Many students have still not completed their research (definition and diet for six Arctic organisms - assigned Thursday, 10/26/17). If students do not have this complete as of tomorrow, they will be pulled from the group project and given an alternative assignment. The remaining group members will be offered extra credit for completing the work of the removed group member.
Today it became very obvious that most students did not complete their homework that was assigned in class on Thursday. This meant that they were not ready to work in their groups today to move their project forward for completion by the 10/31/17 deadline.
Students were allowed access to the Chromebooks for the entire period today as a result (one Chromebook per group of four students). Each student was assigned 6-8 simple definitions/diets on Thursday. As of today, a total of 80 minutes of class time to complete their research has been provided. Students that do not have their research complete as of 10/31/17 (at the beginning of class) will not be able to receive higher than a "D" for their individual grade on this Trimester Final Lab Project. However, they will need to complete their portion of the project to receive anything other than a ZERO for their Group Project grade.
This project's due date has been changed to the end of the period on Thursday, 11/02/17 - and will not be a candidate for late work since I am providing students two extra days of class time to ensure completion.
On Friday, 10/27/17, I will be out of the classroom for HSD business.
The students will have a one page worksheet with a reading on the Arctic ecosystem as well as six questions to answer based on the reading. They are to carefully read the passage and make margin notes as they read to help them answer the questions on the worksheet.
This worksheet will be due at the end of the period, will be for Pass/Fail credit, and will not be accepted as late work.
Today students began their LAB #5: ARCTIC FOOD WEB GROUP PROJECT. Their goals for the day included assigning at least 6 of the 24 organisms to each group member (depending if it was a group of 4 or 3) and researching their organisms by providing a definition and details about the organism's diet. This research allows the student to be the "expert" on their organisms. If this research was not completed in class it is to be completed as homework and is due on Monday, 10/30/17, when we resume work on the project.
Today students participated in a whole group discussion about producers, consumers, and food chains. We took notes during a short PowerPoint presentation (guided notes - see attached).
After taking notes, we used our Pick Stix system to call on participants to determine the next organism in the food chain for our web activity. The web activity can be found here:
While we played the food chain game students worked to complete the coloring on today's worksheet.
ISN Check 03 is DUE tomorrow!!!!
Today students worked toward completing Lab #4. We answered all of the remaining questions in class together during a whole group discussion.
Students then had approximately 20+ minutes to work on their own to either complete their Lab #4 (some students did not hit the goal marks for Thursday and/or Friday), work on ISN Check 03 (due Wednesday, 10/25/17), or borrow slides from my inventory and practice with the microscope.
The last three pictures attached are of slides set-up by my period 5 students and taken with my iPhone through the microscope. ENJOY!
Today students worked at their own pace to get Lab #4 completed. I offered them the opportunity to look at slides from my inventory on Monday if their lab was completed early. Many students completely finished their lab #4 today. My request was that students would complete the first page (and get it checked/stamped by me), and that they would complete questions #9 and #12 (for which they need their slide). All other questions can be answered without using the microscope.
Today students began a microscope lab that will help them hone their skills of microscopy. The students prepared their own wet mount slide of a newsprint "e" and then used it to practice using the microscope. In addition to this, the students practiced their observation skills to help them answer the lab questions. We will continue working on this lab (and practicing our microscopy technique through Monday, 10/23/17). This lab is due Monday, 10/23/17.
Mrs. Batt is the 7th grade Life Science teacher at Hawthorne Middle School.