Today was a student choice day. I gave students the entire period to work on finishing their labs and preparing their ISNs for ISN Check 09 which is due on 4/11/18 when we return from spring break.
During this time, I did an agenda check and awarded Batt Bucks to students that have been doing the daily warm-up of writing the Learning Target and the Homework in their Agenda. I reiterated that this is the daily requirement and the expectation in this class. This is not an "optional" task. I then re-modeled the expectation on the board (please see the picture below).
Today I assigned ISN Check 09 which is due on Wednesday, 4/11/18 (after we return from spring break).
We went over the ISN Check line-by-line and I projected my completed ISN on the overhead as we discussed each assignment.
I then introduced the STEAM Carnival for HSD to the students by showing them three short videos. We discussed the carnival and the 7th grade project we will be submitting for the "Inventor's Alley" portion of the Carnival. Participation in this project is voluntary. Please check the STEAM CARNIVAL page on this website for more information.
Student's then had 10 - 15 minutes to work on completing assignments in their ISN.
monday 3/19/18 - Investigation #12 (day 4): using water to model how matter is organized in the universeRead Now
MONDAY 3/19/18 - INVESTIGATION #12 (DAY 4): USING WATER TO MODEL HOW MATTER IS ORGANIZED IN THE UNIVERSE
Thank you to Aly and Rafael for pointing out that this day's post was MISSING!!!!!
Unfortunately, I no longer have the picture of the Learning Target Classroom Board.
Here are the pictures of the assignment.
The students were to copy down the framework for the investigation as pictured here in my ISN. We then answered the questions together in class.
For the Creative Output on page 104, students were asked to create 4 Six-Word-Memoirs (one each for the terms Elements, Atoms, Molecules, and Matter). They SHOULD NOT copy my example but should create their own.
Today students were given a card sort to complete their data table. They were given Structural Model/Formula cards, Molecular Formula cards, and Periodic Table cards. They sorted them into three columns, organized them according to their data table, recognized similarities and differences, and then documented their learning by completing their data table.
Many students completed this task within the first 20 minutes of class, got their assignment stamped for completion, and checked out a chromebook to complete the extra credit.
Today students used candy to model Atoms, Elements, and simple Molecules. They documented their work on a data table I provided from them by drawing and coloring what they built.
Students were only required to complete the first three columns of the worksheet (please see attached picture). We will continue with Investigation #12 tomorrow and finish collecting our data.
Today students took Quiz #5 on Matter and Chemical Reactions. The quiz was based on the material with ISN Check 08. The quiz consisted of 9 matching and 7 True/False questions with 4 Extra Credit questions. This quiz was open note and students were given a full 20 minutes to complete the task.
After we took Quiz #5 students participated in Peer Review of ISN Check 08. Students turned-in their ISNs and I will keep them for the next week during Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Today students debriefed and then reflected on the activity from yesterday. I projected a Slide Show of all of the candy organization group pictures that were emailed to me. Each group shared out what their categories were and we collected class data on the board for our debrief. We discussed reasoning and logic behind the categories and recognized similarities and differences as well as patterns within our whole group.
We discussed how to answer each reflection question as a whole group and students shared out examples of their experiences. Students were then given 25+ minutes to complete their reflection answers and get their lab stamped for completion.
I have attached pictures of my ISN as well as all debriefs by period. The Slide Show is here as well.
ISN Check 08 is due tomorrow.
There will be an OPEN NOTE QUIZ tomorrow on Matter (everything included in ISN Check 08) for which students have be advised to study.
Today students worked toward answering the essential question for Investigation #12, "How is matter organized in the universe" by engaging in a hands-out activity that asked them to categorize 20 different types of candy based on criteria that they decided upon within their small groups. The only requirements were that they must have at least four different categories and no more than six.
After the students completed their task I checked their work and asked them to take a picture and email it to me for our Whole Group debrief tomorrow.
Students were to then complete a mini-model of their Periodic Table of Candy on a separate sheet of paper using the cut-and-paste provided. If this cut-and-paste was not completed in class it is to be completed for homework.
Tomorrow we will debrief about the process, answer some reflection questions, and parlay our learning into a deeper understanding of the Periodic Table of Elements.
Mrs. Batt is the 7th grade Life Science teacher at Hawthorne Middle School.