G7 Week 10 – S2

Thursday-Friday, April 19-20th

Today in science: Students were given the full class period to work on any (or all) of our current projects and assignments. Their work time was structured by the following list, which was posted on the whiteboard during class:

1. If you haven’t already, complete your Results section.
2. If you haven’t already, complete your Discussion section.
3. Re-format the Discussion section. Dr. M’s questions should not be bulleted, but your answers should be bulleted.
Add a title/author/date/email/abstract section (Dr. M asked student to use one a past lab report, which he had available in class, as an example to imitate).
5. Remove ALL highlighting. Make text black (no red).
6. Add page numbers (bottom, right).
7. Do final document formatting and editing (for example, check spelling, check spacing, check punctuation, check capitalization, no split data tables).
8. Complete Food For Plants packet.

Homework: Food For Plants packet and a paper copy of the Seed Germination Lab Report are both due on/by Monday, 23 April. Any students who wish to turn these assignments before then, however, are (of course) free to do so.

Wednesday, April 18th

A period: After watching and discussing 2-minute video recently released by the people at CERN (the famous particle collider facility located near Geneva), students were given time in class to work on either their Food For Plants packet and/or their Seed Germination Lab Report.

G period: Students were asked to go back into their Google Document today, which we are now ‘officially’ referring to as the Seed Germination Lab Report. In their reports, students weren’t shown a new Introduction section, which Dr. M copied and inserted into the beginning of every student’s lab report before class. Students were also asked to add a “Summary” section to the Discussion section. This summary was taken directly from students’ “Do you have sellable seeds?” handout and consisted of two parts: a short summary of the (original) problem and a research question. These two parts were already written by students back in March. Today, these handwritten sections were simply recopied into the Google Document.

Homework: For those students who have NOT yet completed their “Food For Plants” packet, they have been asked to continue working on it for 20 minutes this evening. Dr. Merritt has said in class–and on Veracross–that he expects this packet to be completed and turned in by the end of the current school week.

Tuesday, April 17th

Today in science: A & F period students were asked to go back into their Google Document today, which we are now ‘officially’ referring to as the Seed Germination Lab Report. In their reports, students were asked to create an Introduction section, which Dr. M has now already copied and inserted into the beginning of every student’s lab report. Students were also asked to add a “Summary” section to the Discussion section. This summary was taken directly from students’ “Do you have sellable seeds?” handout and consisted of two parts: a short summary of the (original) problem and a research question. These two parts were already written by students back in March. Today, these handwritten sections were simply recopied into the Google Document.

Homework: For those students who have NOT yet completed their “Food For Plants” packet, they have been asked to continue working on it for 20 minutes this evening. Dr. Merritt has said in class–and on Veracross–that he expects this packet to be completed and turned in by the end of the current school week.

Monday, April 16th

Today in science: We started today’s class with a thorough mailbox and Classroom Science Binder clean out. This cleaning and sorting process involved riding ourselves of any Semester 1 and/or 2 school work that will no longer be of good use to us between now and June. We then added the following assignments to our Classroom Science Binders:

1) “Do you have sellable seeds?” – This handout states of the initial issue/problem addressed in INV#6, the seed germination investigation.
2) Food For Plants packet
 – students have been working on this recently, but some students are realizing they still have work left to complete.
3) Power Plant packet
 – Dr. M was holding onto these for most students and returned them during class.
4) Identifying Variables #1: 2G.20 (graded)
5) Identifying Variables #2: 2G.24 (graded)
6) Identifying Variables #3: 2G.23 (graded)
7) Identifying Variables #4: 2G.22 (graded)
8) Identifying Variables #5: 2G.21 (graded)
9) Identifying Variables #6: 2G.30 (graded)

At the end of the period, on a piece of graph paper, Dr. M asked all students to turn in a calculation that showed their combined average–expressed as a %–on the six graded Identifying Variables assignments listed above. These papers were then handed to Dr. M before leaving the classroom.

Homework: Dr. Merritt is asking students to complete the Food For Plants packet before the end of the current school week.

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