20 May Science 7 Debrief PIP; clean-up; next? riddles; challenges; games of science

Our mindful moment (Thanks to Helena for finding this): How to Save Our Planet

https://youtu.be/0Puv0Pss33M

Your personal inquiry projects.

5 minutes to prepare what you want to say. Then everyone will share.

Describe your project.

  • What was your original question/idea and how did you get to the question or idea you displayed on Friday?
  • Describe your interest.
  • What was the progress of your investigation/invention/creation/collection, etc. like?
  • What was the experience like presenting and describing to visitors?
  • What questions did people ask?
  • What questions were most difficult, puzzling, and interesting?
  • What would you have done differently knowing what you know now?
  • How has your thinking changed?
  • How valuable did you find the PIP to your learning? Explain.

Everyone should have a question to pose with each of your classmate’s examples.

  • * * * * *

Help clean up the lab–especially materials that you used?

  • * * * * *

Challenges and puzzles and stories to sample in our remaining classes:

  • Following someone’s PIP
  • Monkey jungle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xasvQYdvSD0)
  • Very long primate study: (https://nationalzoo.si.edu/conservation/news/smithsonian-science-qa-macaques-wolfgang-dittus)
  • Paper gliders that are NOT thrown–only dropped. Can you build one that goes further and straighter than anyone elses?
  • Surprising paper figures–can you find the pattern; can you explain?
  • A puzzle with sound–a few steps beyond the singing wineglass.
  • The surprising geometry of soap films and bubbles.
  • Eleusis, Mother Nature, or the Game of Science, who can figure this out?
  • What’s your architecture? How fit are you? How calm can you get?
  • The Zebra Test?
  • Reflecting on reflection. I see you, you see me.
  • Some puzzles with matter.
  • Candle in a jar.
  • Ice and ethanol.
  • Ice and vegetable oil.
  • Water and ethanol.
  • Buoyancy puzzles–Cartesian divers and clay boats.
  • Weighing air.

 

 

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17 May Science 8 Last bits of Human Impact–some overall thoughts–lingering questions

There are a few people who need to finish activities/ discussions. We’ll take time to do that.

*****

Questions submitted by 8th graders for reflection on the Human Impact Project and Project Debriefing?Feedback.

My motivations for this project were:

  1. To encourage you to become more knowledgeable and conversant about the issues that will dominate your lives and the lives of your children. Believe it or not, this motivation is grounded in love for you all and for the earth.
  2. To emphasize communication skills based on 1. reading reliable sources; 2. firsthand experience–which is where I think all meaningful science learning begins–hence the directive to find an activity that involved some experience with a critical aspect of phenomena related to your project; and 3. respectful discourse with your peers–as this seems to be a missing piece in finding solutions to the problems of environmental degradation which will affect all people without regard for wealth, class, culture, nationality, etc.
  3. To “deliver” the grade 8 science curriculum in a meaningful way.

So, I am most interested in how we did, and I would like to use your questions for reflection as a way to perform an evaluation of the project. How did we do?

Pick a question or two  (I hope people will pick different questions) and write a quick but thoughtful response. Take about 5 minutes) (If you pick yes/no questions, change them to call for more detailed responses. You can use the beginning phrase “To what extent . . . “).  We will share responses and invite further comments and questions.

  • What do you think are the benefits of each part of this project?
  • How do you think you have grown?
  • Did you enjoy this style of presenting?
  • How did the activities you completed with your classmates deepen your understanding of each topic?
  • Do you feel more aware and a sense of urgency to act than before this project started, or do you feel the same about human impacts?
  • Will it change your behaviour in regards to polluting and consumption?
  • How did you struggle and why do you think that happened?
  • What did you find the most challenging or couldn’t find.
  • What is something you still wonder after researching?
  • What was your favorite project? Topic? Activity? Discussion? Presentation?
  • Did you think of the human impact project as just, a school project or did you take it to a personal level? How?
  • How has your thinking changed of different topics after doing all of the presentations?
  • I want to know more about the specific sciences behind all of the issues we talked about. For example, about the ocean acidification.
  • How did you feel taking charge of your own learning?
  • What can, we, as a community, do to take part in the stand against illegal wildlife trade?
  • How has this specific knowledge from the topic you spent so long researching shaped you as a person?
  • And how will your actions/thoughts change in the future with these new insights/knowledge?
  • If there was intelligent life somewhere outer space would they be
    having the same problems like us or would they be living with the
    ecosystem, keeping it safe?
  • What is the main goal and purpose of this whole project, besides the “learning” that we gain?
    Will this also be able to be used in the future?
  • How does this come in use to us except knowing the concept and the basic information about it?
  • What would happen if all the problems created by us eradicated? would more problems arise? would it make matters worse?
  • After the project, what is the most important thing you have  learned about the relationship between humans and your specific human impact topic? Why?
  • Why did we take notes the way we did for the annotated bibliography? To what extent did process—describing the source, summarizing the main points, investigating the quality of the information and source, and reacting personally to the content help me understand what I was reading and writing?
  • What are some ways different human impact topic are connected to one other
  • Has any presentation sparked you to live and act differently everyday?
  • How did you determine whether the source was reliable or not?
  • Is there a way in which we could help organisms adapt to the current conditions on earth?
  • What was the most helpful way to find information on your topic?

