Today students created a concept map for the reading "Qualities of a Good Scientist." I project the concept map and helped students complete the majority so that they could have a good example in their ISN. Students were then asked to complete the top of the concept map with three qualities that they would like to work on this year. One quality that they feel they are good at, one that they would like to work on, and would that they would like me to help them with this year. We will be practicing our GROWTH MINDSET this year in science by tracking our progress on these three qualities as we explore content and become masters of lab work!
In addition to this, students were asked to practice their AVID Awesome Left Side Creative Output (CO) skills by creating an Acrostic Poem for the term MODELS. This time they have some hep since their is already an acrostic poem for MODELS in their SEP #2 Packet.
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Today students participated in Peer Review of ISN Check 01. Peer review allows students the opportunity to check the quality of their own work against that of the peers.
I also assigned homework (YUCK! I know!) which is part of ISN Check 02 due on 10/03/18. The answers are posted herein for students to double check their own practice work.
Today I attended an NGSS training for the School District and a substitute filled-in for me.
Students should have completed their Qualities of a Good Scientist reading with their AVID Strategies of Marking the Text and Writing in the Margins. This assignment needed to be complete and turned-in for credit TODAY (it is pass/fail to ensure that students are not taking advantage of the substitute). There are no exceptions.
Today students worked in their groups to complete the guided notes for NGSS SEP #2: Developing and Using Models.
While they worked, I individually conferenced with 95% of students today that have a grade standing of "B" or lower. I spoke to each student and showed them examples of what they were missing. We also discussed how they could (and should) submit this late work on ISN Check 01 which is due Wednesday, 9/26/18. The 5% of students that remain will be conferenced with on Thursday, 9/27/18.
Today students prepared their ISN reference pages with 20 additional AVID Left Side (Creative Output) activities. We will be adding in examples to each of these strategies over the next few weeks.
I asked the students to warm-up by creating an EXIT TICKET which directly related to out learning target for the day. The EXIT TICKET asked them:
List 3 AVID AWESOME LEFT SIDE strategies that you will practice this year and write 1 sentence describing why you like this strategy (or why you think you will be good at using it).
We then did a whole class PopCorn Read Aloud of at least three of the strategies (Venn Diagram, Six Word Memoirs, Concept Maps, and Band Buzz) and I projected examples from previous years.
Students then had 25+ minutes to cut and paste the strategies into their notebook.
Students got a reminder to complete their EXIT TICKET approximately 7-10 minutes before the end of the period.
The only period that was not able to complete the above is 2nd period due to our active shooter drill. We lost approximately 30 minutes of class time to the drill. For this reason, 2nd period will turn in their EXIT TICKETS at the beginning of class on Monday.
Today I showed the students how to make three different types of foldables to create awesome left side pages in their ISN (for creative outputs). I often assign EXTRA CREDIT in the form of these types of foldables so the tutorial is necessary to ensure that students have an example of what is expected on the EXTRA CREDIT.
Students then had 20+ minutes (all except 3rd period) to work on organizing their ISNs and completing ISN Check 01.
Today we went over how to complete an ISN Check. We went over the ISN Check 01 line by line together in class and we discussed how to self-check.
I assigned HOMEWORK of creating Cover Art for their ISN to help individualize the ISN. The Cover Art should have a titled (Science, 7th Grade Science, or something more creative about science). The Cover Art should be Science themed and it should be colored. Students can draw or create a collage to be printed out and hand colored. This is to be attached to the cover with staples (glue will not work on the plastic cover).
I also assigned the UNIT 1 Artwork. UNIT 1 is "Nature of Science" which covers topics like the Scientific Method, Observations and Inferences, Qualitative and Quantitative Data, etc. The UNIT 1 Artwork should have a "Nature of Science" theme and be properly titled. This should be on page 1 of the ISN.
tuesday 9/18/18 - Observation, Inference, and Prediction (activity and demo) & SEPs and CCCs Cut 'n PasteRead Now
Today we started class by completing guided notes for the terms Observation, Inference, and Prediction. We did a PopCorn Read-Aloud and completed our notes together. I projected my completed notes as we went along and provided the students with examples of each of the three terms (students also had CLASS SET examples on their tables for reference). I then explained how to cut and paste the foldable notes into the ISN. I continued to project my completed notes.
After our note-taking, students had 30+ minutes (the rest of the class period) to cut/paste and color their notes, create/continue their Tables of Contents on pages II - III, and to page number their ISN all the way to the very end (page 178).
Anything not completed in class should be completed for homework.
Mrs. Batt is the 7th grade Life Science teacher at Hawthorne Middle School.