Study Guides
Designed to make your life a little easier...
    This section features various topics that may prove helpful whether you are preparing for a weekly assessment, laying the groundwork for a research based project or screening companies in preparation for the Stock Market Game.  This page will be updated regularly over the school year as we look for new ways to help you prepare for each challenge that lies ahead.

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Study Guides for Chapter Quizzes!

    We have selected a delightful assortment of Study Guides for your quiz preparation enjoyment.  These guides are for select textbook chapters in each of the three classes.

    Click on the picture of the Andy Rooney Beetle to proceed.  You are going to love it!

How to Take Effective Notes-
    Does Listening to Music Make you Less Productive (2/12)
   Attack of Frankenfish (Huffington Post-8/13)
   Fossil Blunders and The Case of Mistaken Identity (10/14)

    We are going to use this thought provoking article on music's affect on student productivity to see how well students can capture key facts or "factoids".   Taking notes is essential to a student's ability to identify what points are relevant and which ones are not. All too often, students try to rely on their ability to remember key data without taking the time to record their thoughts or observations.   Research supports the fact that well intentioned students will forget a significant portion of what they have learned within 2-3 hours after leaving the classroom.   Yikes!

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How to Outline-
  The Guide to Organizing Your  Notes

      Outlining is critical to a student's ability to manage large amounts of information or data while identifying what points are relevant and which ones are not.  If done correctly, students are able to streamline their assignments, organize their data in a logical sequence and document their results much more effectively. It is easier to cope with large amounts of information by organizing it in a way that makes sense and is easier to retain.

      Students will be challenged throughout the course to reinforce their note taking and outlining skills through applied research based activities.  They will love you for it.

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Current Events...

     One of the biggest concerns shared by teachers and parents alike is how out of touch our kids can be when it comes to fostering an awareness of what is happening in the world around us each day.  It is easy for students to focus on the latest IPad app, athletic shoe design or computer game and miss completely the discovery of a new dinosaur species, a dramatic breakthrough in cancer research or an alarming increase in Great White Shark sightings off of our coast.  There is ALWAYS something happening in the natural and "civilized" world around us but if you are not careful you are going to miss it.

    Some school's often require that their students make oral presentations to the class each week on a current event topic or subject of their choosing.  This page will help get you started.

Click on the image to the right to learn more about Current Event presentations.
This page was last updated: October 12, 2017
Staying  Connected and Hurricane Watch...
  
Living in Florida means dealing with Hurricane Season, unexpected weather and tropical storms.  Staying on top of the latest developments in Hurricane Tracking around the world as well as local weather conditions is terribly important and will influence your lifestyle almost daily.

    Channel Five (WPTV) Interactive Weather, the National Hurricane Center, (NHC), Stormpulse and others have great websites, Iphone and Ipad apps that are terrific in providing storm tracking information as well as local weather via weather satellite data feeds and Doppler radar.

Click on an image to open the link.

And Now, Introducing in this Corner...

     Many of us do not realize the importance of the Introduction in setting the stage for the entire research paper.  It can literally set “the tone” for the rest of your presentation while giving the reader a tantalizing taste of what is to follow. 

Your goal is to grab the reader, get their attention in an effort to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for your report or project.  You are preparing the reader by implanting an idea, a feeling or question in their head before they begin the main body of your text.  By doing so, you compel the reader to turn the page.  You may wish to provoke interest, concern, sympathy, anger or fear as a result of carefully chosen “grabber factoids”.

Click on the Firefly above right to learn more about grabbing your reader without getting slapped.


 
Useful Links-
  "The Truth is Out There"

      We couldn't help but borrow the now famous phrase from the X-Files.  The star of the series, Fox Mulder spent every waking hour in search of the truth surrounding the alien abduction of his younger sister.  Each week, his search would take him down paths leading to the paranormal, the supernatural, unexplained phenomenon and of course, aliens.

    Think of a  good search engine being comparable to Fox Mulder driving a Ferrari.  Fast, responsive and always heading in pursuit of "the truth".  Take a look at the list of useful links that we have prepared and try one on for size.

      Students are encouraged to add to this page useful links and preferred search engines that are not included on this page.  We would love to hear from you.

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Lab Report Outline -
  "These will make you sound smarterer!"

      Biology is a lab course whereby there will be lab demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the year.  It is important that each student know how to record and compile their data, develop an hypothesis and communicate their results in a clear, concise manner.  This link provides students with the Lab Report Template that will be used in this course.  In addition, there are a number of useful tips on how to successfully implement the scientific method, write your report, introduce graphics and documenting your sources.

Click on the picture of colorful beakers in order to proceed.


 
The Scientific Method -
  "Using the Scientific Method to solve the mystery of The Roswell Incident"

      The Scientific Method is one of the most important tools used by scientists, students and otherwise really smart people to solve problems, answer questions or test new discoveries.  It is a simple step by step process which will prove useful for you throughout your science career in high school, college and beyond.  Students will learn the basic steps of the SM while applying it to the circumstances surrounding one of the greatest mysteries of alien visitation and governmental secrecy- The Roswell Incident.

Click on the picture of the flying saucer in order to proceed.


The Scientific Method Part I & II-
Human Evolution and The Riddle of the Skull

    Things are not always what they seem.  The picture on the right will reveal a mystery surrounding the discovery of an unusual skull and partial skeleton that has baffled scientists.  While the physical features of these remains appear to have some human characteristics, something is clearly not right.  Can you identify the origin of these bones using the scientific method?  Click on the skeleton in order to proceed.
 
Project Board Layout -
  "How to stand out from the rest of the crowd!"

      Your project board for science fair must be informative and easy on the eyes.  Your goal is to make it easy to read,  tastefully decorated and formatted in order to attract attention and interest.  Careful attention to detail makes a huge difference.  This tutorial provides students with a concise summary on how to construct an award winning project board using no hands!  Just kidding about the last part.

Click on the picture of the wooly mammoth spider wasp in order to learn more.


Fossil Fuels Worksheet
  
So much of our lives depend on Fossil Fuels that it is hard to imagine what life would be without them.  Unfortunately, they are the single greatest contributors of greenhouse gases which is threatening our environment as well as its many inhabitants.  This worksheet complements that Current Event Topic covered in all three of our science classes.

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Research, Research and more Research!

    The quality of your project paper will be determined by the quality of your research. 

    For years I have observed students diving headfirst into research topics that seemed on the surface to be exhilarating, cutting edge, provocative and compelling only to see their efforts dashed on the rocks of despair.  The reason?  Students did not take the time to assess whether or not their selection of research topics offered them enough choices of quality references or credible sources of useful information.  Performing research is a science, and doing it right has tremendous benefits.  Taking shortcuts by not using an outline or failing to check the credibility of your sources could have yield disastrous results.  Not cool.

    Click on the Game of Thrones link above to learn more about how to conduct research like a pro and leave no stone unturned.