I am amazed at how many articles are published every day that relate to our topics. A few recent ones below.

If time today, or next week, or as you wish: Take a look–pick a parter and do this together OR go it one your own. Do a quick read. Write short response and be prepared to share in the circle:

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16 May Science 7 Finish preparation PIP; Practice presentations and responding to questions

PIP

Today–finish preparing all work. Use the information below to make a checklist. You must check-in with Dr. F.

Proofreading report and reflection. Printing images, Mounting. Organizing digital work.

Practicing. Get a partner. Show and explain your project–you should have notes and an outline. You may prepare a script. The partner should think of and ask all the questions they can think of and then some more. Keep track of the questions and get prepared.

  • Here are a few reflective questions to consider:
  • How does your project involve your own original thinking and doing?
  • How is your project worthy of 7th grade?
  • How is your project beyond a 5th grade project?

PIP Information:

Display and exhibit 4:10-5:30 on 17 May in the gym.

Two exhibits per table. You can pick.

Meet M313 immediately after school. We will gather any materials and all move together to the gym to set up. At 5:30 we will bring any materials back to M313.

You are expected to have an exhibit and to remain at your position for the entire viewing.

  • The following class days are available to prepare.
  • 14 May
  • 16 May

Budget your time to get everything complete and to PRACTICE!

You need a written/printed account of your project. This account should be organized with logical headings. A lab report format may be appropriate. You may or may not have a project that involves an hypothesis. Please ask. You need to include a reference list with correct bibliographic form. Please check.

You need a written reflection. This can be added as a comment at the end of the report (above).

You need some kind of visual display. You may use your ipad for a slideshow and/or video. Do not try to use video to present what you will say in person. The video is to show the data from your project, etc. You may want a poster set-up. You may want to display photos or sketches, drawings, paintings, etc. You may want to have apparatus on hand or a collection you have mad.

You are expected to discuss your project orally. You should at least have an outline of what you want to say. You should be prepared for questions. If you want to prepare a script, you may. You will probably want to have notes/notecards.

Some kind of relevant interaction is alway popular with exhibits.

You want your exhibit to be informative, thought-provoking, attractive. You want the visitors to “feel” your curiosity and passion for learning.

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15 May Human Impact Projects

Mindful moment: Things to consider —-

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/co2-concentrations-hit-highest-levels-in-3-million-years

Talk to family and friends; inform your leaders; learn as much as you can; support actions that will improve our environment— https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-nature-extinction-un-biodiversity-report-2019-a8901061.html

From Singapore

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/explainer-why-rapid-extinction-plant-animal-species-matters-humans

From Canadian news–watch the extended broadcast:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/what-will-it-take-to-stop-humans-from-destroying-nature-canadian-prof-has-an-answer-1.4410130

It’s Finally Sinking In

Our Planet is unwatchable. The latest U.N. climate change report is unreadable. We’re slowly getting it anyway.

https://slate.com/technology/2019/05/climate-change-our-planet-un-report-species-humanity-doom.html

Read this all the way through:

Stop Saying We Have 12 Years Left to Address Climate Change

https://slate.com/technology/2019/04/climate-change-ipcc-report-12-years-stop-it.html

  • * * * * *

Email to Dr.F.

  1. A question or prompt for reflection that should be posed and discussed regarding the content of the human impact project AND the approach we took emphasizing research, experience, and communication.
  2. Something “scientific” that you would like to know about, something you are curious about, something that puzzles you.

