7, 9 May Science 7 Prepare for Personal Inquiry Project showcase

A. If you have not responded, do so first today:

Respond to the following in an email to <rfrazier@aes.ac.in>. Keep your responses as a document in your DSN as well. Put YOUR name and sci 7 comments in the subject line–like this <Richard Frazier Sci 7 Comments>.

  1. What did you think of the presentation about the Yamuna River Project? What most captured your attention? What do you have questions about–What are they?
  2. Describe your level of engagement with respect to our topics this year–Motion, Energy, Growth-Development-Reproduction, Biodiversity, Evolution, Natural Selection, Adaptation? What connections do you see in the physical science topics (Motion-Energy)? What connections do you see among the Life Science topics?
  3. Write a descriptive statement that you see as accurate about your year in Science 7. Include a couple of examples. You may refer to yourself by name (3rd person).
  4. Describe areas of growth you experienced this year–in terms of scientific ideas/concepts; science practices; cross-cutting concepts. Of course, provide examples.
  5. Describe areas of growth you experienced this year–in terms of learning habits.
  6. Describe areas where you think you need to grow (ideas; practices; cross-cutting concepts; learning habits)–especially to meet the demands of high school. Specific examples.
  7. Most fascinating/stimulating topics/activities/concepts this year. Why do you think you found them so?
  8. Most puzzling topics/activities/concepts  this year (you still have questions–what are they)
  9. Any additional comments you would like to make about your learning, your experience, your goals for the future.

B. Submit Bird Beak Evolution project if you have not done so. Make sure it is also properly uploaded in your DSN.

C. Plan your display for the PIP showcase 18 May from 6-8 in the gym. You will have your own table. You will need:

  • A digital display on your ipad. OR A material display with 3-d artifacts, well-made poster, photographs, sketches, infographics, whatever is appropriate. OR digital and material.
  • A well-written and documented report about your project. Show the proposed structure to Dr. F.
  • A well-written reflection about your learning through “personal inquiry.” Include how your thinking developed and changed. What did you learn about yourself as an investigator, scientist, creator, thinking, doer? Describe particular milestones–insights you reached, problems you encountered and solved. This reflection is a good place to consider things like learning habits. Describe your focus, self-discipline, resourcefulness, creativity, originality, depth of knowledge of the topic (research), self-motivation, understanding of concepts-practices-related issues.

D. If you have not done any work on your original proposal, do the following:

Pick out something you have done in science earlier in the year. A set of complete and thoughtful DSN entries, with photos and sketches would be a good place. Extend your inquiry from what we did in class. You have today 7 May and 9, 11, 15, AND 17. You will need to set up your display after school on the 18th. Make a detailed time-based plan to have your new PIP as a point where you can have the display, the report, and the reflection ready for the showcase.

E. If you have completed work from your original proposal, first talk with Dr. F and then get the display, the report, and the reflection ready for showing on the 18th. You may need to develop a time-line plan for 7,9,11,15 and 17 May. Include time for proofreading, practicing, correcting (completing trials, for example), printing, constructing, etc.

F. Share your plans, results, designs, drafts, etc. with Dr. F. today.

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