What students learn in Science!

In science, I believe kids make sense of our world by seeing and doing...just like scientists! We do lots of activities and experiments to explore different concepts and ideas. I try to get the students accustomed to a feeling of uncertainty. Scientists don’t have a teacher telling them their answer is right, so I like to plan many activities that don’t always have an obvious answer. This pushes the students to rely more on their data and observations to support their answer rather than my solution. In addition to using their textbook, the students use various websites during class lessons. I also include many PowerPoint presentations and video clips to help in the learning process and to include more current information than the text provides.

Mrs. DeBoo's Classes


7th and 8th Religion
On odd numbered years, the 7th and 8th grade will study the life of Jesus and prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  On even numbered years, the 7th and 8th graders will study the Mystery of the Catholic Church.  We will also use the Top 20 program throughout the year in order to learn how to put our Church's teachings into action on a daily basis.  Online resources for our textbook can be found at Loyola Press.

5th Grade Science
In the beginning of the year, fifth graders study matter, physical properties, changes in matter, and the scientific method.  They use the scientific method to explore the states of matter.  Midway through the year, the students learn about atoms, energy and electricity.  In teams, the fifth graders design their own circuits with slide or push button switches made out of everyday items.  During the last quarter, the students explore forces by doing experiments to see how bridges and buildings are designed to withstand all sorts of different forces that act on them every day. We end the year with the laws of motions.  The online acitivity, Puck Chuck, and the balloon rocket experiment are class favorites!

6th Grade Science 

In the beginning of the year, sixth graders study atoms, elements, coumpounds, acids and bases, physical changes, and chemical changes.  Some favorite experiment include using litmus paper to classify different household products as acids or bases and experimenting with different ways to prevent iron nails from rusting.  Midway through the year, the sixth grade focuses on the different forms of energy.  To begin the unit, they explore how different toys store potential energy so that it can be transformed into kinetic energy, or the energy of motion.  They will also learn about thermal energy, chemical energy, light energy, and sound energy.  A small unit on the star cycle is covered during the light energy chapter.  The end of the year focuses on plants.  The sixth graders will design their own plant experiments and hopefully transplant their healthy plants to our school garden.  

Plants StudyStacks
Plant Test #1 StudyStack
How Plants Grow StudyStack 

Energy Websites
Waves Energy Test StudyStack
Electromagnetic Energy StudyStack
Electromagnet Lab
Energy Hogbusters
Blobz Guide to Electricity
Electricity Research

Universe and Star Websites
Constellation Finder
Star Cycle - You might need to use Internet Explorer
Zoom into the Star Cycle

Sound Websites
Sound Quiz StudyStack
Explore Hearing Loss
What is too loud?
Virtual Oscilloscope - Move the knobs at the top to "1"
Sound Quiz

Energy Test StudyStack
Energy Hog Game
Getting Electricity To Your House
Qubec Electricity Activity
Wind and Solar Energy Game

Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter StudyStacks
Atoms, Elements, Periodic Table, & Acids/Bases StudyStacks

Acids and Bases Website Activities
Periodic Table Pop-Up Review

Interactive Periodic Table

7th Grade Science
The seventh graders study life science all year long and focus especially on bacteria, viruses, protists, fungi, the immune system, and genetics.  After learning the charactertistics and needs of all living things, the students begin designing their own long-term life science projects.  First, as a whole class model of the scientific method, we select one variable to test on bread mold and then do the entire project together as a class.  The students then are better able to choose a topic of their choosing because they know what will be expected of them.  

Genetics Survey
Gregor Mendel's Pea Lab
What are Genetic Traits Video Clip
Dog Breeding Challenge
Gene Builder

StudyStack Reviews

8th Grade Science
The eighth graders focus on Earth Science all year long.  The first part of the year is dedicated to learning  how geologists map the Earth.  Then, the students move on to using and interpreting topographic maps. Later in the year, eighth graders classify minerals and rocks.  The end of the year is dedicated to the theory of plate tectonics and earthquakes.  Creating a model of a three story building that can withstand a simulated earthquake is a class favorite!  Throughout the year, students develop and carry out their own long term science project using Google Docs.  

Locating The Epicenter

StudyStack Reviews
Lab Vocab StudyStack
Earth Science Vocab StudyStack 
Topography/Maps StudyStack
Rock Intro StudyStack
Rock Test StudyStack
Minerals StudyStack
Plate Tectonics StudyStack
Plate Tectonics Process Identification

Earthquakes StudyStack

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Mrs. Elizabeeth DeBoo (5-8 Science and 5th Homeroom)

Teacher Profile

Years at Cabrini: Fourteen years

Years of Teaching:  Fifteen years

Previous Teaching Positions: Notre Dame Elementary

Degrees:  B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of North Texas with a specialty in Reading and a focus in Music and Science

Teaching Certificates:

  • Middle School Science Certification
  • Elementary Ed Grades 1-8
  • Reading Certification Grades 1-8
  • Paul VI Religion Education certification

Teaching Awards

  • Archbishop Raymond Burke Teacher Recognition Award - May 11, 2010

Why do you enjoy teaching at Cabrini?
I enjoy teaching at Cabrini because it pushes me to be aware of the needs of others. I have to constantly reflect on how I teach and communicate with my students. Many times, this means I must adjust my techniques in a way that works for a particular student or class. My students are my inspiration for creating exciting and interesting lessons and they push me to continue to be a life-long learner.

I am also so glad to be working with professional teachers and administrators who take their job seriously and work hard to provide the best for their students. I love the diversity of our student body and the different experiences that each child brings to our school. To me, Cabrini is a wonderful place for people to grow…students and adults...and I’m glad I to be a part of such a dynamic and encouraging environment.

How would you describe your teaching style and method?
I believe that students learn best when they are in the cortex of their brain. Therefore, I incorporate many activities into my lessons that require student repetition, hand motions, and class chants that keep the whole class engaged. It is hard to be a passive learner in my classroom because you have to continually turn to your neighbor and tell them what you just learned with hand motions and a silly tone of voice. Then, the lesson concepts are tested and explored during group discussions, internet explorations, or hands on activities. When students are engaged and having fun, it is easier for their brains to retain what they are learning.

However, just like adults, students are not always in the cortex of their brain and can easily get emotional or upset. When this happens, no learning occurs. I help my students identify when they are retreating to their brain stem and teach them techniques that get them back to their cortex. This involves breathing exercises, conflict resolution techniques, energizing songs, team building activities and relaxation methods. I firmly believe that taking the time to teach these skills help students focus at school and get more out of their education. 

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