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September 30, 2014

Earth Science
Warm Up: Complete these antonym sets.
1. run : _____________________
2. start : ____________________
3. laugh : ____________________
4. dependent : _______________
5. young : ___________________
6. north : ____________________
7. laugh : ____________________
8. awake : ___________________
9. begin : ____________________
10. rural : ___________________

–Whole groupspartners—Whole group: Volume & Density WORKSHEET (16-20) & Density Practice: Worksheet

Environmental
Warm Up: Directions: Complete these antonym sets.
1. run : _____________________
2. start : ____________________
3. laugh : ____________________
4. dependent : _______________
5. young : ___________________
6. north : ____________________
7. laugh : ____________________
8. awake : ___________________
9. begin : ____________________
10. rural : ___________________
–Whole Group: Video: Human Cloning History https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSZWioMTd8E
–Small Groups read Part II; Human Cloning Concepts & Issues-Individuals: write a rough draft of answers to the questions.
–Small Groups: discuss “Human Cloning Concepts & Issues”-rough draft of answers to the questions and come up with group answers for each question.


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September 29, 2014

Earth Science: Improve Testing

Environmental: Warm Up: Analogies- a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
part to whole
rim : mug
object and its use
spade : dig
synonyms
gleeful : joyous
antonyms
irate : fuming
object and its characteristic
denim: durable
an item and its category
cellist : musician
–The Raelians Visionary Science or Quackery? A case study Exploring the Scientific Method & Human Cloning
Part 1—The Scientific Method & unusual Claims
Question 2: a. whole groupcome to a conclusionsmall groups: b. whole groupcome to a conclusion
–T.O.D.: Final Thoughts/1thing that you learned-1thing that you found interesting-1question that you still have or AHA!
–Whole Group: Videos-Gene Cloning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRW9jIOdBcU
& Human Cloning History https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSZWioMTd8E
–Individuals read Part II; Human Cloning Concepts & Issues-write a rough draft of answers to the questions.


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September 26, 2014

Earth Science
–Warm Up: Analogies- a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
part to whole
rim : mug
object and its use
spade : dig
synonyms
gleeful : joyous
antonyms
irate : fuming
object and its characteristic
denim: durable
an item and its category
cellist : musician
Directions: Write the relationship between the words in each pair. The first two have been done for you.
1. cow : farm ____object / location____
2. toe : foot _____part / whole______
3. watch : TV _____________________
4. bank : money _____________________
5. you : ewe _____________________
6. happy : unhappy _____________________
7. listen : radio _____________________
8. their : they’re _____________________
9. inning : ballgame _____________________
10. knife : cut _____________________
11. safe : dangerous _____________________
12. carrots : soup ____________________

–Improve Practice Test Demo

–Volume & Density WORKSHEET (1-20) & Density Practice: Worksheet

Environmental

Warm Up: Describe an extraterrestrial. Include a picture.

Whole Group: How are each of these world views different (Examples: Theistic (God is perfectly and absolutely holy, infinite, all-powerful, personal (Triune) and good), Scientific (The world is understandable), Spiritual (psychological growth)?
–Small Groups: The Raelians Visionary Science or Quackery? A case study Exploring the Scientific Method & Human Cloning
Part 1—The Scientific Method & unusual Claims
Question 1whole groupcome to a conclusionsmall groups: Question 2: a. whole groupcome to a conclusionsmall groups: b. whole groupcome to a conclusion


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September 25, 2014

Earth Science
Warm Up: In your own words, write a definition for the following words: Mass, volume, & density.
–Mass, Volume, & Density –Science 360 http://science360.gov/obj/video/f2511bad-b43f-4dbd-84f9-ace57941ac90/mass-volume-density (6.:27 minutes)
–Volume & Density WORKSHEET (1-20) & Density Practice: Worksheet #1

Environmental
Warm Up: Write a brief description of your worldview (the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing the entirety of the individual or society’s knowledge and point of view. A world view can include natural philosophy; fundamental, existential, and normative postulates; or themes, values, emotions, and ethics). Examples: Theistic (God is perfectly and absolutely holy, infinite, all-powerful, personal (Triune) and good), Scientific (The world is understandable), Spiritual (psychological growth)
–Small groups: Questions to ask yourself: Why is there something rather than nothing?
How do you explain human nature?
What happens to a person at death? How do you determine what is right and wrong?
How do you know that you know?
What is the meaning of history?
Whole Group: How are each of these world views different?


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September 19, 2014

Warm Up: Main Idea Practice (1)-Students will read 7 short passages. Then write a specific and clear summary that explains the main idea & an appropriate title for the passage that is based on the main idea of the passage.

–Individuals: Silent Reading with note taking (finish NS1-NS10) ~15 minutes

–Whole group: finish watching the Human Footprint


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September 18, 2014

–Warm Up: Near-“Death Experiences” “The term near-death experience (NDE) was popularized by Dr. Raymond Moody in his 1975 book, Life after Life.  He reported results of extensive interviews with roughly fifty people who had come very close to death, some even revived after being pronounced “clinically dead.”  Although different in many details, he found their experiences remarkably similar.  Many had the experience of appearing to be calmly looking down on their own bodies (“out-of-body experiences”), perhaps watching physicians working frantically to revive them.  Many had a sense of moving down a dark tunnel toward a light and then entering a place of incredible brightness and beauty.  Many of his subjects were convinced that they had glimpsed a world beyond this one and found their views of life and death profoundly changed by the experience.  Moody concluded that his research provides strong evidence that there is indeed life after death.

Several years’ later researchers have mostly confirmed Moody’s original observations.  One cardiologist, for example, studied some 2,000 patients, most having suffered a heart attack.  More than half reported having had experiences similar to those described by Moody.  A psychologist found similar results with a sample of more than 100 cases.  Some researchers even claim to have found similar results with patients in India, where religious and cultural imagery is very different from that in the United States.     Explanations of these observations, however, differ.  In his 1974 book, Broca’s Brain, the astronomer Carl Sagan promoted the idea that NDEs are, in fact, recollections of the experience of being born!  Others suggest they are produced by abnormal brain chemistry resulting from the obvious physical and psychological stress of the situation.  More recently, Susan Blackmore, in her 1992 book, Beyond the Body, offered the explanation that people’s minds construct a memory of the situation that, because normal sensory output had been disrupted, they mistakenly take to be the memory of a real situation.
(From Ronald N. Giere, Understanding Scientific Reasoning (4th ed.), Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1997.)
What is Dr. Moody’s hypothesis?
What evidence in this discussion supports this hypothesis? Propose an experiment which would be a good test of this hypothesis, and explain why it would count as a good test.

–Reciprocal Teaching- Small Groups: Read NS3-NS10 (EarthComm)

 

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