G7 Week 01

Monday, September 2nd

All periods: Dr. Merritt welcomed his 7th graders to their first science class with a brief introduction. Special mention was made of the Lab Notebook, which is a very important component of Dr. Merritt’s science class. Finally, students were asked to try and complete Dr. Merritt’s “Get To Know You” survey before the end of science class. If students could not complete the survey before the end of the lesson, then Dr. M asked students to try and finish it at home later this afternoon or evening.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, September 3rd

H period: This science class does not meet on Tuesdays.

B & C period: Those students who had successfully acquired a Lab Notebook were offered a (used) plastic cover and a (numbered) classroom mailbox in which to store it. Next, Dr. Merritt asked students to prove that they could enter their Veracross accounts successfully and navigate their way to the Grade 7 Science webpage. Using a link on this webpage, students were then asked to go to Dr. Merritt’s other website, SCIENCEsEDiment. Dr. M then introduced students to two important pages within the site: This week in science! and the Mission Control > Grade 7 calendar. Finally, Dr. M used the remaining class time to introduce students to the fire safety and lock down procedures used in the science lab.

Homework: All of Dr. Merritt’s Grade 7 science students have been asked to acquire one Lab Notebook for use in science class by MONDAY, 9 September. The notebook needs to be A4-sized and contain lined writing (NOT graphing) paper inside. The notebook should have a stapled/glued binding and NOT a wire (or plastic) spiral binding. Also, students have been asked to protect the notebook with a waterproof plastic cover (but remember Dr. M has used covers in the classroom for students if needed). For more details about the Lab Notebook and protective covers, please visit the Notebook > Preparation webpage for more guidance.

Wednesday, September 4th

H period: Those students who had successfully acquired a Lab Notebook were offered a (used) plastic cover and a (numbered) classroom mailbox in which to store it. Next, Dr. Merritt asked students to prove that they could enter their Veracross accounts successfully and navigate their way to the Grade 7 Science webpage. Using a link on this webpage, students were then asked to go to Dr. Merritt’s other website, SCIENCEsEDiment. Dr. M then introduced students to two important pages within the site: This week in science! and the Mission Control > Grade 7 calendar. Finally, Dr. M used the remaining class time to briefly introduce students to the fire safety procedure used in the science lab.

B & C period: What are the ‘laws’ that govern Dr. Merritt’s science lab (otherwise known as The Merrittverse)? Today, with the help of paper, pens/pencils, sticky notes, and the whiteboard, students were given the chance to help shape and articulate those laws–in other words, the rules and expectations–against which all student speech, behavior, and other actions will be measured throughout the coming school year. Although only half of the process unfolded in today’s lesson, the hope is that by Friday the rules and expectations that govern Dr. Merritt’s science classroom will reflect what is important to both the teacher AND the students.

Homework: All of Dr. Merritt’s Grade 7 science students have been asked to acquire one Lab Notebook for use in science class by MONDAY, 9 September. The notebook needs to be A4-sized and contain lined writing (NOT graphing) paper inside. The notebook should have a stapled/glued binding and NOT a wire (or plastic) spiral binding. Also, students have been asked to protect the notebook with a waterproof plastic cover (but remember Dr. M has used covers in the classroom for students if needed). For more details about the Lab Notebook and protective covers, please visit the Notebook > Preparation webpage for more guidance.

Thursday, September 5th

C period: This science class does not meet on Thursdays.

B period: Today’s lesson was a continuation of the previous lesson, in which students were asked to help determine the ‘laws’ that will govern Dr. Merritt’s science lab (otherwise known as The Merrittverse). During our whole-class activity, students practiced skills such as summarizing, grouping/sorting, classifying, and prioritizing. By the end of the lesson, students had submitted a prioritized list of ‘laws’ for each of the categories identified (by students) in the previous lesson.

H period: What are the ‘laws’ that govern Dr. Merritt’s science lab (otherwise known as The Merrittverse)? Today, with the help of paper, pens/pencils, sticky notes, and the whiteboard, students were given the chance to help shape and articulate those laws–in other words, the rules and expectations–against which all student speech, behavior, and other actions will be measured throughout the coming school year. Although only half of the process unfolded in today’s lesson, the hope is that by Friday the rules and expectations that govern Dr. Merritt’s science classroom will reflect what is important to both the teacher AND the students.

Homework: All of Dr. Merritt’s Grade 7 science students have been asked to acquire one Lab Notebook for use in science class by MONDAY, 9 September. The notebook needs to be A4-sized and contain lined writing (NOT graphing) paper inside. The notebook should have a stapled/glued binding and NOT a wire (or plastic) spiral binding. Also, students have been asked to protect the notebook with a waterproof plastic cover (but remember Dr. M has used covers in the classroom for students if needed). For more details about the Lab Notebook and protective covers, please visit the Notebook > Preparation webpage for more guidance.

Friday, September 6th

B period: This science class does not meet on Fridays.

C & H period: Today’s lesson was a continuation of the previous lesson, in which students were asked to help determine the ‘laws’ that will govern Dr. Merritt’s science lab (otherwise known as The Merrittverse). During our whole-class activity, students practiced skills such as summarizing, grouping/sorting, classifying, and prioritizing. By the end of the lesson, students had submitted a prioritized list of ‘laws’ for each of the categories identified (by students) in the previous lesson.

Homework: All of Dr. Merritt’s Grade 7 science students have been asked to acquire one Lab Notebook for use in science class by MONDAY, 9 September. The notebook needs to be A4-sized and contain lined writing (NOT graphing) paper inside. The notebook should have a stapled/glued binding and NOT a wire (or plastic) spiral binding. Also, students have been asked to protect the notebook with a waterproof plastic cover (but remember Dr. M has used covers in the classroom for students if needed). For more details about the Lab Notebook and protective covers, please visit the Notebook > Preparation webpage for more guidance.