During the past week, Saratoga science students built a landslide proof house out of recycled materials. Students needed to show, from research and the unit, why they designed the house in the way that they chose. Testing of the houses will occur over the course of next week, as students will bring them up one at a time and we will release soil down a ramp simulating a landslide. The science students also completed a verbal conference for their Claims, Evidence and Reasoning summative assessment. Students used a variety of geological processes maps and data from the unit to justify their claims where nuclear waste should be stored.
Where We Are Heading
Next week brings about the start of our inquiry unit. Students will develop a call to action project highlighting a current concern from society and how they will solve it scientifically. The class will be engaged in a variety of introduction activities aimed at helping students understand the expectations, foster potential ideas, and to guide them to their possible solution. The following weeks we will be devoted to research and developing their final presentations. The unit will end on Thursday, March 19th.
For All Rubrics
Multiple choice scores for the geological processes unit have been posted to For All Rubrics for the past week. Results from the Claims, Evidence and Reasoning conferences will be posted early next week. Since we are starting another long term project, there will not be as many check-ins as we have during a content unit. However, those check-ins will represent days worth of work versus individual days worth of work.