G7 Week 11 – S2

Friday, April 27th

F & G period: F & G period students had time in class to work on their daytime/nighttime drawings and descriptive paragraphs.

Homework: Daytime and nighttime sky drawings, and their accompanying descriptive paragraphs, need to be completed before Monday’s science lesson. Students can think of their two descriptive paragraphs as providing written answers to the following questions:

1) What IS visible in this photo? In other words, what CAN you see?
2) What ISN’T visible in this photo? In other words, what CAN’T you see because it is either too small or too far away to see?

It is OK to speculate in this paragraph. Not only can you ask questions that come to mind when thinking about the daytime or nighttime sky, but you can also hypothesize what is ‘up’ or ‘out’ there without the fear of being wrong.

Thursday, April 26th

A period: A period students had time in class to work on their daytime/nighttime drawings and descriptive paragraphs.

Homework: Daytime and nighttime sky drawings, and their accompanying descriptive paragraphs, need to be completed before Monday’s science lesson. Students can think of their two descriptive paragraphs as providing written answers to the following questions:

1) What IS visible in this photo? In other words, what CAN you see?
2) What ISN’T visible in this photo? In other words, what CAN’T you see because it is either too small or too far away to see?

It is OK to speculate in this paragraph. Not only can you ask questions that come to mind when thinking about the daytime or nighttime sky, but you can also hypothesize what is ‘up’ or ‘out’ there without the fear of being wrong.

F & G period: F & G period students began an entirely new unit today by beginning INV#7: A comparative study of the daytime and nighttime sky. Today, students were asked simply to go outdoors and take a single photograph of the daytime sky without getting any buildings, trees, or other ‘earthly’ objects in the picture…just the sky (of course, the appearance of the sun and/or clouds in the photo were considered appropriate). From this photograph, students were asked to represent this portion of the sky in their lab notebooks as a color drawing.

Homework: Before going to sleep tonight, F & G period students have been asked to try taking a photograph of the night sky without getting any buildings, trees, or other earthly objects in the picture…just the night sky. Students DO NOT need to stay up past their normal bedtime or travel anywhere special to do this. They are to simply walk outside of their house or apartment and take a picture of the night sky sometime after the sun drops below the horizon. The later in the evening the better, of course, so students have been asked to try taking the picture a few minutes before their normal bedtime. Students should email the picture to Dr. Merritt with the following details:

1) To: brett.merritt@tasis.ch
2) Subject: Night sky picture – 01A [or 07A…15A]
3) Email text: “I took this picture at ______ (time of day) on 25 April 2018”

Wednesday, April 25th

G period: G period students were provided with a Business Letter Checklist at the beginning of the lesson and given time to work on–and hopefully finish–their Business Letter (see Monday, 23 April).

Homework: Dr. Merritt expects G period science students to submit the final copy of their Business Letter assignment on Friday, 27 April.

A period: A period students began an entirely new unit today by beginning INV#7: A comparative study of the daytime and nighttime sky. Today, students were asked simply to go outdoors and take a single photograph of the daytime sky without getting any buildings, trees, or other ‘earthly’ objects in the picture…just the sky (of course, the appearance of the sun and/or clouds in the photo were considered appropriate). From this photograph, students were asked to represent this portion of the sky in their lab notebooks as a color drawing.

Homework: Before going to sleep tonight, A period students have been asked to try taking a photograph of the night sky without getting any buildings, trees, or other earthly objects in the picture…just the night sky. Students DO NOT need to stay up past their normal bedtime or travel anywhere special to do this. They are to simply walk outside of their house or apartment and take a picture of the night sky sometime after the sun drops below the horizon. The later in the evening the better, of course, so students have been asked to try taking the picture a few minutes before their normal bedtime. Students should email the picture to Dr. Merritt with the following details:

1) To: brett.merritt@tasis.ch
2) Subject: Night sky picture – 01A [or 07A…15A]
3) Email text: “I took this picture at ______ (time of day) on 25 April 2018”

Tuesday, April 24th

Today in science: Students were provided with a Business Letter Checklist at the beginning of the lesson and given time to work on–and hopefully finish–their Business Letter (see Monday, 23 April). During work time, Dr. Merritt gave each student a printed semester grade report and had a brief conversation with them regarding the weeks remaining in the semester.

Homework: Dr. Merritt expects A period science students to submit the final copy of their Business Letter assignment on Thursday, 26 April. F & G period students should submit their assignment on Friday, 27 April.

Monday, April 23rd

Today in science: After turing in both their Food For Plants packet and Seed Germination Lab report, students were asked to put the Language Arts Activity on page 19 into a business letter format on their electronic device. Below is the original text of the task:

Write a letter to the makers of “Always-Grow Plant Food.” Explain to them why they are guilty of false advertising. Be sure to tell them how plants really get food and why their mix of minerals is not plant food.

In real life, the (unscientific) idea of plants as organisms that need to be ‘fed’ food by humans is present in this 2018 British advertisement for Miracle Grow, which is part of the company’s long-running “Need to Feed” advertising campaign.

Students have been told that this business letter, which is due before the end of the week, will be counted as a (“take home”) test grade. To help them earn maximum points for the expression of their ideas, students are encouraged to use both their Food For Plants and Power Plant packets to support their writing.

Homework: Dr. Merritt expects A period science students to submit the final copy of their Business Letter assignment on Thursday, 26 April. F & G period students should submit their assignment on Friday, 27 April.

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