friday 9/29/17 - lab #3: stopping the zombie apocalypse using the scientific method (avid strategy - cornell notes)Read Now
FRIDAY 9/29/17 - LAB #3: STOPPING THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE USING THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD (avid strategy - cornell notes)
Today students began conducting an investigation into how to stop the "Zombie Apocalypse" using the Scientific Method. This lab uses a graphic novel (comic book) and a plastic Zombie model (which can be dissected) to introduce the steps of the Scientific Method and how to apply them to solve a problem. The lab also introduces students to the concepts of bacteria, viruses, antibiotics, vaccines, blood, internal organs, the skin, the lymphatic system, nervous system, brain, qualitative and quantitative observations/data, and using data to make scientific inferences. I have provided students with guided notes (Cornell Note style) to model for them how to take detailed notes. As we conclude this lab, we will use Bloom's Taxonomy and Costa's Levels of Thinking to craft higher order thinking questions to complete our Cornell Notes. This will help students understand the expectations for future note taking sessions.
Side note: Students were extremely respectful and conducted themselves with maturity today. It was truly my pleasure to spend the day with them and help facilitate their learning. They were AWESOME and I'm looking forward to Monday!
Today the students reviewed how to create graphs to represent data. We did a PopCorn Read Aloud to review different types of graphs and what they can be used for. We also discussed how creating and using graphs helps scientist to recognize things like patterns, relationships, scale, proportion, quantity, stability, change, cause, and effect (NGSS CCCs) as well as allowing scientist to analyze and interpret data, engage in argument from evidence, and obtain, evaluate, and communicate information (NGSS SEPs).
After this, we participated in a class survey of our favorite type of dessert, created a data table, and then made a simple bar graph of the data. After we graphed this data, I showed them how they could turn their simple bar graph into a multi-bar graph by adding data from other classes. I then showed them how to create a key for this multi-bar graph. Students were told that they would be expected to create a multi-bar graph of the Life Science data chart (the one they copied into page 9) as part of their Creative Output for this assignment on page 8 of the ISN.
We then answered the questions for #1 -#2 and began creating the line graph for #3. Some classes were able to complete the line graph and answer the questions for #3 while others were not. I have provided the work completed and assigned questions #4 and #5 as homework due with ISN Check 02 on 10/04/17.
Today ISN Check 02 was assigned. We reviewed all of the items expected for ISN Check 02 and I addressed student questions. We also reviewed how to create Creative Outputs using the strategies discussed yesterday (Haiku, Album Cover, Bar Graph, Frayer Model, and Venn Diagrams). Students then had 30 minutes of class time to work on getting their ISN Check 02 completed.
tuesday 9/26/17 - LAB #2 - qualitative and quantitative observational data and creative output (avid strategies)Read Now
Mrs. Batt is the 7th grade Life Science teacher at Hawthorne Middle School.