G6 Week 10

Last week in science!

Monday, November 4

Today in science: After receiving their gift, students had the entire class period to begin working on Flavour Report 03, the cacao bean. All students were asked to work individually for the first half of the period, mainly collecting ‘raw data’ via the 5+1 bodily senses: sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste, and (now) aftertaste. During the later half of the lesson, students were allowed–and encouraged–to see what others had observed about their cacao bean. Dr. Merritt reminded all students throughout the lesson that their sensory work had to be recorded in their Lab Notebook. The final Report for Flavour Adventure #03 is due on Monday, November 11th.

Homework: Dr. Merritt recommends that students spend 20 minutes working on Flavour Adventure #03 at home tonight.

Tuesday, November 5

Today in science: The first part of today’s lesson involved students making a copy of the Flavour Report template, saving it to their “Flavour Reports” folder on their Google Drive, and renaming it as, e.g., “Flavour Report 03.” Students were then asked to complete the Header section of their report according to the Header layer (a rubric) provided digitally by Dr. Merritt. In fact, students learned about many new ‘layers’ (rubrics) recently made available to them to help improve the quality of their Flavour Reports. In the remaining class time, students were given time to work on their cacao bean Flavour Reports.

Homework: Dr. Merritt recommends that students spend 20 minutes working on Flavour Adventure #03 at home tonight.

Wednesday, November 6

Today in science: After handing each student their own copy of the Flavour Report Student Performance Log, Dr. Merritt asked students to transform their (percentage) scores on Flavour Reports 01 and 02 into bars on their Performance Log. They were also asked to put dark lines to represent the class averages for each report. Finally, Dr. M took this opportunity to explain the grading system, one-page grading sheet, and the revision opportunities available to students.

Homework: Dr. Merritt recommends that students spend 20 minutes working on Flavour Adventure #03 at home tonight.

Thursday, November 7

Today in science: It was a ‘back to circuits’ day! Students were asked to draw two different types of circuits on a new page of their Lab Notebook according to a circuit diagram provided on the whiteboard. After building these two circuits with their circuit kits, students reported their results to Dr. Merritt, who recorded them on the whiteboard. After some discussion and participation in a simulation (i.e., a model) in which all students were asked to behave like electrons moving within ‘circuits’ similar to the two we built and tested. Before leaving the classroom, Dr. M asked all students to try and explain what they saw today when they built and tested their circuits. Among the questions he asked were:

  • How can you explain the results we saw and recorded?
  • In other words, why do you think the ammeter reading was almost 3 TIMES higher in Circuit #02 (the parallel circuit) than in Circuit #01 (the series circuit)?
  • Furthermore, why do you think the light bulbs clearly BRIGHTER in Circuit #02 (the parallel circuit) than in Circuit #01 (the series circuit)?

Homework: Dr. Merritt recommends that students take the time needed to finish (and print!) Flavour Report #03 for Monday.

Friday, November 8

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…👍

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