Today we began (and some of you even finished) your SWYK for the Glacier Park data. IF you didn't wrap it up yet you may come for lunch tomorrow OR you will finish before you can move on into the Needs of Seeds work for this week. We are applying the steps of the wheel to actual data now (Activate Prior Knowledge; Question; Hypothesis; Experiment; Data collection; Data Analysis; Conclusion; Share)... What do you know?
I am slowly loading up pics from the park... check the Team Paideia tab!
What a great day today kids! Look for the data in class tomorrow for a SWYK of Glacier Park
and data analysis! Hopefully Ms. Heyer will be healthy and back to join us... Aydan too!
(the image below is of his broken arm!)... HERE is a link for more songs from Glacier!
Enjoy one more night of no homework before we get busy again this week designing a lab!
Reminder we will all load the buses from HomeBase. Holmgren, Wilson, Kelner, Olson will be on one bus headed for the Rocky Point hike (divided into Holmgren and Wilson with one ranger; Kelner and Olson with another). Hunt, Streitmatter, Handford, and Ogden-Rider load onto the other bus headed for the McDonald Creek hike (Hunt and Streitmatter with one ranger; Handford and Ogden-Rider with another). We all will stop at the Apgar welcome center for a potty break before we head into the field.
All students who ordered lunch from school need to check with ME out in front of the buses to grab your lunch bag from ME... Everyone needs to pack water and be prepared for cool and possibly rainy weather. You do NOT need to bring your science notebook but always is a good idea to have a pen or pencil. The rangers will have all the data collection materials we need.
Questions? PLEASE email me via contact link... Enjoy this lovely Sunday and be ready for a great Monday!
Finally Friday... whew. Permission slips in... all prepared for the data collection in Glacier Park on Monday... the opportunity to have PBJ's after all (yes... peanut foods are now okay for the trip)... Pumpkin work turned in and ready for feedback next week in preparation for the next lab YOU design... A well earned weekend offf!
See you Monday ready to go to Glacier National Park!
Perfect Pumpkins work once again for those of you who didn't yet get your best work done.
Check back to THIS POST from yesterday to get the details (including a copy of the Perfect Pumpkins page).
Today we did a little more work to prepare for Monday's Glacier Park trip... more prep for GNP tomorrow. PLUS we will discuss a bit of how Glacier National Park came to be from a few different perspectives!
Notice this hemlock does indeed look silvery white on the underside! Ooooooh will be fun on Monday!
Perfect Pumpkins lab write up tonight. You may choose to write the whole lab out on another sheet of paper OR you may start on the back side of yesterday's procedure practice. Make sure IF you start on a new sheet you use MLA heading! We will staple the half sheet to yesterdays work to tonight's work for tomorrow. :)
Be sure to improve upon your procedure steps... Be sure we see the headings QUESTION; HYPOTHESIS; MATERIALS; PROCEDURE; DATA... Be sure to refer back to your notes in writing questions, hypotheses, and controlling variables... Be sure to review the past two weeks' of Ramblings posts for other tips and reminders and videos and songs... Be sure to have your best work ready to turn in tomorrow!
Today we continued with understanding the scientific method. Your work tonight is to pick ONE of your SWYK questions from the variables worksheet and write a procedure. Be sure to use loose leaf paper and properly head with MLA heading in left corner. List the Question; your Hypothesis; Materials needed; and step by step Procedure for an actual investigation of the question (and no... we will not really test it).
Refer to your notes on pages 12-13 about variables, controlling variables, writing hypotheses as well as the Tootsie Lab on pages 9-10 for a template of how a lab is written in correct order with headings. Tomorrow we shall do some peer editing and then write up a whole new lab!
Be sure to get your Glacier Park permission slip in (last chance tomorrow for us to get you lunch!)
Today we continued working with the scientific method. Most of our day was spent gaining knowledge about succession and using dichotomous keys for our Glacier Park trip next week to answer the question: How will the physical appearance of a forest change after a disturbance (such as a forest fire)? More work Thursday.
Some of you will be coming in tomorrow HomeBase to retest your understanding of variables. You may wish to review with THIS VIDEO. You could also add vocabulary to your glossary as was suggested in THIS POST.
