Spotlight on 7th Grade Science
As a way to synthesize the content from Unit 1:
The Nature of Science, seventh grade students are conducting field studies using their classmates as participants. Groups are working together to write detailed lab reports that address all parts of the scientific inquiry process such as-
- formulating inquiry questions,
- generating hypotheses, defining variables,
- using quantitative and qualitative measurement accurately and precisely,
- incorporating tables and graphs,
- analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.
Some example of inquires that groups are investigating are whether or not a student’s participation is linked to his or her understanding of the class content, whether or not one’s ability to taste flavor is dependent upon his or her ability to smell, whether or not pets serve to reduce stress, how one’s emotional state is related to his or her attentiveness, and whether or not students can distinguish between sugar-containing and sugar-free products, amongst many others. Not only does every group have a unique inquiry to investigate, but every seventh grade student is truly taking on what it means to be a scientist in the real world.
Ms. Poduska is very proud of the entire seventh grade, as every group of students is working cooperatively and diligently to produce their best work.