Friday, February 10th – F & H period
Today in science: Hello everyone! Unfortunately, I’m still not feeling very well today, so please give our guest teacher your best behavior and full respect. I wish to hear only outstanding reports about your commitment, work ethic, and behavior upon my return.
Students 2F and 10H should be sure to help the guest teacher take accurate attendance. Each of these students should make sure to email Dr. Merritt (email@example.com) during the class period to let him know which students–if any–were absent during class. All students are expected to be in their assigned seats during the class period unless the guest teacher gives permission otherwise.
Yesterday’s guest teachers reported to me that all of you have seen Video #1 (How Big is an Atom?) and Video #2 (Meet the Atom). However, it sounds to me like many of you still have to work on your summary of Video #2. Today, I would like for you to continue working on your summaries for Videos 1, 2, & 3.
All completed summaries, which must be done on lined (writing) paper, should be properly labelled and titled and either given directly to the guest teacher, stored in your mailbox, or put into your Classroom Science Binder (you will see them at the back of the room in cardboard boxes). Should anyone complete all three summaries with time still left in the period, they can proceed to Video #4 (How Protons, Electrons, and Neutrons Were Discovered), which is by far the most challenging (but also the most interesting!) of all the videos. This video can be seen immediately below:
Thursday, February 9th – All periods
Today in science: I’m sorry I couldn’t be with you today, but unfortunately I’m not feeling very well. Please give our guest teacher your best behavior and full respect. I do not expect to be left any notes by the guest teacher about poor student behavior. Any student names left for Dr. M because of bad behavior will have private meetings with Dr. M upon his return, as well as with both Ms. MJ and Mr. Fitzgerald.
Students 1A, 1F, and 15H should be sure to help the guest teacher take accurate attendance. Each of these students should make sure to email Dr. Merritt (firstname.lastname@example.org) during the class period to let him know which students–if any–were absent during class. All students are expected to be in their assigned seats during the class period unless the guest teacher gives permission otherwise.
All A, F, & H period students should watch the three short videos below. The guest teacher will show them on the main screen, but those students who have headphones can watch them on their iPads at their own pace if they can do so responsibly. At the end of each of the three videos, students must create a short written summary of the video on a piece of lined (writing) paper. Summaries are not detailed notes, but instead a coherent account of the most important ideas from the video.
EAL Beginning students should try to write about 50 words per summary, EAL Developing students about 100 words, EAL Emerging & Mainstream English students about 150-200 words. The guest teacher may choose to help you with these summaries, but if you wish you can work on them individually. If/when you finish a summary, you should put it directly into your Classroom Science Notebook.
You probably won’t finish all three videos during a single class period, but we’ll finish them in the next class.
Video #1: The first video tries to help you understand the size of an atom by teaching you about scale.
Video #2: The second video introduces you to atoms and elements.
Video #3: The third video presents the structure of the atom, or what scientists often call “atomic structure.”
Monday-Wednesday, February 6th-8th – All periods
Today in science: After completing an Antipasti exercise, students continued watching 2012 PBS Nova episode, “Hunting the Elements.” Here is a list of the sentences collected by H & F periods today:
- The human body consists of only about 25 elements.
- About 97% of the human body comes from only 6 elements (C, H, N, O, P, S).
Homework: A period students need to watch 20 minutes of the episode at home tonight. They should begin at 00:50:00 and end somewhere around 01:10:00. Of course, Dr. Merritt won’t–or rather, can’t–stop you if you want to watch more than 20 minutes. However, 20 minutes is all that is required. Students should take notes if anything interesting is said about all of the elements. In other words, you do NOT need to record details about individual elements.
F & H period students completed this assignment in class and thus have no homework.