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Project Checklist with points assigned

I will use the checklist with points to evaluate your project logbook and formal reports that are due on Monday.

Grading Rubric For Projects

Today students worked on their team's presentation for Monday.

Remember: project logbook, final report, and team presentation

posted on: May 11, 2007

Classification Unit (animals) Test

Thursday is the test over animal classification. Please review the sections (most of 4 chapters) that were assigned for reading and lessons.

Remember that I am allowing you to use your vertebrate comparison table, the study guide on mollusks and arthropods, and the visual organizers that you created for cnidarians, sponges, and 3 worm phyla. Of the 9 major animal phyla, you have a written resource on 8 of them to use during the test. There will be a few questions about phylum Echinodermata so review those pages in your book.

You may work on presentations following the test.

I will collect the Owl Pellet Lab activity and your bone cards tomorrow. Please review your answers to see that you have it completed.

We will watch our iMovies on Friday and you may bring a movie snack to enjoy if it is not too messy.

posted on: May 09, 2007

Checklist for Service Learning projects

A few students have selected service projects for their research this year. Here is the checklist for their final reporting:

Service Learning

posted on: May 08, 2007

Checklist for Project assignment

Today in class we watched a video about birds or mammals, depending on which class you were in. The Vertebrate Comparison Table final two sections on birds and mammals are due tomorrow. Most students have completed them already and I will check them tomorrow.

In class, we discussed what was due to me next Monday and students received a handout outlining the details.

Final Report Checklist

Any students working with protist projects should check with me tomorrow as we hope to be able to capture digital video at that time.

I have cultures of paramecium, euglena, and amoeba for your use if needed. See me for help. Time is running out. This is not a project that can be done in one afternoon!

posted on: May 07, 2007

Project Research Continues

I am so pleased that most of my students are scheduling time to complete the data collection for their projects. Several students have stayed late to work on their experiments and most are finishing their work. Wednesday was our last visit to the park as a class to work on projects.

Next week I will be available on Monday 5/7, Wed. 5/9, and Thurs. 5/10 until 5:30 and every morning from 8:45 until 9:10 for project work. The final report is due on Monday 5/14 at the beginning of the assigned class.

Science is "all about" analyzing the recorded data. How scientific have you been in your record keeping? What do your data indicate about your project hypothesis? Please keep in mind that I am looking for evidence of scientific thinking as your analyze your data and evaluate your work. I will give you a reminder checklist of what to include in your final report during class on Monday.

This week we have been comparing animals and examining how they are classified. Students have been working on an oversized vertebrate animal comparison table Thursday and Friday. The last two sections on birds and mammals are due on Tuesday. The animal unit test will be next Thursday.

We will evaluate our imovies and vote for the Student's Choice winners in each class on Friday 5/11.


Here is the exoskeleton of a crayfish. Why did it exit from its outer protection?


What is this white blob that one of the student teams found? Is it alive? How can you tell?

posted on: May 04, 2007

Protist questions and after school research schedule

Classwork today-
For analysis, please add these questions to your lab activity on Observing Protists in your journal.
1. What characteristics do all protists share?
2. How are protozoans (animal-like portists) classified or grouped? Describe each and give an example.
3. What characteristics do algae share with plants?
4. How would you classify euglena? Explain.
As usual, answer in complete sentences and restate the questions.

We used some class time for project work and planning with teams today. Tomorrow all classes will go to the park. There are about three more weeks for students to collect data to answer their research question.

This week I am available after school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Next week I am available on Monday(April 30), Wednesday (May 2), and Thursday (May 3). The following week there will be after school work sessions on Monday (May 7), Wednesday (May 9), and Thursday (May 10).

The final report is due on May 14. This counts as a test grade. Students will also be required to present their work to their class and post their reflections on their work to the Sweat Mountain Park science blog. Keep working and finish strong!

posted on: April 24, 2007

Project Work

We will work on our projects during class time inside tomorrow and outside on Wednesday. You have 3 weeks to complete your data collection and/or work on your project. The final report is due on Monday, May 14th.

For homework tonight please write out your research question (or project goal for a few student projects) and the details of what you will do to complete your research and when you will do it. Be specific about the details of what you need to do to answer your question.