*****

Please make sure all your work from class entries to projects, reflections, etc. are well-organized AND well-labeled in your Digital Science Notebook. Make sure everything is uploaded to the folder and not merely linked to a document/file outside the DSN.

After each discussion/activity, please send the leader an email with these items completed in full sentences. Do this asap. Definitely complete this before the next class:

Please, no idle praise or negative criticism. Focus on the topic, not the person.

  1. Your activity made me think of ________________.
  2. Your discussion made me think of ______________.
  3. The most interesting comments in your discussion were __________________.
  4. These questions about your topic came to my mind during your session: ________________.
  5. Your topic concerns me because ______________________________.
  6. I had never thought of _______________________________ until your discussion/activity.

Session leaders:

After you have finished your presentation, discussion, and activity:

*Send the link to your human impacts folder with all your documents (Annotated bibliography, presentation, activity plan, discussion plan) to Dr. F. Make sure the sharing is set so that anyone with the link can view. All links will be posted so that everyone has access to everyone’s research and plans.

After you receive feedback from your classmates (let me know who sends you comments):

*Write a reflection taking account of the comments and questions as well as your own hopes, fears, successes, etc. If you were to start the process again from picking a topic to researching, to preparing and implementing your plans, what might you do differently? Why? Describe what you feel you learned that is most important. Rate yourself along these 4 dimensions of concern for the environment especially in the context of your topic: Affection or Affiliation, Awareness, Advocacy, Action. Explain. Post this reflection in your human impacts folder. This should be completed by two classes from the day of your session.

Period 5

  • 23/2 Yu Min        Ada
  • 25/4 Reem           HyunJin
  • 29/6 Sophie         Myra 
  • 1/8 Santino          Anagha
  • 3/2 Reyha             SeungHyeon 
  • 7/4 Lewis              Rotem
  • 9/6 SeungMin     Eva 
  • 13/8 Sulaimaan  Eliade
  • 15/2 Shaked         Dowoo

Period 7

  • 29/6 Caden                    Joshua
  • 1/8 Iris                           Marin
  • 3/2 Min-ha                   Faris
  • 7/4 Jeh                          Afreen
  • 9/6 Felix .                       Chihaya
  • 13/8 Willem
  • 15/2 Alanound               HanGyeol

Period 8

  • 1/8 Sumair            Rahul
  • 3/2 Aadi                 Mira
  • 7/4 Varun             Michal
  • 9/6 Isabella          Jigme
  • 13/8 Armaan       Yash
  • 15/2 Liam              Shiv
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14 May Science 7 Prepare for PIP

Mindful moment: Talk to family and friends; inform your leaders; learn as much as you can; support actions that will improve our environment— https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-nature-extinction-un-biodiversity-report-2019-a8901061.html

*****

Make sure all work is submitted on your DSN. Make sure DSN is organized by the assigned folders and all files are labeled and uploaded into the correct folders.

*****

PIP

Today–finish preparing all work. Use the information below to make a checklist. You must check-in with Dr. F.

Proofreading report and reflection. Printing images, Mounting. Organizing digital work.

Practicing. Get a partner. Show and explain your project–you should have notes and an outline. You may prepare a script. The partner should think of and ask all the questions they can think of and then some more. Keep track of the questions and get prepared.

  • Here are a few reflective questions to consider:
  • How does your project involve your own original thinking and doing?
  • How is your project worthy of 7th grade?
  • How is your project beyond a 5th grade project?

PIP Information:

Display and exhibit 4:10-5:30 on 17 May in the gym.

Two exhibits per table. You can pick.

Meet M313 immediately after school. We will gather any materials and all move together to the gym to set up. At 5:30 we will bring any materials back to M313.

You are expected to have an exhibit and to remain at your position for the entire viewing.

  • The following class days are available to prepare.
  • 14 May
  • 16 May

Budget your time to get everything complete and to PRACTICE!

You need a written/printed account of your project. This account should be organized with logical headings. A lab report format may be appropriate. You may or may not have a project that involves an hypothesis. Please ask. You need to include a reference list with correct bibliographic form. Please check.

You need a written reflection. This can be added as a comment at the end of the report (above).

You need some kind of visual display. You may use your ipad for a slideshow and/or video. Do not try to use video to present what you will say in person. The video is to show the data from your project, etc. You may want a poster set-up. You may want to display photos or sketches, drawings, paintings, etc. You may want to have apparatus on hand or a collection you have mad.

