Monday, December 3rd
Today in science: During class, students used the 4-layer writing process to revise and improve their ideas about two biological weathering topics: Lichens – Chemical (#3) and Bacteria – Chemical (#4).
Homework: Students are strongly encouraged to complete the 4-LAYER writing process for the following TWO weathering topics before their next science class…
1. BIOLOGICAL WEATHERING #5 – Burrowing animals
2. BIOLOGICAL WEATHERING #6 – Human activities
Tuesday-Wednesday, December 4-5th
Today in science: Dr. Merritt used the first half of today’s class to revisit the all-important, “What is soil?” question. After asking students to produce a Quick Write, the mind maps and writing Dr. M did on the whiteboard have been captured and can be viewed by visiting the following two links: Part 1 & Part 2.
In the remaining class time, students used the 4-layer writing process to revise and improve their ideas about two biological weathering topics: Decomposition – Plants (#1) and Decomposition – Animals (#2).
Homework: Congratulations! There are no remaining 4-LAYER writing process to complete. If students have been keeping up with their daily and nightly assignments, all 18 of the weathering (16x) and decomposition (2x) topics have now been reviewed/revised. Students should use their time outside of class to practice answering possible test questions put by Dr. M onto the Review Portal.
Thursday, December 6th
Today in science: The entire 60-minute class period is devoted to the Soil Unit Test. The test consists of two papers, Paper 1 (30 points) and Paper 2 (40 points). Both papers contain (only) questions requiring students to provide hand-written, extended written responses.
Homework: There is no science homework tonight.
Friday, December 7th
Today in science: As a way of celebrating the conclusion of our soil unit, we sat back and enjoyed a few minutes of the BBC’s Life in the Undergrowth, a 2005 documentary focusing on the life histories, adaptations, and behaviors of invertebrate land animals. Among the more interesting organisms we encountered today were centipedes, millipedes, velvet worms, whip spiders, snails, and (reproducing) slugs! Here is a clip from another episode in the BBC series, but one that we haven’t seen yet.
Also today, a few students in each period had more time to complete any unfinished questions still remaining from yesterday’s Soil Unit Test.
Homework: There is no science homework this weekend.