Tonight you need to wrap up your final draft for the Needs of Seeds lab. Your notebook should have all rough draft work (including the LAPS notes; the rough intro paragraph, a scribbled and corrected procedure, all data tables, answers to the analysis question, and rough draft of conclusion... all the work you had class time to complete) so all you need to do is type it up pretty (or hand write in ink). Scroll back through the past 2 weeks of posts for any needed instructions or details... email if you still have questions. This final draft is the opportunity to hit a "4" in all of these standards... make sure none of the scores are "0's" for missing sections. Use each step of the wheel... Choose success here kids! IF you still have the WEBQUEST to do click HERE!
Tomorrow we collect any Webquests you still need to turn in... we will collect your final draft of Needs of Seeds (yes you can email to me) AND we will collect your notebooks to give a midterm work ethic for organization and content so far this year. No work this weekend other than sleeping in and doing chores! Woo hoo!
Some great final drafts came in today! Some not so great... but they are fixing them up! Be sure to write numbered steps for the procedure... be sure to include analysis questions with answers... be sure to look over each page so it reflects your best work... Have someone else check spelling and overall flow (we sometimes don't see our mistakes but someone else can). Need DATA? The GRADING RUBRIC? ANALYSIS Q'S? CEAL WHEEL for the conclusion? Include all steps of the wheel: Background Knowledge paragraph; Question; Hypothesis; Materials and Procedure; Results (both yours AND class data); Analysis; and Conclusion. Due Wednesday! No class time to work anymore... all on you at home. Choose success folks!!! Seeds are called Fast Plants. Brassica rapa is the scientific name (which should be italicized if typed but underlined if written).
Tomorrow you will wrap up your Webquest about Redi and Pasteur's work... you should have completed questions 1-7 today. HERE is the website once again if needed tonight!
What if you needed to review CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING THINGS or even find out a bit more about zombies? WATCH THIS Ted-ed and learn a bit more of the characteristics of zombies for your CEAL.
Great questions coming in about the lab... Remember to include all steps of the wheel in order: Background Knowledge/Introduction (APK) paragraph, then Question, then Hypothesis, then Materials, then Procedure, then Data/Results (list BOTH data tables... yours and final results), then your Analysis questions, then Conclusion (CEAL paragraph)... typed or neatly written and turned in by Wednesday, October 15th. IF you choose a powerpoint or prezi option you already are typing in your information so no separate printed lab is needed. IF you choose just to type or neatly write in ink I should see each heading either bolded or underlined to define each 'section' of the wheel. No spelling errors! Make sure you have someone help proofread!
Please please please keep asking clarifying questions so this lab can be your BEST work! Scroll through the last week's posts so you can find any other resources like INSTRUCTIONS, ANALYSIS QUESTIONS, CEAL wheel for writing the conclusion, INVESTIGATION CRITERIA, or LAPS information if needed.
Our seeds are Brassica rapa aka fast plants... THIS LINK can tell you more about the seeds. We will plant them in the spring to study the growth and development of plants! Good thing we now know what the seeds need!
This Needs of Seeds lab will be a final assessment for your understanding of Standard 1: Students demonstrate the ability to design, conduct, and communicate results and conclusions of scientific investigations. Because this is a final assessment it is due on Wednesday, October 15th period, end of sentence, no exceptions!
Do you need the overall green sheet instructions and grading rubric? CLICK HERE
Do you need the analysis questions? CLICK HERE
Remember the CEAL WHEEL to write your conclusion (use the analysis starter statements from ELA!)...
All class time for the Needs of Seeds lab is done and over. You need to write the final draft all on your time this weekend? Next Monday or Tuesday? You choose... but the lab is DUE Wednesday, October 15th. (we will be taking your notebook then as well so no, you can't use the long weekend to finish next week...)
We tried to set you up for success with all the rough draft work ready to go at a "4" standard. It's up to you how you wrap up the final draft. Remember a final draft is neatly written in ink or typed with NO ERRORS! You may want to get your folks' help with editing, typing, and spelling. Remember you can print the final or you can submit via attachment by email or save to a flash drive and we will download here at school.
We finally have all our data and it's time to analyze. Answer these ANALYSIS QUESTIONS in your notebook (next available page with Needs of Seeds data?)... you may answer by copying the question then answering the question OR by restating the question in your answer. Tomorrow we begin our conclusion work... Most of you got your own CEAL wheel today (as well as Investigation Criteria for reference). If you want to start your conclusion tonight go for it!!! Tomorrow is a whole period for working on your lab. Needs of Seeds Lab instructions (that green sheet) right HERE!!! IF you didn't get the whole class results click HERE!
Sounds like today was a tad interesting... get ready to see this face from ME tomorrow as we wrap up this lab... some of you can't follow simple directions of taking tape off and keeping the cup versus throwing lab materials away! Arrrrgggggg!