You are expected to discuss your project orally. You should at least have an outline of what you want to say. You should be prepared for questions. If you want to prepare a script, you may. You will probably want to have notes/notecards.

Some kind of relevant interaction is alway popular with exhibits.

You want your exhibit to be informative, thought-provoking, attractive. You want the visitors to “feel” your curiosity and passion for learning.

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13 May Science 8 Human Impact Projects

Mindful moment: Talk to family and friends; inform your leaders; learn as much as you can; support actions that will improve our environment— https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-nature-extinction-un-biodiversity-report-2019-a8901061.html

From Singapore

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/explainer-why-rapid-extinction-plant-animal-species-matters-humans

From Canadian news–watch the extended broadcast:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/what-will-it-take-to-stop-humans-from-destroying-nature-canadian-prof-has-an-answer-1.4410130

It’s Finally Sinking In

Our Planet is unwatchable. The latest U.N. climate change report is unreadable. We’re slowly getting it anyway.

https://slate.com/technology/2019/05/climate-change-our-planet-un-report-species-humanity-doom.html

Read this all the way through:

Stop Saying We Have 12 Years Left to Address Climate Change

https://slate.com/technology/2019/04/climate-change-ipcc-report-12-years-stop-it.html

  • * * * * *

Please make sure all your work from class entries to projects, reflections, etc. are well-organized AND well-labeled in your Digital Science Notebook. Make sure everything is uploaded to the folder and not merely linked to a document/file outside the DSN.

After each discussion/activity, please send the leader an email with these items completed in full sentences. Do this asap. Definitely complete this before the next class:

Please, no idle praise or negative criticism. Focus on the topic, not the person.

  1. Your activity made me think of ________________.
  2. Your discussion made me think of ______________.
  3. The most interesting comments in your discussion were __________________.
  4. These questions about your topic came to my mind during your session: ________________.
  5. Your topic concerns me because ______________________________.
  6. I had never thought of _______________________________ until your discussion/activity.

Session leaders:

After you have finished your presentation, discussion, and activity:

*Send the link to your human impacts folder with all your documents (Annotated bibliography, presentation, activity plan, discussion plan) to Dr. F. Make sure the sharing is set so that anyone with the link can view. All links will be posted so that everyone has access to everyone’s research and plans.

After you receive feedback from your classmates (let me know who sends you comments):

*Write a reflection taking account of the comments and questions as well as your own hopes, fears, successes, etc. If you were to start the process again from picking a topic to researching, to preparing and implementing your plans, what might you do differently? Why? Describe what you feel you learned that is most important. Rate yourself along these 4 dimensions of concern for the environment especially in the context of your topic: Affection or Affiliation, Awareness, Advocacy, Action. Explain. Post this reflection in your human impacts folder. This should be completed by two classes from the day of your session.

Period 5

  • 23/2 Yu Min        Ada
  • 25/4 Reem           HyunJin
  • 29/6 Sophie         Myra 
  • 1/8 Santino          Anagha
  • 3/2 Reyha             SeungHyeon 
  • 7/4 Lewis              Rotem
  • 9/6 SeungMin     Eva 
  • 13/8 Sulaimaan  Eliade
  • 15/2 Shaked         Dowoo

Period 7

  • 29/6 Caden                    Joshua
  • 1/8 Iris                           Marin
  • 3/2 Min-ha                   Faris
  • 7/4 Jeh                          Afreen
  • 9/6 Felix .                       Chihaya
  • 13/8 Willem
  • 15/2 Alanound               HanGyeol

Period 8

  • 1/8 Sumair            Rahul
  • 3/2 Aadi                 Mira
  • 7/4 Varun             Michal
  • 9/6 Isabella          Jigme
  • 13/8 Armaan       Yash
  • 15/2 Liam              Shiv
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10 May Science 7 Personal Inquiry Project

Mindful Moment:

Plan your work today.

Plan your project work for the week. Use the following:

PIP Information:

Display and exhibit 4:10-5:30 on 17 May in the gym.

Two exhibits per table. You can pick.

Meet M313 immediately after school. We will gather any materials and all move together to the gym to set up. At 5:30 we will bring any materials back to M313.

You are expected to have an exhibit and to remain at your position for the entire viewing.

  • The following class days are available to prepare.
  • 8 May
  • 10 May
  • 14 May
  • 16 May

Budget your time to get everything complete and to PRACTICE!

