Day 4: District Baseline Testing

Learning Objectives:

  • to show Mr. Rawlins which areas of 7th grade content students came to class already mastered, and which areas we could use a few extra days exploring.

SSR Article:

  • Climate Change: Causes – NASA.gov
  • Planned 1st 9 Weeks Informative Essay: “How are humans affecting climate?”

 

Today’s primary goal is to complete the district baseline for science.  We should be able to finish in one class period, including giving extra time modifications.  Scores from this test will not be used for student grades immediately, but they will be used to gauge which content I need to hone in on, and to determine what type of growth my students are showing over the first nine weeks.  Student growth will be a factor used to determine final exam points, with each student accountable for 30 points of growth to receive maximum points.  This is to “even the playing field”, ensuring that all students are held accountable for a personal learning goal.

Day 3: Thinking Like a Scientist

Learning Objectives:

  • to learn how to think like scientists, or to improve upon those skills if they are already learned.
  • to understand the role of scientific laws and theories
  • to extend the test of science to all areas of knowledge, and understand why some types of knowledge do not meet the requirements to be considered science.

SSR Article:

  • Climate Change: Evidence – NASA.gov
  • Discussed the 1st 9 Weeks Informative Essay: “How are humans affecting climate?”

7th grade is a big transition time for students in science.  The class goes from one of simple observation and data analysis to really understanding what all of that evidence means in terms of the big picture.  We discuss some really cool ideas that tug at those big questions in life, such as “where did we come from?” (getting to be the teacher that first gets to teach students about evolution is one of my favorite things!)

To this end, we have to revisit some ideas we’ve seen before in science classes and improve our understanding upon them.  We have to know why evidence that can be pere-reviewed is at the very heart of a proper scientific investigation.

These Five Laws will be on the board all year... if you can grasp these simple Rules of The Universe, understanding our more complex material will be much simpler!

These Five Laws will be on the board all year… if you can grasp these simple Rules of The Universe, understanding our more complex material will be much simpler!

Here’s the notes that we covered in class on this material.

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Days 1 and 2 Classcraft Setup!

Students were introduced to Classcraft on Day 1 and setup their characters on Day 2.

To login, simple go to Classcraft.com and click on the “Sign In” button on the top right of the page.

Student usernames and passwords are the same, an “s” followed by your student number.  So, if your student number was 987654321, then your username would be s987654321, and your password would be s987654321.

Once your character has been created you’ll receive 500 XP and reach level 2!

Explore your options and buy some new armor for your character!