Week of August 29-September 2, 2011
This week the students will be looking at how science correlates with other topics and scenarios. The students will need to come up with a situation in which they use the Scientific Method (Observation, Hypothesis, Experiment, Conclusion) to confirm their outcome. They will also need to find a scientific theory that either failed or was proven wrong. We are still working on the background of science and the theories of science before we dive into certain topics and parts of science.
Week of August 22-26, 2011
This week the students will begin looking at both science related careers and how technology has improved science related careers. They will have the special opportunity on Tuesday to hear from Dr. Richard Gray, a cancer surgeon at Mayo Clinic of Scottsdale. Dr. Gray will introduce the students to technology that he is able to use to help fight cancer. He will also let students know how technology has allowed him to treat more people for cancer.
In addition to hearing from Dr. Gray, the students will be required to turn in a fact sheet about two different careers involved in science, what they do, and what pieces of technology they use in their career. This fact sheet will be due on Wednesday.
The students will also begin a long-term project that will be due September 7th. This project involves writing a research paper on a major scientific development within the past decade and then recreating that development. The students will be allowed to use their imagination on how they would recreate a model of that development.
Week of August 15-19, 2011
This week the students will be learning about scientific milestones in society. The students are required to bring in 3 facts about certain milestons.
6th - Homework for Monday: find 3 facts about cell theory. Tuesday: find 3 facts about sonar. Wednesday: find 3 facts about SCUBA. Thursday: find 3 facts about robots.
7th - Homework for Monday: find 3 facts about telescopes. Tuesday: find 3 facts about seismographs. Wednesday: find 3 facts about photography.
8th - Homework for Monday: find 3 facts about Mendelian Genetics. Wedensday: find 3 facts about Newton's Laws.
Week of August 8-12, 2011
This week the students will need to bring to class each day 3 scientific facts about scientists from the past. These must be actual scientific facts and students must also write down their source for their information. For this entire year, wikipedia.com is not allowed as a source for any information.
6th - Homework for Monday: find 3 scientific facts about Jacques Cousteau. Tuesday: William Beebe. Wedensday: Thor Heyerdahl. Also, please start bringing in recycled materials that we can use to build stuff (paper towl rolls, toilet paper rolls, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, etc.)
7th - Homework for Monday: find 3 scientific facts about Rachel Carson. Tuesday: Luis and Walter Alvarez. Wednesday: Precival Lowell. Thursday: Copernicus.
8th - Homework for Monday: find 3 scientific facts about Watson and Crick, and Rosiland Frank. Tuesday: Charles Darwin and George Washington Carver. Wednesday: Joseph Priestly and Sir Francis Bacon. Thursday: Sir Isaac Newton. The 8th graders will also be required to complete a daily review sheet with a quiz on Friday over the previous 4 days.
Week of August 1-5, 2011
School officially starts on Wednesday, August 3rd. During these first 3 days of school we will be going over and over the policies and procedures for the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders here at Freedom Academy North. We will then be diving head first into our academics on Monday, August 8th.