**Monday, October 21st**

*Today in science: *Students were asked to make progress on their short research project first described in detail last week on the Notes Portal. Students were given the entire class period to continue working on this project, but Dr. Merritt made sure to project an example of a correctly outlined map on the whiteboard during the lesson (the map shown can also be seen on the Notes Portal).

*Homework: *Students have been asked to commit 20 minutes of time to their **3 Domains + 7 Kingdoms** project IF they don’t think they can complete it within the first 30 minutes of tomorrow’s science lesson.

**Tuesday, October 22nd (no H period)**

*Today in science:* Students were given the entire class period to 1) finish the **3 Domains + 7 Kingdoms** project, and 2) begin working on the **Plant Kingdom + Plant Phyla/Divisions** project. The former project we are now informally calling “Part A,” and the later “Part B.” To help students organize their new project, Dr. Merritt drew yet another mind map on the whiteboard and shared a useful research link with students to help them find the names of the Divisions (or Phyla) contained within the Plant Kingdom.

*Homework: *The only students who have homework tonight are those students who have not yet completed the **3 Domains + 7 Kingdoms** project (Part A). The **Plant Kingdom + Plant Phyla/Divisions** project (Part B) is not homework.

**Wednesday, October 23rd**

*H period: *Students were given the entire class period to 1) finish the **3 Domains + 7 Kingdoms** project, and 2) begin working on the **Plant Kingdom + Plant Phyla/Divisions** project. The former project we are now informally calling “Part A,” and the later “Part B.” To help students organize their new project, Dr. Merritt drew yet another mind map on the whiteboard and shared a useful research link with students to help them find the names of the Divisions (or Phyla) contained within the Plant Kingdom.

*Homework (H period): *The only students who have homework tonight are those students who have not yet completed the **3 Domains + 7 Kingdoms** project (Part A). The **Plant Kingdom + Plant Phyla/Divisions** project (Part B) is not homework.

*B & C** period: *Students were again given the class period to work on their two classification projects. Part A of the project is the **3 Domains + 7 Kingdoms** project, which students were asked to put into their new Classroom Science Binders when complete. Part B of the project is the **1 Plant Kingdom + 13 Plant Phyla/Divisions** project. To help students organize both projects, Dr. Merritt provided minds map on the whiteboard plus a useful research link to help students learn the names and major distinguishing characteristics of the Divisions (or Phyla) contained within the Plant Kingdom. A handful of students in C period even had time to begin Part C (Magnoliophyta + 2 Classes + 6 Sub-Classes).

*Homework (B & C period): *The only students who have homework tonight are those students who have not yet completed the **3 Domains + 7 Kingdoms** project (Part A). The **Plant Kingdom + Plant Phyla/Divisions** project (Part B) is not homework.

**Thursday, October 24th (no C period)**

*H period: *Students were again given the class period to work on their two classification projects. Part A of the project is the **3 Domains + 7 Kingdoms** project, which students were asked to put into their new Classroom Science Binders when complete. Part B of the project is the **1 Plant Kingdom + 13 Plant Phyla/Divisions** project. To help students organize both projects, Dr. Merritt provided minds map on the whiteboard plus a useful research link to help students learn the names and major distinguishing characteristics of the Divisions (or Phyla) contained within the Plant Kingdom. A handful of students in C period even had time to begin Part C (Magnoliophyta + 2 Classes + 6 Sub-Classes).

*Homework (H period): *The only students who have homework tonight are those students who have not yet completed the **3 Domains + 7 Kingdoms** project (Part A). The **Plant Kingdom + Plant Phyla/Divisions** project (Part B) is not homework.

*B period: *Students were given the class period to work any of the three parts of their Classification project: Part A, Part B, and (now) **Part C**, which involves making a third map on a new sheet of A3-sized paper. This third (and final) map involves dividing the Division/Phyla *Magnoliophyta* into 2 Classes (or 3 Clades) and then dividing one of the Classes (*Magnoliopsida*) or Clades (*Eudicots*) into 6 different Sub-Classes. To help students organize this newest part of the project, Dr. Merritt provided another mind map on the whiteboard.

*Homework (B period): *There is no homework assigned during the Academic Travel period. However, any students who find themselves without at least **Parts A & B** completed, will want to make sure they complete both of these assignments before their next science lesson on **Monday, November 4th**. IMPORTANT NOTE: Many students finished **Part C** in class on Friday, Oct. 25th, but as Dr. M announced in class, this third (and final) part of the project does not need to be completed at home.

**Friday, October 25th (no B period)**

*Today in science: *Students were given the class period to work any of the three parts of their Classification project: Part A, Part B, and (now) **Part C**, which involves making a third map on a new sheet of A3-sized paper. This third (and final) map involves dividing the Division/Phyla Magnoliophyta into 2 Classes (or 3 Clades) and then dividing one of the Classes (Magnoliopsida) or Clades (Eudicots) into 6 different Sub-Classes. To help students organize this newest part of the project, Dr. Merritt provided another mind map on the whiteboard.

*Homework:*There is no homework assigned during the Academic Travel period. However, any students who find themselves without at least **Parts A & B** completed, will want to make sure they complete both of these assignments before their next science lesson on **Monday, November 4th**. IMPORTANT NOTE: Many students finished **Part C** in class on Friday, Oct. 25th, but as Dr. M announced in class, this third (and final) part of the project does not need to be completed at home.