G7 Week 10

Friday, November 11th – F & H periods (Day 39)

Today in science: Student were asked to turn in their three ‘stories’ at the start of the class period. They then began watching portions of episode 2 of the BBC’s The Private Life of Plants video series. During the episode, Dr. Merritt posed three or four questions to students and collected their responses:

1. What is a fruit?
2. What is a seed?
3. How did these young plant (seedlings) begin to grow without true leaves?
4. Why might a plant need to absorb minerals from soil?

Homework: There is no science homework this weekend.

Thursday, November 10th – All periods (Day 38)

Today in science: All classes had the entire period to work on the three stories based on pages 24, 25, & 26 of their Power Plant Packets. In at least two classes, Dr. Merritt showed students 3D models of molecules of glucose (C6H12O6), water (H2O), and carbon dioxide (CO2) to help them better visualize the process of photosynthesis.

Homework: Students have three different ‘stories’ to write based on the exercises found on pages 24, 25, & 26 of their Power Plant Packets. These three stories are detailed, accurate descriptions of the ‘journey’ of…

1) a drop of water (H2O)
2) a molecule of carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
3) a ray of sunlight

…as they make their way into a green plant.

All three stories must contain the names of ALL of the relevant parts of the plant–both large and small–discussed within the pages of the Power Plant Packet. Students have also been STRONGLY encouraged to pay extra close attention to the information contained on pages 15, 17, and 20. Dr. Merritt has also made a ‘cheat sheet’ available for students, who can see it by using THIS link.

Wednesday, November 9th – H period (Day 37)

Today in science: Dr. Merritt collected last night’s homework at the start of the class period. On the whiteboard, he then showed students a ‘correct’ answer to the question posed on page 24 (What happens to water inside of a green plant?). Students then had the opportunity to begin revising the work they did on Monday’s homework. This allowed Dr. M to briefly explain the three Extended Writing Assignments that students will be working on this week.

Homework: Students have three different ‘stories’ to write based on the exercises found on pages 24, 25, & 26 of their Power Plant Packets. These three stories are detailed, accurate descriptions of the ‘journey’ of…

1) a drop of water (H2O)
2) a molecule of carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
3) a ray of sunlight

…as they make their way into a green plant.

All three stories must contain the names of ALL of the relevant parts of the plant–both large and small–discussed within the pages of the Power Plant Packet. Students have also been STRONGLY encouraged to pay extra close attention to the information contained on pages 15, 17, and 20. Dr. Merritt has also made a ‘cheat sheet’ available for students, who can see it by using THIS link.

Tuesday, November 8th – A & F period (Day 36)

Today in science: Dr. Merritt collected last night’s homework at the start of the class period. On the whiteboard, he then showed students a ‘correct’ answer to the question posed on page 24 (What happens to water inside of a green plant?). Students then had the opportunity to begin revising the work they did on Monday’s homework. This allowed Dr. M to briefly explain the three Extended Writing Assignments that students will be working on this week.

Homework: Students have three different ‘stories’ to write based on the exercises found on pages 24, 25, & 26 of their Power Plant Packets. These three stories are detailed, accurate descriptions of the ‘journey’ of…

1) a drop of water (H2O)
2) a molecule of carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
3) a ray of sunlight

…as they make their way into a green plant.

All three stories must contain the names of ALL of the relevant parts of the plant–both large and small–discussed within the pages of the Power Plant Packet. Students have also been STRONGLY encouraged to pay extra close attention to the information contained on pages 15, 17, and 20. Dr. Merritt has also made a ‘cheat sheet’ available for students, who can see it by using THIS link.

Monday, November 7th – All periods (Day 35)

Today in science: Using the Power Plant Packet, students were asked to take their ‘old me’ response to a question on page 5 (How do plants get their food?) and copy them onto a loose piece of lined paper. They were then asked to provide a ‘new me’ response to the same question, as well as a scientific definition of “food” from memory. The attention of the students was also directed towards questions 1-3 (page 19), 1-2 (page 20), and 5-6 (page 21) as possible future quiz/test questions.

Homework: 20 minutes of work needs to be put into the diagrams and questions on pages 24, 25 & 26 of the Power Plant Packet. These three pages ask what happens to water (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), and sunlight upon entering a plant. Although it is possible, it is not expected that students will finish all three assignments by the time they attend their next science class.

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