What did we explore this week?
Week 1: September 3, 2019 - September 6, 2019
Welcome to an exciting 2019-2020 school year! What a great beginning to the year we have had. This first week we got to know one another a little through the "Break the Ice" Challenge, exploring multiple "out of the box" ways to approach the polar bears and fish question as we worked in groups. We went over many of our policies and procedures and tackled lab safety through multiple activities, including listening to music, watching the Amoeba sisters, reading the antics of Spongebob, Patrick, and Gary, and performing skits illustrating how lab safety rules are broken. On Friday, we assigned the "Lab Safety Cartoon" 8-point project due on Wednesday, September 11th. Let's see what's coming up next!
- The Metric System
- Ecosystems: How much do we know?
- Levels of Organization
Week 2: September 9, 2019 - September 13, 2019
This week we delved into of the applications of the metric system in the field of science. We discussed the value and challenges of using this system and practiced measuring using a metric ruler in order to investigate an infestation of critters in the "Buggin' Out Lab." We then tackled the ecological levels of organization; groups were assigned cards to categorize as either an individual, a population, a community, an ecosystem or an abiotic factor. On Friday, Ms. B, MJS's wonderful librarian, paid us a visit to guide us through a new program of our district - Classlink. It allows students to access websites from one location, giving them the opportunity to log in once and then continous access without having to remember their logins and passwords. Let's see what's coming up next!
- Abiotic vs. Biotic Factors
- Characteristics of Life
- Population Determination Methods
- Mark and Recapture Lab