G7 Week 06 – S2

Friday, March 9th

F & G period: After ensuring that students had copied the controlling variables section into their lab notebooks, students were asked to begin writing their procedures for next week’s seed germination experiment. You can see Dr. M’s guidelines for writing scientific procedures HERE.

Homework: All science students should complete their FIRST (ROUGH) DRAFT of their seed germination experiment procedures. A complete draft will including all of the following:

1) The procedures should be written in a Google Document.
2) The name of this document should be, for example “01F – Seed Germination Method” or “11A – Seed Germination Method”
3) Students must ‘Share’ the document with Dr. M with the following email address: brett.merritt@tasis.ch (please be sure that Dr. M has editing permissions)
4) The procedures should follow the tips/guidelines provided by Dr. M in class, which can be accessed by the link above.

Thursday, March 8th

A & G period: After asking students to list the factors that affect seed germination (a review of yesterday’s lesson) OR copying the remaining controlling variables into their lab notebooks, students were asked to begin writing their procedures for next week’s seed germination experiment. You can see Dr. M’s guidelines for writing scientific procedures HERE.

Homework: A & G period students should spend 20 minutes working on their seed germination experiment procedures. The procedures should be written in a newly created Google Document.

F period: After asking students to list the factors that affect seed germination (a review of yesterday’s lesson), our science lesson took an unplanned turn towards the topic(s) of cells, human traits, genetics, cancer, DNA, and amino acids. One of the most interesting parts of our lesson was our viewing of a short video about what DNA is and what it does.

Homework: F period students do not have any science homework tonight.

Wednesday, March 7th

A period: After asking students to list the factors that affect seed germination (a review of yesterday’s lesson), our science lesson took an unplanned turn for the exciting and confusing world of shooting stars, exploding suns, fusing atoms, elements, and molecules. One of the most interesting turns in our lesson was our discussion of a recent photograph by an Oxford University student who somehow managed to photograph a single (strontium, Sr) atom without the use of a powerful microscope!

G period: As part of INV#6 (Comparative study of Brassica rapa seed germination rates), Dr. Merritt asked G period students to take notes designed to help them understand the scientific answer to the following question: What factors affect seed germination? The notes were recorded on a designated page of the lab notebook and can be seen in the image below.

Tuesday, March 6th

Today in science: As part of INV#6 (Comparative study of Brassica rapa seed germination rates), Dr. Merritt asked A & F period students to take notes designed to help them understand the scientific answer to the following question: What factors affect seed germination? The notes were recorded on a designated page of the lab notebook and can be seen in the image below.

At the end of the note taking exercise, students were asked to summarize the factors affecting seed germination as follows:

1) water
2) oxygen gas
3) proper temperature
4) an adequate food source
5) properly functioning (embryo) cells

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Monday, March 5th

Today in science: After drawing a ‘map’ to help students understand where we’ve been (since February 1st) and where we’re going (between now and March 23rd), Dr. Merritt asked students to add additional information to INV#6 (Comparative study of Brassica rapa seed germination rates), which is being kept in their Lab Notebooks. Before their next science class, every student’s lab notebook should contain all of the information contained within the INV#6 Google Document.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

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