G7 Week 17

Last week in science!

Lesson 1 – Monday, January 11th

Today in science: Students were made aware of a new unit called “Mars Mission.” This unit builds on the fact that in July 2020 NASA launched a probe to Mars that is currently scheduled to arrive on Mars’ surface in approximately four weeks (on February 18!). Our entire 7th grade will therefore be participating in a 4-6 week unit that will mix topics from a variety of scientific disciplines (e.g., physics, chemistry, biology, geology, etc.), mathematics, computer science, and engineering. To prepare for our mission this week, we will be watching and discussing The Martian, a 2015 science fiction film staring Matt Damon. Remote students will be given special access to the film by Dr. Merritt via file sharing.

In today’s class, students watched a Mission Overview (see below) and prepared their Lab Notebooks for this week’s activities.

Homework: To be eligible to receive full credit, three finished trinkets must be sent to Dr. Merritt via the ‘Share’ feature in Trinket (which sends it to him via email) by the end of the lesson on Friday, 15 Jan. The trinkets are as follows…

1. A labelled seed/plant-themed trinket based on the three images shared by Dr. M in the Notes Portal

2. A labelled flower diagram trinket based on the image shared by Dr. M in the Notes Portal…OR…a Christmas-themed trinket started in 6th Grade…OR…your very first trinket if you are a student who is new to TASIS this year.

3. A Martian/alien-themed trinket based entirely on your imagination!

Lesson 2 – Tues/Wed, January 12-13th

Today in science: Students watched The Martian (C period, 00:00:00 – 00:44:17; H period, 00:00:00 – 00:42:04). During the film, students were asked to record (write down) any interesting ‘noticings’ (observations) or ‘wonderings’ (questions) in their Lab Notebook (students working from home without their Lab Notebooks could record these noticings and wonderings in their Digital Lab Notebooks OR on a piece of paper to be added their actual lab notebooks when reunited with them.

  • Example: During one of the first scenes of the movie, Michael in C period noticed lightning appearing in the Martian storm clouds. At that moment, he then wondered, “Is it even possible for lightning to exist on Mars?” So, he wrote both his noticing AND his wondering in his lab notebook.

Homework: All students should continue working on their three required Trinket assignments (described above), which are due by the end of Friday’s lesson.

Lesson 3 – Wed/Thurs, January 13-14th

Today in science: Students continued watching The Martian (C period, 00:44:17-01:35:14; H period, 00:42:04-01:26:44). During the film, students were again asked to record (write down) any interesting ‘noticings’ (observations) or ‘wonderings’ (questions) in their Lab Notebook.

Homework: All students should continue working on their three required Trinket assignments (described above), which are due by the end of Friday’s lesson.

Lesson 4 – Friday, January 15th

Today in science: Students were reminded at the start of the lesson that they had 3 coding trinkets due today. It was announced that any unfinished trinkets will soon be indicated in Veracross as “Not Turned In,” and that students should complete–and submit/send–the missing trinkets to Dr. M via email before as soon as possible.

In the main part of today’s lesson, students finished watching The Martian. During the film, students were again asked to record (write down) any interesting ‘noticings’ (observations) or ‘wonderings’ (questions) in their Lab Notebook.

Homework: The only students with weekend homework are those who did not complete and submit the three required Trinket assignments (described above), which were due today.