Tonight is your chance to write your introduction APK background knowledge paragraph if not yet written. P. 19 may be open still (or just go to the next available page) and use your LAPS work on needs of living things. You may even choose to include information from today's in class notes!?
If you missed the notes work today you will need to make them up in homebase, at lunch, after school PRIDE or check out a book. We started THIEVES notes in the science style yesterday and added to them today. You can print the CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING THINGS notes but will need to do your own for the needs.
Tomorrow we shall analyze the data collected over the past few days. The focus is on analysis for Thursday and Friday is all about the conclusion. You will need to write this lab over the weekend in a final draft due by Wednesday, October 18th! Wondering the instructions again? HERE THEY ARE...
The topic today was all about the Characteristics of Living Things! IF you were not in class, we discussed how THIEVES can be used for close reading and organized note taking (in science we DO NOT read only every first sentence; however we DO read every paragraph and write down what is important from each paragraph). If you missed the notes you can print from HERE and then paste in on page 27 of your notebook... you will continue with your THIEVES notes tomorrow. Want another song about characteristics? HERE'S ONE!
Tomorrow we also wrap up the final observations for the Needs of Seeds lab. You will want to finish writing your APK background knowledge introduction paragraph from the LAPS information tonight! We will analyze data Thursday and write our conclusion Friday so you have all your rough draft work ready to make into a final draft of perfection! Need the LAPS info? HERE IT IS! Need the "instructions" for lab? HERE IT IS!
What is the most important abiotic factor for seeds to germinate? We are investigating this question right now!
Today we observed our seeds both quantitatively as well as qualitatively... tomorrow more of the same and then Wednesday we shall make the final observation. Thursday we analyze and Friday we conclude. You will then write the lab up in formal fashion... HERE is the "instruction sheet" for the Needs of Seeds lab. Write your APK (background information) introduction paragraph this week using the LAPS information!
Today we also discussed "What is Life?" through exploration with ipads, classification keys, textbooks, and discussion. Tomorrow we shall do THIEVES notes work with the textbook on CHARACTERISTICS OF LIFE! Science THIEVES work is a little different than what you do in Language Arts and Social Studies (but it's better!)... Enjoy the gorgeous evening!
Your important lab results will be determined next week! But for now... you should have your procedure written to reflect what you ACTUALLY did, all materials listed that you ACTUALLY used, a complete hypothesis written to reflect which abiotic factor you think is the most important and WHY, and you may begin work on your introduction APK (background knowledge) paragraph. Use your LAPS to create a CEAL paragraph! You can write the rough draft of the APK paragraph on page 19 OR just pick the next available page in your notebook. It's okay that all the steps are out of order now... it's a rough draft of our investigation right now.
You will make daily observations of the germination of your seeds Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. Thursday we will analyze the data and then draw our conclusion for the lab. INSTRUCTIONS HERE...
Wow I sure was loud today! Enthusiastic about your use of the scientific method I suppose! Tonight is the night to tweak any last steps to your procedure. Be prepared to switch notebooks with your neighbor and have THEM plant YOUR seeds! (well have a solid set of steps so you wouldn't worry if they did!)
Some of you needed a bit more guidance for what steps to follow... HERE ARE THE "instructions" for the lab along with the rubric I will use to grade when all done. Some of you still need to LAPS your background information... use THIS PAGE (or visit THIS POST for reminders of what this lab is all about). You can also do any additional work for LAPS this coming weekend... you already know what abiotic factors are I think!
We will be writing this lab up as a final perfect product AFTER we have results next week. Good news is that we are all still in the very rough draft stage... and that is fine! You must have SOME SORT OF PROCEDURE as you walk in the door (needless to say hypothesis must be done so you know what you are testing).
Tonight you begin designing your experiment to test "Which abiotic factor is most important for seeds to germinate?"... Do you still need to LAPS your background? CLICK THIS to view the paragraph and continue your background knowledge notes (IF you don't finish with background... that's okay... You can work tomorrow... or the next day... or this weekend... I bet you have an idea of what abiotic factor is important!)
On the top of page 20 you should write your hypothesis (I think...because OR If...then...because) of which abiotic factor YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR A SEED TO GERMINATE. The next step is to write YOUR OWN LAB DESIGN TO TEST YOUR HYPOTHESIS! You know what to do for this... write a detailed step by step procedure (skip a few lines in between your steps in case it's not so perfect this first go around though). What materials will you need? What data will you collect? Have the rough idea ready to work on in class tomorrow! We will clean up your rough draft to prepare for planting Friday!
This Needs of Seeds lab will be a final assessment for your understanding of Standard 1: Students demonstrate the ability to design, conduct, and communicate results and conclusions of scientific investigations. All the work so far with Tootsie Pops, perfect pumpkins, and even Glacier Park data has prepared you for this!
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