G7 Week 07

Last week in science!

Monday, October 15th

Today in science: The main question driving today’s lesson was, “What substances, objects, and other things can be found in samples of soil?” Students were given tools–for example, Petri dishes, plastic spoons, lunch trays, dissection kits, and binocular microscopes–and asked to investigate small sub-samples of their soil for the purpose of identifying substances and objects found within it. Dr. M also showed students how he would like them to both write and draw pictures of their discoveries by showing them an example of what their lab notebook might look like.

Homework: Dr. M has asked students to begin preparing for an upcoming quiz about the names of the parts of the binocular light microscope. To begin learning the names of the parts of this instrument, Dr. M has provided students with a Google Slides tutorial and printable handouts containing both labelled and unlabelled binocular light microscopes. Students will complete the quiz on Friday, 19 October.

Tuesday-Wednesday, October 16-17th

Today in science: The main question driving today’s lesson was, “What substances, objects, and other things can be found in samples of soil?” Students were again given access to the binocular microscopes for the purpose of identifying the substances, objects, and other things found within their soil sample. Dr. M also began collecting data from students who said they have completed their soil investigation. You can see the data from all three classes, F, G, & H periods, in the Grade 7 – Class Notes document.

Homework: Dr. M has asked students to begin preparing for an upcoming quiz about the names of the parts of the binocular light microscope. To begin learning the names of the parts of this instrument, Dr. M has provided students with a Google Slides tutorial and handouts containing both labelled and unlabelled binocular light microscopes. Students will complete the quiz on Friday, 19 October.

Thursday, October 18th

Today in science: The main question driving today’s lesson was, “What substances, objects, and other things can be found in samples of soil?” Today’s lesson involved the gathering of all the data from the recent soil investigation. By creating three row-column ‘tables’ in the Grade 7 – Class Notes document (one table for each of the three 7th grade science classes), Dr. M modeled for students a way of helping them record the soil investigation results of all of their fellow classmates in a highly efficient manner.

Homework: Dr. M has asked students to begin preparing for an upcoming quiz about the names of the parts of the binocular light microscope. To begin learning the names of the parts of this instrument, Dr. M has provided students with a Google Slides tutorial and handouts containing both labelled and unlabelled binocular light microscopes. Students will complete the quiz on Friday, 19 October.

Friday, October 19th

Today in science: After taking the binocular microscope quiz, students were asked to follow the soil composition protocol so as to try and answer the following question: What is dirt?

F period students each prepared their own jar, but G and H period students worked in team of two and will switch roles on during Monday’s lesson.

Homework: If a student did not finish writing all 13 steps of the Soil Composition Protocol in their Lab Notebook during Friday’s lesson, they are expected to do so over the weekend. Dr. Merritt will be checking students’ Lab Notebooks for this work at the start of Monday’s lesson.

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