Thursday, October 2, 2014

Teacher Spotlight: 8th Grade Science Mrs. Zeis

Teacher Spotlight: Jodi Zeis Two Examples
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Today's spotlight features Mrs. Zeis and her 8th grade Science students.  Let's see what great work these students are doing.

What are the students doing?

The students were on a website that tracks the movement of some mako sharks.  Students collected the data on the screen which showed the travels of a mako shark.  Students calculated the total distance, caluclated the average speed, and graphed this in a time/distance chart.






What do you hope to accomplish by completing this activity?

By completing this activity, students applied their knowledge of finding average speed and graphing into a real world situation.  The sharks are something that they can continue to follow and analyze throughout the year to continue practicing their skills.

How did this activity tie to your standards?  

This activity ties in with our standards by putting into practice the content about average speed, motion, and utilizing a graph to indicate differences in speed.  Additionally, students attend to precision and model with math. Students were requried to determine how to set up the graph and set it up functionally.   As students worked in groups, they collaborated to determine strategies for completing the tasks as they used technology to gather information.

How did this activity promote student learning?

This activity promoted a connection for the students to show how we can utilize our science skills in a real way while creating curiosity not only about sharks, but about how we may track them.  In the future we will be studying how those tracking systems may work.

Lesson Two - Analyzing Speed

What are the students doing?-    
 The students are finding the average speed it takes them to complete specifc tasks (such as walking, running, walking backwards) and are calculating average speed.

 


What do you hope to accomplish by completing this activity?      

By completing this activity, students will master how to find average speed and they will master coverting one metric unit to the other- such as m to cm - when necessary.  Both of these skills tie in to expectations and standards in 8th grade.  Students are expected to apply skills, compare and analyze.  Students had the opportunity to compare data from other groups and determine if accurate data was collected.

How did this activity tie to your standards?  

We are currently learning about forces and motion which encompases identifying distance vs. displacement which was another part of this lab. Students were also creating mini time/distance graphs to compare how something faster or slower appears on a graph.
How did this activity promote student learning?

This activity allowed students to work together to identify how to approach the tasks at hand and create a way to find the answers.  Once students developed a strategy, they practiced utilizing formulas that they learned to find average speed.

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