Think like a scientist. Remember that you must base your conclusion on your data. Data should be recorded in quantitative measures or counts, organized in a table, and presented in a graph if possible. You should also describe your observations and findings with words.

I am available this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for after school work in the park. You may check out materials and work on your research with a parent supervising.

posted on: April 23, 2007

Little Books

Please complete thework on your "Little Books" so they can be checked and shared with others on Monday.

Grading Criteria:
Do you have a clear message relating to 7th grade science learning objectives? (30)
Are your facts sufficient and accurate? (30)
Is your work neat? (no smeary pencil, easy to read, etc.) (20)
Good use of color and illustrations? (10)
Is your book creative, unique, or interesting? (10)

I will be available to stay after school for students to work on their research / park projects on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week. Please make arrangements with me ahead of time if you plan to stay.

posted on: April 13, 2007

Project Deadlines

Parents and Students are reminded that the timeline for student project work and project deadlines have been changed due to my unavailability for the past few weeks. I will have a revised schedule for students next week. The final report is NOT due next week.
Thanks and have a great weekend.

Today in class we investigated the methods used by ecologists to determine population sizes.

HW: The random sampling activity (handout) and Sampling Turtles activity (p. 701) should be completed by Monday if you did not finish them in class today.

posted on: February 23, 2007

Project Deadline approaches

February 28th is the due date for students to submit their written reports of their research/service projects. Students have a schedule (see handout for details) of extra times that they may work on their projects with my assistance and should be planning to budget their time to complete the data collection, analysis, and reporting within the remaining time. Class presentations by research teams will be made later in the year so students do not have to have a display board to go along with the project report on the 28th. (The presentation / sharing of research will count in the next grading period and details for the requirements will be provided in March.)
Here are the times that I am available:
Saturdays: February 3rd and 10th from 10:00A.M. until 1:00 P.M.
After school on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 5:30 P.M.
Every morning during homeroom 8:45-9:10 A.M. (Notify your HR teacher before you come to my room.)

posted on: January 31, 2007


S7L5.c Explain how the fossil record found in sedimentary rock provides evidence for the long history of changing life forms.

Today students read and discussed section 2 in chapter 5 (pages 157-164). Students who did not earn at least an 80 on the last test should be working on the study workbook pages for all of chapter 5.

We watched and discussed the video: Prehistoric Life.

Homework: Revise your project research plan to represent your what you are actually doing. (Some students have modified their plans since they were approved.) Research Plans (including bibliography) and signed forms are to be re-submitted to me on Wednesday. Please turn in your edited plan along with your original plan.

See me if you have a question.

posted on: January 29, 2007

Classes Outside on Friday

Students will work on data collection outside tomorrow and the forecast is that it will be clear but cold. Please dress in layers and bring hats, gloves, etc to keep you warm outside during your class time. Extra socks are a good idea if you are using the boots to get in the creek.

I need to see student project journals by tomorrow.
Here is what I am checking:

The timeline for completing this project is about 5 weeks and students should be planning their time to get the work done.

There is no additional homework.

posted on: January 25, 2007

Nature At Work and Projects

How does natural selection lead to changes in a species over time?

Today students explored the genetic and environmental factors that play a part in natural selection using cards to model what might happen to a group of mice in a white sand environment over several generations. This activity is found in the text on pages 152-153. Students will collect data for part 2 tomorrow and complete the analyze and conclude questions.

For homework tonight, students will complete the 3 - column note taking assignment (statement of main idea, details, and reflection) for the last portion of their reading assignment in section 1, pages 154-156. I will check homework tomorrow.

Students received a handout in class today to help them plan their time for competing their research projects. The final report of the research is due on Feb. 28th.

Science Research Project-Updated Timeline

posted on: January 24, 2007

Pig Week Ends

EQ: Explain how different organ systems interact to serve the needs of cells for oxygen, food, and waste removal. (S7L2)

Our exciting week of discovery about human body systems via the investigation of fetal pigs came to an end today with a lab test. Student scores will be posted next Tuesday when the system becomes available again.

Wilbur (pictured below) is one lucky pig that has been visiting our class during pig week. He was an observer and not a participant. As you can see, he has made a new friend.


