24 September Science 8 turn in summative projects; prepare for Parent-Student-Teacher projects; Summative commentary/reflection

  1. Mindful moment. The seasons turn. Harvest moon.
  2. Review previous DSN entry. This should be your summative report on mixing ethanol and water.
  3. Preview blogpost for today.
  4. Open new document for DSN entry. Give it the Title: Parent Student Teacher conference.
  5. Questions.
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Turn in Summative report on Mixing Ethanol and Water. If you are not prepared to turn in the paper and/or do not have the report uploaded and labeled in your DSN, please send an email to your parents (copy me) explaining that you have not completed a summative project, that you had class time to work on the project, that you were well aware of the due date. Predict when you will turn in the project.

Either in your DSN entry for today or in a document that you link to your DSN entry, respond to the following. You may include links to examples. This page or document can serve as a kind of index so that you can find items quickly. This is recommended rather than a slide presentation. We will try to have a conversation with you, your parents, and me about your year so far in science. You will provide the points of conversation and the examples (see below).

Have the following items ready to show and discuss.

  1. What has been the most interesting part of Science for you so far this year? Why would you say it is the most interesting?
  2. What has been most surprising? Explain.
  3. What has been most puzzling? Explain.
  4. Describe your level of engagement in Science so far this year. Provide examples where you have shown initiative and effort to get involved in learning. What do you think motivates you (or would motivate you) to have sustained engagement in Science?
  5. What do you feel is the most important idea/concept you have learned so far this year? Explain why you think it is most important. Provide an example of your work/thinking related to your answer (an entry from your DSN).
  6. What do you feel is the most important scientific practice you have learned so far this year? Explain why you think it is most important. Provide an example of your work/thinking related to your answer (an entry from your DSN).
  7. What has been the most challenging concept you have encountered so far this year? What makes it most challenging? What has your response been to this challenge? Show an example of how you have dealt with the challenge.
  8. What has been the most challenging scientific practice you have encountered so far this year? What makes it most challenging? What has your response been to this challenge? Show an example of how you have dealt with the challenge.
  9. Show your three best DSN entries so far this year. What do you think makes them your best? Comment on your DSN overall. How do you decide what picture to take and what sketch to make? How much time do you spend? What could you do to make the digital science notebook an important part of your learning in science?
  10. Show your summative report. Explain your thinking. What was the most challenging part of the project? Why do you think it was most challenging?
  11. What do you feel is most helpful for your learning in Science? What learning goals do you have for the rest of the year in Science? Explain how you chose these goals? What will you try to do to meet these goals? What kind of support do you need to help you meet these goals? How will you assess your success at meeting these goals?

Commentary / Reflection on the Mixing Ethanol and Water report.

Write a thoughtful and thorough commentary on your learning as a result of the year so far in Science 8. Specifically talk about both the ideas/concepts about matter and the scientific practices you have learned about and used in your investigation of mixing ethanol and water. To what extent do you feel your knowledge and skills in the science of matter are growing? Explain and elaborate.

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