Friday, March 31, 2017

Success Criteria & Science Project, a couple of EQAO Reading activities


One of the intentions of the upcoming Science Inquiry is to push and stretch yourself.  As teachers and students, we have often been used to projects where information is regurgitated (sorry) back and not processed deeply.

The Science Inquiry is meant to look at this range of topics, based on two overall expectations from the curriculum:

Space Exploration & Contribution of Canadians to Space Exploration
-          A social and/or environmental component has been researched and communicated, taking into accounts different points of view
-          Canada’s contributions to exploration and the scientific understanding of space has been clearly communicated

Understanding Components of the Solar System
Postcards (2):
-          #1 Using information from the Inquiry and in your role as an Astronaut, you have communicated clearly about how you meet your needs in space
-          #2 Using your imagination and information from your Inquiry, you will write as if you were on the sun, an asteroid, another planet, natural satellites, a comet, or some other aspect of space and describe their physical characteristics in detail

-          Your model will demonstrate your understanding of the sun, an asteroid, another planet, natural satellites, a comet, a Black Hole, or some other aspect of space
-          The model will be clearly labeled with key vocabulary to ensure that the viewer has an understanding and how it relates to the study of Space

As I was reviewing some of the initial planning, I realized that some students were researching information that was at the lower end of the graphic -- pictured above -- and not following one of the following requirements of the assignment!

We are early in the research process and would like to stop this and provide a moment for redirection.  This Inquiry is meant to be engaging a fun!  Here is a video and a link to some interesting areas of study.  

Initial Inquiry construction:

This photo did not come out as clearly as I would have liked.  It is the Earth, some shooting stars, some very large and scary asteroids, set inside a solar system cardboard box.  

EQAO practice/review questions:

As I mentioned before, we will be doing some review of the type of questions you will encounter on the upcoming assessment.  To provide some interest with the questions we will look at today, and over the weekend, here are a few interesting news items!

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner

SToronto swimmer, Marilyn Bell

2 Tutorials for grasping the Ideal Average Sum (IAS) for a missing measurement in a set

The following handouts will help you with this weekend's Homework.

I think I may have miscalculated the mean for one of the two students.  Hannah pointed this out to me.  Over the course of the weekend, I will investigate and make this change and update the blog.  UPDATE:  Going to have to check with Hannah and see where the mistake is.

I know this work can be tricky.  Let me provide a review from last week to explain.  

This results of this 5 tests are all the same.  All 5 scores are 8/10.  For the 5 tests, the total sum of marks equals 40.  In class, I have been referring to this sum as the IDEAL AVERAGE SUM (IAS).  You could also find this total by multiplying  5 x 8.  As you can see, all of the results are the same and leveled out.

In the homework questions, you will have to look for the answer by demonstrating your understanding of the IAS.  Although the next image does not have a test result removed, we will pretend one of the results is not there.

The results you see look more realistic; some are higher and some are lower, but the mean is still 8/10.   For the purpose of this lesson, let's pretend the 3rd test is not there.  It is are mystery mark.  

You will need to add up the marks for the tests you see (1, 2, 4, 5).  The total for those marks is 36.  This total should be subtracted from the IAS of 40 to discover the mystery mark (40-36 = 4).

The homework questions will be taken up in detail on Monday and we will set our sites on a new Math unit sometime next week.   


EQAO homework will be put on hold to Monday.  Feel free to browse the EQAO website for example questions from the Writing, Reading, and Mathematics section.

Ideal Average Sum Math sheet (it is orange)

Any outstanding work from the Homework chart

Have a great weekend.

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