G7 Week 09

Last week in science!

Lesson 1 – Monday, November 2nd

Today in science: Dr. Merritt was absent during C period but present during H period.

In H period, all of today’s lesson was spent talking about science-y topics such as blood pressure, blood sugar, fainting, inheritance/heredity, DNA, diet/nutrition, exercise, stress, etc., as well as common–and not so common–diseases and conditions such as dementia, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, migraine headaches, and many others.

In C period, students were asked by the Guest Teacher to work on the following three tasks…

TASK #1: Work in your ACTUAL Lab Notebook

  1. Update Table of Contents (TOC)
  2. Make sure the pages are dated in the outside (upper) corner
  3. Make sure the first page of every new entry has a title that matches the TOC.
  4. At the end of today’s lesson, please make sure to leave your lab notebook in your classroom mailbox.
    • If for some reason you need to take your actual lab notebook home tonight, please send Dr. Merritt an email telling him so that also describes what you have left to finish before marking/grading.

TASK #2: Work in your DIGITAL Lab Notebook

  1. Make sure all investigation TITLES are set to font style “Heading 1” (investigation subtitles can use “Heading 2,” but all other text should be set to “Normal text”).
  2. Make sure EACH NEW ENTRY/INVESTIGATION begins at the TOP of a new page. Of course, you can use the Enter/Return key to do this, but the better way to do this is to either use a shortcut (Command + Enter/Return) or, from the main menu, Insert > Break > Page Break.
  3. Update the Table of Contents by using the refresh wheel (laptop) or by taping on the text of the TOC (iPad) to bring up an option(s) bubble and choose “Refresh/update table of contents.”
  4. Make sure each entry is fully complete(d) and ready for marking/grading.
  5. At the end of today’s lesson, please make sure to SUBMIT (Turn In) your digital lab notebook in the Google Science Classroom.
    • If for some reason you still have work to do in your Digital Lab Notebook, please send Dr. Merritt an email telling him so that also describes what you have left to finish before submitting/turning in.

TASK #3: Work on a new set of THEMATIC SENTENCES

  1. Acquire 1 copy of this handout from the teacher.
  2. The major theme for this set of thematic sentences is still the (PLANT) EMBRYO.
  3. Create new thematic sentences by using the stack of classroom textbooks that have already been set out for you on the lab bench on the right-hand side of the classroom. You should not use your e-devices for this work…only the textbooks set out at the side of the room.
  4. Use those books as resource texts to build a set of high-quality, accurate sentences about (PLANT) EMBRYO. You should not build sentences about HUMAN or ANIMAL embryos, just PLANT embryos.
  5. At the end of today’s lesson, please make sure you leave your paper in your classroom mailbox.

Homework: Any students who feel they are still behind in updating their ACTUAL or DIGITAL Lab Notebooks should dedicate time at home to getting them into presentable shape as soon as possible.

Lesson 2 – Tues (C) & Wed (H), November 3rd-4th

Today in science: Students were asked to mine the “Travelling” episode of the BBC’s Private Lives of Plants in search of useful, general knowledge nuggets about SEEDS. To document their mining practice, students were provided with copies of the 2-item thematic sentence template.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Lesson 3 – Wed (C) & Thur (H), November 4-5th

Today in science: Students continued mining the “Travelling” episode of the BBC’s Private Lives of Plants in search of useful, general knowledge nuggets about SEEDS. To document their mining practice, students were provided with copies of the 2-item thematic sentence template. Any thematic sentences recorded by Dr. M on the whiteboard during class discussions have been recorded in the Notes Portal.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Lesson 4 – Friday, November 6th

Today in science: Although H period had to finish mining the remaining scenes of Lesson 3’s plant video, both C & H period had class time to begin preparing to write their first Thematic Essay, whose tentative title is, “What I Know about Seeds.” For his part, Dr. Merritt helped the class think about the overall structure/organization of the essay given the different aspects of seeds we’ve studied thus far in our science lessons.

During their work time, Dr. M collected each student’s lab notebook for marking.

Homework: There is no science homework this weekend.