G6 Week 08

Last week in science!

Monday, October 21st

Today in science: At the start of the lesson, Dr. Merritt asked students to turn in two assignments: Flavour School Report #02 (Goldenberry) and the “Current in Wires” line graph. After stamping the line graphs with his “Timely” or “Untimely” stamp, Dr. M handed them back to students so that they could use the Line Graph Rubric to evaluation the quality of their line graph. This exercise took much of the 45-minute class period, but by the end of the lesson all students had gotten their first good look at what it means to make a ‘scientific’ line graph in class this year. [After students left the lesson, Dr. Merritt sent parents and students notifications of their score on last Thursday’s 13-point “Basic Circuit Symbols” quiz.]

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, October 22nd

Today in science: After going over both the graded “Basic Circuit Symbols” quiz (13 points) and the graded “Current in Wires” handout + graph + rubric (10 points), students were then asked to repeat last week’s Current in Wires experiment in the name of scientific “repeatability.” While students repeated this investigation, Dr. Merritt asked all student teams to report to him the results of all three trials of their Current in Wires investigations so that he could record them in something called a Google Sheet. Some students were even asked to begin graphing the results of their three trials–with a line graph on a new sheet of graph paper–according to the following color key: Trial 1 (battery #1 on Thursday, Oct 17) = blue, Trial 2 (battery #2 on Thursday, Oct 17) = red, Trial 3 (Tuesday, Oct 22) = green.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, October 23rd

Today in science: Dr. Merritt introduced a new activity today called “data analysis.” In this activity, student were asked to examine the class results, which were assembled by Dr. M in a Google Sheet, and identify “trends” (i.e., patterns) and “anomalies” (i.e., strange, weird results). During much of the first half of the lesson, students spent their time up at the whiteboard examining the class results of Trials 1, 2, & 3. After the class identified a data anomaly (three instances in a teams of students reported measuring the same Amps for the 50 and 60 cm wire lengths), it was decided that the class would divide into four new teams to repeat the experiment and see if they could actually reproduce the anomaly. Three of the four teams successfully–and impressively!–repeated the investigation for both chargeable and non-rechargeable batteries.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Thursday, October 24th

Today in science: The entire class period was dedicated to a conclusion of the data analysis activity started in yesterday’s lesson. We concluded the data analysis activity with the creation of an evidence-based fact, which Dr. M insisted all students record as “notes” on a piece of paper to be saved for future use. Students were then guided by Dr. M in the completion of a line graph on which up to four lines were plotted and graphed (Trial 1 in blue, Trial 2 in green, Trial 3 in red, and the Class Average in black). Dr. M asked students to put their graphs–whether finished or unfinished–before leaving the classroom.

Homework: There is no science homework during the Academic Travel period.

Friday, October 25th

Today in science: Unfortunately, A period science class does not meet on Fridays, but Dr. M would remind all of his Grade 6 students that the Science Help Center is open in the lab on Fridays during lunch recess…👍