We watched a Bill Nye video on the various body systems and had the students take some more jot notes, which I reviewed and was very pleased with. With the exception of a couple of students, there was sufficient information written down. This growing familiarity the students are developing will make our conversations in class easier and, I hope, interesting!
As we were reading the book, Half Brother, an interesting issue came up about animal testing. In the book, based on the incidents surrounding the documentary, Project Nim, they mention how NASA sent up 2 chimps to outerspace to see how they would respond to the change in pressure and atmosphere. With a computer handy, we looked up the image of the Life magazine cover of the chimps. I then proceeded to ask a question -- for the journals -- on the ethics of using animals for testing.
We were planning to begin our next unit in Math but ran out of time. We did prepare some counters for a game tomorrow involving the coordinate plane.
|Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned)|
|Some words for our Word Wall (defined to assist in some of the in class exercises)|
|A group exercise looking at past and future uses of the skill set of being resilient|