G7 Week 01 – S2

This is the first week of the new semester,
so there is no “Last week in science” link.

Monday, January 27th (First day of Semester 2)

Today in science: Dr. M used the beginning of today’s lesson to make sure that all students have written the new “Types of Scientific Variables” notes onto a back page of their Lab Notebooks. Using these new notes, as well as last Friday’s seed experiment drawings, students were asked to try and identify the independent, dependent, and controlling variables in a hypothetical candle experiment. To help students begin to ‘see’ and identify these different types of variables, Dr. M also used this drawing on the whiteboard.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, January 28th (no H period)

Today in science: Students continued practicing identifying variables using their Brassica rapa seed experiments, the candle-in-a-jar experiment, the current-in-wires experiment, and/or the oil leak experiment.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday-Thursday, January 29-30th

Today in science: Students continued practicing identifying variables using their Brassica rapa seed experiments, the candle-in-a-jar experiment, the current-in-wires experiment, and/or the oil leak experiment. Depending on the class, students were also asked to analyze other experiments such as the friction experiment, the force spring experiment, the peas experiment, the snails experiment, and others. In each of these experiments, the main goal was to correctly identify–and succinctly state, in writing–the independent (or manipulated) variable, the dependent (or responding) variable, and three controlling variables.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight or during the upcoming long weekend.

Friday, January 31st (no B period)

C period: After working through the remaining examples of the experiments from Wednesday/Thursday (see above) as a class, students were then asked–in groups of two–to identify the variables of experiments described on two numbered Life Science experiment cards. The identified variables were recorded on two different half-sheets of paper, which will be checked by Dr. M.

H period: Students finished working through the Wednesday/Thursday examples right at the end of the lesson, and thus did not analyze the Life Science experiment cards.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight or during the upcoming long weekend.