Monday, May 20th
Today in science: In an attempt to further students’ ability to create more scientific line graphs, we looked at all of the graphs produced after last week’s “Measuring current” investigation. Special attention was paid to a) the differences (and similarities) between line and bar graphs, and 2) the general organization of a piece of graph paper on which students place their graphs, including designated ‘zones’ for name and date, assignment title, graph title, graph, and an empty footer. This lesson will be continued in tomorrow’s class.
Homework: Student were asked to make sure that the have completed up though page 15 in their Power Cell Packet, which is the end of Chapter 4. If students are already finished with Chapter 4, they should feel free to work for another 20 minutes and go deeper into the packet to get ahead of this week’s (nightly) homework assignments.
Tuesday, May 21st
Today in science: We finished our line graph revisions today! Building on yesterday’s lesson, students were shown how to plot and size their X- and Y-axes, label their axes, make proper ‘tick’ marks, plot data, and title their graph. The results were beautiful! Students produced line graphs worthy of a place in a scientific journal article…tonight’s homework assignment (see below) asks students to practice their newly acquired graphing skills and apply them to the results of a experiment similar to the one they performed in class last week.
Homework: On page 429 of their Electricity packets, students have been asked to complete Question 1 parts A-D. Students do NOT need to complete Questions 2-4. Question 1A, 1B, & 1C should be answered on the lined paper provided within the Electricity packet. Question 1D, making a line graph, should be done on the piece of graph paper given to students in class by Dr. M (do not use the graph paper provided in the Electricity packet–it’s too dark, and dense).
Wednesday, May 22nd
Today in science: After submitting their homework, students spent much of today lesson comparing their answers to Dr. M’s ‘ideal’ answers regarding the three homework questions on p. 15 of the Power Cell Packet (Dr. M had graded these answers and given them back to students at the beginning of the lesson). One of the answer ‘maps’ created can be viewed in the Notes Portal.
Homework: Student were asked to make sure that the have completed up though the bottom of page 18 in their Power Cell Packet (Chapter 5). If students are already finished with this portion of Chapter 5, they should feel free to work for another 20 minutes and go deeper into the packet to get ahead of this week’s (nightly) homework assignments.
Thursday, May 23rd
Today in science: Students were given back two graded assignments at the start of the lesson, each of which were worth 10-points. After spending some time discussing, debating, and elaborating the answers to Questions 1A, 1B, and 1C, students saw an example as how Dr. M had evaluated one student’s line graph–Question 1D–before receiving their own evaluation. In the time remaining, students continued working in their Electricity packets on pages 431, 433, and 434.
Homework: Dr. M has asked that any students interested in receiving an improved grade on their line graph should complete them by the start of Monday’s lesson. Students revising their graphs should keep in mind that they need to include both an assignment and a graph title, labels for the X- and Y-axes, proper number scaling of the axes, good ruler use, accurate placement of the data points, and a key to the line colors if using multiple lines.
Friday, May 24th
Today in science: Unfortunately, A period science does not meet on Fridays. 😦