“ Oh, Say What You See” Ms. Nelson/Mrs. Bero Earth Science Adirondack High School / Indian River High School
Unit Summary <ul><li>You will be learning about making observations and inferences. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be integrat...
Under the Magnifying Glass <ul><li>You are going to be working on a variety of activities relating to the Observations and...
What About My Grade? <ul><li>Each project or task has a rubric attached to it. These will help guide you through your jour...
“The Blueprint” <ul><li>In order to see where we are headed, there is a unit plan to follow.  This has all the projects li...
Essential Question <ul><li>Along our journey, we are going to answer the following question: </li></ul><ul><li>“What’s up ...
“A Glimpse Into My Mind” <ul><li>You are required to keep an online journal of your thoughts,  ideas, questions, concerns,...
Unit Question <ul><li>“ What is organization?”  </li></ul>
“What Do  I  Know?” <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We are going to start with filling out a K-W-H-L chart to see what we  know, w...
“Do You See What I See?” <ul><li>Open the T-chart below and as we discuss observations and inferences,  print & fill in yo...
“In The Key Of…  D ” <ul><li>Sometimes in science we classify items using a dichotomous key. This is a type of flowchart t...
“I Spy With My Little Eye…” <ul><li>Summarize your findings of the three categories of rocks into a Venn Diagram. </li></u...
“ W hat  I   K now  I s…” <ul><li>After your group has completed the Venn Diagram, you are going to write  down your findi...
Let’s Practice! <ul><li>Look at  Page 16 of your  ESRTs , which has all the minerals and their properties listed. (If you ...
“And The World Will Know…” <ul><li>You and your group will be creating a newspaper or magazine on rocks and minerals, bein...
“I’d Like a Sample Please…” <ul><li>There are 2 student-made examples to help you; however, each of the examples have some...
Say What? <ul><li>What was good about these works? </li></ul><ul><li>What improvements would you suggest to these students...
Citing Sources <ul><li>When you do research, no matter if it from a printed source, a music tape or CD, or any electronic ...
Flowchart/Outline <ul><li>Make a flowchart or project outline using either Inspiration (on your computer) or  Dabbleboard ...
“Rate A Student” <ul><li>You are going to have opportunities to rate your fellow group members,  your fellow students, and...
<ul><li>Work on your projects. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>When you are done, you group will upload  their proje...
“3…2…1…Action!” <ul><li>You and your group are going to present your magazine/newspaper to the class. </li></ul><ul><li>Yo...
“And… That’s a Wrap!” <ul><li>You will have a quiz on all of the information you have learned in this unit.  These are Reg...
Sources <ul><li>&quot;Creepy Critters.&quot;  Microbe World . 2006. American Society for Microbiology. 24 July 2008 <http:...
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  1. 1. “ Oh, Say What You See” Ms. Nelson/Mrs. Bero Earth Science Adirondack High School / Indian River High School
  2. 2. Unit Summary <ul><li>You will be learning about making observations and inferences. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be integrating the use of technology into many of your projects. </li></ul><ul><li>You will also be using rocks and minerals to help you through your journey. This will help you during the rocks and minerals unit later in the year. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Under the Magnifying Glass <ul><li>You are going to be working on a variety of activities relating to the Observations and Measurement Unit – Unit 1, while using rocks and minerals. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be expected to collaborate with others as well as work on your own for different pieces of the unit. </li></ul><ul><li>You will present your finished group projects to the class by publishing your work to the Internet on your wiki space and with a presentation in class. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What About My Grade? <ul><li>Each project or task has a rubric attached to it. These will help guide you through your journey and what each project/task needs to achieve a grade of “Excellent,” “Very Good,” “Good,” or “Needs Work.” </li></ul><ul><li>To gauge how you are doing, each term corresponds to a letter grade as shown below: </li></ul>D / F (depending on effort) Needs Work C Good B Very Good A Excellent
  5. 5. “The Blueprint” <ul><li>In order to see where we are headed, there is a unit plan to follow. This has all the projects listed, a timeline, all the assessments, and standards we will be addressing during our unit. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Essential Question <ul><li>Along our journey, we are going to answer the following question: </li></ul><ul><li>“What’s up with organized chaos?” </li></ul>
  7. 7. “A Glimpse Into My Mind” <ul><li>You are required to keep an online journal of your thoughts, ideas, questions, concerns, and frustrations during this unit. At times, specific assignments will be posted at the website. </li></ul><ul><li>The class’ blog site is at: http://msnelson142.21classes.com </li></ul><ul><li>You are able to comment on other classmates’ journals; however, appropriateness is expected 100% of the time. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a grade for your journal entries. The rubric is below. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Unit Question <ul><li>“ What is organization?” </li></ul>
