Today we wrapped up our Flowers Seeking Pollinators lab. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY and you also missed yesterday... watch the videos about pollination and adaptations and hopefully you will be feeling better by next week's SWYK (you are excused from the lab task). If you only missed class today... you can try to decide which flower belongs to your pollinator by examining THIS IMAGINARY GARDEN. You will write your conclusion on loose leaf using THESE QUESTIONS AS A GUIDE. ( lots of links to explore with today's post! )
Today was the last day for a "2" on the NOTEBOOK CONFERENCE SHEET.
Next week you can still turn them in for a "1" in work ethic.
Today we started a new lab activity: Flowers Seeking Pollinators. We are trying to discover if we can predict a pollinator based on flower characteristics. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you can gather data tomorrow to finish the lab (if you miss both today and tomorrow you will be excused from this task... get healthy!). Your Nature at Work Lab conclusion is due today. Some still need to wrap up analysis and write a conclusion. Start your conclusion with the question, give the data we collected from both environments, analyze the data (great use of last week's vocab analysis here), and then wrap up the conclusion with writing skill. Staple both pages together and voila! Tomorrow is the last day for a "2" on the NOTEBOOK CONFERENCE SHEET. Next week you can still turn them in for a "1" in work ethic.
Today we worked on our conclusion for our lab. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you should wrap up the conclusion (check yesterday's post for the details). If you have been gone BOTH Monday and Tuesday you are excused from the lab. If you only have data from the white sands and you need some brown sand data USE THIS and then write your conclusion. Tomorrow we shall explore adaptations for plant pollination! Some of you still have NOTEBOOK CONFERENCE SHEETS to finish up. This week "2"; next week only a "1"!
Today we collected data for the mice in a forest environment. Wow... rough to be a white mouse here! Tonight you may work on your conclusion. Remember in a science conclusion the Claim is simply restating the question (How does variation of color in a species affect natural selection?). Be sure to use specific Evidence from the lab (ration &/or percentages) as well as specific vocabulary in your Analysis. Tomorrow we shall wrap up the lab AND discuss extinction. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you missed the concluding data for the Nature at Work Lab. Some of you missed both days, and some only missed one. IF you missed both days you should watch the video below to learn a bit about how adaptation and evolution occur in nature and click here to explore more about Rock Pocket Mice and how they adapt and evolved. Our lab demonstrated exactly what we see with the Rock Pocket Mouse! If you only missed one day of the lab be sure to check in with me at lunch or study hall for data to use.
I needed to adapt and evolve the original lesson plan for the week when we set up the field trip for next Monday.
We will NOT be doing a fossils lab this Friday after all! (but that's okay!)
Today we started the Nature at Work lab. We are exploring the selection of coat color in mice over time. Tomorrow we finish the data collection and will do the conclusion. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY be sure you have your NOTEBOOK CONFERENCE SHEET completed... it's due today! You can jump in to data collection for the lab tomorrow. Wednesday and Thursday we have another lab but this one will explore adaptations for pollination.
Today we added to our notes on natural selection and adaptations. We also FINALLY discovered why there are butterflies in the classroom! We wrapped up class with a SWYK on Darwin't Theory. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you missed out on a SWYK. Next week we will continue to explore adaptations, natural selection, variation, evolution, and even extinction! Your NOTEBOOK CONFERENCE SHEET is due on Monday! Make sure you get it done!
Today we once again worked on our vocabulary terms... we ALSO added some details about evolution and the factors that impact change over time (and explored the walk of life). IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY watch the video and add notes to page 106 in your notebook (trace your hand!). Tomorrow we SWYK!
Tomorrow is the last day for a "4" on your NOTEBOOK CONFERENCE SHEET... due Monday!
Today we continued vocabulary work for Darwin's Theory. We also added Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace to our GOSATOT. How cool for two scientists studying species diversity in two different parts of the world to draw the same exact conclusion of evolution by means of natural selection. Tomorrow we continue with our vocabulary work. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you will want to at least attempt SOME vocabulary (we are using the strategy for vocabulary you use in SS... text definition, your definition, analysis, but add an illustration!). We are using one page per term (species 100, fossils 101, adaptations 102, evolution 103, natural selection 104, and variation 105). NOTEBOOK CONFERENCE SHEET is due Monday, March 12th!
Today we began our exploration of Darwin's work. We started vocabulary notes (book definition, our definition, analysis, and illustration) for SPECIES, FOSSILS, ADAPTATION, EVOLUTION, NATURAL SELECTION, and VARIATION. We will continue this task all week long. Analysis is likely the last to add since we are just starting to understand how organisms change over time. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you can easily jump in tomorrow and still be okay. Some folks still need to turn in the Superpower Science task... tomorrow is the last day for it! NOTEBOOK CONFERENCE SHEET is due Monday, March 12th... take time to share your work!
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