You need a written/printed account of your project. This account should be organized with logical headings. A lab report format may be appropriate. You may or may not have a project that involves an hypothesis. Please ask. You need to include a reference list with correct bibliographic form. Please check.

You need a written reflection. This can be added as a comment at the end of the report (above).

You need some kind of visual display. You may use your ipad for a slideshow and/or video. Do not try to use video to present what you will say in person. The video is to show the data from your project, etc. You may want a poster set-up. You may want to display photos or sketches, drawings, paintings, etc. You may want to have apparatus on hand or a collection you have mad.

You are expected to discuss your project orally. You should at least have an outline of what you want to say. You should be prepared for questions. If you want to prepare a script, you may. You will probably want to have notes/notecards.

Some kind of relevant interaction is alway popular with exhibits.

You want your exhibit to be informative, thought-provoking, attractive. You want the visitors to “feel” your curiosity and passion for learning.

 

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9 May Science 8 Human Impact

Mindful moment:

Children Change Their Parents’ Minds about Climate Change

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/children-change-their-parents-minds-about-climate-change/

India pollution is killing millions, yet it’s not a poll agenda

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/india-pollution-killing-millions-poll-agenda-190507141853621.html

After each discussion/activity, please send the leader an email with these items completed in full sentences. Do this asap. Definitely complete this before the next class:

Please, no idle praise or negative criticism. Focus on the topic, not the person.

  1. Your activity made me think of ________________.
  2. Your discussion made me think of ______________.
  3. The most interesting comments in your discussion were __________________.
  4. These questions about your topic came to my mind during your session: ________________.
  5. Your topic concerns me because ______________________________.
  6. I had never thought of _______________________________ until your discussion/activity.

Session leaders:

After you have finished your presentation, discussion, and activity:

*Send the link to your human impacts folder with all your documents (Annotated bibliography, presentation, activity plan, discussion plan) to Dr. F. Make sure the sharing is set so that anyone with the link can view. All links will be posted so that everyone has access to everyone’s research and plans.

After you receive feedback from your classmates (let me know who sends you comments):

*Write a reflection taking account of the comments and questions as well as your own hopes, fears, successes, etc. If you were to start the process again from picking a topic to researching, to preparing and implementing your plans, what might you do differently? Why? Describe what you feel you learned that is most important. Rate yourself along these 4 dimensions of concern for the environment especially in the context of your topic: Affection or Affiliation, Awareness, Advocacy, Action. Explain. Post this reflection in your human impacts folder. This should be completed by two classes from the day of your session.

Period 5

  • 23/2 Yu Min        Ada
  • 25/4 Reem           HyunJin
  • 29/6 Sophie         Myra 
  • 1/8 Santino          Anagha
  • 3/2 Reyha             SeungHyeon 
  • 7/4 Lewis              Rotem
  • 9/6 SeungMin     Eva 
  • 13/8 Sulaimaan  Eliade
  • 15/2 Shaked         Dowoo

Period 7

  • 29/6 Caden                    Joshua
  • 1/8 Iris                           Marin
  • 3/2 Min-ha                   Faris
  • 7/4 Jeh                          Afreen
  • 9/6 Felix .                       Chihaya
  • 13/8 Willem
  • 15/2 Alanound               HanGyeol

Period 8

  • 1/8 Sumair            Rahul
  • 3/2 Aadi                 Mira
  • 7/4 Varun             Michal
  • 9/6 Isabella          Jigme
  • 13/8 Armaan       Yash
  • 15/2 Liam              Shiv

*****

I always like to see your ideas in your own words to make comments. Please prepare a reflection by Friday 3 May. Submit in your DSN with the file name “your name end of year comments.” Also send an email with your reflection to me with “your name end of year comments” in the subject field.

Do this before you write your reflection. Go back through your DSN from our very first class. See what you remember. See if there are any surprises or mysteries–smile. Also look through all your pictures from the course. Use this exercise in looking back to comment on your learning. What do you know now that you did not know at the beginning of the year? What was the most profound change in your thinking? What are the most vivid memories of things you saw and did that you had never seen or done before? Comment on challenging ideas and challenging practices. What were your approaches to the challenges? Did you discover any useful or successful strategies? What were they? Keeping records of activity, observations, results, and thoughts is an essential part of science. We promoted keeping the DSN complete and up-to-date. Guiding prompts were provided. To what extent did you keep your DSN complete and up-to-date. What do you think of the record you have established now? What are you willing to do in the future on your own to remember details (of procedures, results, discussions, experiences, etc) and to remember the development of your own thinking? What are you willing to do to remain engaged in a subject even when the subject is challenging, frustrating, and even “boring” but exceedingly important for your future? Comment on what else should be included in an end-of-the-year and end-of-an-important-phase of your life reflection? (I wish you all the best!!!)

