G7 Week 02 – S2

Monday-Friday, February 5-9th

This week in science: A, F, & G period students have been asked to devote all of their time, both inside and outside of class, to two important parts of INV#6.

BECOME A SEED GERMINATION EXPERT
The first part is a one-week research project in which students have been asked to become seed germination ‘experts.’ Described in more detail on the last week’s page, students have been asked to find answers to the following questions:

1. WHO…can affect (Brassica rapa) seed germination? (It might be useful to think of this ‘WHO’ question as, What other living things could potentially affect seed germination?)
2. WHAT…can affect (Brassica rapa) seed germination? (It might be useful to think of this ‘WHAT’ question as, What other non-living things could potentially affect seed germination?)
3. WHERE…can (Brassica rapa) seed germination occur more/less successfully?
4. WHEN…can (Brassica rapa) seed germination occur more/less successfully?
5. HOW…can (Brassica rapa) seed germination occur more/less successfully?
6. WHY…can (Brassica rapa) seed germination occur more/less successfully?

OR…

Instead of trying to answer the above newspaper-style questions, Dr. Merritt is offering you a table template that you can use as your final project. You can make your own copy of this template HERE.

Students’ final presentations of their research projects must include a well-organized list of sources of information. Dr. Merritt has prepared “Source Sheets” for this purpose. Electronic versions of this sheet are available in both PDF and Google Doc forms. Paper versions are available in the classroom. Some potentially useful sources of information scanned from science textbooks found in our classroom can be accessed below. Keep in mind, however, that while some of these sources may contain information about seeds, it may not be information about seed germination, which is the focus of our mini-research project.

Usborne Science Encylopedia
Page 274-75
Page 276-77

Usborne Illustrated Science Dictionary
Page 260-61

Exploring Science 7
Page 40-41

Exploring Science 9
Page 16-17
Page 44-45

DESIGN THE EXPERIMENT
Those students managing to complete the mini-research project should make time to meet with Dr. Merritt to begin designing their experiment.

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