Many of you get this opportunity to fix your CEAL conclusion paragraphs. Remember the best learning comes from making mistakes. In fact the scientific method truly is a wheel... rolling on and on to test every little variable to get solutions with many mistakes and errors along the way. Use this CEAL Wheel to help
write a better paragraph. You may turn the fixed paragraphed stapled with the original CEAL next week!
Signed permission slips for Glacier Park are due MONDAY!
Tonight is a busy night of science for you! Some of you still need to finish your CEAL conclusion for the tootsie pop lab. Use this CEAL Wheel to help guide you!
Next, you need to add your terms from today into the glossary. I would add not only questions and variables, but also each type of variable: independent, dependent, and controlled variables. Remember when adding definitions to our glossary we: 1) write the term; 2) add a phonetic spelling; 3) write the definition for the term; 4) add an example &/ drawing; and 5) use the term in a sentence that is meaningful to the definition. (You should already have defined OBSERVATIONS and INFERENCE in your glossary from this past Monday!)
We discovered today why the method is a wheel that spins over and over and over. We also learned that our tootsie pop lab was pretty BAD science! If you have been absent you may be worried about understanding the Scientific Method. HERE is a video that will help explain. HERE is another that uses a bit of humor... :)
Tonight you get to wrap up your Tootsie Roll conclusion! You will use your CEAL paragraph skills to write a conclusion summarizing your results. Be sure to include specific data, analysis of variables in the experiment and how they affect your results. You may also discuss any flaws in the experiment. Remember CEAL follows the wheel (claim-question/hypothesis; evidence-data collected; analysis-analyze data; link-wrap up the paragraph to share! I updated the CEAL wheel to include some extra details... it will be helpful!
Write your CEAL conclusion on loose leaf paper (use MLA heading) and turn in during class tomorrow! Need the accurate class average? Most up to date reporting: grand total of 106 lickers with an average of 679 licks to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop (with a total of 71942 licks licked in the name of science!)...
Tonight's homework is to write your CEAL conclusion for the Tootsie Pop lab!
You will use your CEAL paragraph skills to write a conclusion summarizing your results. Be sure to include specific data, analysis of variables in the experiment and how they affect your results. You may also discuss any flaws in the experiment. Remember CEAL follows the wheel (claim-question/hypothesis; evidence-data collected; analysis-analyze data; link-wrap up the paragraph to share!
Write your CEAL conclusion on loose leaf paper (use MLA heading) and turn in during class on Thursday! Need the accurate class average? Most up to date reporting: grand total of 106 lickers with an average of 679 licks to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop (with a total of 71942 licks licked in the name of science!)...
Today we began to apply the steps of the scientific method and prepared a lab page to answer the age old question "How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie center of a Tootsie Pop?"
The world may never know... but we will collect OUR data tomorrow! Hope your safety contract is signed and turned in!
Wanting to explore more about Tootsie Pops? EXPLORE HERE!
Hopefully this weekend is a nice time to relax and explore past posts and links from my Ramblings page. If you wanted to finish your wheel OR even print a pretty color version (absent folks you are welcome to print this as well and paste on Reference page 10) HERE IS THE LINK FOR A COLORFUL WHEEL. More importantly if you want to see the video for today's Scientific Method song WATCH THIS. Next week we will experiment a bit!
Today we added to our reference section. IF you were absent we will get you caught up upon your return... come see us during Home Base? SWYKs have been handed back and we answered some questions on page 6 regarding our success (remember a "3" is proficient... nice work). We will check your input the next few days as we can. Need the questions? Okay:
1) Which questions did you miss? Why (make corrections if possible)?
2) What did you do to study for this SWYK?
3) Why is it important to know the tools and rules of the science lab?
Looking forward to seeing your parents tonight at Open House! Encourage them to come!
Nice work in today's SWYK... some of you showed you know a lot... some of you not so much... Tomorrow we shall continue with the Inquiry Boxes... AND find out why there is a bicycle wheel on the wall!!! Exciting!
Tomorrow night is OPEN HOUSE... encourage your parents to come meet us!
KMS Science Teacher
Most science pictures I post are found from assorted Facebook science pages... too numerous to cite specifically and downloaded for "just the right time"... I am sorry for the poor citation example I am setting.
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