Monthly Archives: January 2014

29 and 30 Jan. Science 7 Selecting a research question, writing the background section for the report

  Begin writing the initial sections of your report on the bird field study. Sections of the report are given in bold. Use those headings. Instructions are provided for each section. Follow those closely. Be generous with your ideas and … Continue reading

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Science 8 January 28 (and continuing) Model of earth’s orbit and seasons; Model of solar system by size and distance scales

Same groups or new groups? Due dates? 2nd model  Earth’s orbit and seasons 3d static *shows earth with orbit *can show day and night *shows winter and summer solstices and autumnal and spring equinoxes *demonstrates eccentricity of orbit *includes written and … Continue reading

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Sci 7 on 27-28 January–Birdwalk 3: Building a pigeon ethogram

This is fun: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201048744812645 So is this: http://vimeo.com/78188069 And this: http://flowingdata.com/2014/01/23/bird-flight-paths/  References on the Ethogram and on the Blue Rock Pigeon: http://www.biomotionlab.ca/Text/trojeethol98.pdf http://www.wilsonsociety.org/wosmanual/5.AvianEthogram.pdf http://animalbehaviorsociety.org/Committees/ABSEducation/laboratory-exercises-in-animal-behavior/laboratory-exercises-in-animal-behavior-ethograms http://biology.kenyon.edu/courses/biol261/Ethogram/EthoBody.htm pigeon http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/rock_pigeon/id http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/rock_pigeon/lifehistory http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/pigeons.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Rock_Pigeon courtship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dB3C5uYe9o pigeon life cycle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6nhui-ps9s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r-KUKhJYj0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STQXiXJqyZU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQgfYY3pIo0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW_gBXGN6_4&list=TLP2SDz7Ws6AdIbZL5ySbN69jnX0DO3X6R https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV5LXKv7mJ4&list=TLP2SDz7Ws6AdIbZL5ySbN69jnX0DO3X6R … Continue reading

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Science 8–Astronomy continued–24 January–seasons, orbits, A Private Universe

How do we think about the seasons? What are our explanations? How do these compare to scientific explanations? How did scientists come to think of the explanation of seasons? How are ideas about the motion of objects in the solar … Continue reading

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Bird pics from campus Jan. 2014

Yellow-footed green pigeon Brown-headed barbet Indian gray hornbill Jungle babbler feeding Jungle crow taking flight Common tailorbird Common myna Oriental magpie robin Yellow-footed green pigeon Black drongo Black kite on nest Black drongo Yellow-footed green pigeon Indian jungle crow Red-whiskered … Continue reading

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Science 7 Bird species list for January 2014–Birdwalks 1 & 2

The list of birds seen for periods 1,3,4,5 over 17 Jan and 20 Jan is listed below. Compare the list so far with those from past years   (check: http://rfrazier.msblogs.aes.ac.in/2014/01/15/sci-7-15-16-jan-biodiversityevolution-field-study/ ) Birdwalk 1 a) practicing skills of finding, observing, describing birds; b) … Continue reading

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Sci 8: 16 Jan. Electromagnetic spectrum and Modelling the Earth-Moon-Sun system

Review the material in the video links and the text/image web links. Observe the spectra produced in class. Photo taken with Ipad through spectrascope (thus the limited resolution). http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/ http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/emsVideo_01intro.html We will form groups. Each group will design a model … Continue reading

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Sci 7: 15-16 Jan. Biodiversity/Evolution Field study

Biodiversity/Evolution Field Study and Common Assessment Biodiversity–observing and explaining the number of kinds of living thing–in terms of interactions of the genetics of the organisms and the environment. Field study (contrast with lab study and experiments) Birds–useful study organism–active in … Continue reading

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Science 8: Welcome back and Happy New Year!!!

Dear Science 8 Scientists, Welcome back. I am so happy to be with you. I look forward to the rest of the year and am excited about all the thinking, questioning, learning, creating, etc. you will do. Below is an … Continue reading

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Science 7: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 13 January, 2014

Dear 7th graders, I’m so happy to be back with you! I look forward to hearing from you about what you learned while I was away. So our first day back will involve a kind of review. 1. Questions. General … Continue reading

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