This is an index to the various
activities and projects for students in Classes 6, 7, and 8. Send e-mail for further
information. I welcome comments from parents, particularly suggestions for improving the
paticipatory content of each project.
EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS
- Come to class prepared
- Participate in class discussion
- Participate actively in lab group
- Exhibit respectful conduct
- Do well academically
- Communicate with the teacher; ask questions to clarify
- Have fun
- Students will use their green assignment books every day;
assignments will be dictated or written on the board
- A daily summary of the previous day's work is posted in
the classroom; a collection of the summaries is in a notebook in the classroom; a
different student writes the summary each day
- Parents may call the Homework Hotline for daily
- The hall calendar shows major tests, projects and
assignments that are NOT daily work.
- Lab Reports: grading focus is on one section; the entire
report has to be written; maximum length is two pages
- Research Assignments: research is to be completed to
answer a question; generally students will determine the rubrics for grading and will peer
- Readings: may be assigned in the text book or maya be
handouts; Summary Page and questions is to be completed with each reading assignment;
questions are answered in class
- Projects: may be individual or group; Class 6 Projects
will be completed during class time on Fridays
- Portfolio will be assigned third quarter.
- Group lab assignments
- Group discussion assignments
- Individual work
- Lectures: 10 minutes of lecture/demonstration; students
then summarize what has been discussed on a Summary Page; students list questions;
questions are discussed
- Discussion: focus is on compare/contrast, describe,
importance to topic presented
- Class collaborations: students will participate to
investigate, research or compile data on an assigned topic; data will be shared with
another class via e-mail on the Internet
- Internet investigations: students will select a project
they wish to participate in and complete the research required
- Each lab poses a question to be investigated
- All labs are completed by the students
- Students will: collect data, devise a procedure, generate
more questions, analyze or develop general rules
- Notes to the teacher
- Messages written in the assignment book
- Signed sheets
- Phone message: Voice box # ____; Phone messages are
reviewed twice a week
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
- Home Web Page: (you
can leave a message through this page also)
- At least one overnight for Class 8 only
- Focus: Class 6 - biomes, Class 7 - aquatic studies, Class
8 - Earth Science
- Suggestions from parents are welcome
- Major field trips will require four parents
- Participate in maintaining the school web page
- Design pages
- Publish student work
- Learn to use e-mail, FTP, browsers, and html
- Primary venue for field trips
- Participate in school environmental projects
- Work on class projects
- Anything else we can think of
- Before each field trip, you will receive a detailed
description of the fieldtrip and a permission slip that must be signed by a parent or
- The Permission slip ust be returned the following day
after your student has received it. THERE ARE NO LATE PERMISSION SLIPS. If this small task
is overlooked, the student looses the privilege of accompanying the other classmates on
- Students will receive instructions on acceptable
clothes and shoe.
- Most field trips will require a sack lunch.
- It will never be necessary for students to bring
- Your account will be billed for the cost of the trip.
Scheduled Trips for 1996 - 1997
- September 20: Classes 6 and 7; "Biomes of
Endangered Animals" - 10:30 a.m., "Reptiles" - 12:00 p.m. , Brown Education
Center, Houston Zoological Gardens
- September 27: Classes 6 and 7; "Native Texas
Animals" and "Endangered Species", 11:00 a.m., Brown Education Center, Houston Zoological Gardens
- October: Class 7, Galveston Bay
- December: Class 8, Brazos Bend Overnight and George Observatory
- January 7: Class 7; "Underwater World",
12:00 p.m., Brown Education Center, Houston Zoological Gardens
- March 25: Class 7; Edwards Aquifer, San Marcos, Texas
- Other trips will be posted here when reservations are
The purpose of Family Science is to introduce parents to some of the
basic concepts being taught in the three levels of classes. Each evening session includes
a brief overview taken from the students' class sessions; this is followed by labs that
have been done by the students.
Experiencing the simulated classroom setting, parents are better able to understand their
student's assignments, be prepared to help their child, and become familiar with current
scientific hypothesis. It is also an opportunity for parents to suggest ideas relevant to
the topic that would enhance the information being taught. Parent expertise is invaluable.
Dates will be announced and posted on the school calendar page.
- August: Introduction to Curriculum and Labs
- September: Computers in the Classroom? Bah, Humbug! This will be an
introduction to Internet use in the classroom. Parents will design and post a science
- October: The Black Death: Diseases, Populations and Epidemics. Parents
will participate in studying the spread of diesease and simulate an epidemic.
- November: Why Bother With Mars? The focus will be on the similarities
between Mars and Earth. The lab will challenge parents to match student research and
What's Going On In Class?
- Class 6:
- Weather Unit: how to read weather maps, highs and lows, pressure,
wind, severe storm; keeping daily weather logs and interpreting what they mean
- The year-long projects are well under way. Chloe, Francesca and Donna
have a tulip project that has been designated the Official Houston Tulip Garden.
Christina, Rey and Kalem a made their own ozone paper; they have been practicing measuring
the ozone and are now preparing to post their data on the national ozone monitoring
network. GREAT WORK! John, Linh and Freddy have been replicating space shuttle
experiments. They plan to build and launch a rocket later this spring.
- Map studies will begin shortly. We will also start our annual State of
the School Yard study. Results will be available in May.
- The students are having to work very hard! We are studying body
systems and will spend a lot of time on the brain.
- The JASON project has started and the semester research will begin
this week. Our main focus will be on birds.
- Students are preparing their first detailed portfolios. We will also
be preparing to do our major aquatic field investigation which will become part of the
These pages were developed through GirlTECH '96, a teacher training
and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC),
a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.