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2013-2014 School Year. THS Science. They develop… Critical thinking & problem solving skills Applying mathematical skills Analysis/data skills Communication with peers and adults about findings Both Honors Earth & Biology will… Conduct individual and partnered research throughout the year

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Why science research skills

They develop…

  • Critical thinking & problem solving skills

  • Applying mathematical skills

  • Analysis/data skills

  • Communication with peers and adults about findings

    Both Honors Earth & Biology will…

  • Conduct individual and partnered research throughout the year

  • Present their projects at the Science Symposium next spring

WHY SCIENCE RESEARCH skills?


Why science research skills1

They will be used…

  • In all other upper level science classes

  • In college

  • In the capstone research course “Independent Science Research: Oceans and Climate Change” offered to seniors passionate about science research & Earth Science (It’s Earth Science- based course!)

  • When students compete in the Regional Science & Engineering Fair as seniors in ISR

WHY SCIENCE RESEARCH skills?


Research project examples

  • www.lcps.org

  • Click on academics

  • Scroll to “science”

  • Click on LCPS Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Click on 2013 student abstracts

Research project examples:


Where do scientific research skills start at ths

Honors Earth:

Honors Biology:

  • investigates questions related to Earth Science

  • learns APA format- how to cite sources within a paper & make a reference page

  • learns how to write scientifically & analyze data

  • develops critical reading skills essential for writing

  • applies/builds upon Earth Science skills to:

  • investigates questions related to Biology

  • collect and analyze data from in class & data sets

  • uses upper level math to perform statistical analysis on data

  • must learn to write about results & conclusions

Where do scientific research skills start at ths?


What is earth science

  • the study of how the Earth and all of its components interact and change (life, rocks, atmosphere, space, water, and ice)

  • Topics include: meteorology (weather & climate), oceanography, astronomy (space & the solar system), plate tectonics (changing continents), minerals, rocks, natural resources, VA history/geology, geologic time, and environmental issues; mapping skills will also be integrated

What is Earth Science?


Science tracks
Science Tracks: interact and change (life, rocks, atmosphere, space, water, and ice)

Earth Science- 9th grade

10th: Biology

11th: Chemistry, Environmental, Physics, AP Biology (w/Chem), GIS

12th: AP level courses, Environmental, GIS and/or ISR

Honors Biology- 9th grade

10th: Chemistry

11th: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Physics, Environmental, GIS

12th: AP level courses, Environmental, GIS and/or ISR


Where should i be in math
Where should I be in math? interact and change (life, rocks, atmosphere, space, water, and ice)

Earth Science- 9th grade

  • Entering Algebra I or a higher level

  • Should be an A/B student in math

  • Should have passed all science & math SOLs

Honors Biology- 9th grade

  • Entering Geometry or a higher level

  • Should be an A student in math

  • Should have passed all science & math SOLs

  • Should enjoy math


Successful 9 th grade honors earth science students are

  • Learning how to complete background research for inquiry based labs and Earth Science related projects; creating procedures for conducting different Earth Science projects

  • Applying Earth Science to real-world issues and the environment

  • Must be passionate about science & math analysis

  • Be organized and on top of their work

  • WANT TO BE IN SCIENCE CLASS

  • Examples:

    Meteorology Project- tracking hurricanes during the season using NOAA and our ArcGIS program

    Oceanography Project- using a saltwater tank to model conditions found in the oceans using salinity measurements & hygrometers

Successful 9th grade honors Earth science students are…


Successful 9 th grade honors biology students are

  • Furthering skills in statistical analysis, analyzing data, utilizing skills gained in Honors Earth Science to perform inquiry-based labs

  • Using a higher level of math than most of their peers

  • On top of their school work & ask questions!

  • Passionate about science & math analysis

  • Takes responsibility & completes extra work

  • Student should WANT to be in science class

Successful 9th grade honors biology students are…


Taking honors biology as a freshman

  • You will complete the following assignments over the summer: utilizing skills gained in Honors Earth Science to perform inquiry-based labs

    • Learning to Read Scientific Research

    • Annotated References for 10 scientific sources

    • 1000 word research paper on a chosen scientific question

  • These assignments will be due the second week of school!

Taking honors biology as a freshman…


Learning to read scientific research

  • A utilizing skills gained in Honors Earth Science to perform inquiry-based labs3 part assignment to help you gain understanding on how to read scientific papers:

    • Scavenger hunt on how to find scientific papers and the information they contain.

    • Using a scientific journal article and analyzing the parts of the scientific inquiry (hypothesis, IV, DV, control, constants, results, analysis, and conclusion)

    • Using TED Talks to analyze the scientists’ findings

Learning to read scientific research


Annotated references paper

  • Student will pick a research question utilizing skills gained in Honors Earth Science to perform inquiry-based labs

  • Student will find 10 scientifically credible sources and create an annotated reference page using APA format

  • Student will organize information from the 10 sources into a well written paper:

    • Must have an introduction to topic as well as a conclusion based on what has been discovered about their topic and the future implications the topic has for humans

    • 1000 words (roughly 4-5 pages)

    • Use APA format for in text citations and bibliography

ANNOTATED REFERENCES & paper


What should i do now

If you’d like to switch courses… utilizing skills gained in Honors Earth Science to perform inquiry-based labs

  • Email your student’s guidance counselor or Gabrielle Carpenter ([email protected]), THS Director of Counseling

    If you have further questions…

  • Email Kathryn Blessing ([email protected]),THS Science Chair

    If you need help with the assignment…

  • Email Harvey Vandenburg ([email protected]) or Benjamin Kagan ([email protected]), both Honors Biology teachers

    If you need another copy of the Summer Assignment…

  • Go to the THS Science website (under Academics scroll down to Science)

What should I do now?


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