Posts Tagged ‘Brain Pop’

Cells, BrainPops and Bill Nye

August 14th, 2016 No comments

15 August 2016

Hello there, Cell Investigators!

This week you have Wellness on Wednesday (Vergel HB and Hamaguchi HB), and Thursday (Beck HB and Benford HB).

1. You will continue to learn about Cells Cells and Cell Structures by watching Brain-Pop videos answering questions about them and checking your answers.
2. Then you will write a digital learning journal (#2) about what you just learned about Cells and Cell Structures.
3. You will watch a Bill Nye video about Cells and complete a Socrative quiz to check for your understanding of the concept.
4. You will also share what you learned with the rest of the class.

If you did not finish answering the questions and checking your answers for both videos at the end of the second lesson, you will have to stay for Tutorials.


Mrs. Vergel

New Semester, New Task

January 24th, 2016 No comments

25 January 2016

Hello Science Guys,

January is almost over and we have a new task in the works.

We have completed the Energy Mini-Unit to introduce the other forms of energy that we will study. And now… we try to discover how magnets work. Yes, you know how they work, they attract, they repel. But do you REALLY know why they do that? This is our chance to find out.

This week, we will finish our Brain Pop on Magnetism and see what Bill Nye has to say about it.
Then, we will start on our own Discovery task. Students are working in assigned pairs. The task is to be recorded jointly in one Google Doc, using different colors for each person. When the investigations have been completed, each pair will share their findings to the class. Sharing will be sometime in February, so there is a lot of time to investigate.

More to come. Students, let’s go back to checking our Google Calendars so you know what’s coming up.

Happy Discovering!


Mrs. Vergel


August 30th, 2013 No comments

30 August 2013

This week we continued learning about cells and looked at real live plant and animal cells.  Students completed their Brain Pop sheets on Cells and Cell Structures, learned how to prepare their own slides (wet mounts) and made attractive diagrams of the different cells in 400 times magnification.

They have to bring in a specimen from home to look at next week.  Students will also be assessed on preparing slides, focusing and identifying cell structures during 2nd and 3rd lessons next week.  This means they will have to be in closed toed shoes all week in Science class.  With all the practice each of them had this week and last week, the assessment should be easy for all.

Students should check the Shared Science Resources in their Google Drive for copies of documents they have worked on.  They could also review the 2 Brain Pop videos to help them prepare for the assessment.

Finally, we would love to see parents during Open House (Back to School Night) on Tuesday, 3 September, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Please wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking around and following your child’s schedule.

Have a good weekend!


Welcome to the New School Year!

August 12th, 2012 No comments

1  13 August 2012

The first week of school was interesting because we had 2 days of school, then 2 rain/flood days and finally one day to get back on track!  We discussed our First Day Handout 2012-2013, which I sent home to parents by email.  I also invited everyone to come to Open House on Tuesday, 14 August, from 5pm to 7:30pm.  At the Open House, teachers will talk about the curriculum and how students can be successful in their classes.  There will also be some tips for parents.  Students will leave their binder in the classroom for completed work and bring with them their expandable file.

This second week of school, we are full speed ahead into all our learning activities.  We start off with our microscope activity which will hopefully “hook” our students into new learning and get them interested in the hands-on things we will be doing later in the week.  We will then go to the computer labs, watch a couple of Brain Pop videos about Cells and Cell Structures and fill in some note sheets.  Finally, students will go back to the Science labs, view slides of different specialized cells and draw them scientifically.  A really busy week!

Things to remember:

To log in to the Brain Pop site (, username:  ismanila  password: ismanila

You may want to watch the Brain Pops at home.  The site is available for us to use from anywhere from 7:30am to 5pm.

When we are in the Science labs (P039 or P040), we expect proper attire and especially safe behavior.

  • Keep hair tied and away from your face.
  • Wear close toed shoes.
  • No teacher in the lab, no students.
  • Think safety, act safely!

Have a happy week!


A Week in Time

April 13th, 2011 21 comments

12 April 2011

Welcome to another interesting 4-day week.

We start off the week reviewing the story of Alfred Wegener and his Continental Drift Theory.  As the story unfolds, we get to somehow answer our Essential Questions:

  • Why would a discovery not be accepted?
  • How are discovery and truth connected?
  • What allows a discovery to happen?

We then watch a Brain Pop on Geologic Time which you can find in this link:

Remember – you can only watch this before 5 pm.

We are also starting an activity that relates to Geologic Time – How Small Are You.  This leads up to a class-generated Geologic timeline.

And if you are really interested in the latest thoughts of scientists about how the universe began, here’s a video for you:

And if you want to find out more about the Japan earthquake and what caused it, here’s another video for you:

8 weeks to go!



3 places in 4 lessons

January 17th, 2011 No comments

17 January 2011

Welcome to a new week where we will be in 3 places for 4 lessons.

Last week, I posted two questions.   They were our OLD essential questions.  Below you will find the UPDATED Essential Questions for the Cause and Effect Unit:

How are causes determined or inferred from events?

How are effects predicted from events?

How can an event be both a cause and an effect?

We will work towards answering these questions throughout the quarter.  Meanwhile, this week, we are first in the Fine Arts Theater to answer the questions that you generated from watching the video last week.  The questions are in Bill Nye Energy Questions.   You will be asked to make corrections to your questions.  That will be done in the classroom.  You will also do some cutting and pasting and mixing and matching of pictures and forms of energy in the classroom.  Get your glue, scissors and notebooks ready.  Finally, on the last two lessons, you will go to the 6th grade Science lab and do several investigations about Magnetism.  Make sure you wear closed shoes and have your hair tie ready.

Oh yes.  And to help you check your notes from the Energy Brain Pop, Ms. Camson came up with Forms of energy notes.

What a busy week!


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