Welcome to General Science! My name is Lezlie Haynes and I will be the instructor.
Happy Thanksgiving! See you in two weeks.
11/14–hwk is to follow the agenda and complete exp 12.1 lab report in student notebook, if not completed in class.
11/7 In class–we reviewed for the bone quiz, took the bone quiz, took notes over about 1/2 of mod 12 then performed a microscope lab–not the one on the agenda. Students looked at bone, skin and muscle tissue which corresponds to the info learned in Mod 11. Hwk is to follow the agenda. No lab report due. If you didn’t turn in your lab sheet today, make sure you do so Tuesday.
10/31–In class: we finished lecture over the chapter and went over the bones to know, the muscles to know, joints to know, parts of the skin. Hwk is to follow the agenda. Study for the bone quiz next week. Skeleton coloring sheet is due next week (I handed it out last week, 10/24).
We did not get to the microscope, lab so there is no homework for the lab. We will do the lab next week in class.
10/24–After going over the first part of Module 11 (I added info which is in the notes students took), we went over science fair forms. I handed out the 3 forms every student needs and we filled them out in class. Forms should be completed and brought back to class next week. I also handed out a coloring sheet on the skeletal system.
10/17–We had a good day today! I think everyone did a good job during lab. After taking the mod 10 quiz, I reviewed the class on the parts of a microscope and how to work the microscope. Then, students spent the rest of the class practicing with the microscope using prepared slides. Hwk is to follow the agenda. We will spend half of the next class working on sci fair and forms. No quiz next week.
10/10–Great day! Students had a very full day. We had a great turnout for the bonus edible cell project and 100% of students brought in their dog dna drawing. Emma Claire’s dog was chosen as #1 dog. After deciding on top dog, students took their mod 9 quiz. Then, they took notes on all of Mod 10. I handed out a copy of mod 10 notes in case they didn’t have them printed from the web. Then students took notes on the 5 kingdoms, characteristics of each kingdom,examples of each kingdom, made a flow chart of the different ways to classify organisms and, lastly, watched my PPT on how to work a microscope. I sent home a study worksheet for how to work the microscope that students should read over, rewatch the PPT, and try to fill out. We will do a microscope lab next week, so it would be very helpful is students rewatched the PPT and studied that worksheet. Hwk is to follow the agenda with the added microscope stuff, work on sci fair, and study for Mod 10 quiz over the notes from today. Posted below are some of our edible cells, students enjoying the cells and even our Dog DNA lab taped to the wall in the background.
10/3–Today was a good day. Students took quiz 9A, then took notes over the three types of cells in our book (bacteria, plant, animal), organelles, diagrams, etc. Quiz next week over the notes sheet and the notes they took today. They should have 2 full pages of notes (one is a list of the three cells with info under each heading and the other is a preprinted sheet on organelles/structures that we filled in mostly in class–they are to add to this sheet as discussed in class) and a page of diagrams that we filled out in class. Follow the agenda for homework.
9/26–Parents, today was a pretty good day–it started with their test (not fun for them) and ended with making edible DNA. They seemed to really enjoy making DNA out of twizzlers, sour patch kids and toothpicks. Homework is to follow the agenda–study for quiz next week over today’s notes: make sure students know info on the notes sheet up to but not including the cells. Scientist biography is also due next week–I had some already finished with it!
If you haven’t already, please print off the Unit 2 info from the webpage. We will use the handouts in class next week, for certain. Plus, the mod 9 notes will be needed to study for the quiz. I have posted our Edible DNA pics. Removed for spacing.
9/19–Parents, today we finished Mod 1 and went over what would be on the exam. Homework is on the agenda. The matching handouts I gave today are for study purposes only. They are not assignments. Progress reports were sent via email today. Students that have not turned in their Rationale/Reseach plans are behind. I need that asap, please.
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!