G6 Week 09

Last week in science!

Monday, November 2nd

Today in science: Upon entering the classroom today, it was pretty easy for students to see that Dr. M was wearing a special blood pressure measuring device…

In E period, only some of today’s lesson was spent talking about this device (and the reason Dr. M was wearing it). In this class, students found out about their new engineering project, which is related to one of the four remaining major organs of the digestive system.

In F period, much of today’s lesson was spent talking about science-y topics such as blood pressure, blood sugar, fainting, inheritance/heredity, DNA, diet/nutrition, exercise, stress, etc., as well as common–and not so common–diseases and conditions such as diabetes and many others.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, November 3rd

Today in science: Students began a deeper dive into their new Engineering Project today. In E period, this meant answering two mind mapping prompt whose responses will eventually be added to the Engineering Journal slides: A good teacher… AND A good lesson involves… In F period, this meant choosing an organ and then mind mapping responses to the same two prompts as E period.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Thursday, November 5th

Today in science: In search of what students learned as a result of their Human Mouth model project, Dr. Merritt listed particular mouth-related terms on the whiteboard and asked students to create a “thematic essay.” Students spent the entire period–working individually rather than in teams or small groups–planning, outlining, and writing the first draft of their essay before giving it to Dr. M at the end of the lesson. Dr. M will return these first drafts to students with feedback in tomorrow’s lesson.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Friday, November 6th

Today in science: After returning students’ first draft of the Human Mouth essay, Dr. M asked everyone to share their opening sentence to make sure that the subject of the sentence was the human mouth and not, for example, the digestive system. Dr. M then asked students to revise their first draft based on what he called the “structure/function” lens, a perspective frequently used in science by, for example, biologists. Students then began writing this second draft in a specially created Google Document assigned to them in the Google Science Classroom.

Homework: There is no science homework this weekend.