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Monday: A Day

 Aim: How does a scientist organize data?

Do Now: Given an unsorted array of data, ask students to organize it so it is easily and quickly read.

Procedure: On the board organize the data with the input from the students. Explain the need for organization and the use of tables. Explain that it is important to interpret the data that is given to them. Provide students with a chart about American Car Production and ask them to answer the questions about the data. Give students additional information about the players on a basketball team and ask them to organize the data into a table.

Homework #8: Students will complete a handout organizing sports records into a table and then answering the questions about the data.

Tuesday: B Day

Aim: What are the parts of a graph?

Do Now: Use these words to label the completed graph. Unit, Independent Variable, Dependent Variable, X Axis, Y Axis, Title, equal intervals and Data Points.

Procedure: Define both dependent and independent variables. A line graph shows a relationship between two variables. Bar graph allow comparison of data. A data table organizes information. The Independent variable is placed along the bottom (Horizontal or X axis) of the graph. The data for the dependent variable depends on the changes to the independent variable and is placed on the Y axis or Vertical axis. Gather data of students in the class by creating a class profile and then ask students to construct a bar graph using the information.

Homework #9: Complete pages 22-24 Q 1-6 in your UPCO book.

Wednesday: A Day  Meet The Teacher Night 7 - 9 p.m.

Aim: To continue practicing graphing skills

Do Now: Take a graphing skills packet to your desk and begin working on the questions.

Procedure: Students will continue practicing graphs in thier graphing packets and will complete two line graphs for given data tables.

Homework #10: Students will construct both a line graph and a bar graph for each data table provided.

Thursday: B Day

Aim: How do scientists solve problems?

Do Now: First give students a quiz on the parts of a graph. (10 minuts) Then, give students an everyday problem and ask them to record the steps they would follow to solve that problem. Ex. I need a date for Friday night. What next?

Procedure: Have students share their methods of solving a problem with the class. Explain the steps of the scientific method. Students will be identifying these steps on a worksheet that explains an experiment. Students will be able to identify all the steps of the scientific method. Discuss the meaning of a control group and an experimental group, independent and dependent variable. Students will write sample problems and hypothese for given topics.

Homework #11: Complete the questions on Page 3 and 4 of your UPCO Book.

Friday: A Day

Aim: Can I utilize the Scientific Method when conducting an experiment?

Do Now: Get your lab folders and record Lab #4: Just Drop It

Procedure: Students will utilize the scientific method by making hypotheses, gathering data and forming conclusions by dropping different kinds of balls and measuring the height of their bounce. They will record the data on a worksheet, will graph the data and will come to a conclusion based on the information collected.

No Homework! Have a great weekend!

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