Monthly Archives: January 2016

28 January Science 8 Chlorophyll, “Light-harvesting” molecules, Chromatography

See this cartoon by Wiley Miller: http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2016/01/20 Is there a “dilemma of detail” when trying to learn about photosynthesis? Complete the following pre-assessment prompt. Provide reasons for your answers (where do you think your ideas came from?). Refer back to your answers … Continue reading

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27 January Science 7 Partner trees; an investigation of flowers and pollination

*Pick a partner tree. Rooted in the soil. Put distance between you and fellow classmates. Tree should be taller than you. Notice. Describe. Locate (so you can find it again–description and map). Take photos. Make sketches. Begin the process of … Continue reading

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25 Jan. Science 8 Microscope examination of plant parts–read, watch, review

Today: Prepare slides of onion bulb skin, epidermis from lower leaf of bryophylum, lily, tradescandia (spiderwort).     Images by Kata Bardos. From onion skin and from the epidermis of a lily leaf. Make sketches. Measure/estimate dimensions. Take photos. Write … Continue reading

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22 January Science 7 G, D, R, NS, A–Surveys and the biodiversity of AES

            Guava flower and fruit–How does the flower develop into the fruit? Surveys–a scientific activity to find out: What’s there?How many kinds (species)? Tree? bird? butterfly? bee? other? How many of each? (Population? Abundance? Census?) … Continue reading

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21 January Science 8 Reminder–properties of water; Finish episode on Photosynthesis history; A microscopic examination of plant cells

One of the things we will examine this semester is the water cycle. What are the properties of water and how do they affect the way water moves on the earth? See this video that shows water in orbit around … Continue reading

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20 January Science 7 Notebook review, Flowers, Biodiversity Walk 2, Surveys

This is class # 4. Check your notebook entries. Share your notebook entries with your table group and the class. Some of the previous class activities: “Everyone knows what a zebra looks like” — The Zebra Test on noticing Student … Continue reading

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19 Jan. Science 8 More on Photosynthesis–How do we know?

Summary of last week. Why do you think learning about photosynthesis, atoms, molecules, and chemical reactions can be difficult for some people? What are some specific barriers to understanding? (Be sure you have completed “Lessons from Thin Air” https://www.learner.org/vod/vod_window.html?pid=77 ) Check notebook … Continue reading

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18 January Science 7 Growth, Development, Reproduction, Natural Selection, Adaptation

Examine the online textbook E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth. Download (ibook) and examine those sections that you think are relevant to our study. Learn to use the textbook as a reference tool and as an enrichment resource. (Add what you think are … Continue reading

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15 January Science 8 Noticing? Learning? Understanding? Knowing? How does it happen? Photosynthesis?

Answer and discuss the questions from the “Zebra test” zebratest What does it mean to learn something? How do you know if you have learned “it?” What does it mean to understand something? How do you know if you have … Continue reading

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Hot Air Balloons and Science

You might enjoy this clip from a famous set of Science Education videos:

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