G6 Week 14

Friday, December 8th

Today in science: As part of the global Hour of Code movement our class continued our work with the BBC Micro:bit mini-computing device while listening to Christmas music (see below). Among the interesting programs created by students in today’s exploratory lesson included scripts that coded for a Fortune Teller, a Reaction Game, and a Rate Your Mates game (among others!).

Homework: There is no science homework this weekend.

Thursday, December 7th

Today in science: As part of the global Hour of Code movement, our guest teacher, Mrs. Bloodworth, introduced students to the BBC Micro:bit mini-computing device today. In this lesson, students learned the names of the parts of the micro:bit device and then learned to write no less than three programs to create the following: 1) a smiley face, 2) scrolling text and, 3) a score-keeping, randomized digital version of the classic Rock-Scissors-Paper (Roshambo) game.

For those students interested in purchasing a BBC Micro:bit for themselves, you can purchase one from Amazon.de (23 Euros) or other Amazon sites such as Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.it.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, December 6th

Today in science: Students were asked to take notes in their lab notebooks today. The notes are titled “Atom Drawing Rules” and will be used throughout the rest of the school year–as well as throughout the rest of middle school–whenever drawing atoms (but also, sometimes, simple molecules). During this note taking exercise, there was much discussion about the states of matter (solid, liquid, gas).

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, December 5th

Today in science: H period does not meet on Tuesdays.

Homework: —

Monday, December 4th

Today in science: At the start of class, students were asked to make a drawing in their lab notebooks of a single (rock) salt crystal. Dr. Merritt then asked students to draw what they thought they would see if they could see the smallest ‘pieces’ that make up the salt crystal. Dr. Merritt then asked students to put on a pair of ‘Atom Glasses’ which would allow them to see what scientists have described when they look inside of salt with their most powerful scientific instruments. With their Atom Glasses, students saw how two different kinds of atoms–chlorine (Cl) and sodium (Na)–arrange themselves to form salt.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.