G7 Week 05

Friday, October 7th – F & H period (Day 4)

Today in science: After completing Quiz #2 (seed vocabulary), F & H period students were given all of the remaining class time to work on the Conclusions & Reflection document for Investigation #1. Those students who had difficulties getting their bean and pea seeds to grow properly during the investigation were told to use either (or both!) of the diagrams linked below to help complete the document.

Pea seed(ling) growth diagram
Bean seed(ling) growth diagram

Homework: F & H period students must complete the Conclusions & Reflection document for Investigation #1. This is a 25-point assignment. Dr. Merritt would like to remind students that this is one of the first graded Lab Notebook assignments, so the work they do on this assignment should reflect excellent effort.

Thursday, October 6th – All periods (Day 3)

Today in science:

A period: After completing Quiz #2 (seed vocabulary), A period students were given all of the remaining class time to work on the Conclusions & Reflection document for Investigation #1. Those students who had difficulties getting their bean and pea seeds to grow properly during the investigation were told to use either (or both!) of the diagrams linked below to help complete the document.

Pea seed(ling) growth diagram
Bean seed(ling) growth diagram

Homework: A period students must complete the Conclusions & Reflection document for Investigation #1. This is a 25-point assignment. Dr. Merritt would like to remind students that this is one of the first graded Lab Notebook assignments, so the work they do on this assignment should reflect excellent effort.

F & H period: F & H period students continued Investigation #2 by (carefully) extracting and (accurately) drawing the embryo of their pea and bean seeds. Students were encouraged to use their iPad and iPhone cameras to capture images to help them improve the accuracy of their drawings. Dr. Merritt also shared illustrated diagrams showing cross-sections of the pea seed and bean seed to help students label their diagrams.

Homework: All F & H period students should spend time tonight studying for this week’s seed vocabulary quiz. A study guide can be seen in the Review/Revision Portal.

Wednesday, October 5th – A & H period (Day 2)

Today in science:

A period: A period students began Investigation #2 by preparing their Lab Notebooks and preparing a particular environment (i.e., moist, dark) in a plastic petri dish for bean and pea seed germination.

H period: Students labelled their already drawn ‘ideal’ bean and pea seedlings as either “epigeal” or “hypogeal” germination strategies. Next, H period students began Investigation #2 by preparing their Lab Notebooks and preparing a particular (i.e., moist, dark, enclosed) environment in a plastic petri dish for bean and pea seed germination.

Homework: All 7th grade science students should spend time tonight studying for this week’s seed vocabulary quiz. A study guide can be seen in the Review/Revision Portal.

Tuesday, October 4th – A & F period (Day 1)

Today in science:

A period: Students made their final day of observations (Day 12) for the bean and pea seeds by drawing and labelling the ‘ideal’ bean and pea seedlings picked from among the class investigations.

F period: Students labelled their already drawn ‘ideal’ bean and pea seedlings as either “epigeal” or “hypogeal” germination strategies. Next, F period students began Investigation #2 by preparing their Lab Notebooks and preparing a particular environment (i.e., moist, dark, enclosed) in a plastic petri dish for bean and pea seed germination.

Homework: All 7th grade science students should spend time tonight studying for this week’s seed vocabulary quiz. A study guide can be seen in the Review/Revision Portal.

Monday, October 3rd – All periods (Day 0)

Today in science:

A period: After receiving two new (graded) homework assignments to put into their Classroom Science Binders, students were reminded of Thursday’s seed germination vocabulary quiz. Students were then asked to plant two additional Brassica rapa seeds due to a seed germination ‘issue’ that unfolded in the lab this past weekend.

E & F period: After receiving one new (graded) homework assignment to put into their Classroom Science Binders, students were reminded of Thursday’s seed germination vocabulary quiz. Students then made their final day of observations (Day 10) for the bean and pea seeds by drawing and labelling the ‘ideal’ bean and pea seedlings chosen from among the class investigations. After school, Dr. Merritt added 3 additional Brassica rapa seeds to each student container.

Homework: All 7th grade science students should spend time tonight studying for this week’s seed vocabulary quiz. A study guide can be seen in the Review/Revision Portal.