Following our test today, students enjoyed some DEAR time that was missed on Thursday. There is no homework for this weekend.

Everyone enjoy your holiday. We will continue working on our research projects when we return. I will post a schedule of Saturday optional work days by the end of next week.

We have a few more system notes to complete and then we will be on to our next unit.

posted on: January 12, 2007

Test Make-Up

There will be a test make-up session tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 8:15 A.M. for students who missed the Human Body Systems Part 1 test today.

We will work on our projects tomorrow so bring your project log book to class.

posted on: December 20, 2006

Data Collection in the park

Tuesday we had a change in plans from my earlier post. We will continue our experiments on the human body systems unit later in the week. Wednesday we will be Career Cruising in the maclab with guidance counselors.

Most students submitted their research plans and approval forms on Friday or Monday and were ready to begin data collection on Tuesday...and the weather was unusually we headed outside for class to work on projects.

Students are doing their individual research while collaborating with a research team for collecting data. All students should be recording data in their project logbook and have a handout to describe what to include there.

Independent study projects are ongoing this year and I look forward to hearing what students are learning about water quality, the forest, amphibian populations, etc. Student teams will have the opportunity to post their work on our Sweat Mountain Park blog beginning soon.

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posted on: December 13, 2006

Skeletal System

If you were absent today, we watched video about the skeleton and completed the note sheet that is attached below.

I collected the cardiovascular system note sheet that was completed for homework earlier in the week during class today. You will have a note sheet for each system that will be included on the Nov. 20 test and I have hinted that detailed notes may be valuable to you on test day.

Skeletal System

Remember to get a parent signature on your project research plan Form 1B. The bibliography should be included too. Your forms, plan, and bibliography are due on Monday.

posted on: December 08, 2006

Student Research Plans and forms

There was a little confusion about the research plans and forms that students have been working on lately.

Hopefully all questions have been answered and students will be able to complete the assignment and submit it to me for approval on or before Monday, Dec. 11. Remember to include your bibliography.

Parents need to read your research plan and sign in the space for parents on form 1B only. Students remember to tell your parents that I am the sponsor and have studied the rules.

Students who are engaging in studies of salamanders need to have the Vertebrate Animal form and the student teams that are using the bacteria tests that were ordered will need to complete an additional form. The forms are available online below or I will give you one at school. I will work with you to help complete them.

Remember that safety is always the most important consideration. Please make a note in your research plan about safety precautions that you will take as you perform your investigation. You could make a statement about the use of protective eyewear (goggles) if you are using any chemical tests for water quality. If you are getting in the stream to collect or measure, make a note that boots will be used and that hands will be washed following the data collection. Students involved in bacterial studies will be limited to making observations of dishes that are taped shut and I will be in charge of disposal of the dishes after observations. Think about safety during field studies.

Here is the link to UGA for the official 2007 Rules for Precollege Science Research. All students are asked to complete the necessary permission forms for research even though they may not be participating in science fair.

Rules Book

Science Fair Site

posted on: December 07, 2006

Research/Independent study project paperwork

All students received the forms for submitting and getting approval for their experiments today. The forms should be turned in to me on or before Thursday. Dec. 7.

A parent signature is required on Approval Form 1B.

Most students have completed all of the needed parts of the research plan, but some need to be edited. I tried to discuss project details and revisions with most students today and will meet next week with the ones that did not have a chance to discuss their plans with me.

All students should read pages 536-547 for homework if they did not read it during class time today. We will begin our studies of the human body systems on Monday with lab activities on pulse rate and interpreting an EKG.

posted on: December 01, 2006

Reports due on Tuesday, Oct.31.

Tuesday is the due date for the introduction part of the research projects and should be written using the background information found on student note cards. A bibliography/works cited page should also be added. This assignment counts in the test/project category in the gradebook. If students are unable to print their reports, they may send them to me via email. If sending is not an option, then students may neatly write out their reports by hand. The number of pages will be increased to account for the writing.

Here is an updated timeline with details about what is due on Tuesday.

Timeline for Research Projects-1.doc

The following rubric will be used for this part of the project.