  9. 9. “What Do I Know?” <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We are going to start with filling out a K-W-H-L chart to see what we know, what we want to know, and how we are going to learn about observations, inferences, and classification systems. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Print out the document so you can place it in your binder when we complete the activity. </li></ul><ul><li>We will be revisiting this chart and updating it as we have more questions and we’ve learned the concepts. </li></ul>
  10. 10. “Do You See What I See?” <ul><li>Open the T-chart below and as we discuss observations and inferences, print & fill in your graphic organizer for your notes. </li></ul><ul><li>Now that we have these concepts together, we are going to look at some optical illusions. Open the worksheet and write down all the observations and inferences that you have for each illusion. Afterwards, we will have a pair & share to discuss your findings. </li></ul>
  11. 11. “In The Key Of… D ” <ul><li>Sometimes in science we classify items using a dichotomous key. This is a type of flowchart that allows for groups of items to be separated by key characteristics. We are going to practice using a dichotomous key together, using different animals. </li></ul><ul><li>During the lab period, you are going to both classify a group of random objects using a dichotomous key as well as create your own dichotomous key for the Creepy Critters. </li></ul><ul><li>Lab Activity Click this link to go to </li></ul><ul><li>Silly Science* the Creepy Critter Activity </li></ul><ul><li>(Each group needs to print all the Creepy Critter Cards) </li></ul>* Lab activity downloaded from http://sciencespot.net/Media/sillysci.pdf
  12. 12. “I Spy With My Little Eye…” <ul><li>Summarize your findings of the three categories of rocks into a Venn Diagram. </li></ul><ul><li>You should have at least three characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>for each rock type, two characteristics for </li></ul><ul><li>each double overlapped area, and one characteristic in the center. </li></ul>
  13. 13. “ W hat I K now I s…” <ul><li>After your group has completed the Venn Diagram, you are going to write down your findings into the class wiki under your group’s section. The site for our class wiki is found at: https://nelson-esci-classes.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>You are able to edit any page, but all changes are tracked. Keep to your own Group area. Appropriateness on the wiki is expected 100% of the time. </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the other groups’ wikis to see how similar or different other group’s information is to your own. </li></ul><ul><li>We will return to these wiki entries during the rocks & minerals unit to see how accurate your observations were. At that time, your group will update the wiki entries. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a grade for your group’s wiki. Each group member receives the same grade. The rubric is below. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Let’s Practice! <ul><li>Look at Page 16 of your ESRTs , which has all the minerals and their properties listed. (If you click the underlined text, while on an Internet connection, it will take you to an online pdf of pages 10-16.) </li></ul><ul><li>Write down the 6 properties used to identify minerals, based on the chart in front of you. If you have trouble, you may do a quick Google Search on the term “mineral characteristics” to help you out. </li></ul><ul><li>Your teacher is going to give you 4 minerals. Try to identify the minerals correctly on the worksheet, using observable characteristics. </li></ul>
  15. 15. “And The World Will Know…” <ul><li>You and your group will be creating a newspaper or magazine on rocks and minerals, being sure to include observable characteristics. Your group can make it in PowerPoint to make it into a presentation, but you can use any program you wish. </li></ul><ul><li>The instructions and rubrics are provided for you, to help guide you on your way. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a collaborative project – all members must work together to achieve the final product. Your group will be giving a presentation at the close of the project. </li></ul>~ Disney’s Newsies
  16. 16. “I’d Like a Sample Please…” <ul><li>There are 2 student-made examples to help you; however, each of the examples have some downfalls. In your journal, write down what you think is good or bad about each example. </li></ul><ul><li>(click on Adobe Acrobat Document to open) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Say What? <ul><li>What was good about these works? </li></ul><ul><li>What improvements would you suggest to these students? </li></ul><ul><li>Cite sources </li></ul><ul><li>Use a more readable font </li></ul><ul><li>Change formatting of page </li></ul><ul><li>Put pictures throughout the newspaper, not just on the end. </li></ul><ul><li>Put all sources on one page in a smaller font </li></ul><ul><li>Be more descriptive for each example </li></ul>Student 1 (newspaper) VERY Creative Student 2 (magazine) Nice layout
  18. 18. Citing Sources <ul><li>When you do research, no matter if it from a printed source, a music tape or CD, or any electronic media (Internet) or use an .mp3 or movie file, you MUST DOCUMENT YOUR SOURCE! </li></ul><ul><li>If you do not document your source, you are STEALING someone else’s work and claiming it as your own. This is ILLEGAL! There are guidelines on what you can and cannot use legally. This is under an umbrella policy called “Fair Use” or “Appropriate Use”. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many websites out there that can help document your sources using the MLA format. The recommended site to use is NoodleBib Express found on the Internet at http://www.noodletools.com/noodlebib/express.php </li></ul>
