Grade 7: Week 2 Overview

Dr. Merritt: “Just remember, everything is interesting.”

Hello 7th grade scientists!

Welcome to Week 2 of remote learning. The Week 1 lessons are still accessible here.

As promised, the first week of our remote learning experience–or rather, our ambitious experiment–was one or two steps removed from total chaos (actually, to be honest, Week 1 went pretty smoothly all things considered!).

OK, without further adieu, here is the Grade 7: Week 2 Overview. Of course, this overview is subject to change, but Dr. M will be updating it regularly, so please check it throughout the week.

  • TIP: be sure to refresh this page it in your browser if it looks out of date to you.

Lesson 5 – Monday

  1. Complete W2.L5.A0 – Weekly Survey by Monday at 16:00, but preferably before the start of Monday’s class.
  2. Class meeting on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt has posted the Zoom link–which is now the same for all class meetings–in the Google Classroom stream, as well as in each class’ Google Hangout.
  3. If you cannot be present in the class Zoom meeting, go to our Google Classroom > Classwork > Week 2: Lessons 5-8 > W2.L5 – The Plan.
    • If you cannot attend our meeting, you must try to follow the plan on your own.
  4. There are NO out-of-class assignments to do after this lesson!

Lesson 6 – Tuesday (B & C), Wednesday (H)

  1. Class meeting on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt has posted the Zoom link–which is now the same for all class meetings–in the Google Classroom stream, as well as in each class’ Google Hangout.
  2. If you cannot be present in the class Zoom meeting, go to our Google Classroom > Classwork > Week 2: Lessons 5-8 > W2.L6 – The Plan.
    • If you cannot attend our meeting, you must try to follow the plan on your own.
  3. Complete your row of a shared Google Document. To access this document go to our  Google Classroom > Classwork > Week 2: Lessons 5-8 > W2.L6.A1 – Student Collections (master).
  4. There is no written work to do before the next lesson, but students need to think hard about their choice of new collection topic/theme. 
    • If, upon further reflection, the choice of their new collection topic/theme is not deemed interesting to them, then students need to choose a different topic/theme before the next class period. Any students having difficulty choosing their topic/theme should not hesitate to contact Dr. M by email and ask for advice, tips, and/or suggestions.

Lesson 7 – Wednesday (B & C), Thursday (H)

  1. Class meeting on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt has posted the Zoom link–which is now the same for all class meetings–in the Google Classroom stream, as well as in each class’ Google Hangout.
  2. If you cannot be present in the class Zoom meeting, go to our Google Classroom > Classwork > Week 2: Lessons 5-8 > W2.L7 – The Plan.
    • If you cannot attend our meeting, you must try to follow the plan on your own.
  3. During class, Dr. M will ask students to finalize their collection topic/theme and complete their first Specimen Sheet, which will then be submitted to our Google Classroom as an assignment.

Lesson 8 – Thursday (B), Friday (C & H)

  1. Class meeting on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt has posted the Zoom link–which is now the same for all class meetings–in the Google Classroom stream, as well as in each class’ Google Hangout.
  2. If you cannot be present in the class Zoom meeting, go to our Google Classroom > Classwork > Week 2: Lessons 5-8 > W2.L8 – The Plan.
    • If you cannot attend our meeting, you must try to follow the plan on your own.
  3. Although there are no more Specimen Sheets to complete during the weekend, students should feel free to spend time this weekend collecting specimens for their new collections!
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Grade 6: Week 2 Overview

Dr. Merritt: “Just remember, everything is interesting.”

Hello 6th grade scientists!

Welcome to Week 2 of remote learning. The Week 1 lessons are still accessible here.

As promised, the first week of our remote learning experience–or rather, our ambitious experiment–was just one or two steps removed from total chaos (actually, to be honest, Week 1 went pretty smoothly all things considered!).

OK, without further adieu, here is the Grade 6: Week 2 Overview. Of course, this overview is subject to change, but Dr. M will be updating it regularly, so please check it throughout the week.

  • TIP: be sure to refresh this page it in your browser if it looks out of date to you.

Lesson 5 – Monday

  1. Complete W2.L5.A0 – Weekly Survey by Monday at 16:00, but preferably before the start of Monday’s class.
  2. Class meeting on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt has posted the Zoom link–which is now the same for all class meetings–in the Google Classroom stream, as well as in the class Google Hangout.
  3. If you cannot be present in the class Zoom meeting, go to our Google Classroom > Classwork > Week 2: Lessons 5-8 > W2.L5 – The Plan.
    • If you cannot attend our meeting, you must try to follow the plan on your own.
  4. There are NO out-of-class assignments to do after this lesson!

Lesson 6 – Tuesday

  1. Class meeting on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt has posted the Zoom link–which is now the same for all class meetings–in the Google Classroom stream, as well as in the class Google Hangout.
  2. If you cannot be present in the class Zoom meeting, go to our Google Classroom > Classwork > Week 2: Lessons 5-8 > W2.L6 – The Plan.
    • If you cannot attend our meeting, you must try to follow the plan on your own.
  3. During class, we will all be entering our Seasoning data into a spreadsheet created by Dr. M.
  4. At the end of today’s class, students were asked to send Dr. M (brett.merritt@tasis.ch) an email with their best definitions for the following three words: SEASONINGS, SPICES, HERBS.

Lesson 7 – Wednesday

  1. Class meeting on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt has posted the Zoom link–which is now the same for all class meetings–in the Google Classroom stream, as well as in the class Google Hangout.
  2. If you cannot be present in the class Zoom meeting, go to our Google Classroom > Classwork > Week 2: Lessons 5-8 > W2.L7 – The Plan.
    • If you cannot attend our meeting, you must try to follow the plan on your own.
  3. We will re-visit the latest version of the class Seasoning Spreadsheet, which we created together in yesterday’s class.
    • The main focus of this lesson will be something that scientists ALWAYS have to do any data ‘set’ before analyzing it: Clean it up!!!

