G7 Week 04

Friday, September 29th

A period: This class does not meet on Fridays.

F & G periods: Students worked again on the ‘To Do’ list presented in Thursday’s class. Any students completing all five of the items on the list then meet with Dr. Merritt to begin working on their “Results” statements. These statements took two different forms–one derived from each of the two graphs–and were put into a Google Document that was shared with Dr. Merritt. The two forms can be seen below:

RESULTS STATEMENT #1 (template)

The average legibility score of the [full name of the pen] is ____. This means that the writing produced by this particular instrument in ALL of the testing liquids combined (or “averaged”) is [Perfectly legible | Mostly legible | Legible, but with some effort | Partially legible, but only with significant effort | Perfectly illegible].

RESULTS STATEMENT #2 (template)

The combined (or “averaged”) legibility score of all the writing instruments in [full name of the testing liquid] is ____. This means that the writing produced by ALL of the utensils in this particular testing liquid combined is [Perfectly legible | Mostly legible | Legible, but with some effort | Partially legible, but only with significant effort | Perfectly illegible].

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Thursday, September 28th

All periods: Students were presented with a ‘To Do’ list at the beginning of class, which served as a guide to structuring their in-class work time.

  1. Reassemble your TESTING MATRIX (minimum of 7 test strips + 1 control strip in the last column).
  2. Construct a DATA TABLE that has the same number of columns as the testing matrix (plus one for the “average”) and the same number of rows (plus one for the “average”).
  3. Calculate the averages for each row and column.
  4. Transform the average column into a BAR CHART/GRAPH (use graph paper).
  5. Transform the average row into a LINE GRAPH­ (use graph paper).

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, September 27th

A period: Students continued reassembling their testing matrix on two A4 pieces of paper taped together in the landscape view. They then used their “Control” strip to begin evaluating the performance of their writing utensils in the various testing liquids. To do this evaluation, they were asked to use the Legibility Scale introduced back in Week 02. Students who completed this task were asked to calculate two different averages from their hand drawn data table, which moved them a step closer to the “Results” and “Conclusions” sections of their Writing Utensil investigation.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

F period: This class does not meet on Tuesdays.

G period: After an Equipment Check (#3) in which he asked students to produce a functioning (charged) electronic device and two highlighter markers, Dr. M gave a quick demonstration of the Mission Control > Grade 7 section of the SCIENCEsEDiment website. Students were then asked to reassemble their testing matrix on two A4 pieces of paper taped together in the landscape view. Students had to glue all 7 (or more) of their treated test trips and one untreated test strip, which we labelled as “Control,” onto the paper. Students who completed this task were asked to finish constructing their hand drawn data table and, if time allowed, to begin evaluating the performance of their writing utensils in the various testing liquids. To do this evaluation, they were asked to use the Legibility Scale introduced back in Week 02.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, September 26th

A period: Students were greeted in class today by a special guest, Joe Trumpey, who is an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design. Professor Trumpey is one of this year’s TASIS Senior Humanities Program (SHP) speakers. Today, he spoke to our 7th graders about his extensive experience as a professional science illustrator.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

F period: After an Equipment Check (#3) in which he asked students to produce a functioning (charged) electronic device and two highlighter markers, Dr. M gave a quick demonstration of the Mission Control > Grade 7 section of the SCIENCEsEDiment website. Students were then asked to reassemble their testing matrix on two A4 pieces of paper taped together in the landscape view. Students had to glue all 7 (or more) of their treated test trips and one untreated test strip, which we labelled as “Control,” onto the paper.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

G period: This class does not meet on Tuesdays.

Monday, September 25th

A period: After an Equipment Check (#3) in which he asked students to produce a functioning (charged) electronic device and two highlighter markers, Dr. M gave a quick demonstration of the Mission Control > Grade 7 section of the SCIENCEsEDiment website. Students were then asked to reassemble their testing matrix on two A4 pieces of paper taped together in the landscape view. Students had to glue all 7 (or more) of their treated test trips and one untreated test strip, which we labelled as “Control,” onto the paper.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

F & G period: Students were greeted in class today by a special guest, Joe Trumpey, who is an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design. Professor Trumpey is one of this year’s TASIS Senior Humanities Program (SHP) speakers. Today, he spoke to our 7th graders about his extensive experience as a professional science illustrator.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

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