G7 Week 06

Last week in science!

Monday, October 12th – No school (3-day weekend)

Today in science:

Homework: —

Tuesday, October 13th

Today in science: At the start of the lesson, Dr. Merritt announced a new class science project: THE SEED COLLECTION project. For the next 7 days, students have been asked to collect any/all seeds they come across in their everyday lives. This project is NOT about buying packaged seeds in local stores. Instead, this project IS about hunting and gathering seeds from gardens, yards, parks, and/or woods near the house. It is ALSO about collecting seeds from foods found in the kitchen such as fruits and vegetables. Seeds should be rinsed with water (not soap!), dried, and then stored in small plastic bags according to type/kind. If students don’t know the name of a particular type/kind of seed then they should label the plastic bag with the LOCATION where the seeds were found.

After learning about the Seed Collection project, another day was devoted to the collection of indoor and outdoor chestnut mass data, which students recorded in their Lab Notebooks (while Dr. M recorded it in his INDOOR and OUTDOOR Google Sheets). Students were also asked to complete all three of the line graphs they’ve been working on in class for the past 7-8 days.

Homework: Any students not able to complete their three line graphs in class have been asked to complete them at home. Dr. Merritt is planning on collecting these graphs at the BEGINNING of Wednesday’s class.

Graph #1: Indoor chestnut mass data = red line
Graph #2: Outdoor chestnut mass data = blue line
Graph #3: Indoor AND Outdoor chestnut mass data on the SAME line graph (keep the same line color/colours as in Graphs 1 & 2)

As has been emphasized in class, all line graphs should show excellent ruler skills when making all of the axes and lines, accurate labelling for both the x- and y-axis, correctly plotted number scales on both axes, an informative title above each graph, and a Key for the two different line color/colours used in Graph 3.

Wednesday, October 14th

Today in science: Another day was devoted to the collection of indoor and outdoor chestnut mass data, which students recorded in their Lab Notebooks (while Dr. M recorded it in his INDOOR and OUTDOOR Google Sheets). Students were also asked to add to–and improve/refine–all three of the line graphs they’ve been working on in class for the past 8-9 days.

Homework: TASIS science teachers are not allowed to assign homework on Wednesdays (in the current schedule), but all students are encouraged to begin building their collections for their new Seed Collection project.

Thursday, October 15th

Today in science: Students collected their final INDOOR chestnut mass data today (Day 10), added this data to their line graphs, and then inserted all three of their graphs into their Lab Notebooks according to Dr. M’s specific instructions. Students also collected the Day 9 data for their OUTDOOR chestnut.

Special note: In H period, Dr. M asked students to copy onto the last page of their Lab Notebooks an image titled “Forms of Energy.” He noted that we only place the most ‘powerful’ scientific ideas onto the back pages of our Lab Notebooks that will be useful to us regardless of the scientific topic we are studying. It turns out that forms of energy (or “energy forms”) is one of those ideas.

Homework: Students were reminded that they should continue gathering seeds outside of school for their Seed Collection project. The collection portion of this multi-part project is due on Tuesday, 20 October.

Friday, October 16th

Today in science: Students collected their final OUTDOOR chestnut mass data today (Day 10) and added this data to their line graphs. He then asked students to record the average chestnut data in their Lab Notebooks for both the indoor and outdoor chestnuts. This data is the basis for a weekend homework assignment in which students have been asked to create (yet another!) line graph comparing just the chestnut averages (see below).

Special note: In C period, Dr. M asked students to copy onto the last page of their Lab Notebooks an image titled “Forms of Energy.” He noted that we only place the most ‘powerful’ scientific ideas onto the back pages of our Lab Notebooks that will be useful to us regardless of the scientific topic we are studying. It turns out that forms of energy (or “energy forms”) is one of those ideas.

Homework: Students have been asked to create a single line graph with two lines accurately plotted on it. This should be students’ best work–in other words, their line graph should be neat, accurate/precise, well organized, well labelled, and well titled. The lines should represent the average chestnut data for both the indoor and outdoor chestnuts. As with other other line graphs this past week, students should use RED colour for the indoor data and BLUE color for the outdoor data. This line graph should NOT be put into the Lab Notebook as it will be collected by the teacher at the start of Monday’s lesson.