This Week in Science #1-#2 1/5-13/2017 Nature of Science/Characteristics of Life firstname.lastname@example.org
Materials needed: Composition notebook, pencil/sharpener, glue stick or tape
Thursday: Welcome! Introductions, syllabus and procedures. Lab safety and equipment will be introduced. Assignment: Return safety contract and all papers in your envelope. Have parents email me for a surprise! Bring composition notebook tomorrow or $1.00 to purchase one.
Friday: Scientific methods. Lab safety (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJG0ir9nDtc&sns=em Assignment: Complete your Observation sheet as needed.
Monday: Observations and inference. Forming and testing Hypothesis. Lab Safety Assignment: Study vocabulary below using notes and quizlet!
Tuesday: Complete work on Controlled experiments and Intro to Characteristics of Life.
Wednesday: Characteristics of Life foldable. What’s in an Organism’s Name article and reader’s guide.
Assignment: Read the article and start working with the “What’s In an Organism’s Name?” article and reader’s guide.
Thursday: Taxonomy andLinnaeus’ Classification system. Classification project Assignment:Work on your Classification project due on Monday.
Friday: Cladistics and Microscopes! Assignment: Study! Work on Classification project due Monday.
Vocabulary: Biology Scientific method Hypothesis Quantitative data Qualitative data Inference
Independent variable Control Constants Dependent variable Scientific Trials
(Quizlet: Nature of Science - Adams https://quizlet.com/18098841/nature-of-science-adams-flash-cards/ )
Tips for Science Notebook Success ...*Bring your notebook to class every day!
*Label /date everything in your notebook.
*Use color-try for 4 colors on each page- to help organize and illustrate your notes.
- If you are absent make sure to find out what you missed. You are still responsible for the work!
- Pens may be used for text as desired but not for scientific drawings! Don’t use markers. They bleed through the paper.
Use this picture as you answer the safety questions
(write answers on the next page of your Science notebook)
Unit 1: Scientific Process Content Outline: The Scientific Method - Part 1
- The Scientific Method
- A series of steps followed to solve problems. Steps are not always the same for each question you are researching.
- State your Problem/Question
1. Develop a question or problem that can be solved through experimentation.
C. Make Observations/Do Research
1. Make observations – the act of seeing an object or an event and noting the physical characteristics or points in
the event. Observation is an extension of our senses; when we observe, we record what is seen, smelled,
tasted, heard, and touched.
a. Qualitative observations- These describe an object’s characteristics, properties, or attributes. For example, in the state, “The apple is red,” red is a qualitative observation of the apple’s appearance.
b. Quantitative observations – These involve a quantity or an amount. In the statement,
“The apple weighs 125 grams,” 125 grams is a quantitative observation of the apple’s appearance.
c. Inferences – conclusions based on observations. Inferences go beyond what we
can directly sense (Example: You make an inference when you use clues from a story to figure out something the author doesn’t tell you.
D. Formulate a Hypothesis
- A hypothesis is a prediction or possible answer to the problem or question.
2. Needs to be an “If... then” statement. The “If” part of the statement is the independent variable/what you are going to do or change (graph on the X axis).
The “then” part of your statement is the dependent variable /what you will measure at the end of the experiment (graphed on the Y axis).
IfI run in place for 3 minutes then my heart rate will increase.