Wellness: Body Systems!

After completing your CPR practice, we started notes on body systems.

To review, a body system is made up of many organs working together to perform a function (think: digestive system, for example).  We started the notes on Friday, and will complete them on Tuesday.  They are below:

We’ll use these notes and the text to create body systems “posters” of our own to complete this unit.  Then we’ll begin the unit review and prepare for a Proof/Unit exam next week!

Foundations of Science: Observing Scientifically

Today we introduced the concepts surrounding basic scientific observation. We defined the terms Observation, Inference, Qualitative, and Quantitative.

To review:

  • Observation: a fact that can be observed
  • Inference: making a guess about what can’t be seen; A possible explanation or conclusion based on observations. 
  • Qualitative: an observation which uses describing words (big, cold, bright, yellow — These are Qualities)
  • Quantitative: an observation which uses a measure or count of something (10 meters, 300 degrees, 240 volts, 100 megabytes/sec— these are Quantites)

Here are the slides from today:

We ended with an investigation of some beakers that contained a surprise!

Foundations: Mass and Weight and using a scale

Last Friday we spent the day getting used to Mass.  Remember that Mass is not weight!

mass is not weight

Mass is the amount of matter in something.  We can measure it lots of different ways: spinning it and seeing how hard it pulls, smashing it into something, accellerating it, or, more easily on Earth: seeing how much gravity pulls on it.  Since Earth’s gravity is pretty consistent we can use this most places pretty accurately. Here at WHS we use triple and quad beam balances.

Here is a video demonstrating the use of a balance :

We then went on to measure a variety of objects out of Mr. Siedler’s classroom and car: a gear shift, a soda can, different pine cones, etc. etc.

Everybody seemed to be pretty comfortable with the scale and even reading to the tenths and hundredths of a gram.  For more practice, see Ms. Peterson’s Blog on Mass.


Wellness: goal setting and First-Aid

Last week we covered SMART goals, which you are sure to run into in the professional workplace and are a great way to organize yourself to accomplish big tasks.  I use SMART goals everyday in my life.  The key is to set small, specific, and reachable goals along the way to your main goal.  Below are the slides we used to go over the concept:

Link https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12Yej64GfibWxz2M0fgkYs2sgOebYT2UhXoSbdpGyir8/edit?usp=sharing

Our next 2 lessons covered the basics of First Aid. We learned how to approach an emergency (don’t rush in!), get professionals on the scene ASAP (call 911), and keep the victim alive as best you can.  Specifically we covered helping a choking person and how to administer compression only CPR.  The slides are below:

SDS Documents and Lab Safety.

The Last 3 Foundations classes have been all about SAFETY! Here in Mr. Siedler’s Class we are CRAZY about SAFETY!

We learned the first 10 sections of the MSDS now called the SDS document.  These documents accompany chemicals in a workplace and give vital information to those using the chemicals.

Here’s the Video link to the OSHA Training video

Here’s the OSHA Reading, The SDS Prep Assignment (worth points), and the handy dandy guide document.

Next we took a break to practice our volume measurement and procedure following skills with this lab.

Which should have given a beautiful result!


Lastly we took a look at a bunch of Lab Safety Videos such as this:

Crash Course

Zombie Lab

And we used the films and other materials ( like these) to complete the following assignment: What Did They Do Wrong?



Intro to Wellness and D.E.C.I.D.E Notes

Wellians! In the first couple of days we went about introducing the idea and asking questions about what is ‘wellness’ really?

First, we took some structured notes on some background information:

The next class we took notes on a decision making framework called the D.E.C.I.D.E steps. Here’s our notes for those:

And, on Monday, we went over what are SMART goals. Here’s a link to a PDF of this short set of slides