Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quick-Changing Chemicals Lab

Thursday, September 25
"Mystery Chemicals" were tested for their pH in cabbage juice indicator solution.
Students were practicing safe lab. behavior, data collection, and using evidence to support their conclusions.
Friday, September 26
We reviewed the lab conclusion, shared our reflections, returned papers, and organized notebooks.

The Water Drop Lab/ controlling variables

Thursday, September 17
We performed a quick experiment that put our research on the properties of water to the test. This lab is an introduction to the methods scientists use to answer their own questions.  After performing the experiment, students made a colored bar graph and wrote a conclusion.

Friday, September 18
Since we didn't get exactly the same answers for our lab. results, we discussed the conditions that could have been different in our methods.  This led to our lesson on variables and controls.

Monday, September 22 - Wednesday, September 24
The guest teacher was able to help students review the methods of scientific inquiry in the textbook.
Variables and Controls were identified with Sponge Bob and pals in their experiments.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review and Reflect on MT

Due Today: Lab Review of Mystery Tube Investigation

Share your lab review with your group members. Grade it using the Five-Point Scoring Rubric on p.4 of the IA Notebook.

After you complete your Gallery Walk of everyone's posters, write your Reflection on p.28.  Describe how your design ideas changed from the very first time you saw the Mystery Tube to the the point of viewing all the ideas in Stoneman Science 7.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mystery Tubes: Making Models to Test Ideas

Due Today: Hypothesis Practice Sheet/Your Prediction

On IA Notebook p.27, set up your notes on Mystery Tubes.

1. Define the problem.  What are we trying to figure out about the Mystery Tubes?
2. Make some observations. Describe what you are doing to test your ideas and list your observations.
3. Make your claim. This is where you write your hypothesis, using the correct format.

4. We are making a poster about the one idea that group can agree to represent what you all think is most likely going on inside the Mystery Tube.  This means you will need to argue politely and use observable evidence as you collaborate together.

5. Build a model using the toilet paper roll kits to test your ideas.

6. How did using the model affect your ideas? Don't forget to describe your new ideas and draw it on the poster.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mystery Tubes: Hypothesis

Due Today: Organized IA Notebooks
Did you update your Table of Contents? Are all your papers and notes in order by the date? attached?

We are reviewing the format for making scientific hypotheses at the same time we are making models to test our ideas.
Make a note of how to format your hypothesis on p. 25 in your notebook.  

Get ready to practice making a hypothesis aloud as I introduce you to the mystery tube.
Make observations on p.26

Friday, September 12, 2014

How Science Works

Due Today: Practicing Lab Skills on Observing and Inferring.
This assignment gets attached to p.20 in your IAN when returned.

Glue in and complete the vocabulary pre-test in your I.A.Notebook on page 22.

Color code and attach the diagram that goes with the video, How Science Works  on p.23.
Summarize our discussion and review of the homework, Doing Science on p.24.

We will practice making hypotheses today using the  "If..., then... because..." format.  A mystery awaits... 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thinking Like A Scientist..again

Due Today: Doing Science
Let's make some observations on p.20 in your IA Notebook of the snake!

How are opinions, observations and inferences different?
There are two types of observations we make in science: Qualitative and Quantitative.
Please, define and give examples of each on p.21 in your I.A. Notebook. Using two different colors, Highlight the definition of each. Next, back to your observations and use the same two colors to highlight examples of each type of observation with corresponding colors.
We made some inferences based on our observations.  Define inference.  Draw a line to connect the the inferences we made to the observations they were based upon.

Tonight: Practice these skills with the lab sheets on Observing and Inferring.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thinking Like A Scientist

Due Today: Scientific Questions worksheet
Share your homework with your group.  Work together to rewrite the bad scientific questions to make them more specific, testable, and measurable.  You need to discuss and come to consensus (everyone agrees to have the same) for the the rewritten question at your table. Be prepared to discuss with the whole class.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Good Questions

Due Today: My Scientific Background should be turned in through G. Classroom

Classwork: Review our Tornado in a Tube explanations. Highlight and underline the observations that support your theory.

We are going to make a list of vocabulary words that you will be using throughout your science classes on p. 18 in your notebook.

When you finish, you can start on the assignment in Google Classroom for today, Asking Scientific Questions.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Nature of Science Day 1

Due Today: Well-rested students :)

We will begin our first unit of study in your science notebook today!

Please make a new unit title page in your IA Notebook which includes:

  • the title, Nature of Science
  • 3 colors, and
  •  two related pictures.

On the the back you will make a Table of Contents for this section.

We are going to do a short assignment in Google Classroom using our computers today, My Science Background.

Class Activity: Tornado Tube
The goal is to practice asking questions until you think that you can explain how it works!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Safety Quiz

Due Today: Signed Safety Contracts

Classwork Safety Notes and Study Guides

Take some notes from the Safety Presentation on the Science Department Website
Set up page with a T-chart. List ALWAYS items on one side of the T and NEVER items on the other side as you view the Safety Presentation.

This will help you review for the quiz.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Safety Talk

Due Today: Science Safety Skills worksheet


Complete the Study Guide on Science Safety Rules
Take some notes from the Safety Presentation on the Science Department Website

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Getting to Know You

Due Today: Interest Survey
There are two computer - based tasks today. We are:
1.learning how to navigate the assignments and  turning in a form, titled Getting to Know You.
2. and making shared folders for turning in our on-line work on time.
Activities: People Pizza and Study Buddies

Learning Objectives:
1. to feel safe and comfortable asking others for help in the classroom 
2. to get familiar with computer resources, expectations, and routines in science 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tidy up Tuesday

Due Today: Supplies for class
Welcome back to science class!

There's a few things we need to take care of to get the laptops working for us.  We'll get started with that this week.

  1. I need you to add my site to your book marks, if you haven't done it yet.
  2. Remeber to subscribe to the google homework calendar, too. 
  3.  If you have finished that, please get started by reading over the characteristics and study tips for each learning style.
Thanks for getting started quietly.