G7 Week 05

Last week in science!

Monday, October 1st

Today in science: The main theme for today’s lesson was “biological classification.” Students were introduced to a project in which they need to create a presentation using Google Slides. The project title is “Biological Classification.” Most students spent today’s class time 1) making a copy of Dr. Merritt’s presentation template, 2) re-naming the template file, and 3) doing Internet-based research so as to begin completing the required slides.

Homework: Students should spend up to 20 minutes working the Biological Classification project explained during today’s lesson. This project does NOT have to be completed before the next science class. It will be a project that we work on together during the current school week (and beyond).

Tuesday-Wednesday, October 2nd-3rd

Today in science: The main themes for today’s lesson were “biological classification” and “scientific naming.” In order to help students successfully complete the picture and caption feature found on slides 3, 5, & 7 of the presentation template, Dr. M spent a bit of time introducing students to the notion of “scientific naming,” also known as binomial nomenclature. Dr. M was aided by the help of the short video seen below. After viewing the video, students were given class time to work on their projects.

Homework: Students should spend up to 20 minutes working the Biological Classification project. This project does NOT have to be completed before the next science class. It will be a project that we work on together during the current school week (and beyond).

Thursday, October 4th

Today in science: The main theme for today’s lesson was “biological classification.” At the start of the lesson, Dr. M asked students to re-name their Google Slides presentation according to his naming rules and then to share their presentation with him by using the “Share” featuring. After then providing students with some suggestions about scientific naming (e.g., italicize all two-word, Latin-sounding scientific names), students were given the entire class period to work on their projects.

Homework: Students should spend up to 20 minutes working the Biological Classification project first explained during Monday’s lesson. The first SEVEN slides of this project SHOULD be completed by the END of FRIDAY’S science class. There will be time during Friday’s class in which to complete the final slides.

Friday, October 5th

Today in science: The main theme for today’s lesson was (again) “biological classification.” Students were given the entire class period to work on their projects. Dr. M met individually with students who a) needed help and/or advice, and b) still had issues with their file naming and/or sharing. In cases where students had completed all 8 slides with significant time still remaining in the class period, Dr. M cut-and-pasted 3 new slides into their presentations so that these students could begin working on one of next’s weeks assignments.

Homework: All 7th grade science students have been asked to bring one plastic, sandwich-sized, sealable (or Ziplock) bag half full of DIRT/SOIL to their next science lesson. This dirt/soil will be used during next week’s science lessons.

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