G6 Week 08

Friday, October 27th

Today in science: There are only three words needed to describe what happened in today’s science lesson: We made slime.

Homework: There is no science homework during Academic Travel.

Thursday, October 26th

Today in science: At the beginning of the period, Dr. Merritt explained the Slime Making Challenge to students. Students then had the rest of the class period to work on their “Protocols” (sort of like a recipe), which consisted of no less than two parts:

Materials and Equipment needed: Dr. Merritt needs to see a complete list of ALL of the materials and equipment you need to make your slime. This even includes simple items such as “spoons” and “bowls.” When you list a material or equipment item, please use the proper name, the quantity, and any other helpful information. For example, Dr. Merritt will expect to see you ask for an item like this: “1, 100 mL plastic beaker.”

Procedure: This is the step-by-step method which students will follow when making their slime in Friday’s class. Pretend like you are writing this method for someone younger than you. Start each step with an action verb (for example, “put,” “place,” “pour,” “add,” “mix,” etc.). Please remember, a poorly written, ambiguous, vague, imprecise, and/or incomplete procedure will prevent you from being able to make your slime.

Homework: 6th grade students should finalize (complete) the Slime protocol that they intend to use to make slime in class on Friday. As mentioned in class, students should have two different sections written in their lab notebooks. One section can be called “Materials and Equipment Needed” and the other section can be called “Procedure.” As also mentioned in class, students have been instructed to convert any non-metric measurements (for example, “cups,” “teaspoons,” “tablespoons,” etc.) into metric measurements (e.g., “milliliters,” “grams”).

Wednesday, October 25th

Today in science: Students had class time to work on one of three activities today:

Activity #1: Complete any unfinished worksheets from the packet that was given to them by the Guest Teachers last Thursday/Friday. This included checking the answers against one of Dr. Merritt’s answer keys.

Activity #2: Complete any unfinished microscope drawings that are outlined in detail on the Week 07 – This week in science! page.

Activity #3: Examine pond water samples under the microscope (this activity was only permitted for those students completing activities 1 and 2.

Homework: All worksheets contain within the recent Cells, Tissues, & Organs revision packet must be completed by Wednesday, October 25. If students need one of the class textbooks to help them with find the correct answers to questions contained within the packet, they are allowed to check out a book from Dr. Merritt and take it home.

Tuesday, October 24th

Today in science: H period does not meet on Tuesdays

Homework: All worksheets contain within the recent Cells, Tissues, & Organs revision packet must be completed by Wednesday, October 25. If students need one of the class textbooks to help them with find the correct answers to questions contained within the packet, they are allowed to check out a book from Dr. Merritt and take it home.

Monday, October 23rd

Today in science: Students had class time to work on one of two activities today:

Activity #1: Complete any unfinished worksheets from the packet that was given to them by the Guest Teachers last Thursday/Friday. This included checking the answers against one of Dr. Merritt’s answer keys.

Activity #2: Complete any unfinished microscope drawings that are outlined in detail on the Week 07 – This week in science! page.

Homework: All worksheets contain within the recent Cells, Tissues, & Organs revision packet must be completed by Wednesday, October 25. If students need one of the class textbooks to help them with find the correct answers to questions contained within the packet, they are allowed to check out a book from Dr. Merritt and take it home.

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