Assignments: 1) Chemistry Pretest 2) Finish Evidence (50+) and Source (5 or more) Cards 3) Sort evidence cards by sub-topics (use your working outline) 4) Continue working through Science Fair Planning Guide. Make sure you complete at least 3 trials of your experiment. All projects MUST be turned in by October 17th @ 4:00 pm. Projects MAY be turned in early.
Homework: At least 5 source cards and 50 or more sorted evidence cards
Wednesday - Friday, 10-12 Sep 2014
LT: 1) I will be able to research my science topic and create a source card / 10-20 evidence cards per resource. 2) I will show what I already know about 8th grade science curriculum.
Assignments: 1) EOG Pretest 2) Students will begin research. Create at least 5 source cards, one from each source you find that has information you can use to prepare for your science project. Then create at least 50 evidence cards. Each evidence card should have only 1 fact. Aim for 10 per source, but you may have more or less, with a total of 50 - 100.
HW: All research due next Tuesday: Minimum of 5 source cards & 50 evidence cards; Work session Mon 3:30-5:00 lab 807; note required to stay.
Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014
LT: I will be able to research my science topic and create both a source card and evidence cards for each resource.
Assignment: As a class, we will review source and evidence cards and will create both for an article entitled "Honey to the Bees."
HW: Finish / Correct / Complete a working outline for your topic; bring 50 index cards to class each day during our research time.
Monday, 8 Sep 2014
LT: I will be able to read an article for information and create a source card and several evidence cards.
Assignments: As a class, we will complete an example of a source card and an evidence card. Students will then complete 3 more evidence cards based on facts found in the reading, "Yawns are Contagious among Wolves."
HW: Create a working outline for your research topic. This should break your topic down into 4-6 smaller subtopics.
Friday, 5 Sep 2014: LT : I can identify and use each step of the scientific method.
Assignments: In groups of 4-5, complete each section of the Lab Sheet as you scientifically play "Thumb Wars."
HW: Be sure to return any signed papers and/or fees. Laptops will be distributed next week. On Index Card - 1st Line (First Name L. / Block / Your science #) - 2nd Line (Friday's Date) - 3rd line: Your choice of science topic to research for your science project
Thursday, 4 Sep 2014: Learning Targets (LT): I can match Louis Pasteur's experiment to the "How Science Works" flowchart. 2) I understand and can explain the meaning of my vocabulary words.
Assignments: 1) Check and discuss Louis Pasteur Worksheet 2) Discuss & create vocabulary card for the three types of variables 3) 10-15 minutes to work on vocabulary 4) Introduce "How Science Works" - Students will number paragraphs of Louis Pasteur story and match to steps in "How Science Works" flowchart.
HW: Vocabulary cards due tomorrow for a grade. 2) "How Science Works" WS (worksheet) due tomorrow
scientific method - a circular, recursive (repeating) set of steps scientists follow to solve a problem
hypothesis - an explanation based on research and observations; must be testable
controlled experiment - an experiment that tests only one factor at a time by comparing a control group with an experimental group
variable - a condition that can change; in a science experiment, we test only one variable at a time to get accurate results. There are three types of variables:
controlled - conditions that you do not change in your experiment
manipulated - AKA independent - a condition that you choose to change (this would be your x on a graph)
responding - AKA dependent - this is the condition that occurs BECAUSE you
manipulated something (this would be y on your graph)
observation - any information you gather through your senses
data analysis - Scientists collect data while testing a hypothesis (AKA conducting an
experiment). Then scientists analyze the results (what does this mean?) and draw
conclusions about whether their hypothesis was supported (proven correct)
collaboration - communicating with other scientists to check results, share knowledge, ideas,
and questions, and to design new experiments
bivariate data - two sets of numbers that change and that may be related, charted on a graph
as points. The independent variable goes on the x-axis and the dependent variable goes