G7 Week 11

Friday, November 18th – F & H period (Day 46)

Today in science: 

F period – Dr. Merritt asked students to finish Question 7  (Venus fly trap plants have leaves that can perform photosynthesis. However, Venus fly traps also have leaves used to capture and kill insects. How can you explain this strange behavior? What’s the point/purpose?) and Question 8 (Why do we see the leaves of trees in some parts of the world change colors in fall/autumn?). To help students improve their answer to Question 8, they were provided with a ‘storyboard’ drawing to help revise their original answer.

H period – Dr. Merritt asked students to finish Question 8 (Why do we see the leaves of trees in some parts of the world change colors in fall/autumn?). To help students improve their answer to Question 8, they were provided with a ‘storyboard’ drawing to help revise their original answer.

Homework (H period only!): If you have not done so already, please finish writing the paragraph that you began in the last 20 minutes of science class. This paragraph, or ‘story’ as we called it, is a detailed account that explains what happens when some trees change the colors of their leaves in the autumn/fall.

Thursday, November 17th – All periods (Day 45)

Today in science: Students finished watching episode 2 of the BBC’s The Private Life of Plants video series. During the episode, Dr. Merritt posed questions to students and collected their (written) responses:

1. What is a fruit?
2. What is a seed?
3. How did these young plants (seedlings) begin to grow without true leaves?
4. Why might a plant need to absorb minerals from soil?
5. Why would a monkey spend all day eating the leaves of a tree? What’s the point? What’s the purpose of this action?
6. Where might a ‘stinging’ nettle plant get the silicon (a type of element found on the periodic table) it needs to make its small, glass-like spikes?
7. Venus fly trap plants have leaves that can perform photosynthesis. However, Venus fly traps also have leaves used to capture and kill insects. How can you explain this strange behavior? What’s the point/purpose?
8. Why do we see the leaves of trees in some parts of the world change colors in fall/autumn (October-November)?

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, November 16th – A & H period (Day 44)

Today in science: Students were asked to turn in any (late) ‘stories’ about water, carbon dioxide, and/or sunlight at the start of the class period. They then continued watching portions of episode 2 of the BBC’s The Private Life of Plants video series. During the episode, Dr. Merritt posed questions to students and collected their (written) responses:

1. What is a fruit?
2. What is a seed?
3. How did these young plants (seedlings) begin to grow without true leaves?
4. Why might a plant need to absorb minerals from soil?
5. Why would a monkey spend all day eating the leaves of a tree? What’s the point? What’s the purpose of this action?
6. Where might a ‘stinging’ nettle plant get the silicon (a type of element found on the periodic table) it needs to make its small, glass-like spikes?

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, November 15th – A & F period (Day 43)

Today in science: Students were asked to turn in any (late) ‘stories’ about water, carbon dioxide, and/or sunlight at the start of the class period. They then continued watching portions of episode 2 of the BBC’s The Private Life of Plants video series. During the episode, Dr. Merritt posed questions to students and collected their (written) responses:

1. What is a fruit?
2. What is a seed?
3. How did these young plants (seedlings) begin to grow without true leaves?
4. Why might a plant need to absorb minerals from soil?
5. Why would a monkey spend all day eating the leaves of a tree? What’s the point? What’s the purpose of this action?
6. Where might a ‘stinging’ nettle plant get the silicon (a type of element found on the periodic table) it needs to make its small, glass-like spikes?

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Monday, November 14th – All periods (Day 42)

Today in science: Students were asked to turn in any (late) ‘stories’ about water, carbon dioxide, and/or sunlight at the start of the class period. They then began (or continued) 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 (written) responses:

1. What is a fruit?
2. What is a seed?
3. How did these young plants (seedlings) begin to grow without true leaves?
4. Why might a plant need to absorb minerals from soil?
5. Why would a monkey spend all day eating the leaves of a tree? What’s the point? What’s the purpose of this action?

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.