  19. 19. Flowchart/Outline <ul><li>Make a flowchart or project outline using either Inspiration (on your computer) or Dabbleboard (on the Internet). </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to include who is doing which tasks for the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Save a copy of your document & upload it to your group’s wiki space. </li></ul>
  20. 20. “Rate A Student” <ul><li>You are going to have opportunities to rate your fellow group members, your fellow students, and yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be using a checklist in your group for self-assessment. This must be filled in and handed to your teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be using a similar checklist in your group to assess your group mates. This must be filled in and handed to your teacher, for each fellow group member. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Work on your projects. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>When you are done, you group will upload their project to the group’s wiki space. </li></ul>
  22. 22. “3…2…1…Action!” <ul><li>You and your group are going to present your magazine/newspaper to the class. </li></ul><ul><li>You will have peer evaluations from the class and one from the teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>You receive participation points for your completed evals on other groups. </li></ul>
  23. 23. “And… That’s a Wrap!” <ul><li>You will have a quiz on all of the information you have learned in this unit. These are Regents-based questions. </li></ul><ul><li>After completing the quiz, please write a journal entry on what you have learned during this unit, both technology-wise and content-wise. </li></ul>* Quiz was made using Wizard Test Maker
  24. 24. Sources <ul><li>&quot;Creepy Critters.&quot; Microbe World . 2006. American Society for Microbiology. 24 July 2008 <http://www.microbeworld.org/resources/experiment/experiment_creepy_critters.aspx>. </li></ul><ul><li>Dog. Personal photograph by author. 29 May 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Duck. Personal photograph by author. 16 Aug 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Elephants. Personal photograph by author. 16 Aug 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Feldman, Jack, and Alan Menkin. &quot;The World Will Know.&quot; Newsies: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack . Disney, 1992. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology . Albany: New York State Education Department, 1996. 23 July 2008 <http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/scirg.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>L, T. Interview with Howard Stephenson . Student Created Project, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Microsoft Office Online.” Microsoft . 2008. 25.Aug.2008 <http://office.microsoft.com>. </li></ul><ul><li>Nelson, Peri. Earth Science. Course home page. Sept. 2008-June 2008. Aug. 2008. Adirondack High School. 21 Aug. 2008 <http://msnelson142.21classes.com>. </li></ul><ul><li>Nelson, Peri. Earth Science. Course home page. Sept. 2008-June 2008. Aug. 2008. Adirondack High School. 21 Aug. 2008 <https://nelson-esci-classes.wikispaces.com/>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Optical Illusions.&quot; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences . 22 Jan. 2008. 21 Aug. 2008 <http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/illusion/illusions.htm>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Optical Illusions And Pictures: Face Vase.&quot; 123opticalillusions.com . 21 Aug. 2008 <http://www.123opticalillusions.com/pages/Facevase.php>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Optical Illusions And Pictures: Rabbit or Duck Illusion.&quot; 123opticalillusions.com . 21 Aug. 2008 <http://www.123opticalillusions.com/pages/opticalillusions5.php>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Optical Illusions And Pictures: Double Imaging Picture.&quot; 123opticalillusions.com . 21 Aug. 2008 <http://www.123opticalillusions.com/pages/opticalillusions17.php>. </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Science: Earth Science Core Curriculum . Albany: New York State Education Department. 21 Aug. 2008 <http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/pub/earthsci.pdf>. </li></ul><ul><li>Ram. Personal photograph by author. 16 Aug 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;RubiStar.&quot; 4teachers.org . 2008. ALTEC at University of Kansas. 25 Aug. 2008 <http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php>. </li></ul><ul><li>S, M. Do You Know Your Rocks and Minerals? Student Created Project, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Tiger. Personal photograph by author. 16 Aug 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Trimpe, Tracy. &quot;Silly Science.&quot; The Science Spot . 18 Aug. 2008. 24 July 2008 <http://sciencespot.net/Media/sillysci.pdf >. </li></ul><ul><li>Wizard Test Maker . CD-ROM. Eduware Incorporated, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Workspace.&quot; Intel’s Assessing Projects . [2008]. Intel Education. 21 Aug. 2008 <http://educate.intel.com/en/AssessingProjects/>. * </li></ul><ul><li>* Intel’s webserver was down for over 24 hours, so the information previously written down to create the citation was incomplete. </li></ul>

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