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8 May Science 7–Turn in Summative; Work on PIP

Today:

Turn in Summative when called. If you are not finished, send email immediately to parents, Mr. Webster, me acknowledging that you have not turned in an important summative project and that your final grade may be affected.

Work on PIP.

PIP Information:

Display and exhibit 4:30-5:30 on 17 May in the gym.

Two exhibits per table. You can pick.

Meet M313 immediately after school. We will gather any materials and all move together to the gym to set up. At 5:30 we will bring any materials back to M313.

You are expected to have an exhibit and to remain at your position for the entire viewing.

  • The following class days are available to prepare.
  • 8 May
  • 10 May
  • 14 May
  • 16 May

Budget your time to get everything complete and to PRACTICE!

You need a written/printed account of your project. This account should be organized with logical headings. A lab report format may be appropriate. You may or may not have a project that involves an hypothesis. Please ask. You need to include a reference list with correct bibliographic form. Please check.

You need a written reflection. This can be added as a comment at the end of the report (above).

You need some kind of visual display. You may use your ipad for a slideshow and/or video. Do not try to use video to present what you will say in person. The video is to show the data from your project, etc. You may want a poster set-up. You may want to display photos or sketches, drawings, paintings, etc. You may want to have apparatus on hand or a collection you have mad.

You are expected to discuss your project orally. You should at least have an outline of what you want to say. You should be prepared for questions. If you want to prepare a script, you may. You will probably want to have notes/notecards.

Some kind of relevant interaction is alway popular with exhibits.

You want your exhibit to be informative, thought-provoking, attraction. You want the visitors to “feel” your curiosity and passion for learning.

 

***************

From our last class.

Mindful moment. Close your eyes and listen to this soundscape of what Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos on the Beagle might have sounded like:

https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/darwin/a-trip-around-the-world

Begin and complete Part II Battle of the Beaks in the link. finches

Work in the following pairs:

Period 3:

  • Gisele and Seojin
  • Hyun Joon and Caelan
  • Natasha and Minjun
  • Yeji and Jake
  • Jaein and Aditya
  • SeungYi and Kyra

Period 4:

  • Arjan and Samika and Yunji (3 trials)
  • Soraia and Alexander
  • Amina and Kunal
  • Helena and Chanmin
  • Max and Elena
  • Rina and Adyant
  • Theresa and Taiki

See the photos on how to construct the beaks. Ask if you do not understand the procedure for the simulation:

Photo 1–small “beak”; tip of stick to rubber bands = 3 cm

Photo 2–side view showing rubber band, placement of 3 coins, 3 cm small “beak”

Phot0 3–whole view of entire simulated small “beak?

Photo 4–whole view of entire simulated large “beak” (beak is 6 cm; 6 coins are used)

photo 1 (6)photo 2 (6)photo 3 (2)photo 4

  • Make a visual display of the data (be sure to following good graphing practices–choose a scale that covers all the data, that makes the graph as large as possible AND that is convenient). Label axes with variable name and unit. Include a title. Graph first in pencil and make sure it is correct before using ink.
  • Write a summary of the simulation explaining the procedure, the data, and the way natural selection of beak size is modeled.
  • Connect the data to your ideas/scientists’ ideas about evolution and natural selection.
  • Describe which parts of the simulation correspond to reality and which parts do not.
  • Make a statement referring specifically to the standards (see below).

The visual display and written portion are due at the beginning of the next class. They should be submitted in hard copy AND uploaded correctly in your digital science notebook. You must do original work. This will be due at the beginning of class on Wednesday 8 May.

Natural Selection and Adaptation SA

  1. Students will carry out a simulation related to the natural selection of bird populations in the Galapagos. The simulation will generate quantitative data based on bird beak size.
  2. Data is collected from the bird beak simulation and analyzed.
  3. Analysis is made and conclusions drawn with respect to structures, environmental effect on bird populations, adaptations, and natural selection.
  4. Product: 1. Visual presentation of the collected quantitative data and analysis. 2. A brief summary of the simulation, collected data, and the cause and effect relationship between beak size and natural selection of bird populations.

