thing is a fault a fault is when there is a whole in a rock and
igneous rocks will fill it up so we cant apply the one on the bottom is older. If it
happens on the bottom of earths surface it is intrusion if it happens on earths
surface then its extrusion.

Sixth Grade Science, Part 1

by Leena Mullah on December 1

As you know, Science is awesome! We do a lot of things! For example, [we have
been learning about] oxbow lakes, deltas, meandering rivers, and waterfalls. We
also are doing a project about anything scientific and fun. We also did a heart rate
lab. We did 100 jumping jacks and then tested our pulse. These things were all super
fun. You should try it, but with adult supervision!

Sixth Grade Science, Part2

by Mario Reyes on December 1

Ever since we started Science, we have been working on stuff. So now, were working
on our Science Fair and the wonderful Miss De is picking two marvelous kids from
middle school to go to the big games. The other stuff we are doing is learning about
weather, clouds, and more.

Science is Awesome!
by Christian Junevicus on December 1

In science we always have fun! Sometimes we do labs. But now we are doing a
science fair! I just know we all are going to have fun. My science project is about how
to make the perfect basketball shot! This is what we do in science, we always have

Eighth Grade Science

by Ms. De on November 30

The 8th grade scientists have begun their physical science unit, beginning with the
periodic table of elements. As an introduction, they enjoyed playing BINGO as they
were introduced to characteristics such as atomic symbol, atomic mass, chemical
symbol, and the elements. They also created timelines showing how our scientific
understanding of the atom has changed over time, from Daltons theory of a single
sphere to our current atomic understanding to our physicists best understanding of
the modern model.

Science Fair
by Ms. De on November 29

Students have begun the questioning, predicting, and research phases of their
Science Fair projects, and students have created some incredible investigations.
What beverages stain teeth the most? How does music affect concentration? How
does color affect how bunnies eat?

While students will be guided through many of the components of their scientific
research, the actual experimentation and data collection will take place at home.
Students are also required to supplement their investigation with photographic
evidence. I cant wait to see these projects develop!

Science is Messy
by Naomie Marroquin on November 29

During the month of November we have

learned and did some pretty cool things. Just
to give a brief explanation, we learned really
cool things about fossils and even did a cool a
very fun lab. Fossils were very fun to learn
about, all the different types of fossils were
very interesting. We also did a lab where we
made our own fossils. We either took model
magic or clay to form our different types of
fossils. We took the item we wanted to form
and we molded it into a fossil. It was a bit
messy, but messy is always fun. Then we let it
dry for a couple days. Finally, when the fossils
were all dry we looked at them and observed
them. Is how our November went.


Plato Academy Seminole

Middle School Science Digest
Published December 1, 2017