Monday, January 18th
Today in science: After talking briefly about some ‘housekeeping’ issues about the end of Semester 1, students took the Circuit Symbols Quiz (Part 1), which was assigned to them in the Google Science Classroom. After that, students prepared their Lab Notebook with a new entry (title: Simple Circuits) and got ready to draw Circuit 001. Before drawing Circuit 001, however, students had to learn some basic ‘rules’ and conventions about how scientists and engineering draw circuits.
Homework: There is no science homework tonight, but any students yet to complete and submit their circuit symbol Trinkets (and Digestive system OR Christmas tree trinket) from last week should do so as soon as possible.
Tuesday, January 19th
Today in science: In preparation for making their simple circuits, students were asked to inventory their personal circuit kit, create an ID card for it, and then design and record 6 simple circuits (oo1, 002…006) they would like to build in Thursday’s lesson. Dr. Merritt designed the first circuit, but students are responsible for designing the other 5 simple circuits. Each student is limited to building a simple circuit based ONLY on the contents of their personal circuit kit, which they explored in class today. This personal circuit kit included the following components:
2, 1 cell batteries (1.5 V each)
6 connecting wires
1 toggle switch
1, 2-way toggle switch
1 universal clip
2 aligator (or crocodile) clips
The 6 circuit drawings should be done in the Lab Notebook with 3 simple circuits per page. That way, there will be ample room to record both ‘noticings’ and wonderings” during the circuit testing phase.
Homework: Any students who did not finish designing and recording their 6 simple circuits in today’s class should do so before their next science lesson. The 6 simple circuits should be spaced apart from each other so that there are 3 simple circuits per page.
Thursday, January 21st
Today in science: Using Dr. Merritt’s “Noticings + Wonderings” requirement, students were asked to build the six simple circuits they designed in Wednesday’s class (or for Wednesday night’s homework) and to record both noticings (observations) and wonderings (questions) for each of their six circuits. If students felt the need to invent and test new circuits during this lesson, they were asked to number them, draw them, and do noticings and wonderings for them.
Homework: There is no science homework tonight.
Friday, January 22nd (End of Semester 1)
Today in science: After completing a one-question in their Google Science Classroom at the start of the lesson (With the circuits you built in Thursday’s science lesson, what did you learn about electricity, about circuits, about circuit components, and/or about batteries?), students were asked to copy (F period) or modify/annotate (E period) the, Order of Things (aka. What’s It Made Of?) diagram, into the back of their Lab Notebook. The complete version can be viewed on page 11 of the Grade 6 Notes Portal.
The lower part of this important diagram is useful when thinking about the (mostly) ‘invisible’ actors moving in (and through!) the batteries, wires, ‘actors,’ and measurers found in our simple circuits. [Spoiler alert! When working with circuits, we are mostly working with atoms and electrons.] During this lesson, students were given a few different opportunities (e.g., Video 1, Video 2, Video 3) to try and come to grips with the true sizes–and masses–of these atomic and sub-atomic ‘particle.’ In F period, our class discussion eventually led to student questions about atomic bombs, the first of which was detonated by Americans in New Mexico back in 1945.
Homework: There is no science homework this weekend.