Monday: B Day
Aim: How do scientists solve problems?
Do Now: Students will be given a problem and will be asked to write the steps in which they would use to
solve it. Ex. I need a date for Friday night. What next?
Procedure: Discuss steps of solving this problem aloud with students. Write steps on the board. Describe
the steps of the scientific method by creating a flow chart with the students. Give students a handout with particular topics
and have them write a problem and a hypothesis for each of the topics. Discuss variable, control group and experimental group.
USE IDEA MAP FROM PAGE 15 OF GLENCOE TEXT.
Homework # 12: Complete the Scientific Method worksheet ordering the steps and completing the matching.
Tuesday: A Day
Aim: Can I use the scientific method to solve a problem?
Do Now: Get Lab Folders and record lab. Lab #4 Just Drop It/Scientific Method
Procedure: Students will utilize the scientific method by making hypotheses, gathering data and forming
conclusions by dropping two different kinds of balls and measuring the height of their bounce.
Homework #13: Complete Page 2-4 of UPCO Book and remember to underline answers in the text.
Wednesday: B Day
Aim: To continue with the steps of the scientific method?
Do Now: Students will take a short quiz ordering the steps of the scientific method by completing a blank
Procedure: Students will identify the each part of an experiment. Continue with a discussion of a control
and the variables. Students need to know the importance of the validity of an experiment. Variable is the factor being tested.
All other variables must be controlled so they do not change. A controlled experiment has an experimental group in which one
variable is changed and there is a control group where there are no variables. Use the take control worksheet. Students will
also answer questions on page 20. Check Your Understanding Questions 11-15
Homework #14: Complete the chapter Quiz on Page 11 and 12 of UPCO book. Part A #8-20 and B 1-10
Thursday: A Day
Aim: What are the characteristics of living things?
Do Now: Make a list of five living things and five non-living things
Procedure: Students will discuss the nine life functions that define life, (Nutrition, transport, respiration,
excretion, regulation, growth, reproduction, synthesis and metabolism.) For an
organism to be considered living they must have these functions, all but reproduction. Students will form groups and create
index cards for each of the life functions. We will discuss each function and how it relates to living things.
Homework #15: UPCO Book Page 35-36 Questions 1-7
Friday: A Day
Aim: What do all living things need?
Do Now: Copy chart from board
Procedure: Students will continue to discuss the nine life functions in detail.
Nutrition: Organisms obtain and process food/supplies energy
Transport: Circulation and absorption of nutrients/O, H2O, nutrients and waste move to and away from cell
Respiration: Chemical reactions that release energy for life activities/Aerobic-O and Anaerobic-no O
Excretion: Removal of waste materials because of respiration/CO2 and H2O
DONT CONFUSE Egestion: Getting rid of waste from digestion
Regulation: Control and coordination of all activities/Responding to stimuli Endocrine-Nervous systems
Synthesis: Producing a complex substance from simple substances/PHOTOSYNTHESIS
Growth: Increase in size and /or number of cells of an organism/
Reproduction: Making of a new organism/Extinction could occur in entire group does not reproduce but individual
will not die without reproduction.
Metabolism: Total of all processes taking place within the cells of an organism/Homeostasis: Maintaining
a stable internal environment regardless of changes externally. Organisms constantly strive for homeostasis.
No Homework! Have a great weekend!