I just found out about "Bozeman Science". Here is a great video explaining beginning a science or an engineering problem.
All science teachers at LMS use this same grading rubric for graphs.
This video demonstrates the process of creating a graph. Note: This is a general overview of graphing. Students should NOT simply copy the information on their first Monsoon graphing assignment!
A middle school teacher, Mr. Edmonds, sings a song about variables. Fun and useful!
Practice learning important vocabulary we will use all year. Early in the unit, challenge your parents, a sibling, or a friend to a game of "match" and use Flash Card mode. Later in the unit, complete "Learn" mode. (Register on Quizlet and let me know your user name so I can help monitor your progress.)
The "I Can" Statements help clarify to students and parents what exactly students are expected to understand from the unit. Use the regular unit outline as an answer key.
This is the complete set of notes for our unit. Additional details not listed in the Fundamental Goals are included here. This outline can be used as a answer key for the "I Can" Statements listed below.
The button above will take you to Socrative. Once there, click on "student login" and type in the teacher room code: 519073. Then type your first name and last initial, and take the 10 question quiz.
The button above will take you to Socrative. Once there, click on "student login" and type in the teacher room code: 519073. Then type your first name and last initial, and take the 10 question Pendulum Quiz. You will be given the correct answer and an explantation after each question. Highly recommended ! Ideally, take it multiple times, days apart.
Bozeman Science Practice 3.
Here's another by Bozeman Science.
(We have a small version of this in the classroom. Look for your wonderful science teacher--the fifth volunteer in the video!)
This video shows a lighted "pendulum snake". Very cool! (I need to make one of these!)
Here's still another version of the Pendulum Snake--this one bowling balls for the weights!
Science process skills--doing science-- is the primary focus (see link below). Here are the specific goals students will be focusing on, not just in this unit, but throughout the year and all of middle schools science.
We worked on the Getting Ready For Student-Designed Investigations on 2/01 and 2/02. If you missed this or had some trouble go to my Drive. See the original questions and a "cheat sheet" with answers.
Part II. This is the "why we need to know this" part of the complete video (about 4 minutes long).
This video explains the Martian Core Sample Problem you and your group are trying to solve.
In this video, Mrs. Papen and I review the steps to conducting fair, hands-on science investigations. We also point out why the non-scientist would care to have such abilities. (This is the complete video--about 8 minutes long.)