Thursday, September 16, 2010

What do you think of this quote?

Do you agree or disagree?  Explain!

Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question "How?" but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question "Why?"  --Erwin Chargaff

Be sure to sign your post with your full name and period:  "John Doe, Period 1"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Favorite science experiment or activity last year

Hey physical science students!  Tell me about your favorite science experiment or activity last year.  Include in your reply:

The activity
A description of the activity
What you liked about it

Be sure to sign your post with your full name and period:  "John Doe, Period 1"

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Composition Book Set up

On Tuesday, students set up their composition books

The first few pages looked like this, and we reinforced the cover with packing tape.

Our first content lab looked like this.  Note the page numbers and dates in the corners.  Also, the lab has been color coded for vocabulary already known and not known.  Students answer post-lab questions and leave space for corrections (red in the last picture).

The last page and cover in the composition book.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Student Reflections on the "What is Science" Lab

Students were asked to select one of the stations from our What is Science Lab and discuss how the station related to science or how science works.  These were some of the reflections:

Jennifer talked about the station in which students were asked to build the tallest card house or the card house with the most cards:

Leleai & Jin talked about the check activity in which students were to make up a story given 5 fake checks:

Fernando and Tyler talked about the Drops on Penny Lab where students got varying results and had to agree upon a procedure to see if they could get more consistent results:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Opening Lab

Students began rotating through an 8-station lab about the nature of science.
These students tried to figure out what building card houses had to do with science.  The parameters were to either use the most cards or to build the tallest house.  No other rules were given.

These students were evaluating the minimum number of tests needed to prove or disprove a hypothesis (left), and trying to determine how fortune teller fish worked (right).

Link (PDF): What is Science Lab

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

First Day of School Survey Activity

So today, to get a sense of what students thought about the nature of science, we did a short survey and discussion with the ActivExpression devices.  Here is an example of just one question we discussed, and the results from 4 class periods.

What is an Activexpression?