• Science Demo Wednesday

    Posted by Billie Lanigan on 4/21/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Check Canvas for today's assignment. You must watch the video and answer the 2 questions so you're not marked absent today.

    Enjoy Demo #24 - What the Force Part 2

    After the demo, if you are missing work you should spend the rest of the scheduled science time catching up.

    If you want to watch the What the Force Part 2 video for fun here, but you must answer the questions in Canvas.

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  • Lab Safety

    Posted by Billie Lanigan on 4/19/2021

    In case you missed it...

    Heatherwood Middle School Announcements for Monday, April 19, 2021


    adapt to change


    Today's Warm-up:

    What are some things you need to do to stay safe in a science lab?

    Wear goggles and gloves, don't eat/smell anything, make sure you follow directions...


    What a day! Apologies to those at home who had to wait patiently for Zooms to start! And, of course the internet was not cooperating so that made things take even longer than normal. We knew today would be pretty bumpy, but I think we were quite successful. Today's lesson was about lab equipment. I showed many tools that studenst would be using if we were able to do labs this year. We normally do this in the first week of school, taking notes and then practicing using many of the tools. We won't get to use the tools this year, but students will get to use them eventually when things go back to normal. It will be a good introduction and hopefully they will remember the tools and their uses. 


    Today's independent work was to watch one or two videos about lab safety and answer 10 questions.Crash Course Lab Safety and Amoeba Sisters Lab Safety. The videos are about lab safety and the questions are pretty much common sense, but good things to keep in mind for when students are able to work on labs again.

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  • Welcome to the Last Quarter of the School Year!

    Posted by Billie Lanigan on 4/16/2021 3:00:00 PM


    Greetings, Hawks!

    I've been working hard the past couple of days getting ready for the return of students, and making engaging lessons that will include everyone who is staying remote. 

    One thing we've been hearing from 6th-graders is that they're worried about getting to know their way around the school. I've created an interactive map that you can use now to get to know the school and the people who work here. Even if you're not coming back this year it's a good way to see what you'll be coming to in the fall.

    Heatherwood Interactive Map

    Here are some links for important information:

    Bell Schedules

    Attestation Forms

    April Newsletter

    You shoud have received an email from the school about your scheudle and whether you're in Hybrid Group 1, Hybrid Group 2. or staying remote. If you haven't, please contact the school.

    The scheudle for all students has changed. Be sure to check when your classes start. The weirdest change is to first period and that threw off all the other class periods.

    For science Mr. Corbett and I have been working on lessons to keep kids engaged whether they are in the classroom or staying remote. We won't be able to do hands-on labs in the classroom for safety, and distancing, so kids at home won't be missing out on those things. Since Wednesday's are still asynchronous we are still making demo videos for you to enjoy and be marked present for attendance. 

    If you are returning to school, please be sure your Chromebook is charged and that you bring earbuds.

    I look forward to seeing you on Monday and Tuesday!

    Keep calm


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  • New Schedule Starting April 19th

    Posted by Billie Lanigan on 4/14/2021 2:00:00 PM

    6th Grade Schedule Staring Monday, April 19th

    Monday & Thursday

    1st Period 8:00 - 8:50

    3rd Period 9:00 - 10:30

    Lunch 10:35 - 11:15

    5th Period 11:25 - 12:55

    7th Period 1:05 - 2:35


    Tuesday & Friday

    1st Period 8:00 - 8:50

    2nd Period 9:00 - 10:30

    Lunch 10:35 - 11:15

    4th Period 11:25 - 12:55

    6th Period 1:05 - 2:35


    Hybrid Groups (If you don't know which one you're in, please contact the school)


    Hybrid Groups

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  • Thursday and Friday are ASYNCHRONOUS DAYS

    Posted by Billie Lanigan on 4/14/2021


    All middle school and high schools are having asynchronous days on Thursday, April 15th, and Friday, April 16th. We are getting our rooms ready for returning students.

    Check Canvas for the announcement which will explain what you're doing for science today.


