1.4: September 24-28

Important Dates
10.12 Statewide Inservice Day- No School
10.16 Bull Run Watershed Field Trip, 9:00-3:00
10.17 Two hour late opening

Medicine Wheel

This week in…

Math
Bits and Pieces I: Understanding Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages
Problem 2.4: Fractions
Between Fractions
Problem 2.5: Naming Fractions Greater Than 1
Check-up: Units One and Two 
Japanese
hiragana (ひらがな)
first six columns
あいうえお
かきくけこ
さしすせそ
たちつてと
ないぬねの
はひふへほ
Starting a conversation in Japanese
Systems Thinking
Aquaponics- nitrogen cycle
Systems thinking tool- stock and flow model
Fish (Amonia NH4), Nitrosomonas (Nitrites NO2), Nitrobacter (Nitrates NO3), Plants
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Systems tool: Ladder of Inference (mental models), causal loops (reinforcing feedback or balancing feedback)

Writing
Personal Narrative Memoir:
Developing ideas and strong body paragraphs
Science
Understanding Aquaponics
1. Zero waste system beginning with food waste from cafeteria to feed black soldier fly larvae
2. Black soldier fly larvae to feed fish and produce leachate to feed plants in garden
3. The role of fish: production of ammonia to feed bacteria called nitrosonomas
4. The role of bacteria nitrosomonas to feed on ammonia, waste becomes nitrites
and feeds bacteria called nitrobacter
5. the role of bacteria nitrobacter is to feed on nitrites, waste becomes nitrates
6. The role of plants: consumers of nitrates to purify water for fish
Science Fair
Getting started: independent variable, dependent variable
1. The Question, Hypothesis, hypothesis graph, background information
2. Setting up a science journal to record observations and data
3. Practical application: What “real world problem” does my project solve
Reading
Omnivore’s Dilemma
Part 1: The Industrial Meal: Food From Corn- Chapters 1-10
Big Question: Where does our food come from?
Chapter 5: The Feedlot: Turning Corn into Meat
Chapter 6: Processed Food
Chapter 7: Fat From Corn
Chapter 8: The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Chapter 9: My Fast Food Meal