Rubric for Research Introduction.doc

Detailed steps for the research project will be due on Nov. 9th. See the timeline handout above.

posted on: October 27, 2006

Research this week

Monday we concluded the last of three class days for research in the media center and I checked note cards and bibliography cards. Some students are still having trouble with using MLA form to cite sources. Please check the media center blog at Mabryonline for help with your citations. Here are some other online help sites:

Citation Machine

Easy Bib

Noodle Bib Express

OWL at Purdue MLA formatting and style guide

I still have a shelf of relevant books in my room for students to use for additional research and I have a help session every day after school from 4:20- 5:15. See me if you are having troubles with the background research or planning of your experiment.

I am excited about the great topics that students have selected for their research. At this time, all students should be planning the exact steps to follow to answer their research question. These detailed procedures should be numbered and a complete list of materials included.

I am working on a more detailed rubric for your introduction and should have it ready for distribution tomorrow.

posted on: October 25, 2006

Research continues

Homework: Continue to take notes about your topic on your note cards. I will check them on Monday 10/23. You should have 25-30 cards from 5-8 different sources.

Trackstar sites for research projects

posted on: October 18, 2006

Cell Cycle today...Test Monday

1. Today students took notes on the cell cycle using the textbook on pages 72-79. The notes should give details about what is happening in each of the three stages in the life cycle of cells.
2. Students then connected to my blog and the Trackstar lesson on the Reviewing the Cell Cycle that was posted earlier. The Online lesson on Onion Root tip mitosis (1st site) was completed with the data and analysis written on the same page as the notes.

Take time tonight to check out the other sites on the track to learn about the cell cycle.

Homework is to begin reviewing for your upcoming test, which is scheduled for next Monday. It will cover how cells grow, divide, and make/obtain needed materials (all of chapter 2).

Also on the homework board is to continue researching your possible park questions/ research topics so you will be able to make a good choice for your project.

I will issue the Life Science Guided Reading and Study Workbooks tomorrow. Students who did not earn at least 80 on the last need to compete the lesson pages for chapter 2 and get them checked before next Monday so they will be better prepared for the next test.

posted on: October 03, 2006

Research in the Park

The park is your laboratory this year!

What questions do you want to spend your time investigating?
Are you interested in biology, physical science, Earth science?
Are you interested in the organisms that live in the natural spaces in our community? Do you care about how the natural areas are used by people?

Think about all of the possibilities for field studies.

Your goal is to come up with a project involving data collection that is related to Sweat Mountain Park and/or other similar areas in our local environment. It could be a controlled experiment, a data collection and analysis type project, or even a service learning project

Service learning projects are great if you want to get involved with “making a difference” in the park. Need some money to make your project happen? Do not worry, the Mabry Science Club may be able to help you. As first place finishers in the Youth Environmental Symposium of 2005, they earned a cash award that can be used for worthy projects. The club may be interested in helping you with your project. You will be required to submit a proposal that details your plan to request funding. (More on that later.)

We have many materials at school that should help you with you study (water quality testing kits, microscopes, ProScopes, data collection probe-ware, boots, materials for collecting stream macro-invertebrates, GPS devices, other measurement tools, etc.) so keep that in mind when planning your investigation.

Right now you should be exploring some of the many ideas that you have for your park project. Use the pre-research FLIP it! that Mrs. Hendrix prepared for you to get you thinking and finding information about your ideas. You will need to have a working idea for your project by next week. Here are some broad categories of research ideas.

Earth Science:

o Soil analysis
o Erosion studies
o Geologic history of the area

o Weather impact on ???
o Rainfall/runoff studies
o Light intensity questions
o Stream water flow studies
o Chemical/physical parameters of the water
o Watershed questions

Life Science:

Impact of people on the environment
Soil organisms
Water organisms
Life cycle questions- tadpoles, insects, plant species
Assessment of what lives in the park (trees, wildflowers, fungus, lichens, insects, etc.)
Opportunistic species, invasive species, exotic species, native plants, etc.

Physical Science:

Light intensity

I have heard some of your great ideas and am looking forward to helping you with your projects this year!

posted on: October 03, 2006

Questions Drive Research

Today was a great day for our second visit to Sweat Mountain Park. The weather was perfect and our outing was fun. During our first visit, students recorded observations and made inferences. For the second trip to the park and the second step in our research process, students were asked to come up with several questions for research. It is hoped that these questions will lead to interesting and significant studies. Sometimes this is the most difficult aspect of research--- deciding the question. We will continue our research and question finding next Wednesday with a visit to the media center.

