Welcome to General Science! My name is Lezlie Haynes and I will be the instructor.
Progress Reports–9/19 & 9/21
Jersey Day–9/19, where your favorite team jersey (must be in dress code)
Fall Football Fest and Bonfire–10/7, 4:30 pm – 8 pm, $3 for food, to attend sign up in Ms Tricia’s office
9/12–Today was a busy day. In class, we went over about 1/2 of Module 1, discussed how to do the scientist biography and when it’s due, went over the Rationale (the whole thing is due for those that only turned in the first paragraph on Thursday of this week) and discussed homework. There is a test in 2 weeks over Mod 1 – 3 so students should start studying now. Remember, if you only turned in the purpose paragraph(s), I need the rest of the Rationale/Research Plan (same thing–we talked about this today and in prior classes) ie question, hypothesis, procedure, risk and safety, data analysis and bibliography by Thursday of this week. That way I have time to read them and write out suggestions for next Tuesday. I posted the study guide for test 1 on this page today.
9/5–Today was good. In class, I used the LCD projector and my laptop to show students how to use easybib.com. We went through 3 sources and then exported to Word to make a sample bibliography. After that, I went over how to do 3 different types of graphs-bar, pie and line. Finally, students brainstormed in groups over the sci fair idea and hypothesis. I spoke with each student or group and went over their ideas. Hwk is to follow the agenda which basically says to write their research plan/rationale. Follow the format of the handouts.
8/29–We had a very full day–and probably stressful, too. Students had to take an existing experiment (3.1) and redesign it to test egg displacement. They learned many important lessons like you can’t start an experiment if you don’t have a procedure, every step must be planned in advance, and you have to know what each material can be used for before using! Hwk is to follow the agenda. We had a big talk about following directions. A huge part of their grade on exp 3.1b will be based on following the directions and format listed on the agenda. Students can earn 5 bonus points for creating a bar graph of their data. In addition, students are to begin researching their science fair idea (I will send final approval today or tomorrow), print and bring 5 sets of info to class next week. Example: you research what are toe nails made of and print an article off the web fro WebMd. That’s one source. Wikipedia is not an academic source. Bring 5 sets of research info to class Tuesday.
8/22–good class today! We talked about the scientific method and how a science fair project follows it, what are variables and why to control them, then performed Exp 3.1 in the text. Hwk is to follow the agenda and finish Exp 3.1 in the student notebook. If you want full credit on the lab (effort points), you must follow the format for how to write a conclusion. We went over it in class last week AND it is in your sci fair handouts.
Bonus Opportunity: Monday, 8/21 is the Solar Eclipse. If you take a pic of yourself outside during the eclipse and send it to me, you’ll get 5 bonus points. I’ll post them on the chem page. I’d like a pic of you with a sign with Eclipse 2017 or something similar. With solar eclipse glasses will get you 2 extra points. I plan to take my selfie during ‘Totality’!!! Videos work, too.
If you do not have glasses, you can make a pinpoint projector and watch the shadow on the ground instead of damaging your eyes looking at it.
8/15–Great first day! In class we went over how to access the gen sci webpage, how to read and follow the agenda, what certain abbreviations mean, what does a simple sci fair project look like and 2 labs. Hwk is to follow the agenda–we did complete 2 labs in class so students should write or type their conclusions: Eureka Lab and Exp 2.1.
Lab Report format for Exp 2.1
Title (already at the top of the page)
Purpose/Rationale–this is found in the introduction of the lab in the hardback textbook
Hypothesis–I helped them in class with their hypothesis so if this is blank, they didn’t listen and follow directions in class.
Materials–See ECGS p 35 (I am not sure of the page but this is the format they should have. It stands for Exploring Creation with
General Science p 35)
Procedure-See ECGS p 35 (same as materials)
Data/Observations–should have a check mark by book in trial 1, cardboard in trial 2, cardstock in trial 3
Results-something like “the heavier book landed first in each trial”
Conclusion–5 – 7 sentences following the format I wrote on the whiteboard. This is also in the sci fair info and on the Physical
Science page under the link How to Write a Lab Report
Lab Handout for Eureka Lab
Each section should already be filled in on the back of the page except for conclusion. As above, they should write a 5 – 7 sentence conclusion following the format I gave them in class.
I really prefer typed conclusions. Students can then print them and either staple them to the page or cut and tape them to the conclusion section.
Class Information to Print and place in binder before the start of class:
Unit 1–consists of Mod 2, 3, and 1
If you would like to start your science fair project this summer, email me for instructions and approval.
“This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. Although it can be used for eighth grade (especially if the student has recently left the public schools), it is typically used best in the seventh grade. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology.”
Students should bring all supplies to every class. This includes the student text, student notebook, binder and pencils. Students are required to keep an organized notebook consisting of notes, worksheets, tests/quizzes, and experiments.
In general, each module will take two weeks to cover. Class usually begins with a quiz over the previous week’s assignment. After the quiz, new material is introduced and explained. As time permits, experiments are performed to further the students understanding of concepts or to introduce new ideas. For many of the modules, additional assignments are sent home to further understanding of important concepts in the chapter. Progress reports will be sent via email at the end of each six weeks and will include all in-class work (extra worksheets, quizzes, labs, projects).
Experiments are varied in this course. For the life science sections, students will begin to use microscopes and will dissect several different items. Students will work in groups to complete the labs. Students will then complete lab handouts, reports or abstracts to discuss what was learned in lab.
Participation in the FAITH science fair is mandatory for all general science students. Students will begin to work on projects as early as September with the fair to be held possibly in January. A science fair agenda will be posted or sent home so that the student and parent can plan accordingly.
I look forward to seeing each student in the Fall!