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  • Natural Resources

    Posted by Billie Lanigan on 4/12/2021 2:00:00 PM

     In case you missed it:

    Heatherwood Middle School Announcements for Monday, April 12, 2021
    Thursday and Friday are ASYNCHRONOUS days. Teachers will be preparing their rooms for in-person learning. There will still be an assignment for science in Canvas. Please check the announcements or chek back here for more information.

    Check out this really cool video of lava at the Iceland Volcano!

    New Schedule starting April 19th and Hibrid Groups. If you are coming back to school and didn't get the email about whether you're in hybrid group 1 or 2, please contact the school.

    Hybrid schedule

    Hybrid Groups

    Today's Warm-up:
    Name something you think is valuable and explain why you think it is valuable.

    There are no wrong answers to this question. Some answers students gave include home, family, computers, time, gold, and food.


    4 nat resources

    Value can be defined as somethings "worth or usefulness". Students were quick to choose things that they thought were special to them, like family, food, their homes, and things they felt they couldn't live without when we first started discussing the meaning of value. The Nearpod lesson we did today focused on Natural Resources, the difference between renewable natural resources, and nonrenewable natural resources and value of natural resources.

    When we're in-person in a normal school year I put four items out on the student's tables and in their groups students rate the items as most to least valuable. The items are wood, a rock with fossils, coal, and a rock with garnets. Usually coal and the rock with garnets are at the top. We discuss all the benefits of each item and by the end of class the opinions change. Wood usually ends up at the top. Students realize that there are so many things we use wood for that it would be really hard to live without it. 

    The Nearpod lesson included differences between renewable and nonrenewable natural resources. Students discussed why renewable resources are better for the environment and why a nonrenewable resource can disappear. This Natural Resources Video is included in the Nearpod lesson.


    Page 2: Natural Resources is in Canvas. It includes a BrainPOP episode about natural resources with 10 multiple choice questions. This is to reinforce what we did as a class in Zoom. This will be important information when we move on to minerals and what makes them valuable and important to us.


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  • The Rock Cycle

    Posted by Billie Lanigan on 4/1/2021 2:00:00 PM

    In case you missed it:

    Heatherwood Middle School Announcements for Thursday, April 1, 2021

    Heatherwood Staff Middle School Photos for a laugh! Can you believe it? Would you have recognized them if their names weren't there?



    Today's Warm-up:

    How are rocks made? There are three types of rocks and they are classified by how they are made. Sedimentary rocks form when layers of small pieces of rocks (sediment) compact and cement together. Igneous rocks form when magma rises to the surface, cools, and hardens. Metamorphic rock is a rock that sinks deep into the ground and melts together because of high heat and pressure.


    dangerous rocks

    Before introducing the rock cycle, we started with a review of volcanoes with a game of Kahoot! This Volcano Kahoot (Game PIN: 04281532) reviewed types of volcanoes, lava viscosity, and how volcanoes are formed.

    For our introduction to Rocks and Minerals, students participated in a Nearpod lesson. This can be found in Canvas. It is Page 1A in the Rocks and Minerals module. After spring break we will spend more time investigating how rocks are formed and how to identify rocks and minerals. 


    Today's assignment that students completed after the Zoom ended was a review of the Nearpod lesson. It included 4 BrainPOP episodes with questions to answer. The episodes, Weathering, Erosion, The Rock Cycle, and Types of Rocks, were each about 2-minutes long.

    Spring Break Have a fantastic Spring break!!


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  • Science Demo Wednesday

    Posted by Billie Lanigan on 3/31/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Check Canvas for today's assignment. You must watch the video and answer the 2 questions so you're not marked absent today.

    Enjoy Demo #22 - Bernoulli Explained in the Science Demo Wednesday Module in Canvas.

    After the demo, if you are missing work you should spend the rest of the scheduled science time catching up.

    If you want to watch the Bernoulli Explained video for fun here, but you must answer the questions in Canvas.

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  • Washington Volcanoes

    Posted by Billie Lanigan on 3/29/2021 2:00:00 PM

    In case you missed it...

