10 January 2018 Science 8 NYR re: DSN; Science Souvenirs; Carbon jigsaw

Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had the very best break ever. Let’s begin a most exciting semester of science 8.

  • 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 Earth Cycles. 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.
  • Three of Dr. F’s science souvenirs:

Great circle

Winter solstice

Cut log


You will be assigned to a group to review and analyze references related to Carbon and the Carbon Cycle (everyone watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzImo8kSXiU).

Work together to help each other examine, analyze, and try to understand your cluster of references. Identify important concepts–big ideas and significant details. Identify essential terms–discuss what they could mean from the context–rather than look up definitions that may be out of context. Identify questions you have and that your classmates are likely to have. Which parts of your references may prove confusing for your classmates? Why do you think so?

Prepare a 5 minute presentation based on your references that captures the main ideas and significant supporting examples. Find out what you can about the background of the references. (Who, how, what, why, etc.) Discuss how the references relate to what you already know about matter. Present the most important questions that you and your group have. What do you and your group suspect the point of view of the author(s) to be? Why? Identify bridges AND barriers to deeper understanding of the topic.

Group 1



Group 2

Group 3

It’s All about Carbon

Group 4

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