Today there are options for individual work–see below–options marked with ***:
***Continue watching this episode on Atoms. When you finish you may watch the episode on Change. You may get your own headphones or borrow them from Tech.
- Do this individually. Use headphones and refrain from conversation with other class members. Focus. This episode offers some important pieces of evidence for the Atomic Theory of Matter. Some examples come from “craft knowledge” and some come from the history of science.
- Turn on the captions.
- Watch one example straight through and replay if necessary–as many times as you need to get a sense of what the example is about. Write down what you think the “big ideas” and the “significant details” are. Record new words that you think are important. Record the questions you have. Move to the next example. These examples should be entered into your chart about evidence for the atomic theory. The episode adds an important new concept in our discussion–that of Energy. We dealt with this idea in an initial way in Science 7. This episode will help you deepen your understanding.
- Finish both episodes on your own if you do not finish during class.
- Be prepared for a quiz in the future on evidence and argument for the idea that matter is composed of atoms with properties and behaviors that explain what we observe about matter. Be ready to delve more deeply into the idea of energy.
***Read the first 2 chapters of Peter Atkins Reactions. (Practice this reading strategy: Read passage of any length of your own choosing straight through. Write summary of passage without looking at text. Go back and read again. On the second reading look up and infer the meaning of the significant words you do not know. Record these words in your new vocabulary list. Add to the first summary. When you read, focus on what you DO understand rather than what you do not. Always try to identify main points, big ideas, significant details.
***Read with strategy above about the history of atomic theory in Joy Hakim’s Story of Science
- Aristotle Leads the Way: Chapter 10
- Newton at the Center: Chapter 19 and Chapter 20
- Einstein Adds a New Dimension: Chapter 6 and Chapter 14
***Read with strategy above one of the Very Short Introductions on Elements, Materials, Molecules, The Periodic Table, Chemistry,
***Finish preparation of your Student-Parent-Teacher conference documentation
***Catch up on your Digital Science Notebook (all 7 items for every class we have had).
***Be sure to complete your document, presentation, or blog for the parent, student, teacher conference. Make sure it is shared with Dr. F and Parents. Practice.
*Begin making a plan for Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. (You can make a document or presentation in your DSN with the following. Include relevant live links. If you want to use your own AES blog, you may do so. Whatever you do, make sure your parents and I can access.)
a) Write a detailed reflection about the mixing of ethanol and water investigation and write-up. Describe the state of your knowledge about matter before our study began. Describe the state of your knowledge now. Which experiences and discussions seemed most useful? What concepts regarding matter do you feel you understand well? What concepts still seem a bit confusing?–Explain. Comment on what parts of your investigation seemed most “scientific” to you. Explain your comments.
b) So far in Science 8 what has been most interesting to you? What has been most puzzling? What has been most difficult? What has been most thought-provoking? Explain your answers.
c) Select your 3 best DSN entries. Highlight the links. Explain what they are about and why you think they are the best.
d) Select the 3 pictures you have taken that best illustrate Science 8 and the level of your interest and participation.
e) Describe the most difficult idea you have encountered so far in Science 8. Why do you think it is most difficult?
f) Describe how you make sure your DSN is complete and up-to-date. To what extent do you think your DSN is complete and up-to-date.
g) Make a plan for your work in science for the rest of the semester. Be specific. (For example, how much use do you make of the reference links that are provided? How thorough are you in recording and learning to use new words? How frequently do you consult the class blog to see what we have done and where we are going? How often do you review and revise your DSN?)
h) Discuss your learning habits. Respectful, Responsible, Collaborative, Perseverant.
- Obituaries for the author of the Ring of Truth: An Inquiry into How We Know What We Know