“If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions.”
Susan Langer

“To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered.”
John Ruskin

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Albert Einstein

“The reward for working one’s way through the known is to find a new question on the other side, formulated in a new way.”
Jerome Bruner

posted on: September 21, 2006

Students choose top projects

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, students took turns sharing their research with their classmates. It was interesting to hear the details about all of the projects. There were so many different questions and everyone seemed to enjoy the "peer review" process. Congratulations to the following students whose projects were selected by each class.
1st period: 1st-Krista, 2nd - Stephen, 3rd-Allyson, Tie for 4th- Conrad and Lauren, Tie for 5th Megan and Nicholas
2nd period: 1st-Chris, 2nd-Skylar, 3rd- Katherine, 4th-Lauren, 5th- Alex
3rd period: 1st-Shannon, 2nd-James, 3rd - Chandler, 4th - Kenita, 5th - Elijah
4th period: 1st - Chad, 2nd - Jeffrey, 3rd- Colin, 4th - Tess, 5th - Stefani J.

These projects have been placed in the media center for judging for the Mabry Science Fair. Good luck to all participants!

Everyone enjoyed our "no homework" week as one of the benefits for having so many great projects to share.

posted on: January 22, 2006

Science Projects On Display

Wow! Come visit the 7th grade (science-D-Hall) classrooms on Thursday to see the fantastic work that students have done this year on their independent study projects.
They will be on display after school so you can come by to view them before or after the Jekyll Parent meeting that will be held at 6:00pm in the auditorium. Some of the best projects will be selected for display in the media center and they will be judged to determine which ones will go on to the district fair.

Students have been presenting their work to their classmates this week. I am anxious to see which projects are deemed the best in each class following this peer review process. The presentations have been interesting this week and many students are enjoying the added benefit of NO HOMEWORK. Please make an effort to drop by and see their work.

posted on: January 18, 2006

Final things for project work

The science project logbook, final report, and display are due on Tuesday. Please use the handout from class today to help you with the final details.


posted on: January 12, 2006

Projects Due on Tuesday

Tuesday, Jan 17th is the due date for student independent study projects. Each student should have a display board, a detailed logbook of their original work, and a formal report to turn in on Tuesday. Students should be working on data analysis (tables, graphs, and discussion). Remember to reflect on whether or not your data support your hypothesis for your conclusion. See the Science Fair Basics handouts and others for details. I will provide a summary handout for you tomorrow.

The class Science Fair will be next Thursday, January 19th. Please plan to attend before and after the Jekyll Parent Information meeting that is scheduled for 6:00pm. More details will follow.

Please note that students are NOT required to do the Abstract as described in their handbooks. Only students who are going on to the district fair will be asked to do this.

Today I learned that some students are not quite finished with their experiments. We discussed the problems with procrastination and the unexpected happenings that can crash last minute efforts. It is now "crunch time"! Get busy working on your final items.

I have let students know that I am available to assist them with creating their computer generated graphs of data before and after school for the rest of this week. I will get here by 8:15 for the early crowd and I will stay until 5:30 for the later crowd.

If you want me to cut letters for your title on your display, please write out what you want and attach it to the paper that you want me to use and I will get it done on Wed. or Thurs. afternoon.

posted on: January 10, 2006

It's Project time!

I hope that everyone is having a great holiday. Several of you said that you were planning to do your experiments over the holiday. I can't wait to hear how it is going. Do you have an answer to your question yet? Remember to keep accurate and detailed records in your logbook. We will discuss how to graph and analyze the data when we return to school. Have fun and be safe!

posted on: January 04, 2006


The test over evolution studies was today. I will get them graded and posted asap.

Monday is the due date for your research report. This is the introduction to your final report. It should be at least two typed pages (double spaced, 12 font) of well written paragraphs that introduce your reserach project. The works cited (bibliography) should also be included as a separate page. Chapter 11 in your Write Source text is the place to go to review the details and see a checklist for your writing.

