G7 Week 04

Last week in science!

Monday, September 24th

Today in science: The main theme for today’s lesson was “scientific classification.” Dr. M gave a brief presentation at the beginning of the class explaining how scientists have grouped living organisms into different categories–for example, animals, plants, fungi, protists, and monera (bacteria). He also drew a diagram on the board in which students could see how scientists classify living organisms in a level-like structure of organization. Students can see and print (or copy) these class notes from this link.

After the presentation, much of today’s classroom activity revolved around the creation of new pages in the Lab Notebook under the title, “Description – Apis.” You can see the notes we took in class here. Although F period completed their notes during class, G and H period students will have to complete their notes at the start of Wednesday’s lesson.

Homework: There is only homework for those students who have yet to finish their 10 beetle descriptions from Week 03.

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 25-26th

Today in science: After showing students the newly activated Notes Portal on the SCIENCEsEDiment website, students were asked to begin describing only the antennae of the honey bee in the picture given to most students in class on Monday (absent students received the picture in class on Tuesday or Wednesday). After students recorded 5 observations of the antennae, Dr. M challenged students to produce 3-5 more. After students recorded another 3 observations of the antennae, Dr. M then challenged students to produce 2-3 more. Observations were shared verbally within the class, during which time Dr. M was able to comment on both the quality and specificity of the observations produced and shared by students.

Homework: As announced at the end of science class, students were asked to complete some descriptions of the honey bee before their next science class. Descriptions should be based on the observable characteristics of the honey bee in the drawing given to (most) students during Monday’s science class. Descriptions must be done in the lab notebook.

F period: Describe both the HEAD & THORAX

G period: 10 observations about the ANTENNAE

H period: 10 observations about the ANTENNAE

Thursday, September 27th

Today in science: The main theme for today’s lesson was “scientific description.” Students were introduced to Dr. M’s observation challenge today. Using the honey drawing, students were asked to share one of their recorded observations with their classmates, but with the stipulation that each shared observation must be unique and not repeat the observations of another student. Dr. M mapped students’ observations onto the board by classifying them as either “observation” or “speculation / opinion / judgement.” It was heavily emphasized in class that our scientific description exercises students should try to focus on the observable, rather than unobservable, qualities of the object(s) in question. Dr. M also used today’s activities to explain to students his homework marking policy, which consists of a series of marks: EE (exceeds expectations), ME (meets expectations), AE (approaches expectations), BE (below expectations), and WBE (well below expectations).

Homework: As announced at the end of science class, students were asked to complete some descriptions of the honey bee before their next science class. Descriptions should be based on the observable characteristics of the honey bee in the drawing given to (most) students during Monday’s science class. Descriptions must be done in the lab notebook.

F period: 10 observations about the ABDOMEN

G period: 10 observations about the HEAD and 10 observations about the THORAX

H period: 10 observations about the HEAD and 10 observations about the THORAX

Friday, September 28th

Today in science: The main themes for today’s lesson were “organization” and “scientific description.” After showing students how to create and format a Table of Contents (TOC) in their lab notebooks, Dr. M asked students to update their TOC with all of the work they’ve done so far within their notebooks. Students were then given time to complete their Apis (honey bee) description. Although most students had finished describing the antennae, head, and thorax, many students still needed to finish describing the ABDOMEN. Dr. M had asked every student for a minimum of 10 observations for each of these body parts.

For those students who finished their Apis descriptions with time to spare in class, Dr. M explained a research project that we will begin next Monday. The project title is “Biological Classification,” and some students used their remaining class time to begin researching (using the Internet) and making the first four slides of a Google Slides presentation. This is not a weekend homework assignment, but any students wishing to get started working on their research project, which we will ‘officially’ begin in Monday’s class, is more than welcome to do so.

Homework: There is no science homework this weekend.

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