G6 Week 16

Last week in science!

Monday, January 7th

Today in science: After welcoming students back to school, on the whiteboard, Dr. M shared a brief list of ‘things’ students will need in the coming weeks. The list included 1) a positive attitude, 2) commitment, 3) a sense of humor, 4) gratitude, 5) respect for others, and 6)…a brain. We discussed the importance of each of these things in light of the long period of time between now and the next long vacation. A short discussion then followed Dr. M’s announcement of a new seating chart (starting Tuesday), after which each student had the chance to share something with the class about a topic or subject that was on their mind.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, January 8th

Today in science:  The two main themes for today’s lesson were “data representation” and “data transformation.” Using 4 days of breakfast data collected back in November, which Dr. M had saved for this lesson, students were first asked to organize their breakfast data into a table with rows and columns. On the board, Dr. M showed examples as to what a table might look like. Next, those students able to complete the data table–but only after being asked to add another row (or column) so that they could included this morning’s breakfast data–were then asked to create a bar chart/graph with “Date” on the X-axis and “Total number of breakfast items consumed” on the Y-axis. If time, students were then asked to color code their bars to show both the number of liquids (e.g., in red shading) and solids (e.g., in blue shading) consumed. Any students complete these three tasks were then asked to create a one-sentence title for the bar chart/graph.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, January 9th

Today in science: The two main themes for today’s lesson were “data representation” and “data transformation.” Before working on their data tables and bar graphs, however, Dr. M held a class meeting in which students were asked to write and submit a list of rules and/or expectations for behavior that would make for a more productive and respectful classroom environment. The time remaining in the class was devoted to working on the bar graphs described in Tuesdays’ entry (above).  

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Thursday, January 10th

Today in science:  The two main themes for today’s lesson were “data representation” and “data transformation.” Dr. Merritt began the period by presenting students with “Dr. M’s rules for making scientific data tables.” These rules can be seen in the Grade 6 Notes Portal. In the remaining class time, students were asked to work on revising their old (breakfast) data tables and use Dr. M’s rules to begin creating a new-and-improved version of it.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Friday, January 11th

Today in science: Unfortunately, A period science class does not meet on Fridays.

Homework: There is no science homework this weekend.

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