2 - Energy

How does the energy of the sun affect us?  

Learning Habit Evaluations, Dry Ice Investigations
  • Make quality qualitative observations and then deductions.
Dec 9th  & Dec 10th  - Lesson 21
  1. Learning Habits Evaluations
    1. Evaluate your Perseverance for 2nd quarter
    2. Evaluate your Responsibility for 2nd quarter Topics
    3. Evaluate your Curiousity for 2nd quarter
    4. Fill out this form!
  2. Quality Qualitative Observations & Deductions
    1. How to make quality qualitative observations
  3. Science Fair Info

Learning Habits Evaluations & Investigations
  • To evaluate anything, look at evidence.
Dec 5th  & Dec 8th  - Lesson 20
  1. Document your learning on your blogs with the labels Science, Grade 7, Summative and Reflection.
    1. Science Investigation Post
      1. Link to the investigation document.
      2. Write the main improvement for your Science Fair Investigation.
    2. Science Test Post
      1. Take out both your tests.  Compare your scores.  Look at your notes.
      2. Write down the biggest improvement for the third term for your next test
        1. Preparation and learning all the material
        2. Knew the answer, but you didn’t write down initial thoughts
        3. Time management on the test
        4. Reading and understanding the questions
    3. Science Essay Post
      1. Link to the essay outline document.  
      2. Optional: Scan your essay, add it to GoogleDocs and link it.
      3. Write the main improvement for your next communication assignment.  
    4. Science Summative Assessments Post
      1. Predict your grade based upon the most recent scores for your
        1. Test
        2. Investigation
        3. Essay
      2. Your final grade is weighted as follows: essay as most important, then the test, then the investigation.  Click here for examples.
  2. Investigations
    1. Identify independent, dependent and control variables (IV, DV and CV) given objects: light bulbs, slinky, marble/sand, hand-generator, cantilever, solar-powered car

Pride in Achievements, Evaluations, Investigations
  • Share your work.  Learn from others.  Investigate objects by identifying variables.
Dec 3rd  & Dec 4th  - Lesson 19
  1. Share-out Essay Achievements
    1. Read your essays one-by-one.
      1. Write down at least three things you learn from each essay and any things that are not clear.
      2. After a complete reading, ask any clarifying questions.
      3. Predict each other’s grades for content and writing after everyone has finished reading.
    2. Predict your grade based on the rubric.
    3. Open your essay document and look at the rubric.
    4. Check your grades in Veracross (I will publish them at this time).
  2. Reassessment for Essays
    1. Thursday, Dec 4th, Friday, Dec 5th
  3. Investigations

In-class Essay
Dec 1st  & Dec 2nd  - Lesson 18
  1. Outline Check
  2. How to write essays:
    1. Write your own phrases and sentences.  Do not plagiarize.  
    2. How to cite in this in-class essay.
      1. Use the numbers from the Google Research footnotes in your outline.  OR
      2. Use the first piece of information from a Works Cited list.
  3. Writing Time (60 mins)
  4. If you finish early, do any school work.

Outlines and Works Cited
  • Excellent essays usually follow excellent outlines
Nov 25th  & Nov 26th  - Lesson 17
  1. Finish your outlines by the end of class.  Use feedback from Mr. Pro and peers to improve.
  2. Example Outline
  3. Essay Examples
    1. Man-made Mud Volcano
    2. Biofuel made from Algae?

Energy Technologies Topics
  • The problem of diminishing fossil fuel energy may be solved by renewable energy technologies.
Nov 21st  & Nov 24th  - Lesson 16
  1. Topics
  2. Research & Begin your outline
    1. Open the copy of this template that is in your Science Folder.
    2. Read in more detail the links provided.  
    3. Research further using library and digital resources.
  3. Investigation - Learn from your Mistakes
    1. Open the document and identify your mistakes.
    2. Check your final grade in Veracross during the last minute of class.

Writing Conclusions & Complete your Summative Investigation
  • Conclusions summarize your processed data (your graph).
Nov 18th  & Nov 19th  - Lesson 15
  1. Feedback on your investigation reports.
    1. Open your investigation GoogleDoc.
    2. Read the comments.
    3. Make changes.
  2. Conclusions
    1. Write your conclusion.
  1. Get peer feedback on your conclusion.
  2. Practice identifying independent, dependent and control variables using this interactive.

Average & Summative Investigation
  • Conclusions summarize your processed data (your graph).
Nov 14th  & Nov 17th  - Lesson 13
  1. How to make quality qualitative observations
  2. Open and complete the design part of the summative investigation you are doing.
    1. A copy of this Investigation Template and Rubric is already in your Science Folder.
    2. Here is an example of a complete design for Pendulum.
  3. Collect data for at least 6 different values of the independent variables for two or three trials and record it in the data table in your investigation document,
  4. How to average the three trails in a Google Spreadsheet (new skill).
    1. Send me a screenshot of your complete labeled graph.
    2. Paste the graph into your Investigation GoogleDoc.

