G7 Week 02

Friday, September 16th – F & H periods

Today in science: 

F & H period: After looking briefly at a seed germination diagram and the results of a seed germination experiment (Table 1), Dr. Merritt gave students the task of creating a single graph to show the results of a second seed germination experiment (Table 2). Students are free to choose the type of graph they wish to create. They are also free to simplify Table 2–if they can figure a way to do so–so that the graphed result of the seed germination experiment is shown more clearly. Ultimately, the graph should help answer the question, How do different salt water concentrations affect the length of the radicle during seed germination? This assignment is due at the start of the next science class.

Homework:

1. F & H period students have been asked to complete a single graph before their next science class, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 20th (F period) or Wednesday, Sept 21st (H period).

2. F & H period students should also be preparing for next week’s Dissection Kit quiz, which was discussed in class on Monday and is further explained in the homework entry for Monday, September 12th (below).

Thursday, September 15th – All periods

Today in science: 

A period: After looking briefly at a seed germination diagram and the results of a seed germination experiment (Table 1), Dr. Merritt gave students the task of creating a single graph to show the results of a second seed germination experiment (Table 2). Students are free to choose the type of graph they wish to create. They are also free to simplify Table 2–if they can figure a way to do so–so that the graphed result of the seed germination experiment is shown more clearly. Ultimately, the graph should help answer the question, How do different salt water concentrations affect the length of the radicle during seed germination? This assignment is due at the start of the next science class.

Homework:

1. A period students have been asked to complete a single graph before our next science class, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 20th.

2. A period students should also be preparing for next week’s Dissection Kit quiz, which was discussed in class on Monday and is further explained in the homework entry for Monday, September 12th (below).

F & H periods: Dr. Merritt returned the pie and bar charts. With these two assignments, he also gave students two grading rubrics, one for each of the charts/graphs. Facilitated by class discussion and examples, students marked their own graphs according to the rubric criteria.

Homework: There is no homework assignment for F & H period students tonight. However, all F & H period students should be preparing for next week’s Dissection Kit quiz, which was discussed in class on Monday and is further explained in the homework entry for Monday, September 12th (below).

Wednesday, September 14th – A & H period

Today in science: 

A period: Dr. Merritt returned the pie and bar charts. With these two assignments, he also gave students two grading rubrics, one for each of the charts/graphs. Facilitated by class discussion and examples, students marked their own graphs according to the rubric criteria.

Homework: There is no homework assignment tonight. However, all students should be preparing for next week’s Dissection Kit quiz, which was discussed in class on Monday and is further explained in the homework entry for Monday, September 12th (below).

H period: Dr. Merritt collected last night’s homework assignment, the “Assignment Type Graphs.” He then handed out four Table of Contents pages for the Lab/Field Notebook. Students were given instructions regarding how to affix them into the first two (full) pages of the notebook. Finally, Dr. Merritt asked students to use the last 15 minutes of class to address the following writing prompt: “What I know about seeds…”

Homework: There is no homework assignment tonight. However, all students should be preparing for next week’s Dissection Kit quiz, which was discussed in class on Monday and is further explained in the homework entry for Monday, September 12th (below).

Tuesday, September 13th – A & F period

Today in science: Dr. Merritt collected last night’s homework assignment, the “Assignment Type Graphs.” He then handed out four Table of Contents pages for the Lab/Field Notebook. Students were given instructions regarding how to affix them into the first two (full) pages of the notebook. Finally, Dr. Merritt asked students to use the last 15 minutes of class to address the following writing prompt: “What I know about seeds…”

Homework: There is no homework assignment tonight. However, all students should be preparing for next week’s Dissection Kit quiz, which was discussed in class on Monday and is further explained in the homework entry for Monday, September 12th (below).

Monday, September 12th – All periods

Today in science: Student had their first (marked) Classwork assignment, an equipment check in which Dr. Merritt issued students “full credit,” “partial credit,” or “no credit” for the present (or absence) of six of the required class materials (1 pencil, 4 colored ink pens, 2 highlighter markers, 3 pieces of (lined) notebook paper, 3 pieces of graphing paper, 1 metric ruler, and 1 lab/field notebook). After the equipment check, students were told of their first Homework assignment. This assignment involves transforming data found within the Assignment Types page into two types of charts or graphs: 1) a pie chart, and 2) a bar graph. For details, see below…

Homework: There are two homework assignments that students need to consider:

1. Dr. Merritt asked students to create two graphs–a pie chart and a bar graph–that represent the “Assignment Types” that will be used this year’s in science class. Descriptions of these Assignment Types can found on a SCIENCEsEDiment webpage (https://sciencesediment.com/mission-control/assignment-types/), but the key data needed to make these two graphs is summarized below:

Lab/Field Reports – 10%
Lab/Field Notebooks – 30%
Homework – 10%
Classwork – 10%
Quizzes – 10%
Tests – 10%
Projects – 10%
Special Writing Assignments – 5%
Classroom Science Binder – 5%

Both graphs should be done by hand on graph paper. These graphs will NOT be graded for their correctness. Instead, students should do the best they can with the current knowledge and skills they have. On this particular, homework assignment, effort is key.

2. There will be a quiz next week (Thursday, Sept. 22 or Friday, Sept. 23) on the names of the instruments found within our class dissection kits. In this quiz, students will need to know the names of eleven different instruments. Dr. Merritt has created an online (but printable) study guide HERE. Students do not need to know the instrument functions for this quiz.