G6 Week 04

Last week in science!

Monday, September 23rd

Today in science: After reviewing the names (and spellings) of the five human senses, as well as the main organ involved in each sense, students then moved on to part five of the Flavour School training. In this stage, Dr. Merritt asked students if they knew the names of five basic tastes. Although most students knew three or four of the basic human tastes–sweet, sour, salty, and bitter–very few students knew the name of the fifth basic taste: umami. With the remaining time, students were invited to experience the salty taste by tasting a sample of, well, (fine) crystal or sea salt. Students were also invited to experience the bitter taste by tasting a sample of 100% cacao power. The results of this tasting exercise can be seen in the Notes Portal.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, September 24th

Today in science: Students were invited to continue their flavour exploration by sampling a range of foods representing the 5 basic flavors. Most of today’s lesson was devoted to the sweet, sourbitter, and umami flavours.  The results of this tasting exercise can be seen in the Notes Portal.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, September 25th

Today in science: After being asked to self-evaluate their own ability to take complete notes during yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) lesson in their Lab Notebooks, students were invited to continue their flavour exploration by sampling an additional range of foods representing the 5 basic flavors including maple syrup, 91% cacao chocolate, and grapefruit rind. The results of this tasting exercise can be seen in the Notes Portal.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Thursday, September 26th

Today in science: After learning how to create two specifically named folders on their Google Drive (one called “Science 6” with a second folder embedded within it–and shared with Dr. Merritt–with a name such as “04A – Flavour School Reports” or “12A – Flavour School Reports”), Dr. M spent quite a bit of time introducing students to the Flavour School Report template. Students will begin using this template to create their first Flavour Report on Monday.

Homework: There is no weekend science homework.

Friday, September 27th

Today in science: Unfortunately, A period science class does not meet on Fridays. 😦

Homework: —