G6 Week 03

Last week in science!

Monday, September 21st – Guest Teacher

Today in science: With a guest teacher, students were asked to complete a descriptive investigation of a ROCK selected from the many specimens laying in front of the Campo Science building. The investigation, which students were asked to record in their Lab Notebook, was broken into two phases: “What I notice…” and “What I wonder…” After completing their entry in their actual Lab Notebook, students were then asked to transfer their entire entry into their digital Lab Notebooks. The ‘official’ name of this descriptive investigation is Campus Noticing II: Rock.

Homework: Those students who did not complete this descriptive investigation in the class time provided were asked to give 20 (uninterrupted) minutes of good effort to the assignment at home.

Tuesday, September 22nd – Guest Teacher

Today in science: With a guest teacher, students were asked to complete a descriptive investigation of a LARGE LEAF selected from the TASIS campus. The investigation, which students were asked to record in their Lab Notebook, was broken into two phases: “What I notice…” and “What I wonder…” After completing their entry in their actual Lab Notebook, students were then asked to transfer their entire entry into their digital Lab Notebooks. The ‘official’ name of this descriptive investigation is Campus Noticing III: Leaf.

Homework: Those students who did not complete this descriptive investigation in the class time provided were asked to give 20 (uninterrupted) minutes of good effort to the assignment at home.

Wednesday, September 23rd – Guest Teacher

Today in science: With a guest teacher, students were asked to complete a descriptive investigation of a NATURAL SPECIMEN/OBJECT OF THEIR CHOICE selected from the many specimens found on the TASIS campus. The investigation, which students were asked to record in their Lab Notebook, was broken into two phases: “What I notice…” and “What I wonder…” After completing their entry in their actual Lab Notebook, students were then asked to transfer their entire entry into their digital Lab Notebooks. The ‘official’ name of this descriptive investigation is Campus Noticing IV: [Specimen name].

Homework: Those students who did not complete this descriptive investigation in the class time provided were asked to give 20 (uninterrupted) minutes of good effort to the assignment at home.

Thursday, September 24th – Guest Teacher

Today in science: With a guest teacher, students were given class time to work on Campus Noticing investigations II, III, & IV. When finished with all three investigations (both the actual and digital notebook parts), students were asked to send Dr. Merritt an email (brett.merritt@tasis.ch) with their answers to three questions provided by the Guest Teacher in class and recorded below:

Q1: Since Monday, you’ve completed three noticing exercises. What have you learned as a result of completing them? Another way of asking this question is, What do you now understand that you didn’t before?

Q2: How does your new learning/understanding make you feel? What does it make you think?

Q3: Where do you want to take your new learning/understanding next? In other words, in what direction (or directions!) would you like to go with your new learning/understanding?

Homework: Those students who did not complete all of the assignments listed above were asked to give 20 (uninterrupted) minutes of good effort to them at home.

Friday, September 25th – Guest Teacher

Today in science: With a guest teacher, students were again given class time to work on Campus Noticing investigations II, III, & IV, as well as Thursday’s 3-question email assignment (see above). When finished with these FOUR assignments, students were asked to complete a descriptive investigation of a decaying cucumber filmed via time lapse. The full description of–and directions for–this investigation is in our Google Classroom.

Like their previous noticing investigations, this investigation was also broken into two phases: “What I notice…” and “What I wonder…” After completing their entry in their actual Lab Notebook, students were then asked to transfer their entire entry into their digital Lab Notebooks. The ‘official’ name of this descriptive investigation is More Noticing I: Cucumber Time Lapse.

Homework: Those students who did not complete all of the assignments listed above were asked to give 20 (uninterrupted) minutes of good effort to them at home.