The students have been working on their final assignment in the Fluids strand of science. They are to build a moving piece of work, using syringes, tubes and whichever other material they can find. There should be at least 2 moving parts on the work - up/down, side to side, forward and back, for a bonus, they piece can spin. Attached is the rubric:
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Students completed their cell analogies this week. I will admit they had a lot longer than 2 classes to complete this project. The results of most projects were very well done. Rubrics with their marks will be sent home on Monday, October 30th for you to see.
We will start looking at microscopes, how to use them and then looking at various protists for the next few weeks. Students will be creating "labs" and be marked on how they draw and label their cells, questions they may have and then relating them to real world problems. This proves to be a very fun unit for the students. I encourage everyone to be attending school during the unit, as much of the assessment is observations by me: I am looking at safety, how they handle the microscopes, their observations (from when I ask them questions verbally), and their quality of cell drawings with labels.
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Students will be creating a cell analogy, comparing the functions of the cell to that of an analogy of their choice. For example, they could compare the parts of the cell to a school, body, car, city, house, etc. The purpose is for the students to understand the functions of all parts of the cell, their purpose and how they are pertinent to the function of a healthy cell.
We will work on this during class time, with any work not completed in class, to be completed at home. Students will have 2 periods to work on this in class, and then present their cell analogy to the class thereafter. Due date will be posted soon, as we still have some discussions, and activities to complete first.
We will be starting off the year problem solving like the real scientists we are. The students will be given several problems, and from those problems develop questions to be answered. I believe in hands-on learning, group work and problem solving, not just memorizing facts from a text - that's not what happens in life, so why should we do that at school? We will have a fun year discovering, questioning, reasoning, answering, and, yes, presenting our findings to our classmates.