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This is an index to the various activities and projects for students in Classes 7 and 8. Send a note for further information. I welcome comments from parents, particularly suggestions for improving the paticipatory content of each project.

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FAMILY SCIENCE STUDENT WORK
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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 assignments
Have fun!
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ASSIGNMENTS
Students receive a weekly assignment sheet.
Long range projects, research or assignments will be listed on the weekly assignment sheet.
A daily summary of the previous day's work is posted on the Internet as the Logletter; a different student writes the summary each day
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 review their work.
Readings may be assigned in the text book or may be handouts; Summary Page and questions will be completed with each reading assignment; questions are answered in class.
Projects will be both collaborative and individual. The Science Fair project is included. In general, students are expected to complete their projects without adult assistance and are expected to use their teacher as the adult resource.
Portfolio: no decision has been made yet.
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CLASSWORK
Classwork consists primarily of lab experiments which are conducted in groups of two or three students.
Group discussion assignments are made to determine the best procedure or answer to a question or problem. Discussions focus on comparing/contrasting, describing, and explaining the relevance to the presented topic.
Lectures are no longer than 10 minutes; demonstration may be inlcuded; students summarize what has been presented on a Summary Page; students list questions they have; questions are discussed
Class collaborations allow students to research or compile data on an assigned topic; data will be shared with another class or via e-mail on the Internet with another school.
Internet investigations instruct students how to 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 during class.
Students will devise a procedure, collect data, generate more questions, analyze or develop general rules and write a lab report.
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COMMUNICATION
Notes to the teacher are an effective way to contact me.
Messages can be stapled to the student's homework pages.
Occassionally students will be asked to have papers signed by parents. Please include your comments.
Phone message: Voice box # Phone messages are reviewed twice a week
The most effective communication is to E-mail: dawsonm@tenet.edu, OR dawsonm@cs.rice.edu OR dawsonm@hal-pc.org. I read my mail every night at 7:00 p.m.
Home Web Page: /CRPC/GT/dawsonm/ (you can leave a message through this page also)
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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Field Trips
Technology Council
Participate in maintaining the school web pages.
Design personal pages.
Publish student work.
Learn to use e-mail, FTP, browsers, and html.
Science Club
Primary venue for field trips.
Participate in school environmental projects.
Work on class projects.
Anything else we can think of that would be fun.
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FIELD TRIPS
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 guardian.
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 the trip.
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 money.
Possible Scheduled Trips for 1997-1998
Houston Zoological Gardens
Galveston Bay
Brazos Bend Overnight and George Observatory
Aquarium --Lake Jackson or Corpus Christi
Edwards Aquifer, San Marcos, Texas
Other trips will be posted here when reservations are confirmed.
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FAMILY SCIENCE

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.

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 project.
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 conclusions.
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These pages authored and maintained by Marcella Dawson. Revised 07/03/98. Copyright 1995 CRPC GirlTECH. All rights reserved. . Email your comments. 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.