G7 Week 06

Last week in science!

Monday, October 7th – No school (3-day weekend)

Today in science:

Homework: —

Tuesday, October 8th (no H period)

Today in science: After having been invited to turn in a paper copy of weePORT #01 (Grape), students were asked to join Dr. Merritt at the whiteboard to watch two short videos in which The Food Surgeon–a YouTube artist with a loyal following–performed autopsies of both a banana and a shallot (a sort of mini-onion). We used these two mostly silent videos to both identify and ‘map’ the sequence(s) of actions that help us understand what the practice of scientific dissection involves. Through this in-class mapping work, we saw that scientific dissection involves no less than the following important practices: organizingobserving, measuring, (lots of!) recording, touching/probing, scooping, cutting, separatingspreading, peeling, photographingdrawing, and reassembling. After the videos, students were briefly introduced to the instruments found within our class dissection kits.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, October 9th

H period: After having been invited to turn in a paper copy of weePORT #01 (Grape), students were asked to join Dr. Merritt at the whiteboard to watch two short videos in which The Food Surgeon–a YouTube artist with a loyal following–performed autopsies of both a banana and a shallot (a sort of mini-onion). We used these two mostly silent videos to both identify and ‘map’ the sequence(s) of actions that help us understand what the practice of scientific dissection involves. Through this in-class mapping work, we saw that scientific dissection involves no less than the following important practices: organizing, observing, measuring, (lots of!) recording, touching/probing, scooping, cutting, separating, spreading, peeling, photographing, drawing, and reassembling. After the videos, students were briefly introduced to the instruments found within our class dissection kits.

Homework (H period): There is no science homework tonight.

B & C period: After having students prepare their Lab Notebooks for today’s practice dissection of a garlic clove, Dr. M offered students a ‘map’ as to how their dissection might unfold in today’s lesson. Students then spent the rest of the lesson performing their first scientific dissection and recording the results in their Lab Notebook, which had to include four ‘view’ sketches of the garlic clove prior to dissection. At the end of the lesson, students were asked to clean and dry their dissections instruments and return their kits to the storage area (Equipment Care points were issued today for taking proper care of the dissection kits).

Homework (B & C period): There is no science homework tonight.

Thursday, October 10th (no C period)

H period: After having students prepare their Lab Notebooks for today’s practice dissection of a garlic clove, Dr. M offered students a ‘map’ as to how their dissection might unfold in today’s lesson. Students then spent the rest of the lesson performing their first scientific dissection and recording the results in their Lab Notebook, which had to include four ‘view’ sketches of the garlic clove prior to dissection. At the end of the lesson, students were asked to clean and dry their dissections instruments and return their kits to the storage area (Equipment Care points were issued today for taking proper care of the dissection kits).

Homework (H period): There is no science homework tonight.

B period: Because of the irregular class schedule this week (no classes on Monday and a special class schedule on Friday due to Family Weekend), B period had a ‘bonus’ science lesson today. In this lesson, students were given another opportunity to practice improving their dissection skills. The results of this practice dissection were entered into the Lab Notebook.

Homework (B period): There is no science homework tonight.

Friday, October 11th (Family Weekend)

Today in science: After students took their visiting parents through a mini-Flavour School exercise involving smell, Dr. Merritt used the presentation below to show how Flavour School fits within the larger Grade 7 science curriculum.

Homework: There is no science homework during Family Weekend.