You should have the problem or question revealed in your beginning paragraph. The purpose or importance for the study should be conveyed in the second paragraph. Your next 2, 3, or 4 paragraphs will be reporting the findings from the review of literature/ research done earlier. You have already written the first draft of these paragraphs in your log book. The ending paragraph should include your hypothesis. Think quality writing! ...Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, MLA form on the works cited page.

Log in Here

You were told to use your student number and name as your login and password. Some of you have used all caps and some of you have first letter caps so try other things before you give up on the logon.

Remember to write your paper in a program like Word.
Optional step: Copy-paste it into the essay builder and edit it.
Copy and paste your finished work into the e-rater funciton (on the left drop-down) for chapter 11 and SUBMIT it for evaluation.

If e-rater is still down this weekend, print a copy of your paper and bring it to class to turn in to me. I will evaluate it for following directions, content, and completion. We will submit your writing to e-rater for evaluation when it comes back up.

If you submit your writing to e-rater, I will be able to see it online and you do not have to print an extra copy to turn on Monday.

posted on: December 16, 2005

Research Report

The background information part of your research report is due next week. It should be written in the research paper form discussed in the Write Source Text online Chapter 11.

You need to organize your report so that you introduce your problem or question in the first paragraph, provide the purpose for the study in the second paragraph, give background information related to the topic in the next few or several paragraphs, and close with a paragraph that includes your hypothesis. The bibliography or works cited page will also need to be included.

You do not have to include a title page at this time. Your work will be evaluated by the E-rater component of the writingscience site (see earlier post).

It is suggested that you prepare your report using a program like Word and then copy-paste it into essay builder component of the site and then use the revision checker component to edit your work based on the suggestions for a research report. When you are finished with your editing and are ready to have it graded, you will copy-paste the entire report and submit it to E-rater as a research report. The submit button is at the bottom.

Remember to SAVE OFTEN when you are working on your report.

posted on: December 13, 2005

Experiment Plans

Wow! I am so impressed with my students' project plans. They are planning to do some interesting scientific research and many have already started gathering data. Please remember that I am available to help you with your questions about your research. Your study should be scientific- all variables except your one IV should be controlled. You should have a measurable DV and several trials to average.

I will check your logbook, when it is turned in in January, to see that you have recorded data in an orderly fashion (use a data table) and that you are being detailed in your account of observations. For the analysis, graphs of your data are needed and you should be writing the meaning of the data using words also. Remember to include pictures in your logbook to illustrate your work.

The introduction to your final paper is due next week. You will submit this to be graded online throught the writing site that you recently registered for. This is a research report format. More details will follow later this week.

posted on: December 12, 2005

Online Textbooks and Writing Site

Take a moment to register at the Prentice Hall site. I have set up each of my classes so that they have access to their science and writing textbooks online. Students have the instructions and the class access code on a handout from today.

Do not add a class. You will need to go to first time registration (even though some of you are already registered users in LA and in SCI). You will use your student number and first name as your login and password.

We will be submitting the introduction part of your final report to the writing e-rater for scoring. This includes the problem, purpose for the study, background information, and hypothesis. We will use the research report format which can be found in the Write Source text on pages 381-410 (available when you log on to Prentice Hall as directed). The bibliography will also be included in the report.

You should have your notes organized and translated into 1st draft paragraphs in your journal and your bibliography is already finished. You should now begin working on the thesis statement and your outline. This assignment is due and should be submitted by Dec. 19th.

posted on: December 05, 2005

Online Textbooks and Writing Site

Take a moment to register at the Prentice Hall site. I have set up each of my classes so that they have access to their science and writing textbooks online. Students have the instructions and the class access code on a handout from today.

Do not add a class. You will need to go to first time registration (even though some of you are already registered users in LA and in SCI). You will use your student number and first name as your login and password.

We will be submitting the introduction part of your final report to the writing e-rater for scoring. This includes the problem, purpose for the study, background information, and hypothesis. We will use the research report format which can be found in the Write Source text on pages 381-410 (available when you log on to Prentice Hall as directed). The bibliography will also be included in the report.

