Life Science Virtual Classroom 2020

May 19th Update:

The assignment posted yesterday has been recalled, as instruction ends Friday. Please use your time to finish any past assignments or projects. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am available until the end of the school year.

May 18th Update:
 Assignment recalled.

May 12th Update

This week’s assignment:“Environment Survey + Cause/Effect” 
Due Monday, May 18th

Note: This assignment can be found as a Word document in the "Lessons" blue bullet-point link to your left.

Part 1:

  1. Take the survey on Page 1 (make sure to total your answers).
  2. Post a FlipGrid video talking about your totals.
    1.  What column did you score the highest/lowest and why? Where would you like to improve/not improve and why? Continue to check FlipGrid and discuss with your classmates. Video responses will be moderated, so keep it on topic.

Part 2:

  1. Write out the two Effects for the two Causes on Page 2.
  2. Add another page to the word document.
  3. In the same format as the two given Effects, pick two of the Categories from the survey on Page 1.
  4. Turn the two chosen Categories from Page 1 into Causes and write how your response (and all the people who would respond the same way) has an effect on the environment.
    1. (E.g. Cause = Planting a tree ==>  Effect = I planted a tree as a symbolic act and if everyone did the same global warming could be slowed. Trees remove C02 from the atmosphere and also replace natural habitats that have been destroyed by deforestation.)

Part 3:

  1. E-mail me the document once completed:
    1. Make sure you completed all steps from Part 1.
    2. Make sure you completed all steps from Part 2.

May 7th Update

NOTE: The May 1st Update assignment criteria below still holds. To clarify, the Brainstorm due tomorrow Friday, May 8th refers to Page 2 of the “Trash to Treasure” Word document. Only the six questions and the table are due. These questions are to help you get started and the table is a brief outline of how you are going to manage your time. Let me know if you need more time, however, this should be done as soon as possible so that you allow yourself enough time to make your project, write the paper, and do a Flipgrid video by Wednesday, May 20th.

May 1st, 2020 Update (New Project)

Thank you for all the wonderful Biome Project submissions! (I am still accepting projects if you have not finished yet.) Please continue to comment and discuss on each other’s posts in Padlet and FlipGrid. Remember to keep it positive and that I need to approve everything before it will appear on the site.

Upcoming Due Dates:

Note: The below assignments can be found in the "Lessons" tab on your left.

·         I assigned you a brief reading activity with 8 multiple choice questions and 2 open ended questions due Wednesday, May 6th. (submit via email)

·         Your next major project is called “Trash to Treasure” and is due Wednesday, May 20th.

o   Part 1 – Brainstorming is due Friday, May 8th. (submit via email)

Please use your time next week to document your brainstorming for your project and start prospecting necessary supplies. You should not need to go out and spend any money for this project as it can be done with trash and objects found around the home.

Just a heads up that I will be assigning another activity next week. Please keep in mind that if we were in school you would be doing classwork and activities, with the same project that you have 20 days to work on. Use your time wisely and be creative!

April 24th, 2020

Ecosystems PDF activities were due on Tuesday, 21st. However, I understand that due to current circumstances, not everyone was able to submit on time. The due date is flexible and I am still accepting assignments. Please contact me if you need more time.

Below are suggested ways to complete and turn in this activity:

  • ·         Type the answers in a Word document and submit via email.
  • ·         Print the answer sheet PDF and fill it out, then take a photo of the answers and email me the image.
  • ·         Print the document and scan with answers and email it.

Biome Projects are due April 30th

6th Grade Honors Life Science – Submit your PowerPoint slides via Padlet (email me a copy) and then post a video on Flipgrid.  Flip code:5fae4c4c  

7th Grade Life Science – Submit your PowerPoint slides on Padlet (email me a copy), if you chose to do PowerPoint, then post a video on Flipgrid. If you chose to do an alternative format, only post a video on Flipgrid. Flip code: e94f0ab4

Earth Day

April 21st, 2020

"Topic 15" ecosystems.pdf and the Biome Project are the only objectives students need to focus on at this time in Moodle.

April 20th, 2020

Update: For the Ecosystems.pdf activities in Moodle: Submit your answers via Word document to me via email

You may submit answers all at once or as you complete them (a few sections at a time). Please pace yourself and let me know if you need more time.

April 16th, 2020

6th Grade Honors: PowerPoint Biome Project (Due April 30th) is uploaded to Moodle.

Please see below for three major details on the project:

  •        You must submit slides via Padlet
  •        Please be prepared to talk about project on Flipgrid (Flip code: 5fae4c4c) or Padlet
  •        Using MLA citation is a must! (Use EasyBib just like with the Science Fair Research Plan)


Both 6th Honors and 7th Life Science students:should be working on Ecosystems.pdf under “Topic 15” in Moodle (Due April 21st). *See previous post April 14th, 2020 for more details.


April 14th, 2020
Welcome back from Spring Break!

Life Science Students should be checking both this site, student email, and Moodle daily. Please see below for the steps to access Moodle. I will upload material into Moodle, so please log into either the 6th Grade Honors or 7th Grade Life Science Moodle classroom accordingly.

Access Moodle Classroom:

1.       Go to

2.       On the top banner, click on Students and then scroll down to Web Based Student Programs

3.       Click on Moodle Online Course Management System

4.       In Moodle, click on Middle School – Wilson – Science – Castree – (6th Grade honors Life Science or 7th Grade Life Science)

Moodle Enrollment Key:  6th grade honors Life Science: castree6H
                                                             7th grade Life Science: castree7

6th Grade Honors Life Science/7th Grade Life Science - BOTH

This week (April 14th - April 17th) is just to get you familiarized with Moodle, if you have not used it before.

·         The assignment for this week is a printable Ecosystems.pdf with 27 exercises under “Topic 15” in Moodle. You may submit your answers via Word document to me via Email (


Note: We already covered the introduction portion in class before school closed. Please pace yourselves and reach out to me if you have any questions.

6th Grade Honors Life Science - ONLY

Please introduce yourself in FlipGrid. Thank you to the students who have already done so.

6th grade flip code:

7th Grade Life Science - ONLY

Biome Project submission for the 7th Grade will be submitted via FlipGrid under the appropriate topic. You have up to 5 minutes to talk about your Biome project and show it to your peers (you do not need to present for the entire 5 minutes). Some key points to mention about your project might be what was easy or difficult and what aspect of the project was your favorite part.  *If you sent me PowerPoint Slides... Please resubmit them under Padlet for the class to see.

7th grade Biome Project flip code:

Please introduce yourself on Flipgrid: 7th grade Introduction flip code:


Past Update: (March)

Hello 6H and 7 Life Science students,

I hope you are all well!

Your primary objective for now are the twenty lessons available on Study Island. There are many students and parents concerned about the online work. Please pace yourselves with Study Island and online lessons. Everything does not need to be done in one day.

Things to do:

  • Sign up for Remind if you haven’t done so
  • Feel free to share on the Padlet board, in your corresponding section.
    • All posts are subjected to review. Anonymous post and individuals outside this curriculum area will not be approved.
  • Log into Flipgrid and post a video. This should be a fun way to engage with your classmates.
  • Check out some of the Science Websites , Outdoor Activities, and Useful Links, also accessible from the Front page of my teacher website.

This Page is still under construction, but I am working on implementing a way for you all to engage in school in a new way. Stay tuned.

Best regards,

Mr. Castree