    Heatherwood Middle School Announcements for Monday, March 29, 2021

    Iceland Volcano - This video shows how the viscosity of the lava is very low, but it cools quickly which slows it down, making it high viscosity.


    Mountain Fountain


    Today's Warm-up:

    Iceland’s volcano has been erupting for over 2 weeks. Why aren’t people freaking out about it?

    The volcano is a fissure volcano. It has very low viscosity lava so it isn't explosive. But, as it flows out of the vents it cools quickly which makes the lava more viscous and it slows down and hardens quickly.


    Students participated in a Nearpod lesson about the types of volcanoes. They watched one video for each type of volcano with real examples of eruptions from each. This was an extension of last week's presentation about types of volcanoes. See the link below for Page 4A for students who were absent or students who would like to see the videos again.


    Today's assignment, Page 4: Washington Volcano Research, was similar to last week's. Last week students used the Volcano Discovery website to explore the different volcanoes erupting or that are active all over the world. They used a template slide to insert the information they found about the volcano they chose. Today's assignment was to chose one of the volcanoes here in Washington to investigate. Just like last week, students were given the information they needed for the volcanoes they could choose from and then filled in a slide with that information. I supplied the link to each volcano from the USGS website.

    Page 4A: Types of Volcanoes Nearpod Lesson (Join Code: 9LWSR) is available in Canvas for any students who were absent.

    Page 4B: Washington Volcanoes with Ms. Lanigan and Mr. Corbett isn't an assignment. It contains the three videos Mr. Corbett and I made when we were camping at the three Washington Volcanoes. There are some fun facts about each volcano and our wonderings as we hiked and got to know the volcanoes better. The links to the videos are below.

    Mt. Baker

    Mt. St. Helens

    Mt. Rainier


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  • Three Types of Volcanoes

    Posted by Billie Lanigan on 3/25/2021 2:00:00 PM

    In case you missed it:

    Heatherwood Middle School Announcements for Thursday, March 25, 2021

    Hawk Talk Podcast

    Check out this video of the Iceland volcano's side collapsing as people stand close to it.



    Today's Warm-up:

    Which type of volcano has the most explosive, violent eruptions? Explain why.

    Stratovolcano (aka composite volcano). The magma under a stratovolcano is very viscous (thick and sticky). Gas builds up under it and when it finally breaks through it causes a violent, explosive eruption. 


    Yep. That's Lava

    We took a closer look at the different types of volcanoes today. Today's lesson was a presentation that can be found in Canvas in the Volcanoes Module, Page 3A: Volcanoes Presentation. Students were able to use what they learned from previous lessons and apply that knowledge to the discussions we had today. For example, Stratovolcanoes have explosive eruptions because of the high viscosity of lava trapping the gas beneath it. And, although all rock from volcanoes is igneous, the different types of rocks formed are due to the viscosity of the lava. Volcanoes with low viscosity lava will have rocks with many holes in them. High viscosity lava creates more dense rock with very few holes.

    Of course, we also looked at the live-stream of the volcano erupting in Iceland. We were able to see that the lava is low viscosity because it is bubbling and quickly flowing away from the vents. It slows as it cools and hardens. The volcano looked smaller today because the lava that is flowing out of it is cooling very quickly and piling up. Remember, the live-streams won't play on the district devices so you'll need to use a different device to watch it. It's beautiful at night and since it gets darker there earlier than here you can see the nighttime eruptions starting early in the afternoon here.


    Today's assignment was to explore the world's volcanoes. Using the website Volcano Discovery, students could see all the active volcanoes and currently erupting volcanoes all over the world. There is a tutorial for how to navigate the website in Canvas in this assignment. The assignment was to make a copy of a Google Slide we provided. The first slide had an example of what should be submitted. Students explored the volcanoes, picked one, and, on their slide, added a picture, the name of the volcano, the elevation of the volcano (listed on the website) and, its status.

    Etna status

    Ring of Fire


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