G7 Week 04

Last week in science!

Monday, September 23rd

Today in science: B, C, & H period classes are all at slightly different points in their Practice weeLAB for the banana. What all three classes have in common, however, is that all of them are working on the “Classification” method. The goal of the classification method is to produce a “Classified” definition of a banana that is 300 words or less.

Homework (B period): If you gave a ‘Classified’ definition of a banana to Dr. Merritt before you left class, then you do not have homework. If, however, you did not give this work to Dr. Merritt before you left class, then he expects to see it completed at the start of the next lesson. This homework assignment is described for below…

Homework (C & H period): Dr. Merritt has asked all C & H period students to spend 20 minutes attempting to combine what we learned when adding to the Banana classification notes near the end of Thursday’s class, which can be accessed through the Notes Portal, with the EXPLICATED definition of the banana already found in their Lab Notebooks. Although some students may indeed complete this task in 20 minutes, Dr. Merritt is NOT asking students to finish this new ‘CLASSIFIED’ definition of a banana. He would, however, like students to spend 20 high-quality minutes working on this task. This work should be treated as a first draft and NOT be put into the Lab Notebook. It should be written on a separate piece of lined paper.

Tuesday, September 24th (no H period)

Today in science: After asking students to place last night’s homework in the Inbox, Dr. Merritt explained how today’s Flavour School lesson on the 5 basic tastessalty, bitter, sweet, umami, and sour–fits into the weeLAB process. Using words to describe how something tastes is a form of description, and description is the final strategy to use when elaborating a definition. During the lesson, both B & C periods made their way through 4 of the 5 basic tastes. All of the words students used in today’s lesson can be viewed in the Notes Portal. In the next lesson, students will finish tasting the umami foods and move on to the sour foods.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, September 25th

H period: After reviewing the class expectations for titling and labelling papers AND inviting students to submit any missing homework assignments, Dr. Merritt explained how today’s Flavour School lesson on the 5 basic tastessalty, bitter, sweet, umami, and sour–fits into the weeLAB process. Using words to describe how something tastes is a form of description, and description is the final strategy to use when elaborating a definition. During the lesson, H period made its way through 2 of the 5 basic tastes (salty, bitter). All of the words students used in today’s lesson can be viewed in a 5-column table in the Notes Portal. In the next lesson, students will finish tasting–and describing–the three remaining basic tastes (sweet, sour, umami).

Homework (H period): There is no science homework tonight.

B & C period: After a brief review of his expectations for titling and labelling science papers AND inviting students to submit any missing homework assignments, Dr. Merritt asked students to modify their (growing!) bank of tasting/flavour words by trying a few new foods. For example, today in class students sampled foods such as 91% cacao chocolate, pickles, olives, and parmesan cheese. The results of this work on the can be seen in the Notes Portal.

Homework (B & C period): There is no science homework tonight.

Thursday, September 26th (no C period)

H period: After a brief review of his expectations for titling and labelling science papers AND inviting students to submit any missing homework assignments, Dr. Merritt asked students to modify their (growing!) bank of tasting/flavour words by trying a few new foods. For example, today in class students sampled foods such as 91% cacao chocolate, pickles, olives, and parmesan cheese. The results of this work on the can be seen in the Notes Portal.

Homework (H period): There is no weekend science homework.

B period: After learning how to create two specifically named folders on their Google Drive (one called “Science 7” with a second folder embedded within it–and shared with Dr. Merritt–with a name such as “04B – weePORTs™” or “12B – weePORTs™”), Dr. M asked students to perform the Flavour School method on a half of a banana. The results of this descriptive investigation was recorded in a newly titled section (or page) within students’ Lab Notebooks.

Homework (B period): There is no weekend science homework.

Friday, September 27th (no B period)

C & H period: After learning how to create two specifically named folders on their Google Drive (one called “Science 7” with a second folder embedded within it–and shared with Dr. Merritt–with a name such as “04C – weePORTs™” or “12H – weePORTs™”), Dr. M asked students to perform the Flavour School method on a half of a banana. The results of this descriptive investigation was recorded in a newly titled section (or page) within students’ Lab Notebooks.

Homework (C & H period): There is no weekend science homework.