G7 Week 10

Friday, November 10th

Wisconsin Fast Plant Unit
A/F period – Day 3
G period – Day 2

F & G period: Students were shown how to create a folder on their Google Drives titled “Science 7.” They were then shown how to add their (old) “Writing Investigation Results” Google Document to this folder. They were then shown how to create a new Google Document inside of this folder called “INV#2 – WFP Growth Log.” In this document, students were asked to insert two photographs of their recently planted seeds. The first photo was called the “Level view.” The second photo was called the “Structure view.”

Homework: There is no science homework this weekend.

Thursday, November 9th

Wisconsin Fast Plant Unit
A/F period – Day 2
G period – Day 1

A period: Students were asked to perform a bean (seed) dissection, in which they used their dissection kits to find and extract the bean embryo (baby plant). Before the end of the period, students needed to email Dr. Merritt two photographs. The first photo was of a bean embryo still connected to the large (food) storage structure. The second photo was of a bean embryo completely disconnected from the large (food) storage structure.

F period: Students were asked to use two peas (soaked and unsoaked) to help them visualize what their Wisconsin Fast Plant seeds might be doing underneath the soil. During this activity, students were asked to perform a pea (seed) dissection, in which they used their dissection kits.

G period: Students were asked to perform bean (seed) and pea (seed) dissections, in which they used their dissection kits to find and extract an embryo (baby plant) from each seed type. Before the end of the period, students needed to email Dr. Merritt two of their best embryo photographs. The first photo was of a bean embryo and the second photo was of a bean embryo.

A illustrated diagram of a pea seed (Pisum sativum)

An illustrated diagram of a bean seed (Phaseolus vulgaris). Image credit: http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz

Homework: Any students not yet finished with Investigation #1 (Garlic description) should be sure to complete it before the end of the current school week.

Wednesday, November 8th

Wisconsin Fast Plant Unit
A/F period – Day 1
G period – Day 0

A period: Students were asked to use two peas (soaked and unsoaked) to help them visualize what their Wisconsin Fast Plant seeds might be doing underneath the soil. During this activity, students were asked to perform a pea (seed) dissection, in which they used their dissection kits.

G period: Students were shown how to prepare ‘moist’ potting soil today. Into a container they filled with potting soil, students planted four seeds given to them by Dr. Merritt. The plants that (hopefully!) grow from these four seeds will be focus of our class lessons, activities, and investigations for the next six weeks.

Homework: Any students not yet finished with Investigation #1 (Garlic description) should be sure to complete it before the end of the current school week. After students have finished the 8 drawings, they should see Dr. Merritt, who will then explain the (brief) writing component of the assignment.

Tuesday, November 7th

Wisconsin Fast Plant Unit
A/F period – Day o

Today in science: Students were shown how to prepare ‘moist’ potting soil today. Into a container they filled with potting soil, students planted four seeds given to them by Dr. Merritt. The plants that (hopefully!) grow from these four seeds will be focus of our class lessons, activities, and investigations for the next six weeks.

Homework: Any students not yet finished with Investigation #1 (Garlic description) should be sure to complete it before the end of the current school week. After students have finished the 8 drawings, they should see Dr. Merritt, who will then explain the (brief) writing component of the assignment.

Monday, November 6th

Today in science: A bit of housekeeping was the order of the day. First, students were asked to update the table of contents (TOC) found inside of their Classroom Science Binder. Second, they were asked to update the table of contents (TOC) found inside of their Lab/Field Notebook. In the remaining time, students had opportunities to ask questions about Investigation #1 (Garlic description), which is due on Thursday (A period) or Friday (F and G period). Here is a list of the 8 views that will constitute a complete(d) investigation:

Page 1 – whole clove, ventral
Page 1 – whole clove, dorsal
Page 1 – whole clove, lateral – right
Page 1 – whole clove, lateral – left
Page 3 – dissected clove, internal view A (half-clove)
Page 3 – dissected clove, internal view B (half-clove)
Page 3 – dissected clove, internal structure A (baby plant)
Page 3 – dissected clove, internal structure B (baby plant)

Homework: Any students not yet finished with Investigation #1 should be sure to complete it before the end of the current school week. After students have finished the 8 drawings, they should see Dr. Merritt, who will then explain the (brief) writing component of the assignment.

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