Today we followed up our POGIL discussion of Experimental Design by asking the question, "now what do we do with the data we collected?" In the "Organizing Data" POGIL activity, students are looking at ways to organize raw lab data in a way that begins to make patterns or trends evident, and then looks at different ways to visually depict the data (using bar graphs & scatter plots) so that the pattern is more visually evident.
Homework for tomorrow (except Pd. 2) - Watch the 2 assigned videos posted to EDpuzzle
I was out today, so students watched 2 segments from the PBS NOVA episode, "Hunting the Elements". The segments focused on the elements gold and copper, two transition metal elements, which is the section that is the focus of next week's element quiz.
Following the Chapter 1 Assessment, please watch the introductory video on Process Skills, then complete the Google Form below.
Today students assessed on their knowledge of laboratory equipment. They also received their textbooks and signed up for an EDpuzzle account; EDpuzzle is the platform through which the flipped video assignments will be posted.
Today we finished discussing the content of the Lab Equipment packet and reviewed the steps to operating a Bunsen Burner safely. Most classes had time remaining to go to the lab stations and practice with the burners.
Tomorrow is the Lab Equipment Identification Test, as well as an opportunity to practice your Bunsen burner skills. If you would like to practice at home tonight, first download the ExamView Test Player Program using the link below, and also the Lab Equipment Review Question Pool Test Files...you may be asked to login to your Office365 account. Remember, it's your mounties.k12.pa.us email address to login:
Test Player Installers (Must install this first!) Lab Equipment Review Test File: Once downloaded, should be opened in the ExamView Test Player; presented in 10 question sets...fresh set each time you open the file.
Signed syllabus turned in. Wrapped up discussion of classroom expectations...most everything falls under the umbrella of "Respect". Began discussion of laboratory equipment, its identification and application. There will be a quiz on Friday which will focus primarily on visual identification, but also application type questions. You may use the following Quizlet deck: https://quizlet.com/_1i6ix8 to practice.
Homework: Please watch the following video on the Bunsen Burner to prepare for tomorrow's class:
Tomorrow we will finish going over the packet and have practice time with the Bunsen Burners.
Lab Safety Test was administered today and we continued our discussion of the syllabus/expectations.
Today we finished discussing the lab safety contract and passed out the class expectations/syllabus. Signed copy of the syllabus is due back on Wednesday, 9/5.
Don't forget to review your safety contract & the P.A.S.S. method for Tuesday's Lab Safety Test. Below is a refresher video on the P.A.S.S. method:
Watched the video "Lab Accident at Jefferson High" (see below) as an introduction to lab safety. There are questions embedded in the video towards the end that you can use to help you review for Tuesday's Safety Test.
After brainstorming individually on the question "What is Science?", we watched a diverse group of scientists from all different disciplines share their ideas of what science is. After reflecting on these thoughts and their own, students finished the following prompt: "Science is..."
Our next topic of discussion is laboratory safety, the most important rule of which deals with eye safety. To demonstrate the effect of an acid splash to the eyes, sulfuric acid was placed on cow eyes for different lengths of time to show the varying level of damage (play the video below for a synopsis of the demonstration and explanation). Bottom line...chemical damage begins to the eye immediately...it is imperative that you always wear your goggles and act immediately in an emergency.
Lab safety contracts were passed out today; signed copy is due back on Friday, 9/1...lab safety test will be given on Tuesday, 9/5.
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