9 January 2018 Science 7 Happy New Year, Science Stories and Souvenirs, Tangled Bank, Partner Tree

Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had the very best break ever. Let’s begin a most exciting semester of science 7.

  • Resolution to keep digital science notebook complete and up-to-date.

The basic task: Keep a complete and up-to-date digital science notebook. The DSN is a google folder with subfolders. This folder should be shared with Dr. F (editing) and with parents (viewing). If you do not remember or know about how to name the folders, please ask.

For today: Start a google doc in the folder named GDR or Biodiversity. Include your name, date, title, template with all the items to make the entry complete.

Complete means that 7 items are addressed for each class. These items will help you remember, think, wonder, and learn.

  1. Normal notes that you would / should take. Information from the board, for example.
  2. Sentences that give explicit information on What we/you did?
  3. Sentences that give explicit information on What we/you saw?
  4. Sentences that give explicit information on What we/you talked about?
  5. Sentences that give explicit information on What you thought, wondered, reflected on?
  6. A sketch that will help you remember, think, wonder.
  7. A photograph that will help you remember, think, wonder.

Up-to-date means that the entry is completed by the following class. This is your on-going homework assignment.

Some new ideas to consider:

Try a record-keeping technique called Graphic recording. See examples from: http://thedoodlebiz.com/ (My son’s research group has used this consultant effectively.)

Other essential questions from Professor Arthur Eisenkraft:

We learn in school that the Earth goes around the Sun, that water is H2O and that an atom is composed of a nucleus surrounded by electrons. These facts tell us little and are not enough to succeed in a twenty-first century world. More important than knowing “what do these facts mean” we must also ask “how do we know?” and “why do we believe?” and “why should I care.” 

Prepare a plan for making your digital science notebook complete and for keeping it up-to-date.

Important things to note:

  1. The class blog will help you prepare for the day. You can anticipate what information will apply. Use the various references. Explore, read, think, wonder. Follow the links. Any thinking that you do can and should be included in your entry.
  2. Go over your entry from the previous class before the next class. Fill in missing information. Add questions as you realize you may have missed something or where you feel confused, uncertain, inspired, curious.


  • Science souvenirs (pictures, poems, tales, etc.) from your break that have connections to science from your point of view.
  • One of Dr. F’s science souvenirs:

 See the device. Explain how it works.








In groups analyze the passage. Note your questions. Select examples. Summarize your ideas and your group’s ideas.Share your group’s thinking with the full class. (The passage is from the 1st edition of Origin of Species: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1228/1228-h/1228-h.htm )

1. It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.

2. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the external conditions of life, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms.

3. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows.

4. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.


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If there is time, visit your partner tree. Organize your observations from the first to today’s. Label your sketches and photos. What information should be included in a label? In a record of an observational visit? See the diagrams below showing what to look for when observing trees. Use these guidelines to enhance your observations. Develop a scheme or template that you will use for your observations of the partner tree. What are the things to notice? What will you need to do to clarify observations and thoughts about your individual specimen and the species (genus, family) to which your particular partner tree belongs?

A great riddle about learning in science: How can you learn to observe things that you have never noticed before?

Include observations that are detailed enough so that you could construct a scale model (made from paper?) of a branch with leaves of your species. You will need to decide the kind of leaves your species has. Think about the distinctions among leaves, like simple, compound, double compound.

Add important information about your tree species to your records through research from books and reliable websites.

Partner trees Science 7 1718   


Some native trees:  suitabletreesdelhi

Compare the results of tree surveys by Sci 7 2015-2016s and 2016-2017

  1. 2016-17 Pd8: https://docs.google.com/a/aes.ac.in/spreadsheets/d/10Cn1AfKkJyn9sw6CqiqEKldKlSElFLnGuILofRyMm-s/edit?usp=sharing
  2. 2016-17 Pd6: https://docs.google.com/a/aes.ac.in/spreadsheets/d/110bXByMlkl6xHnX2nOhG8T1SJKmix273nlffkzCVfNk/edit?usp=sharing
  3. 2016-17 Pd5: https://docs.google.com/a/aes.ac.in/spreadsheets/d/10RdXmdn9v1838NjucBgUKcAR1SCu8o4YSyjeEUhIPRg/edit?usp=sharing
  4. 2015-16 Period8 treelistperiod8 or https://docs.google.com/a/aes.ac.in/spreadsheets/d/1R3UemPGz8uowhkVtk43QhMRHLaIwWhMt4GyS2jsyaBc/edit?usp=sharing
  5. 2015-16 Period6  tree survey period6 or https://drive.google.com/a/aes.ac.in/file/d/0B4DPwlouN3dIeDdseWVUZEVWYTg/view?usp=sharing
  6. Tree list from FMO 2014-2015 school year (includes campus housing) Trees at AES 20142015 FMO






















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