G7 Week 04

Friday, September 30th – F & H periods

  • This is “Day 1” of our Brassica rapa seed investigation.

Today in science: Dr. Merritt handed back the “Choose a Graph” homework assignment. After briefly discussing it in class, students then put this assignment into their Classroom Science Binder as “Entry #4”. After then discussing what they saw in this illustration, students were asked–using no resources except their own brains–to create a stages of life diagram for a flowering plant that began with a simple drawing of an unopened seed (like the Brassica rapa seeds we planted in soil on Thursday). This was not a graded exercise as Dr. Merritt was simply trying to find out what 7th grade students know/understand about the life stages (or cycle) of flowering plants.

Homework: Students were told of next week’s seed germination quiz. Thus, they can actually begin studying the names and functions, descriptions, or definitions of the parts of a seed. Dr. Merritt has created a study guide accessible to students through the Grade 7 Revision/Review Portal.

Thursday, September 29th – All periods

  • This is “Day 0” of our Brassica rapa seed investigation.

Today in science: 

A period: Students again recorded observations of their bean and pea seeds today (Day 8). All students were encouraged to do drawings of each of their seeds in addition to using words/phrases/sentences to describe them. Finally, students ‘topped off’ their plastic containers with moist soil and planted their Brassica rapa seeds!

Homework: Students were told of next week’s seed germination quiz. Thus, they can actually begin studying the names and functions, descriptions, or definitions of the parts of a seed. Dr. Merritt has created a study guide accessible to students through the Grade 7 Revision/Review Portal.

F & H period: Dr. Merritt also collected the bean and pea seed vocabulary homework from F period students. F & H period students then recorded observations of their bean and pea seeds again (Day 7). Towards these ends, Dr. Kelly visited our class to work with students on how to make observations ‘scientific.’ Finally, working with Dr. Merritt outside, students filled empty plastic containers with moist soil and planted their Brassica rapa seeds!

Homework: There is no science homework for F & H period students tonight.

Wednesday, September 28th – A & H periods

Today in science: 

A period: Students again recorded observations of their bean and pea seeds today (Day 7). All students were encouraged to do drawings of each of their seeds in addition to using words/phrases/sentences to describe them. Dr. Merritt also collected the bean and pea seed vocabulary homework. Finally, students also filled empty plastic containers with moist soil in preparation for the planting of their Brassica rapa seeds tomorrow.

Homework: There is no science homework for A period students tonight.

H period: Students again recorded observations of their bean and pea seeds today (Day 6). All students were encouraged to do drawings of each of their seeds in addition to using words/phrases/sentences to describe them. Dr. Merritt also collected the bean and pea seed vocabulary homework.

Homework: There is no science homework for H period students tonight.

Tuesday, September 27th – A & F periods

Today in science: Students again recorded observations of their bean and pea seeds today. For A period, it was Day 6. For F period, it was Day 5. All students were encouraged to do drawings of each of their seeds in addition to using words/phrases/sentences to describe them. Dr. Merritt also encouraged all students to practice using their new seed vocabulary words within their drawings and descriptions. Finally, Dr. M extended the deadline of last night’s homework due to a) a mistake he made when posting the assignment on Veracross (there was a bad link), and b) a couple of student misunderstandings about the assignment (e.g., cotyledons vs. storage cotyledons).

Homework: Tonight’s homework is to use the SCIENCEsEDiment Glossary to define the parts of the bean and pea seeds as seen in the two diagrams linked above. There are a total of 8 words to define because some of the same words are found in both diagrams. This should be done on a piece of lined, notebook paper and formatted according to Dr. Merritt’s homework rules. This assignment should not be done in the lab notebook.

Monday, September 26th – All periods

Today in science: All students recorded observations of their bean and pea seeds today. For A period, it was Day 5. For F & H periods, it was Day 4. The main goal of today’s lesson was to compare the current state of the bean seed with the pea seed, looking for–and documenting in the lab notebook–both similarities and differences. Students were also asked to consult their Classroom Science Binder, which is supposed to contain a seed diagram that has the names of some of the parts of a pea seed.

Homework: Tonight’s homework is to use the SCIENCEsEDiment Glossary to define the parts of the bean and pea seeds as seen in the two diagrams linked above. There are a total of 8 words to define because some of the same words are found in both diagrams. This should be done on a piece of lined, notebook paper and formatted according to Dr. Merritt’s homework rules. This assignment should not be done in the lab notebook.