Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chemical Compounds in Cells

Due Today: Text book Reading and Notetaking Guide for p.97-101 on
Chemcial Compounds in Cells
This will be kept on p.75 in your IA Notebook.
You are watching the rest of the video, Bill Nye the Science Guy on Nutrients.  Take notes on IANotebook page 73.  

Make a graphic organizer to sort and connect the details about each of the major nutrients in your notebook on p.76.   When you finish this, analyze the bar graph data on p.100.  Write your answers to Math=> Analyzing Data #1-3 at the bottom of the same IAN page.

Don't forget... your homework is to finish your Microscope Operations file-- all of it...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Microscope Mission Possible

As the theme for Mission Impossible played, students were handed a top secret file that contained pieces of the compound microscope.    Use the text p.688-689 to completely fill out your file.  Good luck.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Coastal Dune Scrub Investigations

Due Today: Summary of the Living(biotic) and Nonliving (abiotic) Factors in CDS Ecosystem and the Procedures for your CDS Native Seed Germination Lab

1. Pair and Share
After you completed the Habitat Survey of the Coastal Dune Scrub habitat in which our school is located, you wrote a summary describing it.  Please read it aloud to your table groups.  Affirm each other's work and offer gentle suggestions for improvements.  
Be kind and attentive listeners as we all work on our writing skills. ;) 

Repeat this with your Seed Investigation Procedures.  You should be able to imagine doing the experiment based on the directions given.  If not, then help them to clarify the writing.

2. Reflection
Click on the link to get to Google Classroom for your assignments, please.  This is due Monday, October 27.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Characteristics of Living Things

Due Today: Needs of Living Things

We had a great discussion yesterday about how you know if something is alive or not and the needs of living things.  Be prepared to share your ideas about the homework at the end of class.

Today, you will need to set-up for Cornell Style notes on IA Notebook p. 63 on The Characteristics of Living Things.  The powerpoint presentation has been loaded into google classroom, which sends you to the link on my webpage!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Communicating Results

Due Today: Paper Airplane Test Conclusions

 We are sharing our conclusions.  If a partner is confused when they read your conclusion, this is your opportunity to revise or edit the final version.
We are returning papers and organizing notebooks. During class, we are filling in our Notebook Self-Evaluation Checklist.  Remeber to get your Parent Review Signed.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Paper Airplane Test: Communicating Results

Due Today:
A rough draft of your conclusion and procedures for the Paper Airplane Test

Have a partner read your procedures.  If they can make your paper airplane exactly by following the step-by-step directions in your procedures, then they are well-written.  If they get confused, then rewrite that part to clarify.

Use the rest of the class period to finish the final draft of your lab report-- type or write in ink.

You will also need to attach your Bibliography.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Paper Airplane Test Part 2: Take Flight

Due Today: A Statement of Hypothesis

Class work

 Warm-up: Writing Procedures…a Step-by- Step Set of Directions

How do you make your paper airplanes? 
You will write procedures for how to build your planes with a partner in class.

Record the directions in a document titled Paper Airplane Procedures.
You'll need to read about  Operational Definitions  and include a few of those in your directions so it's clear  what, when, and how to measure for your results.

We will do the experiment on Thursday.  Bring a timer if you have one for  Thursday in the Gym.  We will record our data in our IA Notebooks on p.52.
Graph your data for homework on Thursday. 

On Friday, you will have the whole class period to write your conclusion and share your discoveries about how to make a paper airplane stay aloft longer!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Paper Airplane Test Part 1.Getting Started

This week you are performing a scientific investigation to demonstrate your ability to use scientific methods appropriately.  

Your question to investigate must be a good scientific question related to making your paper airplane stay aloft longer.

Read and attach the project introduction on p. 47 in your IANotebook.  Then log in to Google Classroom to take off on your research.  

Remember to document your sources and take notes on the major ideas related to flight and paper airplanes.  

Tuesday, in class we will begin writing our research summaries and putting together our bibliographies.

Whatever you don't finish in class will become homework.
The Statement of Hypothesis is due on Wednesday.

Drawing Conclusions

Thursday, we discussed drawing logical conclusions from our data. 

Remember, the dependent variable is what is measured as a result of changing the independent variable (what you're testing).  For example, the air temperature depends on the time of day, so the air temperature is the dependent variable and plotted on the y-axis.
The time of day is changing so this is an independent variable on the x-axis.

When there is a cause and effect relationship between the two variables a line graph will result from plotting the data.  

IF there is a directly proportional connection between the dependent and independent variable, what kind of line does your graph make?

What can you logically conclude by looking at the graphs?

Your notes on conclusion writing should be on p.47 in your notebook and the practice sheet Cause and Effect/Drawing Conclsuions  will go next to it on page 46 in your IAN.

The Friday Quiz will be on graphing and the vocabulary in scientific inquiry.

Graphing & Data Analysis: 9/30-10/2

Graphs can be misused in advertisements, implying that the claim is based on research! Beware  of the Tricks of the Trade!  Test your knowledge, wit, and skill to determine what's wrong with the graphs in the handout. This will be kept on p. 42 in our notebooks.

We started out with a lesson on bar graphs and progressed into line graphs. We graphed the Temperatures in September on a color -coded line graph in our notebook on p. 43

If you are still having a hard time with graphing, try these graphing tools and tutorials on the science home page.

The Friday Quiz will be on graphing and the vocabulary in scientific inquiry.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to Make Graphs

We are taking notes on IA Notebook p.41 on making graphs.  
Redo the bar graph for your Water Drop Lab.  
Use the notes from today's class to help you.