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Mr. Cook

The bulk of the matter that composes your teacher was forged in a star that died billions of years ago...early hydrogen and helium fusing together to form the iron in his blood, the carbon in his proteins and fats...all in the fiery furnace of one of the universe's early stars. The platinum in his wedding band was the last of his atoms to be formed... the result of a cosmic shockwave that passed through the dying star as it went full supernova. Some of his resources include, but are not limited to, electromagnetic sensors, vibration detectors, long distance and close range chemical identification mechanisms, and tactile sensors. He shares much of these same traits with his students. 

The photo on this page was taken in the Bering Sea in 2014, when I was lucky enough to join NOAA on a research vessel through the Teacher At Sea program.

A blog of that journey, and what I learned along the way, can be found here. Cook Teacher Sea

Room 300's after-school help day is Thursday, though I can arrange for other days with some notice. Please reach me at cookg@amesburyma.gov

In Science this year we will be studying the following topics

  • The Scientific Method: All modern medicine and technology is the result of research using some form of the scientific method. We’ll learn how scientists research and verify phenomena in the universe.
  • Characteristics of Living Things: What does it mean to be alive? How is that defined? What lines should be drawn, and what lines should be questioned?
  • Necessities of Life: With Life defined, what is required to maintain life?
  • Cells! What’s a cell? What’s their job? How do they work? How do they reproduce? How does this crazy community of differentiated cells combine to form a living, breathing organism?
  • The Human Body: How do our collection of organs and organ systems create a living, breathing, thinking, wandering you?
  • Heredity: How do we inherit traits from our parents, and pass them on to our children, all while ensuring diversity and randomness in a population?
  • Evolution: The tree of life! How did single celled organisms in the primordial goop change over time to create salmon, crocodiles, oak trees, and Tom Brady?
  • Ecosystems: biotic vs abiotic factors, competition and collaboration, niches, energy flow, populations, and biodiversity.

Possible Science assignments include:

  • Lab activities
  • Research reports
  • Homework
  • Quizzes and tests