Lone Star Science
with Mr. Zuber
Sketch the metric ladder in your notes, and then use the metric conversion problems to practice your skills. Part of Unit 1 Notebook grade.
Take notes on the different types of variables in scientific experiments. Answer the questions about the four examples of experiments run by SpongeBob and his friends. Part of Unit 1 Notebook grade.
Variables: Parts of a scientific experiment. Can be anything.
Control Variables: ("What I keep the same") The variables in an experiment that are kept the same, to make the experiment fair.
Independent Variable: ("What I change") The variable that is changed to test a hypothesis. A fair experiment has only ONE independent variable.
Dependent Variables: ("What is changed") The variables that change as a result of the experiment. Your results.
In some experiments, subjects (people, plants, anything) are sometimes separated into two kinds of groups:
Control Group: The subjects that have no changes made to themselves, their behavior, or their experiences. Also sometimes called the placebo group. This group provides a normal comparison to the experimental group.
Experimental Group: The subjects that are subject to a change, the subjects actually being tested.
Take notes on the two vocabulary words, observation and inference. Sketch the ancient coin shown as accurately as possible, and then decide if each statement is an observation or an inference. Part of Unit 1 Notebook grade.
Observation: Noticing (observing) facts or occurrences using your five senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell).
Inference: A conclusion based on evidence (observations) and reasoning.
Brainstorm and write down in your notebook as many elements of the Scientific Method as you can think of. Then compare your notes to the class lecture or included teacher notes, adding any important information you might have missed. Part of the "Unit 1 Notebook" grade.
Create a spider diagram on the fields of knowledge within science, based on class lecture or provided notes. Part of Unit 1 Notebook grade.
Create a small poster (regular printer paper) on any Earth Science topic. Page through your textbook for ideas if you need to. Be creative and use color! Part of the "Unit 1 Notebook" grade.