You should have your notes organized and translated into 1st draft paragraphs in your journal and your bibliography is already finished. You should now begin working on the thesis statement and your outline. This assignment is due and should be submitted by Dec. 19th.

posted on: December 05, 2005

Independent Study Project Timeline

Monday, during class, students will have time to evaluate their research plans and to organize and work on their logbooks. The final research plan, forms, and bibliography are due on Tuesday. Here is a timeline with due dates for the project.
Download file

Please let me know if you need help with your project. I will be happy to schedule time to help you...afternoons are best for me.

posted on: November 28, 2005

Experiment Plan for Independent Study Project

Students need to edit their first drafts for the experiment plan and turn them back in to me with the checklilst on Tuesday, Nov. 29th. Please note that I am requiring an additional category of information to be included - Safety. Parents need to carefully read through the final plans and note that their supervision may be needed.

Download file

I am working on an updated timeline of due dates for this project and will post it when it is finished. Students need to complete their experiments before the winter break so they will have time to evaluate the data, write the report, and prepare a display. Mid-January is when these final items will be due.

Some students need to get started on their projects ASAP, expecially if they involve plant growth. Students may get approval to begin their experiments if their first draft of the plan is detailed enough for me to sign as sponsor.

posted on: November 16, 2005

Independent Study

I am available this week after school from 4:20 until 5:15 to assist students with their project research and experiment planning. Please let me know if you will be staying.

posted on: November 15, 2005

Experiment Plan

Finish your Experiment Plan for homework tonight. Remember that you should include your forms with your typed experiment plan as described on your Research Plan Attachment. Include a bibliography (MLA format)of at least 5 sources of information that you have used to gather background information for your research and (hopefully) to plan your experiment. Remember that you are trying to practice what you have learned about the scientific method. I will be the sponsor for most students so you may leave that blank. Parents should read your experiment plan before they sign it to decide if they approve and to screen for potential safety concerns.

Of course your thoughts and plans should be recorded in your project logbook before you type them. It is a good idea to use an experimental design diagram to help plan and evaluate your experimental procedures.

posted on: November 10, 2005

Project Logbook

Here is some information about your project logbook.

Download file

posted on: November 04, 2005

Official Project Research Forms

Today students received copies of the official research forms that are required for their independent study project. Navigate the UGA link to see the specific rules and forms that apply to your project. Projects involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, and any dangerous materials require additional forms and approval by review boards. Your forms are due to me on or before Nov. 11th.

2006 Rules and Forms

Some of you may want to get busy with your experiments, but you must have your forms signed by me before you begin. So...get your forms to me as soon as possible. The deadline for your research plan and accompanying forms is Nov. 11. I will review them and sign for approval if no changes are needed. FYI- most students need to have their work edited before it is approved, so be prepared to revisit your typed plan and make changes.

Do not begin your experiment until you have signed paperwork returned to you that indicates approval of your plan.

posted on: November 04, 2005

Project due date approaching...

All students should be taking notes and trying to find out all that they can about their chosen topic. Most topics have many variables to consider and develop into an investigation.

At least 15 note cards and 4 bibliography are due for a check on Friday, Nov. 4th. You should begin to think of a question that you want to answer with a controlled experiment that you plan. I will be asking for your experiment plans in about a week. We will discuss the elements of good design in class.

Any students, who are having trouble with the research or topic selection, should plan to stay after school on Tuesday for help. Let me know that you are staying and plan to have a ride to pick you up by 5:15.

posted on: October 31, 2005

Independent Study/ Science Research

Students visited the Mabry Media Center for a day of research on Monday, 10/24.

Due Nov. 4th: At least 4 bibliography cards and 15 note cards

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You should be working outside of class during the next few weeks to find information about your topic to help you write the "background" part of your report and to help you find a question to answer with an experiment. You will also be reviewing resources and taking notes to help with your experimental design.

Many students seemed behind schedule today and need to re-read the Friday (10/21) handouts to better understand the goal of scientific research. I will be happy to discuss your ideas with you after you have learned something about your topic. Keep digging and thinking.
Remember to pick a topic that interests you.

posted on: October 24, 2005

Finding a Good Research Topic

Here are several links to help you with your independent study topic selection process.

Science Project Links

Project topics are due to me on Friday. We will begin taking notes on note cards in the media center on Monday. Plan ahead and have your index cards with you on Monday. You should also have a new logbook to use for your independent study project by the end of next week.

posted on: October 20, 2005

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