Mr. Murduck’s Homework/Practice 9/29-10/3
Monday – Science - Today we will start talking about inferences (page 27 in
your workbook) and why it is so important for scientists to gather lots of
information and data before they make educated guesses about how something
happened. They also have to gather lots of information about an organisms
before they begin grouping or classifying it. Inferences are used in all
subjects and all the time in real life situations. Today we will also
discuss the importance of the classification and grouping of items. Just
about every living and non-living thing that has been identified has been
grouped and classified. It is much easier to find things based on their
common characteristics. Homework Grade Printouts will be passed out today.
Remember to get you grade printouts signed and returned to me by Friday!
Journal # 10 Read pages 90& 91 in your workbooks. Explain (a) Why is it
important to group or organize different things or items based on their uses
or similar characteristics? (b) Give at least 3 examples and explain!! For
example think about how things are organized at the grocery store or at home
as discussed in class. Cereal in the cereal isle, towels in the linen
closet. ½ page minimum. Restate the question in complete sentences! (c)
Bonus/optional – If you owned a grocery give at least 2 examples of ways you
might group or organize things differently. Explain your reasoning for doing
Tuesday – Science – Today we will start a lab requiring the naming,
describing, grouping, and classifying of objects. This lab is due at the end
of the period tomorrow. Make sure to work effectively and efficiently with
your partner! You will be using qualitative (senses) and quantitative
(measurement) observations. Homework - Journal # 11 Today in lab you
separated different types of macaroni into separate piles based on their
characteristics. In your journal explain how and why scientists separate
different animals into different groups (birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, and
amphibians for example) of the animal kingdom. Read and refer to pages 92
and 93 of your workbook. This journal is due on Thursday! Restate in
complete sentences! ½ page minimum. Grade printouts are due on Friday!!
Wednesday – Science – Today we will finish yesterday’s lab on grouping and
classification. These labs are due at the end of the period today. Make sure
you have drawn each of the macaroni types, that you have given each type of
macaroni a name (nomenclature), and that you have given each type of macaroni
all of the characteristics required for this lab discussed in class. These
include the mass, length, color, and shape. Homework – Finish journal #11
from Tuesday! Read pages 94 and 95 in your workbook. Grade Printouts are due
Thursday – Science – Today we will discuss our lab and journal #11. We will
discuss pages 92 and 93 of the textbook on classification. Using a flow chart
we will place our macaroni in different groups based on similarities and
differences. This is how scientists separate different organisms in groups.
Starting with the Kingdom level, next we separate the organism into the
Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and finally the Specie levels. If an
organism has already been classified we can find where it fits by using
dichotomous keys. Dichotomous keys allow scientists to group and identify
an organism that they are not familiar with by their characteristics.
Homework – Complete the dichotomous key questions in the packet.
Optional/Bonus – Take the macaroni from your lab and separate them by their
similarities and differences like we did in class. At the end each macaroni
should be in its own group like at the species level. Use my example to
help you to group them. Remember, you will have to use mass and length along
with the other characteristics. Grade printouts due tomorrow!
Friday – Science – After looking at the homework, today we will further
discuss dichotomous keys. We will look at a dichotomous key that identifies
aliens. Looking at the different leaves in class (simple and compound), what
characteristics could be used to identify them? Homework – Have a safe and
fun weekend! Optional/Bonus – For fun, create your own alien dichotomous key
with at least 5 creatures.