G7 Week 09

Friday, November 6th – WFP Unit Day 0

Today in science class: F period students handed in their ‘What is soil?’ research assignment. H period students checked in tables 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4. Students in both periods spent the remaining time planting four Wisconsin Fast Plant seeds (Brassica rapa) and recording their planting method in their Lab Notebooks. During planting, students were told about the importance of factors such as soil moisture, soil compression, seed spacing, and seed depth.

Homework: H period students need to spend 15 minutes using the Internet to find an answer to the question, Soil is a mixture of what/how many different substances?  Students should record their answers on a single sheet of lined paper and included the source/website where they found their answer. F period students do not have homework this weekend.

Thursday, November 5th

Today in science class: F period students spent the period using the stereo microscopes trying to answer the question: What are the different substances that can be found in soil? Students were asked to separate and make drawings of the different substances found in a sample soil and viewed with 20x and 40x magnification. H period students were asked to use their Chromebooks and Google Docs to finish creating the data tables (see example) on which they will record much of their plant unit data during the next 35-42 days. Students then had about 15 minutes to begin their soil observations (see F period above).

Homework: F period students need to spend 15 minutes using the Internet to find an answer to the question, Soil is a mixture of what/how many different substances? Answers to this question can be written on the back of the soil drawings we completed today in class or on another sheet of paper. H period students need to finish printing their three remaining data tables (4.2, 4.3, 4.4) and putting them into the designated pages of their lab notebooks by the time class begins on Friday.

Wednesday, November 4th – H period only

Today in science class: Students were asked to use their Chromebooks and Google Docs to create a data table (see example) on which they will record much of their plant unit data during the next 35-42 days. Students were asked to put this document in the shared Google Drive science folder that they created with Dr. Merritt in yesterday’s science class. The last part of the class period was devoted to updating the Table of Contents of our Lab Notebooks.

Homework: H period students need to finish creating and printing the FIRST of their four data tables (4 plants x 1 data table for each plant) by Thursday, Nov. 5th. Dr. Merritt expects that each H period student will have glued Table 4.1–which is 2 pages long–into the designated pages of their lab notebooks by the time class begins on Thursday.

Tuesday, November 3rd – F period only

Today in science class: Students were asked to use their Chromebooks and Google Docs to create a data table (see example) on which they will record much of their plant unit data during the next 35-42 days. Students were asked to put this document in the shared Google Drive science folder that they created with Dr. Merritt in yesterday’s science class. The last part of the class period was devoted to updating the Table of Contents of our Lab Notebooks.

Homework: F period students need to finish creating and printing their four data tables (4 plants x 1 data table for each plant) by Thursday, Nov. 5th. Dr. Merritt expects that each student will have glued Tables 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4 (8 pages of data tables!) into the designated pages of their lab notebooks by the time class begins on Thursday.

Monday, November 2nd

Today in science class: Much of today’s class was devoted to learning how to use our new Google Chromebooks. Last weekend, Dr. Merritt sent you an email invitation to open a shared Google Document and edit it. Today, students were shown how to open and edit this document on the classroom Chromebooks. They were also shown how to set up a Google Drive folder devoted specifically to science class.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.