Qualitative Observations & Processing Data
  • Qualitative observations are non-numerical observations.  They are important.
  • Normally, process data by making scatter-plot graphs.
Nov 12th  & Nov 13th  - Lesson 13
  1. How to make a graph using Google Spreadsheets
  2. How to make quality qualitative observations
  3. How do we form research questions in Science

Collect Data
  • Research questions tell us what data will be collected.
Nov 11th  & Nov 12th  - Lesson 12
    1. Collect data for simple investigations
    2. Think about which investigation you would like to do for your summative assessment

Energy flows differently through different matter
  • Your research question can come from an object you want to investigate.
Nov 7th  & Nov 10th  - Lesson 11
  1. Reassessment will be after school on Tuesday, November 11th from 3:15 - 4:15.
  • If the grade you earned on the test is a low measure of your knowledge for the energy unit, you should apply to reassess by filling out the following form:
  • Reminder:
    • The final grade for Science and all courses will be based on the most consistent, most relevant, most recent data.
    • Since the retest is more recent, it will count more towards your final grade than the first test.
    • This is the only opportunity for a retest.  

Energy flows differently through different matter
  • Electricity flows through conductors and doesn’t flow through insulators.
  • Learn from your mistakes.  
Nov 5th  & Nov 6th  - Lesson 10

  1. Learning from Mistakes

  • Read the questions carefully.  
Nov 3rd  & Nov 4th  - Lesson 9

Study Effectively
  • Study effectively by identifying what you do not know.
Oct 30th  & Oct 31st  - Lesson 8
  1. What were you NOT able to do last class?

  1. Prepare for your test!
    1. Practice this Question & Answer Energy Quizlet to prepare for your test.
    2. Study the vocabulary quizlet!  Use the Flashcards and the Scatter Game.

  1. Review Game

  1. Take out your first unit test.  
    • What types of mistakes did you make?
      1. I can learn from this mistake (You didn’t know something)! Learn
      2. I already knew this but didn’t answer my first thought! IKT
      3. Read the question - I answered a different question! RTQ
      4. I didn’t have enough time, so I didn’t even look/answer this question! Time
      5. I didn’t understand the questions.  Question

Simulating Energy Changes
  • Total energy is the sum of kinetic and potential energies.
  • People lose weight when they use more energy than they consume. 
  • People gain weight when they consume more energy than they use.
  • Everyone in Grade 7 should be gaining weight.  
Oct 28th  & Oct 29th  - Lesson 7 - Tuesday and Wednesday
  1. Simulation - Do I get enough chemical energy and do I exercise enough?
  2. Describe the energy changes of a skateboarder in a half-pipe.
  3. Prepare for your test!

Chemical Energy
  • Chemical energy in food and gasoline allows us to live and get around.
Oct 24th  & Oct 27th  - Lesson 6
  1. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of electricity generation.

  1. How is petroleum/crude oil formed?  What are advantages and disadvantages of using petroleum?

  1. How can we model chemical reactions for molecules?

  1. Download and run the following two simulations for Lesson 7:

  1. Prepare for your test!

Advantages and Disadvantages of Electricity Generation
  • All technologies have pros and cons.
Oct 15th  & Oct 16th  - Lesson 5
  1. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of of generating electricity using fossil fuels, solar, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind power plants.
Describe all the energy transformations involved in the generation of electricity.
  • Write down the answers in your taskbooks.

  1. Download and run the following two simulations for Lesson 7:

Energy and Electricity Generation
  • Most of our electrical energy comes from the Sun.
Oct 20th  & Oct 21st  - Lesson 4b
  1. What are the energy form definitions?

  1. What are changes involved in generation of electricity?
    • Fill in this form to answer energy changes involved in electricity generation.  
    • Use brainpop to help answer the questions:
      1. How is the light you see originally from the sun?
      2. How is the energy of wind from the sun?
      3. How is the energy of wind used to generate electricity?
      4. How is water used to generate electricity?
      5. How is nuclear energy used to generate electricity?
    • Check your answers that were emailed to you and learn from your mistakes.

  1. Describe other energy changes shown in the following videos:

  1. How does the energy of the Sun affect us?
    • Make a mind map in your taskbook to answer the above question.  Include the energy forms and objects in your answer.

  1. How do you prepare for your test?  Your will be on Nov 3rd or Nov 4th.

Rocket Launch
  • All motion involves energy changes
Oct 15th   - Lesson 4 (only blocks 1 & 3)
  1. What are energy changes involved in shooting a water rocket?  How do we design experiments given an object such as a rocket?

Energy of the Sun
  • The energy of the Sun affects almost every part of our lives.
Oct 13th  & Oct 14th  - Lesson 3
  1. What are energy changes?

  1. How does the energy of the Sun affect us?
    • Make a mind map in your taskbook to answer the above question.  Include the energy forms and objects in your answer.

  1. Celebrate Essay Achievements: Everybody passed their essays.

Energy Changes II
  • Energy is never lost during energy changes.  Energy only changes forms.
  • Although we cannot grab energy, some of our senses sense it!  
Oct 8th  & Oct 9th  - Lesson 2
  1. What are energy changes?

  1. What is an energy law of the universe?  How do we sense energy?

  1. Identify energy changing forms in many situations.

Energy Changes
  • All change involves energy changing forms.
  • Strive to improve from feedback.
Oct 6th  & Oct 7th  - Lesson 1
  1. What are matter and energy?  What are the forms of energy?  What are energy changes?

  1. Identify energy changing forms by identifying the energy form and the object.

  1. How can we learn from our essays?
    • Look at your rubrics.
      1. Identify things you can improve.
    • Create a blog post on your blog:
      1. Post your essay including citations on your blog.
        1. Provide a link or
        2. Copy and paste the whole essay and citations.
      2. Explain at least one thing you can improve and how you can improve.
      3. Explain one thing you did well.
      4. Label the post with
        1. Science
        2. Grade 7
        3. SLC
        4. core value: critical thinking and/or communication

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