Friday, October 14th – F & H period (Day 11)
Today in science: F & H period students had the entire class period to attend to two tasks. First, students had time to work on Chapters 1, 2, & 3 of the Power Plant Packet. Second, students were asked to complete a labelled, lifesized (or 1:1 scale) drawing of their tallest Brassica rapa plant. To help students label their drawings, Dr. M provided a labelled drawing of his own on the white board. Whether complete or not, Dr. Merritt asked students to turn in their drawings at the end of class for a Classwork grade.
Homework: F & H period science students were asked to complete all of the questions found in Chapters 1, 2, & 3 (pp. 119) by the beginning of class on Monday, October, 17.
Thursday, October 13th – A & H period (Day 10)
Today in science:
A period: Students had the entire class period to attend to two tasks. First, students had time to work on Chapters 1, 2, & 3 of the Power Plant Packet. Second, students were asked to complete a labelled, lifesized (or 1:1 scale) drawing of their tallest Brassica rapa plant. To help students label their drawings, Dr. M provided a labelled drawing of his own on the white board. Whether complete or not, Dr. Merritt asked students to turn in their drawings at the end of class for a Classwork grade.
Homework: A period science students were asked to complete all of the questions found in Chapters 1, 2, & 3 (pp. 119) by the beginning of class on Monday, October, 17.
F & H period: After turning in last night’s homework (the bar graph of the average plant height data for the class), F & H period students were then asked to evaluate their own bar graph with a copy of Dr. Merritt’s “How to make an excellent bar graph in science” grading rubric. Upon completion, students gave the graph and the evaluation to Dr. Merritt. Students then began working on Chapter 1 (pp. 15) of the Power Plant Packet. This packet contains four chapters and some diagraming exercises at the end of it. The Power Plant packet will be the focus of the science lessons for approximately the next 710 days.
Homework: If they did not do so in class, F & H period students were asked to complete all of the questions found in Chapter 1 (pp. 15).
Wednesday, October 12th – A & H period (Day 9)
Today in science:
A period: After turning in last night’s homework (the bar graph of the average plant height data for the class), A period students were then asked to evaluate their own bar graph with a copy of Dr. Merritt’s “How to make an excellent bar graph in science” grading rubric. Upon completion, students gave the graph and the evaluation to Dr. Merritt. Students then began working on Chapter 1 (pp. 15) of the Power Plant Packet. This packet contains four chapters and some diagraming exercises at the end of it. The Power Plant packet will be the focus of the science lessons for approximately the next 710 days.
Homework: If they did not do so in class, A period students were asked to complete all of the questions found in Chapter 1 (pp. 15).
H period: After turning in the weekend homework (INV#1 – Conclusions & Reflection) in exchange for last week’s graded Quiz #2, H period students recorded height data from their Brassica rapa plants on a loose piece of lined notebook paper. After naming (Plant 1, Plant 2, Plant 3, etc.) and measuring their plants in centimeters (cm), students were asked to calculate the “average height” of their plants. This calculation was then shared with the entire class, recorded, and is repeated in the table below:
H PERIOD
1H 5.5 cm 
5H 5.1 cm 
9H 4.7 cm 
13H 5.9 cm 
2H 3.8 cm 
6H 4.6 cm 
10H 5.2 cm 
14H 4.7 cm 
3H 4.4 cm 
7H 5.3 cm 
11H 3.5 cm 
15H 3.3 cm 
4H 6.5 cm 
8H 4.6 cm 
12H 4.5 cm 
Homework: H period students have been asked to create a bar graph of their class data (see table above). This assignment should be done by hand on graph paper. Please use Dr. Merritt’s “How to make an excellent bar graph in science” grading rubric as you make your bar graph. This is the third time we have made a bar graph, so students can expect to be asked to do this on a quiz sometime soon.
Tuesday, October 11th – A & F period (Day 8)
Today in science: After turning in the weekend homework (INV#1 – Conclusions & Reflection) in exchange for last week’s graded Quiz #2, A & F period students recorded height data from their Brassica rapa plants on a loose piece of lined notebook paper. After naming (Plant 1, Plant 2, Plant 3, etc.) and measuring their plants in centimeters (cm), students were asked to calculate the “average height” of their plants. This calculation was then shared with the entire class, recorded, and is repeated in one of the two tables below:
A PERIOD
1A 6.1 cm 
5A 2.9 cm 
9A 6.5 cm 
13A 3.9 cm 
2A 7.5 cm 
6A absent 
10A 4.9 cm 
14A 4.6 cm 
3A 2.7 cm 
7A 3.8 cm 
11A 3.9 cm 
15A 4.5 cm 
4A 4.1 cm 
8A 4.7 cm 
12A 3.1 cm 
F PERIOD
1F 4.9 cm 
5F 3.7 cm 
9F 5.4 cm 
13F 3.3 cm 
2F 5.4 cm 
6F 5.9 cm 
10F 3.6 cm 

3F 3.7 cm 
7F 4.5 cm 
11F 4.7 cm 

4F 5.3 cm 
8F 4.5 cm 
12F 4.5 cm 
Homework: A & F period students have been asked to create a bar graph of only their own class data (see tables above). This assignment should be done by hand on graph paper. Please use Dr. Merritt’s “How to make an excellent bar graph in science” grading rubric as you make your bar graph. This is the third time we have made a bar graph, so students can expect to be asked to do this on a quiz sometime soon.
Monday, October 10th (Day 7) – No School
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