G7 Week 01

Monday, September 3rd

Today in science: Dr. Merritt welcomed his 7th graders to their first science class with a brief introduction. Students then learned a little bit about their class website and received a (paper) handout listing the school supplies Dr. Merritt expects all of his 7th grade science students to bring to class. Special attention was given to the “Lab/Field notebook,” which is a very important component of Dr. Merritt’s science class.

Homework: Students have been asked to complete Dr. Merritt’s “Get To Know You” survey before their next science class. Students can access this survey either by selecting the link above or through Veracross, where the survey is listed as the first “Homework” assignment. All students are reminded that they should use their TASIS email when asked for an email address.

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 4th-5th

Today in science: Students were given a temporary student number and classroom mailbox in which to begin putting some of their science supplies such as lined paper, graphing paper, and their lab notebook. Students were then asked to participate in two versions of Get-To-Know-You activities, Blobs and Lines, in which they began learning some of the preferences, likes, and dislikes of their classmates (and teacher). Finally, near the end of the period, Dr. M asked students to write down three rules of conduct they feel will help make their science class a safe and enjoyable place in which to learn. Dr. M collected these papers before dismissing students for their next class.

Homework: Students should remember that their first ‘official’ equipment check will be on Monday, September 10th.

Thursday, September 6th

Today in science: In the first part of the period, Dr. M asked students to do some free writing on five of the topics that we will study in some depth this year: PLANTS, SOIL/DIRT, AIR, SUN, and SEEDS. Dr. M also used this ‘”What I Know…” writing activity to communicate his expectations to students when entering the room and labelling their papers.

Homework: Students should remember that their first ‘official’ equipment check will be on Monday, September 10th.

Friday, September 7th

Today in science: Students were asked to engage in the Plastic Cup Stacking Challenge. A good deal of time was spent giving students the opportunity to hone their skills and strategies before tackling one of the challenges. This activity is meant to develop teamwork and emphasize patience, concentration, and persistence. At the conclusion of today’s challenges, students were asked to formally articulate–both verbally and in writing–some of the keys to engaging in successful teamwork.

Homework: Students should remember that their first ‘official’ equipment check will be on Monday, September 10th.

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