G6 Week 07

Last week in science!

Monday, October 15th

Today in science: The main themes for today’s lesson were “organization” and “study skills.” Students were given a 2-ring plastic binder at the start of the class period that we are calling the Classroom Science Binder (CSB). This binder will remain in the classroom until 10 assignments are put into it. At that point, students will be asked to make a table of contents, take the binder home, and get a parent signature before bringing it back to school. The CSB is a place in which students are asked to keep assignments–both graded and ungraded–that are likely to be useful for assignments and assessments occurring later in the school year. All assignments put into the CSB must be correctly dated and ordered by date (from newest to oldest).

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, October 16th

Today in science: The main themes for today’s lesson were “organization” and “scientific drawing technique.” At the start of class, students were given a blank table of contents to place at the front of their Classroom Science Binder (CSB). Next, students were shown how to update the table of contents for their Lab Notebook. In the remaining 35 minutes of class, students had time to continue working on their remaining stippling drawing exercises, but in particular Exercise 3 (flower) and 4 (ping pong ball).

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, October 17th

Today in science: The main theme for today’s lesson was “scientific drawing technique.” At the start of class, students were given some quiz preparation materials to help prepare for next week’s microscope quiz (see below). Dr. M then did a quick Choose-a-Side-of-the-Room activity to see where students were in terms of their need for time to complete stippling exercises 1-4. Although most students were then give time to work on their stippling drawings, a couple of fast-working students began learning how to make wet mount slides of the letter “e” (which is the basis of tomorrow’s lesson).

Homework: Dr. M has asked students to begin preparing for an upcoming quiz about the names of the parts of the monocular light microscope. To begin learning the names of the parts of this instrument, Dr. M has provided students with a Google Slides tutorial and printable handouts containing both labelled and unlabelled monocular light microscopes. Students will complete the quiz on Thursday, 25 October.

Thursday, October 18th

Today in science: The main theme for today’s lesson was “laboratory technique.” At the start of class, students were asked to create a special page in the back of their Lab Notebooks with the following title: How to Make a Wet Mount Slide. This technique is so important that students were asked to copy it from the whiteboard into their Lab Notebooks so that they can refer to it whenever needed. Then, using tools found in their dissection kits, students had time to practice making wet mount slides of ‘specimens’ extracted from a piece of scratch/scrap paper (e.g., the letter “e,” blocks of color on printed paper). Students then had the opportunity to examine their mounted specimens with the binocular light microscopes.

Homework: Dr. M has asked students to begin preparing for an upcoming quiz about the names of the parts of the monocular light microscope. To begin learning the names of the parts of this instrument, Dr. M has provided students with a Google Slides tutorial and printable handouts containing both labelled and unlabelled monocular light microscopes. Students will complete the quiz on Thursday, 25 October.

Friday, October 19th

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

Homework: —

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