The learning standards to be assessed:

Science and Engineering Practices

  • Developing and using models
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking

Cross Cutting Concepts

  • Cause and effect
  • Structure and function

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • Natural selection and adaptations
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7 May Science 8 Human Impact Project (don’t forget to send feedback; don’t forget 2 reflections–project AND end of year)

Mindful moment: The importance of communication in solving environmental problems:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/02/greta-thunberg-speeches-published-no-one-is-too-small-to-make-a-difference

1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Intergovernmental Report Finds

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/1-million-species-at-risk-of-extinction-intergovernmental-report-finds

Bengal Tigers May Not Survive Climate Change

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/06/science/tigers-climate-change-sundarbans.html

After each discussion/activity, please send the leader an email with these items completed in full sentences. Do this asap. Definitely complete this before the next class:

Please, no idle praise or negative criticism. Focus on the topic, not the person.

  1. Your activity made me think of ________________.
  2. Your discussion made me think of ______________.
  3. The most interesting comments in your discussion were __________________.
  4. These questions about your topic came to my mind during your session: ________________.
  5. Your topic concerns me because ______________________________.
  6. I had never thought of _______________________________ until your discussion/activity.

Session leaders:

After you have finished your presentation, discussion, and activity:

*Send the link to your human impacts folder with all your documents (Annotated bibliography, presentation, activity plan, discussion plan) to Dr. F. Make sure the sharing is set so that anyone with the link can view. All links will be posted so that everyone has access to everyone’s research and plans.

After you receive feedback from your classmates (let me know who sends you comments):

*Write a reflection taking account of the comments and questions as well as your own hopes, fears, successes, etc. If you were to start the process again from picking a topic to researching, to preparing and implementing your plans, what might you do differently? Why? Describe what you feel you learned that is most important. Rate yourself along these 4 dimensions of concern for the environment especially in the context of your topic: Affection or Affiliation, Awareness, Advocacy, Action. Explain. Post this reflection in your human impacts folder. This should be completed by two classes from the day of your session.

Period 5

  • 23/2 Yu Min        Ada
  • 25/4 Reem           HyunJin
  • 29/6 Sophie         Myra 
  • 1/8 Santino          Anagha
  • 3/2 Reyha             SeungHyeon 
  • 7/4 Lewis              Rotem
  • 9/6 SeungMin     Eva 
  • 13/8 Sulaimaan  Eliade
  • 15/2 Shaked         Dowoo

Period 7

  • 29/6 Caden                    Joshua
  • 1/8 Iris                           Marin
  • 3/2 Min-ha                   Faris
  • 7/4 Jeh                          Afreen
  • 9/6 Felix .                       Chihaya
  • 13/8 Willem
  • 15/2 Alanound               HanGyeol

Period 8

  • 1/8 Sumair            Rahul
  • 3/2 Aadi                 Mira
  • 7/4 Varun             Michal
  • 9/6 Isabella          Jigme
  • 13/8 Armaan       Yash
  • 15/2 Liam              Shiv

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I always like to see your ideas in your own words to make comments. Please prepare a reflection by Friday 3 May. Submit in your DSN with the file name “your name end of year comments.” Also send an email with your reflection to me with “your name end of year comments” in the subject field.

Do this before you write your reflection. Go back through your DSN from our very first class. See what you remember. See if there are any surprises or mysteries–smile. Also look through all your pictures from the course. Use this exercise in looking back to comment on your learning. What do you know now that you did not know at the beginning of the year? What was the most profound change in your thinking? What are the most vivid memories of things you saw and did that you had never seen or done before? Comment on challenging ideas and challenging practices. What were your approaches to the challenges? Did you discover any useful or successful strategies? What were they? Keeping records of activity, observations, results, and thoughts is an essential part of science. We promoted keeping the DSN complete and up-to-date. Guiding prompts were provided. To what extent did you keep your DSN complete and up-to-date. What do you think of the record you have established now? What are you willing to do in the future on your own to remember details (of procedures, results, discussions, experiences, etc) and to remember the development of your own thinking? What are you willing to do to remain engaged in a subject even when the subject is challenging, frustrating, and even “boring” but exceedingly important for your future? Comment on what else should be included in an end-of-the-year and end-of-an-important-phase of your life reflection? (I wish you all the best!!!)

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