G6 Week 04

Last week in science!

Monday, September 28th – Guest Teacher

Today in science: With a guest teacher, students were again given class time to work on Campus Noticing investigations II, III, & IV, last Thursday’s 3-question email assignment, and last week’s Cucumber Time Lapse investigation (see G6 Week 03). When finished with these FIVE assignments, students were asked to complete a descriptive investigation of a decaying mango 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 II: Mango 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.

Tuesday, September 29th

Today in science: Following his week-long absence, Dr. M’s 6th grade classes took some time to get to know each other again. In E period, this meant sharing stories about difficult (but also some funny!) past events. In F period, in addition to a few stories, this also led to some time in which Dr. M helped students update their table of contents. At the end of the period, Dr. M asked students to leave their Lab Notebooks with him so that he could examine the work students produced while he was away last week.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, September 30th

Today in science: After sharing his thoughts about both the quality and quantity of students’ recorded work in their Lab Notebooks while he was away, Dr. M planned a brief exercise to help students learn how to become more ‘scientific’ in their noticing. This involved students choosing a fictional object (WALL-E the fictional trash-compacting Pixar robot) to describe. In describing WALL-E, students learned an important scientific noticing strategy: When asked to describe an object–any object, whether natural, artificial, or imaginary–begin by describing the general or overall form (i.e., shape, structure) of the object and then use familiar language to name (label) the forms you’ve identified. An example of Dr. Merritt’s labelled formal description of WALL-E can be seen below…

WALL-E, the trash compacting robot, described entirely in terms of form(s) and human-like qualities

Homework: There is no science homework tonight (TASIS does not allow MS science classes to assign homework on Wednesdays).

Thursday, October 1st

Today in science: After helping students understand what the function of the corner of the whiteboard is for, as well as showing students the homepage and “This week in science!” sections of the SCIENCEsEDiment website, Dr. M asked students to apply yesterday’s noticing processes to a new object: John (one of WALL-E the robot’s human friends). By focusing on John’s overall form and major shape(s), students created a picture description of John and entered it into their Lab Notebooks. An example of Dr. Merritt’s (unlabelled) formal description of John can be seen below…

John, one of WALL-E the robot’s human friends, described entirely in terms of overall shape and major forms

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Friday, October 2nd

Today in science: Students found out today that their first official unit ‘topic’ will be the human body. To begin the unit, students were asked to write 10 ‘wonderings’ (questions) about the labelled John drawings they did in yesterday’s class. These questions were collected by Dr. M, who typed the questions in the Notes Portal as they were being shared by students. Students were then asked to draw a human body outline in their Lab Notebooks, and to list next to their drawing the names of all of the human body organs they could recall from memory.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.