Monday, October 22nd
Today in science: After learning how to 1) create a new “Science 7” folder on Google Drive, 2) move an existing file into the Science 7 folder, and 3) create a new Google Document in the Science 7 folder, students then turned their attention to the main question driving today’s lesson, which was, “What substances can be found in dirt?” In the remaining part of the lesson, students were asked to take two photos of the results of their Soil Composition Test from last Friday. The FIRST photo tried to capture all of the layers of soil AND all of the water above the soil. The SECOND photo tried to capture all of the layers of soil (but not the water above it).
Homework: Dr. M expects that all nearly all students* will have two photos inserted into their newly created Google Document (Title: “Soil Sample Composition”) prior to the start of their next science class. The FIRST photo should capture all of the layers of soil AND all of the water above the soil. The SECOND photo should capture all of the layers of soil (and not the water above it).
* = Students who were absent during the soil shake activity on 19.10.2018 do NOT have to have to complete this assignment before their next class.
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 23rd-24th
Today in science: After briefly reviewing the results of last Friday’s binocular microscope quiz, students were asked to quickly update the table of contents in their Lab Notebooks. Students then turned their attention to the main question driving today’s lesson, which was, “What is soil?” To begin answering this question, students were referred back to a table they created last week in their lab notebook. Students were then asked to try completing the sentence, “Soil is a mixture of…” by referring to the items listed in the “List of Substances” column in the table but without actually using the individual terms found in the column. In other words, students were asked to invent labels–or categories–to represent a group of one or more words found within the class table. The collective results of this ‘group think’ can be seen in the links provided for each science class: F period, G period, H period.
Homework: On the front and/or back of the piece of lined paper used in class, students have been asked to formulate their own definition of soil that begins with the phrase, “Soil is a mixture of…” Students should make heavy use of the work done in Tuesday’s (or Wednesday’s) science class, as well as any other resources they think might be useful/helpful (e.g., a dictionary). As discussed in class, the goal is to write a single sentence that refers to ALL of the individual substances we found in our soil without actually using the names of each of the individual substances themselves. Some useful online resources are listed below:
Videos (only some portions of these videos will be helpful)
SciShow Kids “What’s the dirt on…dirt?”
The Science Basement’s “Introduction to Soil” (Part 1 & Part 2)
It’s AumSum Time’s “Layer’s of Soil for Kids”
Mental Floss’s “What is dirt made out of?”
Thursday-Friday, October 25-26th
Today in science: On Thursday and Friday we will be ‘mining’ a BBC documentary to both deepen and sharpen our knowledge and understanding of soil. More specifically, we will be watching “Deep Down and Dirty – The Science of Soil” for the purpose of helping us answer three key questions:
1. What is soil?
2. How is soil formed?
3. What is important about soil? In other words, why does soil matter?
In addition to these three key questions, we will also be collecting vocabulary words used throughout the video to help us learn the language of soil science. The vocabulary words we collect can be seen in our Notes Portal. To facilitate our ‘mining’ of this BBC video, we will be using this document.
Homework: There is no science homework during Academic Travel.