Lesson 8 – Thursday

  1. Class meeting on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt has posted the Zoom link–which is now the same for all class meetings–in the Google Classroom stream, as well as in the class Google Hangout.
  2. If you cannot be present in the class Zoom meeting, go to our Google Classroom > Classwork > Week 2: Lessons 5-8 > W2.L8 – The Plan.
    • If you cannot attend our meeting, you must try to follow the plan on your own.
  3. There is are no science assignments to complete for homework during the weekend.
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Grade 7: Week 1 Overview

Dr. Merritt

Hello Grade 7 TASIS science students. Dr. Merritt has been busy preparing this week’s lesson overview for you. Please understand that all of your TASIS teachers are working very hard to get their lessons online with only a VERY short amount of time to do so!

Dr. Merritt will update this post throughout the week, so that you can always come here see the most comprehensive, up-to-date overview of this week’s Grade 7 science lessons.

Once you go to our Google Classroom, which is where ALL weekly assignments will be kept, you will quickly notice that Dr. Merritt is using file naming codes to help you keep organized. For example, all files belonging to “Week 1” begin with W1 at the start of their file name. Lesson files are always numbered to correspond to specific days, For example, all L1 files belong to Monday’s lesson, all L2 files belong to Tuesday’s lesson, all L3 files belong to Wednesday’s lesson, and all L4 files belong to Thursday. Lesson activities are always named in the order you are expected to do them: A0, A1, A2, etc. A complete file name thus has three parts. For example, “W1.L1.A0” is a Week 1 (W1) assignment occurring on Monday (L1) and, if it is the first activity (A) listed among activities (A0, A1, A2), it is the one you should do first.

Dr. Merritt requests that you do this week’s activities in the order listed under each Lesson shown below. If you have a printer at home, you might even consider printing out this post and crossing your assignments off as you complete them. All assignments should be accessed through our Google Classroom.

Don’t forget, Dr. M will be available to answer your questions during each lesson, as if we were still going to school. On those days that we don’t schedule an all-class Zoom meeting, Dr. M will be available for one-to-one Zoom conversations, which you can request by sending him an email (brett.merritt “at” tasis.ch). Also, don’t forget to keep using Veracross, which will always list all assignments and their due dates, as well as Grade 7 “This week in science!” page which, as you can now see if you look to the right of this page, has been renamed “Week 1 – Distance Learning.”

OK, so here is the Grade 7 science plan for Week 1 (so far!)…

Lesson 1 – Monday (B, C, H)

  1. Complete Assignment W1.L1.A0 (Weekly Survey). Available now!
  2. Complete Assignment W1.L1.A1 (Intro to Collections). This is a ‘read-only’ assignment. In other words, there is nothing to write, answer, and/or submit. Available @ 08:00 on Monday morning.
  3. Complete Assignment W1.L1.A2 (Exploration #1), which requires you to a) make a list on paper, b) transcribe/copy your list into a Goole Document, and c) upload your Google Document to our Google Classroom according to the instructions provided. Available @ 08:00 on Monday morning.

Lesson 2 – Tuesday (B, C) & Wednesday (H)

  1. Class meetings on Zoom on Tuesday for B period at 09:05 and C period at 10:15! For H period, the Zoom meeting will begin on Wednesday at 09:05.
    • Dr. Merritt will post a Zoom invitation with all of the necessary meeting information (codes, numbers, links, etc.) to the Google Classroom Streams.
    • In this meeting, we will not only talk a bit about Monday’s lesson, but also the different ways you can get help/assistance/support from your teacher throughout the week. We will also get ready to tackle Assignment W1.L2.A1.
  2. Complete Assignment W1.L2.A1 (Discover the Thing!).
    • This assignment requires you to revise Monday’s 10-25 ‘thing’ list, which was supposed to be uploaded to the Google Classroom before the start of Lesson 2. Available for B & C period students after 20:30 on Tuesday evening. Available for H period students after 20:30 on Wednesday evening.

Lesson 3 – Wednesday (B, C) & Thursday (H)

  1. Class meetings on Zoom on Wednesday for B period at 11:20 and C period at 13:15! For H period, the Zoom meeting will begin on Thursday at 11:20.
    • Dr. Merritt will post a Zoom invitation with all of the necessary meeting information to the Google Classroom (look to the Stream), but also in each class’ Google Hangout a minute or two before the meeting begins.
    • In this meeting, we will talk about your elaboration of your 10-25 ‘thing’ list.
    • We will also get ready to tackle Assignment W1.L3.A1, which is described below.
  2. Complete Assignment W1.L3.A1 (Question the Thing!).
    • This assignment requires you to generate 2 or more questions about each of the items you noticed in/from your current working space. Available @ 22:00 on Tuesday evening.

Lesson 4 – Thursday (B) & Friday (C, H)

  1. Class meetings on Zoom!
    • Dr. Merritt will post a Zoom invitation with all of the necessary meeting information to the Google Classroom (look to the Stream), but also in each class’ Google Hangout a minute or two before the meeting begins.
    • In this meeting, we will talk about the questions you added to your 10-25 ‘thing’ list.
    • We will also get ready to tackle Assignment W1.L4.A1, which is described below.
  2. Complete Assignment W1.L4.A1 (Exploration #2).
    • This assignment requires you to make a collection of 30 items from taking a walk (if possible) outside. If going outdoors is not possible, then use your house as the place in which to search for and collect your 30 items. More important details about this assignment can be found on the Google Classroom.

Oh, and one more thing: Expect total chaos this week; everything orderly will then be an unexpected surprise. 😉

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